Rental properties are becoming the norm in almost every market across the United States. Those seeking a new home are making the decision to rent at an increasing rate; so much so that the supply is having difficulty keeping up with the demand. Though the market is expanding and catering to the renter, it can be a challenge to get a handle on the ideal price. Because of this, we’re happy to provide you with a glimpse at what under $2000 in rent will get you in one of our most popular markets! —RentalBeast.com
Starting your search online for your next home to rent has become commonplace. But when it comes time to narrow your search, it may seem like homebuyers have the advantage of calling on a real estate agent to help them through the process. But renters shouldn’t sell themselves short. Many real estate agents will gladly represent a renter. It’s just a matter of connecting with the right professional who is familiar with the rentals in your target area.
By enlisting the help of an agent, you get all the benefits available to a homebuyer: professional experience, a personal touch, local knowledge, and an understanding of your budgetary constraints.
Here are four reasons you may benefit from using a real estate agent to help you find your next rental.
- Location: If you’re going to be living in a central neighborhood close to downtown, having a professional on hand would be extremely helpful. Often in a competitive market like DC, a real estate agent is necessary to help you get appointments to tour available spaces.
- Relocating: If you are unfamiliar with the DC Metro area and neighborhoods, it could be a major advantage to call in a pro who spends their days scouring neighborhoods for available homes.
- Time: Some perspective renters simply do not have the time to search websites, connect with landlords, and tour properties. Enlisting the help of an agent can eliminate that time crunch they struggle with.
- Touring: Besides large apartment communities, most rentals are run by mom-and-pop landlords and property owners, where calls and emails have the potential of going unanswered. Even if you’ve got access to the leasing office, businesses may close at 6pm, creating a very limited window to access someone who can assist you. It’s a real estate agent’s job to make that connection for you. With an agent representing you, it might be possible to schedule an after-hours showing or ensure the property manager knows you’re serious about your inquiry.
Rental Beast has been partnering with real estate firms in the DC area to help support and train their real estate agents to be the most prepared and qualified professionals when it comes to helping perspective renters find their next home. With a database of up-to-date and available properties larger then any other website or professional listing service, the Rental Beast platform helps to make sure that any person looking for a rental property will find exactly what they need. Our agents work for some of the leading brokerage firms nationwide and take pride in providing that professional experience and local know-how to help you find your next home. No other platform can take you from first click to signed lease with greater ease.
Starting the search for your next apartment can be a daunting task. One of the first questions that you must ask yourself is: Do you want to conduct the search and set up showings yourself, or use a broker? If you decide to go the route of searching yourself you’ll be doing hours of grunt work filtering through the clutter of local listings on multiple websites to figure out which ones both fit your needs and are actually available.
While using a broker is a free service in Chicago, some people are afraid that they may be limited to the options that their broker brings to the table. If you search for your next apartment with the help of Rental Beast you can have the very best of both worlds at your fingertips.
When using Rental Beast you have the ability to tell your broker everything on your wish list and let them present the best options that meet your criteria to you. However, you also have the freedom to search our vast, up to date, and best in class database of properties and present the units that you like best to your broker. Regardless of how involved in narrowing down the search you are, your broker will take it from there and schedule showings and walk you through the application and lease signing process. Our partner brokers can also help you decide which neighborhoods are best for you based on your entertainment desires, commute preferences, and a combination of desired features and budget.
When searching for your next place to live you should have the freedom to be as involved as you want in the process and the ability to search all units on the market, while also having access to professional expertise. You can have all of that for free when using Rental Beast, the largest and most comprehensive database of rental properties in Chicago.