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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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An Interview with Ann Lopez

By JWM Group | August 2, 2018

Meet our newest agent, Ann Lopez. With almost 30 years in property management, Ann joined us about a year ago. She’s hit the ground running – operating out of Kirkland, she’s already found her niche in North Seattle. I wanted to know how it was going since she began at Windermere, here’s the Q&A: What’s […]


More Families Renting Rather than Buying

By JWM Group | July 19, 2018

More families than ever are renting instead of buying. Between 2006 and 2016, 1.9 million more families* in the U.S. were renting their home at the time of the census, a 16% increase in just 10 years. In that same 10-year time frame, Seattle saw 40,000 more households with minor children renting, and a decrease […]

Preparing to Rent a Home

By JWM Group | July 5, 2018

Preparing to rent a home: So, you’ve graduated, or you’re moving from your parent’s place for the first time. Here’s what you need to get in shape before you go apartment hunting: Your credit score(s). Use a free credit company to check your credit score. If it’s in the poor range, these sites often have […]


What to Consider When You're Considering a Micro-Unit

By JWM Group | June 21, 2018

Considering a Micro-Unit? The price of a micro-unit will definitely peak your interest. But, is it a good fit for you? It’s important to consider the pros and cons before you make the move to a micro-unit since they come with a specific set of unique attributes. Let’s dive into the pros and cons and […]

Need a Good Vendor: A Guide

By JWM Group | June 7, 2018

Need a good handyman or Sub-contractor? Use these questions to start your interview with a potential vendor. They will help you protect your investment property, both structurally and financially. Having a vendor list you can trust is crucial for maintaining your investment property while staying within your budget. If you know they’re going to get […]

Selecting the Right Property Manager

By JWM Group | May 24, 2018

Looking for a Property Manager to manage your investment property? Here are some tips: Carefully selecting the right property manager is one of (if not) THE most important step(s) 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. […]

Service Animals in Rentals

By JWM Group | May 10, 2018

Is it a pet or service animal? There’s a difference! Service animals and Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) are not pets.  Tenants who have them are protected by HUD laws. Much like you wouldn’t ask someone what their prescription is for, you can’t ask the tenant what they suffer from that requires an animal. Here’s how […]


Rent Prices Have Failed to Keep Up with Surging Property Values

By JWM Group | April 19, 2018

Rental prices are not keeping up with home sale values. Taking into consideration the current market and recent property tax increases in our area, it’s not hard to see that these two linked industries depend on each other more than people tend to realize. When Landlords sell, they will sell at a market price. This […]

Spring Cleaning for your Rental Property

By JWM Group | April 5, 2018

Proactive spring cleaning for your rental property: A quick guide to a spring inspection of your property investment. It’s time to clean out your home for spring. The sun is out later in the evening, and we’re able to assess the damage of winter. But don’t forget about your rental property, because your tenants might […]


Three Rookie Mistakes to Avoid

By JWM Group | March 22, 2018

Don’t make these rookie mistakes! Avoid a sticky situation with your tenants by following these three rules to property management. Make sure you are following the laws of your location, renting your house out isn’t easy, but don’t make it harder on yourself than it needs to be. Rookie Mistake: Not making tenants formally apply. […]


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