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Mon Apr 15, 2013
Puneet Sachdeva answered:
Yes you can. Just find somebody with experience and is currently doing transactions so they know today's market. This market is different and you have to have a professional Real Estate expert on your side.. ... more
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Thu Apr 4, 2013
Dan Tabit answered:
Yes, short term leases are almost always higher. It costs a landlord money to find a tenant and puts them at risk for vacancies.
Realize if you break a lease, depending on how it's written, you may still be obligated for the rent until the landlord finds a new tenant. It may not be cheaper and the landlord can sue you for any damages they have in unpaid rent. ... more
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Wed Feb 20, 2013
Will Herlan answered:
Have you consider a house boat on Lake Union or Portage Bay? That definitely gets you into a place with character, and you have very quiet neighbors downstairs.

Take a look at listing #449202 - probably smaller than you are looking for. Let me know if you want to take a look-see.

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Thu Feb 7, 2013
Michael Copeland answered:
Without seeing it and taking into consideration a lot of other details it is hard to give an exact estimate of how much to rent your apartment for. However, I've seen apartments similar in size and location to yours renting between $1,800-$2,500/mo. depending on the time of year,condition of the apartment, etc.

I would look online at what others are asking for rent on Craigslist, trulia, hotpads, etc.. And compare your unit to those. You don't want to be asking for the the highest rent on the beach but you don't want to lose $$$ either. Keep in mind that spring and summer months are quickly approaching and those are months that more people are thinking "wouldn't it be nice to live on the beach?"

You've got a great location working in your favor in addition to there being a very LOW inventory of similar available units. Good luck to you!

Michael Copeland
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Wed Feb 20, 2013
Jirius Isaac answered:
I live in Kenmore, on the north end of Lake Washington. Kenmore was chosen by Family Circle Magazine as one of the best 10 cities in the United States 2 years to live in. I totally agree. There are so many wonderful things about this town. Contact me directly & I would be happy to share more about it..

Good luck to you in any case,
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Sun Feb 3, 2013
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Mon Jan 28, 2013
Joseph Roraff answered:
When its not raining ;) jk. Right now is when apartments are filing up. I have a friend who lives in Seattle and the sooner you start looking the better your chances are. Also, you could get in touch with a realtor who can look for you now. ... more
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Thu Jan 24, 2013
Ray Akers answered:
In most cases, you'll find rental rates are lower outside of Seattle. There are several neighboring cities & towns that have a reputation for being safer, although I'm sure you're aware that crime is everywhere. Southwest of Sea-Tac is DesMoines, a sleepy little community adjacent to Puget Sound. East of Seattle, Issaquah provides easy access to Seattle and rentals are plentiful. North of Seattle you could consider Shoreline and Edmonds. A lot depends on where you will be working. As important as rents and crime is commuting time. Seattle ranks among the worst cities for commuting. So, pay attention to commutes. For general information about any community, try Good luck!
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Wed Jan 30, 2013
Stacey Lange answered:
You can search Beacon Hill Rentals and Homes for Sale here --
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Tue Dec 4, 2012
Wendy Hughes-Jelen answered:
Wallingford is a neighborhood in Seattle, I have not heard of the McDonald or Stanford "districts". Maybe someone else has.
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Sun Dec 2, 2012
Jeff Strand answered:
Hi Courtney

On my website there are some links you should take a look at. One is the State of Washington's report card on schools outlining test scores by school and district. The second link to look at is "School Digger" where you can get specific information on the schools in a local area and review feedback left by parents. There's lots to look at.

Also, if you're interested in being in the city, Seattle is fond of reading so there's a list of local libraries on this page too.

You can access the information from my website by following this link.

If I can be of assistance should you consider looking for a home in the Metro Seattle areas of Queen Anne, Magnolia, Madison Park or Capitol Hill, please reach out to me. I also work with clients relocating here for careers at Amazon or other tech companies.

Jeff S
Queen Anne Real Estate
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Thu Sep 13, 2012
Stacey Lange answered:
Hi there! We handle a lot of rentals for clients and are often contacted when individuals want to avoid scams. My best advice to you if you are dealing direct with the landlord is to take these steps:

1) If you haven't already, ask the landlord for their first and last name -- once you have this in hand, verify again public tax records -- typically you can visit any counties website and look up PUBLIC RECORDS. The landlord's name should match. Note: this is not a guarantee it is not a scam, scammers are smart -- but this is a good first step and gives you an opportunity to question if the name is different

2) If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is

3) Google the property address, look for discrepancies in their ad. For example if you see a rental on craigslist, trulia, zillow, etc and it is listed for $1100 a month but you see the SAME property on a real estate brokerage / agent's website listed for $1800 -- the scammer most likely copied photos and listing info off the legit ad, in some cases will post using the agents name in the ad with a link to the scammers email address. Again, if it sounds too good to be true...well move on to the next one.

4) Don't assume if you can get in to a property the person is the property owner, we had an instance where a scammer broke into a vacant home for sale and showed the property, signed a lease and took hefty cash deposits and rent and was never to be seen again.

5) Unless you are working with a licensed agent / broker or you know the owner personally, you should not write checks for deposits or rent unless you have PROOF the indiviudal you are speaking with is the owner. How do you do this? Simple, when you are at the point where you are being asked to provide monies, let them know that rental scams are a big problem on the internet and that you would like to see legal ID before handing them over money, if a legitimate owner this will not be a problem -- if it is, move on to the next one.

6) Be very cautious of landlords who indicate they are out of town and not available and need funds wired. This is not to say that an out of state landlord won't rent their home but again, this matter can be resolved by following steps above.

Great video from GET JESSE on King 5 news on our website that talks about rental scams here in the NW:

Best of luck to you!
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Sat Aug 11, 2012
marcia h chase answered:
It all depends on the individual person, their needs ...their comfort level and safety...
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Sat Aug 11, 2012
Kary Krismer answered:
I'm not sure why it would be illegal, but it does seem odd. Is it a one time charge or a monthly charge? If monthly, why not wrap it up in the rent? If one a one time charge, it seems a bit high of a charge for an application fee, but other than that I don't see a problem with it.

I would have two concerns if it's monthly. First, are you dealing through a legitimate entity or is it some sort of Craigslist type scam? Second, is the administrative fee locked for the same duration as the lease? You don't want to be locked into a one year lease at $1,800 with a $200 admin fee, and then have the admin free raised to $500 six months into the lease.

Hopefully whether it's monthly or one-time will be clarified, and if monthly, someone can shed some light on this practice, because I'm coming up with nothing.
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Tue Jul 31, 2012
Marcus Niles answered:
Have you thought about purchasing a condo? There are several well priced "free standing condo's" in the South Seattle area. I'm thinking of one in particular in Auburn that isn't on the market yet, that might be exactly what you are looking for. Click on my profile for contact info and send me an email (or just call) with a little more info and I may be able to help either way. ... more
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Tue Jul 31, 2012
Jeff Strand answered:
Hi Monica

I am more than happy to provide some assistance. Email me directly so I can get some information from you. The market he is moving very quickly but a home in that price range is available.

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Tue Jul 31, 2012
Mary Devino answered:
Will you be working downtown and what is your price point? Will you be in town to preview before your move? If you want to start looking soon, I will need your email to forward to you what is available. Good rentals don't last more than a day on the market. My email is ... more
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Sat Jun 16, 2012
Jeff Prescott answered:
The authorized signator of a property listing sets the terms of the agreement. The property owner can alter those terms when they see fit - usually with advice from their professional. These changes are arranged through your listing agent. Contact them and explain your concerns. The changes must be in writing, signed & dated. If your agent isn't cooperating go straight to the managing broker. They will take it from there. ... more
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Tue Jul 31, 2012
Ty Cayce answered:
It could be in West Seattle!

Depending on your price range, date for move, and what amenities are 'must-haves' I would encourage you to start by looking at our available properties at

If you see anything you would be interested in, I would be happy to set up a showing time.

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Sun May 27, 2012
Colleen Fischesser answered:
Potential cash flow which should take into consideration vacancy factors, any HOA fees, Management fees (if not self-managing), and on-going maintenance. What is the property's condition? How soon will the major components need attention or replacement? Roof, heating, plumbing? Zoning, deed restrictions. And one thing I see many investors forget to consider (because they are looking more at purchase price) is layout and overall appeal of the property. The more tenants it will suit, the more likely to find a strong tenant at a fair price. Good luck! ... more
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