How to Find Houses for Rent in Raleigh, North Carolina

Management Firms Best Bet in House Hunt

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While apartment complexes abound in Raleigh, North Carolina, and it's straightforward and easy to find an apartment to rent, they aren’t for everyone. If you have a big family or simply crave a more private, quiet lifestyle than apartment living provides, renting a house can be a good option. Rental houses also make a great choice for someone new to the area looking to explore different neighborhoods before settling on a spot to buy. Houses for rent in the area are plentiful, but finding them can be difficult. This list contains some of the major companies that can give you the lowdown on what's available in the Raleigh area and handle all the details.

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    With two office locations in Raleigh and one in Cary, Rhyne Management Associates Inc. specializes in leasing duplexes, townhomes, condos and single-family houses in addition to apartments. Most properties are located in North Raleigh, West Raleigh, and Cary. Rhyne’s website lets you look at listings by specific area. For each listing, you’ll find a deposit amount, monthly rent and a range of other important information.

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    Realtor.com offers an easy-to-navigate option for searching for a rental house in the Raleigh area. Type in the city or ZIP code and select “rental” in the property status. You can also filter the search by the number of bedrooms, the number of bathrooms, square footage and property features like a basement, carport, garage, central air, family room and game room. This makes finding a rental home with your specifics easy. Homes for rent on realtor.com range from high-end luxury houses to more budget-friendly options.

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    Masters Real Estate Service offers a selection of houses to rent in Raleigh, Apex, Cary, and Knightdale. Selections are always changing as properties are rented and others become available. Listings include important details and a link to request more information.

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    Clark Properties has an office with a location convenient to the downtown area. The company specializes in the leasing and management of residential properties and has been in business since 2000. Listings have detailed photographs allowing you to get a real feel for what the home has to offer before scheduling a visit. The rental application is also available on the company’s website.

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    Horizon Management Company Inc. keeps employees available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for any emergency that might come up during your rental experience. The company has been in business since 1981 and is a member of the National Association of Realtors, NC Association of Realtors, Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors, Property Management Group and NC Real Estate Commission. Listings are available throughout the Triangle, including houses for rent in Raleigh, Durham, and Cary.

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    Picket Fence Realty specializes in residential and commercial property management and sales and offers a selection of houses for rent. The company is also available to show any house that is available for rent within the Triangle. Listings on the company’s website show detailed photographs and important information. A rental application and tenant information are easily accessible as well.

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    When you decide to rent a house in Raleigh or the surrounding area, going through a company isn’t always an option, especially if bad credit is an issue. Most companies require background checks, credit checks, employment history and other information. Dealing with a private landlord could offer more flexibility when it comes to bad credit because you may be able to find someone who doesn’t check your credit at all. Craigslist has listings of houses for rent, but use caution and common sense when looking into these options.

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    Resolute Property Management offers both single and multi-family houses for rent both in the Triangle area and beyond, extending into neighboring counties. The rental application process is stated in detail on its website. Rentals are searchable on a map, making it easy to select a house by location.