Any agent will generally get paid a commission by/from the owner of whichever home you choose to rent. As the renter, you will customarily not pay any fee to your agent, who helps you find a rental, unless otherwise agreed to. Keep in mind finding rentals through an agent, will generally limit your choice of rentals to choose from. Most agents to not have access to ALL rentals. Which is a very different situation to an agent's access to homes for sale. You should, without an agents help, also check local property management companies for their rental inventory in Irvine, Irvine newspapers classified ads, and other online resources that offer rentals. There are quite a few rentals that don't get input into the MLS and handled by agents. Good luck.... more
I don't live in the Santa Clarita Valley, but I have family there and I inspect homes in Valencia, Canyon Country, Newhall, Saugus, etc.
I like the way residential and business areas are planned. It's not chopped up like parts of the San Fernando Valley. Seems clean and the people there take care of their homes. Nice place to raise a family. Very affordable.
The down side is commuting to Los Angeles. The 5 freeway is a bottle-neck several hours a day.... more