Real Estate & Community News

June 21, 2019

San Juan Island Summer Vacation

 

Looking for a relaxing vacation while staying in the PNW area this Summer? The San Juan Islands are it! Just a ferry ride away is one of the Pacific Northwest's most picturesque destinations! Click below to see some unique rental homes available for your stay. 

#bethghomes#sanjuanislands #islandlife #sanjuanislandvacation #sanjuanrealestate#seattlerealestate #rentalproperties

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Posted in Community News
June 18, 2019

Robo Lawnmowers: Like a Roomba for Your Lawn

 

Robotics and automation have changed the way that a number of things work in the home and now outside the home as well! #bethghomes #lawncare #homemaintenance #lawnmowers #robotics #seattlerealestate #tacomarealestate #robolawnmower 

Introducing the mow bot, the modern robotic lawn mower.....

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Posted in Homeownership Tips
June 13, 2019

Beautiful Clyde Hill Estate Just Sold

Beautiful Clyde Hill Estate Just Sold! Congratulations to Our Sellers and the New Homeowners! We'd Love to Help Sell Your Home Too - 206-462-4444 info@bethghomes.com #bethghomes #justsold #clydehillrealestate #seattlerealestate #luxuryrealestate #clydehillluxury #homesellers #seattlewa #clydehillwa

 

Posted in Closed Homes
June 11, 2019

Listing Featured on Buzzfeed

Our Northgate condo was featured on Buzzfeed's list of homes that you can buy for the country's median cost of housing ($227K). Check it out by clicking on the article below. Thanks, Emmy at BuzzFeed​! #bethghomes #condoforsale #buzzfeed #northgaterealestate #seattlerealestate #sold 

 

Here's What A $200,000 Home Looks Like in all 50 States

Posted in Beth G Homes News
June 10, 2019

Queen Anne Contemporary Just Listed

 

Beautiful Queen Anne Contemporary 3BR/2.5BA Home w/Tons of Amenities. Gorgeous Hardwoods throughout Main Level. Gourmet Kitchen w/Granite Counters & Spacious Eating Area. Separate Formal Dining Room. Large Master Featuring Soaring Ceilings, Walk-In Closet, Full Bath w/Jetted Tub & Dual-Headed Shower. Laundry Conveniently Located Upstairs with 3 BRs & 2 Full BAs. Spacious Rooftop Deck w/Amazing Territorial and Mountain Views. Hard-to-find 2-Car Garage & Close to Shops, Restaurants & More!

 

For More Information or For a Private Showing call 206.747.3216 or email info@bethghomes.com

Posted in Our Listings
May 31, 2019

How to Turn Your Home Into a Top-Notch Vacation Rental

This week's article is brought to you by Erin Reynolds of diymama.net

Please go to her site or contact her at erin@diymama.net for more great do-it-yourself tips!

 

 

How to Turn Your Home Into a Top-Notch Vacation Rental

 

Renting out your second home to vacationers can prove to be a lucrative business. However, there’s much more to it than simply deciding to rent out your home and handing over the keys. You must keep in mind that most (if not all) of your guests will be expecting their experience to be at least as comfortable and enjoyable as that of a hotel. With that said, getting your home ready for vacationers doesn’t have to be the hardest thing you’ve ever done. Here are some practical tips for preparing your home to be a top-notch vacation rental.

 

Highlight the Location

 

When it comes to vacationing, the destination is the biggest factor. People will typically tell you about the location they’re visiting before they give the details of the house or condo they’re renting. Wherever your vacation home is, your website description should showcase all the strengths, whether it’s beautiful scenery, access to great family activities, world-class restaurants, or anything else the locale has to offer.

 

If your rental is in Seattle, you have a lot going for you regarding the location. Turnkey refers to Seattle as a city of neighborhoods. That is, each neighborhood has a unique character and easy access to all the activities the city has to offer (Shoreline, for example, is nestled away from the city in the forest, while Queen Anne is closer to downtown). No matter if you have a new or older property, vacation rentals in Seattle are in high demand.

 

Make Sure the Home Is Safe

 

One of the first things you want to do to prepare your actual property for guests is to ensure it’s safe. Any hazards in plain sight should be taken care of, whether it’s loose wiring from a light, a broken front doorstep, or an improperly mounted TV. Fixing issues that could cause injury will not only keep your guests safe, but it will also protect you from being held liable.

 

Deep Clean

 

Along with safety, cleanliness is an essential aspect of any successful vacation rental. No guest wants to stay in a place that is dirty; they will expect a spick-and-span space in which they can relax. You don't want your guests to wish they had booked a hotel, and a dirty home will probably earn harmful reviews. Many landlords hire a professional cleaning company to do most of the deep cleaning. But if you have the time, you can save money by doing it yourself.

 

Make Upgrades

 

Upgrades are another important factor. Making minor improvements to your rental property can attract more visitors and bring a significant return on your investment. Here are some of the projects that carry the highest ROI potential:

 

       Installing a keyless entry

       Installing smart technology (e.g., thermostat, lights, speakers, etc.)

       Repainting the exterior and interior

       Refinishing hardwood floors (or installing new ones)

       Replacing old fixtures with modern ones

       Putting new handles and knobs on cabinets and appliances

       Shaping up the landscaping and other projects that boost curb appeal (e.g., painting the front door, switching out house numbers, putting in a new mailbox, etc.)

 

However, it’s important to note that any improvements you make to the kitchen and bathroom will add the most value to your home.

 

Provide the Essentials

 

Finally, provide your guests with everything they need to feel welcome and enjoy their stay. Here are some of the essentials:

 

       Comfortable linens, bedding, and towels

       Kitchenware and cooking utensils

       Microwave

       Coffee maker and tea kettle

       First-aid kit

       Iron and ironing board

       Basic toiletries

       Cleaning supplies

       Entertainment (e.g., TV with a subscription service, board games, etc.)

 

A lot goes into making a great vacation rental, but it can be a rewarding investment if you make the right preparations. Be sure to showcase the location to prospective guests, and take care of any hazards on the property. Keep the home thoroughly cleaned, invest in valuable home improvements, and have any essential items waiting for them when they arrive. Maintaining an exceptional vacation rental will increase your chances of turning your investment into profit.

 

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Posted in Homeownership Tips
May 28, 2019

Client Appreciation Party

There will be face painting, caricature artist, door prizes, games & more. 

Refreshments and food will be provided.

We're looking forward to seeing you!

 

- Beth G Homes team

Posted in Beth G Homes News
May 21, 2019

Find Your Dream Home!

Finding your dream home is an exciting adventure that, at times, can also feel all-consuming. Here are some great tips to remember when home shopping. 
We love guiding people through the home buying process to make it as seamless and stress-free as possible so please reach out if we can be of help! 206-462-4444 info@bethghomes.com 
#bethghomes #seattlerealestate #tacomarealestate#gigharborrealestate #homebuyers #homebuying

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Posted in Buying a Home
May 14, 2019

Washington State Ranked #1

We're at the top of the list this year for the best states to live in! Click through the article below to see how US News and World Reports chose their rankings. #bethghomes #bestplacetolive #noplacelikehome #washingtonstate #welovewashingtonstate #emeraldcity
Posted in Community News
May 14, 2019

Everett Condo Just Sold

Congratulations to Cindy Matriotti-Wedeberg and her Sellers who just sold their gorgeously restored condo in Everett! 

#bethghomes #everettrealestate #seattlerealestate #justsoldeverett #everettcondo #justsold 

 

 

Posted in Closed Homes