I agree with Ronda. I do a lot of work in RISD, Lake Highlands and Richardson. Rental homes move pretty quickly as the transactions do not take that long. In December you will also have the option of exploring homes that have been listed for sale for lengthy periods and not sold. These home owners become inclined to lease as the year comes to a close.
I would be happy to assist you. I would recommend that we meet about 45-60 days before you need to be in the home and we can review the market conditions - what you need and what you can expect to get for your rent dollar. From their we'll form a plan suited directly to your needs. At the 30 day point, we'll actually begin to tour homes. This will give us plenty of time to find the home and get the lease negotiated. Any earlier than 30 days, and the landlords will pass us over for a quicker tenant.
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I like to meet with my prospect, get to know thsm, and them to know me, and look at a couple homes.
Then I know what to PREVIEW, when a new listing comes available because time is of the essence.
I assume you have a lease somewhere now and coordinating the exact dates of move-out and move-in are the challenge.
If you are not currently renting with a lease...I would get my credit checked and get a credit history from a realtor. 90 days before I wanted to be in a rental, I would begin to narrow down the areas where I wanted to rent and the monthly price and 60 days before I wanted to rent I would be seriously looking. Depending on the area, 45 to 60 days prior to moving in is a good time to write a lease. I am speaking on behalf of northern NJ, where we have lots of rentals in close proximity of each other. You should be asking this question of a local realtor that you would like to work with.
Sometimes the notification period is 45 days or even 60 days. This means to you that you have to find a place to move into in order to avoid stress prior to that date. If your apartment has a 60-day notification clause, then you had better find something before that. If you don't, then you may wind up in the unenviable position of having to pay for an extension while you're already in another rental. Or, worse, you give notice and then can't find anything before your scheduled end of lease.
From the other perspective the tenant who is moving out of the place you're going to move into has the exact same problem. The landlord won't advertise the place for rent so you can see it and possibly apply for it, until the decision to make it available is made. If the landlord waits until 30 days before the end of the old tenant's lease, then you won't know about it until he decides not to renew that old tenant.
Here you are 65 days before the end of your lease looking for another place, but a lot of those won't show up as available until 30 days before they're available. How do you solve this conundrum? You can take a chance that you'll find something by notifying the landlord by his deadline and then not looking until you are about 30-35 days from moving out of your old place. This will cause you some stress.
You can discuss getting a short extension, but you are at the mercy of the landlord and circumstances.
Looking at the two sides of the problem, you'll realize that 60 days is more like handcuffs. You're tied to that property and have to live with the deal the landlord will give you. A lease with 30 days notice is more reasonable, but some renters are unreasonable. They'll call a dozen places and look at them all, but not commit to any of them. Sometimes they'll have a Realtor pull all the rentals that seem to fit, but find somthing wrong with every one of them. So, if you're picky, then you'll have to allow more time. You also may have to give notice and then look.
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