Have it reviewed by an attorney. If you can not do so, for whatever reason, read each and every word and make sure you understand what you are signing. Go to the Maryland Attorney General Website and click on tab "Protecting Consumers." Then click on "Landlord and Tenants: Tips on Avoiding Disputes." It is a pamphlet for consumers and provides a synopsis of the law in Maryland. You can also to go to the website for the District Court of Maryland and they have some consumer information on renting in Maryland.... more
REALTORS are prohibited from telling you where you should live, what neighborhoods are "safe" or steering to certain neighorhoods. There are many reasonable explanations for this.
Safety is a matter of perspective and subjective. What may be acceptable to one individual may be completely intolerable to another.
For you to determine what you consider safe and can accept for your lifestyle and comfort, check the crime statistics with your local police district, community watch associations and the sexual predator lists.
Then do a drive through neighborhoods that you are considering at various times of day and night, on both weekdays and weekends. This should give you an overview of the community, its people and activity. This should help provide first hand insight that will allow you to make a better decision on whether that community meets your level of comfort.
When working with a REALTOR to help you locate a home, it helps to provide a good indepth explanation of your lifestyle, hobbies, wants, needs and things you dislike. A good agent can use this information to suggest communities that fit your description in your purchase/rent price point and explain more about those areas.
But, don't look to anyone--real estate agent, co-worker or a friend--to limit you to their own criteria and perspective. Weigh suggestions with facts and do your own community reconnaissance.
Kimberly Barton, REALTOR
Champion Realty, Inc.
410-224-0645 Direct... more
if you are the owner, you can rent your owne property without a license, in virtually every state you can not rent anyone elses home, apartment etc for a fee unless you have a real estate license.... more
Most residential rentals are 1 months rent based a years lease. There usually is no fee for the 2nd year on residential sales. in commercial leasing there is fees every renenwal that gradually reduce. You should contact other agents in your area to get what they charge so you can compare.... more