Best time of year to be looking for rentals? I'd say summer. A lot of people move between June and September. In a tight rental market the best time of year to look for rentals is SOON. Good luck.
Rents are going up. Best to purchase a home, condo or townhome if you can. I can put you in contact with a mortgage lender who can get you pre-approved for financing. Then you will know exactly how much home you can afford to purchase.
Another thing to consider is that a significant number of rentals become available in the fall. I echo Brandon's comment on Craigslist and caution you to be sure you are dealing with the owner/manager or designated rep before you have your heart set on something and rush to secure it with cash.
Better yet, work with a Realtor!
Some tips when looking:
- Be sure you know the landlord's or management company's criteria before you apply.
- Use Craigslist, Trulia, Zillow or Hotpads to search. Careful of scams on Craigslist.
- If you're interested in finding a single family home and not familiar with the area, I recommend contacting a local agent like Ray or me to help you in your search.