Can a realator help you find an apartment? If so then what do they charge?

Asked by Nicolette Allen, Beach, VA Sat Jun 14, 2014

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Ritu Desai, Agent, Chantilly, VA
Tue Jun 17, 2014
Some Realtor will help you with apartment finding but most people end up going directly for apartment. If you are looking for condos/town homes than they can help you.
I have heard some they will charge a flat fee and others they don't they will take what the listing offers. Good Luck
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Susan & Mindy…, Agent, Alexandria, VA
Thu Jun 19, 2014
Yes, an agent can you find an apartment; whether or not they charge depends on the situation.

I know agents who regularly help people find rentals and are paid by the listing brokerage if they successfuly bring them a tenant. If the tenant finds something on his or her own, then the agent does not get paid; that happens, but is just part of being a real estate agent.

I know agents who charge a retainer fee of a couple hundred dollars which is credited against any commission earned. Rentals can take a lot of time and even if successful, result in a very small commission.

Agents can show you rentals listed in the local MLS, which typically offer a commission, or they can help you find a rental by owner, however, in those cases, the tenant client would be responsible for compensating the agent, because owners typically do not offer a commission to agents.
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