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We are relocating and would like to rent for a year before we buy.

We live in a different state and don't know Denver very well, so we don't have any way of knowing where to rent and no way to search for a rental in person before we get there. We'd like to hire a Realtor to help us, but need help finding someone to do this. What suggestions can you give me to make our move smoother and easier? 
  • April 16 2011 - Denver
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Renting first is a great way to find what area works best for you and your family. A realtor can help you find a rental based on your current needs and keep you informed of what properties become available in your area.  There is no cost to you for keeping you informed.  Colorado is a great state and Denver is a fun city with lots of opportunities!
  • July 07 2011
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there are people who are scamming renters on Craigs list so please be careful!!
  • June 28 2011
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You don't necessarily need to hire anyone and certaily don't need to pay anyone to help you with a rental.  Most places are advertising on Craigslist, but you might need to know which neighborhood to search for.  If you'd want, I'd be happy to run you through the different neighborhoods, downtown and even school districts.
Jay Feaster
  • June 28 2011
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Renting before you buy is a great idea especially when you are not familar with the area.

There is always a local Board or Association of Realtors can can pair you up with a local expert to assist you.

Good luck in your house hunt!

Howard
  • April 20 2011
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Check for classifieds such as craiglist or even you can check it over the web. There are listings for rentals in particular areas.
  • April 19 2011
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I read through the first few answers and did not see what I would consider to be the right advice regarding waiting for a year to buy.

The answer to that question lies in the state of your market.  If the target market is on an improving trend then you will be paying more for your house a year from now, sometimes significantly more.  If the market is flat or sagging, then spending a year or more in a rental can pay off.

The way to become knowledgable on the market is to start with the state real estate center, usually located at a university and funded by the state real estate commission.  The real estate center, REC, by regulation, calculates five key indicators every month for every major economic center
in your state.  These are (say for Denver): for the month :Unit Sales,  $sales, $average, $median, # current listings on MLS, Months of Inventory (MOI). If you find their website you will see at least two decades of monthly entries on these five indicators, sometime accompanied by colorful graphs andf charts. The info there will show you your city average MOI for the current month and preceding months - so you can see the trend; 6.5 MOI is the market balance point, >6.5 is an over-supplied, declining value, Buyer's Market. <6.5 MOI is an under-supplied, increasing value, Seller's Market.

The above shows you the current condition and trend for your city... a braod stoke for Denver across all areas, prices, and types of residential housing. Next, to be more fully informed, get a Realtor to calculate the MOI for your target home by serach the MLS for your price band, and possibly other criteria such as area, school and type. The formula is simple: Start by looking back 3 months for Sold properties.

Actives / Sold in 90 days = N /4 = X * 12 = Months of Inventory

For the above calculation, the combined Active and Sold properties should be 25 or more.  Otherwise the results become statistically insignificant and your criter should be loosened up.  If there are too many results then your criteria should be tightened up.

Now you can compare the city wide MOI and trend with your specific market segment within the Denver marketplace.  You should not be shocked if your target segmant has a differement MOI than the average; at time the difference is large.

Armed with this you can then make a decision to rent or buy.

Consumers may also use these calculations to fully understand the market before setting a list price or making an offer.

The more you know the better!
  • April 17 2011
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I would use Craigslist for rentals and once you move in and get to know the area that you'd like to live in, consult a Realtor that is an expert for that neighborhood to assist you.
  • April 17 2011
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Kimberly,

Renting before you buy is an excellent approach and highly recommended for a relocation.

Below is a shameless self promotion ;)

I'm in Denver and specialize in Relocation. I am more than happy to help you find a rental and at least help you understand the area and your options. Give me a call or email when you have time and I can go over my relocation program with you. You are also welcome to speak with a few of my recent relocation past clients to understand the area and my services.

-Pete
  • April 17 2011
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It of course will depend on the type and scale of home you are looking for.  Believe it or not, Craigslist seems to be a pretty good resourse. And if you know which neighborhood you'd like to live in, you can always spend a weekend driving around and looking in the local hang out.  There are usually for rent signs.  IF you don't know which area of town to start looking in, feel free to email me and I'll run you through them quickly.  I work for a custom home builder in many of the "hot" neighborhoods, but I know most of Denver and surrounding.

  • April 17 2011
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I would use Housing Helpers out of either Boulder or Denver.  They specialize in rentals.
  • April 17 2011
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Hi Kimberly,

I am going through this now, buyers/renters contacted me because of my reviews on Zillow and are coming into Pittsburgh.  They both want to rent for a year because they want to get to know the area before the purchase. 

If you can not find any Realtors in your desired area, contact me and I will be more than happy to find you a qualified Realtor to help you out with the rental and purchase!

Good luck, hope this helps.
  • April 17 2011
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Hi Kimberly,
Certainly, you can search for names of agents online, on zillow or other real estate websites.

Or, you could call some of the bigger companies and speak to the managers - let them know about your move, and ask them to refer an agent to you, after sharing what your needs are.

Prudential CO Realty is one company (ok, so I work for Prud. NJ Properties - have to give the franchise a plug!!)


You can also call a Denver Coldwell Banker office, or ReMax, or Keller Williams........all the usual suspects when considering a move, and all are well versed in helping consumers move from state to state.
Simply google them for their numbers.

By the way, Al needs to clarify how things work here.
I am not a paid advertiser,  and yet, as you can clearly see - I have a photo posted.
I am also very serious about my real estate business.

Best wishes..........Denver is a beautiful city!
Enjoy your new life there!
  • April 16 2011
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Profile picture for Dunes....
The Agents with photos are not the Agents who paid for Advertising..
Usually the Agents without a photo are those who just joined and haven't selected which photo they wish to use..

The Agents with Premier Agents Tags are the ones who paid for their Tag (Big whoopee) and some ads ect.....
Other Agents pay for other forms of Ads, programs but pass on paying for the the Premier Agent Tag Program/Choice...

Any way the whole suggestion that the Agents who paid for Advertising on Zillow are the more serious or better Agents is a bit of a stretch ..
Some of the Most excellent Agents on this site don't buy advertising from Zillow and Some of the not so good Agents buy lots of it..

@Nancy..You may wish to give the Good Neighbor Policy a look

"Spam, advertising, or self-promotional content is not allowed in Zillow Advice. This includes, but is not limited to, any contact information such as phone numbers, email addresses, or website URLs"


  • April 16 2011
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Find your realtor right here in Zillow who can help you with your rental and future purchase. The realtors on Zillow that you see their photo are the ones who are paid advertisers. This tells me that this realtor is more serious about the real estate business than the one who does not advertise.

You will see several realtors on Zillow. Call each one of them and "interview" them. The one who picks up the phone and the one whom you feel good with is the one you choose.

Good luck!
  • April 16 2011
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You can check with the company you will be working for.  They may be able to put you in touch with some options or a property manager.
  • April 16 2011
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Most property managers advertise available single family residences online.  I would start looking near where work is.

There are tenant representatives - basically brokers who assist tenants with finding and renting.
  • April 16 2011
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Hi - would suggest you contact the DENVER  website for information on the
city, and, if you belong to AAA, you might want to visit their office to get the book on Colorado as well as maps of Denver and of Colorado.    If you know your work location, that will assist you in determining where to rent.  If you are interested in using light rail you need to check along the light rail corridor for rentals.  One suggestion for rentals would be APARTMENT FINDERS (you can specify if you want a condo or townhouse- privately owned - or if you want a management company dwelling), RENT.COM (the same information applies).  If you want single family housing, you do need to specify that with RENT.COM and on craigslist.com.  Also, you can go to my website, www.nancysharpe.com, and that will provide links  to all sorts of information about Denver.  You can try www.9news.com (NBC), kcncnews4.com (CBS), the denverchannel.com (ABC) - each of those has lots of Denver and Colorado information.

Good luck to you!

Nancy F. Sharpe,  Sharpe Associates, LLC, \303-564-5524begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            303-564-5524      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
www.nancysharpe.com, NSharpe138@aol.com
  • April 16 2011
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Great idea!  I actually did the same thing.  I used Housing Helpers and would recommend them....they have carved out a niche helping people find the right apartment.
  • April 16 2011
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You can check for realtors here, or try searching for a realtor on Realtor.com
  • April 16 2011
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