New Legislation in Seattle Aims to Expedite Affordable Housing Construction

Seattle neighborhood

In a significant move to address the housing affordability crisis, the Seattle City Council, led by Councilmember Dan Strauss, recently passed a legislative package to streamline affordable housing production. The package, proposed by Mayor Bruce Harrell, received overwhelming approval from the council and includes measures to increase permitting efficiency and reduce construction timelines. One of…

Read More

Summer Maintenance Checklist for Landlords in the Pacific Northwest

Alki Beach in Seattle Washington

As a landlord in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, it’s crucial to stay in tune with your tenant’s property needs, especially considering the unique characteristics of this region. By implementing a seasonal home maintenance schedule, you can ensure that your rentals are always in top shape, reducing unforeseen problems and attracting potential renters. Let’s take a…

Read More

Understanding Seattle’s Rental Laws

South Lake Union

Seattle’s rental laws are designed to promote a fair and equitable rental market. They balance tenants’ rights with landlords’ responsibilities, and they ensure that rental properties meet basic standards of safety and habitability. One of the critical regulations that landlords must be aware of is the Seattle Fair Chance Housing Ordinance. This law prohibits landlords…

Read More

The state of the rental market in Seattle this Spring

Photo of a downtown Seattle rental unit

As we enter the Spring of 2023, the rental market in Seattle is experiencing a period of change and uncertainty. A combination of factors such as a booming population, rising construction costs, and new housing regulations have led to a rental market that is evolving unexpectedly. In this blog post, we will explore the current…

Read More

When investing in real estate, set SMART goals

smart goals image

Setting goals is crucial for success, as it provides a result-oriented approach, helps people remain consistent and disciplined, and value their time. A Harvard Business Study found that only 3 percent of MBA graduates who set goals earned nearly ten times as much as those who did not. However, setting goals is not enough; they…

Read More

Finding and keeping good tenants

Photo of an apartment interior at move in

Finding a good tenant is a difficult task. It involves advertising vacancies, keeping competitive rental rates, and conducting background checks. Choosing good tenants will result in them staying longer. Finding new tenants can be costly if you have vacant units. Screening tenants thoroughly can save you the headaches of accepting bad tenants who don’t pay…

Read More

What Landlords Need to Know About Insurance

Interior of a home

It is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure that they have the proper insurance. This blog post aims to help landlords understand the different types of insurance they should consider and what each cover. In addition, we will offer tips on how to find the best rates for landlord insurance. We hope you’ll find this post…

Read More

The housing market in Seattle cools fastest in the country

space needle at sunset

According to the real estate brokerage Redfin, Seattle’s housing market is dropping faster than the rest of the nation. Comparatively, home sales in Seattle fell 34% in August. In addition, according to Redfin’s analysis, the average home sold for 2% less in August than in July. The rapid cooling of Seattle’s real estate market can…

Read More