Sorry Donna, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the comparable rental market in Royal Oak is not in your favor considering that according to the MLS in the past year there has been only one single residential lease logged into the system for under $700/month. That was for a 1 bed, 1 bath 600 sq ft home that was on the market for less than a week. However, there were eight condo/flat rentals under $700 during the past year--mostly 1 bedroom under 700 sq ft. If anything renters are bidding up rental prices in Royal Oak to secure a place, as the local rental market is on fire. As a rule lately, the best chance I see for negotiating a monthly rate down is to either have absolutely stellar credit (at least in comparison to other applicants), to offer to pay many months in advance up front, and/or possibly to sign a multi-year lease. Forget all of the above if you have pets--that changes everything. As the number of renters have gone up in the past year or two, rates across the board have been moving up as well--a hard real-life lesson of housing economics 101.