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Specialty # of Agencies
Single House or Condo 12
Apartment Buildings 15
Home Owners Association 11
Total Local Companies 22

The average rent for a 3 bedroom house in Seattle, WA is $1,777.00. When you receive your requested free market assessment, compare the average rent to what a property manager expects your property to rent for before making your decision on which manager to hire.

Seattle, WA Rental Market Overview

Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by pristine waterways, two mountain ranges and three national parks. Its coastal location and the establishment of the Port of Seattle have long contributed to the city's success as a major economic center. Meanwhile, Seattle's natural beauty has attracted some of the most iconic Fortune 500 companies of the past decade,, Costco, Starbucks, Microsoft, and Nordstrom. Driven by growth in the technology sector, Seattle has maintained a relatively strong economy even through the recession.

Demand for Seattle Rentals is on the Rise

Seattle's comparative prosperity continuously attracts a steady stream of people to the region, spurring demand for rental properties. With median house prices 40 percent higher than the national average, property ownership is out of reach for a large portion of Seattle's population, including the region's steady influx of new employees. Pair this with the fact that while new job creation is trending upwards, construction of new rental housing units has declined by nearly 80% in recent years, and you have the makings of an increasingly tight rental market. Owners of existing rental units have lately been able to raise rents substantially in response to rising demand.

Seattle Neighborhood Geography

Perhaps the best way to describe Seattle neighborhoods is by starting from the retail core, but it isn't easy. Unlike most American cities, some Seattle neighborhoods lack specific boundaries. There are overlaps and omissions on maps printed by realty companies or documents produced by community councils. A good example of this cartological confusion starts directly north of downtown, where the urban neighborhoods of Eastlake, Belltown and Denny Triangle sometimes overlap or vanish from local reference materials. For instance, some recent maps erase the old Denny Triangle and replace it with an expanded Eastlake, a neighborhood that extends north along the eastern shores of Lake Union. Other maps--and even community blogs--combine Belltown with the Denny Triangle and call it the Denny Regrade. "Regrade" harkens back to a massive sluicing project in the early 1900s that washed away one of the Seattle's original seven hills. When it comes to neighborhood names, Seattle locals know the synonyms while tourists ask for clarifications or directions.

Whether you call it the Denny Regrade, the Denny Triangle or Eastlake and Belltown, continue further north you'll find the Seattle Center neighborhood in the shadow of the Space Needle and a hill too high to be washed away: Queen Anne Hill. At 456 feet it's Seattle's second-highest hill and home to almost 30,000 inhabitants. West of Queen Anne is the Magnolia district, a hilly peninsula comprised of the Briarcliff, Lawton Park and Southeast Magnolia neighborhoods. Lawton Park is on the grounds of the former Fort Lawton, an army base that existed here from 1900 to 2011.

North of Magnolia and across the Lake Washington Ship Canal and Chittenden Locks are the overlapping neighborhoods of Ballard and Fremont. Despite the surge of upscale condominiums and trendy musical venues, Ballard remains closely associated with Seattle's Scandinavian settlers and seafaring community. Just east of here is Fremont, a neighborhood that abounds in artistic counterculture. Fremont's most memorable statuary includes a refurbished Vladimir Lenin monument and a car-smashing troll sculpture beneath the north side of the Aurora Bridge. The quirky creativity of this region dovetails nicely with nearby Wallingford, Ravenna, Green Lake and the University District, all appealing neighborhoods that offer an extensive range of off-campus housing options for students attending the nearby University of Washington.

North of Green Lake is the Northgate district, an area made up of four neighborhoods: Haller Lake, Maple Leaf, Pinehurst and Licton Springs/North College Park. Haller Lake is one of Seattle's northernmost neighborhoods, bordered by Broadview on the west and Lake City to the east. Below Lake City and extending along the shores of Lake Washington are Hawthorne Hills--sometimes labeled Windermere or overlapped with an area with the same name--and Laurelhurst. Both of these affluent neighborhoods have the highest median household incomes in Seattle.

Return to Seattle's retail core and you'll find more neighborhoods directly to the east on two more hills: First Hill and Capitol Hill. The steep slopes create astounding sunset views of the city and Puget Sound to the west and/or rosy sunrises over Bellevue and the Cascade Range to the east. Residents--especially seniors--often refer to First Hill as Pill Hill after visiting the numerous health care facilities and clinics around the crest. In the early 1900s this neighborhood was home to affluent residents and featured numerous Victorian manors and stately Tudor homes. While modern construction displaced or replaced First Hill's oldest architecture, visitors can still find an abundance of mature trees and venerable estates throughout Capitol Hill. Further east of these two hills are the waterfront neighborhoods of Madison Park and Madison Valley. Washington Park, Denny-Blaine (sometimes called Harrison) and Leshi are often lumped into the Madison Valley district as one highly affluent neighborhood.

Just south and within walking distance of Seattle's retail core is Pioneer Square, one of the two oldest neighborhoods in the city. Further east from here is the Chinatown-International District and Seattle's Central District (or Central Area). Around the 1920s strict housing covenants containing racial restrictions limited minorities to these two areas, creating two of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in Seattle. In recent years market pressure and increased housing costs have diluted some of this diversity, although the decades of influence on architecture remain. South of the International District is Georgetown, the only rival to Pioneer Square for venerability. Georgetown is part of the Duwamish River Industrial District and features more area--or sprawl--than Pioneer Square. Commercial interest resulted in a recent community revival that continues to evolve with bars, restaurants, boutiques and coffee houses.

West of Georgetown are the districts of West Seattle and Delridge, which is make up two dozen tiny neighborhoods--so many that we only cover a few here. The High Point neighborhood in Delridge is 520 feet above sea level and the highest point in the Seattle metro area. Recent renovations and redevelopment resulted in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city with a significant number of immigrants from East Africa and Southeast Asia. At the northernmost tip of the district is the neighborhood of Alki Point, a beachfront neighborhood that remains one of the most popular local destinations throughout the summer months. Far to the south is the neighborhood of Fauntleroy, a daily destination for Washington State Ferry commuters who make their way between West Seattle and Vashon Island or the Kitsap Peninsula.

East of Georgetown is the district of Southeast Seattle/Rainier Valley. These two place names are frequently used in an interchangeable manner that confuses everyone except long-term residents. Although the region was annexed to Seattle in the early 1900s, most of these neighborhoods feature older homes that were shortly built after World War II. A number of Rainier Valley communities have aliases, including Rainier View (also called Lakeridge), Rainier Beach (also called Atlantic City Beach) and Dunlap (sometimes known as Othello). Most Rainier Valley neighborhoods are primarily residential, but Columbia City is sometimes defined as an urban village with pedestrian enhancements and unique ethnic and income diversity. North of Columbia City is the shoreline neighborhood of Mount Baker, while the Lakewood and Seward Park waterfront communities border Columbia City to the south.

Seattle Property Management Companies Can Help

With many Seattle property investors taking advantage of rising home prices and the hot rental market, professional property management has become increasingly important. Seattle property management companies help investors maximize returns on their income properties, while also attracting and keeping the highest quality tenants.

Seattle Rental Market at a Glance

  Seattle MSA US
2012 Population 3.5 million 380 million
2010 Percentage of renters 38.23% 34.0%
2013 (1st Q) Rental vacancy rate 4.6% 8.4%
2013 Median house price $361,000 $185,400
2013 Median income $58,890 $51,425
2013 Median rent (3 bedroom) $1,754 $1,350

The vacancy rate of the greater area of Seattle, Washington (population: 3,552,157) has declined since its peak of 8.5% in the third quarter of 2010 to 4.6% for the beginning of 2013. The median rent has increased since its 2010 price of $1,602 and is currently at $1,754. The median family income is currently $58,890 and the median home price is $361,000.

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Top Single Family Managers

613 Market St.
Kirkland, WA 98033

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Our property management team adds value to its clients' properties while maintaining low-overhead costs.
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12418 83rd Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98178

Managing: Single-Family : Multi-Family :
We are honest, dependable, and conscientious business people. We won't rest until we know all of your property man...
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2224 Queen Anne Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109

Managing: Single-Family : Multi-Family : Commercial
"A" rated BBB, 5 stars in Customer Service and Client Satisfaction
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Top Multi-Family Managers

2222 Meridian East Suite E
Edgewood , WA 98371

Managing: Multi-Family : Association : Commercial
We specialize in maximizing your investment potential.
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425 Pontius Ave N , Suite 203
Seattle, WA 98042

Managing: Single-Family : Multi-Family : Association : Commercial
Doing business in the Puget Sound region since 1944. We've earned a reputation for high caliber service, responsiven...
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613 Market St.
Kirkland, WA 98033

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Our property management team adds value to its clients' properties while maintaining low-overhead costs.
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Top Association Managers

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19410 HWY 99 , Ste A-136
Lynnwood , WA 98036

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13400 NE 20th Street Suite 37
Bellevue, WA 98005

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Managing Condominium and Homeowner Associations in the Puget Sound area of Washington State
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Additional Seattle, WA Property Management Companies

9500 Roosevelt Way NE #100
Seattle, WA 98115

Managing: Single-Family : Multi-Family : Association : Commercial
Since 1972, WPI has a proven track record in managing properties in King and Snohomish County.
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18500 156th Ave. NE, Suite #104
Woodinville, WA 98072

Managing: Single-Family : Multi-Family : Association : Commercial
A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau.
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18551 Aurora Ave. N #310
Shoreline, WA 98133

Managing: Single-Family : Multi-Family :
We are a family owned business offering Real Estate services since 1932 in the greater Seattle area.
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PO Box 1451
Issaquah, WA 98027

Managing: Single-Family : Multi-Family :
Unprecedented services: single family, condos, and multiplexes.
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5604 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98136

Managing: Single-Family : Multi-Family :
Our highest priority is to establish quality client relationships and to represent homeowners with professionalism a...
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8193 Kendall Rd.
Maple Falls, WA 98266

Managing: Single-Family : Multi-Family : Commercial
Misty Mountains Realty was formed in 1990; we are celebrating 23 years of excellence!
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PO Box 81
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Managing: Association :
Providing unsurpassed service to Homeowner & Condominium associations in the Puget Sound area since 2000.
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PO Box 75535
Seattle, WA 98175

Managing: Association :
Having managed over 30 associations, we understand associations' concerns, issues and needs.
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8621 Martin Way East
Lacey, WA 98516

Managing: Association :
We are here to provide a custom management solution for your needs!
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12414 Hwy 99 Suite 102
Everett, WA 98204

Managing: Single-Family : Multi-Family :
We specialize in providing peace of mind. Whether this is your 1st investment property or your 21st, you need to know that...
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Q2 2015 Rental Ranking Report

Home to the world-famous Pike Place Market, professional sports teams like the Seahawks, Sounders FC and Mariners, unparalleled mountain and water views (between the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges and the Puget Sound and Lake Washington), the most coffee shops per capita in the U.S. and major employers such as Microsoft, Amazon and Boeing calling the region home, it's easy to understand why Seattle is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. In addition to its many other accolades, Seattle holds a place on Forbes' list of the best cities for tech jobs and Kiplinger's list of the best cities for new college graduates.

Q2 2015 Seattle Rental Market Update

Seattle is currently the best market for rental real estate investment in both the Western U.S. and the country as a whole. Seattle rents increased by a whopping 11.90 percent year-over-year last quarter, the fifth-highest rent variance in the country and almost 140 percent higher than the average rent variance during that time period. Impressive annual job growth (3.91 percent, the fourth-highest in the U.S.), moderately low vacancy rates (4.00 percent, 14th-lowest in the U.S.), and steep property value appreciation (8.95 percent, 11th-highest in the U.S.) also indicate how exceptionally strong demand currently is for Seattle housing.

Finally, Seattle rental property owners benefit from having exceptionally low insurance and tax costs compared to other areas of the country; property taxes are relatively low (14th-lowest in the U.S.), and the average annual homeowners insurance premium of $648 is 40 percent lower than the national average.

(Full disclosure: All Property Management is based in Seattle, although this had no bearing on Seattle earning the top spot as data, not biases, are used by the Rental Ranking Report.)

Q1 2015 Seattle Rental Market Update

Seattle has an active real estate market and is one of the toughest markets in the country for renters looking for available housing. It should come as no surprise that Seattle sports an outstanding ranking of second-best for rental housing investment in both the Western U.S. and the country as a whole out of the 75 rental markets evaluated by the Q1 2015 Rental Ranking Report.

The median rental price in Seattle increased an astounding 27.12 percent in the year ending in Q1 2015, a rent variance that was the highest in the entire U.S. during that time frame and more than twice as high as the second-highest rent variance, 12.77 percent in Denver. Seattle homeowners also profited from an 8.21 increase in home values in the year ending in Q1 2015, the 16th-best home value appreciation in the country during that time frame. Combine these impressive stats with a respectable capitalization rate of 7.25 percent (the 33rd-highest in the country), and it's easy to see why Seattle is a rental market firing on all cylinders.

The median age of Seattle's housing inventory is just 37 days, the third-lowest age of housing inventory of the 75 Rental Ranking Metros. The cost to carry property, as measured by property tax rates and annual homeowners insurance premiums, are the second-lowest in the country. All these factors combine to make Seattle a compelling market for those considering buying rental property.

What data is this Rental Ranking Report based on?

To calculate the statistics found in the Q2 2015 Rental Ranking Report, All Property Management gathered data, including the most recent government housing and jobs data, for 75 metros across the United States. Specifically, we looked at home vacancy, capitalization, home value appreciation and job growth rates, changes in rental prices, and the average number of days properties have been on the market to determine which U.S. metros will give investors the highest returns on rental investments. Click here to learn more about the Rental Ranking metrics.

Should I invest in Seattle rental property?

There has never been a better time to consider rental property investment in the Seattle metropolitan area. Property owners and investors should capitalize on the lack of available rental housing in Seattle as its rapidly-rising rental rates will help them reap exceptional returns.

Thinking about renting out a property in Seattle? Save time, avoid hassle and maximize your rental income by having a professional property management company operate your rental property for you. Click here to get a free quote from a local property manager or call 877-780-4510 to have the All Property Management staff get quotes for you.

All Property Management specializes in connecting rental property owners with professional property managers in communities across the United States. These property managers help set rental rates, advertise properties, screen and manage tenants, collect rent, manage vendor relationships and ensure compliance with local, state and federal housing regulations. They take the hassle and worry out of managing rental properties - all while maximizing rental property owners' rental incomes.