You may not be getting calls because the places have already been rented. I have that problem too sometimes with leasing agents. There are ways to find good rental homes and reasons that the current system is not optimal for the consumer and the realtor.
In many states of the US and Canada, the realtor is compensated with a full month of rent or 1/2 month of rent or 10% to 20% of the rent for the term of the lease. In North Carolina, only 10% to 15% of the first month of rent is usually offered to the showing realtor when the property is leased. To put this in perspective, if I work 3 days or 1 week to find a customer a rental where the rent is $1000/month, then I am paid $100 to $150 in 30 t0 60 days. WOULD YOU WORK 24 to 32 HOURS FOR $100 to be paid in 30 to 60 days and pay for your own gas?
The leasing agent makes more money, but still not a lot, and has more control of the leasing situation when they find the tenant. Mostly, the leasing agent makes money when the customer buys a house later or when that agent refers the tenant out to a buyer agent.
So, the system is flawed because there is inadequate compensation to the showing agent in NC. My suggestion has always been that agents get paid on a reasonable hourly basis by the prospective tenant and not the landlord. It does not make sense to me to brow beat someone into working with me in the future because I was not paid adequately for the initial work that I did for them. To date, most of the people who are willing to pay on an hourly basis have been astute business professionals who see the value of having someone work diligently on their behalf to find a suitable rental home.
Now lastly, rentals in Ballantyne have always been leased rapidly. There are several realty companies to call to find out future houses or townhouses for rent, e.g. TR Lawing Realty. You can look on Craigslist, Charlotte Observer Classifieds, local or trendy papers. Or, you might just go to the place where you want to live and talk to homeowners. You could ask your realtor to call expired and withdrawn listings to see if any of the homeowners want to rent their house. You could visit a new home development and ask the on-site realtor if there were any prospective buyers for the builder's houses that needed to rent before buying. You could approach some for sale by owners to see if they would want to rent. The best way to find good rentals is to do a little footwork - greet and meet people, utilize MLS and a realtor.
Wishing you success,
Robin Faison, broker
Keller Williams Realty