Top 6 Reasons to Use a REALTOR for your Rental Search

July 6, 2017

Whether you’re moving to a new area, looking for logistical help, or overwhelmed by the number of options out there, working with an agent can help you drill down to the specifics of what you’re looking for and help you through every step of the process. And the best part? A tenant agent’s services are free—they’re paid for on the listing side.

So here are some specific ways a real estate agent can help you find a better rental.

  1. You don’t want to rent in a big apartment complex. If you think the only way to find a rental is by going to a huge, generic apartment “community,” think again. Your real estate agent can help you rent a condo, townhome, or house from an individual owner rather than a large company. This may mean more flexibility and a friendlier landlord relationship.
  2. You need a pet-friendly place. For many of us, our dog or cat is our best roommate, but how do you find a rental that will accept or even welcome your pet? Your agent can talk to the listing agent and find out not only what types of pets they accept, but what size restrictions and other specific concerns they might have. That allows you to know your chances before you submit your application and pay the application fee
  3. You’re new to the area. If you are moving to a large metropolitan area, for example, trying to figure out what neighborhood to focus on can be incredibly challenging. Even within a large metro area, you may not know which neighborhood will best suit you. Having an agent who knows the ins and outs of the local communities will help you land in a place where you’ll feel right at home right away.
  4. You’re on a budget. If money is tight, a great agent can help you make the most of your budget by finding cost-effective buildings or communities or by checking HOA fees and other variables. This saves you time and money and, hopefully, can help you be where you want to be without paying top dollar.
  5. You have special requests. Looking for better accessibility, specific amenities, or other particular features in your rental? An agent can help you narrow your search to the places that work best for you and your household. And with their agent network, they may be able to reach out and find a place before it goes on the market to ensure your needs are met.
  6. You want to buy—Eventually. If you’re not ready to buy but know that you will want to down the road, having a relationship with a great Realtor can help you begin the process of planning your finances to make that goal a reality. And your real estate agent can start sending you listings early so that you can begin to learn the market, potential prices, and other details before you plan to buy.

At Pierce Murdock Group, we love renters and we want to be your real estate agent for life. Moving to the area or looking for your first apartment, condo, or house? We can help with great advice and great options for the way you live. Currently renting and want to take the plunge? We have helped many first time buyers just like you find the home of their dreams and navigate the process. Contact us today to start your search.