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Old 06-11-2008, 08:58 AM
 
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Will most realtors help someone find a single family home to rent, even if the real estate agency does not have any available rentals of its own?

If so, how does the realtor get paid and what would the typical fee be? For example, does the realtor try to get a referral fee from the owner; does he charge a flat rate to the renter; is it based on something else?
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Old 06-11-2008, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Mt. Pleasant, SC
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If it's through the MLS, the typical fee might be around 10% of the first months rent paid by the landlord/agency. Some realtors might also charge a representation fee up front, to engage their services., I've heard all kinds of numbers in regard to this, i.e. 150, 200, 250+. A good majority of realtors, however, simply don't work with rentals given the amount of time/mileage it might require and the slight payoff and would gladly refer you to a property management company. Others take it in stride, on the hopes that in doing so they've established a good relationship with a possible Buyer in a year or so.
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Old 06-11-2008, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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Well said DJ.
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