When renting a house or apartment in Nicaragua, first, you need to establish a budget. Secondly, you need to determine how many people will live in the house or apartment. Third, you have to decide whether you will live within the inner circle or the outskirts of the city. The closer you are to the city, the more expensive the rent. Then you ask a credible real estate agent to take you to see the houses. That is part of our company’s service. We do not charge our clients for showing them around. Recommending places to live is part of our job and service to foreigners.
It is better for an expat to go to an agent than going online and looking for a house or apartment to rent on his own because owners of the house prefer foreigners who come with a real estate agent. As for the real estate agent, they have to get to know their foreign clients first before recommending them to a landowner. Any expat can disappear the next day. It happens. They rent the house and then the next day, they are out.
If you come with me and I take you to a house, I can speak with the owner on your behalf. If, on the contrary, you come on your own to speak with the owner and declare that you are from the United States and are going to rent for a year, the landowners are not sure if you’re going to stay that long. I recommend that you go with us and we will help you look for an owner. Our services are free. Also, it would cost you more for your rental if you go on your own. On the contrary, we can make arrangements and ask for discounts or rebates or whatever you need to take the price down.
Nicaraguans see foreigners as having big fat wallets, so why should they give you discounts? But if you send me with my big mouth and my knowledge, I will speak on your behalf and I will look for an owner willing to rent to you for a price that you have in mind. That’s the difference. We can negotiate from a better position because we know our local culture and sometimes, we know the owner personally. We have friends who have houses for rent, so we can just call our friends and get you a place to stay.
We also have a reputation to uphold to two different parties. We have a reputation to uphold to the landlord because we don’t want the landlord to think that we’re bringing them bad renters. We also have a reputation to uphold to the clients to make sure that we get them a good deal because we want to stay in business.
And if our clients are satisfied, they will talk to their friends and recommend us to them. They will call us the next time they are in Nicaragua. We make sure that both parties are happy and satisfied with our business.
(Outside of apartment for rent in Pinares de Santo Domingo, pictured.)