Hi C. Jordan. As a realtor in DC (also in MD/VA), I can tell you this will not cost you anything other than the cost of moving. First/Last and sometimes elevator fees (if moving into a condo) and a processing fee for your application which is generally low (like $25-60).
All of our commissions are paid by the landlord. So you generally have nothing to lose by hiring one.
You should therefore hire a realtor to, one, do the searches for you and deliver properties right to your inbox as soon as they're available. Rentals priced right generally move quick in this area so if you find one that suits your needs, move on it. But having a search done for you will familiarize you with what the current market is offering. Then, two, for professional experience as to correct pricing, nearby amenities, and of course to negotiate a fair value for you.
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