Getting the most from Property Portals

Property Rental Websites: Getting the best Service

Looking for a house or apartment to rent  can be a major task.  Today the chances are  that if you will be looking for a property using the internet and  you may be looking to move to a new area or city for work,  family or education (maybe going away to University) reasons.  Even if you are not moving to a new area but are looking to move to another property in the same town or city it can still be a major undertaking.

 So how can you get the best from your online search?

There are still the more traditional methods open to rental house hunters which will include the local papers (if you are in the area to receive one) or visiting the letting agents offices directly.  These are still valuable methods but can be time consuming or impossible depending on your situation.  To visit the local letting agents may take a whole day or even worse a whole weekend, depending on where you are living and where you are moving too, plus there are no guarantees that you will find what you are looking for.  If you set out a weekend to look for a property it could be likely that a knee jerk reaction could happen if you become desperate to find a property during the time you are there.

One of the most important things to remember is that you need to take your time, dont leave your hunt to the last minute, this could result in you having to accept a property that is not ideal for your requirements.  It is important to remember the more time you leave for your search the more selective you can be when choosing your rental property.

How can online letting agents help you?

In the past portal sites and directory sites that advertised property were often found to be frustrating to use, you may have found the house or flat that you would like to take a look at, make contact with the agents only for them to announce that the property had already gone and the site was out dated.  The portals have now become much more sophisticated and are as up to date as the agents own websites.  Taking feeds automatically from the agents own databases on a daily basis often the property found is current, OK, so you may be unlucky and have selected a property that had already gone that day, however more often than not this wont be the case.

The Available Information

The information on these sites is good and provide full property details, location maps, landlord requirements (ie/ no smoking, dss, pets) and even have the facility to download the property details so you can review your top selections in your own time offline.  The rental market has always been a step behind the sales market when it comes to particulars and advertising documents, this now is not the case and you will find that rental property online is documented as well as sales.  The good sites will also provide agent profile pages which outline their services and also give you a link through to their company website so you can check for further information.

Are Rentals Still Second Behind Sales

A lot of sites are focused on sales and estate agents and have the rentals as a side issue.  The rentals market is an entirely different market and is aimed towards a different sector of people, it is important that the marketing online and offline is aimed towards the correct demographic group.  There are specialist sites which are aimed purely towards the rental market of which it would make sense to use these services first.  As always there are some better sites to use than others and it makes sense to research each one and check as many properties as you can , online first.

Reviewing the Information be Prepared

As stated in the earlier part of this article remember to take your time in searching for property, decide on what is important for you.  Dont go into this blind; be prepared as you would if you were buying a house, a bad decision at the beginning of the process could mean you spend 6 months (usual minimum tenancy agreement length) in a house/flat or an area that you would rather not be in.

You should use dedicated rental property websites and there are a number of different articles which can assist you in making the right decision about your next rental property,  along with a whole host of other interesting information.


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