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Pamela Sanch…, Renter in 60626

Hi, I am looking to be a first time Renter - any advice??

Asked by Pamela Sanchez, 60626 Mon May 19, 2014

I understand that landlords may be taking on some risk renting to a first timer but how do I avoid being misinformed? Or being taken advantage of since I am new at this?

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Be careful of the scams out there, it is too good to be true, chances is not for real. If you get some references that can help and offer a larger deposit is another way to help.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 1, 2015
Best piece of advice, get a good leasing agent. Free to use their services.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 21, 2014
As with any new decision, it is always best to seek the assistance of a professional. In this case, you are absolutely right in that there will be many new things thrown at you very quickly when you embark on this new journey. It can get stressful at times. However, the guidance of a real estate professional with knowledge of the process is ideal for a successful experience. This is a big decision and always remember that above all, this should be an exciting and fun time for you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 19, 2014
Hello Pamela, I recommend you get representation from a Real Estate Professional. Primary because they will can guide you through the entire rental process and look out for your best interest. If the owner or landlord is not cooperating with a Realtor, you can also use an attorney to help you draw up a lease and make your rental offer for you.

Keep in mind, you're not at the mercy of an owner or landlord, and by submitting our own offer, you can't be taken advantage of since you will have all the terms and conditions you are comfortable most with.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 19, 2014
The A-#1 thing to know is that on all online rental sites - including this one - there are loads of scam ads. The tip-off is typically that the rent is substantially lower than market rent. Then they will come up with a song and dance about being out of the country, etc and ask you to send them money. Run away from these! If you are suspicious then it is almost always (really - just always) a scam.

As far as a landlord renting to you - the most important thing to most landlords is that you will be a responsible, trouble-free tenant - that you'll be quiet, not a pain in the neck, and that they'll have your rent payment in hand on the day it is due (the easiest way - at no cost to you - to win your landlord's heart is to pay your rent a day or two early). Whatever you can say or document that this will be the case will help your cause.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 19, 2014
Be careful of scams and find a reputable leasing agent from a reputable company to help you out.
Flag Wed May 21, 2014
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