Saturday, December 15, 2012

How can Apartment Locators and Finders work for free?

How can apartment locators work for free is a question we often get from our clients and potential clients.  While our service is free to you, the potential renter, we get a finder's fee from the apartment complexes when you sign a lease with them.  Apartment Complexes have to advertise to get potential renters.  However, radio, television, internet and print adds are very expensive and they offer no guarantee that a potential renter who comes to them from these sources is qualified to lease an apartment in their community. 
 
When we meet with you, we are not only vetting apartments for the client, but we are also vetting the client for the apartment complex.  When you visit our office, we discuss what your needs in an apartment are.  We also discuss any roadblocks, such as a low credit score or a past broken lease, that you may have and will only take you to complexes that will work with you on these limitations.  When you walk into an apartment complex with an apartment locator, the leasing agent at the complex knows that you at least meet their minimum qualifying guidelines to lease an apartment.  You have already seen pictures, know the amenities offered at the complex and basically you have narrowed this down to a stop on your list.  So the leasing agent can focus on really showing you around, and showing the amenities of their community.
 
An apartment locator can narrow down the choices to what works for you and will only show you San Antonio apartments that have units that meet your criteria.  If you want wood floors and a garden tub, you may waste two days worth of gas and time going to 15 apartment complexes that have wood floors, but they don't all have garden tubs.  With an apartment locator, we can rule out complexes that don't fit your criteria right in our office and spend our time only visiting in person those complexes that have what you want.  We also know which complexes have vacancies, so we won't waste your time showing you apartments where there's not an available unit that meets your needs.