Real Estate has kept me busy/stressed ever since I got back from South America. I mentioned before we went away that we got notice the owner of our apartment was putting it on the market. Every Saturday we have to vacate the apartment so they can hold the inspections and every Friday night we have to do a tidy up. (Not to mention coming home on Saturday arvo to find dirt walked through the apartment and balcony doors unlocked). Then we were told they sold the apartment and cancelled all inspections so I brought my shoe+bag collection back into the apartment. 3 days later the sale has fallen through and they'll continue to do inspections, thanks. Can't be fcked moving all my stuff out again which leads to stressful Saturday mornings leaving my apartment full of designer gear for the public to walk through.
So we decided to start looking for another place to rent. We are further north than both sets of parents and moving south would mean closer to family and work. So we've started the hunt for rental property in Sydney. I'd rather get my 4 wisdom teeth removed again, honestly.
Here are some experiences I've had in the past month which given an indication of how crazy the rental market is (and we're only renting because the selling/buying market is even worse).
Apartment A was listed for rent with no inspection time so I called the agent. He'll try do an inspection this weekend he says. He gets my contact details and I stalk domain.com.au for an update on inspection times. They don't end up doing an inspection that weekend. The following week I call the real estate agent receptionist and am told they will hold an inspection this weekend but no time has been set so she takes my contact details and will call me. They don't end up doing an inspection that weekend either. 3 days later I jump onto domain to check inspection times and see that the property has been leased. I know that agents cannot accept an application unless the prospective tenant has viewed the property. If they have done no inspections, how has someone managed to inspect, apply, put down a deposit, AND signed a lease??
Apartment B was listed on late Tuesday afternoon (I know, because I now stalk domain MULTIPLE times a day). I sent an enquiry about inspection times Tuesday night. Wednesday lunchtime I receive an email saying a deposit has already been put on the property. Again, how has someone inspected, applied for and put down a deposit in less than 24 hours?!??! And the rent for this apartment wasn't even cheap - it was $700/week!!!
Apartment C we decided to just apply for without inspecting. You can apply but they just can't accept your application til you've seen it. Between Tom and I, we have a fair bit of money in our bank accounts (enough for a deposit on a $1M+ property), we both earn decent salaries, no bad credit history, we both own cars and I own property, and he is a Risk Manager at an Investment Bank for goodness sake. And we got rejected. Disheartening doesn't even begin to cut it.