If I am you I wouldn't do it myself for the very first time. I was in the same situation years back and I wasn't a Realtor at that time. I got a professional help and even after paying a month's rent worth of fee I saved lot of money and hassel of learning "new stuff". I also learned a lot at that time. Second time on, I knew exactly what I was doing. The process includes showing property, rental application, credit and background check, preparing and signing lease, handling deposit money etc. One month's rent is standard fees apart from some credit check fees ~$50. But trust me, it's well worth it for a first timer.