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Renting Sight Unseen

Moving to another area can be worrisome. From scheduling movers the right day and time to making sure all of your furniture will fit into your new space. Achieving peace of mind when moving, can seem impossible. Here is some guidance on what to expect and how to gather needed information.

The best time frame to look for a home is about 30-60 days in advance of your move. This is when existing tenants normally provide notice that they are moving. This means you should have more options.

The key is to prepare. It is time to set
realistic expectations and ask a lot of questions. This is a time not to only rely on photos of a property but to talk to a property management professional.

Here are some easy tips and steps to take when looking for your new home from afar.
• Contact the landlord or property management company. If a home is marketed for rent by a property management company, call them to request additional information. This is how you can find out if a property has central air conditioning, what the pet policy is, whether or not it has a fenced yard, and more.
• Do your research! As property management professionals, we follow Fair Housing regulations and we cannot offer a personal opinion regarding many aspects of a property. If you’re concerned about a neighborhood and want to get a feel for it remotely, utilize Google Earth to do a virtual walk through the neighborhood. If you’re concerned about criminal activity, visit the website for local law enforcement and review their crime maps. If you want to see how the local schools compare, there is a wealth of information at your fingertips online. There are many ways to give yourself peace of mind about an area bfore moving day arrives.
• Find out the rental criteria first for each company or landlord. Set realistic expectations with the adults you’re going to be living with. Each company has different requirements for proof of income, credit scores, rental references, and background. For example, at Byrne Management, we check the following: background. income, credit and rental references. For individuals who do not meet our income and credit criteria, we give the option for tenants to offer to pay the full lease term up front. Things like past evictions, late rental payments, and poor rental history are
considerations that most companies won’t overlook.

Taking these steps can be as easy as making a list of questions you would like to ask. Renting sight unseen can be smoother when all questions are answered! Please feel free to contact us about your move at (719) 260-9970.

Securing a Great Rental in a Low Inventory Market (Tips from a Property Manager)

By Stephanie Goudy, Byrne Real Estate & Property Management, Leasing Coordinator

Searching for your next rental home can be a daunting task. “Where do I even look for a rental home?” “Why is everything leasing so fast?” “Will I qualify to rent this home?”

As Colorado Springs Property Managers, we know the difficulties and challenges renters face when navigating the rental market for their next home. Colorado Springs homes for rent do not last long on the market, so staying active and vigilant online plays a key role in successfully procuring a Colorado Springs rental when competition is high.

Search Closer to Your Desired Move-in Date

Rentals listings are typically made active online between 30 and 60 days prior to the available date. If you are looking for a July move in, start your search in the May/June time frame. Starting too early can cause a headache of sifting through listings available too far out.

Check out Local Property Management Websites

Local Property Management websites are more up to date than syndicated websites. This means you will find the most accurate  information directly from the Property Management company vs. other popular home search sites.

Have all Your Ducks in a Row

Ready to apply? Come prepared! Ensure you are ready to provide proof of income, past rental history, and anything else the Property Manager will need to get you approved fast. You can always call before applying to find out exactly what documents are needed. Some companies work as a first come, first serve basis while others go based off the most qualified applicants. Be ready to throw your hat in the ring as soon as you start your search.

Moving from out of state has its own set of challenges. We encourage prospective tenants to view a property prior to submitting an application… which might be an issue if you are not local. Try to contact a local friend or family member to view a rental property on your behalf. Alternatively, some Real Estate agents will offer virtual tours for out of state renters.

Securing a rental home in a fast-paced market can be intimidating, but it is possible. Keep your eyes peeled and be ready to respond to a listing. You’ll be sure to find a home that’s perfect for you.