The internet can be a great source of info. It can also be a great place for scammers to find people to cheat.
You should contact a property management company. With them you pay a one time fee for your credit/background check, and you will have the chance to apply for any of their vacant homes.
You have a clear idea of what you are looking for in a home. I will warn having a pet could be a problem. Many homeowners will not want pets even a small well trained one.
Best of luck to you!!1
Kawain Payne, Realtor
Prudential California Realty
I'm sorry it's like this but most owners don't place their homes for rent with property managers or Realtors & they don't end up in the MLS system or more Realtors would be willing to help renters.
I don't look back on this same Trulia thread for answer posted after mine.
Emily S. Knell
Realtor Since 1996
Realty ONE Group
I have been calling around. I actually spent all day Sunday cruising around the area looking for lease/rent signs. I only ask here to help cover all my bases. You never know who's watching!
Have a good one, Cindy. :)