There are few people who can knowledgeably and professionally help you buy a Notre Dame condo. There are none who can help you rent one. Or if there are they are keeping tight-lipped about it.
I’ve been working with people buying and selling condos near the University for about two years now, and learned the market pretty well. I’d put myself up against anyone in the area as to having a handle on the South Bend condo scene. If you tell me what you’re looking for, new/old, how many bedrooms, pets?, parking?, I can tell you where you should be looking, if the available units are priced right and what you can expect in the complexes. This is pretty basic stuff. But I was shocked at how many people who you might go to buy or sell a condo didn’t know any of it. Forget about having been in the condos to preview them, they couldn’t name three complexes. When I realized that, I put together a web-site that profiles South Bend condos. I thought it would be a useful guide for my clients, but it’s found a wider audience – renters.
I’ve received upwards of a dozen calls and e-mails from Notre Dame students looking to rent a condo in the last month. There is an unmet need for a simple, honest website to visit or person to call to get basic information on condos for rent. There is a group of students who would like to live off-campus, but not one of the louder apartment complexes, and not in a marginally acceptable “student house.” Buying is an option for some of them, but some people want the simplicity of renting, or they want a home for a single semester or year.
I’ve stopped keeping a list of people who want to rent a condo in case I come across one. I’ve resorted to sending prospective renters to Craig’s List, the local classifieds and to “watch for fliers on campus.” Those may be the best option available, but they are woefully inadequate if you’re facing a deadline to decide on campus housing for next year and need to make a good decision quickly.
Has anyone found any useful sources to find ND rentals? I’m ready to create an online help guide for students looking to get off campus. But I don’t have anything beyond a few apartment complexes and a link to Craig’s List to put in the section on renting. Do you know of something that should go in it? What kind of information would you like to see in it? You can help shape it by commenting below.