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Robert Lei, Agent, Cupertino, CA
Wed Oct 10, 2012
Welcome to Northern California. You are going to love the year-round nice weather here.

You don't really need an agent to find home rental listings. Craigslist is the best source and it's FREE. The way we agents can help is in helping you know about the different neighborhoods. Feel free to ask me or the other agents when you reach that point.

Robert Lei
Century 21
(408) 893-2410
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Juliana Lee…, Agent, Palo Alto, CA
Wed Sep 26, 2012
Even before looking for a rental you will want to learn a little about the different cities and eventually their neighborhoods. There are probably two dozen different cities all within bicycling range of each other in Silicon Valley / the San Francisico Peninsula.

An easy first step would be to look at real estate statistics and a map.

By looking at the homes offered for sale in the cities whose housing prices are within your targeted range you can get a good first impression of the cities.

For all but the top end properties, and are very good ways to judge the rental market.

Once you've narrowed your search to a few cities you could contact a few realtors to get feedback if your goals and chosen cities are a rational choice.

Of course I and my team would be glad to help you,

Juliana Lee
Top 3 agent nationwide at Keller Williams Realty
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Stu Carson, Agent, San Jose, CA
Tue Sep 25, 2012

Went through that same circumstance with my family when we relocated to the Bay Area in '97. Four years later I left my Sr. Mgmt position to be closer to my 6 children and became a Real Estate Broker-Owner. My philosophy for serving clients comes many years of serving strategic accounts and that is, I want my clients to value me as a consultative source of advice for life, not as a "salesperson" interested in one transaction and a commission.

Therefore, we offer our clients relocating into the area our services at all stages of that transition. Depending upon the price of the home (level of rent) the best source for information varies... under $X's Craig's list is great combined with a property mgmt firm or two. At the high end of the market, often the best source is other Realtors I know that also serve that high end market that are aware of homes of that class available to rent.

But the real key, we have found is very similar to when you buy a home coming from outside the region, is first helping you get acquainted with the various communities, schools, lifestyles, commutes, etc... them understanding what you are looking for in the ideal home. We will help you find the best rental for your family in the least possible amount of time. Thing is, we don't typically get paid for that! No problem. As I said, we are looking to become your source of Real Estate consultative advice for life. All we ask in return, therefore, is that we have that mutual understanding and commitment upfront. Then when it's time to buy a home, think of how far along we are relationally & in understanding your family wants and needs in a home!

Call or email me. We can begin the "ground work" right away.

Stu Carson 408-209-0849
or Davlyn Giovanetti-Quick 408-461-1276
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Terri Vellios, Agent, Campbell, CA
Tue Sep 25, 2012
Many property managers in our area do not list homes on the Multiple Listing Service. It is a tough market for buying and renting.

You received good advice here. Be careful of the scammers. Find someone familiar with the area you want to live in and who has property manager resources.

Have a great transition. Our community is awesome.
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Nina Daruwal…, Agent, Cupertino, CA
Tue Sep 25, 2012
Hello Tanya,
Here are some websites you can start looking at:

And here is a property Management Company, who may have rentals available, depending on the area you choose to be in...Pls let them know I referred you to them.......I am Re-Location Certified (have re-located 4 countries myself!!) and will be happy to take good care of you. Do get in touch with me via email/phone and we can talk things through....

Like John said wisely, Pls DONT give anyone your personal Information or any money upfront till you see a property and meet the person yourself!
Travel Safe and I wish you the Best for your move!
Nina Daruwalla
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Sheila Benson, Agent, Los Altos, CA
Tue Sep 25, 2012
Call me, I have several friends in the business who are property managers in Silicon Valley. I can give you three recommendations. The reason for contacting them directly is because they manage dozen of properties each, and know when they have a rental coming up. You want to work with a reputable person who might manage the type of property you are looking for, and if not, be able to sift through the various sites for rental properties eliminating the multiple scam ads. In this economic climate, you want to make sure the person taking your deposit, is the person who owns or manages the property, and that there isn't a notice of default or some other questionable issue that might cost you. I'm happy to give you names and numbers of my colleagues who do this. 408 730-2410
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John Juarez, Agent, Fremont, CA
Tue Sep 25, 2012
In almost any community to which you move you will find many rental sources by doing a Google search for "rental properties", "property managers", "homes for rent" or similar search parameters. You can also search for rentals here on is a fertile source. Note: be aware that there are many internet scammers hoping to fool would be renters in sending money or personal information away in blind expectation of a deal that is "too good to be true".
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