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Tips for Finding an Apartment to Rent in the Santa Monica area

Santa Monica has something for everyone. Besides the beaches, there are wonderful restaurants and a great shopping district. There are a number of great locations to look at when selecting the neighborhood that is right for you.

More and more people seem to be renting for longer periods of time. This makes finding that perfect apartment even harder. Here are just a few ideas to help make your search a little bit easier.

Online search

Many people begin their search online. You can search the local listings or a large realty company. The advantage to searching on line is the opportunity to see the location, being able to compare prices and in most cases pictures of the apartment you are interested in is also online. By searching online first helps narrow your choices before actually going out and looking at each location.

Word of mouth

Tell your family and friends you are looking for an apartment for sale in the Santa Monica area. Sometimes they know someone moving out of their apartment or the might have friend that manages a complex. Never underestimate the power of “word of mouth.” You might just snag that perfect place before it hits the market.

Not finding what you want?

Broaden your online search to include homes for sale. Sometimes if a home has been on the market for a long time the seller might be willing to rent. Speak to the realtor or the owner. This could be a way to alleviate a lot of stress on the realtor and the owner and you get the perfect place to live.

Credit

Have good credit? Let the landlord know. It could make the difference in you being able to get that great little place on the beach instead of the person that applied ahead of you. Good credit gives you negotiating power.

Fair rental price

Check numerous sites for the same size apartment in different locations. Look for items that are desirable to a renter. What causes the price to go up? Which neighborhoods are more expensive to rent an apartment? In other words, do your homework before you sign that lease. Make sure you are getting what you want at a fair price. A reputable realtor can be a big help, but you can rent an apartment on your own and still come out ahead.

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