If you’re considering renting an apartment in Austin, you’ve probably already started searching the many realty websites and apps to see what’s available in your desired neighborhood. While these online tools make it easy to search for an apartment by price, geographic location, number of bedrooms and baths, etc., they don’t provide you with the benefits that come with having an Apartment Locator in your corner.
Having an Austin Apartment Locator who’s familiar with the city’s layout and neighborhoods can help you find a place that’s located near work, shopping, entertainment and other interests. Plus, many Apartment Locators have access to a database that provides up-to-date specials and qualifying criteria.
Finding a (Trustworthy and Experienced!) Apartment Locator
Now that you know a little about the advantages of securing the help of an Austin Apartment Locator, here’s how to choose the best one.
Friends, family members, co-workers and neighbors are those you turn to when you need a recommendation for a carpenter, an electrician, or any other experts; and now you can add Apartment Locator to the list. Be sure to ask around for an expert who’s experienced in apartment rentals. If you’re new to the area and don’t have a circle of friends yet to ask, doing a simple online search for reviews can offer great insight into how others rate a particular locator and whether or not they’d recommend him or her. Be sure to also take a look at their website.
Dig a Little Deeper
Once you have a few names, you’ll want to make sure they’re qualified and that they’re the right fit for you. According to the National Association of Apartment Locators, “In every state (except Georgia and Alabama), the real estate licensing board requires Apartment Locators to hold an active real estate license in their state. Apartment Locators are required to abide by the real estate laws of their state. They also have a legal and ethical responsibility to the renters they represent and the apartment communities they work with.” The Texas Real Estate Commission website is another great source that offers useful information by allowing you to look up agents by name to ensure they’ve completed the required real estate continuing education courses and have no formal complaints filed against them.
Make a Final Decision
When you narrow down your choices to one or two Apartment Locators, speak with them on the phone. This gives you the opportunity to ask specific questions, gauge their communication style and skills and see if you are both on the same page and click.
Prior to your meeting, make a list of questions to ask. For example:
- How long have you been a full-time real estate agent in my market?
- What’s your experience renting apartments?
- How many apartments have you rented in these neighborhoods?
- What’s your preferred way of communicating? How often can I expect to hear from you? How reachable are you in the evenings? On the weekends?
Another sign of a great Austin Apartment Locator is one who takes the time to ask you questions — and lots of them! Questions will run the gamut and may include, “How long do you plan on renting — one year, two, five?” “What is a deal breaker for you?” “What are your top three amenities?”
If an agent takes the time to get to know you, your goals and your priorities, this is an excellent indicator that he or she is ready to move forward with your best intentions in mind.
Habitat Hunters was voted by the Austin Chronicle readers as the 2017 “Best Apartment Locator”, out of approximately 14,000 other Realtors® and approximately 2,300 other real estate companies, in 2017. They also know where all of the specials are. If you’re searching for an apartment to rent in the Austin area, contact Habitat Hunters to speak to one of our qualified Realtors®. Going through the process of finding Austin apartments is something Habitat Hunters does all the time, and we’re ready to share our expertise and knowledge with you.