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Our Services are FREE for Tenants 

#1 Who pays for the Realtor’s Services? 
HARRIET MARTIN & ASSOCIATES will help you every step of the way… finding your Miami home, negotiating the best deal for you, helping you with credit checks if needed and more! We’re working for you… and best of all – the landlord pays the real estate commission! 

#2 What properties can you show us? 
Any Miami rental property that is on the market today! Yes, most of the time we can even help you with "For Rent By Owners"! Through the MLS service we can show you any property that is listed for rent, even through another Realtor. It will not make the rent less expensive by going directly to that listing agent. And, by not having a Realtor working solely for you, you may not get the best deal possible. We can show you any residential or commercial property for sale or rent in Miami, Broward, Palm Beach and the Florida Keys. Looking elsewhere in Florida? We will refer you to the best agent in that area for your relocation needs. 

#3 I drove by a house I liked from the outside. What should I do next? 
Call us right away. Make a note of the address. In this market, it may already be under contract, but if it’s not, it could rent very quickly. We’ll get all the information you need on the property by computer in a matter of minutes, and can set up an appointment to see it right away. 

#4 How long does it take to rent a home? 
Once we’ve helped you find your home and your offer has been accepted by the landlord, it normally takes from 2-4 weeks to move-in. If the rental is located in a Condo/Homeowner’s Association, there may be additional time and fees needed for the application process. It IS possible to find a rental within days… but it’s NOT easy. Call us right away as soon as you decide you’re moving! 

#5 I don’t have the best credit, can you still help me? 
Yes! There are many reasons why people rent. If you are in a situation where you are trying to repair your credit, and maybe save to buy later on… we can still help find you a great place to rent. Job stability and references are often just as important as a credit score to landlords. 

#6 What will it cost to move in? 
Generally speaking, landlords require an initial deposit at the time an “offer” is placed. Then, if accepted, tenants are responsible for paying any credit check or association application fees. Then, before moving in, the equivalent of three months rent must be paid in full (usually first month’s rent plus two months security deposit). 

#7 I have pets. Is it still possible to find a rental? 
Absolutely. It is true that many landlords will not allow pets! There are still many rentals on the market that will allow pets. We will help you find the best place for you and your pets! Make sure to tell us what kind of pet you have and the approximate weight right away! A pet deposit will be required (usually $200, refundable). 

#8 Is the information we share with our Realtor confidential? 
Yes! On a daily basis we get very personal details from many renters and landlords. This information always remains confidential unless you give permission to disclose. For example, we will need to know your income and credit history. This information will be discussed with the landlord for qualifying purposes. Our business is based on having your trust. 

#9 What about Short-Term and Long-Term rentals, Furnished or Unfurnished? 
Almost all rentals are for a 1-year term and are unfurnished. Short-term rentals are harder to find and may cost more per month. It is possible with advance notice to find what you need. Most short-term rentals are furnished and are available for either 3 or 8 month terms… but with the details of your situation we will help you find what fits your needs. 

#10 How can I start looking for available rentals? 
View our websites: 
www.HarrietMartin.com or www.MLHSSouthFlorida.com
It’s updated regularly so visit often. Hundreds OF rentals to choose from!Simply give us all the details of what you’re looking for. We can then begin to emailyou with rentals that meet your criteria right away!

ALL Miami to Ft. Lauderdale rentals!

Visit our other sites: 
www.MLHSSouthFlorida.com
www.MLHSMiamiFloridaPropertyManagement.com 
email: Harriet@HarrietMartin.com 
12183 SW 132 Ct
Miami, Florida 33186 
tel:305-256-2560 

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Testimonials

"We recently sold our home in So. Florida and working with Harriet Martin and her team was a great experience. Harriet and her team are professionals in every way and make selling a house a pleasant experience. They have your best interest at heart and work hard to find you the best offer. I highly recommend Harriet and her team." j wmoran5
"What can I say about Harriett and Team .. Amazing, professional, caring are a few items I could use to describe her and team .. I first met Harriet as a friend of mine had referred her to me to manage my rental property... if I had only found her sooner. She rented my property easily and took care of everything! She then sold that property for me in Two weeks .. wow and at asking price.. she then helped me with the sale of my moms home when she passed away.. Harriet always made each transaction easy and seem less. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this lady.. she also has the most caring and professional staff .. I would chose her everytime.. thank you Harriett , Maritza and Lisandra" Julie Patterson
Harriet was instrumental in helping me rent out my condo at an attractive market rate. She also helped me quickly resolve various issues I had related to repairs and finding new tenants. Harriet was always reliable and honest during this process and it is always a pleasure when speaking and interacting with her. Luis Castro
We first reached out to Harriet and her team 2 years prior to ever even buying a home. I had a small house that my family was quickly outgrowing and I wanted to see what our options were. Harriet came out, took a look at our house and gave us an idea of what options were available to us. It was not the right time to either rent of sell the property and Harriet was extremely understanding of that decision and promised to keep in contact with us which she absolutely did. Fast forward 2 years later we were finally in a place to rent our house out and purchase a new home. Harriet immediately met with us to explain how this process would work. She was extremely knowledgable about the current market and rental fees for homes in our neighborhood. She then introduced us to her teammate Maritza who took us to countless homes and was very patient with us. I spoke with Maritza several times a day and started to see her more like a close family friend than our realtor. When we finally found "our house" Maritza guided us on this process and quickly placed our first home up for rent. Amazingly Harriet and Maritza rented our house in 2 days!!!! Both Maritza and Harriet did such an amazing job from start to finish of this process we decided to have them manage our property! I have recommended them to several co-workers and will continue to do so. I cannot say enough positive things about their overall knowledge and patience. The Jaramillo Family
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Fortune International Realty
The Harriet Martin Team
Harriet, Sandy, Maritza, Humberto, Bianca, Mimi, Lisandra 
Over 33 years in in real estate

305-528-5558
Coral Gables & Kendall locations

*We sell or rent a property every 2 days * Over $800 million sold

Miami * Miami Beach * Ft. Lauderdale
SALES * RENTALS * PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

www.HarrietMartin.com

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305-256-2560 or call/text at 305-528-5558

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