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Rental Basics in Austin : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Dec 13, 2017
Jaweed Metz asked:
Tue Aug 22, 2017
Susie Kay answered:
If you want the landlord to hold the property for you then you would want to give the security deposit asap.
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Thu Jun 15, 2017
Grant.curtis.williams answered:
Apartment/Lease Locators are a free service to you. They get paid a commission from the community you choose. You can also check out the local property management companies in the area for available rentals. I found my place with Stone Oak Property Management. I'm sure they or another property manager has availability. ... more
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Mon Mar 20, 2017
Mary answered:

I have emailed you regarding this concern.

Thank you for using Trulia!

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Tue Mar 14, 2017
Clfitzgal asked:
I keep finding places I like, but then I scroll down to see that they only accept small dogs. It's really frustrating, and a total waste of my time.
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Wed Oct 5, 2016
Nicktiff07 answered:
tenants should be i feel its the pests they brought in
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Sat Oct 1, 2016
Nerfe Roque answered:
They are only your personnel who are your manager or assistant in doing the task representing the principal or the owner so they don't have to be a licensed real estate agent.
In managing property, you must consider the factors that there is a limitation or standard in hiring a person to manage your properties.
In running a property management company, you must consider the factors like the money charging if that is proportion to the property, not enough staff, too many distributed units, no repeatable systems in place, no dedicated leasing agents, no dedicated bookkeepers and some other factors that can affect the decision making.
I suggest to visit and try this apps or tools for you to have an idea on how to manage your property easily and safe. This apps is very useful, free to use and for your benefit.
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Mon Jun 13, 2016
Susie Kay answered:
It's best to obtain a bid or two from an licensed HVAC tech.
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Mon Oct 12, 2015
Susie Kay answered:
Most of the time you'll have access to the facility; however, having said that, you should ask the property management company or the landlord before signing the lease agreement if pools and amenities are important to you.

I hope this helps!

Susie Kay
Seniors Real Estate Specialist
Certified Home Stager

United Real Estate Dallas
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Sat Feb 28, 2015
Phillip Madison answered:
Most landlords look for 3x rental amount for income.
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Tue Feb 10, 2015
Kim Carnagey answered:
Always use a REALTOR, they have your best interest in mind and can investigate any listing you would like to look at or get more info on it for you.
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Mon Feb 2, 2015
Susie Kay answered:
If you are looking for a place to live then I would suggest that you work with a local realtor. There are plenty of scams out there.
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Sat Jan 31, 2015
Jim Morelli answered:
For the best results and data hire a listing agent who does rentals. The will be able to help you to set a market based price while also screening prospective tenants for credit, background and rental history. ... more
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Mon Oct 20, 2014
Ranee Bray answered:
Probably best to contact the apartment community for a question such as this. Remember, if they only have hook ups - you can usually negotiate, or add rental for a washer and dryer.
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Tue Mar 11, 2014
David Mosrie answered:
Hi. In markets where there are extreme "seller's markets" or with extreme supply demand imbalances in both the sales and rental markets, as is the case all over Central Texas right, you see the screening criteria for tenants run to the very conservative in. In most basic terms, occupancy rates are through the roof, there are many more tenants than properties in most area, particularly rentals with desirable features whether it be location, school or price, so the landlords are able to be very selective.

Although many understand the recent economic downturn was hard on a lot of honest, hard working families, they see it through the lens of their risk only, and therefore it is a difficult situation. My advice is as follows:

1. you will need to "work the edges" of the market. unfortunately, going through traditional agent / MLS driven or property manager held channels will be difficult. I am not saying impossible, but you will have a tough time as they see it in a pretty mechanized fashion and dont spend much, if any, time getting to know or empathize with your personal circumstances. Look for independent owners via craig's list and such
2. Look for properties that have some "flaw" making them harder to rent, and therefore less competitive
3. If you are able to make contact with an owner, sell yourself and your story. Be up front. Explain your circumstances, make it personal, and ask the owner what you can do to help "offset the perceived risk". Provide any info ( past landlord/ employer recommendations) that helps support your being responsible tenants. If need be, offer an additional deposit or other financial incentive to help give ease to the landlord.

I know it can be frustrated and I personally think it is a shame that people who were battered in an economy that was crumbled by greedy Wall Street banks has now cast an undeserved shadow on many hard working , upstanding families, and that the world we are now living in most only see you as a series of numbers, which does not sum up the whole of who a person is. But that is the case most times. You need to look hard for one on one interactions with individual landlords and then try to "make the sale" about your being responsible tenants with completely explainable and understandable circumstances.

I hope that helps, and good luck.

Dave Mosrie
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Thu Oct 31, 2013
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Fri Oct 25, 2013
I believe since there are not that many 55+ communities that is probably one reason why there were waiting lists. I would contact Cari Cox at (512) 919-0041. She may be able to help. Tell her I sent you as she takes very good care of my clients and referrals… Joe

Joe Jarusinsky, Realtor/Master Instructor, Keller Williams Realty, Austin's #1 Real Estate Company, Call 512-261-4415
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Fri Sep 27, 2013
Depending on your price range, type of Home desired, and how far you want to be from the actual city of Austin/Downtown, there are some great places in Georgetown, Texas, including Sun City, a couple places in the Round Rock/Cedar Park area, and some near Lake Travis that may be good fits. Tuscan Village for example is a new community in Lakeway/(Lake Travis), Texas that has some very high-end homes and nice amenities as well. The other areas I mentioned have much more varying price ranges and types of homes available. I see some Realtors already posted some links below so I will not repost them.

To assist you further, I would need to ask you some questions about your long-term goals, desired area of living, hobbies and interests, price range, etc. I would be happy to talk with you and do what I can to help. I helped my retired parents move from the East Coast years ago and know all of these areas I mentioned very well. I am also one of the top Agents in the greater Austin area and do not charge anything for my extensive services. Also, if you're looking to sell a home in Florida, I have some great agents in your area that can assist you as well.(We used to live there)

Please contact me at your earliest convenience and I will be happy to have a consultation with you and get the ball rolling. I will make your transition to Texas as smooth and stress-free as possible, and make sure you find just the right community for you and your needs! Joe

Joe Jarusinsky, Realtor/Master Instructor, Keller Williams Realty, Austin's #1 Real Estate Company, Call 512-261-4415
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Mon Sep 9, 2013
Dustin Inderman answered:
Adding to what Bill suggested, the Austin Tenants' Council is a good resource that you might exhaust before you get attorney's involved. Their site is
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Thu Sep 5, 2013
Susie Kay answered:
Since you are not planning to break your lease will you be able or willing to pay for both apartment rental? Most people cannot afford this so you may need to start looking in April 2014.

Susie Kay
United Real Estate
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