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Your Fall Rental To-Do List

Fall Proactive Cleaning for your Rental Here are some proactive things you can do to your rental property to prepare it for the fall & winter seasons. Your rental lease with the tenants probably lays out maintenance responsibilities along the lines of ‘tenants are responsible for the furnace filter and light bulbs, and the owner […]
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Haunted Rental Stories

The following are stories from our agents and their experiences with the supernatural. Working in Property Management, we are in and out of homes all day. We work with agents in and out of our office to show units to new tenants, and handling move-in and move-out inspections. We like to say we’ve seen it […]
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Tasks to Tackle Before Temperatures Plummet

  The following article was contributed for our republication by WinterizeGuys.  The work involved in carrying out their tips for maintaining your home in the winter may fall on a landlord, or on a tenant, depending on the item and on your lease.  Either way, it’s important to manage the process and ensure that someone […]
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Meet JMW Group Agent David Steinmetz

By JWM Group | June 13, 2019

A Q&A with our agent, David Steinmetz. How long have you been in property management? 19 years total, I’ve been at JMW for 13 years, since it started.   What’s the best part about working in Property Management? I’d have to say, the best part is the wide range of people you meet in this […]


Prevent Major Damage with These Devices

By JWM Group | May 30, 2019

Prevent Major Damage with these $30 Devices 4 devices around $30 that protect your rental from maintenance issues Normal wear and tear happens to all rentals, but the major disasters, like leaks and frozen pipes, those are the ones that Landlords and Tenants are all trying to avoid. We searched the web for those devices […]

Windermere Property Management / JMW Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Shannon McCutcheon as Operations Manager

By JWM Group | May 20, 2019

  Windermere Property Management / JMW Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Shannon McCutcheon as Operations Manager, effective May 13, 2019.     Born and raised in Southern California, Shannon has spent the last 10 years in Operations Management and Learning & Development managing complex projects, business development, and employee programs for large financial, mortgage and […]

Timing the Rental Market

By JWM Group | May 20, 2019

Timing the Rental Market   Knowing when to market your property is half the battle. Timing is a large part of profitably managing Investment Property. Vacancy is a landlord’s potentially largest variable expense. We say ‘potential’ because ideally, the vacancy rate is as close to zero as possible. By pricing a property correctly and understanding […]


Open Letter to Washington State Senator Kuderer

By JWM Group | April 11, 2019

Dear Senator Kuderer,   I am writing to share concerns over SB 5600.  As I read the proposed language, I am struck by the extent to which it goes beyond protection of tenants rights, and instead fundamentally infringes upon property owners rights.   It seems as though the legislation’s authors envision landlords as fat-cat tycoons.  […]


Spring Cleaning for your rental property: A quick guide to your Spring inspection

By JWM Group | March 21, 2019

Spring Cleaning your Rental Property Some things to remember for your Spring inspection of your Rental. The sun is shining a little longer after you get home these days, and you’re starting to notice those cobwebs you didn’t see all winter, and that the closet has really gotten away from you. It’s time to binge […]


Rental Maintenance: Appliance Troubleshooting

By JWM Group | March 7, 2019

Hopefully you’ve read our previous blog posts about maintenance and issue prevention on sinks and toilets, and the bonus on snow. If you haven’t, go ahead and check those out. We’ll wait here for ya! 😉   This week we’re covering appliances in the rental. Every rental property has a variety of different appliances, if […]


Rental Maintenance: Snow

By JWM Group | February 21, 2019

Rental Maintenance: Snowmaggedon 2019         What did we learn after Snowmaggedon 2019? Well, we already knew we couldn’t trust the weather predictions, and we knew we wouldn’t believe it till we saw it. Unfortunately, this year, when Seattle winter came, and it really took us by surprise.   What did this mean […]


Rental Maintenance: Toilets

By JWM Group | February 7, 2019

  You might have read our last blog about sinks and disposals. This week we’re going to cover the restroom and toilets. This was written with Jay LaBrie.   Property Management isn’t glamorous. If you’ve spent even just a day working on rental maintenance, you know it’s not always pretty. Sometimes, we have to deal […]


Rental Maintenance: Drains

By JWM Group | January 24, 2019

Over the next few blog posts, we’re going to focus on rental maintenance issues that are preventable when the owners and tenants are on the same page regarding the proper care of the home. These suggestions are based on our experiences with owners and tenants and the common mistakes that end up costing both parties […]


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