Start Your Credit Application to Rent / Lease Your New Home
Century 21 Olympian uses search engines and high end technology systems. All real estate companies use Houston Association of Realtors (HAR), however we use many systems in order to accommodate our renters.
We keep close watch on area specialists for buyers and we now have a mobile app that can be utilized by agents on behalf of renters. This is a great advantage for Houston Area buyers in terms of working with our area specialists.
1. Determine How Much You Can Afford
How much house you can afford is largely dependent on how large a monthly rent payment — you can handle. Start here to see whether you can afford to pay the monthly payments for the kind of apartment, townhouse and house you have in mind. Most landlords are looking for you to make double or triple your rent payment.
Documents you will need when you submit a rental application:
Copies of the last two month’s paycheck stubs (if self-employed copies of the last two month’s bank statements)
- Copy of picture ID – Passport, Driver’s License, ID card, Social Security Card, etc
Payments you may need to make when you submit a rental application:
- Deposit: One month’s full rent
- First month’s rent
- Extra deposit: if you credit score does not meet minimum landlord requirements
- Pet Deposit: varies from $200 to $500 per pet / may or may not be refundable
- Application fee: varies from $30 to $50 per person
Don’t forget the extra day-to-day expenses you may incur once you rent that home. This includes:
- Lawn Maintenance
- Pool Maintenance
2. Shop for a Home
House hunting can be both exciting and frustrating. To make the search easier and faster, nearly half of all house hunters today begin by browsing for properties on the Internet, using web sites like this one. Please go to my home page and click on the “Search For Homes” link and please remember to go to home types and click on rentals and you will have access to the same data as Realtors in the areas from Galveston to Katy. This information is up-to-date and accurate. Other sites on the internet do not provide up-to-date data and lag behind my site.
The Internet is a quick way to see whether the houses that are currently available meet the following critical criteria: in the right location, with the right features and at the right price. If you find after your search on my website that few properties meet with your expectations, you may want to readjust your criteria – change the location, features, price – to increase your chances of finding a place that works for you. If you have any difficulties in this initial search, feel free to contact me for assistance. Homes can become available instantly and I’am always the most current resource for literally up to the minute new rental information.
I will also send you an email with several homes that I will personally choose that meet your criteria and after you review and choose 4 to 5 homes, I will make the appointments and we will go and view them.
You may also want to take some exterior and interior photos of each house you visit so that you can keep track of its pros and cons.
3. Find a Real Estate Professional…That’s where we come in…
While you’re not required to use a real estate professional, it is a good idea. A professional has access to a network of contacts and can draw from extensive market knowledge to help pinpoint the right house for you quickly.
A professional also can help you verify that the contract is in your best interest.
4. Booking the movers
To get the best results, you want to book the movers for 8am so that you are the first person they move and they fresh and ready to work. I have several companies that I can personally recommend.
5. Set up your utilities early
To set up service, some companies will need to access the utility and if they need house access, please have them call me.
6. Picking up the keys
I will personally pick up the keys and deliver to you the evening before your move.
7. Remember to leave a review and recommend me to your family and friends