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Rental Basics in 30312 : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Feb 2, 2013
Lee Taylor answered:
Use common sense.

Before - Don't compromise on things that affect quality of life just because it meets budget. Be duly diligent.

After - pay on time, .live by the lease terms, be a good neighbor, don't be stupid ... more
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Sun Oct 12, 2014
Ron Thomas answered:
There are certain Landlords out there, many it would seem;
who are only interested in the money and what the Tenants can do for them.
No thought is given to circumstances that brought a family to rent a place to live:
The vast majority of the people who have to rent, do not have the where-with-all to buy their own appliances. If they had $1000 to $2000 laying around; they might as well buy a condo.
I have also had the privilege to work with Landlords who care about the people who rent from them; they attract the "good" tenants because they genuinely care about them, and want to help them.
You do what is in your character.
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Wed Feb 19, 2014
Kawain Payne answered:
If you are renting and dealing directly with the landlord you will have a more personal relationship with the person who owns the property.

When a landlord uses a property management company that usually means they own multiple rentals, and may not be that personal and honds on.

Some renters prefer for the landlord not to be too much in their business, so if this is you, you would be better off dealing with a property management company.

Best of luck to you.

Kawain Payne, Realtor
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Mon Feb 27, 2017
De Vonte Williamson answered:
Yes, working with a local Real Estate Agent is your best bet. You may also want to check out local print and newspaper ads.

You could also check out;

I hope this answered your question! If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me by the ways below.

Wishing you all the best,

De Vonte Williamson , LSA
Proudly Serving Long Island
Coldwell Banker Residential
"I Stand Behind Getting You Results!"
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Tue Nov 20, 2012
Giovanni Russo answered:
Just google the words crime statistics followed by zip code. For example "crime statistics 30305". You will receive a great return on this search. Trulia even provides this data!!!

Good luck!

Giovanni M. Russo
Real Estate Consultant |
mobile 404.310.9661 | direct 404.604.3936 | fax 404.604.3937
Keller Williams Realty of Buckhead, 2345 Peachtree RD NE, STE A, Atlanta, GA 30305
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Wed Jan 8, 2014
Sherrie Crow answered:
I would have said to call the police----- but after reading this article, I have no idea! That is downright scary.
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Fri Nov 2, 2012
Bruce Ailion answered:
There are many directories of property managers and many places were property managers advertise. Finding a property manager is not difficult unless you have a problematic property. Good property managers will not take on a difficult property. I was once offered an afterhours club to manage at a very high fee. The property was in poor condition with countless safety issues and code violations the owner was not interested in addressing, feeling they were tenant issues. I passed.

You should look for a firm that is in the property management business as to sole or significant part of their business. You should look for a firm that is experienced and has been engaged in property management for 5 or more years. You should look for a firm that belongs to the National Association of Realtors NAR and National Association of Residential Properties Managers, NARPA. NARPA is a good source of a directory of professional firms.

Today you can Google the firm and see if there are positive or negative public reviews. You can view their current listings and see what kind of job they do marketing the property.

Property management is a customer service business. Ask for references of current tenants and current owners. Review their accounting and reporting methods. Determine if they use in house staff to repair or use independent 3rd party contractors.

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Property management is a customer service business. Ask for references of current tenants and current owners. Review their accounting and reporting methods. Determine if they use in house staff to repair or use independent 3rd party contractors.
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Sat Jan 16, 2016
Marcus Cutrone answered:
cost is based on baths and kitchens. a 2 bed 1 bath does not cost much more to build than a 1/1.
plus the 1/1 may have the same or close to square footage.
the 2/2 having an additional bath will obviously cost more than the 2/1.
as far as negotiating price, most will give some kind of deal on move in
but wont budge too much on price unless they have a number of that type unit
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Wed Sep 3, 2014
Kevin answered:
Your best chance is to give at least 6 months rent up front as collaterall. THEN they would know you're serious about fixing your living situation.
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Mon Jun 4, 2012
Erika Francis answered:
The prices on the town homes in cross creek are based upon the the repairs or upgrades that a individual owner puts into their units. I have 2 town homes available for rental in Cross Creek
235 Triumph is renting for $1200.00 price is negotiable and 69 Monet court $1100 and a little flexible. please email me or 404-454-6833 if you would like to see the units. Both units have basic repairs , new paint, carpet, ceramic tiles, Laminate wood floor and basic appliances. Of course if you are looking for Granite counter tops, real hardwoods throughout and high end appliances, I have seen the prices go up to $1500.00
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Fri Apr 27, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
When you bought the Condo, you were given a copy of the CCR's, this spells out rules about pets, parking, painting, subletting, etc.
Does that sound familiar?
Since there are probably no two exactly alike;
you should rear yours and find the answers to your questions.
Everything will be revealed to you.
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Wed Apr 11, 2012
Matt Epps answered:
Issues we've been seeing in this market, are home owners/landlords renting out their properties with full knowledge they are behind on payments, with the property in danger of being foreclosed on. With no knowledge of this, to the renter. The sherrif comes knocking on the door to evict the occupants of the property.

TIP: Make sure it is in the lease that the owner provide verification that payments are being made to the bank!
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Wed Feb 6, 2013
Adrian Provost answered:
Negotiation is always reasonable, but isn't always necessary. Signing a longer lease would only make sense if it was mutually beneficial for both parties involved.
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Fri Apr 27, 2012
Suzanne MacDowell answered:
You shouldn't need a real estate license if all you want to do is be a landlord. You might want to work with a realtor, however, to help you purchase these homes and find and keep good tenants. ... more
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Thu Feb 23, 2012
KW Turtle Group answered:

This really depends on your lease. Typically I have seen that landlords are responsible for the major systems throughout the home (appliances, roof, plumbing, electrical, etc) as well as any other minor repairs. Often times landlords will also maintain the landscaping and the pest control as well, but other times tenants are responsible for those items. If you are willing to maintiain those items, you may be able to negotiate down the monthly rent.

Read any lease carefully before signing and let us know if you have any other questions!

Amy McDaniel
The Chuck Smith Group
#1 Real Estate Sales Team in DeKalb County
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Thu Feb 23, 2012
davidwbrower answered:
Absolutely. A LL would rather have a 2 year lease for $100 less than a 1 year lease with the chance of their rental being vacant for 2 months after tenant moves out. Think about it. $100 less for two years is $2400. if the rental is $1500/mo. and sits vacant a month or two every year that costs the LL $3000 every time it's vacant for two months. So, to answer your question YES it's of value to have a longer term lease. ... more
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Wed Jan 11, 2012
Jon Porrey answered:
I have been a landlord for 15 years and the first month's rent and deposit I have always asked to be paid in either cash, money order or certified check. From then on I do accept the tenant's personal checks, etc. Either that or they would have to wait until the personal check clears the bank before the tenant moves in.
Hope that helps!
Jon Porrey
Greenridge Realty
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Sat Jun 25, 2011
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Sun Mar 27, 2011
Anna M Brocco answered:
Much will depend on the individual landlords, but one can consider paying additional security, pre-paying some of the rent, etc.; since you state that you are going to lose your house to foreclosure--have you considered a short sale...either way, do protect yourself and any other assets you may have by consulting with an attorney who specializes in real estate--if you cannot afford one contact your local Legal Aid Society. ... more
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Sun Oct 24, 2010
Suzanne MacDowell answered:
I am not an attorney, nor am I from Georgia but here in New Jersey you would be obligated to pay rent to whoever owns the condo. For now that is your landlord. If she is in bankruptcy, and you need to start paying rent to the trustee, you will be advised. If the bank forecloses and you need to start paying rent to the bank you will be advised. And if you have a lease, it can probably be enforced. Iit doesn't matter what the landlord has or has not done, if you don't pay the rent, in New jerey, you will be evicted. And you will be held responsible for any lost rent or damage to the property caused by your failure to pay rent. You would be well advised to consult with an attorney before you stop paying rent, it could have dire consequences for you.

Again, I am not a lawyer, however, my understanding is chapter 7 is reorganization, which means your landlord is tryng to get back on track with her finances, including the HOA fees. Sorry, but I seriously doubt that, no matter what your land lord's situation, you are going to be able to live rent free.
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