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Kim Martin's Blog

By Kim Martin | Broker in Great Falls, MT

Rental Market

Most of the time, if a house is for sale, it is not also for rent.  Even if the house is vacant, most home owners are not willing to become landlords.

The best way, in our area, to find a rental is to contact a reputable property management company.  Sometimes you can get lucky and see a "for rent" sign in a yard or window, but they go fast.  Be prepared with your security deposit and maybe even a copy of your credit report.  

Oh and don't fall for any Craigslist Scams.  I love Craigslist, but you have to be careful.  Realtors do not leave their signs in people's yards when the house is taken off the market.  Realtors do not have every key to the house...
DO NOT SEND ANYONE MONEY BEFORE YOU GET TO SEE THE HOUSE OR APARTMENT!  DO NOT SEND MONEY BEFORE YOU SIGN A LEASE AGREEMENT.  Real landlords or property managers will not ask questions regarding familial status.  It is against the law to ask if you are married, single or divorced.  Plus many other things... Please refer to the Fair Housing Act for more information.

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