You're going to love SA! There are lots of nice available rentals @ $900 or below. In addition to 3/2, 1,500+ SF, here are some other things your REALTORÂ® will need to know:
What part of town do you want to live in? Do you need to be close to your work? How long a commute do you prefer?
Do you have pets? Anyone smoke?
How long a lease do you want?
Do you prefer 1-story or 2? How many Bedrooms? Need a formal Living or Dining Room?
Need a fenced yard? Need a garage? 1 car or 2?
Are schools important? Any special programs needed?
Any other preferences?
Then, armed with that info, your REALTOR can pull up from Multiple Listing ALL availabe homes that match your criteria, go through the pictures and descriptions with you or send them to you via e-mail, cull out the non-starters, go see the three or four top picks and help you to qualify and negotiate more favorable terms for yourself. That's pretty good, since you don't pay the REALTOR fee. The Listing Agent pays our fee out of his or her listing commission. By the way, Rental commissions are TINY, so be prepared to do drive-bys yourself, to eliminate bad neighborhoods before going out with an agent.
Most Landlords and property managers won't hold a property for more than two or three weeks, so you have plenty of time.
As to which license you should pursue, REALTORS are free to build their own businesses and are not dependent on someone to call them to do a job, like an appraisal. If you are a self-starter, can stand independence, like to make things happen on your own, and don't like to wait for the phone to ring, REALTOR is the choice. Some REALTORS work as members of teams where they trade lower commission splits for live leads, so they at least start with someone to work with. Make sure you start with a brokerage that emphasizes Education! Without it, your Real Estate Career will be short and brutal.,
If you prefer dealing with numbers rather than people, like a more predictable schedule, are willing to pay your dues until you get competent and networked, maybe you'll like appraisal work. There are lots of personality profiles available on the web (the DISC Profile, for example) that may help you to decide what you are best suited for. If you keep getting promoted, you probably won't have time to pursue either! :)
If you would like to talk with a REALTOR who teaches the personality profile class, and see what the life of a REALTOR is about, please feel free to contact me. As the Chair of Keller Williams (IH-10) Agent Career Development Committee, I will be happy to spend some time with you and answer any questions you may have. I love being a REALTOR, but it's not a life for everyone.
Doc Stephens, REALTORÂ®
Keller Williams Realty
10999 IH-10 W, Suite 175
(in the City View Building)
San Antonio, TX 78230