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Rental Basics in Colorado Springs : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Aug 4, 2017
Wyman.bob09 answered:
Agents are so positive about 3 dogs easily finding a place. As a 'citizen I say "no". There are limited rentals here and in Denver. Lifelong residents are moving out of state.
These websites owned by one entity have overpriced houses and rents arbitrarily and landlords are drooling for cash.
The reality is not a pretty picture and to move here when greed has its fangs out would be ill-advised. My rent is going up and I will probably have to go. I will let you know when that happens as the landlord would probably allow 3 dogs. The house is only 760sq ft....
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Tue Jun 14, 2016
MCM_STL answered:
Brian, is right. It often takes a co-signer. Someone credit-worth has to put themselves at risk to fix this.

Truthfully, once you end up with one eviction, it's very easy to find yourself in an unfortunate cycle. If you really want to understand how devastating this problem can be, I recommend this book:

https://www.amazon.com/Evicted-Poverty-Profit-American-City/dp/0553447432/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1465911837&sr=8-1&keywords=evicted
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Thu Feb 11, 2016
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30 maybe 45 day. Most rentals that come on the market are either ready for move in or have a date they'll be ready which is about 30-45 days form the time its posted. It will really depend on the owner or property management company that has the home listed as to whether or not they are willing to hold the home for an extended period of time.
If you are open to purchasing a home I'd love to assist you and your husband. We offer a lot of different loan programs including down payment assistance where you can buy a home with as little as $1,000 down.
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Fri May 29, 2015
Dorene Slavitz answered:
When you meet with the landlord, offer to bring your friendly dogs for a meet and greet. Then offer a couple of month's rent additional as a "Pet Fee" if they are worried. I would also consider looking at private homes to rent, rather then apartments. A single family home owner will be more likely to consider pet, plus there won't be the possible liability since there won't be so many nearby neighbors to interact with your dogs. ... more
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Wed Apr 23, 2014
Steve Merritt answered:
I know of a few homeowners/rental properties that have done this before. Be sure that you understand what the owner wants done before you sign any leases and determine the timeline and standards for getting the work done. This will ensure all parties involved are happy, assuming the owner is willing to enter into this type of arrangement with you.

Good Luck!
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Tue Jan 15, 2013
Kevin Olson, Jessica Laude answered:
The cheapest you can find in the MLS is $1600 per month for 80908. What are your requirements for lot size and I'm assuming you want to be in the trees?
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Mon Aug 6, 2012
David Janis answered:
Sue is correct. The service dog will not 'count' towards the pet limit, however, you may have some trouble categorizing the dog as a service dog before he/ she is fully trained.
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Thu Jun 21, 2012
Michell Sessa answered:
get a letter from your doctor saying that the dog is your service animal and no landlord can refuse to rent to you.
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Mon Jun 18, 2012
Lania Demers answered:
I live a few blocks from there. While my husband and I do own a smaller home in another neighborhood, we recently found a need to combine households with my aging parents. Our solution was to rent a home in 80909 that is fairly large, (3200 sf) and has a 2 car garage/cottage combination as well. We pay 1350.00 plus Utilities. I think it's a great deal, (although discounted because the Lanlord rented it to us with a completly dead yard and it would be too expensive to landscape as a tenant). The inside of the home, however, is beautiful. The basement level has a lower than standard ceiling, so we don't use much of it, so I would count the upper square foot and the cottage and that's all about 1900 sf. I also have Property Management clients throught the town and I am thinking that your house should rent in the range of 1200-1400 per month, depending on conditon and amenities, (appliances, sprinklers, landscaping, etc...) Please feel free to call me if you'd like me to drop by on my way home one day. I'd be glad to give you my opinion as a neighbor!
Best of luck.
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Tue Apr 24, 2012
Erin Joynt answered:
Katie: You might also try talking with Housing Helpers. I included their website below. They have helped a few of my friends find rentals over the years. Hopefully they can help!
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Tue Mar 6, 2012
Wanda Jo Plott answered:
I suggest checking out the Landlord! How many properties does he/she manage? What systems do they have in place and how do they handle repairs. Some management companies charge the tenant for repairs under a certain amount. Be sure to discuss this and understand your responsibilities.

If Military, make sure you have a clause that allows you to break the lease in the event you get orders to another duty station. It's important to understand how this clause works.

Read the lease, knowledge is power! If you do not understand any part of the lease have an attorney view the document. If you're sure you're going to lease for more than 12 months negoiate for a lower lease amount. Be careful not to obligate yourself for more than you can commit.

The Real Estate market is changing and rents are climbling. A home purchase is something you may want to consider. Consulting a Real Estate professional on your ability to purchase verses renting may be an option to consider.
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Thu Apr 7, 2011
Matt Pickett answered:
Is there any more information to go with this post?
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Tue Dec 14, 2010
Sallyanne Holmes, GRI,MRE,MRP answered:
If your house is here in Colorado Springs do you have it listed with a p.m. company? If nothing else contact a local FULL SERVICE realtor i.e. one who works with renting as well as buying and selling - you will be surprised at how many realtors in cs don't service the rental market which is why I make the statement 'full service' and they should willingly do a rental cma for you. Spring is approaching and the movement is beginning, the troops are being relocated so if it doesn't sell/rent in december you will find that january or february will be better months. A cma will determine whether it is too high or whether it is the area or whether if it just the time of year. A full service realtor will also list it for sale or for rent at the same time and whichever comes first takes presidence. Are you military based? That might change things regarding the price on the sale of the house. The company I work for manages over 500 properties and have been doing so for 49 years so if you need more info on the renting side contact me and I will guide you to the appropriate person to speak to. 719-660-0622 or sallyanne@homesforsaleco.com ... more
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