Caroline Gerardo, C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982 (Licensed in 20 states)

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Anthony Acosta -
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Don't have that problem in my area.

Apr 20, 2016 11:50 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Work with a good agent.

Apr 20, 2016 09:57 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The local newspaper is a good source. After this, use the force

Apr 20, 2016 01:16 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

look at Craigslist and Trulia/Zillow, HotPads, oodle etc - for the non listed properties

Apr 20, 2016 12:04 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I do not handle rentals, but I have a property manager in my office that does a great job.

Apr 23, 2016 11:27 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Have an impeccable rental record.

Apr 21, 2016 11:29 AM
Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Realtor in San Diego, CA & Naples, FL

When nothing is on the MLS, have them check Craigslist or vacant listings that have been on the market a long time. Sometimes owners will take them off the market and rent them until there is a better time to sell.

Apr 21, 2016 06:15 AM
Shawn and Angela Miller
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Amabassador Real Estate - Lincoln, NE
Lincoln and Omaha, NE REALTORS®

Mass email to other agents and others in the business in your area.  We do that here and often someone has a new rental or one that isn't yet listed. 

Apr 21, 2016 05:11 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Renters love Craig's list.

Apr 21, 2016 04:03 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Caroline, In my market … Craig’s List is the go to place for rentals.  

Apr 21, 2016 01:54 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I would go to the nearby property management companies and see what they might have coming up. Not everything is on the market.
I would also get into some investor groups perhaps on LinkedIn . . . those kids need tenants for their in-contract properties when they close.

Apr 21, 2016 01:30 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Caroline, I understand.  No tips.  No tricks.  Just like the buyer dealing with low inventory and a quick moving market, the prospective tenant needs to understand the definition of compromise when it comes to finding a rental.  

Apr 20, 2016 10:28 PM
Toronto, ON

People are always moving.  Look at many sources to find a rental.

Apr 20, 2016 10:26 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Good luck.

Apr 20, 2016 09:50 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Most rentals here are found by driving around looking for signs; most owner's do not want to pay for the MLS.

Apr 20, 2016 09:36 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Craigs list and The Coconut Wireless (that's word-of-mouth here in Hawaii).

Apr 20, 2016 08:07 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I recently had good luck with HotPads searching for an apartment in Chicago!

Apr 20, 2016 08:02 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I do not do rentals often, but received 3 rental request this week. The inventory is extremely low in mls for that price ranges. I'm not sure if it will work. I thought about giving the ad via craiglist, but I did not have much success with '' housing wanted''...

Apr 20, 2016 06:17 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Caroline. No matter how tight the housing market it, there is always a home available that becomes available. Would reach out to property managers or search Craig's List.

Apr 20, 2016 05:13 PM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Craigslist and the MLS are good sources, but also network, do a shout out for the needs & wants moment at a pre brokers open meeting (like the one on Friday mornings at Meadowlark Country Club in Huntington Beach) Be prepared to be creative in the offering, I most always advise (in a tight market or one with delinquent credit or in both situations) to offer more than the monthly payment as well as fronting multiple payments. One really big thing is the application itself, spend the time to "stage" the application, so it looks great and stands out.

I've moved applicants with bad credit many times into rentals that had required good credit, through many tips and tricks. Some of these same tricks can be used acquiring a rental in a tight market by anyone with adequate finances regardless of credit.

You will find many lease properties even in a tight market, but the main thing is, is using creative negotiation skills to win the battle to acquire the lease your client wants.

Apr 20, 2016 04:08 PM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Property management companies seem to have listings not on the MLS. 

Apr 20, 2016 03:10 PM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

You have some great replies.  Possibly contact homeowners of expired that are vacant.  A year leasing is better than nothing. Just an idea.. Then maybe you could list the property.  

Leasing in our market is crazy!  Rent is high. Taking consideration of the cost getting into a lease, a person could purchase a home..  I work with leasing properties also. 

Apr 20, 2016 02:02 PM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

In Orange County?  Pray.

Lots of stuff to rent, but with the way rental rates are skyrocketing, it's tough to avoid even renting more than a shoe box

Apr 20, 2016 01:51 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

contact other agents if you know someone who will.

Bigger officer does more...

Apr 20, 2016 12:19 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Go directly to property managers.


Apr 20, 2016 12:01 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

That is tough. Do you drive neighborhoods to look for signs? Sometimes word of mouth will help and calling other agents to find out if they know of any coming up.

Apr 20, 2016 11:59 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Check out all of the web sites other than your MLS, which will have only a small percentage of available rentals.  

Apr 20, 2016 11:25 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Craigslist (carefully)

I use all the sites plus, I use my property management them to see if they have any inventory coming up in your clients search area.

Apr 20, 2016 10:09 AM