Kennydale Rental Home: $3,995

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This extraordinary neighborhood home, featuring stunning views of Lake Washington is now available for rent! This home has a great open floor plan, rich hardwood floors,and walls of windows, creating a bright atmosphere throughout. This home features granite counter tops stainless steel appliances, two master bedrooms, a beautiful backyard and is truly an entertainer’s dream. Home is close to parks, beaches, boat launches, shopping, restaurants and I-405. For more information on this or other Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today!

Status: For Rent
Beds/Baths: 4//3
Price: $3,995/Month

Seattle One Of Top 10 Most Expensive Cities For Renters

housing-marketIf you’re a renter in Seattle you don’t need telling that it costs a pretty penny to live here, but we now have census data that confirms our rents are up there with the most expensive in the country. The Seattle Times is reporting that Seattle finally cracked the top ten on the list of cities boasting the highest median rent, with a cost of $1,172 per month.

Between 2010 and 2013 rents here also saw the steepest increase of the top 50 most populous cities in the U.S., having risen by $113 per month (including utilities), or 11 percent. $1,172 is the median cost of what renters are currently paying in Seattle, so it does not reflect many newer apartment buildings that are listing un-rented units for much higher prices. Surprisingly, the number of renters in Seattle has kept pace with rising rents – in 2013 there were 307,000 renters here, a 13 percent increase from 2010.

Click here to see a chart of the top 10 most expensive cities for renters. If you would like more information on renting in the Seattle area, contact your local real estate agent today.

Walkability Score- What is it and why does it matter?

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Walkability- it’s a word that some of you may be familiar with already, and one that real estate marketing often uses. But what exactly does it mean?

Used by Walkscore.com, it’s intended definition is to indicate how easily and readily connected a property is to the neighborhood and community around it. For instance, is the nearest grocery store within easy walking distance? Or would it be necessary to drive there?

The higher a property’s Walk Score (or Transit Score or Bike Score) on a scale of 1-100, the more connected the neighborhood is with the property. Take this chart example. But what makes a community walkable?

  • A center: Walkable neighborhoods have a center, whether it’s a main street or a public space.
  • People: Enough people for businesses to flourish and for public transit to run frequently.
  • Mixed income, mixed use: Affordable housing located near businesses.
  • Parks and public space: Plenty of public places to gather and play.
  • Pedestrian design: Buildings are close to the street, parking lots are relegated to the back.
  • Schools and workplaces: Close enough that most residents can walk from their homes.
  • Complete streets: Streets designed for bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit.

Now, why is this score important? It’s generally known that those who walk more, whether it’s just a few steps or hundreds of steps a day are generally healthier than those who don’t. By walking more, not only do you get outside, but you also use your car less, and thereby reduce your carbon footprint. If you were able to find a property in a highly walkable area, you might be able to forgo the car altogether!

And here’s some great news: Seattle is rated as one of the most walkable cities in the U.S.! With a Walk Score of 71, a Transit Score of 57, and a Bike Score of 64, Seattle is the 8th most walkable city, with it’s most walkable neighborhoods being Downtown, the Denny Triangle, and Pioneer Square.

How important is the walkability of the neighborhood to you when looking for a new property?

Lower Queen Anne Rental: $2,150

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Rare opportunity to live in a historic, Tudor-style 4-plex in lower Queen Anne. This unit features old world charm with hardwood flooring, ceramic tiles, and original detailing throughout. This is the only unit on ground floor, and has one sizable bedroom and a large office that can easily be used as a second. Features include spacious living areas, a formal dining room, bright kitchen with a dishwasher, sun room, and full bath. Just minutes to Metropolitan Market, Gates Foundation, Opera House, and restaurants, this is the perfect neighborhood rental! Rent includes one reserved parking space, and there is storage and washer/dryer on-site. If you’d like more information on this or other Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today.

Status: For Rent
Bed//Bath: 2//1
Price: $2,150

Laurelhurst Rental Home: $4,995

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This charming Laurelhust home is warm and inviting and full of character, and available for rent! The property is very private with a beautiful English Garden, and the interior has been carefully remodeled with an artistic eye for detail. Features include handmade Mosaic fireplace, and vaulted ceilings in the dining room and arched Spanish style in the living room. The kitchen is a dream for entertaining with a large gas stove. The home has distinctive hardwoods and custom mill work. Upstairs bedrooms are all light and airy, and each has a balcony. For more information on this, or other Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today!

Status: For Rent
Bed//Bath: 3//3
Price: $4,995

Things You Can Do To Secure Your Rental Deposit Back

When tenants move out of their rentals, there are many things that landlords and tenants tend to disagree on in terms of acceptable  wear on the living space. Some landlords won’t charge tenants for minor scratches on the wall and floors, but if you want to receive most of your damage deposit back, here is a nice checklist of things you can do to ensure the deposit lands in your bank account. Be sure to do a walk through with your landlord upon moving in and out of your rental, and take photos of any damage to the walls, windows, appliances etc to make sure you are not held liable for those damages when you move out. windermere

If you live with a pet or have some noticeable stains to the carpets, be sure to give your carpets a good cleaning prior to the move out inspection, as this is something many tenants are charged for. You also want to make sure you have it in writing for who is responsible for cleaning the carpets when you move out. When you’re doing the move out walk through with your landlord, be sure to take note of any damages they intend to hold you accountable for, and review your move in notes and photos to be certain they weren’t there before you moved in. Any discrepancies should be brought to their attention prior to your move out. If you are interested in finding a new rental home, contact your local real estate agent today.

Ready To Move? Time To Take Inventory

Have you found the perfect rental, and are getting your belongings together for the big move? Stop what you’re doing, because this provides an excellent opportunity to scale down, and take a good inventory of your possessions. While adding an extra step to the already growing list of things to do before your move might not seem appealing, a little more work now could save you time and energy in the long run. leschi rental11

First, make a detailed list of all of the contents of your home, including a good description of each item,  a date if you know when the items were purchased, estimated costs and estimated current value, and the make/model of the item. Snapping a photo of each item as you check it off the list will also be helpful as both proof of purchase, and to jog your memory. Set items aside that you have not used in a while, and are ready to be given to Goodwill or thrown out. While this might seem tedious, a good detailed inventory list could benefit you should you need to file a home insurance claim, and will work to help protect your home. This should also help you determine what the right amount of rental insurance coverage will be for you, and if you’ll need to purchase a higher or lower limit coverage. If your house were to burn down right at this moment, would you be able to name every single item in your home? Having a detailed list can help you and your insurance adjuster claim all of your items in the event of a natural disaster or break-in. Keep a master copy of the list in your home to easily update, and keep a digital copy of the file online, saved somewhere safe that you may access easily from other computers, should your computer get stolen or damaged. For more information on Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today.

Seattle Rentals April Real Estate Recap

King County rental activity dipped in April, compared to March with 306 leased properties, according to stats from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.  However, this number ticked up from the same time last year, which was 295 leased properties in King County.  The market continues to stay strong, with 68 available properties within 6 miles of the downtown core with high price tags-the highest asking rent priced at $12,000 for a 2 br/2 bath penthouse in Belltown.

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Rents continue to increase as the Seattle vacancy rates remain at a low 3.6%, according to an article from Seattle Rental Group.  This is up just .07% from the same time last year. For more information about Seattle rentals, contact me at anytime.

Belltown Rental: $2,000

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This Belltown condo rental is in a great location,  with beautiful view of Downtown and partial views of Lake Union. Features include high ceilings in living room and bedroom, and large windows that allow plenty of light. The sizable living room has an eating space, and kitchen has granite counter tops, wood floor, stainless steel appliances and beautiful wood cabinets. Bedroom has 2 closets and view of the lake. The building amenities feature 24 hour concierge, security, pool, sauna, fitness center and an entertainment room. Rent includes water/sewer/garbage, parking and storage.If you’d like more information on this unit, or other Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today.

Status: For Rent
Bed//Bath: 1//1
Price: $2,000

The Importance of Renter’s Insurance For Renters and Landlords

There is one thing that seems to be very agreeable for both renters and landlords, and that is the necessity of renter’s insurance. It is likely that disputes among renters and landlords will arise in terms of damage to the property and repairs, but having renter’s insurance in place can protect both the tenant and the landlord. Renter’s insurance will protect the tenant’s assets and ensure safety of the tenant, thus keeping the tenant happy throughout the term of the lease. This will keep the tenant paying their rent on time, keeping the landlord satisfied.

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While renter’s insurance seems like an obvious choice for many, only 35% of tenants seem to be purchasing renter’s insurance, which fails in comparison to the percentage of those who purchase homeowner’s insurance- nearly 96% of homeowners. In the event of theft, renter’s insurance is helpful for tenants by the insurer covering the cost of stolen items claimed by the tenant. The insurance is also helpful for the landlord, because if the tenant did not have insurance, it is less likely that the tenant would be able to afford to replace all of the stolen items and afford to pay rent. The tenant might even have to break the lease, leaving the landlord with a vacant property. If you haven’t looked into rental insurance, consult with your current car insurance company today- they likely bundle for renter’s insurance as well. If you’re interested in Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today.