Do I Need a Realtor to Rent?

Are you wondering “are realtors necessary for rentals?” Or are you and potential roommates or family members wondering “should you rent with a realtor?” The fast answer is that it depends on the level of effort and work you are willing to put into finding a rental property. It also heavily depends on the area you’re looking to rent in. Realtors are necessary when renting in cities like New York and San Francisco and are optional when renting in smaller towns. However, working with an agent simplifies the process and saves you time, so if that interests you, you’re best off working with a knowledgeable agent with connections in the area. 

Perks to Working with a Realtor

Realtors simplify the rental process by helping you find the perfect property, tracking down the necessary contact to rent, and then explaining what exactly you’re signing when it comes time to commit to a property. Finding a place to live full time or choosing a Vermont vacation home to rent is no joke and working with an agent ensures things will run smoothly. 

Finding the Perfect Property

Realtors can help you narrow down what you’re looking for. How many bedrooms do you want? Do you want to be near the ski mountain or biking trails? Is a backyard a must-have? Realtors will work with you to develop an understanding of the type of property you are looking for, and then follow up with listings that match your criteria. If you would like to get started on your own, check out our southern Vermont rental listings here

Tracking Down the Necessary Contacts

Once you have found a few places you’re serious about renting, realtors will save you the hassle of tracking down landlords and property managers from rental listings. Getting in touch with the right people can take time, so having someone who is likely familiar with the landlords in the area will save you valuable time and effort when you’re looking to view a property. 

Understanding the Lease

Realtors are arguably the most helpful when it comes to understanding what you’re signing. To the blind eye, a lease may look like a standard, but trained real estate professionals can spot an unusual clause from a mile away. Leases have important information in them, such as what repairs you'll be responsible for, the penalties for late rent, security deposit terms, terms for breaking the lease, and more. It’s vital to understand the terms you are agreeing to when you’re renting a property. 

Rental Policies

Rental policies vary depending on the city you are renting in. Broker fees are common in large cities with competitive rental markets and can fall on the renter. Depending on the location and market, the situation can be the opposite and landlords will pay realtors to find them a desirable tenant. It’s important to identify the market you are looking to rent in to get a realistic idea of whether any fees will be involved. The southern Vermont market does not usually inundate renters with fees, but read over the Josiah Allen Rental Policies to be well informed about expectations when renting a property. 

Contact Josiah Allen Real Estate

Do you have lingering questions about whether you should rent with a realtor and whether realtors are necessary for rentals? Contact Josiah Allen Real Estate to learn more about renting in southern Vermont. Whether you have a particular property in mind or you aren’t sure where to start, we are here to help you find the perfect Vermont rental.