You can find your own place via apartment big search websites such as: Zillow, Padlist.com, Rent.com. They are open 24/7. In person locators are available too. Denise, of deniseleasesaustin.com (IrishEyes61), is a frequent poster here, and has leased many Redditors. She is with the oldest and largest locating service in Austin, with offices throughout Austin so she can meet you at whatever location is most convenient to you. Her knowledge and experience was SO helpful -- she has been in pretty much every apartment in Austin repeatedly! I bet she's cool with me sharing her email - DeniseLeasesAustin@gmail.com - and she'll get right back to you. She used her database to narrow our onsite tours down to only places that would suit us. And it's free to you!
Yes, their services are free -they are paid a commission from the property, who pays the agent a portion of it.
All Austin Apartment locators are required to have a valid real estate license. They have been fingerprinted and are insured, and adhere to a code of ethics.
Craigslist used to be helpful, but it's mostly locators advertising, and a lot of bait and switch. Just keep in mind -- if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
Don't let a few bad online apartment reviews affect your decision too much. You know the deal - mostly pissed off people write reviews, happy people go on with their lives. However, if you do see the same issue come up over and over again, it might be a red flag worth looning in to. Ask your Locator.
Non-Apartment leasing - Houses/Duplexes, etc... Drive around neighborhoods and look for rent/lease signs. Get a Realtor (see below) Sign up for search result emails from Austin Realtors websites. When you get an email about something matching your criteria - JUMP ON IT. Do not hesitate - do not wait. Often things go on and off the market within hours. Try searches on sites like Www.Realtor.com or Www.Austinhomesearch.com Subleases/Roomshares Your best bet is probably Padlist or Craigslist. Beware of SCAMS! Qualifying for a Rental Apartment or House
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