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I definitely feel like a lion lately with all of the transition issues I’ve been having trying to migrate my website to the new hosting. Luckily, other than a few lingering snow showers, the weather in our neck of the woods seems to be a little more on the tame side. The housing market also seems to be on the tame side at the moment, which is great for house hunters.

This is a great time to get in on the rental housing market before it gets into full swing with the nicer moving weather. Yes, we do have higher rents in the better weather months here too. I’ve noted lately that the rents have been on the increase (about 1 -3%) after they took a downward turn in October through January. If they keep up at this rate, you may find that the home you have been thinking about today may be priced up to $100 or more dollars more per month later on, if it’s even still available to rent later on.

Remember, there are a lot more house hunters than there are rentals available so make sure you have all your ducks in a row before you start your search.

 

  • Have detailed information on prior residences and paystubs ready
  • Know your limits on what you can afford! Most landlords only allow rent at 25-30% of your gross income.
  • Make sure you save enough on the side for screening fees, deposits and transfer of utilities.

Lately, I have seen an increase in the number of peopler searching for housing as well. Another area that seems to be on the rise is the number of house hunters looking for housing that allows Section 8. This really doesn’t surprise me. With today’s economy, the unemployment rates and with the housing market only just starting to recover (we hope), everyone is looking to any tool they can find to assist them in their everyday expenses.

While some landlords are still adament to not allowing Section 8, I have also seen the number of landlords accepting vouchers increasing a little lately as well. It is good to see that people are accepting the fact that todays economy is in the dumps and are willing to work with others to help them out. Some of the reasons that people choose not to allow Section 8 are: Bad experience in the past, Rental won’t pass inspection and Don’t want to deal with jumping through the hoops of an inspection. The inspection process itself from what I understand is quite daunting. After seeing the almost 20 page PDF checklist, I can see why.

Hopefully you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for in your housing quest, whether it is the ideal renter or the ideal home to rent. If you feel you need assistance, I’m only a phone call, email or blog comment away!

Lori Hartjoy is the owner of Blue Mountain Rentals, established in 2011. As well as being a devoted mother of 3 toddlers, she provides over 20 years of clerical experience to her clients. Her background includes processing employment, tenant screening, background checks and working as a property manager and payroll clerk for a major telecommunications corporation.

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