My husband and I will be moving to the DC area in early September and will be looking for a house to rent. How early can we start looking?

Asked by babskarl94, New York, NY Mon Apr 1, 2013

We have one dog.

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Jlynch, Home Buyer, Bronx, NY
Tue Aug 30, 2016
I think two months ahead will be enough. However, If you search the property via you might manage to find a unit even faster.
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The Dudley R…, Agent, Vienna, VA
Sat May 18, 2013
Good Evening.

Have you considered buying a place instead of renting? Often the price you pay for a rental will find you a fairly nice place to buy, if you financially qualify. Now is certainly the time to buy with LOW interest rates.

If you have a dog (depending on size), as a renter, it can be hard to find places that accept dogs over 40lbs. Buying a townhome, or single family home allows you to choose where you want to go -- a condo will restrict pet size.

Give us a call if this might be something that will interest you. In the least, we can get you pre-qualified and see if you actually qualify for a mortgage loan VS. just renting.



Chris Dudley - Realtor
Cell: (202) 297-3047
Tysons, VA Office: (703) 556-8600
Bethesda, MD & DC Office: (301) 907-7600
Long and Foster Realtors, Inc.
Licensed in VA, MD & DC.

We work at All Price Points, with Buyers & Sellers, Investors & Renters.
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Cindy Nelson, , Alexandria, VA
Mon Apr 1, 2013
You should start looking about 4-6 weeks before you need the rental.

Good luck with your search.
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Cindy Nelson, , Alexandria, VA
Mon Apr 1, 2013
You should start about a 4-6 weeks before your move in time.
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Karen Hall, Agent, Alexandria, VA
Mon Apr 1, 2013
You can certainly speak with a Realtor now and get set up to receive listings by email if you need any help and time narrowing down your search area (to identify favorite neighborhoods). Our rental inventory right now is Extremely low with a very high demand so homes are renting quickly, but as you may have already noticed in online research, many of them are for April-possibly May. Good news is that our market tends to really slow down here in August so it should give you a little more breathing room to secure something for September. Would start really looking in late July/early August. It only takes about a week to actually get an application processed, and I have been able to push it to 24 hours from application to keys in a real pinch. If a home is vacant, landlords will be most receptive to someone willing to move in two weeks or sooner after submitting an application. Hope that helps!!

Karen Hall
Principal Broker, @home
real estate lounge & design center
Alexandria, 22314
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lnovakoski, , Alexandria, VA
Mon Apr 1, 2013
Hello! Start looking 60 days prior to your move. Most tenants are required to give at least 60 days notice if they choose to vacate a home. If you choose to find the rental on-line, craigslist is a great start, but I always recommend you secure a Realtor first to do most of the leg work for you. You are out of state and an Realtor can weed out the scam artists. They also have access to the local MLS database that will give you rentals exclusively listed with Realtors. If you have additional questions or need assistance, just let me know. Best wishes in your transition!
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Carolyn Lidd…, Agent, Fredericksburg, VA
Mon Apr 1, 2013
It doesn't hurt to make a connection with a real estate agent in the area early in the process. You can start your market research now by being set up in an automatic search so that you can see what prices are for the type of home you desire. You should get serious in your search approximately two months prior. Many landlords and agents submit their listings about 60 days prior to vacancy.

Happy House Hunting & welcome to No. VA.,
Carolyn Liddell
Sun Realty
Sun Property Management
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