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Wishing you all the best,
De Vonte Williamson , LSA
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Coldwell Banker Residential
Quality Mortgage Lending
In my experience the golden window to start looking is 30-45 days. That being said I have had clients in town 2 months before their move and I was able to find an owner that would hold the unit vacant a few extra weeks. Every listing is circumstantial but try to keep an eye out for units that are coming available for March 1st or 15th and see how flexible they are in holding it for you.
Best of luck!
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need a help with search.
Quality Mortgage Lending
Start now finding a Realtor to help you now. The rental market moves quick, you don't want to wait long. I live and work in east Lincoln Park, feel free to contact me about your needs.
Any other questions you have regarding timing and how much advance planning you need to do, please direct to me and I'd be delighted to work with you.
It IS a bit early to begin looking for a rental; the rental market is really tight right now, and good units go quickly. In other words, if you find a good rental now, it won't be available by the time you're ready to sign a lease (and the landlord is not likely to hold it open for any length of time).
(Sample situation: I placed a request to show a unit today, for a Sunday tour... and the listing office wouldn't place the request, because it's "too far in the future" and, "the unit will be gone by then".)
However, it's not too early to prepare yourself to face the rental process. Most landlords require that applicants have good credit, and a clean background; so, make sure that you address any problems (if any) with your credit. Make sure that you have good references (especially your current landlord, and former landlords); and make sure that you have verifiable former addresses, and employment.
Finally, when you do begin your home search in earnest... if you find a place that you really like (assuming that you find a worthwhile property, free of defects etc), make a serious offer to rent or purchase it. Many times, when people find just the right thing after their first property tour..., they pass on it, assuming that there are plenty of similar properties out there. Then, they spend the rest of their search looking for the property that got away.
There are phishers on Trulia.