Find a House Rental in a Tough Market
We hardly have to mention how scarce rental houses are and the price rises coming will be music only to landlords ears. The pandemic has accelerated the scarcity. However, if you were to increase the number of house rental sites to search, setting up alerts, responding quickly and being very prepared, you may have better luck.
When you find appropriate rental sites, you may want to open an account and set up notification alerts so you’re first to know when units become available. And have your personal tenant screening report, credit report, and detailed rent history, landlord references, and employment info ready so there’s no kinks in your application.
Contacting a Realtor who is managing rentals is wise. Get in first and make an offer. Speed and willingness to pay a higher rent price will make you stand out from thousands of others.
Demand for House Rentals
You can read up on the demand for rental property in general and demand for houses for rent on our blog.
Rental houses are the object of desire for work from home workers, growing millennial families, investors who see real estate as the best investment, those who sold their condos and apartments, and migrating newcomers to your state are looking with you. Competition is intense for all low rise properties today.
Some landlords still believe in putting up for rent signs in windows and others will use local classified ads. That’s a little risky during the pandemic. Given how rare house rental listings are now however, driving around the neighborhood streets house hunting or by grabbing a local newspaper house rental classifieds is going to be frustrating for the house hunting tenant.
Big Portals and Smaller Niche Websites
House rental specialized sites lean toward a house rental demographic audience and not to multifamily apartment renters. Many wealthy people also rent houses rather than buy.
Be forewarned that some websites suggest they have houses for rent, but actually have few or none. And there are some which list properties which are actually not available anymore. I’ve found this to be most frustrating in my own searches for a house rental.
Drill down in Your Searches
Add other keywords to your search such as 2 bedroom, 3 bedroom, lease, or the name of the neighborhood, to find more relevant listings. Create a list of local real estate brokerages because Realtors are taking over the house rental market to capture potential sales leads.
Let’s begin with the major national rental property sites.
The Best House Rental Websites
American Homes For Rent
First Key Homes For Rent
Zumper Houses for Rent
Realtor.com Houses for Rent
Zillow Houses for Rent
Trulia Houses for Rent
Homes.com Houses for Rent
Point2homes.com Houses for Rent Near Me
Apartments.com Houses for Rent near Me
Houses for Rent in Australia
The detached housing market is very hot in Australia.
Houses for Rent in the UK
Houses for Rent in Canada
Point2Homes Houses for Rent in Toronto
Zumper Houses for Rent in Toronto
Zoo Casa Toronto House Rentals
Zillow Houses for Rent in Calgary
Zumper House Rentals in Edmonton
Homes.com Vancouver House Rentals
Montreal Houses for Rent
Short Term House Rentals
State by State House Rental Sources
The national focused house rental sites may not offer granular enough coverage of the local rental housing market.
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