Where the hell are all of the apartments and houses to rent in Seattle? Tis a question we get all of the time. The rental market out there just sucks right now and I would not expect it to get better any time soon. It is a very aggressive market and you should expect to fight for an apartment the way they do in New York. In the last year alone rental prices have gone up 10%. In some neighborhoods the jump has been wayÂ more significant. On Capitol Hill you should expect to pay over $2,000 for a two bedroom and at least $1,500 for a one bedroom with parking.
Here are some hints to get you in a place ahead of the rest of the fray that are moving to Seattle right now:
Before You Event Start to Look: You are going to have to be aggressive and basically hunt down landlords. You might even have to offer more money than they are advertising the home for rent!
- Print a Copy of Your Credit Report
- Have a Sample Application Filled Out
- Have Letters of Recommendation
- Have a Cashiers Check for the Deposit Ready
- Have Your Former Landlord Write Your Pet a Recommendation
- Have a Renters Resume that includes a description of who you are, what you are going to bring to the “community” your employer information, rental history, have pet info disclosed and anything else that is going to make you stand out from the crowd.
Places to Look For Your Diva Dwelling/Rental
- Craigslist – The oldie but goodie. But honestly everyone uses it. Look everyday. Sometimes twice a day and call as soon as you see a home that is remotely decent.
- SeattleRentals.com – Ok service but sometimes their listings are often outdated.
- Ewing and Clark – They are able to source info from our local MLS service. This is for the higher-end homes.
- Seattle Sublet – Only going to be here for a little bit. Sublet!
- PadMapper – Love the interaction of PadMapper but they often get their listings about 24 hours after Craigslist posts.
- Trulia – Personally I love Trulia’s search tools. Their rental section is clean and easy. Which in my book goes a long way!
- Zillow – Yes Zillow has rentals listed on their site and it is pretty snazzy.
Give yourself time to make this work for you. I can be honest and say it is the rare person who will be able to find a home in a day. Take your time and spend a week out here getting to know the neighborhoods. Feel free to check out our Neighborhood Section on the Diva site or our Hood Spotlights section for more specific neighborhood information in Seattle. Good luck and give us a ring if you have any questions.