Many times potential renters will come into our office to inquire about a listing, only to find that someone else has taken the spot, or there are so many applicants already that it would be pointless to pursue the property any longer. At this point, customers explain that they are brand new to the area, or to renting in general, and have no idea where to go next. For anyone stuck in the same position, try the following tips:
-Search websites that any member of the public can post classifieds to, as property managers and owners, and people selling contracts will often post their own listings there. Sites like Craigslist.com, KSL.com(Utah), Apartments.com, Trulia.com, Zillow.com, Rentals.com and more are some of these sites.
-Rentals are managed by one of three groups: individual homeowners, property management companies, and companies that own apartment complexes. Property management companies and companies that own complexes will often have there own websites they post listings on, so try Googling “property management companies in _____” or “apartment complexes in _____.” This may not give you a lot of hits, but it will give you a place to start.
-Once you do get in contact with a management company, ask if they can refer any other companies in the area. If the place you contacted can’t find something for you, they should be willing to let you know who else is out there in the area.
-If possible, go to social media. Ask friends and family if they know of anything in the area you are trying to move to, or if they know someone who may know (real estate agents, college students, local church leaders, community groups).
-If you are moving to go to school, call up the university you are attending, or look on their website. Any university that deals with a lot of out of state or transfer students should know of resources you can check out to find a rental that fits your needs.
These are just a few ways to get started on your journey to finding your new place. Good luck!