An election changes the economy even before the election occurs, and its influence continues in the months after a new government takes office. This year’s election is no exception, and owners, buyers, and tenants are all wondering how the election will change the Seattle housing market. If there are changes in the local housing marketing, how might they influence your Seattle rentals?

Are you looking to get into the multi-family rental market or do you currently own a multi-family property?  Multi-family properties can be a great investment, but more isn't always better or easier: More homes can mean more hassle. If you're trying to decide whether you should purchase a multi-family property, it's important to consider some of the associated challenges before you buy. But don't despair, there are hassle-free ways to meet those challenges.

When you own a beautiful property, you want to share it. Creating a vacation rental is one way to share your property with others. In the Pacific Northwest, people flock to the Lake Chelan area for its sunny summers and serene winters, fun on the lake, golf, wineries and many other features. If you’re tired of playing host to vacation rental guests during your vacation time, a property management company could be the right choice for your Lake Chelan vacation property and your property management needs.

Home safe home: when your tenants think about home, you want them to think about it with fondness, but you also want them to think about it with a feeling of security. Your rental homes must feel safe to tenants. This means that they need to be well-maintained and in good repair. As a property owner, keeping up with property repairs and maintenance can be a challenge. What can you do to stay on top of it all?

Last month, Property Manager Théo Montgomery visited the WithinReach hotline team and brought a $2,500 donation on behalf of Windermere Foundation, together with Windermere Property Management/Lori Gill & Associates. WithinReach connects families across the state to the resources they need to live healthy lives. They serve as a single point of entry to families who need help finding food assistance, health insurance, or child development resources in Washington.

How are your Seattle properties doing? If it feels like the property market is speeding up exponentially, you're right: Seattle's property market is the fourth-fastest growing rental market in the country. Rental rates are up and vacancy rates are down. What are the details of this constantly shifting local market, and how will they impact your business?

Whether you want a break from being on call or you're considering a purchase of an investment property, you know that you need help managing your properties. However, choosing the wrong property manager can be a big problem for your budget, your buildings, and your tenants. When you're looking for a property manager, here's what you need to look for to ensure that you're getting a reputable manager for your properties.

Housing in Seattle Roger Valdez is the Director of Smart Growth Seattle, an organization working to promote fresh land use codes to manage the growth of single-family neighborhoods. For the past 20 years, Roger has worked at state, regional and local levels on issues ranging from public health to public education. He was Neighborhood Development Manager for the City of Seattle and most recently worked as the housing director at a local nonprofit, managing and developing affordable housing. Here, he discusses the housing and rental markets in Seattle.