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About Coldwell Banker Bain Property Management

As residential property managers for Coldwell Banker Bain Property Management Division, we manage single family residences, individual condominium units and small apartment complexes in the greater Puget Sound region. We serve Seattle, Tacoma, Anacortes, Marysville, Bainbridge Island, Lynnwood, Everett, Redmond, Bellevue and many other cities in Washington State. We also offer full service commercial property management services.

THE GROWTH OF RENTAL PROPERTIES

Nationally, single-family rentals (detached homes or townhomes) are developing faster than any other portion of the housing market.  These rentals outpace both single-family home purchases and apartment rentals.  Locally, nearly half of all Seattleites are renters. Between 2006 and 2016, according … Continue reading

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FROZEN WATER PIPES?

Frozen pipes can occur even in occupied properties.  Here are some tips for prevention: Locate the main water shut off before a broken pipe occurs.  Disconnect all hoses; if the water freezes in the hose, it can break the spigot.  … Continue reading

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WASHINGTON STATE CONSIDERS MORE RENTAL REGULATIONS

Senate Bill 5600 would include some significant changes to Residential Landlord Tenant Act.  The potential changes would: Change the pay rent or vacate notice from 3 days to 14. Remove the option of a set term lease that expires at … Continue reading

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RISING RENTS

The average rent across King and Snohomish counties dipped 2.9 percent in December compared with the prior quarter, according to a new quarterly landlord survey by Apartment Insights/RealData. Rents across the region had soared 48 percent over the previous five years. The … Continue reading

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Discriminatory Language in Deeds

Starting in the 1920s, many neighborhood covenants throughout the region allowed only white people to rent or own property. Fair housing laws made these covenants unenforceable in the 1960s, but a new state law allows owners to strike the them … Continue reading

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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“MERRY CHRISTMAS” OR “HAPPY HOLIDAYS” ???

Landlords and HOA boards must consider Fair Housing laws when considering what, if any, holiday displays they will permit in their communities.  A U.S. district court recently awarded a family $75,000 when the homeowner’s association prohibited a charitable event that … Continue reading

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TACOMA – NEW RENTAL LAW – 2019

The City of Tacoma has passed an ordinance regarding rentals. The new “Rental Housing Code” goes into effect February 1, 2019.  The code:  Increases the number of days a landlord must give a tenant before terminating a tenancy; Requires a … Continue reading

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HOARDING

Hoarding is officially recognized by the American Psychiatric Association as a mental disorder.  The Federal Fair Housing Act says that equal housing must be given to persons who are a member of a protected class, such as for those with … Continue reading

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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