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January 24, 2008 at 2:52 pm #586296
We want to rent our Pigeon Point House. Has anyone used any West Seattle Rental Agency’s for this? This is our first time so any advice/recommendations would be perfect? Also, any luck using craig’s list? How did you figure out the monthly rental rate?January 24, 2008 at 7:32 pm #614313
I had a rental house a few years ago. I found that a well placed sign in the yard or on the fence was a great way to find tenants. It worked better than a Seattle Times ad.January 24, 2008 at 8:20 pm #614314
Jill – I’ve been looking for a place to rent in WS (I’m currently down by Alki.) Can you post a bit about the house and the cost? Thanks!January 24, 2008 at 8:47 pm #614315
Jill, I’m a renter, and the house I’m living in right now was found on Craigslist. I also go around the neighborhood looking for signs. I never used any kind of agency because I always assumed there was some catch, some hidden fee they weren’t telling me about to find a place, or that it was a scam in general.
As for pricing, you might try going to Craigslist and search for houses in your area to see if there a common theme in pricing. Newspaper ads also could be helpful in that.January 24, 2008 at 10:34 pm #614316
I found a site online that helps you determine the rent you charge to make it affordable:
Just use this as a guide.January 25, 2008 at 1:50 am #614317
We are also a renters and to be fair i have to tell you that i just followed cinnamon’s link to affordable housing and it probably isn’t realistic.
depending upon the size of the house and the amenities (does it have a view, is it near a park, schools, are you going to allow pets, etc>>>) rents here are higher than those posted.
you might try housingmaps.. just put them in google. that is where i found our current rental.
I think a lot of people who are transferring into the area use that system. It works really well… as does a good old fashioned sign.
You might want to consider a real estate service if you aren’t going to want to manage the property yourself… they do charge a percentage of the rent as a fee, but they do most of the work screening renters and some of them even arrange repairs for you. Just check out the contracts really carefully.
Too bad i won’t be looking for another place for at least 6 months… good luck!January 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm #614318
Thank you everybody for your helpful info! I’ll be following up on your advice. To the velvet bulldog, while not using WS Blog as advertising…the house is a 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 1998 very “gently-live in” construction–owned only by bachelors, meaning only a few rooms in the whole house have been used. Feel free to email email@example.com for more info.
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