I've rented enough homes in my time to know what to expect. But I've also owned, been a landlord, and sold homes too.
In my experience, when you walk into a real estate agent's office, you get one of two levels of service. If you're a prospective buyer or seller, you're treated like gold. Nothing is too much trouble for any staff member, and you're left with the feeling that you matter as a human being.
But if you're a prospective tenant, it's a different story. As soon as the receptionist discovers you don't intend on shackling yourself to a mortgage, you're pretty much treated like a drug dealer.
Perhaps I'm being hyperbolic, but all the same, there's often a distinction.
However, I'm pleased to report that my recent experience looking for a rental property in Mandurah was nothing like that at all.
No property manager I came across treated me as though I was any trouble, all the receptionists were delightful, and even in the months since moving into the home, the level of friendliness and service has continued.
I'm sure there'll be some who read this that have a different story to share, and no doubt the shift in the supply/demand balance has contributed to agencies seeing tenants as somewhat more valuable. But nonetheless, I was thoroughly impressed, and have nothing but thanks to the property managers of Mandurah for such a pleasant experience.
It's left a good taste in my mouth.