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Old 02-25-2012, 03:06 PM   #15
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I tried renting the house out.. However the tennents the agent forund for me did everyhting EXCEPT pay the rent so I was left with no choice but to address an envelope to the bank and enclose the keys, and the title to the back lot. (Do not feel bad, I was trying to sell and the price I was trying to sell at ... Well, The loan balance, plus fees plus perhaps dinner at Arby's)

That said: I would say renting is likely your best choice, Get a GOOD realestate agent and good luck. Do be aware thought that save for non payment my tennants were great, They took good care of the house and in fact improved it.

My parents had a 2nd house they rented out.. 3 times.. One was a tennent I cautioned my dad against.. When he left we moved in with the very same tools and chemicals we used cleaning the barn and equipment (Industrial strength cleaners,, I grew up ona dairy/swine farm.. the 4-legged swine were cleaner than the 2 legged ones).

The next couple was advertised by relatives who said "She never has a hair out of place" TRUE. her hair was immaculate.. The house however... Same song verse 2.

The third was my Dad's foreman (He had taken a foundry job to help pay bills).. same song verse 3 they kept the dog in the house.

So be warned.. You treat the house like it is yours.. Tennants,, Not so much.

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Old 02-26-2012, 06:14 AM   #16
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Wa8yxm, that's our concern. If we leave the house in the care of a vacation home agent, I have to trust them to ensure that the renter(s) are responsible and will take care of the place. Unfortunately, there's no way to manufacture instant trust and confidence and I'm not much in favor of just taking my chances. Soooo many issues to consider before hitting the road.

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Old 02-26-2012, 06:34 AM   #17
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We're gone about 9 months of the year and when not home the neighbors and our daughter keeps an eye on it. We live in a great neighborhood and we all look out for each other. They have the keys to enter and make sure everything is OK and if something should come up they just give us a call and we work out a solution to the problem. So far all has been good.
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Old 02-26-2012, 06:35 AM   #18
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If we leave the house in the care of a vacation home agent, I have to trust them to ensure that the renter(s) are responsible and will take care of the place.
Researching vacation rental agents is not really that difficult. Most of the good ones are eager to provide references. We have a couple of short term rental properties and find agents in our area to be, for the most part, ok. The problem is that short term vacation renters are a bigger risk than long term renters. Our vacation homes have been rented to respected elders only to discover later that they were fronting for their party hearty grandchildren and friends, and vacationers in general have no respect for property or neighbors.

Another consideration if you are considering short term rental is to make certain there are no zoning regulations against it. Some areas have discouraged short term rental by regulation.

Good luck with your decision.
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Old 02-26-2012, 08:01 AM   #19
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What about house sitters? I've heard the term, but never tried one.

My house got broken into last year and I'm thinking about it.
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Old 02-26-2012, 08:56 AM   #20
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Good information

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