Did you know that most landlords list their rental properties on the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) just like homeowners do? Which means you need a real estate agent to help you if the unit you are interested in is on the MLS.
As a real estate rental expert, I can help you find a house, condo or townhome to rent. I can show you any unit for rent on the MLS in the Chicago northwest suburbs.
Together we will identify what you're looking for, create a plan to find it, and then I'll help you through the process--the rental requirements, applications, credit and background checks, condo rules and regulations, lease signing, walkthrough/inspection, etc.--until you get your keys and you're safely moved in.
My services are FREE! I get paid by the landlord for whom I bring a qualified tenant when they lease his unit.
So, are YOU qualified? Call or text me today and let's find out!
As a prospective tenant, here are just a few things to consider and questions you should be prepared to answer if you want to rent in the Chicago area:
What is your price range? How did you determine that? Typically, renters plan to spend one-third of their income on rent.
What is your area of preference? Does this include specific schools or school districts?
Are you looking for a single-family home, condo or townhome? If you rent a single-family detached residence, you will most likely also be responsible for lawn care and snow shoveling.
How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need?
Do you want a washer and dryer in your unit?
Do you want or need a garage?
Do you want or need an outside area like a patio, deck or balcony?
How many occupants over 18 would there be? Everyone who will reside in the property that is 18 or older must complete an application and have a credit and background check.
When do you plan to move? How long of a lease are you looking for?
Do you have any pets? If so, how many? What weight, breed? If a landlord accepts pets there will be a pet deposit.
Do you know your current credit score? If so, what is it?
This is how landlords evaluate credit scores:
800 – 850: Exceptional
740 – 799: Very Good
670 – 739: Good
580 – 669: Fair
300 – 579: Very Poor
Landlords will only accept a credit score of 650 or above. Does your credit score fall into that range?
FYI, it's better to know your credit score up front, because each landlord will charge a fee ($35-$60) to run your credit, background and eviction check. You can usually find out your credit score through your credit card company or online at sites like Credit Karma or Credit Sesame.
Call or text me today and let's get the process started!