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    been looking on CL and local classifieds for places to possibly rent for 6-12mo at a time. Are these listings the bottom line or can you haggle with them like buying a car?
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    I've found they have very little wiggle room. maybe 50 bucks. when I put my house up it was the lowest i could go. still took a loss

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    Quote Originally Posted by little squirt View Post
    been looking on CL and local classifieds for places to possibly rent for 6-12mo at a time. Are these listings the bottom line or can you haggle with them like buying a car?

    Ive seen it done where if you pay a few months in advance or raise your security deposit the landlord might nock off $75 or so. They are not likely to drop the rent just because your a nice guy. In a landlords eyes, if your trying to negotiate the rent with out bringing anything to the table, then you can afford it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by little squirt View Post
    been looking on CL and local classifieds for places to possibly rent for 6-12mo at a time. Are these listings the bottom line or can you haggle with them like buying a car?
    IMO yes it is possible. Think if you were the owner. What would you like to see in a tenant, has it been on the market for awhile, maybe you could make improvements for discounts, sign a longer lease, etc.. Although, they might have plenty to choose from so maybe they won't. Give it a try.

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    it depends, mostly on the landlord. everything is negotiable. Some will tell you to pound sand while others may negotiate.

    It depends on the following:
    1) how many applicants they have
    2) how many "qualified" applicants they have (biggie)
    3) how much response they get to their ad at a specific price.
    4) how quickly they want to rent the unit,
    5)how much vacancy they have and in the local market.
    6) what "type" of tenant they are looking for....
    ETC.

    I've noticed that if I ask too much I get fewer calls and more unqualified applicants. 9 out of 10 applicants get shredded. Seriously.

    If you think the price is high compared to other units you looked at trying asking them in a non-threatening kind of way if there is any wiggle room on the price.
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    On a place like mine, average rents around here are 3 times or more of my payments. Lots of room to bargain or negotiate, but why would I want too.

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    You might be able to haggle a bit. The vacancy rates are pretty high right now (at least in San Diego...not sure where you are at). The last girl that rented from me I took $25 a month off. I could care less about $25.00, it made her feel like she was getting a deal and I just needed the stupid place rented as it sat empty for 3 months.

    I have 2 more coming up next month.... UGH... anyone want to move to San Diego?

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    Hell yes you can negotiate. Our landlord called last week and dropped the rent $200. I ran the comps in the MLS and showed them what everything else is now going for due to the economy!
    Losers are always whining about trying their best. Winners go home and f@#k the prom queen!!

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    thanks, good to know and i guess it cant hurt to ask right? the worst they can say is no....worth a shot
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    look at the comps in you neighborhood
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