I will have a top agaent in the area with Coldwell Banker give you personal, informative attention.
For my personal attention, please call me at 727-439-4400. Good luck.
This is not customary. If you find what you like a credit application fee is required. But, a fee of any kind is not customary. Non-refundable if you change your mind sounds fishy. I suggest you deal with a reputable company. If you like send me your contact information, and I will have an agent call you. Be sure you let me know what town you want to be in. Good luck
I can't speak for other areas of the country, however $200 for an application fee sounds outrageous. I would ask him what "more work" he'd be doing for you. Generally, if you like a rental, you would apply, and if accepted, you'd sign the lease and submit the agreed upon deposits. The application generally consists of a credit/background check - so owners/agents will sometimes charge a small fee to cover the costs of running these ($40-80 in most cases). Additionally, some will let you submit a recent, previously run report to avoid the fee.
Personally, I wouldn't fork any money over to anyone unless there is an explicit agreement in writing, regardless of what the transaction is. Handing over $200 in a parking lot to an agent to "hold" a property for you seems a little shady to me. If you choose to do this, I would at least get A. a receipt, and B. something in writing from the agent explaining what the deposit is for, and if/how it will be applied/returned.
Hope that helps!
First you need to see if their is a application fee that has to go to a condo association for approval. I myself deal with a lot of rentals and NEVER had I heard a agent take 200.00 upfront for their time. Agents get paid a commission from the seller if they are bringing in a buyer etc. lanlord-tenant. If you need anymore help please feel free to contact, and I hope you made sure he was a realtor as well.
Keller Williams Realty Partners SW
I'm going to go with one of the fine professionals here.
Iris I. Romero
Sky-Land Int. Realty