I've been renting aparments for 15 years. Trust me, going around to 20-30 different places looking for the one you might like is difficult and at the end you'll have a difficult time remembering which place was which. Also, realtors know things about complexes that you or your friends may not know: maintenance issues, unreliable leasing agents, construction problems, history of unhappy tennants, etc. They also probably know about more complexes than you or your friends. Remember, leasing agents are there to lease you a place. They'll lie to you and cover up anything they think might make you not want to rent from them. Realtors, don't care either way as they aren't beholden to any complexes.Hard_Rocker said:I'll consider it, but I dunno, I think it'd be easier just to find it on my own/with the help of friends. Who knows, I'm not looking QUITE yet so we'll see.
It's a free service. It's a way to find the best apartment you can afford. There's really no reason not to do it. If the realtor can't find something you like, you're not out anything but a little time.
Take it from someone who's done it both ways MANY times, I'll never look for a place on my own again. Granted, the next step for me is likely a house or condo.