Dallas is getting “Californized” according to a new report

Jason C.
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Dallas, Moving News

People are moving to Dallas! If you follow this blog, the reasons aren’t surprising. What is surprising, however, is where the largest group of new arrivals are coming from: Los Angeles. That’s right. And there’s quite a difference in culture between L.A. and Dallas. Another difference, and probably the biggest reason for this migration, is the cost of living between L.A. and Dallas. Both Nerd Wallet and the Dallas Observer reported on these new arrivals to Dallas.

People are Leaving California

There comes a point when people will no longer live in an area of high prices and lower prices are next door. In addition to people migrating from L.A. to Dallas, people are leaving Chicago and New York as well. Nerd Wallet found that Dallas had a net migration of 113,260. Of this, 280,492 were new residents to Dallas and 167,232 residents left the city. Oklahoma City was the top destination for people moving out of Dallas.

Some people, like former Congressman Pete Sessions (Dallas), worry that Dallas and Texas are becoming “Californized”. Stephen Young of the Dallas Observer writes, “Dallas has it so good in Sessions’ mind that liberals are coming here to ruin it.”

But people aren’t coming to Dallas with the main goal of instilling their values; instead, they want a better quality of life. Stephen Young continues, “Dallas’ median monthly housing cost for homeowners was $1,650 per month, about 20 percent of the region’s typical household income for those who own a house. In Los Angeles, the average home cost a homeowner $2,470 per month, about 27 percent of his or her income.”

So there you have it. Moving to Dallas from Los Angles is like getting an automatic 7% increase in income. Why pay $2,470 for housing when you only need to pay $1,650 on average?

Housing costs are worse in Los Angeles for renters. Stephen Young writes, “For renters, housing costs were a bigger burden, with the region’s $1,090 average rent costing the typical renter 28 percent of his or her income, but remained competitive with Los Angeles, where average rental costs were $1,480, or about 35 percent of household income.” Again, we’re seeing that is less expensive to live in Dallas than it is in Los Angeles.

Do you live in Los Angeles and are thinking about moving to Dallas? How much would the move cost you? Head over to our free moving quote for Dallas page to find out.

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These are the Best Places in Seattle to Live

Jason C.
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Seattle

Let’s talk about Seattle. It’s a large city with a surplus of jobs and great areas to raise families. Niche—a website which showcases the best areas to live, work, and play—revealed their best places to live in the Seattle area for 2019. Where are these places? That’s the focus on this article! Furthermore, we’ll go into detail about the best places around Seattle to buy a house and raise a family as well. Let’s get started!

Top 25 Best Places to Live Around Seattle

Seattle boasts a population of around 725,000. That being said, this major city has numerous suburbs surrounding it. The top 25 places to live around Seattle are:

  1. Overlake
  2. Southeast Redmond
  3. Sammamish Valley
  4. North Redmond
  5. Westlake
  6. Northeast Bellevue
  7. Bridle Trails
  8. West Bellevue
  9. Northwest Bellevue
  10. South Hollywood Hill
  11. South Lake Union
  12. Beaux Arts Village
  13. Willburton
  14. Madrona
  15. Sammamish Plateau
  16. Grass Lawn
  17. Education Hill
  18. Redmond
  19. Windermere
  20. Belltown
  21. Mann
  22. Lower Queen Anne
  23. Woodridge
  24. Union Hill
  25. Bryant

Let’s look a little closer at why some of these cities make the list!

Redmond, Washington (#18)

It’s interesting to note that there are three “Redmond’s” on the list. They are Redmond, Southeast Redmond, and North Redmond. Redmond is home to Microsoft and Nintendo of America, among other popular companies.

According to Niche, “living in Redmond offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Redmond, there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Redmond and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Redmond are highly rated.”

Redmond has a population of 60,712 and has a median home value of $579,400. That is quite high; however, the median household income is $115,300 which is just over double the national median household income.

Sammamish Valley (#3)

Sammamish Valley is rated “A+” by Niche. Its median home value is $466,806 and has a much smaller population than Redmond. Sammamish Valley only has 11,316 residents.

According to Niche, “Sammamish Valley is in King County and is one of the best places to live in Washington. Living in Sammamish Valley offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes.”

The city is also rated “A” for diversity, “A-” for housing, and “A+” for public schools. Not bad! Next, let’s check out the top city: Overlake.

Overlake (#1)

Overlake is the number one best place to live in the Seattle area. Why? Is it because of the great schools? What about the diversity or low crime rate? Is Overlake good for families? The answer to all of these questions is a resounding “yes!”.

According to one reviewer on Niche, “There are many opportunities for youths to be active. There are multiple hospitals in the area that are very nice visually.” Having numerous hospitals in an area is important and something that Niche hasn’t talked about. We’re glad the reviewer mentioned it! Another reviewer said, “There are fairly few crimes but many police to make the area feel extra safe.” A low crime rate is a top priority for families looking to move to a new area.

Overlake is rated “A+” by Niche. The city has a population of 16,480 and the median home value is $539,609. The median rent is $1,641, which is right around double of the national rate for rent. The median household income in Overlake is $133,691. Not bad! Compare this with the median national household income: $55,322. So, the median household income in Overlake is more than double than average household income on a national scale.

Are you interested in moving to the Seattle area? Get a free moving quote to see how much it will cost you!

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Maps of Poverty Cycles in Major US Cities

Jason C.
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Dallas, Maps, Seattle

Does it matter where you grow up? More specifically, are the same economic opportunities available to all Americans, no matter where they were raised? There’s new evidence that’s able to answer these questions. The Opportunity Atlas essentially puts the roots of poverty on the map.

As an introduction, they state, “The Opportunity Atlas answers this question using anonymous data following 20 million Americans from childhood to their mid-30s. Now you can trace the roots of today’s affluence and poverty back to the neighborhoods where people grew up. See where and for whom opportunity has been missing, and develop local solutions to help more children rise out of poverty.”

They then prompt you to explore cities around the U.S. In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at 5 major cities: Seattle, Dallas, Houston, Austin, and Chicago. Let’s get started!

Seattle

Take a look at the map above. The main colors here are red, white, blue and shades in between. The colors indicate household income over the course of one year. The redder the color, the less money the family makes. The bluer the color, the more the family makes. And, white is essentially the median income in the area. This goes for all maps you’ll look at in this article.

A quick glance at the map shows that the worse parts, income-wise, is right in the heart of Seattle. This doesn’t make that there are no high-paying jobs there. Instead, as mentioned before, it’s the median income for all families living within a certain area.

Dallas

There’s quite a bit more red in Dallas than there is in Seattle! The good thing, however, is that the cost of living is generally lower in Dallas than it is in Seattle. Venture out to University Park and Forney, among other cities, and you’ll realize areas of higher family median income.

Houston

The colors of Houston look very much like those of Dallas. I’d venture to say, however, that it appears Houston has more blue areas. The inner city to the north and south are quite red. West of the city looks very blue, especially around Sugarland and Bellaire. To the west, cities like Deer Park have a higher household income.

Austin

Austin, like you’ll see next with Chicago, looks like night and day when it comes to areas around the city. To the west, it’s mostly blue. To the east, it’s mostly red. Think about the kids growing up to the west and to the east. Do they stay in those areas when they grow up, and make the same or a similar amount of money as their parents did?

Chicago

Chicago, to the immediate west and south, is very red. Maywood is also red. Speaking of Maywood, the area has a very high crime rate. You might be wondering why the east side of Chicago is all white. It’s not because the area is full of average or median income households. Instead, that’s where Lake Michigan is!

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Map photos are screenshots by RPS Relocation

RedfinNow is Expanding to Dallas

Jason C.
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Dallas, Home Ownership

Is it easy for you to keep your home “show-ready” when it’s on the market? Do you want potential buyers to walk through your personal spaces with a realtor when you’re not home? If the answer to these questions is “no”, you might want to consider a new program from Redfin: RedfinNow. This program, a direct home buying service, is coming to the Dallas area. HousingWire shares what this program is and what it might mean for you.

Beginnings and Expansion from California

RedfinNow began operations in Southern California in early 2017. Ben Lane of HousingWire explains how RedfinNow works. He writes, “Through RedfinNow, homeowners can get a no-obligation cash offer for their home. If they accept, they can pick their move-out date, and then Redfin turns around and sells the house back into the market.”

It sounds simple: Homeowners receive a no-obligation quote and can move out whenever they please if they accept. Who wouldn’t want to try out this service? We assume RedfinNow has been successful so far because they’ve expanded their program from Southern California to San Diego.

As a matter of fact, RedfinNow recently announced they’re expanding their program to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. They even started buying homes already, albeit quietly, possibly to test the market. They actually bought six homes in December 2018. Searching for a Dallas-based home address on RedfinNow will net the following response: “Sorry, we can’t make an offer on your home right now. According to our records, this property is in an area that we don’t currently serve.” Stay tuned.

Ben continues that RedfinNow will be “opening a new office in the growing northern suburb of Frisco. Along with continuing to grow its local brokerage business and Redfin Mortgage, the company’s Dallas-based mortgage operation, Redfin will also hire engineers in Dallas.”

Redfin also owns a title and settlements company called Title Forward. Title Forward will be hiring new staff and expanding operations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well. It seems Redfin, along with its partners, are creating an all-in-one home buying and selling ecosystem!

How RedfinNow Works

There’s more to RedfinNow than buying and selling your home. What does it actually mean to homeowners? What’s the catch? Yes, there are fees; however, there are a myriad of fees that also come with the traditional route of buying and selling a home through a real estate agent. Let’s see what RedfinNow offers.

Ben writes, “RedfinNow charges a service fee of 7% to buy the home directly from the homeowner. Redfin typically charges sellers a 1% listing fee on a traditional listing.” It’s important to understand that the 7% service fee is essentially a real estate agent fee and a Redfin listing fee combined. A traditional real estate agent fee is normally anywhere between 4-6%. There are some added benefits to choosing RedfinNow. They are:

  • No seller concessions
  • No estimated listing preparation
  • Quick closing time
  • No home preparation
  • Only one home showing

These are important factors that homeowners should consider before deciding which method they’ll use to bring their home to the market.

With the traditional route, it’s not out of the ordinary for homes to sit on the market for days, weeks, or even months. In addition, it may take up to 30 days to close. RedfinNow is different. You’ll get your offer and you can be out within 7-60 days. Imagine contacting RedfinNow and being out of your home within a week or two! That’s especially exciting if you receive a great offer from them.

The Selling Process and FAQs

RedfinNow exists in part to make selling your home and seamless process. That’s why there are only 4 main steps from contacting them to getting your cash. The steps are:

  • Request an offer online
  • RedfinNow assesses your home and makes an offer (within 48 hours)
  • RedfinNow arranges an inspection
  • Close the deal and get paid

It couldn’t be easier than that. There’s only one downside to choosing RedfinNow, they don’t negotiate (or at least they say that don’t) on their offer. But that doesn’t mean you can’t try! With a traditional sale, buyers and sellers normally negotiate and make concessions so that a proper deal can be made to make both parties happy.

Let’s take a look at a couple of questions and answers that RedfinNow provides.

After you request an offer online, RedfinNow will send an agent out to assess your home. What is that for? According to them, it’s to learn firsthand about the condition of your home, taking into consideration any improvement or updates you’ve done. The visit is brief and normally only takes about 30 minutes. That sure beats having “X amount” of potential home buyers visiting throughout the days and weeks the home in on the market!

RedfinNow makes an offer within 48 hours of assessing your home. How long is this offer valid for? According to them, the offer is valid for 7 days. That should be enough time to decide if you want to take it or not! If you still need more time, however, you can get a new offer from RedfinNow. It may be different—better or worse—than the offer you received before based on current market conditions.

While RedfinNow isn’t officially active in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the company is likely to begin operations within the near future. If you’d like to get a quote from them, they advise you to contact them directly until they go fully live.

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Villas del Lago Apartments in Dallas are Plagued Daily by Rats According to Tenants

Jason C.
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Dallas

If you’re moving to Dallas, here’s an apartment complex you might want to avoid: Villas del Lago Apartments. Usually, any establishment with less than three stars on Google Reviews should be avoided. The Villas del Lago Apartments is no different. The complex currently sits at a dismal 2.1 stars as of this writing as there’s a good (or bad!) reason for it. The apartments have become overrun by rats. Telemundo 39 (and reported by NBC DFW) visited the apartments for a firsthand account of the story. Let’s see what they found!

Rats Here, Rats There, Rats Everywhere

Are you looking for rats? Look no further than the Villas del Lago apartment complex. You’ll find them in the bathtub, in the walls, and in the ceilings. This is horrifying but it isn’t even the most shocking part of the story. Here it is: Tenants say the management isn’t doing anything about it!

Jose Campos and Gilberto Dorrego write, “Barbara Acosta, who lives at the Villas del Lago Apartments, contacted our sister station Telemundo 39 to report this issue. Cell phone videos recorded by Acosta showed rats coming out of her bathroom ceiling and even some that were on mousetraps.” When Acosta showed this evidence to Telemundo 39, the reporters decided to pay the apartment complex a visit.

Villas del Lago Apartments Management

The reporters from Telemundo 39 couldn’t figure out why this was happening so they reached out to management. They wanted to get to the bottom of the story.

Jose Campos and Gilberto Dorrego continue, “Telemundo 39 reached out to the property manager, who initially told us that they are spraying for pests every Thursday. However, it took several days for us to get a response regarding the specific conditions that Acosta was living in.” While management is taking some action, it doesn’t seem to be working. This is made apparent every time another rat chews its way out of a ceiling.

Confronting the Apartment Owners

Can more be done to combat the rat infestation? The management of the Villas del Lago apartments aren’t the only ones in charge. The buck stops with the actual owners of the complex. So Telemundo 39 moved to confront them. They found that a private company—Overmore LLC—owned Villas del Lago. The reporters knew what they had to do next: They had to get in touch with a manager of Overmore LLC.

Jose Campos and Gilberto Dorrego met in person with Noel Yi. They write, “He stated that on December 2018, they sprayed some of the units that reported the presence of rats. However, two months later, the rats came back to Apartment 303 and from there, they started to see other units become affected.” Noel continued saying that Overmore LLC contracted the managing of the complex to DFW Home. That’s where the investigation ends, for now.

The City of Dallas Investigates

Jose Campos and Gilberto Dorrego did one more thing before letting this story go: They contacted the City of Dallas to let them know of the horrid living conditions at the apartment complex.

Shortly thereafter, city inspectors visited the property to learn about the rat problem and what’s been done to alleviate it. Here’s part of the City of Dallas’ statement regarding the Villas del Lago apartments: “At this time, our Community Prosecution Team has notified property ownership and property management of the outstanding health and safety violations … Specifically, two inspections were conducted this week related to the reported infestations. City inspectors observed progress towards remediation of the infestation, as well as property management’s attempts to accommodate the affected tenant.

The “affect tenant” in this story, recall, is Barbara Acosta. Apartment management moved her to another unit within the complex that doesn’t have a rat problem. Unfortunately for Acosta, if she wanted to leave the complex altogether, she would be fined $575 for breaking her lease.

Bad Google Reviews

Acosta isn’t the only tenant complaining about the Villas del Lago apartments. Plenty of current and former tenants took to Google Reviews to express their frustrations with the complex. Let’s see what they have to say.

Local Guide Oliver Hernandez says rats aren’t the only problems within the complex. Drugs and crimes are issues as well. He writes, “Worst place to [live]. My friend [lives] there and he is moving because 3 trucks have been stolen from him. They sell drugs and there’s a lot of crime.” Oliver gave the Villas del Lago apartments one star.

A tenant going by the alias “Geometry dash Dude” has another type of complaint: no hot water! He writes, “If you like taking cold showers in the winter time, live there, if you like rats live there, I don’t recommend. NO HOT WATER…”. Geometry dash Dude gave the Villas del Lago apartments one star.

Rats, drugs, crime, and no hot water are terrible things. But wait: there’s more! Bad customer service also seems to be a feature of the Villas del Lago, based on a review from Geno Marley. Geno writes, “Horrible customer service. Ladies in the office extremely lazy never fall through with what they’re gonna do, have to keep checking behind them like they’re children. Asked for corporate number, got told property manager would have to contact corporate in order for her to give me the number.” Geno gave the Villas del Lago apartments (you guessed it) one star.

After reading these, you might wonder how they have an average score of 2.1 on Google Reviews. We wonder that as well!  While most of the reviews are one-star, there are a few five-star reviews as well. We won’t cover those because taking everything into consideration, this doesn’t seem like a five-star apartment complex. Feel free to read the rest of their Google Reviews here.

There are actual five-star apartments in Dallas. And there are plenty of them! Next, read our post “Most New Apartment Buildings in the USA Are Considered High-End” to learn that almost all of new apartment complexes in Dallas are high-end and luxurious!

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Villas del Lago sign is a screenshot of NCBDFW video report by RPS Relocation

Google Reviews photos are screenshots by RPS Relocation

Most New Apartment Buildings in the USA Are Considered High-End

Jason C.
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Dallas, Data Visualization, Seattle

Good news for renters: Most new apartment buildings in 2017 are considered high-end. This trend continued in 2018 and will likely be a feature of new apartment complexes in 2019 as well. RENTCafé put together the numbers and even went city-by-city to show how luxury apartments are taking over. Let’s see what they found!

The Trend is Luxurious

Nadia Balint of RENTCafé writes, “Encumbered by high construction costs and encouraged by a surge in demand for rentals, developers have bet big on luxury apartments. Back in 2012, high-end properties represented about half of all newly completed construction, but now these projects occupy the lion’s share of the multifamily industry. Of the 1,600 large-scale apartment buildings completed in 2017 in the U.S., 1,270 (or 79%) classify as high-end properties”.

To put this into better perspective, let’s take a look at the percentage of properties with high-end apartments by year built. They are:

  • 2012: 52%
  • 2013: 64%
  • 2014: 69%
  • 2015: 76%
  • 2016: 79%
  • 2017: 79%
  • 2018: 87%

And there you have it. The percentage of new, luxury apartments can’t get much higher than that! Let’s take a look at a visualization of this growth in luxury apartments. Check out the photo below.

Dallas, Seattle, and Las Vegas

The percentage of new, high-end apartment buildings can’t get much higher than 87%. But they can in Las Vegas! Nadia Balint continues, “The luxury market is also thriving in Las Vegas metro — where 100% of the apartments built in 2017 were high-end — boosted by Californians moving to Vegas in greater numbers and the area’s great economic outlook.”

The luxury apartment market is thriving in Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston as well. In Dallas-Fort Worth, a massive 98% of all new apartment buildings were high-end in 2017.  Houston was just behind Dallas-Fort Worth. In 2017, 97% of their new apartment building were high-end.

Seattle wasn’t very close to Las Vegas, Dallas-Fort Worth, or Houston; however, the percentage of new, luxury apartment complexes isn’t bad their either. Case in point: 67% of the construction of new apartments in Seattle were high-end in 2017. In 2018, that number stayed the same. Back in 2015, however, the percentage of high-end, new apartment buildings was 72%. This is a slight decrease but it’s nothing to worry about if you’re a luxury apartment developer.

Methodology of Collecting the Data

How did RENTCafé get these numbers? How did get put together visualization above? The data comes from Yardi Matrix which, by the way, is RENTCafé’s “sister company”.

To define what’s luxurious or not, Yardi Matrix makes use of discretionary and high mid-range asset class categories. It’s important to note that “The regions and metro areas included in this report are defined as per Yardi Matrix’s market boundaries and may be different from the regional boundaries and metropolitan statistical areas as defined by the U.S. Census.”

Moving to Dallas, Seattle, or Las Vegas

Are you interested in moving to one of these cities? Are you a renter or plan to rent once you get there? Good news! You’ll be able to live in one of these new, luxurious apartment complexes if you want to. Allow RPS Relocation to help you started on decided to move.

Get a free moving quote for Dallas, Seattle,  or Las Vegas today!

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Luxury apartment photos from RENTCafé are screenshots by RPS Relocation

Hottest Suburbs for Renters in the Dallas Area

Jason C.
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Dallas

There are areas of the country that are hotter than others when it comes to the real estate market for renters. Texas, especially the Dallas area, has some of the most popular up-and-coming suburbs for renters. These suburbs have been listed and ranked by RENTCafe. It’s important to note that the data is based off changes in the renter population from 2011 until 2016. Let’s see what they have to say!

Suburban Versus City Life

The author of the article, Florentina Sarac, noted that living in the suburbs isn’t necessarily as exciting as living in a major city. Within suburbs, attractions are often spread of distances. In cities, however, so many things seem to be within walking distance or at least have close relative proximity.

That being said, people are flocking to suburbs. Why? Florentina writes, “Renting in the suburbs tends to be more affordable, generally, and who doesn’t like the idea of paying less for more space? In addition, suburban public schools are often better than inner city schools, and there’s no match for the sense of community, especially if you’re raising a family.”

Trending Texas Suburbs

RENTcafe listed 20 of the hottest suburbs people are moving to. Of the 20, Texas showed up on the list 5 times! Here they are:

  • Flower Mound, TX (#3; Dallas metro)
  • Allen, TX (#8; Dallas metro)
  • Burleson, TX (#9; Dallas metro)
  • Pearland, TX (#11; Houston metro)
  • The Colony, TX (#19; Dallas metro)

It’s worth noting that 4 of the 5 suburbs in the Dallas area. Dallas is booming! Furthermore, to get more specific, Burleson is actually closer to Fort Worth. Still, the area is the current trendsetter for the state when it comes to the real estate market for renters.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these suburbs to get an idea of why they are so popular.

Flower Mound, TX

  • Renter Population Increase: 115%
  • 5-Year Rent Change: 22%
  • Average Rent: $1,546
  • Average Rent in Dallas: $1,181
  • Renter Income Change: 5%

Allen, TX

  • Renter Population Increase: 71%
  • 5-Year Rent Change: 16%
  • Average Rent: $1,295
  • Average Rent in Dallas: $1,181
  • Renter Income Change: 4%

Burleson, TX

  • Renter Population Increase: 70%
  • 5-Year Rent Change: 21%
  • Average Rent: $1,187
  • Average Rent in Dallas: $1,181
  • Renter Income Change: 9%

Pearland, TX

  • Renter Population Increase: 67%
  • 5-Year Rent Change: 6%
  • Average Rent: $1,273
  • Average Rent in Houston: $1,091
  • Renter Income Change: 8%

The Colony, TX

  • Renter Population Increase: 58%
  • 5-Year Rent Change: 25%
  • Average Rent: $1,315
  • Average Rent in Dallas: $1,181
  • Renter Income Change: -4%

Texas Suburb Growth Chart

There’s more market growth in Texas! As you can see in the chart above, our top 5 suburbs—Flower Mound, Allen, Burleson, Pearland, The Colony—are already listed. In addition to those, RENTCafe listed even more of the trending cities in the state.

Coming in right after The Colony is Keller, TX, which saw a 54% increase in renters (compared to The Colony’s 58%). Then we have Frisco (51% increase), Friendswood (50% increase), and Desoto (49% increase). To view more trending cities, head over to RENTCafe.

One more important thing to note is this: 4 out of the top 5 cities are suburbs of Dallas. 1 is a suburb of Houston. Looking at the chart, this trend continues. Most of the cities are suburbs of Dallas and one more (Friendswood) is a suburb of Houston.

Are you interested in moving to the Dallas area? How much would it cost to move? Use our free Moving Quote for Dallas, TX to get the answer!

Featured photo is a screenshot of RENTCafe by RPS Relocation

Texas suburb growth chart photo is a screenshot of RENTCafe by RPS Relocation

House in Bellevue Where Amazon Was Born is For Sale

Jason C.
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Home Ownership, Seattle

The original Amazon headquarters is for sale! By that, I mean the house that Jeff Bezos rented while he launched Amazon. TheRealDeal—a real estate news website—shares the details of this story.

Amazon’s HQ House

Jeff Bezos started Amazon in the comfort of his own home, just outside of Seattle. It’s much smaller than Amazon’s current headquarters, clocking in at only 1,500 square feet. Bezos began renting the home in 1994. The house is currently on the market for a whopping $1.5 million.

Alex Nitkin of TheRealDeal writes, “The last time the house went on the market in 2009, it sold for $620,000, or $720,000 in today’s dollars, according to the Seattle Times.” This house is a fantastic investment then! In only 10 years, the value of this house increased by over 100%.

$1.5 million for a 1,500 square foot house sounds ridiculous to most of us. However, the average home price in the area is even more expensive! Alex continues, “Its current $1.5 million asking price is still well below the $2 million median home price in the area, as a surge of Amazon workers has helped boost Seattle-area property values.”

The surge of Amazon employees to Seattle has raised property values there. Amazon recently announced that their HQ2—their second headquarters—would be split between New York and Virginia. Since then, plans for their New York HQ2 have been scrapped due to political reasons. Will property values go up in Virginia due to a surge in new Amazon employees? If what happened around Seattle is any indication, the answer is yes.

So, where does Jeff Bezos live now? He does have a home in the Washington, DC area. Alex continues with details on a couple of additional homes. He writes, “Bezos, the world’s wealthiest man with $132 billion to his name, now owns a waterfront estate in nearby Medina valued at $76 million. In 2017, he dropped $13 million on a four-bedroom home adjoining his 12,000-square-foot Spanish-style mansion in Beverly Hills.”

Featured photo and Amazon house is a screenshot of ZDNet by RPS Relocation

What $1,200 Gets Renters in Seattle Right Now

Jason C.
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Seattle

$1,200 seems like a lot of money. Have you ever held 12 $100 bills in your hand? I haven’t. Yet, we regularly spend that much, or more, in the form of rent each money. $1,200 may go far or not-so-far depending on what city you’re looking to live in. For this article, we’re going to explore how far $1,200 will go in Seattle.

1222 NE 65th St, Seattle, WA

How beautiful! This apartment is in the heart of the Roosevelt neighborhood within Seattle. It’s a walking distance from the local Whole Foods, bars, and restaurants. There’s only one catch: This is a studio apartment and it’s only 228 square feet. However, that might not be a big deal to many people, especially those who will be renting their first apartment.

Here are some features of this apartment:

  • Balcony
  • Flexible leasing options
  • Laundry in unit
  • Online rent payment
  • Pet park
  • Disability access
  • High-speed internet available
  • Club house

12508 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA

If you enjoy spending time outdoors on a rooftop, look no further than this apartment complex. City North Seattle features a shared rooftop experience that is accessible all year round. As you can see, there’s a large infrared heater for when it’s cold outside. And, there’s also a nice grill for when the weather is better. However, if you want to grill in the winter too, nothing will stop you!

The apartments in City North Seattle start at 467 square feet. That’s double in size from the apartments at 1222 NE 65th Street. The apartment units feature “lofty” 9-foot ceilings which give the rooms a larger feel. Some other features of living in City North Seattle are:

  • Cats are allowed
  • Laundry is in unit
  • Includes a fitness center
  • Landscaped courtyards
  • Multi-level garage parking
  • Flexible leasing options
  • Bicycle storage
  • Computer nook area

6717 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA

Meet Seattle’s newest apartment complex. This complex—a seven-story, mixed-use building with over 100 units—will be available to the public in 2021. And a unit can be yours for under $1,200/month! The units here start at 494 square feet, which isn’t bad for a new complex loaded with amenities.

There’s something special about this complex: It will feature what’s being called “The Nook”. This area will include a modern-looking fireplace, a library, and comfortable seating throughout. It will be visible from the street which will attract local passerby’s. Here’s a concept of what The Nook will look like:

The Nook will be located at the center of the apartment complex, allowing for maximum access for all guests. There’s another benefit to living in this complex: It will be walking distance from a soon-to-be light rail station! Some other features of this complex include:

  • Pets allowed (including large dogs)
  • Attached garage parking
  • Gated entry and controlled access
  • Deck and patio
  • Disability access
  • Bicycle storage
  • Flexible leasing options
  • High-speed internet access
  • Business center

Living in Seattle

What do you think of these apartments? They are a good idea of what’s available to you if you wanted to live or relocate to this city. For $1,200, the square footage isn’t huge; however, a major benefit is being walking distance to so many hubs of restaurants, shopping, and transportation.

Speaking of money, how much will it cost you to relocate to Seattle? Use our free Moving Quote service to find out! You’d be surprised to find out that it’s possible to save up to 70%. Try it now!

Apartment photos are screenshots of Zillow by RPS Relocation

Featured photo is a screenshot of available Seattle apartments as displayed on Zillow

Dallas Crime in 2018 Visualized

Jason C.
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Dallas, Data Visualization

The crime rates in Dallas are decreasing. And that’s something to be celebrated! Numbers and statistics alone can be quite bland; however, plugging the numbers into various types of visualizations brings the numbers to another level. That’s exactly what Robert Mundinger has done. Robert—a resident of Dallas—shared numerous data visualization photos in a Medium article.

Dallas Crime is Decreasing

The numbers don’t lie: Crime is going down in the city. As a matter of fact, “the murder rate in Dallas has plummeted more than any other major city over the past 30 years”, writes Robert. These numbers are shown in the chart below.

As you can see, the murder rate is decreasing the most in Dallas, followed closely by New York City and then Houston.

Let’s take a look at the overall crime rate in Dallas. The next visualization shows the crime rates in major cities per 100,000 people. Robert writes, “Dallas is quite safe despite its large size. We have the 4th largest population on this list, but are 38th on the list in total crimes committed.” Check out the photo below (Dallas is at the bottom).

The general crime rate in Dallas is far below many other major cities. Even some lesser known major cities—St. Petersburg, Stockton, Durham—have higher crime rates than Dallas.

TheMap, by Robert Mundinger

The name Robert Mundinger may sound familiar to you. He’s the same person who created TheMap: a data visualization tool that displayed critical data for a specific, geographic area. We published an article about TheMap last November. Make sure you check it out!

Dallas continues to become a better and better place to live. And the low crime rate is only one of many features the city offers. If you’re interested in moving to Dallas, visit our Moving Quote for Dallas page to see how much it will cost.

Featured photo by skeeze on Pixabay

Dallas crime statistic photos are screenshots by RPS Relocation