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Move Version 2.0

Wolverine888
April 23, 2018 05:47AM

Registered: 1 year ago
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Hope everyone’s doing well, you’ve sure been put through some trials after last year’s hurricane season.

So, it’s been some 7 months since Irma, and am ready again to try to make the move to the USVI. Talk about timing, had my home sold in Michigan and closed literally the day after Irma hit STT/STJ, at which time it wasn’t clear here in the States what the extent of the destruction was, as news was slowly filtering out. Having sold my home in Michigan, I have been staging myself and household goods and vehicle here in Florida (back in September, arrangements had been made for shipment to STT with Blue Ocean Transport and registering the vehicle through a local broker which all got put on hold).

Here’s the question, since am gonna be making another pre-move visit in just a few weeks (15-30 May), with the primary purpose of seeing firsthand how things have come back and to try to secure a one year minimum lease, what suggestions does anyone have for finding something? Although St John had been my original destination and is still where I’d like to eventually be, I realize there will probably be more opportunities for renting a place in STT. What can I expect to find as far as a 2 bdrm, 2 bath with at least a 1 car garage or carport? My target move date is 1 July, and if I find something that works during my May visit, would like to put a deposit down to secure it for a lease that starts at that time.

Thanks in advance for input and recommendations.

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speee1dy
April 23, 2018 07:50AM

Registered: 10 years ago
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im not on stt but i can only imagine higher prices than last years and smaller market

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Wolverine888
April 23, 2018 08:38AM

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Thx Speee1dy, am looking in the $1,750-2,500/mo range if that helps any

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fdr
April 23, 2018 08:50AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 1,195

The process for finding a place hasn't changed. Word of mouth is still the best option, followed by realtor and rental agency listings, postings on bulletin boards, etc.

I don't know how it is on STT; on STJ, there are very few housing options available and many long-time residents in need of permanent housing. Of the three rentals I saw posted in Connections on Saturday, none listed prices. Normally this time of year there would be at least a couple dozen ads for rentals, as we are heading into slow season. Anyone lucky enough to have a place is hanging onto it or passing to a friend if they need to move.

I'm so glad you didn't move here or ship anything before the storm, Wolverine! What a mess that would have been. Keep us posted on how it works out with your PMV.

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ms411
April 23, 2018 09:15AM

Registered: 8 years ago
Posts: 3,471

Quite a few apartments on Craigslist for all the islands. Should also check the very popular What's Going On St Thomas facebook page.

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Wolverine888
April 23, 2018 09:45AM

Registered: 1 year ago
Posts: 201

Thx fdr, and you are so right about being blessed that hadn’t made the move yet, you folks are incredible!

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Wolverine888
April 23, 2018 09:45AM

Registered: 1 year ago
Posts: 201

Thx for that advice 411

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East Ender
April 23, 2018 05:42PM

Registered: 13 years ago
Posts: 4,939

I am going to add that garages are not common, nor are carports, at least on St Thomas. I agree with What's Going on St Thomas, and there are quite a few realtors who post there, too.

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Wolverine888
April 23, 2018 06:42PM

Registered: 1 year ago
Posts: 201

Thanks East Ender for that insight, I wasn’t aware that garages and carports are uncommon and I will start monitoring the What’s Going on St Thomas page more regularly now.

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Scubadoo
April 23, 2018 09:12PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 2,033

We have some garages on STX, mainly in the more expensive homes. Car ports are like hurricane magnets.

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stjohnjulie
April 24, 2018 02:00AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 754

I will just echo fdr. Long term housing is really tough on St. John right now. We have lots of displaced people. We did see some of the short term go temporary long term shortly after the storms, but they usually were short leases. 4-6 months. Just enough time to give the owners to do the repairs to put them back on the short term market. And I think I only know one person who has a garage here ;-) Not common at all on St. John.

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Wolverine888
April 24, 2018 05:44AM

Registered: 1 year ago
Posts: 201

Good point Scubadoo, again my Michigan way of thinking, but I can certainly see how a hurricane would easily lift anything with a roof and no sides like a carport.

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Wolverine888
April 24, 2018 05:48AM

Registered: 1 year ago
Posts: 201

Thanks for you input StJohnJulie, I know you’ve got a good sense of things there firsthand on STJ...do you know if Scenic Properties is still in existence, saw something about the no longer having an office at the Lumberyard, but rather working out of their home? Had met with them when visiting before and they seemed to have the pulse on any STJ rentals, at least at that time prior to Irma.

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Jeanne
April 24, 2018 08:50AM

Registered: 4 months ago
Posts: 7

I have a condo ( 2 br 2 bath on the water near bolongo st thomas) that is being vacated June 1st . God willing it will be ready for re lease July 1. We have a contractor set up for repairs renovation beginning of June.

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AandA2VI
April 24, 2018 01:57PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 2,233

1500-2500 for STT 2/2 and there’s a lot of places right now, at least on northside. Actually the house next to me is open, killer views. No dogs $1300 but 1/1. The deck is huge and view is worth only 1 bathroom. As usual just go to a bar and ask around. IME all other methods are useless. Curious it’s just you? Why 2/2? Don’t rental place based on the fact that you think people will come visit you. They won’t very often.

Garage or carport will be 2% of houses. If that’s a must have, you might be in trouble. Honestly I’d not even make it a factor, just so unlikely. Actually I’ve never seen a rental with either and lived in 4 places on two islands within 5 years. Lucky to get a paved place to park off de main road IME.

Agreed on STJ - I do insurance loss photos all over the island and haven’t seen many places for rent at all.

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Wolverine888
April 24, 2018 05:50PM

Registered: 1 year ago
Posts: 201

Thanks Jeanne, that sounds encouraging...perhaps I can take a look during my 15-30 May visit? I can certainly understand the workmen being backed up on repairs...all your important stuff intact though for the next hurricane season (roof, windows, etc.)?

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Wolverine888
April 24, 2018 05:55PM

Registered: 1 year ago
Posts: 201

AandA2VI, thanks for taking the time to address all my concerns in the original post, truly appreciated and you’ve got me reorienting my priorities...everything’s a trade off of course, and a great view a real plus!

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stjohnjulie
April 25, 2018 03:56AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 754

I'm pretty sure Scenic is still operating, but not sure how much since they probably don't have much inventory to deal with. I occasionally see a place pop up on Facebook for rent, but it's rare. I'll let you know if I see anything that fits your bill. More luck in the $2,500 -$3,500 range. Things in the $1,800 and less range are almost non-existent. And they will always go by word of mouth. (this is speaking to STJ only)

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Wolverine888
April 25, 2018 06:19AM

Registered: 1 year ago
Posts: 201

Yes, that makes sense StJohnJulie, will keep my ears open during my 15-30 May visit.

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ms411
April 25, 2018 06:44AM

Registered: 8 years ago
Posts: 3,471

Julie, there seem to be STJ listings on Craigslist, but the prices make me very suspicious. Here's one example.

[virgin.craigslist.org]

Maybe they omitted that it's the weekly price?



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fdr
April 25, 2018 09:30AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 1,195

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ms411
Julie, there seem to be STJ listings on Craigslist, but the prices make me very suspicious. Here's one example.

[virgin.craigslist.org]

Maybe they omitted that it's the weekly price?

That could be legit, but many St John listing on Craigslist are from scammers who have stolen past posters' real info and photos and make a new listing to get money out of unsuspecting people. Not 100%, but often if you can't get them to give you a 340 phone number to contact, it may not be a real listing. Maybe there are more legit listings for STT, but there have never been many real ones for STJ.

Worth contacting Scenic Properties and visiting the St John Facebook pages to see what's available. Every once in a while something will pop up.

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quirion
April 25, 2018 10:38PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 428

Quote
ms411
Quite a few apartments on Craigslist for all the islands. Should also check the very popular What's Going On St Thomas facebook page.


Yea my house that's for sale immediately showed up on criagslist as a rental for 500 a month. Craigslist won't take it down... What a bargain

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stjohnjulie
April 26, 2018 02:34AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 754

Ms411, I saw that listing the other day. Since the terms of the lease are not listed, hard to tell if it's short-term, short lease, sublease, or what. But with those amenities, the number of bedrooms, proximity to town, that would be an amazing monthly rate even before the storms.

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ms411
April 26, 2018 02:58AM

Registered: 8 years ago
Posts: 3,471

Julie, it is a great rate if it's monthly and I've seen others. It's very weird. Just hope people using Craigslist exercise caution and do their due diligence.

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