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Do realtors help people find renals?

We're looking for a single family home to rent in Colorado Springs. Do realtors help people find rentals? If so, do they usually charge a flat fee?
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April 28 2013 - Northgate
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There are many Realtors that specialize in rentals. I urge you to seek one out to find the best fit for you.  Good luck.
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May 22 2013
When calling around/ interviewing agents who work with rentals/leases, do yourself a favor and work with ONE AGENT who is willing to show not just the "office inventory" but also other agent's "LONG TERM"  listings. This saves time. Ask to be set up with an on-line listing cart which will generate properties that fit your needs along with updates as soon as a new listing hits the market. You can pre-view them on line ahead of time. Select your top 5 choices and ask your realtor to set up appointments to see those properties. Keep in mind that some may still be occupied by tenants and require 24 hrs notice. Benefit of having one agent is that you do not double book seeing the same property. (It happens a lot). We all have access to the same inventory. The only way an agent gets compensated for their time is when they actually do their job and you make a final decision to sign a lease agreement. If you work with 4 agents, only a lucky one that shows the winning property gets paid.
Every state is different, so find out who is responsible for compensating the realtor. In FL, owner of property pays commission, while in NYC you are the one responsible for compensating the agent who is assisting you. The application process and lease signing agreement normally takes place at the real estate company that has the listing, some may use an attorney. Depending on your financial situation, credit score, employment history, some owners may ask for first, last and security deposits, before you receive the keys, while others may ask for pre-payment in full or additional references of bank statement. If you have a pet, always have the shot records available. If you are military with the possibility of reassignment or deployment, make sure you have the military clause in the listing agreement allowing you to break the lease if required without penalty. Hope this helps ;-) 
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May 06 2013
Many do, but not all.
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May 06 2013
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April 30 2013
Yes, many do, and the fee is usually paid by the Landlord, so it will cost you nothing!
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April 28 2013
Yes, we as Realtors can look up rentals on our local MLS. Some time the renter will pay a fee to the agent that brings the renter. There should be no charge to you from a Real Estate agent for finding them a rental. 
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April 28 2013
Realtors choose what to specialize & focus upon within many different contexts. Some will only work in residential, some will do commercial only. Some specialize in farmland. There are scores of market specialties & sub-specialties a Realtor can choose to embrace... Some Realtors in the city only perform residential transactions limited to one highrise only!

The bottom line is that some will work with rentals and some will choose not to. Many Realtors will say that working with rentals is a lot of work for relatively little money. However, one Realtor I know has built a strong monthly income by building up a portfolio of properties that he actively manages for Lessors.

The way to find a Realtor that specializes in rentals is to "Find a Pro", and then contact them & simply ask if they help client with rentals.

Best of luck to you.
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April 28 2013
Rental agents generally do not pay a Realtor to provide tenants for their listings.  However, you might offer to compensate an agent/broker by means of a Buyer/Broker agreement to help you locate a rental in a new city.
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April 28 2013
Most are too busy to help rental location. It's very time consuming with no pay.
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April 28 2013
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Some do, most don't.    Call around, you can find agents in Colorado Springs by clicking on "find a pro" in the top line of this page.
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April 28 2013
 
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