You usually get what you pay for. A true property management company will probably charge 1 month's rent but the commission is always negotiable. They will spend quite a bit of money and time marketing your home, showing prospective tenants, taking applications and qualifying the tenant, writing the lease and making sure there is a smooth transaction with no suprises. They will also offer a generous portion of the commission you pay them to any agent that finds them a tenant....very important point in this market.They will have seasoned, experienced agents who deal exclusively with property management, Georgia tenant/landlord laws, proper screening and a good history of successfully renting properties. Check out http://www.crowngeorgia.com
They have a great information for the consumer. I would recommend Crown but I don't think they work your area.
We have seen a rapid increase in rental properties coming on the market that is causing properties to rent for less money and take twice as long to find a good tenant. Make sure the company you choose has recently rented homes in your area and markets your property in all the major sites such as rent.com, FMLS.com, realtor.com, ajchomefinder.com, postlets,oodle,vast,hotpads,yahoo,craigslist...etc. They need to have someone that actually answers the phone when a potential tenant calls too. Right now tenants will just move to the next property on the list until they get someone to take their call vs leaving a message and hoping to get a call back.
Make sure you thoroughly interview the company you choose. Good luck.
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