In cities, it can be a race to snag an ideal (comfortable, safe, and convenient among other needs) apartment. Spaces are limited and the demand is high. So what can one do to capture a sought-after rental home? Get smart. Act fast. And maybe be a little cut throat to beat the competition!
Here's a few insider strategies to get the odds in your favor, that you can try (and that are totally legal).
1. Look for apartment listings with bad pictures
“Bad photos or even lack of photos/floor plans will lead to less traffic to the listing, and this is when a customer is able to capitalize.”
In other words, there could be a gem disguised by those blurry, poorly lit photos." says Collin Bond, a real estate broker at Douglas Elliman. (Realtor.com)
2. Set Google alerts to find an apartment
If you don’t have all day to spend searching for recent postings, just set some Google alerts. “To receive better filtered alerts, include in your search keyword phrases that regularly pop up in listings—like ‘property details’ and ‘schools and neighborhood,'” says marketing communications specialist Rachel Chapdelaine. That will filter out a lot of nonlisting content.
3. Show up with your forms filled out - and money ready
In a city with an abundance of people, it will work on your behalf to be prepared - forms, official documents, and money ready in hand. Savvy renters ask for rental applications prior to any showings, and they arrive at showings with fully filled out applications, references, credit checks, and deposits so that they can snag the unit before anybody else has the chance to,” says Conrad Pool, president of Sleepwell Property Management.
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