We regularly have people bidding over asking price to lock a place up.
So you want pool maintenance....maybe $100/month more on rent.
You want yard care...maybe another $100/200.
These days i say it is not a matter of what the owner is willing to do or take, they might do more and take less, but it is a matter of what your competition is willing to take....so owner gets two applications yours wanting to negotiate rent, repairs, upkeep, and #2 is willing to pay $100/month more and not hassle the owner. They might take #2.
I don't want to be the barer of the bad news but...
I have recently helped a few clients get lease homes. The last 3 were multiple offers and the leases all went for over the listed asking price. These were in some good locations like you are asking about. I am meeting someone today for a property I am representing the landlord on. It has a pool too. I didn't even get a sign up in the yard before I had a prospective tenant. There will be a pool maintenance agreement at the tenant's cost, a yard maintenance agreement at the tenants cost, a pet fee as well as a pet deposit plus a nice monthly rent.
Competition is intense in most cases & areas. My guess is that f you ask for any discounts another applicant will be chosen and you wont even get a call back. Asking for discounts is something I have no problem doing but always tell my clients that they will be at peril. Best wishes.
I have asked for many of my clients, but landlords know that they will most likely receive many qualified applicants for a property, and many will be willing to pay market value (or more).
Susie Kay, RealtorÂ®
GRI, CHMS, SFR
United Real Estate
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Dallas, TX 78240
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The worse that can happen is the landlord can say no. I would have your Realtor ask just in case! The leasing market is so hot right now that there might not be room for negotiation. You should definitely give it a try.
To answer your last question about "better neighborhoods", that's something subjective and you have to decide. You will be able to rent the "best" neighborhood your money can buy. Rents can go from low $1000s to anywhere, it all depends what you want and what you can afford.
The best thing is to contact me, tell me what you are looking for, what price and I can then advise you where and what you can lease and assist you with finding the right place.
Sierra Homes Realty
It seems you have asked several good questions and received several good responses. Coincidentally, my wife and I are wrapping up a 3-day tour of these same areas (Lakeway/Steiner) with a family that is also relocating from outside the U.S.
To try to get to all three of your questions:
- Difficult to say what the "better" neighborhoods are. Really depends on what you think is "better." Schools appear to play a major role in your decision, and there are several metrics by which one can rate their preferences. You appear to be rather internet literate and I am sure you have done your homework here. We are happy to discuss your findings and needs personally.
- Rentals are generally ready within 30 days of being listed. Typically this is because most leases have a 30-day notice and the landlord won't post a listing until notice has been given.
- Rents are certainly negotiable. A quick search in your general price range reveals homes that have been available to rent for between 6 - 95 days. Recently rented homes were on the market for up to 69 days. The longer it has been on the market, the more likely the landlord is to negotiate terms. Landlords need renters!
Call, text or email me at your convenience. I look forward to visiting with you to determine if we are a good match to work with each other in your efforts to find a home for your family.
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Everything as it relates to private property is negotiable. The problem is Austin is such a hot market right now that landlords don't really have to capitulate much. I never hesitate to ask though.
Dan Burstain, Realtor
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