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Sarah Murphy

How quickly should an application be submitted?

If seeking to rent a home, should we submit an application prior to viewing a home in person?

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How quickly should an application be submitted?

By Sarah Murphy   
Posted on Jun 06, 2018 in Topic: General
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If seeking to rent a home, should we submit an application prior to viewing a home in person?
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Cassandra Vickers
about 4 months ago
You should always view the property in person to see if it's a good fit for you. If you submit an application and it's accepted, then change your mind because you didn't view the property first, you will waste money on application/ administrative fees.


about 4 months ago
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Veronica Mullenix
about 4 months ago
When leasing (or buying) a home it is always the prudent thing to tour the property before submitting an application. There could be details about the property that are not captured by the photos or the remarks that could influence your decision to live there. For example, I had a client who saw a home online and immediately wanted to make an offer site-unseen. It was a home that had everything they were asking for. I insisted we stop and see it first. Glad we did. There was an abandoned home all boarded up and yard overgrown, an atrocious eyesore, just three doors down! And, the connecting street leading up to this "perfect" home was rough - full of pot holes and grossly uneven. Buyers said "I cannot tolerate driving through a landmine daily just to get to and from my home; and I don't want to walk my dog or have my kids riding bikes past this abandoned home.." The listing was a perfect home for them online; but, its surroundings were far less than perfect! Go see the home you are considering in person first.


about 4 months ago
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Yvonne Chauvin
about 4 months ago
Hi Sarah,

Not only you should see the home first, but you should look at more than one. Renting a home is a commitment, so before submitting an application, make sure you like the house, the neighborhood amenities and the schools (if applicable).
And if I may add unsolicited advice- also consider purchasing renter's insurance as well as renter's flood insurance (for your possessions).
Good luck in your search and enjoy! It actually IS fun!

Yvonne Chauvin, Realtor
Better Homes and Gardens Gary Greene
281-686-0143
yvonnechauvin@yvonnechauvin.com


about 4 months ago
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Ryan Kohn
about 4 months ago
Always look at a home before you make a commitment. Understand, that what you see online may not be what you see in person. A lot of landlords re use photos that could very well be 5-10 years old. Listing agents also make mistakes, I have been to 2 story homes that were listed as 1 story and photos were angled so you wouldn't know. Applications are not free and they are non refundable. Find an agent in the area you are looking in, see more than one home and make sure you can be comfortable with it at least as long as the lease will be.


about 4 months ago
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Fatema Moqbel
about 3 months ago
I agree with everyone here. It is always a good idea to see the house before renting or submitting an offer. In addition to what everyone said, you can request repairs or make an offer based on what you see. I alway encourage my clients to see more than one home when they request to see one. It gives more choices and help them faster if they didn’t like the first one they requested to see. I have seen very nice homes with really bad pictures online. Through pictures, you can’t tell the condition of the things inside the house such as the carpet, appliances, paint .....So always see the house before making any offer or submitting an application. Good Luck!


about 3 months ago
Disclaimer: Answers provided are just opinions and should not be accepted as advice.
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