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Old 01-28-2020, 06:18 PM
 
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Relocating to the area in April and looking to rent a house.
2/2 or 3/2 for under $1200, $1400 max with all utilities included. My original thought was to use Craigslist but ditched the idea for fear of scams. The area does not matter to me and I’m ok with a commute. Can anyone point me in the direction of a local resource for house rental listings? Possibly something other than Zillow, Trulia, Apartments.com…etc.
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Old 01-28-2020, 07:14 PM
 
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Your budget is low for a house and it is uncommon to find utilities included in the rent here.
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Old 01-28-2020, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Frisco, TX
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Your budget is low for a house and it is uncommon to find utilities included in the rent here.
^what she Angie said.

I’ll add that only the oldest houses are 2/2 and 3/2 will be simply over your budget.
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Old 01-28-2020, 10:03 PM
 
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Hotpads, but agree your budget is low
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Old 01-28-2020, 11:58 PM
 
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Nope. Your utilities alone will be 200-300 easy per month (water, sewer, trash, gas, electric, internet).

That leaves $900-$1100/mo. I can’t think of an area that has anything for that - unless it’s a complete dump.
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Old 01-29-2020, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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The last time I rented a house was in 2009, and it was $1000 a month for a 2/2/1. I seriously doubt you’ll find anything in that price range now unless it is in a high crime neighborhood. And as others have said, it’s very rare to find utilities included on a free-standing house. You will often see that in very cheap apartments.

So keep in mind that the DFW area is as large as the State of Connecticut, and there are over 7 million people that live here. Traffic can be really bad, and if you live too far away from where you work, you could easily be sitting in your car in traffic for over an hour each way. If it rains, double that! Long commutes are not only expensive for the gas, but also for the wear and tear on your car.
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Old 01-29-2020, 06:46 AM
 
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Only way you're going to be living in a house for that amount of money is if you are renting a room in a house and sharing with other people.
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Old 01-29-2020, 08:38 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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Doing a quick search on Zillow, there are homes close to your price range, but I am not sure if they include utilities. I know you said location doesn't matter, but I do want to point out that a lot of these homes I found are in higher crime areas of Dallas. I understand though that not everyone can afford the "desirable" areas of DFW.

I suggest looking at those websites again (Zillow, Realtor, etc.) and look for the realtor's contact information on the page. They may be able to help show you other properties as well.

Depending on where your job is located, I suggest looking in the Dallas suburbs on the east, south and west side. They will typically be less expensive.
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Old 01-29-2020, 08:49 AM
 
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Trying to help a friend last week, I checked a listing in my neighborhood using an area realtor's site (allowed? ebby dot com)

It's a modest two-bedroom duplex, in decent condition, for $1150 per month. Move-in cost would have been $3850.

This is in North Richland Hills, an neighborhood build in the mid-80s ...

I'm afraid you're going to have to work on that budget or lower expectations
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Old 01-29-2020, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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I’m a private LL. The lowest rent I have is a small (1100 sq ft) house for $1425/mo. Its, of course, not available. The tenants have to pay their own utilities (as is true for 99.9% of rental houses) and that is likely $300+ a month, depending on the season. That house is in South Irving, in a low crime section. You really cannot find a decent house in your price range.

Look into manufactured homes (perhaps in Midlothian or Venus area) or duplexes. There are also townhouses that feel like single family homes.

Suggest you keep searching on Zillow, also look on Facebook for sites like “houses for rent in DFW” (there are several, but again you won’t find).

Another site is called gosection8.com and you don’t have to be a section 8 voucher holder; Landlords with lower market rentals sometimes post there.
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