Thursday, May 19, 2011

Rentals on Craigslist

Yes, Craigslist has been around for a while, and even though it’s receive a bad reputation for certain listings, it’s easily one of the best sources for finding rentals in your area. It’s also great for finding Milford CT real estate.

So when you’re searching for rentals in the area, simply go to Craigslist and check out the various listings. You can narrow down rentals by the monthly rent, the number of bedrooms needed, and the location as well. Only go for the rentals that have images in the listings, as there’s a chance that a listing without pictures could be a scam of sorts. It’s better to be safe than sorry. You’ll also be in a safer position to find a rental listed by a Realtor, but not too many Realtors do that. If you can’t find Realtor-listed rentals, don’t fret.

What about if you’re an owner of Milford CT real estate and want to rent out your property? Craigslist is the best place to advertise your rental. From my personal experience, if you consistently list your rental along with calls to action pointing to your contact information on top of nice images and even a video, you’re bound to get several calls or emails a day. As long as you have a good property to rent out, you should not have a problem finding a renter.

However, listing Milford CT homes for sale on this site is a different ball game. Don’t expect the same surge of leads as compared to rental listings. Buyers are less likely to resort to Craigslist for browsing, as a lot of home listings don’t have images. This is mostly due to the fact that a lot of Realtors don’t know how to upload images or utilize the HTML web coding language to embed images in their lisitngs.

If you happen to find the search for apartments for rent in Milford CT or other real estate to be overwhelming, feel free to contact me. I know what it’s like, so I’m there to guide you through the entire process, whether you intend to buy, sell, or rent. I’ll walk you through every step of the way to make things easier for you. Trust me. The process is nowhere near as complicated as you think as long as you have the proper guidance along the way.

Chances are you’ve come across my website through Craigslist :)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Let's put apartments for rent in Milford CT and other Milford CT Real Estate on the back burner, and instead, let's discuss UConn basketball.

First of all...I'm a bigger UConn women's fan, and I was DEVASTATED when they lost to Notre Dame that game. I'll admit that things weren't going too well for Maya and the rest of the girls since the beginning of the game. However, for some players to only lose FOUR games in their college career? Now that's really impressive.

Too bad I won't be watching them face off against Texas A&M tonight, but fortunately, the UConn men turned their season around starting with the Maui invitational and now, they're the NCAA champions.

Seriously, despite the women's loss, this does make up for things for me :)

Things have been picking up even more in our office, so it's perfect that the NCAA championship has come to a close, as I've been staying up later than usual just to finish these games. Need to get my beauty rest so I can serve you as your Milford CT realtor.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Requirements for Renters

Before you start looking around apartments for rent Milford CT and other areas, there are a few things you have to prepare and keep in mind in order to make this a quicker and smoother process. The following are a few requirements for renters:

  • Credit Report - Good to excellent credit
  • Security Deposit
  • Job History
  • Trade/Bank References and Personal References
It's better to be safe than sorry :)

However, if you feel you are looking into buying, check out my Milford CT Real Estate blog. Here's one of my listings that are currently on sale. Check it out in this YouTube video:

Lydia Lucas is your source for Milford CT homes for sale.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Craigslist and YouTube

Lately, it seems a lot of my leads have been coming from either Craigslist or Youtube.

It just comes to show how powerful such internet outlets are when it comes to getting your listings or real estate services out there. My current leads involve a mix of both college students looking for rentals for the next school year and others are people with leases ending soon who want to move to a new place.

The problem with utilizing sites like ForRent is their databases are not totally up-to-date. Fortunately, the IDX on my site is updated within two hours of actual MLS updates. Feel free to browse my website for rentals and any other listings in the area.

Are you looking for apartments for rent in Milford CT? Feel free to contact me.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Moving Out: Don't Forget... pack up all your belongings. If you happen to leave something of yours in a rental upon moving out, you can be fined by your landlord, which can possibly result in a drop of your credit score. This actually happened to one of my rental clients recently, but fortunately that issue was settled and continued on smoothly. She knew she forgot a few items at her previous rental, but her former landlord changed the locks on her.

This is one of the things you really need to keep in mind when you do move out of your home. Here are some tips:

  1. Make a list
    Put together a list of your belongings to be packed and check off each item one-by-one as you progress. Sure, this seems like a really basic tactic, but it works. Keep it simple.
  2. Survey the area before moving out
    Even if you checked off everything from your list, you never know if a small gadget or random item of yours may be left behind in a drawer, cabinet, or an area you don't usually check.
  3. Clean out your apartment
    Of course, you should definitely clean out your apartment before you move out, but definitely pay attention to anything that could possibly be left behind.
Take the necessary precautions, follow these steps, and if you come up with any others of your own, feel free to create a custom process suited for your needs.

Monday, March 14, 2011

College Rentals

Rentals for college students are tough. Ask anyone involved in Milford CT real estate. Why is that? If any of you lived the college lifestyle or have kids who are doing so now or have in the past, you know what I mean. Students most likely will have parties, and chances are the place won't be the same after a few school years, depending upon your tenants, however.

Not all college students are like this, but it's a risk you'll have to take when renting out your properties. For a lot of landlords, the only reason they do this is because they've owned the property for so long and that they most likely purchased it at such a cheap price that they've been profiting from this rental for years, despite any wear and tear. So these landlords are pretty much set.

Then there are the landlords who just purchased their properties recently at the current market prices. It'll take a while for these properties to become profitable, so keep in mind the possible wear and tear on your rental over the years. Just check out the apartments for rent in Milford CT and take into account the current prices of the average home. Even if you were to repair or continue to maintain things, will you still be profitable in a decent number of years?

As for renters, especially college students - yes, enjoy these years of your life, as the real world awaits once you get your diploma. So work hard and play hard. At the same time, however, if you are on an off-campus rental of sorts, do your best to keep it in tip-top condition - clean on a regular basis, don't let the remnants of last night's party stay there for too long, and don't wreck havoc on this property. This is your home for the time being, so treat it like your home.

And who knows? One day you may become a landlord yourself :)

Friday, March 11, 2011


In real estate, it's not easy especially when you're starting out in the industry. When I started back in 2006, a lot of people told me that I was getting my real estate license at the wrong time. There was a lot of negativity with my choice, but I had a good feeling that this might be my calling.

Rather than listen to all the negative comments from the people around me, I decide to focus on making my real estate endeavors work out. I knew I need to stay strong, as I saw realtors come and go because this job just wasn't for them. Not everyone is fit for this industry.

So I stayed pretty textbook with my beginnings in real estate – I would go to all my floor times, network with friends and family whenever I had the chance, and I would keep educating myself on current trends in the industry. There really isn't anything special with what I do. Honestly, I think it's just a matter of staying consistent, continually working hard, and also, working smarter.

You need to stay positive or else you will give in to what other people are saying about real estate: that the market is down and you won't make any sales, that there's no hope because the current economic situation in America, etc. Instead, you need to keep your chin up and keep moving forward. Don't regress, but make progress.

Also, I've learned to also take listings that other realtors would not be willing to deal with, in addition to handling apartments for rent in Milford CT. Going the extra mile for your clients and providing the value they deserve are ways I have come to find my own success.

And this does not only apply to real estate. Learn who you are, what you want, and figure out how to reach her goals. Don't let anybody tell you that you can't do something.