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Old 04-24-2018, 08:33 PM
 
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I have started my search to rent a small house in Minneapolis and have come across a couple of rentals in/near the Morris Park neighborhood, one somewhat near the airport and the other near Lake Nokomis, that I like but both real estate agents that are showing each house are only doing so this weekend with open houses? Iíve never been to a rental properties open house, is this the norm in the MSP area? What should I expect? Will there be competitive crowds of other potential applicants or just agents who are trying to rent houses fast?
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Old 04-25-2018, 07:29 AM
 
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Sorry I can't help with the rental procedures but just wanted to say that is a nice neighborhood but you probably already knew that. Good luck.
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Old 04-25-2018, 07:37 AM
 
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I've never been in the rental market for sure, so I can't say. But I imagine it's no different than the open houses I've been to for purchasing a home. I bet that for every 10 people that walk through, only 1 ends up being pretty serious about renting, so I wouldn't be intimidated by any sort of crowds.

I'm not sure your budget, but obviously in that area, the closer you are to the Lake, the better. There are some shady apartments near Bossen Field that I would stay away from. And lastly, make sure to ask about MAC proofing on the rental (i.e. was it sound proofed for the airport noise). You'll hear differing opinions on the airport noise, so my suggestion is to simply arrive early and park outside for 10 minutes and judge for yourself on how much of a problem it is.
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:09 PM
 
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Welcome to Minnesota!

My husband is in real estate and he tells me that there is a big push this weekend in the real estate circles for waterfront properties and maybe rentals are included? Anyway, Open Houses, when purchasing a home, are really an opportunity for real estate agents to get their name out to potential buyers. They really don't sell homes. I haven't heard that Open Houses for rentals are the norm. Typically, they aren't necessary unless it is to buy or rent. There are some good apps out there when looking for rentals too. We used a real estate agent to look for rentals which is a possible way to go too.

Hope that helps.
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Old 05-18-2018, 08:13 AM
 
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Welcome to Minnesota!

My husband is in real estate and he tells me that there is a big push this weekend in the real estate circles for waterfront properties and maybe rentals are included? Anyway, Open Houses, when purchasing a home, are really an opportunity for real estate agents to get their name out to potential buyers. They really don't sell homes. I haven't heard that Open Houses for rentals are the norm. Typically, they aren't necessary unless it is to buy or rent. There are some good apps out there when looking for rentals too. We used a real estate agent to look for rentals which is a possible way to go too.

Hope that helps.

Thank you for the information! It was crazy there were at least five other potential renters lined up before the open houses at two of the rentals I went to that day. I think it is because they were cheaper than the norm in that area, both were $1100-1200 a month and I haven’t found anything else in that price range in that area since.

I tried asking the real estate agents if they took on clients for rentals, one said no and the other said to just check their website for upcoming rentals. Can I ask for the agents info who you used? Or can you recommend a better app than Zillow?

I live four hours away from Minneapolis now and have been having terrible luck with the places I have seen so far. I’ve just been using Zillow to look and the agents on there have either canceled on me while I was driving out (once three hours in!) or just aren’t responding to my emails or calls when inquiring about a house.
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Old 05-23-2018, 03:59 PM
 
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Thank you for the information! It was crazy there were at least five other potential renters lined up before the open houses at two of the rentals I went to that day. I think it is because they were cheaper than the norm in that area, both were $1100-1200 a month and I havenít found anything else in that price range in that area since.

I tried asking the real estate agents if they took on clients for rentals, one said no and the other said to just check their website for upcoming rentals. Can I ask for the agents info who you used? Or can you recommend a better app than Zillow?

I live four hours away from Minneapolis now and have been having terrible luck with the places I have seen so far. Iíve just been using Zillow to look and the agents on there have either canceled on me while I was driving out (once three hours in!) or just arenít responding to my emails or calls when inquiring about a house.
I hear everyone uses Padmapper for renting here.
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Old 05-24-2018, 09:05 AM
 
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I hear everyone uses Padmapper for renting here.
Padmapper was great when we were moving here-- it's very helpful to see where listings are in relation to each other. It doesn't work well on a mobile device (or at least it didn't when I used it), but it pulls from multiple sources (MLS, Craigslist, etc) and you can include/exclude features (i.e. pet friendly) which helps tremendously.
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