Happy Fourth of July from SeattleRentals.com!

Guess what? It’s July 3rd…and that means tomorrow’s going to be all about barbecues and fireworks. It’s supposed to be pretty gorgeous out, too–here’s hoping you have time to enjoy it! In the meantime, here’s a special vacation edition of The Buzz to keep you company. Happy Fourth!

The Buzz Independence DayThink your patio is nice? Check out these ten best outdoor dining rooms.

Oceanview Outdoor Dining at Casa velas hotel b...

Seattle is a great place to dine alfresco in the summer–the long days and (normally) moderate temperatures make it perfect for barbecues and outdoor dinner parties. Need inspiration for how to style your outdoor dining rooms? Check out this slideshow from the Huffington Post of ten amazing places to dine outdoors.

Fireworks are awesome. At least when they’re not scaring baby bald eagles.

Bald Eaglet first image 20120202

This news item made NPR’s Morning Edition. What do you get when you put together two strong symbols of our nation’s freedom–bald eaglets, and fireworks? Nothing good, according to the Audubon Society. The eaglets in question, who are between six and eight weeks old, are nesting in Kirkland’s Heritage park; after organizers were warned that fireworks could disrupt the birds, they decided to move the launch site 350 meters farther from the nest. All’s well that ends well–although I know my dog will still be fairly on edge tomorrow night. Read more.

As Seattle endures temps–gasp!–in the eighties, Death Valley attracts “heat tourists” with 129-degree weather

Hot

Far be it for us to call anyone crazy…but as the heat wave covers the western states, rumor has it that some people are actually traveling to Death Valley to pose with pictures of thermometers. Yes, the temps are record-breaking…but do you really have to see it to believe it? We’ll take Seattle’s moderate climate any day–and hopefully get out on Lake Union while the weather’s still warm!

Speaking of fireworks, Washington’s going to light up the night tomorrow…and the Seattle PI’s got a guide to all of the sites.

Fireworks #1

Whether you’re new to the area, or you’re just not sure what fireworks you should be watching tomorrow night, the Seattle PI’s got you covered with this comprehensive list of July 4th fireworks shows. They’s got Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Kent, and just about every other city in Washington listed, along with start times and links to the event pages, so you can plan ahead–and have a very happy, pyrotechnic Fourth of July.

Did you hear the one about the man who painted his house like a flag?

This story started flying around the internet last year, and as more and more people picket it up, it acquired the trappings of an urban legend. Legend says, a homeowner was told by his HOA that he couldn’t fly his American Flag–so he painted his whole house like one. But according to Snopes, that story goes slightly differently in real life. What would we do without you, Snopes? Check the true story out here.

house painted like american flag

That’s all we’ve got for you today. We’ll see you again next week, when we get back to work with all the rental market news and stats you love. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

The Buzz, Holiday Edition: Stuck in the Chimney, Tenant Tips, & More

We’re well into the holiday season, with Christmas just around the corner. At a time like this, you don’t want to read abstracted projections about next year’s rental market, or brush up on landlord tenant law…you want holiday  goodness! So that’s what we’ve got–a  veritable buffet of winter tips and heartwarming (and/or unusual) stories. It’s a little holiday fun for a cold winter’s day.

Screen shot 2012-12-20 at 9.29.06 PM

Stuck in a chimney just days before Christmas? Don’t be that guy.

There’s always one…this year’s ‘stuck in a chimney’ story comes from San Francisco, where a 33 year-old man was trapped for hours in his building’s ventilation ducts. “We still don’t know why he was there, in the first place,” fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadgi said. The man was taken to the hospital with cuts and bruises, and won’t be charged with a crime; whatever his motive, he’s got a story he’ll probably be telling for the rest of his life. Read more.

Quick tenant tips: Easy ways to keep thieves away over vacation

A lot of tenants will be heading out of town in the next few days; Detroit Property Managers have offered four easy ways their empty apartments can avoid detection by thieves. Among the tips to pass along to tenants: don’t post all over Facebook about your impending vacation; turn down the volume on your landline’s ringer, and avoid recording an “I’m on vacation” answering machine message (I know–who has an answering machine anymore?); ensure that doors and windows are locked tight; and inform your landlord or property manager of your plans. Simple steps, but they can ensure that a tenant–and his property manager–will enjoy a much happier New Year. Read more.

Awww…Canadian single mother-of-four wins one year free rent 

For the fourth year running, Boardwalk Rental Communities up in Canada teamed up this year with Virgin Radio Calgary to provide a year’s free rent to a deserving tenant living in one of their units. The winner, announced just in time for the holidays, was nominated by her 15 year-old daughter. She has four children and suffered a heart attack last year; when she was told that she had won, Lisa said (and I quote): “Holy cow!” Read more.

Chances of white Christmas next week in Seattle: five percent

The fire inside may be just delightful, but don’t count on any frightful weather out there next week–forecasters are reporting there is just a five percent chance of snow in the city on Tuesday. That’s even lower than the average yearly statistical probability that it will snow in Seattle on Christmas, which rings in at seven percent. All in all, it has snowed in Seattle on December 25th just five times since 1891–so you may not want to pull out your waterproof gloves just yet. Read more.

ID-10023414

That’s it for us today. You won’t see us on the blog next week, but we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming the Wednesday after next, just after we’ve celebrated the New Year. In the meantime, Happy Holidays from all of us at Seattle Rentals!