Ok, so I HAVE to vent about this because I am just fed up to my eyeballs with real estate agents and the whole rental market at the moment.
We are looking for a house to rent – have been for two months solid and this time it has been the most exhausting, frustrating and stressful experience we have ever gone through. Having Christmas right on our doorstep makes it even suckier, and for that reason, well for us Christmas is a rather depressing non event this year. Bah humbug!
There are just SO many more people out there looking to rent- more than I have ever seen…surprisingly in our middle age- age group too. Not just young couples or families but much much older people. Decent respectable looking folk, all looking just as miserable as we do when we turn up at an “open house” to have the real estate arrive late….or sometimes not even at all, to escort throngs of people through sometimes disgustingly filthy homes that haven’t even been cleaned yet by disgustingly filthy tenants. And I’m not just talking about a bit of dust and a few dirty marks here and there….I’m talking carpets that look like someone had a poop attack on them and walls that are scratched, dinted and covered in years of grime.
Homes that are falling apart in some cases and yet they are asking for rents of $500 a week and above….and people are taking applications on these!
Houses are coming up and applications approved in a matter of a day or two!
We have twice so far gone to view a house, – valuable time taken off work by my husband – at specified times instructed on the website only to have property managers not turn up, or as in the last case, to stand around waiting, with others – eventually phoning them up to be told that the house has already been leased.
It’s appalling treatment for those of who are desperately seeking a new home to be stuffed around like this and insulted by being shown properties that are subpar at best, unclean and ludicrously overpriced.
What is pissing me off more than anything else is the waste of time it is looking at photographs the real estate agents take of properties.
For a start the new trend is to use some kind of fancy long angled lens that completely distorts the dimensions of the room making it appear much longer – ‘spacious” I guess in their sneaky minds, to try and trick prospective tenants.
This again is an insult. We may be renters but we are not morons.
We KNOW they are lying and far from making the property appear more appealing it is simply off putting.
The only way you can actually feel better about taking time out of your busy schedule to go and view them is to take some serious drugs in order to have the rooms look vaguely like they appear in the photographs.
Bring on the magic mushrooms would ya!
Here is an example…and this is a house we are going to look at tomorrow.
I am going to ask them where the dwarves are because surely only a family of midgets could sit at that dining table.
And how about this one…What about that for a new shower cubicle shape?
I don’t even know what you would call it? A rectangular trapezoid? The latest design when it comes to showers apparently. And for skinny people only. You have to shower with your back pressed firmly to the wall.
I mean seriously. Since when are bathtubs seven foot long and three inches wide.
And then you get houses advertised with huge rents and all they have is one photo. Mostly just of the outside of the house. I’ve seen the same picture put up twice but one being totally overexposed while the other is blurred.
The best one so far though is one I keep seeing where the asking rent is $600 a week. That’s nothing to sniff at hey…a lot of money to pay in rent and the ONLY photo they have up is of the oven.
I kid you not….and it’s not even a NICE oven.
Here is the photo.
What do you make of that then?
Does it fill you with excitement? Make you want to drop everything right now and race off to view the house?
I’m just fed up with it all.
I feel like burning all our worldly goods and taking off in the camper trailer.
I’ll live in a forest. Bathe in a stream, grow dreadlocks, dance around the fire naked, give the finger to these real estate agents and shun society all together.