And when you find one move fast. Maybe you should write a nice letter about your self and your family to help a perspective landlord learn who you are and it might help them want you as a tenant.
Keep fighting and don't give up .. you will find a home. Bruce
Ask your realtor to set you up on a search through MLS. That is the current info out there. Still not without fault but much better.
But it sounds like you may not be using good procedures to find a house in a hot Summer market like we are going through right now. Many young couples can't get approved for a loan, and so they have to rent a house. This causes increased demand for rental properties, which drives prices up. Rents have escalated drastically in the last year!
Your Realtor should be showing you houses the same day they come on the market, or the next day at the very latest. You as the tenant should have already filled out your application paperwork, and have your money orders purchased and ready to go. Maybe that means you have to carry around a "blank money order", but, hey, ...do you want the house or not??
Your application has to be submitted immediately as soon as you look at the property and determine you want to rent it. You don't get a night to "sleep on it"! You must make a quick decision if you want to lease a nice house. Many other people are out there looking for the same thing you are.
And then your Agent must submit the application, along with the fees, to the property manager as soon as possible. If there is any delay in this process, you should have a serious talk with your Broker, or fire them and get a new one who will work seriously at representing YOU. Maybe you could offer a contingency fee to your Agent, to be paid only if and when they get you the house you want. There is no law that says a tenant can't pay a commission to their Agent in addition to what the Landlord may be paying.
Your other option is to get a temporary place to live, such as a month-to-month apartment, or an efficiency motel. Then when the frenzy dies down after school starts, you will find it easier to locate a house to lease.
Good luck to you!
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Also, I have noticed that certain websites does not have current market status as it pertains to the property. What I mean is the website usually says its available when it is not. Hope this helps