1) Excellent credit, stable employment of the prospective tenant
Many landlords have a weakness for the medical profession...
2) Some tenants pay for several months (6 to 12) upfront to get a discount
3) Property is being repaired (dirt, noise) - so you ask for compensation
4) Property is overpriced - so you negotiate with comps of similar properties
5) Tenant is handy and promises to fix things around the house himself,
without calling the landlord in to fix something
6) Tenant remodels the property (partially or completely) - getting a huge discount
7) Often option to buy gets you a good discount
However, don't invest into someone else's property, even if it is not so pretty.
You can buy yourself a great property nowadays through many different programs -
FHA (3.5% down), Homepath (with 3% down to start)...and many counties have grants to 1st time home buyers (if you are a 1st time home buyer - check that out).
Hope this helps,
Beachfront Realty, Inc.
Check out link below of rentals between 850-1000 with a maximum of 100 days on the market - those over 45 days and less than 100 days would be your best place to look. Rentals usually go on the market 30 days prior to present tenant moving out and once house has been empty for a couple of weeks, landlord is more willing to negotiate. Once they are over 100 days, there is usually a reason: condition, location, age of home, etc.
We also have short-term rentals available for those who are thinking about buying in the next 3-6 months. Walter Whitehurst - ERA Strother & Wilkinson Real Estate - (910) 340-5524
show the landlord they are to high base on others on the market. I am certified in bank
foreclosures so if you want to buy a home for about $200 less a month than renting I can
email you bank foreclosures for sale and you can put less money down to buy than to rent.
I can also email you rentals. Good Luck, Denise Phillips, Century 21 American Prop.
chaun128 at yahoo.com, Jacksonville, NC