Keisha Rae Witherspoon
$1400 - HELP! RENTAL AGENTS ARE VULTURES
Keisha Rae Witherspoon wrote: Thanks for enlightening me. Regards, K. Witherspoon --- David Still
wrote: > this post just shows how uneducated you are. do us > all a favor and pack your bags and move your ass > back to Nebraska where you belong. $1400 is not > going to get you much in Miami, thats reality, and > thats not any rental agents' fault. If you saw > shitty units, raise your price range, its that > simple. Rental agents DO NOT determine the price, > the price is determined by the sales price of the > condo and the condo maintenance fee and comparable > units on the market. dont blame the rental agents, > its not their fault that you saw shitty units - > those are what the apartments look like in your > price range. you arent going to find the proverbial > "golden ticket" of apartments here in Miami. > > Since there are almost no apartment complexes in > Miami (almost all went condo), you have to deal with > rental agents. basic economics tells us that since > there are almost no apartments/rental units left in > Miami and you have the population of miami growing > at about 4-5% a year, demand is high. high demand > equals high prices. You also have to deal with high > prices because (as you well know) real estate prices > have shot through the roof in the last few years. > With raising real estate prices comes (gasp!) higher > property taxes for the owner, thus, raising your > rent. Higher real estate prices also means higher > mortgages for the owners, thus, higher rents. The > beauty of living in a state with no income taxes, > rents are much higher due to MUCH higher property > taxes. THis is true for the landlord that might own > 1 or 2 condos, and it is true for management > companies/developers that own 50 buildings > > also, would you rather deal with owners that cant > speak english and dont know the rental laws in > Miami/Florida? many of the owners we deal with (at > least 25%) do not even live in the United States. > at least 40% dont live in florida. You try dealing > with these owners, then you will see why rental > agents are a neccessity here in Miami. I have > witnessed owners illegally toss people out on the > streets without an eviction. I have seen owners > barge into peoples apartments without notice. > Rental agents work to ensure that tenants AND > landlords are aware of the laws and the terms of the > lease. Go rent a month to month apartment from > owners named Jose or Pablo without using a rental > agent, then tell me just how horrible rental agents > really are. if any of my clients have ANY problems > with their landlord, i am on the phone with both > parties immediately to try to help EVEN THOUGH i was > already paid on the deal AND its really not my > responsibilty > > Next time, before you choose a city to live in, take > a look at the rental prices, or move to a nearby > city. $1400 wont get you much in Miami or Miami > Beach, but it will get you a very nice 2 bedroom 20 > minutes away in Hollywood. When you are shopping > for a rental on a tight budget, you have to make > sacrafices. > > yes, i am a rental agent, and i am sick of > uninformed people like yourself that move here to > florida from Iowa, nebraska, idaho, etc and think > they can get a nice apartments for under $1000 a > roommate. why blame rental agents cause you are too > cheap or you spend too much money at the > mall/bars/clubs to get a halfway decent rental? i > am a great rental agent, and it pisses me off that > my profession has a bad name cause people, like > yourself, are uninformed. I pride myself on my > dedication to my clients, and my clients reward me > with TONS of referrals. if you had a bad > expierience, i am sorry, but the majority of us are > hardworking (i put in at least 10 hours a day, 6 > days a week) and decent individuals. I work to > ensure my clients find a great place, and i have > never had a complaint from a client yet. Besides, > you are lucky that the agent even took you around to > see housing that cheap, its almost non existent here > in Miami. I can only imagine the places they showed > you a > nd the integrity of the agent showing units that > low priced. so before you go bashing all rental > agents claiming that we are con artists, please > realize that there are honest and hardworking agents > out there.