February 23rd, 2017 12:57 PM by Doug Spector
Hello, my name is Paul Murany and I'm the Manager and a locator at Apartment Living Locators in Houston,Texas. I have been in the business for 19 years. When I got in this industry ( way back in the 20th century), things were very different. The internet wasn’t as ubiquitous as it is now and we locators worked out of a huge data book that had all the apartments in it and would just use a computer with a DOS system to type up the apartment information.
Things have obviously changed and the Internet allows people to search for their own apartments and easily contact the complexes themselves- so why would anybody even need an apartment locator? Why on earth call some stranger to have them do what you can do for yourself? Even though its always a frees service, calling someone to do something you think you can do yourself is sometimes a little off putting.
Well, the truth of the matter is you really can't search all the properties. And certainly not as quickly or as thoroughly as a locator can. Yes, if you have driven by a complex and know that's where you want to live, you can probably find them online and do everything from your couch on your own. But, what if you want granite counter tops? Or stainless steel appliances or hardwood floors? Maybe you just want hi-rises. Perhaps you have a large dog. Do you have a data base of every apartment in the city that you can quickly and accurately search? Without the database you will spend your days on Google trying to get information-only to find that most of the Google hits that pop up are Houston apartment finders anyway.
The other thing that Houston apartment locators can do is weed out the properties or management companies that may have issues. Even the nicest, most luxurious property is only as good and the management company that runs it. Do you know which ones are the ones to avoid? You can look online for ratings but those are terribly inaccurate since pretty much the only people that post reviews are those who are upset; plus many properties send in bad reviews about their competitors and give themselves great reviews. A good locator will know the management companies and the apartments because they are dealing with them 40 hours a week all year long. In general a good locator can match you with then best property for the money or at least give you some clear and precise options. It’s not to say a locator can guarantee your lease will be trouble free-sometimes you just move next door to the wrong person or come up against the bad apple in a company but a locator can at least keep you in the most reputable property for the money.
A good Houston locator will also do your leg work: call the properties for you to check specials, availability, make an appointment for you if need one and make sure you know the actual prices (prices these days sometimes change by the hour).
All you have to do is give your locator the information they need and then go look and lease. Everything else has been done for you.
Of course, all locators aren’t created equal and we at Apartment Living Locators think are the best. We are one of the oldest locating firms with an experienced, professional and conscientious staff. So, if you need a new Houston apartment and want to find the best possible place with all the features you are looking for, be sure to give us a call at 713.78.1441 or send us an email-or stop by-we love to meet our clients in person. And. as always, our service is 100% free-we get paid by the properties when you list us as your referral and move in.
So, call us—and don't do this alone!
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