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Old 02-06-2020, 02:49 PM
 
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Hi everyone,

After a short stint in lovely Melbourne, Australia we are planning to return to Spokane. First my husband in end of April and after that me and the boys in July. I know it is winter and there is not a lot available rentals on the market right now, but I am shocked at the price tag - this is not where we left the town an year ago. I've been looking on Zillow and craigslist, but there is very limited inventory that fits the bill - min 3 bedrooms, good schools, and a garage for hubby, yard would be nice but I am starting to be more flexible in my desires. I don't want to pay more than $1600 because we are trying to save up for a down payment for a house, but that leaves me with only couple properties listed on the market.
Is there a better chance to find a rental house through a property management agency? I would love to rent directly from the landlord to avoid the middle man fees and nonsense but I also understand that people have been burned in the past by their tenants so they prefer to have some protection by using an agency.
Any advice on places where I should look other than Zillow and Craigslist?

Thank you!
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Old 02-07-2020, 08:20 AM
 
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I advertise my vacancies on Craigslist and it seems to me there are plenty of rentals listing in or near Spokane.


It is possible that you are looking for a house that is a better house than is normally used as a rental. So many tenants will treat a house carelessly that many landlords do not buy high quality houses to rent out.


The other problem that you are running into is that tenants who have a nice house in a good area with good schools and a garage don't want to give it up. So, even though there are a lot of rental houses, the vacancies for nicer houses aren't plentiful.


Facebook has a local rentals area of their website and some landlords are listing there. You could look there.
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Old 02-07-2020, 08:24 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Also, you might try going into 3-4 different banks and ask about available mortgages. The last house I sold, my buyers put $1,000 down and had no closing costs. I don't know what sort of mortgage it was or what special qualifications were required, but it shows me that there are some pretty easy mortgages available. (late last summer, so recently)



It's worth taking a look and maybe buying a house. The mortgage lenders have really loosened up their requirements and interest rates are really low right now.
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Old 02-08-2020, 02:23 PM
 
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Thank you, I will add Facebook on my search list. I think you are right about the factors that play a role in the limited inventory we find. It will be hard to get a mortgage from overseas so we will have to rent at least for an year I think but I will inquire what are some of their requirements so we get prepared to meet them.
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Old 02-09-2020, 12:32 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Zumper
Trulia
Padmapper
Hotpads
Rentbyowner
RMLS
...
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Old 02-24-2020, 05:42 PM
 
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Prices have gone up dramatically the last year. Every week, I run into someone who just relocated here from Seattle/Portland/CA. We rented out our second home 3bd/2bath to a physician for $2,200, fully furnished. It was not without its issues, there are a TON of people who set up appointments and don’t show up. We were so happy to find someone reliable and who’d take care of the place. Just make sure when you contact a landlord, say that you’d take care of the house and hope to stay more than a year. As a landlord, I’d prefer to lower the price to someone reliable.

My best friend works at Zumper so three cheers for that.
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Old 02-24-2020, 08:46 PM
 
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Thank you! I guess I did not expected such a big difference in prices over two year period when nothing else has changed in the area. We will have to readjust our expectations and keep looking.
I contacted our previous landlord but the people who got in our old rental are still there and have no intentions on leaving haha so no luck for us. I am sure something will come up eventually - I was just shocked when I wrote my initial post.
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Old 06-17-2020, 07:06 PM
 
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Update from us - the house was found and my husband even moved in last week! So it took us about three months of daily search on craigslist, Zillow, trulia and facebook, refreshing couple times a day to find our place. We rented through the owner directly as we wanted.
Now I only have to ship our stuff again across the Pacific and re-join Eastern Washington in August. We landed in the Pine Valley neighbourhood in Spokane Valley which is new area to us, but it seems fine for schools and proximity to nature (Iller Creek and Dishman Hills).

Last edited by rumi79; 06-17-2020 at 07:07 PM.. Reason: typo
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