If the agent is asking for the broker fee and 1/2 the deposit on signing date when I will meet the landlord, is this appropriate? I have obtained a listing from Trulia which after some communication and I was shown the hours, the landlord wants to accept my offer.... more
While it may be difficult to find a property that is willing to accept a dog, there are some options out there. Often the property management company will require additional deposit as well as additional funds per month.
I did a quick search and was able to locate 2 properties that are currently available before or on January 1st.
I would love to discuss your rental needs in greater detail to see if we can find something perfect for you and your family. Feel free to contact me at anytime.
Either way best of luck and Happy Holidays
Prudential California Realty
What is your budget? That will determine whether you'll be purchasing a single family home or a townhome. If you have the budget for both then I would suggest working with a local realtor and have her/him run the comps for single family vs townhome. Typically a single family will appreciate more than a townhome and when the housing market is going down will sustain better than a townhome. However, a townhome, depending upon how much the HOA is, may generate better cash flow.
United Real Estate
In addition to location/local amenities, the speed at which you are able to rent/lease your property is driven by the amount of rent you will ask for given what other rentals in the area are asking for. These sites will help you determine a competitive rent:
If you don't mind dealing directly with renters this is one area that you really don't need a real estate agent. Certainly I list homes for lease and put them on the MLS. I generally find a good tenent quickly. This works very well for people who do not want the hassle of doing it themselves. I charge 6% of the first years rent and half of that goes to the agent who brings the renter.
You will still need a Property Manager unless you feel you can do that yourself as well.
But as I say, you don't need an agent to find a renter. If you advertise your home to rent on Craigs List (www.craigslist.org) and you are asking a fair rent, you should find a renter within a few weeks. You will need to take up refernces and do a credit check of course but lease agreements and applications are available from any big office supply store. I think NOLO Press have a book on hoe to go about this.
Yes, this is one area of real estate where I believe that you don't necessarily need an agent to help you. Now buying and selling a home are something else. Anybody who try's to do that without an agent needs their head examining.
Just My Opinion!
Bernard Gibbons, Realtor, e-PRO Certified Internet Specialist
J. Rockcliff Realtors, 15 Railroad Avenue, Danville, CA 94526
Phone (925) 997-1585