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Old 06-11-2009, 04:52 PM
 
Location: FL
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The title says it all, but here's the details..

Last week in june I will be flying down with my SO to search for apartment rentals - one for him, one for me. We have about 5 or 6 days to explore area and find rentals beginning in August.

I have 2 questions..

1 - Do I need a realtor to find a rental or are there FOR RENT signs all over like in other areas?

2 - Are rental prices at all negotiable in this housing market? If it's marked $1600, and I can only go to $1400, should I offer that?
(Numbers are random)

Last edited by Mar1lyn27; 06-11-2009 at 05:54 PM..
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Old 06-11-2009, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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If you're looking for an apartment you definitely don't need a realtor. I'd check out apartments.com and apartmentratings.com. Normally I'd recommend Craigslist but it's unlikely anyone would be willing to hold a place for two months out.
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Old 06-11-2009, 06:53 PM
 
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I do not live there yet but my husband is looking for a house now, over about 6 days like you and we have used realtors but we are looking for a home. I dont think you need a realtor for an apartment search though.
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Old 06-12-2009, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pinellas County
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Definitely you don't need a realtor, just make sure with a private landlord that your contract is right.
There is a lot for rent here, you will see it driving around. If you have good eyes you should be fine.
As previous posters say, there are online sites to peruse property to rent also.
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Old 06-12-2009, 07:11 AM
 
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It doesn't happen often but it has happened so take the time to check for the things below.

Just beware if you rent a house or condo from an individual that the house is owned by the person and check to be sure it is not in foreclosure. There have been instances where a house was advertised 'for rent' and ppl paid a deposit and rent to someone who did not own the house.
Check here for owner
Hillsborough County Property Appraiser (http://www.hcpafl.org/www/index.shtml - broken link)

check here to see if property is in foreclosure.
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Old 06-13-2009, 07:41 AM
 
Location: FL
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Thanks for all the great replies.

I'm very excited about this.

For me, this is Life: Part Deux!



Marilyn
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