It’s worth a few minutes to weigh the pros and cons of determining whether it’s best to search on your own or get some help from a local expert. Here are some things to consider that might help you make the right choice.
Why should I use a local rental expert?
Rental experts have insight on the rental market and they’ll save you time by managing your rental search. Customers find that the rental expert saves them time by helping them identify the neighborhoods and schools, locating the best rental options, qualifying and helping them make an informed leasing decision quickly. This creates a faster transition and reduces the expense of lodging during your relocation.
Why do I have to pay a local rental expert to help me? Aren’t they paid a commission?
Commissions are not as prevalent with rentals in 99% of the U.S. The local rental professionals are experts in the rental market and are paid a fee by the customer to represent them in this process finding qualified rentals, setting appointments, accompanying customers to view the properties while assisting through the leasing process.
I can look at web sites for rentals, what is the local rental expert doing that I can’t do?
Much like having your house cleaned or car washed, it is more of a convenience; however, if you’ve never rented before or are new to the area, the expert provides a wealth of knowledge on the area helping you to understand the neighborhoods, commute times, when you should start your search. If you have the time to search, you may only need the phone consultation to ensure that what you’re finding is what it seems. If you don’t have the time, that is one of the benefits. The expert does all the legwork and 84% of the time, our customers find their rental through this service.
Can the expert help me with…townhomes, or single family homes, or condos, apartments?
This will depend on the area and the expert—some are licensed to show MLS options while others may not be. Check with the individual to see if he or she only uses the MLS, only apartments and/or provides an unbiased search of all sites where rentals are listed. Many times if a rental is listed through the MLS, you will only gain access to the property through a qualified expert.
How do I make sure the rental is legitimate?
BEFORE SIGNING YOUR LEASE:
If your rental is not listed with a property management company or Realtor, YOU should verify the owner’s name and that it is not in foreclosure/no liens. This can be done in some areas for free at publicrecords.onlinesearches.com. Another website of benefit is backgroundchecks.org/. Their goal is to help Americans across the country find all of the public record information they need with quick links to local repositories as well as helpful explanations of where to find exactly what they are looking for. You can also do this for a minimal fee at www.searchq.com. Because scam artists can also see who the owner of the property is and assume that person’s name, be sure to ask the owner for a photo ID to ensure that the person you’re working with is who he/she says he is.
At PorchLight we can assist with a phone consultation, rental and area tours and lease review. click here for more information.
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