Treating the Prospective Neighborhood Like a Shopping Day at the Mall

You know that timeless show “Clueless” with Alicia Silverstone? It paved the way for mallrats, Paul Blarts, segways, mannequins, food courts, and lots and lots of bubblegum, but who would’ve thought that there was even a shred of knowledge lending to the art of house hunting? Or in this case, renting? (For all intents and purposes, this even applies to home mortgage help with H.O.P.E. to Own!)

Like, Seriously, Shop Around Your Neighborhood for the Best PropertiesClueless Home Renter

You can’t beat this particular strategy out of all rental tips available. Not only do you get in on the trends for real estate in your neighborhood — everything from what’s selling, to what prices have dropped, to location, to safety issues — but you also get to research any specific laws in your area just to make sure you’re kosher (and the landlord would be kosher as well).

Perhaps a side street in the neighborhood doesn’t have any speed bumps, making it a hazard for little children. Or your particular apartment or rent-to-own home happens to be close to downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, for ArtPrize. Consider easements, too. Municipal codes for parks and playgrounds. These are all relevant issues to consider when shopping around your neighborhood for rental prospects. As if….

This is especially true regarding apartment complexes. Feel free to peruse — like you’re shopping at the local Gap store for a new pair of khakis. You want to make sure the units (pants) are top notch and maintained regularly, complete with amenities. Visit the clubhouse. Maybe there’s an in-ground pool available as well. Is it maintained well? Consider that, for sure. Focus on your priorities. This is smart searching and buying (renting, actually), because you certainly don’t want to get stuck in a lease with a unit that makes your life miserable.

Who Knew Renting Would Be so Competitive?

Like we may be seeing soon with March Madness, competition will get wicked. Take advantage of that and shop smart. Selective. Particular. But in order to do that, you’ve got to follow this rental tip and SIGN UP RIGHT HERE TO REGISTER AND BUY YOUR FIRST HOME!

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