Live like an owner: more renters seeking single-family homes
There may be fewer families buying homes these days; but that doesn’t mean families don’t want to live in single-family homes. According to a new article from The Shared Wall, “neighborhoods that once featured all single-family homes that were exclusively purchased are now boasting a mix of homeowners and renters.” Some characteristics of these renters who “live like owners” include living in one house for quite a long time, getting to know their neighbors, and keeping up with light landscaping around their properties. Read more.
What do renters want? Mobile, yes; texting, no.
We recently sat in on an interesting webinar from Appfolio. They presented research on the top technology trends renters are looking for today from their landlords and units. Among the findings, of course, were renters’ ties to their smartphones: Over one-third of apartment residents use their phones to make maintenance requests, and more residents are paying rent on their mobile devices than writing checks these days. But tenants’ connections to their phones do not translate into wanting texts from their landlords; a full one-third of the people surveyed said they preferred not to receive rental-related texts at all. Read more.
Affordable and upscale housing: A workable mix?
Can upscale and affordable housing be mixed effectively? The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has just released a new video studying the concept. Architects across the country chimed in with their viewpoints, and Seattle firm R.C. Hedreen Co. has an idea for a project they think could do well. The Seattle proposal sits affordable housing in a building not with upscale apartments or condos, but a luxury hotel. Check out the video and read more here.
Easy updates can make rental properties more secure
Having units in the city can sometimes make home security systems a necessity; but if you’re renting out a single-family home or condo, the Seattle Times has some easy updates you can make to the property to make it less accessible for burglars. The tips include: installing lights to illuminate all doors and pathways to the house; planting thorny hedges near windows; and trimming back more friendly bushes and trees that give an intruder places to hide. Read more.
City’s fastest-growing private companies revealed
The Puget Sound Business Journal announced Washington State’s 100 fastest-growing private companies in an awards ceremony last week; of course, plenty of Seattle-based companies made the list. The top ten companies included John F. Buchan Homes at no. 1, Level II at no. 2, and Rooster Park at no. 3. Accepting awards for their companies, executives touted everything from supportive spouses to inspiring beer for their successes. Check out the awardees here–your next tenant just might work at one of the companies!