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Old 04-13-2008, 11:47 AM
 
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Hi all....it's been awile since I posted, but I appreciate all the information you've given me so far. I'll be in Charlotte April 25th-27th and plan to look around at rental houses (I plan to move in July)....the online search has been daunting so far. I'm having a hard time finding many houses for rent online and all the realtors I talk to are really pushy about buying vs. renting. Yes, I've heard people say renting is like throwing away money, but it doesn't make sense for me to buy until I know the area.

Are there many rentals in the areas mentioned? My max rent is $1800, I would like at least 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, and it's very important to have a fenced in backyard for my dog. I want to be close to the city and in an area with young, single professionals.

Thanks for any advice!

P.S. I wish I could be in town the 24th so I could attend your get-together for the females...It sounds like you all have had a great time at them and I cannot wait until my first!
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:33 PM
 
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Unfortunately, it's hard to find rentals more than about a month before you want to begin renting. I, too, am looking to relocate to the Elizabeth/Eastover area, but not until August. I've been scoping it out since the fall, and I'm typically able to find 5-10 houses available in the area at any given time. Within that, a few might meet all those guidelines. But unfortunately, the houses you see in late April will probably be available in May, not July.

However, here are a few of the sites I've been using, in addition to Craigslist, which I'm assuming is kind of a given. I check every couple of days and usually find a few good things.

Brown and Glenn Realty (http://www.brownandglenn.com/availprop_test.php - broken link)

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Brenneman Thompson Properties (http://brennemanthompson.com/ - broken link)
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Old 04-14-2008, 08:37 AM
 
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Thanks for the information...I thought I might be searching too far out, but wanted to look at some places while I'm there in a few weeks, just to get a feel for what areas I like, which ones have the type of neighborhood I'm looking for, etc. Besides, this is the fun part to me so I'll have a good time just driving around looking at available houses!

Good luck on your search!
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Old 04-14-2008, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC (Charlotte 'burb)
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There are a lot of advantages to renting. Realtors want you to buy because that's how they make money.
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Old 04-14-2008, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Uptown CLT (4th Ward)
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Look in specific ZIP codes...

28203 - Dilworth
28207 - Myers Park
28204 - Elizabeth
28205 - Chantilly & Plaza Midwood

GOOD LUCK!

PS - If you find anything...you have to act VERY quickly. Intown rentals go VERY fast and are usually not cheap.
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Old 04-14-2008, 10:31 AM
 
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Go to property management cos, like Brown & Glenn, Dwelle, MECA, etc. From what I remember, they have properties in the areas you desire. Don't know about their on-line version, but Creative Loafing always has ads for properties in NoDa, Dilworth, Elizabeth, etc. from individual owners. Good Luck!
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Old 04-14-2008, 11:47 AM
 
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There are a lot of advantages to renting. Realtors want you to buy because that's how they make money.

I agree...it really ticked me off that they were being so pushy...I said I wanted to rent, they said no you should buy. I said I want to rent a single family home, they said no, you should get a condo, I said what areas I wanted to be in, they said no you should move farther out. It was incredibly annoying...they weren't even listening to what I wanted...I'm not some young, naive country bumpkin who needs someone to tell me what to do....I know exactly what I want and I didn't appreciate being spoken to like I was a child. They lost my business because of how they spoke to me....I think I'm just going to look on places like craigslist and not bother with a realtor.
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Old 04-14-2008, 11:49 AM
 
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Thanks so much everyone for all the replies...you have been very helpful, as always!
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Old 04-14-2008, 06:58 PM
 
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I was very recently in your same position, and just to add to the above comments which I will second most of them, TR Lawing Realty, Rental Homes Charlotte NC was another site with a pretty good listing of rentals if you want some assistance from an agent. However I did not work directly with anyone from that agency so I can not speak to their customer service.
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Old 04-15-2008, 06:08 AM
 
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Thank you....I'll take a look at their website today. Did you recently move to Charlotte or were you just changing neighborhoods?
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