Some landlords prefer a longer term tenant so they don't have to draw up a new lease again at he end of the term or incur the expense of preparing the unit for a new tenant . Perhaps you could discuss this option upfront with each landlord of properties you are interested in to determine if they would consider a longer lease period.
Good luck to you!
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You can't be discriminated against because of the size of your family, except that the property code here says that there can be no more than two people to a bedroom on the lease. But just because you have children is not a reason a landlord can use to not rent to you.
Pets are another story - as well as smokers in the residence. You will need to look for houses that allow pets or smokers if that applies.
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There is no clear-cut answer, however, if you're simply asking about TRENDS and an "on the average" sort of answer, I would say the short sale. Someone could be in a short sale situation not necessarily because they can't pay their bills, but because they need to move (say, a job relocation) and their house is worth less than what is owed on it. In the case of a foreclosure, most of the time this is the result of a homeowner not being able to pay their mortgage every month, no matter WHAT the reason. Again, it could be something that is beyond one's control (e.g. a single mom going through a divorce; she may have gotten the house, but she can't afford the monthly payment), but foreclosure does carry a negative connotation to it. In either case, some explanation to the landlord might be in order if asked about it.