There is a lack of rentals in Royse City at this time which has pushed rental rates up a bit.
It is my opinion that listing with an agent is best for the owner. The agent is able to do a credit check and background check so you may make an informed decision about your tenants.
Many of the houses that I've helped lease have had tenants remain for multiple years.
I hope this helps you in your decision.
Lisa Montes-"Your Home Retriever"
The price level is a good indicator of the way the market works. Many homes in the $950 plus range are listed by Realtors on MLS and they actually get showings and eventually get leased.
Places that run $400 or so wind up in local publications offered primarily by owners. A number of publications also offer on-line viewing of their ads. Very few down in this range do well or are listed on MLS. The Realtors don't like to show houses that pay $100 for a lease. Renters don't often go to Realtors when looking for homes down in that range, either.
Between these low market and mid-market houses the use of MLS becomes more critical. You can still find renters using local publications, but it is somewhat a mixed bag.