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Landlord Liability Issues

The idea of being a property owner and generating passive income from rentals can be alluring and when properly managed lucrative.  At the same time, there are a number of responsibilities that come with being a landlord and it is important that you are both aware of them and attending to them. Here are some […]
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A Landlord’s Spring Cleaning To-Do List

  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 […]
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Timing the Rental Market

When you are ready to put your rental on the market, knowing when to start marketing it is crucial to finding great long-term tenants. Poor timing could put you at risk for an extended vacancy and having your listing become ‘stale’, so read on to find best practices to time your rental right for your […]
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Your Fall Rental To-Do List

By JWM Group | November 6, 2020

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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3 Tips to Effectively Market Your Rental

By JWM Group | October 23, 2020

Most property managers/landlords can attest to how tiring and time consuming the leasing process can be when it’s time to place your rental on the market once again. Fortunately, there are some tried and true methods proven to help things go a little smoother and save you some valuable time! Here are some small tips […]

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The Top 10 Desired Amenities in Rentals

By JWM Group | October 9, 2020

  Which items regularly top the list of must haves what renters look for year after year when it comes to searching for their new home in the greater Seattle area, and how do the features in your rental stack up? While many new apartment buildings have been marketing unusual amenities lately like pet spas, […]

Marketing Your Rental Property

By JWM Group | March 5, 2020

  You’ve prepared the house or unit for new people to move in, now it’s time to tell them about it. The best place to market your rental these days is online. Keep these considerations in mind when posting to your preferred rental search site.    Be fully aware of how to comply with all […]

Prepare Your Rental Property For Tenants

By JWM Group | February 20, 2020

  So, you’ve decided to rent out your home! Congratulations on this big next step in your financial plan! Owning a rental property can be a rewarding experience; a fulfilling way to earn a little passive income while providing shelter for someone, while hopefully watching your property’s value appreciate. So how best to end that […]

Why You Shouldn’t Paint with Pantone’s Color of the Year

By JWM Group | February 6, 2020

Trends come and go, just as tenants rent and vacate, but property investors are in it for the long haul which is why it’s important for property investors to keep their priorities straight for their unit. Each tenant is different, they have different communication styles, different standards of living, and each comes with their own […]

Selecting the Right Property Manager

By JWM Group | January 23, 2020

Carefully selecting the right property manager is one of the most important steps of owning investment properties.  Having the right property manager will impact profitability, risk, and enjoyment of the venture like few other decisions an owner will make. This is true even for owners that decide to self-manage:  they’re still selecting a property manager […]

Clean out your storage space and make more money!

By JWM Group | January 9, 2020

Do you have a New Year’s Resolution to de-clutter your life? What about make more money? Complete both by cleaning out that storage unit you call your rental! Many of our owners use the garage or shed at their rental as storage for those items that are rarely used. Some owner even use it to […]

Hosting Guests in your Rental Over the Holidays

By JWM Group | December 12, 2019

  Maybe you have family coming into town or maybe you’re the family going to visit for the Holidays. Keep your family safe and healthy with this guide. We’re thinking outside the box for you so you can think about what really matters, the food and the beverages.  If the host lives in a rental […]

Haunted Rental Stories

By JWM Group | October 31, 2019

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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