The Secret Most Apartment Complexes Won’t Tell You Before You Get There
Hint...It’s wasting your valuable time and money.
What Your Landlord Doesn’t Want You to Know about Security Deposits
No, he can’t just keep it.
The Condos You Should Be Looking at If You Want All Utilities Included
There’s only a handful.
EXCLUSIVE ACCESS – Your Chance to Employ the Most Time-Saving, Stress-Reducing, Money-Saving Service You’ve Ever Imagined When Looking for a Place to Rent
Dear Prospective Renter...
If you’re spending hours each night – or more! – looking for properties online; if you’re doing the same searches over and over again without getting different results; if you’re tired of private owners not calling you back or apartment complexes calling you non-stop…
If you’re scared you won’t be able to find a good home for your pet or your child – one that’s within your budget; if you’re driving around aimlessly, looking at buildings and Googling them at the same time; if you’re overwhelmed, confused, and don’t know who to trust; this is the service you need right now...
As the only rental search service of its kind in the area, we’ll work with you to quickly understand your needs and timelines, eliminate housing options that aren’t a fit, and represent YOUR best interests throughout the rental process.
Because we’re not beholden to “pay for play” advertising dollars in the same way an Apartments.com, Hotpads, or a similar website might be, our only concern is your satisfaction.
When it comes to renting, the devil is always in the details.
That’s why you can waste incredible amounts of time THINKING you’ve found a place in your budget, before showing up and realizing all the additional costs tacked on – apartment complexes are pros at this.
We’re completely independent. We live in the area.
And we can instantly tell you things like which of the 75+ condos/apartments in Rockville…
Fall Within Your Price Range
Charge for Certain Amenities (Parking, Pet Deposits, Etc.)
Allow Dogs (Including Breed and Weight Restrictions)
Are Older/Newer Buildings
Have In-Unit Washers and Dryers
Accept Short-Term Leases (Some as Little as Three Months)
Are Near the Metro and Bus Lines
Have Garage Parking
Offer Additioanal Storage Onsite
Are Within Walking Distance to Grocery Stores and Shops
Have the Tightest Security
Charge a Move-In Fee
Include Specific Cable/Internet Providers
Are Considered Luxury
Charge Large Security Deposits
Are Close to Parks and Playgrounds
Are Part of Certain School Districts
Include Pools, Fitness Centers, Tennis Courts, and Playground Equipment
Are of a Certain Style (Hi-Rise, Mid-Rise, or Garden)
??? (What Else Are You Looking For?)
In addition to knowing where to look, we can also provide...
A transparent, detailed price analysis on any condo rental you make an offer on.
An in-depth understanding of commute times, school districts, access to public transportation
Access to our full network of top-notch and trusted professional service providers (e.g. movers)
“Service for Life” – our commitment to help on any real estate matters in the future.
If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, we offer a simple, up-to 30-minute phone consultation to provide the info you are looking for and send you on your way.
If you’d like everything taken off your plate, you can choose to employ us as your tenant agent – we’ll identify the applicable buildings/condo units, set up showings at one designated time, and manage the entire application process from start to finish.
Because of our hyper-localized Rockville expertise, we’re instantly able to tell you ALL of your options – plus the positives, negatives, and everything else about each potential location.
We don’t work for apartment complexes or condo owners; we work for you.
I Feel Your Pain
Once upon a time, I was new to the Rockville area myself – I remember how difficult it was to make sense of the different roads, buildings, metro stops, commuter routes, shops, restaurants, etc.
I dealt with the same anxiety when looking for a place to live.
And I wish I would have had a better person or place to turn to for help – someone who wasn’t a quota-driven apartment sales rep or a stranger advertising on Craigslist; someone who would listen to my needs and keep my best interests at heart throughout the process; someone who wasn’t going to try and get me to buy when I wasn’t ready; someone I could trust implicitly.
We're Those People
After spending just a few short minutes to understand your specific situation and criteria, we’ll narrow down the 75+ condo and apartments in the Rockville and North Bethesda area, telling you exactly where you need to look.
You’ll instantly learn:
Every Rockville and North Bethesda condo/apartment that fits within your budget
The best condo/apartment fits for your lifestyle and needs/wants (where you work, play, etc.)
Best practices to protect yourself while making the entire rental process as smooth as possible.
Tired of Not Getting Your Security Deposit Back?
Did you know…
Security deposits must be returned within 45 days of vacating a property (the deposit must in the tenant’s hands; not mailed).
A property is defined as vacated when the keys have been physically turned over to the landlord or property management company.
A maximum of two-month’s rent may be kept as a security deposit. Any money taken as a security deposit – by an owner or a property management company – must sit in an escrow account and pay 1 ½% simple interest per year.
If a landlord is keeping any portion of the deposit for repair work, all work must be done by a licensed contractor and documentation should be available showing receipt of payment.
We’re willing to bet – as are many landlords – you did not know all of that.
Who Am I and Why Should You Listen to Me?
My name is Andy Detweiler. I’m a licensed REALTOR and the founder of rockvillemdcondos.com – I also currently live in Rockville, Maryland with my family.
When I entered the real estate field a few years back, I couldn’t believe how many people were reaching out with questions about condo and apartment pet policies, utility information, garage parking, and more…the same questions again and again.
I searched for a website that could give me an encompassing list of the condos in Rockville – just the names of the condos, nothing else.
I couldn’t believe it. There was nothing.
Within seconds, I could take almost any problem I was experiencing and find a YouTube video on how to fix it – but I couldn’t get a list of all the condos in a major metropolitan suburb.
I knew that was a huge problem. And I knew it was just the tip of the iceberg.
I wrote down all the common condo/apartment questions people had ever asked me – and spent the next six months building my website, tracking down the information (it was ridiculously hard), and organizing it in an easy-to-consume fashion.
Since then, I’ve researched apartments in the same vicinity and have helped tons of folks in their rental search.
Are You Worried About Finding a Place for Your Pet?
Chris and Cheryl Rost were an engaged couple living in New Jersey when Cheryl accepted her dream job in DC.
The only problem was they knew nothing about living in Maryland – and once Cheryl accepted the job, things started moving very fast; they had a limited amount of time to figure out a plan.
They didn’t know what neighborhoods to look in or what would be feasible in terms of a housing budget.
Making matters more difficult, they didn’t know if they were going to find a place that would accept their beloved dog, Harvey, and were afraid they were going to have to leave him behind.
The process was overwhelming and confusing.
Cheryl would spend all her free time Googling new search terms and trying to use national sites like Zillow and Hotpads – but she wasn’t getting very far.
Time was moving quickly and the two had their hands full trying to leave their old jobs, start new jobs, pack, and visit as many people as possible before they left New Jersey.
Finally, Chris and Cheryl came across an apartment that said it was dog friendly; they went to see it.
Unfortunately, the website was extremely misleading – it wasn’t nearly as new or nice as advertised.
“It was such a dump,” Cheryl recalled. “It reminded me of a bad college dorm. That was the best thing I could find. One weekend, we came into town and were driving around aimlessly trying to find a good area.
We would drive down the street and Google buildings as we passed them. It was a nightmare.
Our biggest fear was that we wouldn’t find a place that would accept Harvey. We came from an expensive real estate market but we had no idea we were moving into an even more expensive and competitive market.”
Luckily for Cheryl and Chris, the two connected with me.
They were not only shocked that such a service existed (since most professional REALTORS will not work with renters – especially knowledgeable ones) but also blown away by how quickly and seamlessly I was able to hear their requirements, identify the places that met their criteria, manage the application process, and get them into a good home, all the while protecting their interests along the way.
Cheryl looks back…
“It was supposed to be an exciting time because I had found a dream job. But if we ended up living in a place where we were miserable it would have ruined the experience.
We would have been out a ton of money trying to break the lease – and would have had to try to start the whole process all over again while living here.
How Do You Feel About Living With Cockroaches?
Chris and Cheryl at least had each other to help with their search. Lindsey Spady wasn’t so lucky.
As a single Mom working a full-time job, caring for her son, and searching for a place to live all at the same time, Lindsey was finding the entire renting process extremely overwhelming.
Despite “free” access to sites like Zillow and Hotpads, many of the ads – and pictures -were deceiving.
There was either too much information or not the right information – and she knew apartment complexes were paying someone to make their units look the best.
For example, one complex showcased pictures of brand new renovations while leaving out the fact there were no in-unit washers and dryers.
When Lindsey showed up to view properties in person, things became even more frustrating.
She recalls the experience….
“There was an advertised rental for a certain price. As soon as I showed up for the tour and mentioned the price, they said you can’t trust what you see online. I was a single Mom trying to juggle a million things.I had taken hours out of my day and made special arrangements to see this property – and here they were doing a classic bait and switch.”
Whether renting from a large corporation or a private owner, Lindsey found different, but similarly challenging issues:
“It’s intimidating to go on apartment tours because you are incentivized to sign up right away; you don’t have time to do research and there is usually some type of pressured buy.
If it’s a private owner, you’re always wondering if the person is going to be responsible and responsive; they’re less likely to be audited and if you’re unrepresented, they know you don’t have the time or expertise with regards to rules and regulations.
In my previous rental, I found roaches within a week of moving in. If I had someone working on my side, it’s likely I wouldn’t have incurred the problem to begin with.”
Luckily, Lindsey was able to connect with me before ultimately choosing a destination.
Almost instantly, she winded up finding a condo that both she and her son love – and that her son brags about to his schoolmates.
When asked to summarize why she found the rental service useful, she remarked the following:
“I could trust Andy and he knew the area. He was willing to tailor services to me based on my situation and give a personal touch in terms of adjusting to my circumstances.
I felt safe having someone who knew about security deposits, required maintenance, and other leasing matters – things I previously signed away on without much thought.
Andy was nothing short of amazing. I've worked with other REALTORS in other areas, and I've never felt so well-served.”
Are You Making a $50,000 Mistake?
At the time of this writing, the average 2BR/2BA condo in the 20850 and 20852 zip codes rents for around $2,100 per month.
With a two-year lease term (what landlords in Montgomery County are required to offer by law), that’s a cost of almost $50,000.
They all charge different amounts based on length of lease, bedrooms/bathrooms, parking options, utilities, pet deposit fees, amenities, and many more factors.
Suppose you chose apartment/condo A without a full understanding of those details – and passed up apartment/condo B down the street solely because you didn’t know the difference.
At a minimum, you’ve just wasted $2,400.
What if you spent $400 or $500 more a month? That’s potentially 10+ THOUSANDS of dollars you’re wasting.
We’re not even considering all the time you’ve spent looking for places online; the gas to drive around; calls that went unreturned; trips in and out of town, etc.
And that number certainly doesn’t include the cost of an unscrupulous landlord or apartment complex that owes you absolutely no fiduciary duty, let alone will properly educate you on things like security deposits, required maintenance times, and other protections you are entitled to by law.
Most importantly, it doesn’t include the emotional toll of coming home to a place you absolutely can’t stand to be livingin.
The Expensive Cost of "Free"
Here’s a quick story, the sentiments of which you might have heard before.
A woman calls a plumber to fix her hot water heater.
He comes over, bangs a pipe and says, “That’ll be $500.”
She says, “$500? That’s nuts. All you did is bang a pipe and it took you 30 seconds.”
The plumber replied, “It’s $5 for banging the pipe, it’s $495 for knowing which pipe to bang.”
Remember that anecdote as you decide how to approach your rental search.
Regardless of your ultimate decision, however, understand this:
“Free” can be extremely expensive.
If you are on a “free” website, YOU are the product.
That’s why we’re not afraid to charge for our services; we know they’re worth it – and then some.
In fact, here are just a handful of those other “free” options that you might have seen before….
These sites have “Rockville“ rental searches - which is strange because many of the results are from places not even in the immediate area; we promise.
Do you believe these sites have your best interest at heart?
Or the interests of the apartment complexes who have paid for “sponsored ads?”
Ok. You get that.
But why not just call up a real estate office and use a random agent who will work “for free?”
First off, the average real estate sale in Montgomery County is $425,000.
Good luck getting a local, qualified expert to take on a rental client.
Secondly, how many of those folks have spent years researching this particular area and niche?
Other than us? None.
Third, many of the apartments don’t offer any compensation to agents, so you’re limited to just condos.
Fourth, about those condos?
Did you know that many listing agents offer only 25 to 30% of one-month’s rent as commission to other agents?
It’s a disservice to other agents and it’s a disservice to their landlord clients. But most folks have no idea.
What properties are agents likely to steer your towards if their only compensation is dictated by the listing agent?
Properties that pay an extremely small commission? Or properties where there is an inflated bonus being offered?
Because we charge a small service fee for our time, we’re able to remove any potential conflict of interest.
If we’re ever due any additional compensation offered by a landlord/apartment, you’ll know about it upfront – and before you submit an application.
Renting for a few months just to get to know the area?
Think you might buy down the line?
If you decide to work with The Detweiler Group again – and we have no doubt you’ll want to – we’ll credit any rental consultation dollars back to you when you buy or sell a home with us.
It doesn’t matter if it’s six weeks, six months, or six years down the line.
One more thing.
Are you familiar with the Montgomery County Landlord/Tenant Handbook?
If you’re renting in Rockville, you absolutely should be.
Just for signing up – and regardless of whether or not you move forward – I’ll make sure you know all about this important document and how you can get your hands on it.
You’ll want to make sure you keep it handy throughout your time as a renter.
The time to act is act now. Whether you’re moving next week, next month, or farther down the line, you have better things to do than spend all day and night worrying about finding the right place to live.
If your free time, your kids, your pet, and/or your sanity is worth more to you than trying to save an extremely small amount of money by doing everything yourself, we’re here to help.
Please note while every effort has been made to verify information as part of this service, it is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Any user of the service should always rely on the apartment complex or condo building for final word.