Hopefully you started looking last week.
That would have been perfect.
There are homes going as fast as they hit the market especially the ones with all the bells and whistles. Now is the time.
I have got people approved and moved in a week.
Contact me if you have not found an agent to help you.
Dilcie Roland/Keller Williams
I too am from shreveport and have lived in Houston for many years. It is a great idea to prepare ahead of your arrival in Houston. There are many options to consider when you are looking for a place to live. Of course there is proximity to employment to ease any issues with the commute. Additionally, there is proximity to family members and/or friends. There is also preferences related to school districts if you have children.
If you have not been to Houston in a while, it may be time to visit one weekend and look at several areas of town. It may give you an idea of different parts of town.
Finally, contact an agent and ask to have a site set up with your specific preferences for your home. You can then flag homes you may be interested in. Many times it takes a while to find something that meets your needs and I think the earlier the better so that you are not pressured to accept something that may not meet your family's needs
If you are looking to rent a house--No One is going to leave their home vacant until September.
Upon approval of an application the longest someone will hold their home vacant is 30 days.
If you are looking for an apartment it may be better because most apartments require 60 days notice to vacate. Therefore if they have an notice today they will be vacating @ the end of August then you could submit your application, get approved and know where you are moving to in the next 6o days.
There is an exception to this standard and that is if someone has a rent hoouse and the tenant has given notice to move out 07-31-12. If the house is on the market right now with the understanding the person is moving out 07-31-12--they will still PREFER a person who want to move in hopefully by the middle of the month as oppose to waiting 30 days for a move in. Giving them time to do make ready. In this scenario with good rental, decent credit, and stable income they may hold their home for you until 09-01-12.
I hope this helped you.
Please call me with any further questions.
Dilcie Roland/Keller Williams
If you know what area you need, you can have your Realtor check what is coming up on the market. Some properties are listed 30 days prior to the tenants moving out, and some properties may need work and the landlord is waiting on funds to complete repairs....
Feel free to contact me or any of the agents on this forum to send you a personalized search of rentals so that you may get aquainted with the neighborhoods and pricing....
Better Homes and Garden Real Estate Gary Greene
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