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Old 05-02-2009, 04:02 PM
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Originally Posted by mlv311 View Post
I'd be upset too. I've always been pretty conscientious in conserving resources as part of our budget.
Agreed. I'm very, very conservative with natural resources too (I've even begun to actually FOLLOW the speed limit to save gas), and now there is just no incentive to be thrifty and frugal with your utilities because if you're very conscientious with conservation your bill can STILL be high if all of your neighbors are wasteful, and vice-versa.
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:08 AM
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Default Interest Piqued by Mention of Property Mgt Realtors

Some of the stuff I've read here about renting through a property management company/realtor is interesting to me in my present circumstance, as I am seeking to rent my condo furnished for a year. I was going to try to find a renter myself, saving both me and the renter fees -- and because I will be extremely accessible by email and have resources locally to do repairs/fixes and so forth.

Does anyone know if this is a bad idea, or what the pros and cons are of arranging this myself? I'm a newbie at this. Would potential renters be cautioned (for example on this forum) against doing business directly with an owner, for any reason (even if the owner is a nice person and easy to get along with)? Any advice/ideas/previous experience would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-14-2009, 02:28 PM
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We chose to go with an agent for our house in Arlington and hire a property manager for several reasons.

First, the agent handled all of the rental applications and lease paperwork for us. This included running a credit check on prospective tenants to ensure we weren't going to get run out on by anyone and that they could actually afford the rent.

Second, because of who I work for, I have to be very careful about who is living in property that I own. There is still a heavy illegal alien population in South Arlington, and I'm not willing to take the professional risk of having a problem like that on my hands.

Third, we live out of state now due to a military transfer out of the DC area. Between my schedule and my husband's, I don't have time to be fielding phone calls and complaints directly from the tenant. My property manager does that and keeps me apprised.

It all depends on how closely you want to be involved and what role you're most comfortable with. It certainly wouldn't hurt to talk to a potential listing agent or a property manager to get an idea of what they would charge you.
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Old 05-16-2009, 07:27 AM
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Thank you, utennvolsfan, for passing these good points along.
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