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Rent A House Or An Apartment In 3 Easy Steps

Hi my name is Edgar Mercado and in this videoI'm going to give you the three easy steps you need to take when looking to rent a houseor an apartment and save time, money, and headaches so.

Stay tuned! Step 1- find home or the apartment you'relooking for.

Searching websites such as rentals.

Com or zilllow.

Com provide you with a big listof homes or apartments that are for rent in your area.

The only bad thing about this isthat most of these websites are not updated often enough and therefore have a lot of outdatedinformation so you need to be patient and take some time to make phone calls and makesure that the home you like is still available.

Step number two is by far the most importantstep.

If you follow these steps it will save you time, money, and a lot of hassle.

Here'swhat you need to do: First, Obtain a copy of your most recent creditreport.

I know there are websites such as credit karma.

Com and others where you canget you a free copy of your credit report.

Just be sure that it is free and that youwill not get charged later down the road.

This way you can use this copy with everyone of the places you apply for a lease without being charged $25 or so for every time youdo.

Talking about your credit report, Please note that while you may or may not have anexcellent credit, it will not ultimately be the deciding factor to obtain the lease agreementsigned.

What landlord's and homeowners renting their property are looking in your creditreport is any previous evictions you may have on your record.

It may also be a good ideato have another person cosign with you but understand that if you fail to pay your renton time it will also affect the person that is cosigning for you.

Next, gather all your most recent paystub's as well as the history of your previous residenceduring the past 3 to 5 years.

Have at least 3 to 5 references of people that know youand can be called to be asked about you.

Finally, bringing and already filled out rentapplication and your checkbook.

I put A link to one you can download in the descriptionbelow.

By doing this are showing that you are prepared and you're not there to wasteanybody's time.

Step number three, be honest and willing tocompromise- When you find a rental you love, make sure“not to ask for any special concessions,” Many prospective renters make the mistakeof asking if the security deposit can be divided into payments over the first few months orif the rent could be lowered, or if they can be allowed to have pets when there is no petsallowed.

Considering that the landlord may have already been on the fence about acceptingyour application, asking for special circumstances may make him decide you’re too much of arisk.

“Ultimately,” it is the owner of the propertywho must decide if you are the best fit to live in his property.

So make it easy on yourselfand have all of the above ready and get out on the hunt.

I guarantee your applicationwill stand out from all the others because you are showing that you are prepared andready to moving in.

Thank you so much for watching! I appreciateit! If you like this video please be sure to like, comment, and subscribe to my channel4 more real estate related tips and as always "let's make home happen!.

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HOW TO FIND AN APARTMENT + RENTAL TIPS

– Hey so it's been requestedof me to make a video on how to find your first apartment.

Well well well well, I am veryqualified to talk about this because I'm a rebel without a cause and a curious George so I'vemade quite the decisions in my living spaces over the years, and I've mad a lot of mistakesas people can call them, but I don't call them mistakes because they built character, and I am gonna share them with you.

So maybe finding an apartment can be a smoother experience for you.

Top ways to actually look for an apartment is you can do word of mouth.

That's number one.

So if you know someone who lives in an apartment already ask them.

They're going to be yourmost knowledgeable source and they're gonna be superduper honest with you.

So ask them who their building manager is or who their landlord is.

If they like them, ifthere's other units available in their building.

Ask away because they'regonna be super helpful.

Your number one resource.

An apartment hunter willhave a database of apartments that are available.

So they're gonna ask you questions or have you fill out a questionnaire telling them what neighborhoodyou're looking in, how much rent you're looking to pay, if you have a cat, a dog,you need a washer and dryer.

All that good stuff and they'll plug that into their database and they'lllet you know what pops up.

Now apartment hunterscharge a fee normally.

So find out what their fee is.

It could be 10% of years worth of rent.

It could be 10% of a months worth of rent, or they could charge you nothing, and actually charge thelandlord or management company for finding you for them.

Craigslist is a great resource.

I would look for the apartmentsthat have photos at least, and not just a description.

Or at least a website thatyou can go to and check out some of the units.

I don't think I everhad any luck with those ones that don't have photosbecause there's usually a reason they don't have a photo posted.

Look for property management companies.

So you can Google propertymanagement companies in your city and see what pops up.

A property management company is great because they'll have differentproperties all over the city.

They may have propertiesof different price ranges.

They might have a buildingthat's all studios.

Ones that are one, two bedroom.

So they'll have a lot of options for you.

If you have a neighborhood you like and you're just strollingaround the neighborhood and see a building that looks really cool.

Look on the side of the building.

There's usually a phone number listed and the name of theproperty management company or landlord and the building may even have a management office on site and you could stop inthe management office and see what they have to offer.

Besides how you actually goabout finding an apartment.

Here's some things youneed to know about moving.

You want to make sure your money, your finances are in place.

You also want to evaluate your lifestyle and safety to me is prettydarn important as well.

Let me discuss.

Ideally you want to have agood chunk of change saved because you never knowwhen there's an emergency that's gonna happen, or not to be a negative Nancy, but you could lose your job, and if you lose you job,you still want to have enough money where you'llhave a roof over your head.

Now I'm saying this isthe ideal situation, because I did not have an ideal situation and yeah I still don't so.

Having money saved in case of an emergency is just going to makeyour life so much easier.

It is very stressful living month to month waiting for checks.

So if you have to do it you have to do it but let me tell you it sucks balls.

What kind of lifestyle do you have? What kind of lifestyle do you want? Are you fun, do you wanna livein a really busy neighborhood that's got great nightlife,and bars, and clubs, and social hours, or areyou complete opposite? Do you not wanna be nearany type of fun and bars and you wanna life a library or on a farm? So evaluate your lifestyle and see what will work for you.

Decide what your deal breakers are.

What are your needs and wants? If you have a dog or a cat.

It's probably gonna be a deal breaker if you can't have a dogor cat in your building.

So you need to find a buildingthat's gonna allow you to have an animal and do note that you will pay a securitydeposit for your animal.

Just so you know.

If there's no laundry in the building.

If there's no laundry in the unit.

Are you okay with going amile away to a laundromat to wash your clothes? If you get a package, is theresomeone to get it for you? They're gonna leave it on the doorstep? Someone gonna steal it? Make a list of whatyour needs and wants are and then write a list of what your absolute deal breakers are.

So that's going to helpyou narrow down the process of what you're looking for.

So there are websites that will tell you the crime rate in the neighborhood and how walk able and stuff it is.

I'm gonna leave those downbelow in the comment section because I want this processto be easy for you guys.

Moving is stressful enough.

So if I can make this process a little bit more streamline for you thenthat'll make me feel okay.

Lifestyle, needs, wants,deal breakers, and safety.

Once you reach out to one ofthose resources I've given you.

To actually view an apartmenthere are some things you want to look for whenyou go and venture out.

You wanna go during a time of day where it is on and poppin'.

If you go at 10 AM, theneighborhood's probably going to be peaceful and everythingis gonna look fine and dandy.

You wanna go in the middle of the day closer to the evening whenpeople are coming home from work.

They're off work.

You can see how loud the neighbors are.

You can see how crazy the neighbors look.

You could see what theparking situation is like when everyone's home.

You can see a lot if yougo at the right time of day to look for an apartment.

If you see other peoplethat live in the building.

Do go up and ask.

Do you like living in this building? And a lot of times theywill tell you the truth.

They will tell you becauseif they don't like living in the building they're gonna tell you.

They are not gonna haveany qualms about being like it is loud, you know watch out for him, up the street this.

And again if they like it they'regonna rave about it to you so don't be afraid to goup to someone and ask them what they think.

Some things that you should look out for when you actually go view the apartment.

So you're either going tobe viewing an apartment that someone is still living in, but they're moving out soon and they're showing their apartment.

Or you're going to endup seeing an apartment that's already vacant.

You might even see anapartment that they use as their show apartment.

So no one lives in it, it's just for show.

So keep in mind with the show apartments that your actual apartmentunit may not look like that.

So you need to find outwhat your actual unit would look like andpreferably you wanna see it.

Now, wanna make sure yourcellphone works inside of the apartment.

So do make a phone call andsee if you have good reception.

Do flip on the water.

Like if you have sucky water pressure.

It's gonna suck bad foryou to take a shower.

Sucky water pressure is a no no.

Open the windows.

Windows can look beautifuland you open them up and there are bars on them.

There's practical things that you can do just to give you some ideasof things I've learned.

Is there a sprinkler system? Also pay attention to the lease.

You know if you're lookingfor short term lease or a long term lease.

Leases are usually a one year at a time.

Rent usually rises ever year so be prepared for a smallincrease in rent every year.

I hope this video wassuper helpful for you and happy apartment hunting.

Vets, leave a commentfor the newbies below.

Let them know anything I left out or anything that might besuper helpful for them, and newbies, leave me a comment as well.

Let me know what you think.

Find me on other social media.

I'm on Instagram, Facebook, twitter, and subscribe to this channel.

I'll see you guys next time, bye.

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The Open House Tour Guide – Secrets to Sell Your Home #1

Hello and welcome to our new video seriescalled Secrets to Sell.

In this video series we are going to take a look at every salestechnique and tool used by real estate agents to sell your property.

We will take a lookat what works, why it works and we will provide the statistics to back it up.

Next we aregoing to take a look at some examples of the good the bad and im going to challenge thevery best with my zero real estate experience.

And just so you know, I have no moral issuesabout cheating.

Coming up this week we are going to look at the open house tour guide.

Now most likely this is going to be your real estate agent and its probably something youhaven't thought too much about but it can have a big impact on how much your house sellsfor and how quickly it sells.

A great host is able to get buyers in the right mind frame,they are able to highlight key features of the house and they are able to get buyersto get excited about buying your house.

You might want to think about your host beingkind of like a pitchman on a shopping network.

Think oxyclean and Billy Mayes.

Since we aretalking about pitchmen, in the infomercial world when they use celebrity guests to sellproducts they can see increases in sales by as much as 20%.

Now that's getting the rightperson talking about the right product in front of the right audience.

Communicationis the number one issue facing real estate agents.

Well that and marriages.

A real estateagent that communicates well is going to have an easier time selling your home.

90% of homebuyers are shopping online which means you should be using a video.

A great host willmake you house shine and it will be the perfect message delivered every single time.

Hostsare still needed in person as 10% of buyers purchase they saw at an open house.

Now thatwe have looked at some statistics, lets look at some examples.

First up we have a housewithout a tour guide.

As you can see there is no excitement in this video.

There is noone to mention the new floors, what type of fireplace is in the den or the completelyremodeled bedroom.

This video misses the mark.

Up next we have a tour with a host that dida fantastic job.

Lets take a look at what Ryan did right.

Welcome to our master suite.

This is the perfect oasis for when things are getting too hectic in the rest of thehouse.

Come in here an relax.

You've got your own walk in closet also separated by a barndoor.

And this is our sea side inspired master en suite with white oak cabinets, a free standingsoaker tub and check out this shower.

Beautiful full slab granite surround.

Notice how Ryanpaints a beautiful picture of each room, the inspiration behind the design and the keyfeatures.

Hes not selling a house, hes selling a home.

Ryan had great enthusiasm.

He showedkey features of the house which made this a great tour.

Well there you have it the goodand the bad and now im about to show you the very best.

For my tour I brought in a ringer.

I went outside the realm of real estate agents.

He is designed to appeal to young familieswhich is what this house is made for and hes irresistible to women who now buy more homesthan men.

He could sell ketchup Popsicle to a woman in white gloves.

Let meet baby Luke.

How could anyone say no to him? And if you act now, he comes with the house.

That actuallymight not be true.

I may be biased but we want to know who you think would be betterat selling your home.

Ryan and his enthusiastic expert level tour or baby Luke? One thingyou should know is that if Luke doesn't win, its a trip to the glue factory and hes notinvited.

So there you go, something you might not have thought about before but having theright host for your video or your open house can help sell your house faster and for moremoney.

Thanks for watching our video today.

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