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The Rental Application Process: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Finding a new rental apartment is an exciting challenge, but sometimes we all need a little help. After browsing hundreds of apartments online and finally finding the one you want, next comes the task of filling out the application. As with all things legalese, this is where you need to pay close attention to make sure you’re not missing any details that might cost you.

Although not all applications are the same and you should always go through the requirements for each specific rental, many follow a similar pattern. To help, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide for the application process.


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First, prepare everything you’ll need for the application and start filling it out. The form will likely request personal information, such as your name, address, photo ID, contact information, employment and income information, emergency contacts, pets (if applicable), and background information.

Most properties also offer online applications, which makes it easier to access and provide the information. Be sure to read and complete every field carefully. If you’re moving in with roommates, all applicants must submit these forms separately.

Fees & Refunds

When you apply, you’ll have to pay an application fee, which basically covers the cost of your background and credit checks. Be sure to ask about any additional fees...

Does the Realtor you found on the internet sell in the area you are looking?

Does the Realtor you found on the internet really sell in the areas they say? How to find out and save yourself huge disappointment. 

You are like many internet searchers out there. You do a reasonable amount of searching - you research the area, the activities available, the schools, parks, property taxes, maybe even the restaurants. You even research to find the Realtor that looks to be the best for your needs. Their website says they serve your area...but do they?

There are no internet police determining whether Realtors actually have sold real estate in the areas they claim to service.

When Realtors create their websites they choose certain cities they clain to service. There are no internet police determining whether they actually know the areas , have made any sales in the areas or for that matter have ever even visited the areas they claim to service.  


I've seen it time and time again. Especially here in Park City Ut with America's Largest Ski Resort, Park City Mountain Resort. Realtors all over Utah have Park City on their list of areas they service. They want to sell that expensive home here just like the local Park City agents do. There's one problem - not only do some of these agents live 30-70+ miles away, they do not know the areas nor the neighborhood nuances. Most have never sold a home in Park City or Deer Valley and many of these Realtors do not even have access to the Park City MLS. 

I wish there was a little more truth and integrity in this industry. But until there is, the onus is on you, the buyer or seller to ask the right questions.

Asking questions can help ferret out the real local Park City Ut ( or any area) Realtors from the posers.

Here are a few questions  you can ask to help determine whether the Realtor you see online that looks so great is for real or just hoping you won't know the difference.  

  1. Ask them to...