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Old 07-05-2011, 11:41 PM
 
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My wife and I are looking to rent a home for under $1000. We are new to Austin and would like to be within the city limits and in a neighborhood that we feel safe and comfortable in.

We have looked at craigslist with frustration, it seems a bait and switch game to us. Can you guys tell us a good place to start and maybe some neighborhoods to start looking in?

Sure appreciate it. Thanks Austin!
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Old 07-06-2011, 02:12 AM
 
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craigslist ain't what it used to be. I'd suggest finding an apartment/housing locator. It took me 6 months to find a place to call home
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:53 AM
 
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My wife and I are looking to rent a home for under $1000. We are new to Austin and would like to be within the city limits and in a neighborhood that we feel safe and comfortable in.

We have looked at craigslist with frustration, it seems a bait and switch game to us. Can you guys tell us a good place to start and maybe some neighborhoods to start looking in?
The closer you get into Austin, the higher rents will be. Are you open to an apartment, or must it be a house? Are schools an issue? My friend was recently searching for what you describe, and she had a lot of trouble finding something she felt was "safe and comfortable" in that price range in the part of Austin she wanted, but of course, that's subjective. She ended up finding something in Cedar Park.
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:13 AM
 
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You cna find some 2 bedroom duplex or townhouse in 78759 zip code Mopac&Steck area for that price also Duval between 183 and Mopac. You can also try Cedar Park as mentioned if you dont mind being slightly out of town.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:04 AM
 
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Most of the non-apartment rentals are listed on the MLS - austinhomesearch.com. The few houses listed for $1000 or less are not in desirable areas. Even branching to the suburbs, it's going to be hard to find a decent house to rent for that price. A duplex or condo might yield some other options.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:58 AM
 
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I would definitely start with an apartment unless there's really a need for you to rent a house. Your price range will put you in very undesirable areas for houses, but great areas for apartments. Most apartment complexes around here are dog friendly if you have a dog.

Also, you're more likely to run into a deadbeat landlord with a lower end house and that could be bad for repairs. If your AC doesn't work here during the summer and your landlord doesn't fix it right away, you might have to go check into a hotel until it's repaired. Renting a house directly from a landlord on Craigslist can definitely be risky if you're tight on money. If it's a rental managed by a property management company then you're normally in better shape.
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Old 07-06-2011, 03:46 PM
 
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thanks for the input guys, i was a little afraid this was going to be the story. is there anywhere in the surrounding areas of austin we should look? what about round rock? i'm going to go make a trip up there to check it out. anywhere else? cedar park was mentioned, and thanks!
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:54 AM
 
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Since it sounds like you want to stick with a house more than you care about location, you can increase your options tenfold with a rental budget of $1150-$1200. That looks to be the entry level sweet spot for single family home rentals in places like Cedar Park, Round Rock, and Leander.

Instead of using Craigslist, use Austinhomesearch.com for your searches as it pretty much pulls from the Austin MLS. That will get you legitimate prices and hopefully better landlords than you would find compared to ones that only use Craigslist to advertise. I see quite a few pretty good/acceptable options for $1150 in the cities mentioned above.

Austin Home Search - Lease (http://www.austinhomesearch.com/Search/Lease.aspx - broken link)
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Old 07-07-2011, 08:02 PM
 
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Try Pflugerville, lots of investor rentals out here. I image you may be able to negotiate something close to $1,000.
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