Vancouver is one of the hottest real estate markets in the country. That makes buying a home within the city almost impossible for most people and families. But rental accommodation is also difficult to find, and expensive when you do. But there are some helpful online and community tools that can help you find that furnished apartment you were looking for in Vancouver, and at a price that you can afford.
The best way to find an apartment to rent is through word of mouth or a recommendation from family of friends. But if that didn’t work, you can take a look at the rental market in Vancouver by reviewing the ads in the major and community newspapers, checking with the Real Estate Council of British Columbia, or by taking a peek at some of the helpful apartment rental websites listed below.
Both the Vancouver Province and the Vancouver Sun have real estate and rental listings during the week, and extensive listings in the Saturday newspaper edition. Or you can check their listings online at any time. Every community and neighbourhood also has their own little newspaper that has the supermarket flyers and real estate and rental listings.
You can also find rental listings for apartments in major community newspapers in the Vancouver area like Metro Vancouver and the Vancouver Courier.
2. Rental Agents
A good rental agent will not just help you search, but will actually do the job for you. They work on commission from real property companies and apartment building managers. You tell them your needs, how much you want to spend, and which part of town you want to live in. Then, they go to work.
You are under no obligation to accept what they find and you never have to pay them a fee. It works well for people who are in a hurry to find a furnished apartment, or for everyone else who doesn’t have the time and energy for a long apartment search process.
3. Real Estate Council of BC
The Real Estate Council of British Columbia regulates real estate in the public interest. They license the over 23,000 individuals and brokerages who are engaged in real estate sales, rental property and strata management in Vancouver and the province.
They can help identify which rental agents are licensed and fully compliant with their rules and regulations, before you begin a search for your new furnished apartment. They are also the people that you can complain to if you feel that you have been treated poorly or unfairly by a rental agency or company
RentersPages.com is a well-known apartment rental site that has local offerings all over Canada, including Vancouver. It is owned by Rhino Media Group that offers renters and property owners a comprehensive listing for local markets that allows both owners and users to connect online.
They work by charging the building owners and operators a fee to list on their extensive site and then providing those properties for view and rent, free online to prospective renters.
Rentseeker.ca is another popular apartment rental site that pairs apartment building owners and operators with possible tenants. As with the other websites that offer these services, there is little risk to renters and the possible reward of finding that dream furnished apartment you have been seeking.
One of the new features on Rentseeker.ca is a new mobile version that offers furnished apartments for viewing on your mobile device that have photo galleries, videos, 3-D floor plans and many other features as well.