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If you decide to contact a real estate agent to help find you a rental home or unit, get all the real estate fees established up front before the search begins. Often real estate agents make commission on the rental by charging the renter a months rent or a percentage of the total year's rent. Ask what the charge is for helping you find a rental and calculate that into the yearly cost of the rental. While a real estate agent will make your job easier of locating a rental that best fits your needs, it is important to know exactly what the costs will be to help you stay within your budget.