Looking for a rental agent in Mountain View, CA

Asked by Pk, Cambridge, MA Wed Nov 17, 2010

My family will be moving from Massachusetts to Mtn View in Jan 2011, and we are looking for a home to rent. We've been looking on Craigslist, but I think it might be easier to enlist the help of an agent, given that this is a long-distance move. We want to be an easy walking distance to the Mtn View Caltrain station. We also want to be walking distance to a park (for our toddler). A 3 bedroom, 2 bath single-famly home is preferred (townhome with privacy is acceptable, no apartment), but we can be flexible on those specs.

Let me know if you can help!

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Bryan Robert…, Agent, Los Altos, CA
Thu Dec 16, 2010
You can call local brokerages to get the name of an agent who works in that area. However, your best bet is to use either Craigslist or Padmapper. The advantage of Padmapper is that it shows you, on a map, where the rentals area. Most agents use Craigslist to advertise their rental listings. The only thing the agent can do is help you with paperwork and advise on rental rates.

If you'd like additional help, give me a call.
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Pk, Renter, Cambridge, MA
Wed Nov 17, 2010
Thanks for the helpful replies! I really appreciate the guidance.
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Scott Aberna…, , Murfreesboro, TN
Wed Nov 17, 2010
I would recomend looking for a member of the National Association of Residental Property Managers. There are probably a few in that area. You can search for them at http://www.NARPM.org.

Goood Luck,

Scott Abernathy, RMP, GRI
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Web Reference:  http://www.NARPM.org
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Chris Iverson, Agent, Menlo Park, CA
Wed Nov 17, 2010
PK -
You are using a good strategy. Local agents will have clients and colleagues who know about rentals, on or off Craigslist. Moving across the country is difficult, and the rental market is rather tight here.

Through our property management group, we have a number of rental properties in Mountain View. If you can send me your details and budget, I can see what is available.

I live in Mountain View and specialize in executive relocation.

Best,
Chris

Chris@VentouxHomes.com
http://www.VentouxHomes.com
650-450-0450
Web Reference:  http://www.VentouxHomes.com
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Cameron Novak, Agent, Corona, CA
Wed Nov 17, 2010
I couldn't amend my previous answer, but wanted to tell you:

when you're on TheHomefindingCenter.com website, you'll click "Property Search - MLS" and then "Residential Lease".

Hope that helps.
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Cameron Novak, Agent, Corona, CA
Wed Nov 17, 2010
Rentals are a bit tricky. Many of them are not listed with a real estate company (on the MLS). You'll need to look at various different media to get the best picture of what is available.

http://www.thehomefindingcenter.com will provide MLS listed rentals.

You can also look in the local paper, CL, etc.

Good luck,

Cameron Novak
Short sale agent / specialist
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