Rental Secrets: Reduce Your Rent, Get Better Value, Create Quality Communities is a short book of business advice by Justin Pogue. Having worked in real estate for years, he shares what to look for in renting an apartment and how to negotiate with property managers and landlords. The book is divided into 10 structured chapters covering key material including using industry competition to your advantage; understanding why property owners charge what they do; strategies for paying less rent; and making sure you aren’t incorrectly charged for repairs. Each chapter has a list of questions for the readers regarding their specific relationship to the chapter’s topics, and there are several pages at the end for jotting down your own notes.
Justin Pogue’s book is out of this world when it comes to providing practical assistance to the prospective renter. Easy to read, it makes the subject matter quite easy to manage. As someone who’s unfamiliar with negotiating a good deal on an apartment, I’ve found the subject intimidating—but not anymore. Good solid suggestions, transparency in describing the property owner’s point of view, and insider tips on deciphering incentives and choosing a good time to rent make Rental Secrets: Reduce Your Rent, Get Better Value, Create Quality Communities a book that lives up to its title in every way. The relationship between owner and renter is really mutual instead of antagonistic, each helping the other, and Justin lays out a load of tips for how to get a great deal on your next place to live. I wish there were more books like this outstanding resource.
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