Justin Bajema   |  October 4, 2011


The problem most prospective renters face when looking for Grand Rapids rental properties is they are trying to find them in the same manner that hundreds of other people are. For instance, more than likely, you’ve already scoured the newspaper for available rent houses. You may have even called on some of them only to discover they’ve already been leased. That’s because there were probably at least 50 other callers on the same property. It’s almost impossible to snag a great rental when looking in the newspaper. So, where do you go to find available Grand Rapids rental properties?

1.    Property Management Companies – You’ve probably been thinking that property management companies are only for investors who have rental properties. While these firms are there to help investors manage their rental properties, they are also the best place for prospective renters to go when looking for a rental property.  Why? Because the property managers working for these companies know the minute a vacancy occurs.

Additionally, in some instances they know a month or more before a unit becomes available.  When this happens, they try to get the rental leased before the current occupant leaves to ensure their client (the investor) doesn’t experience a gap in rent payments.

2.    Online – If you don’t have time to get out and travel around to all the property management companies in your area, you can easily search for local rentals online through sites like Rentals.com. Most property management firms also have their own websites where they list vacancies for interested parties to view.
When you begin looking for available Grand Rapid rental properties at property management companies and/or online, you’ll find it much easier to find one as your competition goes down tremendously.

About the author

Justin Bajema, CPM® is the Founder & President of Access Investment Group, LLC and Access Property Management Group, LLC. He holds the coveted CPM® designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM).His love for everything Real Estate and business began with one book sent to him while he was returning back from the war in Iraq in 2003, "Rich Dad Poor Dad" by Robert Kiyosaki.Justin is a proud U.S. Marine combat veteran who served 2 tours in Iraq as an infantryman. He received the Purple Heart from Commander in Chief President George Bush for his wounds received in action while fighting in Iraq.He has successfully put together numerous real estate investment holdings from single-family homes to multi-million dollar apartment community deals.