Having a qualified real estate agent assist you during the rental process can help you in many ways, including the following:
An agent can help you assess the areas in which you would consider living.
Agents have access to the databases of available properties for rent. While you can also find rentals on your own by attending open houses, reading your paper’s real estate section and searching online, your agent is the best point of access for all rentals and can arrange showings of interest to speed up the process.
Your agent can help you narrow your search by going through a home with you and noting what you like and dislike. The agent is also a source of information about the home itself: how long it’s been on the market, the neighborhood and school system, the home’s best features and so on. Rather than being flooded with properties of all types, your agent can help you find a match for your specific needs and wants.
Your agent will deal with the landlord on your behalf once you complete your applications.
Your agent will lead you through the process, ensuring all necessary steps are completed, getting the lease signed, and answering questions regarding move-in and getting the utilities signed up.
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