Katb, Renter in Jersey City, NJ

Looking to rent a house for May 2012 move in. When should we start the search?

Asked by Katb, Jersey City, NJ Mon Jan 9, 2012

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Hi there - agree with John. You can be familiarizing yourself with type of inventory that is available now if you like, but the focused effort of lining up a rental is a 30 day out job. Landlords will often list 60 days out, but generally not much more than that.

Jeanne Feenick
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 10, 2012
Kat -

You would be wasting your time before April 1. Most properties on the market want to rent immediately unless stated in the listing that they are looking for tenants "as of" a certain date. Agents will look for you to "start" looking with them in March.. But, in reality, they are just looking to prepare your business for them to complete the deal in April.

With that in mind, continue your due diligence, contact a local agent and brief him/her as to what you are looking for, your pricing and have a preliminary search done for you to see what is available on the market at this time for you to get an idea of what is out there and pricing.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 9, 2012
Most rentals in this area are put on the market one to two months before they are available. So, looking now might not be helpful. Unless, of course, you want to check out the area. Then, it might be a good idea to at least look at listings - so you know what you'll get for your money, etc. when the time comes to rent.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jan 21, 2012
The rentals in our area generally don't become available for showings until 30-60 days prior to availability date, so you should be fine starting your search in March. Any questions, feel free to give me a call.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 9, 2012
In our area the lease properties go pretty quick so what is out there now won't be in a month or so. Probably right around the time Andrea said below should work well for you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 9, 2012
Hi Katb,

Most tenants will start 4/1 but if you like to do things in advance, you can start mid March. Most of the listings now are for Jan to end of Feb move ins.

Hope this helps you.

Andrea Alummootil
Liberty Realty LLC
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 9, 2012
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