Relocating to L.A. 6 Key First Steps to Finding a Rental Home

6 tips for finding a rental home in Los Angeles

If you are preparing to move to Los Angeles, for a job or other reason, you are probably not going to be buying outright. You will need to find rental accommodation until you settle in. That in itself can be a stressful experience, especially in a tight market with rising rents. So how can you prepare? Here are six ways: Depending on your price range you will either search online yourself on sites such as Westside Rentals or Craigslist or try and find a Los Angeles Realtor who will be … [Read more...]

Your Child is Moving to L.A. Where Should They Live?

Where to live in Los Angeles

I often get contacted by anxious parents whose child is moving to Los Angeles, either for school or work. You are worried about where they are going to live and want to make sure that they are safe and secure, especially New Yorkers who are used to buildings with doormen. Los Angeles can be an intimidating prospect for you, and unless you are prepared to pay a high premium for a full-service building with valet and concierge such as the Wilshire Corridor then they will be living like many … [Read more...]

7 Potential Problems When Renting a Home in Los Angeles

7 barriers to overcome when looking for a rental home in l.A.

Finding a good rental property in Los Angeles is difficult at the best of times. Inventory, although improving, is still low, rents are rising, and the good homes lease quickly. Some of the following items are going to make finding a good lease more difficult: Bad credit or no credit. The first thing a landlord is going to want to see from a prospective tenant is their credit history. Anything lower than a score of around 650 is going to be a problem. This is going to be an ongoing problem. … [Read more...]

Renting your Home in Los Angeles. How do You Price it?

Frequently asked questions, when renting a Los Angeles home

You are thinking of renting out your home in Los Angeles and are not sure how you should price it.  This is a little more complicated than if you were selling it. When you are selling a home in Los Angeles you have a basis from which to work.  That would be comparable sales (comps). Your real estate agent will look at what has sold in the general area of your home. These would be homes of a similar size, features and condition and that is what a buyer is going to be looking at also. It is … [Read more...]

Renting a Home in Los Angeles. Sample Lease and Application

Check out the Los Angeles rental market

If you are considering renting a home in Los Angeles with the help of a Realtor®, you may not be familiar with what will be required to present to the landlord. The first think you will be asked to do is fill out an application.  Together with this you will most probably be asked to run your own credit report. Sometimes the landlord's agent will ask for funds and will run the credit themselves, but generally you will be allowed to run it. Three recommended sites on which to run your credit … [Read more...]

Need Help Finding a Los Angeles Home for Sale or Rent?

A Realtor® can save you time when buying a home in L.A.

If you need help finding a Los Angeles home for sale or rent, call a Los Angeles Realtor®. You are a busy person, right?  Do you think it is the best use of your time to scour the internet for homes of interest? Isn't it rather frustrating to try and get hold of someone to show you that property?  Have you ever left a message with no return call? Do you know the history of the property?  I could go on and on. Many Los Angeles home buyers and renters who contact me do so because they saw … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Rent a Home in Los Angeles With Poor Credit

You will need a good credit report if renting a home in Los Angeles

If you are looking to rent a home in Los Angeles, you will need to be aware that your credit is extremely important.  I cannot count how many times potential tenants have been refused because of the state of their credit. Checking your credit report is the main tool that a landlord has to see what kind of a tenant you will make.  They tend to look for people with credit in the 700s and up and it is sometimes very difficult to convince them that you will make a good tenant if you are below … [Read more...]

How to Find a Rental Property in Los Angeles

How to find a rental property in Los Angeles

Why is a Los Angeles real estate agent, advocating renting a property in Los Angeles?  We work on commission and of course would love to help sellers sell and buyers buy property for obvious reasons.  However, in this Los Angeles real estate market that is becoming a little challenging to say the least right now.   Why is that? Inventory is low and competition for buyers is huge. The Los Angeles real estate market is not inexpensive and many buyers are priced out of it for the … [Read more...]

Lovely Highland Park Home for Rent

Highland Park home for rent

Great 2 bedroom house in excellent condition. Good location, on the border of up-and-coming Highland Park and Eagle Rock, close to Occidental college. Brand new appliances (fridge, stove), new cabinets, new paint, new hardwood floors, detached 1 car garage, backyard. Perfect for small family, couple, or responsible roommates. View Rent a Lovely Highland Park Home in a larger map &nbsp For more information on how I can best serve your Los Angeles real estate needs, don't … [Read more...]

Looking for a Los Angeles Rental Home? How is the Market?

Check out the Los Angeles rental market

If you are moving to Los Angeles or simply looking for a Los Angeles rental home  you will want to know how the rental market is doing.  Just like homes for sale, the Los Angeles rental market favors landords.  If something good is listed, at the right price, it will go quickly. So let's take a look at the trend over the past six months (prices are per month): Community Leased Price Range Median Active Median Bel Air/Holmby Hills* 46 $1,850 - … [Read more...]

Can’t Find a Home to Buy in Los Angeles? Let’s Help You Find a Rental While You Wait.

6 tips for finding a rental home in Los Angeles

It's getting tougher and tougher out there to find a home to buy in Los Angeles  with the low inventory, so if your are moving to Los Angeles or downsizing your home, then a rental is going to be the way to go. Not that rentals are easy to find.  The minute the good ones come on the market they are gone.  But if you know what you want and move quickly then you stand a good chance of finding the right property.  This will give you a good amount of time for inventory to build and for you to … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Rentals | How Do I Handle No Credit or Bad Credit?

How to get a Los Angeles rental property with bad or no credit

Los Angeles Rentals with no credit or bad credit? A few of my rental clients are looking for Los Angeles rentals will less than stellar credit or no credit. The sad part is they often don't know that their credit will not meet the standards of a prospective landlord and are shocked when they are refused.  One hit on your report, a late payment, something about which you may not be aware, can drive your score down, so you need to check your credit report at least once a year. What is … [Read more...]

Wilshire Corridor Rentals | Answers to Common Questions

Wilshire Corridor rentals Q & A

I field many requests from people looking for Wilshire Corridor rentals, so I would like to answer some common questions I receive. The Wilshire Corridor consists for the most part of high-rise condominium buildings, each unit being owned by a private party.  There are a few apartment complexes, but when people think Wilshire Corridor they think of the luxury full-amenity condo buildings. Below are answers to some of the questions I often get from people wishing to rent on the … [Read more...]

Santa Monica Rentals | What is Available Right Now?

Santa Monica rea estate market 2nd Qtr 2013 in review

If you are thinking of renting a home in Santa Monica there is a section on this site where you can check out what is available, broken down by price. For an overview of what is going on right now in the crazy rental market, here you go: Santa Monica rentals under $3,000: Single family homes:  0 Condos:  5 of which 1 is a one-bedroom and 4 are two-bedrooms From $3,000-4,000: Single family homes:  4 of which 3 are two-bedrooms and one is a three-bedroom Condos:  7, of which 1 is … [Read more...]

10 Tips for Finding a Los Angeles Home Rental

Los Angeles Rental Properties, Renting a Home in Los Angeles

Are you looking for a Los Angeles home rental?   If you have been following the Los Angeles real estate market then you will know that inventory is low.  It is the same for Los Angeles rentals also. Here are some tips for finding a Los Angeles home rental in this competitive market: If you are looking for a rental under $2,500, use Craigslist, Westside Rentals or drive around and watch for "For Lease" signs.  You will get the most choice this way. Over $2,500 it will probably pay to use … [Read more...]

Looking For a Rental Property in Los Angeles? Try West Hollywood

West Hollywood Community, West Hollywood Homes for Sale

You are looking for a rental property in Los Angeles and want a more affordable area with a great Walkscore, that would be West Hollywood. West Hollywood has a Walkscore of 89, which is very good for Los Angeles where people get in the cars to drive 5 blocks. Some of the attrations of  West Hollywood are: Night life, dining out, art galleries, design centers, spas, fitness, entertainment and much more.  West Hollywood truly has it all. Central location.  West Hollywood is next to … [Read more...]

Looking For a Rental Property in Los Angeles? Try Westwood

Westwood Real Estate Market Report November 2012

Looking for a rental property in Los Angeles?   There are many reasons you may be thinking of renting rather than buying at this time: You are downsizing your home and haven't decided where you want to live yet. You are moving to Los Angeles and the same as above, haven't decided where you want to live. Unfortunately, you lost your home to a foreclosure or short sale. You don't have the down payment to buy a home right now. What are the attractions of  … [Read more...]

Rentals and Los Angeles Realtors, an Explanation

Los Angeles Rental Properties, Renting a Home in Los Angeles

I think there is a misconception of how Los Angeles Realtors® handle rentals, so clarification is in order. Much as we may love what we do as Realtors® we are paid totally on commission.  Until a deal is consummated we can run around for weeks, months, or even years with all the expenses and no income.  Now don't get me wrong, in Los Angeles one deal, and by deal I mean sale, can be worth all the hard work involved in making that deal happen.  And it is all part of the business. Who … [Read more...]

When Renting a Home in Los Angeles You Will Need a Credit Report

You will need a good credit report if renting a home in Los Angeles

If you are  thinking of renting a home in Los Angeles, you are going to need to provide a credit report. You can pay a fee for the landlord or his or her agent to run the report for you, but it is much easier for you to run one yourself. Once a year you can get a free credit report  Two of the ones that I like my clients to use are freecreditreport.com and creditscore.com/creditreport.com (one and the same company), which charge $12.95.  I have been told that the most reliable one to use … [Read more...]

Renting a Home in Los Angeles | Market Update

What happens when a home is listed for sale AND rent?

It is getting tougher and tougher to find a good rental property on the Westside of Los Angeles. The minute something great comes on the market it is gone, at least in a certain price range, and 3 bedroom properties are rare. The areas I seem to get the most inquiries on are:  Westwood (including the Wilshire Corridor), West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. So let's see what the last month's activity shows in those … [Read more...]