How To Find Cheap Rentals Around Seattle

A few weeks ago I spoke with Ross Reynolds on KUOW about finding cheap rentals in the Seattle area. You can listen to the 17-minute segment on their site.

Here are a few of the tips I shared for finding a cheap rental in the Seattle area, and some relevant links to previous posts on the topic:

  • Avoid the overly “trendy” areas (e.g. Ballard, Capitol Hill, etc.) if low price is a priority.
  • Search on off-beat rental sites, including various local property management sites.
  • Literally drive around your target neighborhood with an eye out for “For Rent” signs.
  • Sign up for an RSS feed of your Craigslist rental search to get alerted immediately when a new rental listing hits the market.
  • If your job is near a bus line or other reliable transit option, open up your search to further-out areas with direct transit to your job.

Rents have risen quite a bit recently, but in general I expect the rental market to ease up over the next year or two as all of the apartments currently in the pipeline come online, flooding the market with supply.

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Tim Ellis is the founder of Seattle Bubble. His background in engineering and computer / internet technology, a fondness of data-based analysis of problems, and an addiction to spreadsheets all influence his perspective on the Seattle-area real estate market. Tim also hosts the weekly improv comedy sci-fi podcast Dispatches from the Multiverse.