Cma2112 As you may have already encountered rentals are tricky. First of all, they move quickly and what is advertised may not still be available. You have a couple of options at your fingertips. First, check out realtor.com this site mirrors the local MLS. Second, utilize craigslist. Third, find an agent that exclusively handles rentals.
You might discover that rentals have to be shown by an agent or representative of the owner. Many of these properties are on comfination lock boxes or the keys are held at the real estate office. Although this offers greater privacy protection for current tenants it creates a slower process when you are actively seeking a rental quickly. When you are setting up appointments to see the inside of a rental anticipate that there will be a 24 hour requirement before your desired appointment. If the property is currently occupied, the current tenant has to be given 24 hour notice before showing. This could be shortened to 12 hours or less if the tenant is very cooperative. Do not count on the shorter time.
When you find a rental that you like, be prepared to complete a rental application and place a small deposit to demonstrate your interest in the property. The latter is refundable if you do not qualify. If you do qualify then it will be part of you security deposit.