Remodel NOW!!!!

If ever there was a time to improve real property, NOW would be the time! Whether for your own home, and for particularly for rental properties, owners who proactively upgrade their properties stand to win big time — both long and short term. Here’s why. Return on Investment The biggest reason to invest in your…

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What to look for when showing rental property

The couple pulls up in a snazzy-looking car. As they get out and walk up to the front door you are checking them out and saying “Man, these look like just the people I want to rent to!” You open the front door and everyone is all smiles. Not so fast!!! The Good Everyone looking…

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Tired of bad tenants? Tenant Screening Reinvented

Let’s face it. As a landlord the biggest hurdle all of us face istenant screening, and finding a good tenant. Get it right and life is great. Get it wrong and things go south quickly. I bought my first rental in 1985, and have been screening tenants ever since. Initially I got burned. Probably 50%…

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Cash vs. Cashflow

It happens more often than any of us would like to admit, where we need to lease up a property but it cannot command the price we want, need, or expect.  In this instance many owners will hold on to the “bottom line” – the lowest number in their mind they are willing to accept,…

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Is now a good time to be a landlord?

We get asked all the time: “Is now a good time to be renting my home out?” The short answer: unequivocally yes! In the 30 years we have lived and rented in the Seattle market there has never been a better time. Here’s why. Vacancy Rate Vacancy rates are at historic lows. We consider anything…

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How I Became a Multi-millionaire

I bought my first house in Boise, ID in 1985. It had a mother-in-law unit in the back. I thought “How great is this? My tenant can pay my mortgage (or at lease a big part of it). What could go wrong?” I was young, naive, and trusting. After a rew trash outs and middle-of-the-night…

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Web Accessibility Policy

At Full Service Property Management, we seek to understand and respect the unique needs and perspectives of the Company’s customer community. We value every tenant and owner, and are committed to being a leader in expanding access to all, including customers with disabilities. It is thus the Company’s commitment to ensure that our website, mobile…

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How to Shop for a Property Manager — a PMs Perspective

I’ve been managing my own real estate portfolio for over 35 years. Over that time I have hired 8-9 property managers. So when we started Full Service Property Management in 2011 (out of a failed property management experience), it came as no surprise that our business model would feature the strengths I had enjoyed and…

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‘No Vacancy’ due to Coronavirus

Full Service Property Management hung out a ‘No Vacancy’ sign last week when its portfolio vacancy dipped to a record low of 0%. That’s right — hundreds of properties under management and the only available units are from clients we just signed up. “Typical market vacancy is between 5-10% in a strong market.”, said founder…

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Marketing rental property — the hero photo

We’ve been having trouble with listings on Zillow lately. So I went online “through the front door” to check on one of our own listings. While I was researching that my eyes fell on the photo below. This is the hero image for a rental property. (Definitely not one of ours!) Now if you are…

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