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Old 07-30-2009, 03:12 PM
 
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I will be visiting the Charlotte area next weekend (Aug 7th-9th) and I want to see some different communities and rental properties that are available. I am being transferred to Charlotte later this year and I am trying to get an idea of where I want to live.

Does anyone know of a realtor or broker that specializes in rental property that could take me around to some different neighborhoods to get a feel for the area.

Any help would be great!

Thanks
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Old 07-30-2009, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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TR Lawing

TR Lawing Realty, Rental Homes Charlotte NC
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Old 07-30-2009, 04:16 PM
 
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A lot of the rental companies have you leave a $20 deposit for a key, and you have 24 hrs to view the properties. You could gather all the keys in the morning and view in the afternoon/early evening.
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Old 07-31-2009, 09:20 AM
 
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TR Lawing has a good selection, but I found there was nobody to talk to. It is all automated. You pay your rental fee, then you might hear back after 72 hours whether you got it.

Not bad if you have a lot of time, but we only had 2 days to decide and they didn't fit our schedule.

I used Craigslist for my house and found a good landlord. One was also shady though, so be careful!
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Old 07-31-2009, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Lansing, MI
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We used Craigslist. There are some shady "too good to be true ads" and there also a lot of landlords that will discuss with you, but then rent to someone who is already local. We were moving from Ohio and had virtually no way to see the properties.

If you can consider doing a short term lease on an apt, such as doing a corporate rental that is already furnished and keep your items in storage, it would give you a better chance at seeing more properties while here. The biggest thing I've heard from people relocating from other areas is they wish they had taken the opportunity to get in the area so they could see what all is available.
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Old 07-31-2009, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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We used Craigslist too. You WILL need to be careful on scam posts. Once you communicate with the poster you may want to check to make sure that they are indeed the actual owner of the property. Just Google Mecklenburg County Polaris - that site will verify the owner of the property when you enter in the address. Good luck to you!
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Old 08-01-2009, 10:40 AM
 
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Thanks for the input...

Craigslist has been my primary source so far, but my problem is we arent moving until November. With this in mind its tough to look now, becuase you fall in love with a place and know that it wont be available then!

My hope is to visit the area in the next few weeks and look around at some of the neighborhoods to get a feel for where we want to focus our search!

Thanks and keep the ideas/input coming!
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Old 08-04-2009, 05:40 AM
 
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You get what you pay for. I would not recommend TR Lawing to my worst enemy. Call a real estate agent!!!
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Old 08-04-2009, 06:28 AM
 
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I went to see a few TR Lawing properties....when we went to the office there were lines of unhappy people saying their maintenance requests were being ignored. The rental properties themselves looked like squatters had been living in them, not to mention stale urine in the toilets...cockroaches on the rug, spiders in the closets...and water stained ceilings...all in a house in an otherwise beautiful South Charlotte neighborhood.
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Old 08-04-2009, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Lansing, MI
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Another things I learned was a lot of privately owned rentals never make it to CL or any other online ads. They plop a sign out front and wait for calls. I found a ton in the Mt Holly area that were never listed.

That reminds me, I do recommend Mt Holly / Mt Holly-Huntersville Rd area, very nice and right off 485. I was originally looking in Gastonia because I had a friend there, but was pleasantly surprised with what I found in this area! Everything is fairly new, including shopping centers, and rental prices are reasonable.
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