When Do You Need A Real Estate Agent To Rent A Property?

Posted on: 22 June 2018

Most people are accustomed to working with an agent to buy a property, but an agent can also be used to find a rental property as well. It only makes sense: many rentals are represented by agents, so why not get an agent of your own? Here are a few special situations in which you may want to work with a real estate agent who specializes in real estate property rentals.

When You Live in a Major Metropolitan Area

Rental agents are most commonly seen in major cities, as it is more difficult to rent in these locations and it costs more to rent in these locations. You rarely need to pay for an agent yourself; instead, the agent will often be paid by the landlord. Rental agents are able to connect you to exclusive listings that may not be listed in public. 

When You Have Pets

There are some pets that are just difficult to place. If you have large dogs, it may be difficult for you to find a place to rent. Certain types of dogs, such as huskies, are also refused by many property owners, as it costs more to insure a property that they're in. A real estate agent may have pet-friendly listings available for you or may be able to negotiate on your behalf, in exchange for pet deposits. 

When You Require Special Accommodations

If you have some form of medical disability and require special accommodations, a real estate agent may be able to help you. There are homes and apartments that have already been fitted for certain disabilities. Having the help of someone who knows the current listings inside and out can help find the right rental for you.

When You Have a Difficult History

It is hard to find a place to rent if you have poor credit, a recent bankruptcy, or a felony on your record. There are agents who specialize in finding placement for those who find it difficult to rent. Many of these agents already have apartment complexes or housing developments in mind that are willing to cater to those who need a second chance. These agents may be found under "second chance" rentals.

As noted, most rental agents work in major metropolitan areas, but there are listing agents everywhere. If you can't seem to find a property to rent, contact an agency that has a number of rental listings. They may be able to point you in the right direction.