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Old 08-31-2010, 07:42 AM
 
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Looks like we will be moving to Michigan in January. My wife will be working in Southfield and my mother in law lives in Saline. We would like to be somewhere in between or at least on the South and/or Western side of Southfield. Have looked at South Lyon, Northville, Canton, and a little in Farmington Hills. Where do I find whole house rentals? I saw a number of listings on Craigslist, but not many on realtor websites - they seem to be more geared towards home sales. Is Craigslist home rental listings legite?
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Old 09-01-2010, 10:10 AM
 
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Looks like we will be moving to Michigan in January. My wife will be working in Southfield and my mother in law lives in Saline. We would like to be somewhere in between or at least on the South and/or Western side of Southfield. Have looked at South Lyon, Northville, Canton, and a little in Farmington Hills. Where do I find whole house rentals? I saw a number of listings on Craigslist, but not many on realtor websites - they seem to be more geared towards home sales. Is Craigslist home rental listings legite?
You have to be careful with Craigslist. There are many legitimate ads on there, but also scammers. What they will do is pull pictures from the MLS of a house for sale, claim they are the owners, and give some very generic details about it (New hardwood floors! Granite counter tops!) and use mostly interior shots. They also price them way below the rest of the market, so it's the classic "if the deal looks to good to be true . . . " Sometimes they claim to be out of the country and ask you to wire them the deposit and they will send you the keys or will have their "cousin" show you the place (sometimes they break in, sometimes they can guess the passcode on the real estate lock box and get the key). The worst case of this I read about in San Diego, they took CASH deposits from five or six different people (leave it in an envelope on the counter) and skipped town, set up the same scam in a new city. Sometimes you can find ads for the same "house" in several different cities in the Midwest.

I would keep checking the real estate sites. If you find a house listed for sale that you like, call the agent and ask if the owners might be willing to rent or do a lease-option. This works best if the pictures of house show it as empty. You can also check on Zillow.com to see how long it has been for sale. Some agencies will blow you off, but others will work with you to find a place, hoping to eventually make the sale.

Seriously: as bad as the housing market is in Michigan right now (especially the Detroit area and suburbs) you should have no problem finding a nice house to rent.
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Old 10-24-2010, 05:54 PM
 
Location: FAIRFIELD, OHIO
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Exclamation Need help finding rental houses

As of right now i have an apartment, when the lease is up my boyfriend and i are looking for a house since we recently got a puppy that will only get bigger. The problem is i know exactly what i want in a house but i have no idea how to look and research for houses besides iffy sights such as craigslist and google or just driving around. Since we both work and go to school i want to stay away from the last option but how can i easily find a list of houses for rent?? Please help!
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Old 10-25-2010, 12:52 PM
 
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My wife's company set us up with a real estate agent who has sent us listings. I am actually surprised at how few homes are for rent and what they are asking for them - pretty high compared to home prices and taxes. Who pays the Real Estate agent a fee in Michigan - the renter or the home owner that is listing the home for sale?
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