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Why Hire A Realtor To Find Your Next Rental?

Why Hire A Realtor To Find Your Next Rental?

Renting a home or apartment has plenty of perks. You are not responsible for all upkeep and maintenance, you can easily relocate, and you can enjoy short-term leases.

But how can you ensure that you find the right rental property?

To sift through property listings to find a rental home, many renters choose to hire real estate agents. While these professionals are typically associated with home buying and selling, they can also help with the rental process. To consider whether hiring a realtor is worth the investment for you, there are some factors you should consider.

Generally, you should consider hiring a realtor if…

You are moving to an unfamiliar area. When relocating, you might not know the local standards for rental agreements or the neighborhoods in general. By hiring a realtor, you can ensure that you are moving to an area that fits your needs and are renting from a reputable landlord.

You don’t have time to house hunt. Many renters can’t take the time off of work or away from other responsibilities to apartment or house hunt. This is where a realtor can help. They can do the searching for you and let you know when they find a property that might be a match.

You are inexperienced with negotiation. Many renters do not thoroughly look through their rental agreement, or they lack the experience to be critical. A realtor can help you through this process and spot any faulty clauses. Then you can rest easy knowing that you did everything you could to review these terms.

You are renting in a competitive market. If the rental house market moves quickly in the location where you are moving, you may want a professional on your side. Real estate agents are on the inside of the market, so they can spot a potential home and schedule a tour.

A recent survey found that 78% of home buyers found their realtor to be a useful source of information, and this can apply to renters as well. By working with a professional, you can find a high quality rental property that will feel like a home.

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JC

Real Estate Agent, Broker and Blogger. Retired US Air Force.

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