If you're looking for a rental apartment or home, from a place like ABA Rental Properties Inc, going through a real estate agent can make the process a little less daunting. Perhaps you are moving across the country after landing that dream job, and you simply don't have the time or knowledge to do all that searching on your own. Below is a brief outline on how using an agent can help.
Rental Agents Cut Down on the Legwork
Real estate agents that deal in rentals tend to have several landlords or property owners on their books. Having all those property options in one easy to access spot saves you time, money and a considerable amount of legwork. Do you really have the time to comb through local newspaper or rental websites and contact each property owner individually? That one phone call to a real estate agent is the ultimate form of one-stop shopping.
Real Estate Agents Have Local Knowledge
Another plus is that real estate agents know the neighborhoods. For example, if you're moving from a rural area in the Midwest to a huge city such as San Francisco, you're in for a bit of culture shock. The city is made up of a collection of neighborhoods, each with their own vibe. By asking pointed questions, your agent can figure out if you'd be happier in the free-thinking Castro District or in an upscale apartment in the Marina District. Some of those questions include:
- What is your budget? The general rule of thumb is that you spend no more than 30 percent of your income on rent.
- How long do you plan on staying? Your broker can usually negotiate for a longer lease if you'll be in town a while.
- Where do you want to live? Do you need to be near work, or need a parking spot or easy access to public transportation? A great rental rate may seem like a great deal, until you factor in commute times or the need to pay extra for parking.
- Do you want a condo, apartment, or a single family home? The latter is usually more expensive, and may require yard work as part of your lease agreement. In a condo or apartment, outside maintenance is usually done by property management. The latter two options often have perks, like pools, club houses and play areas.
- Do you need a rental that allows pets, or that is accessible for people with challenged mobility? Your agent can confine your search to rental units that fit your special needs.