Finding the right house to lease can take a lot of time, and even more effort. In most cases working with a real estate leasing agent will make for a better experience. You will save an enormous amount of stress by having someone on your side to help navigate the details of the rental market. If you’re like most applicants, you are running out of time and spending hours searching through listings and making phone calls. Doing this you are more likely to make an impulsive decision and regret it later. Face it, this market is competitive, and it may not always be necessary to need an agent when leasing rental property, but it will definitely help everything go much smoother and less stressful.
Below are some instances when it may be a good idea to use a Licensed Leasing Agent.
Long Distance Leasing
Searching for an apartment or house over long distances can be hard to manage. Most of the time there is no way to be there in person. We all know the pictures associated with the property don’t always match the actual environment. This can be true in cities where high crime areas are marketed as “Quiet Residential Neighborhoods”. By using an agent that knows the area, you can better place yourself in a safe neighborhood with good schools. It gives you a chance to discuss where you will commute for work and talk about the day to day activities you or your family will be involved in.
Time… You Don’t Have It
If you are reading about leasing agents, that means you have already spent hours looking through listings, attending showings, completing applications one after the other….. or, it means you want to avoid that mess all together. If you are on your own, searching for a place to live can be draining physically and mentally. One perk that you will get by using an agent is not having to wait in line for a showing, in most cases a broker can get the keys and show you at your convenience.
That heading is guaranteed to get some chuckles, because we have all been there. It can be sketchy dealing with a small landlord that you don’t know, we don’t know, and really nobody knows. It is worth having an agent to assist just to avoid any awkward or potentially dangerous situations.
There are many circumstances in which a real estate leasing agent can help. A licensed agent knows the details of the rental market and will have access to listings. Some landlords do not list their vacancies online so you may open yourself up to a wider selection of inventory by using a broker. If you are nervous about the search, don’t have time for the search, or don’t have the patience for the search, a licensed real estate leasing agent may be what you are looking for.