Well, we are now on site, for the Grand Apartment Hunting Excursion (or at least Part One, because, seriously, THERE MAY HAVE TO BE MORE OF THIS... because, you know, we have SO MUCH TIME FOR THAT).
Everybody, keep us in your thoughts as we slog through this nonsense.
So far, we have had: traffic (not unexpected), a real estate agent who...um.... seems to either have legitimately hit her limit or be trying to foist us off on somebody else (can I just say how unimpressed this Remax office has me at the moment? Seriously? I mean, huge database and large number of agents or not, when the conversation starts with, "I filled out your 'for an immediate response, send us an e-mail' form with everything about our rental situation" and the nice office lady's response is, "Huh... I don't actually know who those e-mails go to...'.... it probably would have been wiser to run). The thing is, I suspect that we got routed to her because she was the person who just happened to be in the office at the time
, not because she actually knew anything about what we wanted. She's shown no initiative in terms of hunting down new listings based on our criteria. I understand that we are complicated renters, due to the multiple pet situation, but I think it's perfectly legitimate to get annoyed when she suddenly decides that she might need to refer us to a rental specialist right at the point when we are heading down for our sole weekend of looking at properties (and considering how fast they seem to be getting rented, I don't necessarily think more lead time would have helped... although now I'm stressing about whether trying to talk to realtors a week earlier would have been useful, argh).
AND to top it all off, I am down writing this in the business center of the hotel which we picked due to free internet. Free internet which is conspicuously not working in our room. Our SECOND room where the internet was not working (although at least the phone is not completely dead in this one?). In what is supposed to be a 3-star hotel-- that is, NOT a bargain-basement hotel. Grrrr. Nice air-conditioned business center is nice and all, but not the same as what was advertised.
Right. Ending rant now and heading upstairs to get some sleep.