here's another cool link for checking out zipcodes :
Depending on the size of house you need, price range limits, if you have pets, and what kind of schools you need, the rental market is HOT right now and you need an agent that knows how to handle applications and leases properly.
Check out my website and send me an email if you still need an agent.
You have the right idea to rent since you are not familiar with Houston. Where are you moving from? Which part of town will you be working in? Can you give me some more information on the type of housing you are interested in? I can help narrow down some searches and send you information by email. Landlords want to know how many people, if you have pets, if you smoke, and also check your credit and criminal background.
If you rent a single family home, generally there is a one-month deposit besides the first month rent that is due. Apartments differ in the deposit, however, better to be on the safe side and assume one month's rent deposit as well.
Depending on the area and how far in advance you are looking to lease, it would be a good idea to lease ahead of time, because availability is getter harder.
I will be happy to help you with several resources, if you would like to work with me. Please email or call and I can give you an idea of the rental and purchasing processes.
Best wishes on your move.
The rental market has increased 212% since this time last year. You must be prepared to submit all the required documentation and deposits right away in order to secure a home. If you'd like more information regarding this, please contact me.
In the mea time, some recommendations for websites to become familiar with different areas include:
http://www.HoustonISD.org (school district in Houston)
http://www.HoustonChronicle.com (main news paper)
http://www.HAR.com (Local MLS website for Housing) I can help here!! :)
Entertainment/Eating/General city guides
http://www.NotForTourists.com (Houston) Love this site!!
http://www.Houston.org Chamber of Commerce
Major Sports Teams:
City Center - Memorial City Mall
Sugar Land Mall & Town Center
The Woodlands Mall
Nasyim Segal, Broker Associate
Boulevard Realty http://www.SegalRE.com