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Renting a Home - REALTOR Help


It is hard to find a house to rent if you aren't even in your new community yet.  We've tried to find the best resources on the web to help you.  Bookmark our site so we can help you when you are ready to buy! 

DO REALTORS FIND RENTAL PROPERTIES?  CHOOSE A SECTION OF THE ARTICLE BELOW



There Are Not Many Standard
Databases for Rental Property

Finding a home or apartment to rent can be a true challenge in some communities. There are few common standard databases for Rental Property. If you are looking to purchase or sell a home, the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is available to your REALTOR. The MLS database contains information about most of the homes listed for sale through area REALTORS. A REALTOR can use the MLS to provide a prospective buyer with a comprehensive list of choices.

Unfortunately the same is not true for rental properties. There no common standard listing service for rental properties around the country, although some Internet companies database national rental properties. Databases of this nature are being expanded and enhanced regularly for many of the larger cities around the country. We have provided links to some of the best rental databases that we have found in our searching on the Internet.

At this time, these companies do not have comprehensive listings of every option. Many individual landlords have no idea that such databases exist. In some communities rental properties are vacant such a short time that it does not even make sense to list a vacant home with a company. 

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REALTORS Struggle With the Desire For
Good Customer Service vs. the Need to Get Paid

Compounding the problem is the fact that in most situations REALTORS are not paid to help families find rental property. A REALTOR only gets paid when he helps someone purchase or sell a home. Therefore, often the main incentive for a REALTOR to help a family find a rental property is his/her commitment to providing customer service and the hope that when the family is ready to purchase a home, they will call the REALTOR who helped them find information about renting. Even when they provide excellent customer service, REALTORS usually do not have any advantage over the regular consumer in finding property to rent.  

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Some Real Estate Companies Have
Property Management Divisions

Some Real Estate companies do have property management divisions as part of their residential service. In this case, some rental assistance may be able to be provided by a REALTOR, however, most likely, the information will be limited to the properties which are being managed by that particular company. 

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There's Also The Issue of
Short Term vs. Long Term Rental

Usually when you are going to rent for a short time in a new community, while you get familiar with the community and decide where you want to purchase, the EXODUS Network will still refer you to a REALTOR who can provide you with information about the housing market and the community. You can begin establishing a relationship and as the time to purchase nears, the agent can begin to look for the type of home you are looking for.

In this case, most of our REALTORS are able to help direct you to the resources for finding rental properties in his/ her community. You should not expect that they will continue to update you on new rental properties or show you rental properties and tour them like you can expect if they are selling you a home. 

If you are looking to rent on a long term basis (more than one year) The EXODUS Network will not connect you to a REALTOR at this point. You may, however, access the resources that we have available on our web site and you may call us at any time if your plans change and you do decide that you would like to purchase a home instead of rent. We would like to be able to refer you to one of our Selected Agents at that time!

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In Summary

For short term rental housing while you get to know a community - call the EXODUS Network (1-800-395-8556) and we will refer you to a REALTOR with whom you can begin establishing a relationship and who can help introduce you to the community and housing.

For long term rental situations - Check out the resources available on the rest of our web site and use the list below to help you in your search for a rental property. Call the EXODUS Network (1-800-395-8556) when you decide that it may be time to enjoy the benefits of home ownership and we will refer a REALTOR to you at that time.

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Searching For A Home or Apartment To Rent

The resources below are not available in every community, but we hope that they will get you pointed in the right direction!

  • The local newspaper classified advertising
  • Property Management Companies - find listings in yellow pages
  • The TDI phone book in our community publishes a great, detailed listing of apartment complexes throughout our city.
  • Apartment Guides - often available in grocery stores, restaurants, etc.
  • If you are in town, check grocery store bulletin boards
  • Call the Chamber of Commerce to see if there is a rental database in the community
  • If you are in a college or university town, check to see if they have an off campus housing directory that is available to non-students. Many of these are available on the Internet.
  • Some churches will allow you to place an announcement in their church bulletins announcing that you are moving to the community and are looking for a home to rent. Check out our church and school resources to get the names and contact information for churches.

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The EXODUS Network is a licensed, Brokered network in the state of Michigan.

Annual Renewal as a Selected REALTOR is dependent on integrity, maintaining exemplary customer service and professionalism. The EXODUS Network selects individual agents, not entire companies. All referrals to these agents are given through a licensed Broker. Referrals are given to agents who pass through the screening, evaluation & annual renewal process.

* Definition of Staff: Selected Agents are NOT staff of the EXODUS Network. They are independent contractors who have been prescreened and continually submit to our strict evaluation processes regarding their customer service, integrity, professionalism and real estate.

Selected Agents are individual REALTORS all around the country. EXODUS referrals are passed from EXODUS' Broker to the licensed Broker that a Selected Agent is affiliated and licensed with. Becoming an EXODUS Selected Agent allows these agents to receive referrals from EXODUS, without changing their affiliation with their local broker.

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