What to look for in a rental search agent

Here's my list of things to consider when you choose an agent to find a rental property for you.

License

Ensure that your agent is licensed.  Check the Fair Trading licensing section and ensure that they hold a current real estate agent's license.

Insurance

Ensure that your agent has insurance that covers them to work for you as a real estate agent.

Experience

Ensure that your agent has had experience in finding rental properties for clients - and preferably one who also works as a buyer's agent, as the experience in securing properties for purchase provides excellent experience for securing rental homes and negotiating leases and rents in your favour.  Plus, a buyer's agent is skilled in inspecting and evaluating homes and in interpreting the nuances of the data surrounding the home.

Service

Ensure that you have a very clear understanding of what the service entails and which parts are flexible, ie, would you prefer to do part of the service yourself, or outsource the entire process to your agent?  Does the service include advice through the course of your lease? 

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Fee

Ensure you understand the fee and what it covers.  How long does the service last?  Are there any other fees that are payable?

Flexibility

A service that is $x for one day of inspections; $x for a certain number of hours, $x for a certain number of inspections etc is bound to make you feel nervous.  Go with a service that is unlimited for peace of mind.

Accessibility

Your rental search agent should be accessible to you by email and phone and should promptly respond to your communication.

Melissa Maimann is a Licenced Real Estate Agent, Buyer's Agent and Rental Search / Relocation Agent in Sydney.  She saves tenants time and frustration by offering an affordable service that finds and secures the best rental properties quickly, easily and efficiently.  If you need a Licenced Real Estate Agent to find your next rental home for you, don't hesitate to make contact.