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Old 07-04-2008, 08:28 AM
 
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Some of you know we are moving to northeast TN as soon as our house sells. Our daughter and her husb are going up soon (she is the one who was hit by a car in May) to look for a home to lease in Kingsport. He was raised in the Rogersville area but wants to live in Kingsport for work purposes. He has his own rig right now and is a mover but will probably give that up to be home more after the move.

Anyway, they don't want an apt, they want a house, but can only rent/lease right now. They need at least a 3-bedroom, 2 bath if possible. Nothing real expensive but in a decent neighborhood. They are leasing (lease is up this month) a new home that is huge, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, study, very nice home for $1300 a month here and would like to go to something less expensive there of course. The reason I am asking here is, she has looked on the internet and I have tried also, but we come up with almost nothing when looking for rental/leased homes. Where does she need to go, other than a real estate office? Thanks for the help. They will be leaving soon to go look. I just pray that she can make this trip o.k.
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Old 07-04-2008, 10:15 AM
 
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So glad to hear that she is doing well enough to even contemplate this trip, that is wonderful as far as recovery!
Unfortunately, that is a shortcoming of this area. It is very hard to find not only jobs but rental housing. They are out there but a lot of people just put a sign in the yard, word of mouth and sometimes an ad in the paper.
Maybe I should start a new business to supplement my income, "find relocators a house to rent" hahahhahaha
I honestly do not know of a good way to find what is available in the non public housing/section 8 rentals. There are only one or two Real Estate agencies that even address rentals and they only have a few here and there. However I do know there are quite a few houses to rent, I see the signs when I am out and about, however if you look in the paper there aren't near as many listed compared to the amount of signs.
I guess the only thing is to check the papers and do a lot of driving around the area.
Sorry, wish I had a better answer for you. The good news is that if they are willing to pay $875 or so for rent, they can get a very nice rental house.
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Old 07-04-2008, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Long Island, New York
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So glad to hear that she is doing well enough to even contemplate this trip, that is wonderful as far as recovery!
Unfortunately, that is a shortcoming of this area. It is very hard to find not only jobs but rental housing. They are out there but a lot of people just put a sign in the yard, word of mouth and sometimes an ad in the paper.
Maybe I should start a new business to supplement my income, "find relocators a house to rent" hahahhahaha
I honestly do not know of a good way to find what is available in the non public housing/section 8 rentals. There are only one or two Real Estate agencies that even address rentals and they only have a few here and there. However I do know there are quite a few houses to rent, I see the signs when I am out and about, however if you look in the paper there aren't near as many listed compared to the amount of signs.
I guess the only thing is to check the papers and do a lot of driving around the area.
Sorry, wish I had a better answer for you. The good news is that if they are willing to pay $875 or so for rent, they can get a very nice rental house.
That sounds like it could pose somehat of a problem. My wife & I + my disabled step-son ( who lives with us ) are hoping to retire to the Johnson City area within the next 18 months. I was hoping to be able to find a realtor that I could use to help me find a good rental home while I look with this realtor for homes to purchase. Seeing so many people that seem to be intent upon the idea of moving/retiring to beautiful N/E Tennessee I would think that many realtors have had propective clients approach them asking: " I'd like you to help me find a good home to rent immediately & then start looking with you for a home to buy ? "
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Old 07-04-2008, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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Yep, you would think Realtors would help you find a rental if you are going to eventually buy. However there is no commission in that transaction but there is in someone who is looking to buy now. Sad, but that is what I have seen.
Word of caution to those looking for rentals in JC. There are scam artist out there. There is a company off of Princeton who claims to help you find a rental, the exact kind you are looking for, for a $50 fee. Then after you hand over the $ suddenly they have nothing but section 8 and slum lord type rentals and you have to do all the searching out of the addresses they give you to find this out. Then when you want to see others than the first few addresses they gave you, suddenly you have to have an appointment to get those addresses which is a few weeks time...and oh, you have to call one certain day a week between such and such a time(which changes every week) or you are dropped off this list and have to pay another $50 if you want to get another few address to check out as possible rentals. SO beware.
Yep, personal experience there.
Sorry, don't mean to be so negative, just being honest. Yes, there are rentals out there, however there is just no one place/organization out there where you can find them.

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Old 07-04-2008, 06:05 PM
 
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I guess they will just have to look once they are there. His grandparents who live in Rogersville are looking for them so maybe they will come up with something. Thanks anyway.
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Old 07-06-2008, 12:18 AM
 
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Yep, you would think Realtors would help you find a rental if you are going to eventually buy. However there is no commission in that transaction but there is in someone who is looking to buy now. Sad, but that is what I have seen.
Word of caution to those looking for rentals in JC. There are scam artist out there. There is a company off of Princeton who claims to help you find a rental, the exact kind you are looking for, for a $50 fee. Then after you hand over the $ suddenly they have nothing but section 8 and slum lord type rentals and you have to do all the searching out of the addresses they give you to find this out. Then when you want to see others than the first few addresses they gave you, suddenly you have to have an appointment to get those addresses which is a few weeks time...and oh, you have to call one certain day a week between such and such a time(which changes every week) or you are dropped off this list and have to pay another $50 if you want to get another few address to check out as possible rentals. SO beware.
Yep, personal experience there.
Sorry, don't mean to be so negative, just being honest. Yes, there are rentals out there, however there is just no one place/organization out there where you can find them.
Been there done that too. 35 years ago I had a similar experience on Long Island where I paid $ 100 for apartment rental listings & the first apartment that I went to said they never authorized the apartment to be listed . 18 months later I received a refund after I filed a complaint with the NYS Secretary of State.
As far as N/E Tennessee is concerned; I would hope that realtors would or should realize that showing homes to rentors obviously creates a huge incentive for the rentor to be able to move to an area like Johnson City + rent a home & then allow the realtor to show homes for sale to this prospective buyer ?
If I could use a realtor to help me find a good rental home; I would be more than willing to use that same realtor to show me homes for sale & more than willing to pay whatever would be necessary to break a rental home lease in order to buy a good home.
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Old 07-10-2008, 10:53 AM
 
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try Tri-City Apartment Guide-Apartments for rent in Tri-Cities, TN-VA - Johnson City - Bristol - Kingsport (http://www.tricityapt.com/browse.php?fatherID=38 - broken link)
or craiglist
tri-cities, TN apts/housing for rent classifieds - craigslist
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Old 07-30-2008, 09:53 PM
 
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Don't know if I'm too late, but I was in Kingsport a couple of days ago and saw 2 houses for rent near the Fort Henry Mall. One was on Watauga Street, very nice but steep at $1400/mo. I am almost sure it was 4 bedroom, 2 bath, and I think the number was 423-578-2309, but am not definite on that. The other was at 2140 Memorial Court, it's a 3 Bedroom, 2 bath for $1075/mo. The number for it is 423-245-4704, I think someone was still living in it, but it does have the for rent sign in the yard.

Hope this was helpful to you! Best of luck,


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Some of you know we are moving to northeast TN as soon as our house sells. Our daughter and her husb are going up soon (she is the one who was hit by a car in May) to look for a home to lease in Kingsport. He was raised in the Rogersville area but wants to live in Kingsport for work purposes. He has his own rig right now and is a mover but will probably give that up to be home more after the move.

Anyway, they don't want an apt, they want a house, but can only rent/lease right now. They need at least a 3-bedroom, 2 bath if possible. Nothing real expensive but in a decent neighborhood. They are leasing (lease is up this month) a new home that is huge, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, study, very nice home for $1300 a month here and would like to go to something less expensive there of course. The reason I am asking here is, she has looked on the internet and I have tried also, but we come up with almost nothing when looking for rental/leased homes. Where does she need to go, other than a real estate office? Thanks for the help. They will be leaving soon to go look. I just pray that she can make this trip o.k.
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Old 08-06-2008, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Kingsport, TN
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Don't know if I'm too late, but I was in Kingsport a couple of days ago and saw 2 houses for rent near the Fort Henry Mall. One was on Watauga Street, very nice but steep at $1400/mo. I am almost sure it was 4 bedroom, 2 bath, and I think the number was 423-578-2309, but am not definite on that. The other was at 2140 Memorial Court, it's a 3 Bedroom, 2 bath for $1075/mo. The number for it is 423-245-4704, I think someone was still living in it, but it does have the for rent sign in the yard.

Hope this was helpful to you! Best of luck,
The one on Watauga is across the street from us. It appears to be a rent by owner. We love our street. If anyone wants me to post pics, I can. I am surprised at the rent of $1400. The last renters were there for only about two months before moving out. The owner may be willing to negotiate lower rent. It's worth asking.

Moderator cut: sorry, that link not allowed on the public forum, but DM is good.
Good luck!

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Old 08-06-2008, 06:22 PM
 
Location: TriCities, TN
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I think part of the difficulty in finding rental property in this area is that most folks don't want to spend the money to advertise in the paper or list with a rental company. I guess they figure that if putting a sign in the yard works, why have the added expense of advertising. This area is still a little behind the times in this regard.

From my perspective as a realtor, I think that assisting a prospective client who is relocating to the area to find rental housing would just be good customer service. Although most folks think otherwise, all agents are not ONLY out to close a deal. Although that is how we earn a living, we also survive off of referrals. Often those referrals come from someone that we've assisted in other ways. Yes, I will admit that there are a lot of agents out there who don't understand what customer service is all about. There are many agents to choose from in the Tri-Cities. I would suggest that you talk to a few and see who is willing to go the extra mile for you.

Sorry folks, because I'm a realtor I usually try to stay out of the real estate topics. I'm sure most of my responses are viewed in a different light because of being in real estate. However, just had to chime in on this one because I just don't think that realtors are to blame for the difficulty in finding rental property in the tri-cities. I'll step back into my neutral corner now!
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