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10 Reasons You Need a Broker When Searching for an Apartment

Posted on June 1, 2017 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The first thing that may come to mind when you hear the title Real Estate Broker, is someone who represents buyers and sellers in real estate. That is what a real estate agent or broker does. However, there is more that comes with those titles. Especially in a big city such as Chicago. Professionals who assist you with your apartment search have different titles such as Brokers, Real Estate Agents, Apartment locators, and Sales Agents. Yet, the job and goal to assist you with locating your new rental property are all the same. Sure, you can use Google or any apartment search website to find an apartment. After all, there’re thousands to choose from. However, having the assistance from an Apartment Locator comes with huge benefits. I have listed 10 reasons why you should use a locating agent or broker such as myself when searching for your next apartment home.

1. No charge to you.

Naturally, one of the first questions that may come to mind when you’re offered a service is, “how much is this going to cost me”. While, I have heard of brokers in other states charging a fee to the renters for locating services, I do not charge the renters for my services. Of course, I must be compensated but that is through the property owner or property management company. My service is completely free to you the renter. What’s better than free? Keep reading.


2. We’re the expert.

great broker not only studies real estate to become licensed, a great broker lives it. I know the market, and I know the apartment community. This allows me to find you the renter the perfect home based on your needs and budget. It should also give you a piece of mind to know that you’re getting “more bang for your buck”.


3. Saves you time.

Let’s face it, who has time to apartment hunt? Well, other than a professional who enjoys doing it for a living? Chicago is a huge city and there’s no way you will have time or energy to ever view them all. By gathering prequalifying information from you, I can help you narrow your search and help the process move along fast and smooth. Imagine getting through the search and approval process within 1 to 3 days. If you have less than a month to move, the fast approval is much needed.


4. Saves you money.

Daily, I am provided information on apartment availability, rental pricing and promotions. This has the potential to save you thousands of dollars. Another way I help you save money is on application fees. Most management companies will refund your administrative fee if your application is denied or if you cancel within a certain time frame but your application fee will not be refunded because that money has been given to a third-party company to run your credit and criminal background checks. Applying to multiple apartments at once can be avoided if you know where to apply and the qualifications before applying. Otherwise, you will lose money in application fees.


5. You live in another state.

Moving is stressful. Moving to another state is even more stressful. Especially, when you don’t know anyone or where to begin your search. We don’t have to meet face to face or go on apartment tours together. Real time video chatting allows virtual tours of your potential new home. If you like what you see. Simply apply to that apartment online.


6. They represent you.

When you go to an apartment and meet with an onsite leasing agent, they represent the property they work for. Your broker/locator represents you. My priority is you and my goal is to provide you with service that is in your best interest.


7. Connections.

Imagine moving to a new city and not having knowledge of the best moving companies, insurance agents, cleaning service, etc. I will be happy to point you in the right direction. I network with other professionals who can assist you with moving and getting settled into your new home.


8. Personal Attention.

As mentioned before, you are my focus and I am not satisfied unless you are happy. I work for you.


9. We are easily accessible.

Unlike the onsite agent, you have my cell phone number and I do not work a straight 9am-5pm shift. If you have a question or concern, I am available just a phone call or text away even after normal business hours.


10. Access to huge inventory.

I work in all the Downtown Chicago neighborhoods, those neighborhoods equal thousands of available units. Which give you thousands of options. If you were to search for apartments on your own, you only have the options that the on-site agent has and presents to you.

As shown with my list of, 10 Reasons You Need a Broker When Searching for an Apartment, the service that comes with using a broker is beneficial, saving you time, money and stress. If you are interested in my services please contact me at 219-613-4065. Please also find me and my listings on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. All under Jasmin Williams At Prospect Equities. Don’t become overwhelmed in your search. Allow me to assist. I am looking forward to serving you.