Do you go through an agent to find a home to rent until you can buy?

Asked by Michelle, Seminole, OK Thu Aug 23, 2012

My husband and I are wanting to move to Texas from Oklahoma in about a year or so. We will need to find somewhere to rent until we can both find jobs and a place to possibly buy. The problem is that we have three outside dogs. How can we tell if people are willing to allow pets? And do we use an agent to find a rent house? Having pets is the biggest obstacle in moving in my opinion.

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Bruce Lynn, Agent, Coppell, TX
Thu Aug 23, 2012
If you have 3 large dogs, it will be a challenge in this market.

Probably best to comb Craigslist and by pass the agents and see if you can hit an owner directly and sweet talk them into letting you in.

Many of the places have multiple applications now and the best places move very you may have to do something to make your application stand out, like offering double deposit, or 2-3 months rent up front.

Many of our landlords who used to take pets now no longer allow them due to the competition between applicants.
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Susie Kay, Agent, Dallas, TX
Thu Aug 23, 2012
You don't have to hire an agent, but it will save you from a lot of headaches. Let me know if you need help finding a property.

Take care,
Susie Kay, Realtor®
United Real Estate
III Lincoln Centre, 5430 LBJ Freeway #280
Dallas, TX 78240

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Zig Ziggler, , McKinney, TX
Thu Aug 23, 2012
Agents are a dime a dozen. It's not rocket science. They are like pop tarts. You say jump, they say how high. If you want the convenience and service of an agent, then yes...get one. However, as I just stated, it is not rocket science. You could find a rent home all by yourself and while it is true that using an agent does not cost you a dime, they have to get paid somehow. The landlord is the one who pays both agents. That said, if you do the work yourself, let the listing agent or landlord know that you are not represented. Demand a discount. You have a lot more leverage to negotiate your rental rate when the landlord does not have 2 agents to pay. While the listing agent will be wagging his/her tail from the excitement of earning 2 commissions, stop them right there. Don't let them get too excited. If you'd like, give the agent a small treat, but keep the ball in your court in the form of a reduced rent.
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Christopher…, Agent, The Colony, TX
Thu Aug 23, 2012
Due to houses getting rented so quickly, I would definitely recommend a Realtor to help you because we will have the most up-to-date info. We can let you know which homes allow pets and what kind of pet restrictions there are. If you have nay questions, please don't hesitate to ask....and best of all, our services are always FREE for Buyers and Tenants.
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Melissa Hail…, Agent, Plano, TX
Thu Aug 23, 2012
I would always recommend that you use a licensed Realtor to help you when you are buying, selling, or renting residential real estate. As a buyer/tenant it usually doesn't cost you anything to have a Realtor represent you as the sellers/landlords pay the commissions.

You will need to have verifiable income, usually of at least 3 times the monthly rent, in order to secure a lease home. You will also want to narrow your search to only include lease homes that will allow pets. Many landlords accept pets on a case-by-case basis (and sometimes will not accept specific breeds). A Realtor can help you narrow the search so that you are not viewing homes that won't allow pets - which will be a big time-saver for you.

Good luck on your move!

Melissa Hailey - North Texas Top Team, Realtors
Coldwell Banker Jane Henry Realtors
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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Thu Aug 23, 2012
1. No matter what real estate transaction commercial or residential ALWAYS use a Realtor
2. There are many scams in real estate have your personal Realtor you will avoid these scams
3. I specialize in residential leasing.
a. 3 dogs your security deposit for pet could range from $500 - $700
b . What type of dogs ? weight and etc.
c. Leasing in DFW all time high most homes on the market for approx. 5 days at best with you to move in within 30 days from execution of lease agreement.
d. YOU MUST HAVE A JOB in order rent an apt or home

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JD Tomlin, , Frisco, TX
Thu Aug 23, 2012
Michelle, I highly recommend that you use the services of a realtor to assist you in finding a lease home. Nearly every lease property is in the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) unless the owner just puts a sign in the yard and hopes for a drive-by to inquire. We can also tell you quickly, based upon information in the MLS, whether the landlord will allow pets, how much a deposit will be, etc.. We can also negotiate lease terms for you (price, length, et al.) just like we do on purchases. If you're moving the the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, my team and I would be happy to help you! JD Tomlin,
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Keisha York, Agent, Frisco, TX
Thu Aug 23, 2012
You do not have to use an agent but it would probably help your search go more smoothly.

Landlords typically will disclose if they allow pets or not. I typically will call ahead before showing in a situation with more than one pet.
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