Rollinger agrees and encourages renters to think outside of the box when looking to find a place. Talking to other other renters could help you snag a place that’s being rented by word-of-mouth and taking on a roommate could help you afford a place in the neighborhood where you really want to live.
And always control the things you can. “Make sure to let your employers know that you'll be using them as a reference. I've seen people lose out on properties because their employers didn't get back to us fast enough and we had to move on to the next application, and they would have made great tenants,” Rollinger says.
So, if you’re looking for an affordable place in Seattle, here’s the takeaway: timing is key, if you play your cards right you really can have convenience at an affordable price, and renters who go the extra mile will get the place. So go forth and rent, and welcome to the Emerald City... just don’t take my seat on the bus.
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