Buyer's, keep that in mind. It will not cost you a cent to hire a professional when purchasing a property. There are, however, times during the negotiation process, a buyer may be asked to split the commission costs with the seller. Speak with your professional and make the best deal for you.
To answer your question costs associated with finding an apartment are often paid by the owner or management of the company. There are however cases where a cooperating compensation is not offered and the real estate agency will ask for a fee from the client. To make sure that you are not responsible for costs, let your agent know that you are looking for apartments where you will not be responsible for any fees. By doing this you will prevent being shown a unit that you fall in love with but have to pay more than you were expecting, also it helps the agent to understand your needs so they can provide you with the best service possible.
I hope that helps you!
Depending on your destination in Massachusetts, locating a rental will be less painless with a Realtor to assist you..
Shane Cormier, Realtor
Century 21 Tassinari
There is no clear cut answer. You'll need to contact a few agents and see what they charge. I would require a fee equal to 1st months rent. Sometimes the landlord will pick that up but not always. You shouldn't pay more than one months rent.