Could I use a realtor to find an apartment/condo to rent?

Asked by ohmissjenxo, California Sun Jun 16, 2013

I plan on moving to Austin, TX and I am very unfamiliar with the area. I know what I want, but I have no idea where I should start. Is hiring a realtor to find a rental common? Would they charge me any fees?

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Susie Kay, Agent, Dallas, TX
Mon Jun 17, 2013
Most of the time there's no cost to you to hire an agent to represent you as a tenant or buyer but you can definitely ask the agent that you plan to hire. I would suggest that you hire an agent since you are new to the area. Don't forget to drive around the city yourself to determine whether you like it or not.

Susie Kay, Realtor®
GRI, CHMS, SFR
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Susie, I had no idea that you could get help from a realtor to find an apartment. My sister is moving to a new area and was wondering how to find out which areas are nice. It seems like she would be able to get some good information a realtor that is familiar with the area she moving. http://www.universalproperties.ca
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Dan Burstain, Agent, Austin, TX
Sun Jun 16, 2013
Happy to help you, free of charge, and all my clients get a $25 Visa card for using my service. It is a win/win! I can email you options and talk you through the whole process. Call or email anytime.

Dan Burstain, Realtor
JB Goodwin Realtors - A top Real Estate Company in Austin the past 40 years
512-588-3260 Cell
Dan@JBGoodwin.com
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Grant.curtis…, Home Buyer, Austin, TX
Thu Jun 15, 2017
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.
Web Reference:  http://www.stoneoakmgmt.com
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Deannawalker…, Home Buyer, Alexandria, VA
Fri Apr 7, 2017
Realtor is not the best choice. Nowadays, rental services really improved and you can find an appropriate apartment without a realtor, moreover, all process will be executed online. Try this one: https://rentberry.com
A friend of mine John used it and successfully and found pet-friendly landlord without any problem and additional fees for the realtor.
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Roxanne Kahn, Agent, Austin, TX
Thu Jun 20, 2013
Hiring a realtor to find a rental is common here in Austin. A lot of people either search on Craigslist/Zillow/Trulia, but with the way the rental market is right now things are going FAST, so it really helps to have a Realtor! I don't charge any fees from you - I get paid by the apartment complex or landlord of the place you end up renting. I'd love to assist you in your move from California! :)

I can email you pics/info/prices etc so you can see places before you even get to Austin. Here is my contact info:

Roxanne Kahn
Exit One Realty
(512) 994-8254
RoxySellsAustin@gmail.com
http://www.RoxySellsAustin.com
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Susie Kay, Agent, Dallas, TX
Mon Jun 17, 2013
Most of the time there's no cost to you to hire an agent to represent you as a tenant or buyer but you can definitely ask the agent that you plan to hire. I would suggest that you hire an agent since you are new to the area. Don't forget to drive around the city yourself to determine whether you like it or not.

Susie Kay, Realtor®
GRI, CHMS, SFR
Residential/Commercial/Investment
English-Indonesian-Hokkien
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United Real Estate
III Lincoln Centre, 5430 LBJ Freeway #280
Dallas, TX 78240
469-371-2899
susie_k@att.net
http://www.dfwdreamhomes.net

Servicing your real estate need is my priority!
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Tamika Goree, Agent, Arlingon, TX
Mon Jun 17, 2013
Yes, you can use a Realtor to assist you in finding a rental for an apartment or a condo. I would highly recommend that you use one since you do not know the area. The service is free to you. The Realtor is paid by the property management if you choose an apartment and the listing broker if you choose a condo.

I hope this advice helps you. Best wishes to you!

Make it a Great Day!

Tamika A. Goree
Broker | Owner
The DFW Property Shop
Cell: 972.697.1178
Fax: 972.665.7148
Email: tamika.goree21@gmail.com
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Travis Marsh…, Agent, Austin, TX
Mon Jun 17, 2013
I'll help you find your next rental. It is definitely common practice to have a Realtor represent you. We know the areas and what properties are currently available, pending, etc. There are also many scams out there so be careful. I'll handle things for you, no problem.

0 Fees on your behalf. Compensation is paid by the owner of the property so Travis Marshall works for you completely free.

Give me a shout or email and let's get started.

Travis Marshall
Dash Realty
512.529.8983
http://www.TravisAgent.com
Travis@TravisAgent.com
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Steven Nusin…, Agent, Austin, TX
Sun Jun 16, 2013
I would be happy to help, and my commission comes from the landlord(no charge to you) Please feel free to contact me anytime.

Thanks,

Steve Nusinow
(512)922-7588
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Bruce Lynn, Agent, Coppell, TX
Sun Jun 16, 2013
Yes...we have an apartment locator that can help you if you will contact me.

Free service.
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1st Zero-Emi…, , Austin, TX
Sun Jun 16, 2013
No fees for you to rent or buy!

Start searching for rentals on my website and message me direct to share what you're looking for so I can entertain all pocket listings that came through as well.
Http://ShawnMon.com
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Don Groff, Agent, Austin, TX
Sun Jun 16, 2013
Yes, you can. I work with several rental specialists in the Austin area if you would like a referral.

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Austin Real Estate Pros & 360 Lending Group
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vivianne dor…, Agent, Austin, TX
Sun Jun 16, 2013
Definitely, it is actually your best bet to find what you are looking for. Realtors will not charge you fees, the service is free. When are you planning to move? I can help you with telling you about different areas, prices, types of properties, etc. Contact me by email or phone.

Vivianne Dordea, Realtor
Sierra Homes Realty
512-554-5997
vdordea@austin.rr.com
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Bill Austin, Agent, Austin, TX
Sun Jun 16, 2013
Hi,
Yes, Realtors can help with both. You do not need 2 different folks. Your cost would be zero. A Realtor should agree to take what is beng offered as compensation from the owner/landlord.
Best wishes,
Bill
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Neil Walker, Agent, Austin, TX
Sun Jun 16, 2013
Hello, I specialize in this area. Feel free to give me a call and I will be glad to help you.
Neil Walker
Austin City Realty
512-221-4334
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JOSEPH E JAR…, Agent, Austin, TX
Sun Jun 16, 2013
Yes, you can hire a realtor to help you find a rental/lease. Typically they do not charge you anything, but are paid from the landlord instead. Renting a condo versus an apartment would be two different people, as realtors would handle the condominium, while an apartment locator would be better suited with regard to finding you an apartment. They too do not charge you anything for their services typically.

If you would like a couple of names to help you, feel free to contact me as I have two lease agents who work with me and also have an excellent apartment locater I can connect you with as well! Joe

Joe Jarusinsky, Realtor/Master Instructor, Keller Williams Realty, Austin's #1 Real Estate Company, Ranked #1 by Buyers and Sellers (JD Power & Assoc. 2012) Call 512-261-4415
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