BrittanyKnows Real Estate: Things to Know vs What Your Agent Should Ask For You

Someone who is searching for a rental, there’s things you should know that can be asked of the owner vs what real estate agents can offer or ask up front.

Rentor Seeking Places to Stay – What to Ask

  • Don’t be afraid to negotiate
    • All owners have their reason for setting a certain price because believe it or not there are cost involved in the maintenance and upkeep of a home. depending on how much they paid or any maintenance costs like the cost of city stickers, garbage pick up etc all factors in.
  • If you see something odd, inquire about it
    • I know there are some landlords that may not care and then there are those who do especially when they care about the property value. So if you see something broken or not working it’s best to bring that up. Believe it or not the landlord may not know or be aware especially if they don’t live there.
  • Make sure you study the MLS listing, it’s there for a reason and not just for looks, ha!
    • The point is you want to know if the school district matches where your child may currently be attending so it save you a trip
    • Understand the measurements, I’ve had people tell me they couldn’t rent due to the size of their furniture, which is a good observation. So knowing any measurements and comparing against what is listed, which those measurements are highly likely to be accurate are not ones to be taken lightly if you plan on moving with furniture.

Rental Real Estate Agents – What to Provide

  • Have applications available onsite
    • I know I don’t like sitting around waiting and wondering if a successful connection will allow an email to come through to my phone to receive a rental application. Why not have it now in my hand? That way it reinforces the intent to rent and helps drive the decision to complete an application
  • Are there family accommodations?
    • This is only important because some who have families like to offer their children a space to run around and play but if the place you are viewing doesn’t offer that, well, seems like a wasted trip right? Knowing as much information up front about those children accommodations is information the agent should receive for you that way the owner can provide any helpful information to the renter before the showing.
  • Be Aware of Any Updates/Outstanding Repairs
    • I say this because your agent should be in constant communication with the owner or the owners agent. So if you see the condition of a home, ask when it will be complete. Sometime there are home that are move-in ready despite the condition not being to your liking while others are planning to make updates but want an early showing during the middle of the work progress. Regardless, always ask your agent because either they can tell you the timing or reach out and get the answer.

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