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Rebecca, Home Seller in San Antonio, TX

Finding tenants

Asked by Rebecca, San Antonio, TX Wed Dec 10, 2008

I have been having trouble finding tenants for my house in 78208 next to Fort Sam. I thought it would beeasier to rent than sell. Can you help me understand why? Rebecca.

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Hi Rebecca,

If you are overseas, then you should most definitely have a Property Management Company taking care of your home for you. They will market the property for you, screen your tenants, enforce the lease, handle maintenance issues, etc. Do not try to do this yourself. And do not rely on an Agent who does not have experience managing rental homes, dealing with tenants, and enforcing lease agreements.
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Is it listed with an agent or property manager?
If not you might want to list it with the best property manager in the area?
Follow their recommendations for rent.....I know around here sometimes we walk into properties that are way overpriced and no good tenant seems interested at that price.
You can put up for sale and rent at the same time. Sometimes that can help find a different type of tenant too. One that might take better care of the home if they think they have a chance to purchase later.
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Bruce Lynn, Real Estate Pro in Coppell, TX
I think it is best if Lynn answers that question. You may want to communicate with the agent you have listed with and find out exactly what is being done to market your property. You might also check the listing documents that you signed to find out what is supposed to be done to market your property and then go from there. Your agent should have no probelm answering your questions. Al
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Hi Al, many thanks for your reply. I went and fast clicked my property's address and it did not come up. It seems it isn't in MLS. I believe my agent is using his networks rather than MLS to find tenants. Can you explain what Lynn meant in her answer as I didn't understand it. Many thanks, Radam.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 11, 2008

Your agent should be able to send you a copy of the MLS sheet or provide you with an MLS number so you can verify. If you do not have the information, you can use my site to look up your house by address. If it is in the MLS you will find it that way. Go to and use the property search feature to check it out.... or, when you first get to my site, use "FAST CLICK" right above the picutres of San Antonio and simply enter your house address. Al
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HI Lynn, thaks for your reply. Forgive me but I am new to this game and live overseas. I have a listing agent with whom I signed a contract, although I'm not sure if my property is in MLS. From what you say, it seems that it is easier to find tenants when agents are offered more than 50% of the rent? Thanks..Rebecca.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 10, 2008
Do you have a listing agent? IF you are making attempts on your own agents go to MLS work with tenants not search for homes listed thru a home owner. If you are in MLS you have low agent commissions your home will be on the market much longer than a property who offers from 50% or more tenants agents. Oct - Jan is difficult to lease a property for fact families are more interested in holidays than moving.
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