Setting out on your search for a new rental property can be a daunting process, but we at Realty & Mortgage Co. truly believe that as long as you’re prepared, your apartment hunt can be a fun adventure, rather than a nightmare. To learn more about the services that Realty & Mortgage Co. offers to apartment-seekers in the Chicagoland area, visit us online at www.RealtyMortgageCo.com or call 773.549.8300.
The number one thing that you can do to prepare yourself for an organized rental property search in Chicago is to do your research well in advance. Look at listings and determine what part of town you’d like to live in and what your money will get you in those neighborhoods. This will save you from in-person sticker shock and potential heartache, and will ensure that you’re not agreeing to walk through properties that are either not within your price range or are significant low-balls (and likely not worth seeing).
WHAT DO YOU WANT?
Knowing the answer to this question in advance can save you multiple days of walking through places that don’t even fit your base criteria. Know what price point you’re looking at, which features are must-haves in your world and which are just nice-to-haves. Believe it or not, the answer to this question can be very different from person to person, so have your list written down and ready to hand off to the professionals who are helping you.
KNOW WHEN TO LOOK
Plan to look for a new apartment around four to six weeks prior to your ideal move-in date. This will save you from falling in love with a place that has to be rented out either before you’re ready or after you’re scheduled to move out of your current digs.
Don’t fall in love with the first place you tour. There are so many fabulous places to live in Chicago that your next home could be the next place you look at! Weigh all your options before making an informed decision.
BE AGGRESSIVE & SMART
Not everyone has a keen eye – or the time – to find the perfect real estate rental. That’s why you should enlist the help of a professional realtor in your search. Not only that, but he or she can help you understand when you need to go in strong and when you can afford to play a little hardball.
Visit Realty & Mortgage Co. online at www.RealtyMortgageCo.com or call us at 773.549.8400 today!