John has provided you exceptional guidance regarding the best way to leverage one's presense on Trulia. This is a great big marketing playground that much can be observed and exploited.
It is your choice to make whether to chase vapors or learn the art of creating self-selection.
Citizens who spend time on Zillow or Trulia are in a state of delusion, where they know they are emersed in a make-believe world of fake real estate non-sense. These lethergized citizens are not able to make a decison. When that time comes.....they escape the land of make believe and promote themselves to a land of reality. It is from this resource your real business will emerge.
Again, as John revealed, consider Trulia/zilllow as a feeder, not a lead source.
Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
Rents have gone up because their are so many renters. Those that have lost their homes to foreclosure now find themselves in the rental market and have caused reduced availability.
If you are able to supply a good history with the length of stay to a landlord looking for a stable renter, they would be foolish not to work with you.
However, large management companies may not be willing to negotiate.... more
You choose a good time to buy your 1st home. I'm sure you are aware of the $8,000 tax credit, and the interest rates couldn't be lower. Don't forget that you have to close on the house by Nov. 30, and closings can take 30-45 days.
Question "Are we asking too much?"
It is a buyers market, you can never ask for too much. However, weather or not the seller excepts your offer is a different story. You could even offend the seller ruin any further negotiations.
I can definitely help you with any and all your real estate needs. If you would like to call me to schedule an appointment or just ask a question feel free to call me. 850-443-9673