I've noticed many empty homes on the market in the Johnstown area. Is it ever appropriate to approach the listing agent about possibly renting?

Asked by Jamie, Johnstown, PA Tue May 17, 2011

We are relocating to the area and are not ready to buy a home yet, but have noticed a significant lack of quality rental housing. Does anyone know how often (if ever) this happens? We are a professional couple with school aged children and I'm getting nervous about finding a nice house in a good school district and nice neighborhood.

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Justin Peck, Agent, Hastings, MI
Tue May 17, 2011
Hello Jamie,

It is always appropriate to ask such questions! Situations may have arisen that makes it more suitable for the current seller to rent the home!

As a buyers agent, we always recomend that anyone interested in renting that is having trouble finding rentals, to look to current listings for possible rentals.

Some agents may know right away if their seller would be willing to rent, while others may have to make a quick call to see if the sellers may do so.

I am not from the Johnstown area, but would suggest searching the areas with regards to pricing, size, etc....then making a list and get to calling. You may get lots of no's, but that one yes may have you feeling pretty satisfied in the end!
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