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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Prioritizing Your Home Rental Search

It's time. You are ready to move into a rental home. A nice, clean rental home. Some place you can stay for a while. You have saved for deposits and moving costs, and have even asked around about neighborhoods and commutes. Let's do this.

Your expectations: $1200 per month. Perfect location. Updated kitchen with new appliances and fixtures. 4+ bedrooms with loft. Pets allowed. Sparkling private pool with pool service included.

Your reality: You need to prioritize.

First, shop within your budget. Your budget isn't negotiable. Everyone has a budget to follow. You know what you can afford, and so do property management companies. They have a formula they use to determine your approval and they will follow it. Your monthly rent should be no more than 1/3 of your monthly income. Do not fall in love with a home you can't afford. You will not be approved.

Second, prioritize. Now that you have your budget set, it's time to decide what's important. You should try to find the perfect home for you, but be prepared to make choices. Maybe you are able to drive a little further to work for more square footage or that upgraded chef's kitchen. The home office may have to go in one of the spare bedrooms. The kids may have to wait to get a puppy. Maybe a home with a community pool would be OK after all.

Third, contact the Tenant Placement Specialists with The Shay Hasselmann Group! They will create a customized MLS search to help you find the perfect rental home and will take you through the rental search process step by step and help make finding a rental home a little less over-whelming. The priority lists and choices? Those are still yours.

Go to to begin your search. Contact us today!

~by Kate Sprouse

Kate Sprouse is a buyer specialist for the Shay Hasselmann Group at Keller Williams Realty Las Vegas. When finding your next home, she will listen to your needs and utilize the latest in technology to exceed your expectations. After all, one of her favorite moments in the transaction is her clients’ reaction when she finds “The One” for them.

Kate has always been in the business of customer service and communication. As an American Sign Language interpreter for 18 years, she served the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities as both a contract interpreter as well as a video relay interpreter. She also taught American Sign Language at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN). She holds a National Interpreter Certification (NIC) and a Master of Arts in Education, specializing in Adult Education and Training.

In her down time, Kate loves to spend time with her husband, Mike, and her daughter Amalia. She loves to go hiking and walking with her dogs, baking for family and friends, interior decorating, and also loves to read.

The Shay Hasselmann Group is a team of real estate professionals who have collectively garnered top awards in production and sales in the Keller Williams organization in the Southwest Region. According totitle companies’ data in Las Vegas, they are in the top 1.5% of production for Las Vegas Real Estate agents. They are driven by a need to serve the Las Vegas, Summerlin, and Henderson Real Estate community with excellence and professionalism, whether selling, buying, or renting homes. Information and searches may be found at www.shaylasvegashomes.comand .

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