May 2016

Where do your tenants fit? From college students to seniors, from work-at-home parents to tech-savvy and highly mobile Millennials, your prospective tenants are diverse and have hugely different needs. The opportunities for carving out a niche in Seattle rentals are as diverse as the neighborhoods of the city. As a landlord or property owner, you need to have a feel for the neighborhoods so that you can understand what neighborhoods attract certain tenants. That way, you can choose properties that attract the tenants you want to work with, and you can target your marketing of those properties as well.

If you manage your own properties, you're strong, you're educated about the market, and you may be just a little bit tired. Being a self-managing landlord is a huge job. If you need help with your property management, you have many options. You might decide that you'd like to move to a management company's full-service management program or you could also seek out a more limited selection of services to help you as you lease your property.

What's going on with your property when you're not there? If your property is sitting vacant, it's probably weighing on your mind as well. Empty properties can be targets for vandalism and theft. What can you do to ensure that your empty property is not only free of vandalism but also ready to show to prospective tenants?