Knowledge Tips For Renters To Find The Perfect Place To Call Home

Real Estate Agent with Weichert Realtors 7802605


House Hunter Renter

Are you house hunting for a new place to rent? 👓 Read these tips to help you bag the perfect place, GLITCH FREE.....🔑

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This is an educational and informational post for renters. 

I get so many of you asking the how's and what's, so I thought I'd put my experience to your rescue. A few of these tips today are real pearls of wisdom. Some may be uncommon advice, but I promise they'll be helpful.

Dear Tenants, let me tell you I am so with you on this frustrating process of hunting for a new place 🏡 (read as running around the friggin' town or 2 or 3 with your realtor, packing, moving, u-hauls and the whole 9 yards of maybe not so much fun. Especially if you have a grueling job or kids or both. I hear ya. It's a pain in the we know what.

Mr and Ms. Tenant: I’ve got a checklist for you. I will be assuming you need hand holding all the way and explain some VERY crucial factors of getting the place of your dreams. Now, just because I number the points don’t mean 1 is less that the other, ok?

1: ADDRESS🚪: Picture this, you are 🚗 driving your own carefree way, suddenly, you see this FOR RENT sign, in an area and neighborhood you like. You dial the #'s on the board, or call up your agent, all excited to see if you can see the home. "Hellowww- can you show me the blue house on Pearsall Ave, it's next to the white house and I am parked right in front of it." Ya right! Heavens! Honey please! You need an address, an actual address, so the person who you called can identify the precise location. Step back, note down the house #, look around to see the street name and now let's hit that dial pad. You got my point. High 5! 

2: COURTEOUS: Please darling, be courteous to that voice on the other end of that 📱 phone. You ain't going nowhere with your belligerent attitude. Don’t demand information. Keep calm, listen to what they are saying, answer the questions they ask. This is crucial: if that voice likes you -viola! They can help you with not only the property you called about, but can help you find the best match (if they are an agent). Or point you at least to a better direction ↗️. Ain't that super? 

3: SHOWING ETIQUETTE: Granted this property is nothing like what you want, but please, do not belittle the property in the property, especially if the homeowners are present or are within ear shot. There are many nicer ways of expressing disinterest. Be open to your agent about your preferences. If this is the initial meeting, express outside the property why this wouldn’t work. This will help your agent gauge your needs better. 

4: APPLICATION: Most of the Landlords and their Agents have a 📝set criteria based on how they are going to choose their next tenant. Please do not raise a hue and cry, if your agent informs you that the landlord requires a background check, or wants to see your latest pay stubs, or wants to verify that employment. They will be considering you to live in and take care of their investment, they could be living on the premises or this could have been their first home. They will want to make sure you are a right fit for them and their property. Trust me, being rude and demanding that the landlord/agent 1st commits to giving you the apt, then you will share the docs- won’t do ya much good. If you want the place, please follow protocol on 📑 documentation. If you think the landlord is being unreasonable, talk to your agent and ask for advice. The easier you are to deal with, the more landlords will like you. Sometimes applicants win bids just due to their pleasant attitude vs higher earning or better credit applicants, just because they were very easy to deal with. 

5:HONESTY: is the best policy. You Bet! Got evicted 4 years ago? Please don’t act as if it never happened. Recently, more and more landlords are requiring background checks be done. Lying about it then having stuff show up later, is not the right path to the landlord's heart. I know you got what I mean. 

6:MAKE AN IMPACT: ✔️ Just starting your renting career? Don’t have enough history? Don’t stress. Let's start by ✒️ writing a nice letter 📩 telling the landlord how much you like the property, why you are in this situation, and what you are doing to make it better. If you can get a guarantor if your credit/income/history isn’t that strong, that will work wonders for your application. Ask your agent for other things that might help. 🏡

So folks this is it for this session. See you next month, with another informational post. I will try and see if I can document this in a video too for your convenience.

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Comments (22)

Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Raj, these are great tips for renters who are looking for a place to rent.  Things can be a lot easier if they let a real estate professional represent them.

Renters do need to understand and have patience as many occupied homes or apartments do need considerable lead time before allowing a showing.

Welcome to Active Rain, Raj!  There is something for everyone here so don't be shy in plowing full speed ahead!

Jan 17, 2017 06:42 AM
Raj Banerjee Walkable Living

Absolutely ones needs to work with a professional. This article is for both.

Jan 17, 2017 07:14 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good information to share. Have a most productive January.

Jan 17, 2017 06:50 AM
Raj Banerjee Walkable Living

Thankyou Roy!

Jan 17, 2017 06:50 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

You should use your blog settings to create an automatic signature for your blogs. Readers want to see your contact information. 

Review the points schedule to see what you need to do to earn the needed points for a free membership.

Jan 17, 2017 06:51 AM
Raj Banerjee Walkable Living

Super idea. Thanks, will try to fig the signature settings Roy. 

Jan 17, 2017 07:13 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Welcome to ActiveRain Raj Banerjee.

This is The Best place to learn, share and build relationships with like-minded professionals.

Jan 17, 2017 08:35 AM
Raj Banerjee Walkable Living

Thanks Praful


Jan 17, 2017 11:40 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Raj Banerjee - lovely tips for the tenants. And very nicely written, too.

Like the little icons in your post.

One thing I know - honesty is ALWAYS the best policy - so much 'required' for the tenants-to-be. (They would know about most of the things anyway, isn't it?)

Jan 17, 2017 08:39 AM
Raj Banerjee Walkable Living

Thanks for the compliments. I love my 1st blog post here is being so positively recepted by all of you awesome folks. As far as renters knowing all necessary isnt true. Not everone is savvy. Thats why this post is for helping them. 

Jan 17, 2017 05:13 PM
Noel Mayer
Upper Montclair Weichert Realtors - Montclair, NJ

Raj Benerjee,

Welcome to Active Rain. Congratulations on your first post 

Jan 17, 2017 09:51 AM
Raj Banerjee Walkable Living

Thanks Noel!

Jan 17, 2017 11:39 AM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Welcome to Active Rain Raj Banerjee  Great first post very well thought out!!

Jan 17, 2017 10:56 AM
Raj Banerjee Walkable Living

Thankyou Debra. 


Jan 17, 2017 11:39 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Super great tips, Raj.  About those background checks - a friend just rented, the background check showed a DUI from the 1980's, and a defaulted cell phone bill from the 1990's.  There is NOTHING hidden in the Internet Age!


Jan 17, 2017 01:52 PM
Raj Banerjee Walkable Living

Absolutely! I face that a lot too, in todays day, nothing is hidden, this can be a good or bad thing. 

Jan 17, 2017 05:14 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Raj and Welcome to the Rain where we all learn from each other and help each other.  Make it a great day!


Jan 17, 2017 04:26 PM
Raj Banerjee Walkable Living

Hiya Will. Thanks. 

Jan 17, 2017 04:29 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I love the post. I hope prospective tenants will read it.

Jan 17, 2017 05:22 PM
Raj Banerjee Walkable Living

Thankyou Gita, thats the intention. 

Jan 18, 2017 08:05 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks Raj!

Great info and I enjoy the way you write.

Welcome to Active Rain, looking forward to reading many more of your posts, let me know if there is anything that I can do to help as you get started here.
All the best of success to you.

Jan 17, 2017 10:55 PM
Raj Banerjee Walkable Living

Thankyou you guys are awesome. 

Jan 18, 2017 08:01 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Raj, what an awesome post, it took me years to reach this quality and here you are on your first post. Welcome to Active Rain and I look forward to getting to know you better, Endre

Jan 18, 2017 05:57 PM
Raj Banerjee Walkable Living are so kind. I am so motivated and inspired by you all.


Jan 19, 2017 09:41 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Raj welcome to ActiveRain and congratulations on posting your first blog on this site.

Jan 18, 2017 06:33 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Raj -- sometimes I think the competition for the right rental/lease is even more difficult than purchasing a home.   The competition is intense.  Many prospective tenants can easily become frustrated with the requirements and seemingly endless amounts of paperwork.  Combine that with limited inventory and the need to compromise(a lot) and it can be a recipe for an unfortunate situation.

Your common sense approach is excellent advice.  


Jan 21, 2017 02:38 AM
Raj Banerjee Walkable Living

Yes absolutely, intense competition.

Jan 26, 2017 07:05 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Raj and welcome to the ActiveRain network

Jan 21, 2017 03:01 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Good stuff Raj Banerjee , you had me hooked with #1 and there was no way I was going to pass up the rest. Excellent post.


Jan 24, 2017 05:06 PM
Raj Banerjee Walkable Living

Thankyou. Thats so nice of you. 

Jan 26, 2017 07:04 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Welcome to the Rain, Raj Banerjee Walkable Living!  I love this post and love your writing style!  Don't hesitate to raise your hand if you have any questions at all!

Jan 26, 2017 08:16 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Excellent post Raj! Hard to believe it's your first. Great advice for renters!

Feb 07, 2017 02:11 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Raj Banerjee Walkable Living Welcome to the ActiveRain community.

Feb 10, 2017 02:44 PM
Diana White-Pettis
Bennett Realty Solutions - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale


Welcome to Active Rain.  This is great information for renters!



Feb 10, 2017 09:12 PM