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Rebecca, Renter in Florida

House Hunting Gone Bad, Any Advice????

Asked by Rebecca, Florida Wed Jul 3, 2013

We are looking to move into an Historic/Walkable area (or close to one since we only have one car for the time being) and are having trouble finding a place to rent or rent to own (later down the line if the job works out). So, far the house we found have been scams, including the ones with the agent. We live in Palm Coast and need to find something asap because our lease is up in the next week or two. We're looking from Palm Coast all the way up to JAX. Any advice????

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Moving under ANY circumstances is stressful. Unfortunately there are many people out there who are NOT fact...may think that people are not smart enough to know a scam when they see one......what a terrible way to do business.
Where is your new job located? You have MANY choices for rental homes....usually the "RENT TO OWN" homes do NOT work out. DO contact a real estate agent with whom you feel comfortable who handles rental one agent around in the neighborhood where you will find NUMEROUS for rent signs......
FIRST.....find an area NEAR your work...or near the good school in which you may have an interest...AND...check out ALL YOUR OPTIONS of "walking neighborhoods".....You will find them but they are few and far between......someone mentioned San Marco and Riverside....but..there are MANY more in Jacksonville, Orange Park, St.Johns county,.......think Ortega near Roosevelt near the TOWN CENTER....Atlantic Beach...Neptune Beach...Jacksonville Beach...Lakewood in Southside of Jacksonville...areas of Mandarin...You get the idea....
A lot depends on your budget....high or low...or somewhere will find what you want, perhaps for less money than you expect....good luck in your quest.
If you would be a pleasure pointing you in the right direction and give you some ideas of places to look....I do not handle rentals BUT do know where to look....thank you for yor question...

Donna Delegal
"The Real Estate Lady"
Oceanside Real Estate
(904)732-PACK 732-7225
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 4, 2013
Hi! Donna, we are wondering if this rental is in a good area? thank you so much. We will be calling you in a day or two, trying to get all our info together before we do.
Flag Thu Jul 11, 2013
I manage a trust that has a 4 bedroom 2 bath home built in 2007 and just remodeled that is in a walkable area of Jacksonville.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 3, 2013
I would recommend coming up to Jax and driving around the Riverside/Avondale area and San Marco. Most of the older places just put up signs. That way you will know it's legitimate and not a scam. Our daughter's friends asked me to help them find a rental in those areas, but found one themselves first just by driving around.
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Call large local RE brokerages, like Watson or Century, etc and ask if they have a property management department. If they do it should be easy to use them to find a place, as long as you pass the background and credit checks.

If you know there are background or credit issues, then looking into Craigs list for direct renters is the way to go. Stay away from "rent to own" notices....very few of those have your best interest in mind. Was this answer helpful? If so please click on the "green thumbs up" or the "best answer".

Tony Vega
Antonelli Realty
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