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Old 08-09-2017, 04:13 PM
 
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Hey Everyone!

So my boyfriend and I are relocating to Columbia, SC this October. I'm transferring for my job, with the office in Northeast Columbia (around Midlands Technical College: Northeast Campus). He'll be looking for a job as an Engineer.

We don't have kids, but have 2 pups. Considering this, we are looking to rent a house with a fenced in yard. Some space/acreage would be great, but it's been pretty hard to find.

Lexington keeps being recommended to us, while being cautioned against Irmo. We've heard Gilbert is a good option as well, with us getting a little more space for our money. We'll likely have questions going forward, but for starters:

1. Are there any real estate agents who specialize in rentals? They're fairly common in larger cities, but I wasn't sure about Columbia.

2. Is it common to find "For Rent" signs in yards, as opposed to online? Zillow, Realtor and Trulia haven't had much that has met our criteria. Neither have specific rental companies (Turner Properties, Conrex, American Homes for Rent, etc). Basically, we're not sure if taking a trip down (we're currently in Ohio) to drive around looking for rentals would be worth the time.

Neither of us are familiar with the area, so we are definitely open to any suggestions/advice you have.

Thank you in advance!
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Old 08-09-2017, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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If you're working in NE Columbia, live in NE Columbia. There are many nice neighborhoods in that part of town. The area would mostly be referred to as Columbia NE, NE Richland, NE Columbia, Blythewood, Killian, Wilson Blvd, Pontiac, Spring Valley, Wildewood and a few other neighborhoods.
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Old 08-09-2017, 06:01 PM
 
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That's a good point.

I should have mentioned that we are aiming for the western side of town, as my boyfriend is considering job opportunities in Aiken as well.
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Old 08-09-2017, 06:11 PM
 
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Zillow is pretty common here, but not many real estate agents work in rentals. I agree with waccamatt, you really don't want to drive from Gilbert to NE Columbia every day. You are easily looking at a 45-1 hour commute, with up to 1.5 or 2 hours if there is an accident or accidents, which are quite common on I-20. If you want to be close to downtown, Forest Acres is also a good choice. Real Estate is fairly reasonable in the most parts of the Columbia Area. If you are looking towards the west side of town, Quail Hallow in West Columbia would be a good choice. Traffic is going to be way worse for you going from Gilbert to your job, than for him traveling to Aiken.
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Old 08-10-2017, 10:28 AM
 
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I20 is not a bad commute road to and from Aiken especially if staying on it through malfunction junction. Just keep left.
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:42 AM
 
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Considering this, we are looking to rent a house with a fenced in yard. Some space/acreage would be great, but it's been pretty hard to find.
You're not likely to find a house to rent with anything more than a pretty standard .25 acre lot. What price range? Rentals come and go fast, especially if they are unique like a home with some land.

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Lexington keeps being recommended to us, while being cautioned against Irmo. We've heard Gilbert is a good option as well, with us getting a little more space for our money.
You're working in NE Columbia so stay in NE Columbia, Blythewood, or Lugoff Elgin. The commute will be long with traffic from the other locations you mentioned even though they are all fine areas.

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1. Are there any real estate agents who specialize in rentals? They're fairly common in larger cities, but I wasn't sure about Columbia.
No, they don't pay anything here unless you're the agent managing the property. You'll have to go directly through the management company to see what they have available.

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2. Is it common to find "For Rent" signs in yards, as opposed to online? Zillow, Realtor and Trulia haven't had much that has met our criteria. Neither have specific rental companies (Turner Properties, Conrex, American Homes for Rent, etc).
Yes, it does happen. Many people try to save a few bucks and manage their own homes. It can be hard to find those as they don't do much advertising other than a sign in the yard.
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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That's a good point.

I should have mentioned that we are aiming for the western side of town, as my boyfriend is considering job opportunities in Aiken as well.
It would be good if you figured that out before you rented. In that case I'd say stay near the interstate in West Columbia or Lexington. If you can get a rental close to I-20 in Lex you'll both have 30-45 minute commute but at least it's sort of the middle. How much are you looking to pay?
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Old 08-14-2017, 01:42 PM
 
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Default Moving to Columbia

Thank you all for the advice! It's much appreciated.

We'll keep Forest Acres and Quail Hollow in mind.

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It would be good if you figured that out before you rented. In that case I'd say stay near the interstate in West Columbia or Lexington. If you can get a rental close to I-20 in Lex you'll both have 30-45 minute commute but at least it's sort of the middle. How much are you looking to pay?
We're hoping to stay under $1200. I haven't researched Elgin or Blythewood much, aside from just generally hearing good things.

If old-school, "For Rent" Signs are in yards, I wonder if it's worth just taking a Hail Mary trip down there within the next few weekends and scoping out various neighborhoods.
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Old 08-14-2017, 07:01 PM
 
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Thank you all for the advice! It's much appreciated.

We'll keep Forest Acres and Quail Hollow in mind.



We're hoping to stay under $1200. I haven't researched Elgin or Blythewood much, aside from just generally hearing good things.

If old-school, "For Rent" Signs are in yards, I wonder if it's worth just taking a Hail Mary trip down there within the next few weekends and scoping out various neighborhoods.
I cannot say I have ever seen a yard sign for a rental. Most major apartment complexes have a rental office or a sign with a number to call.

You talked about one working in Columbia and one in Aiken. If so, Elgin or Blythewood should be out of the question. I still the same, check out West Columbia and Lexington. Split the commute in time.
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Old 08-14-2017, 09:24 PM
 
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If one has to work in Aiken, you should live on the Lexington side of the Columbia area. Depending on where the job is in Aiken, it would be quite a haul from in-town Columbia and the Northeast.
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