About Finding a Home in Atlanta ... For Rent
Our office gets a lot of calls from potential renters. And finding a reasonably priced, clean rental home in today's market is no small task. From rising rent rates andshrinking inventories to decentralized advertising and soulless scammers -- today's renters are faced with some of BIG challenges. That's why most Brokers are hestitant to lend a helping hand when the call comes in.
One of the biggest challenges facing an Intown renter in the Atlanta market is that less than 50% of the intown rentals are "Broker controlled" ... meaning half the market is what I call "private inventory". These are rental homes being managed by the owner and, as such, these homes are not "professionally represented" or advertised in a central online resource like the MLS.
So ... with that in mind ... might want to check out these websites here (my personal recommended resources for finding rentals):
CRAIGSLIST :: Of course, there's Craigslist. Not my favorite site. Mostly because of the lack of pictures and the cumbersome scrolling user interface. But it can be a great resource for both agent listed and landlord direct rental homes (if you can get past the less than user friendly design).
PROMOVE :: I've heard good things about them - they specialize in finding the right apartments, townhomes or lofts and usually get you a great rental rate with some added incentives (free rent for a month, etc.) I used them years and years ago when I sold my first home and was buying my second. They did a great job helping me find a relatively inexpensive loft in one of my favorite Intown neighborhoods. Highly recommend them.
RENTALS.COM :: I like this site. They have a ton of rental listings throughout Metro Atlanta and the search function is easy to use and most properties have good photos:
TRULIA :: Trulia has a great rental search engine for both MLS and non-MLS listed properties
ZILLOW :: And the same is true of Zillow ... both MLS and non-MLS listed properties
You can also use our team website to help you find rentals -- just click the "rental" button on the right side search bar and you can see all the homes currently listed for rent by agents in the MLS.