The rental market is really tight and expensive right now. Better to purchase when the market is so affordable. According to recent research, there has never been a time in our recorded past where your % of home payment to total income is so low! Take advantage of it! I will be glad to show you the great houses in the Cary area for sale! Let me know when you are coming and we'll check it out!
And be looking seriously and diligently at least about 60 days out from the move.
Desirable rentals go fast, and better to be early than late, I think.
Look at CraigsList, but be VERY careful as there are abundant scams there. But there are also many legitimate rentals.
You mention Cary and Apex. Here is a search from MLS with Cary, Apex, and Morrisville rentals currently available:
You can modify the search to suit yourself and never need to register to use the search. If you want email alerts for properties, you will need to give an email address.
As Mike said below, some agents will not show rental properties because it pays very little and it's quite time consuming. I will show you rentals and help you with a search in the future to purchase. Most rentals usually become a purchase after they have seen the area and know where they want to live.
Let me know if you would like for me to set up a rental search for you. When you come into town, we can narrow down your possibilities at that time. Rentals in Cary/Apex move very quickly so it's best to choose the homes you want to view right before you get here, but in the meantime you can see what's out there.
We make appointments with the listing agents or property managers so you don't have to chase them all separately.
You will find some agents who will not work with rentals, because it is time consuming and pays very little.
But many of us are glad to work with rentals, for the fact you mention: You will turn into a buyer at some point, and the agent will hope to be your buyer's agent.
Note that Realtors are generally compensated between $50 to $200 for procuring a tenant for a rental listing. Peanuts, comparatively speaking. Therefor, align yourself carefully with a Realtor who will be able to provide you with the level of service that you require.
Our team handles general brokerage, as well as operating a property management division. As part of our services, we will pull your credit report (generally saving you the application fee charged by the listing company), show you houses, and negotiate on your behalf. In addition, Coldwell Banker Advantage has a Concierge Department designed to assist you with everything from selecting a mover, to changing over utilities, to providing you with a team of qualified and proven business partner vendors, should you have any repair needs, once in your rental home.
It is good that you are preparing this far in advance. Interview Realtors selectively and choose one that you are comfortable with. Feel free to give us a call. My cell is on 24/7 for your convenience!
Glad to help!