Originally Posted by Manton
Having someone go out and look for places for you, at least he's providing a service.
In my case, the place was advertised in the times! The broker did, literally, nothing except collect the fee. I paid it because it was a killer apartment.
Exactly--if I was going to pay that kind of money, I wanted to at least feel like the guy had done some service for me. It was far too much money for the service provided, but at least he provided a service.
The ones where you find the listing are the absolute worst. A few years back, I found a place on Craigslist and went to look at it. Didn't like it, but asked the broker if he had any similar. He shrugged his shoulders. The next day, I found another place and went to check it out and it was the same exact broker. I didn't rent the place just because I refused to write a check to a broker that lazy and worthless.
Another time, I was all ready to sign a lease, had cashier's checks for brokers fee and everything in hand, and the broker was an hour late showing up to the lease signing (at least, that's how long I waited before leaving). Eventually, I found an open house near there and just left--ended up taking that apartment. Ugh, brokers.