December 9, 2012 11:55 PM Subscribe
I'm searching for a house to rent with some friends, and I have a few questions.
posted by mcav to home & garden (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I live with a few other coworkers in Silicon Valley. Our current lease ends on February 28th. I want to find a larger house with a bigger yard that we can rent together, potentially in the Los Altos area. I have a few questions. Please forgive my completely inadequate grasp on the whole renting process.
- How soon should we start looking and applying for houses in earnest?
- Where should we look? I'm currently looking at Zillow and Craigslist. Do realtors offer houses not shown there?
- I contacted one realtor about a specific house listed on Zillow, and he said he has several people "on the verge of signing the lease, so we'd have to move fast". Does that mean it's essentially a lost cause? Is it even worth following up given we still have 2.5 months before our own lease is up?
(probably irrelevant: we have good credit, stable jobs, etc. Also we want a dog, which is largely the impetus for the move.)