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(@PsychedChicken)
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We (my husband, my son (1year old), and I) are moving to St Croix sometime mid-summer. I am guessing end of July.
I plan on coming down with enough money to get into a rental (first, last, security deposit), + about a grand or two of living money.

I'm not worried about money, my current job is going to let me stay on for ~3 months working remotely until they find and train a replacement.

My question is what do I do about finding a place. I'm sure once I am there it wont be so difficult, but what do I do about lodging until then? I was planning on bringing camping gear and going that route. Is it possible to set up a lease without being there? Will I be able to find reasonable places with immediate move in?

I literally know NO ONE in the islands. I am hoping to get to know a couple of people while I am still here to meet once I get there.

 
Posted : May 11, 2016 4:31 pm
(@speee1dy)
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i always suggest Pam at coldwell banker , link below

https://www.coldwellbankervi.com/

there might be camping at camp mount victory????

other than that. no camping that i know of other than easter week camping.

http://www.arawakhotelstcroix.com/ try these people

http://www.viphonebook.com/guide/US_Virgin_Islands/US_Virgin_Islands.php look in here

good luck and welcome

 
Posted : May 11, 2016 4:38 pm
(@PsychedChicken)
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Thanks! This is all good info!

 
Posted : May 11, 2016 4:44 pm
 M&M
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You might want to try Joel Uretta at STX Property Management: 340 718 7368. I understand that tenants are happy with his services.

The Hanleys may have some rentals but not 100% sure: Farchette & Hanley 340 773 4665

Best of luck to you and your family.

 
Posted : May 11, 2016 6:10 pm
(@stxsailor)
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Calabash has some and there is craigslist. Craigslist is how we found our new home.

 
Posted : May 11, 2016 6:18 pm
(@alana33)
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Beware of scams on Craig's List and don't rent sight unseen or send money upfront.

 
Posted : May 11, 2016 11:08 pm
(@Scubadoo)
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Joel is a good guy, we used him to buy our condo. You might want to arrange something for the first month while you look around and find something more permanent/long term. Possibly a vacation rental. You'll pay more but there will be no lease, first/last months etc. and many don't have a security deposit. I'm sure a lot of owners would love to get a 1 month rental in mid-summer. Well, STJ just came on HGTV, time to watch.

 
Posted : May 12, 2016 1:33 am
(@Idlewood4)
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Check out all the threads on this website. I just moved here and I got invaluable information just reading stuff folks have posted. I found my new place from Craig's list, but saw it in person before I put any money down.

 
Posted : May 12, 2016 1:43 am
(@the-oldtart)
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There are always scams on craigslist whatever the category but I found my last two places there which weren't advertised anywhere else. Yesterday I went to check out a place on there for friends who are moving here - it would have been really good for them but unfortunately the response to the ad was huge and it was rented out within an hour of my seeing it! Good luck!

 
Posted : May 12, 2016 10:00 am
(@Idlewood4)
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I forgot to add that you need to have your lease notarized for it to be legal in STT. Had to do it yesterday. Not sure if that is the case for STX as well.

 
Posted : May 12, 2016 11:02 am
(@LuckyGirl56)
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There's really no where you can camp, unless it's on the beach for Easter, and then you need a permit to camp.

 
Posted : May 12, 2016 11:08 am
(@alana33)
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I've never had any lease notarized for any of my rentals, have had to go to small claims court a couple times and there was never an issue with the lease not being legal and binding because it was not notarized. First time I've ever heard of a lease being required to be notarized.

 
Posted : May 12, 2016 11:11 am
(@the-oldtart)
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It's always been my understanding that only leases for a term longer than one year have to be notarized. I've also been to court here a few times on residential lease issues and lack of notarization has never been mentioned.

 
Posted : May 12, 2016 11:21 am
(@rosesisland)
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Nope, my first lease after moving back was for 18 months and no notary required.
I leased sight unseen, but, we had lived here before and knew the area we wanted to live. Only time I've ever rented was when living here on STX. We are now in our 4th rental and still don't know exactly where we want to light and stay awhile. Our island is so diverse, it makes settling in one area unless you work hard. Well, for us it has!
Come, do a short term rental until you decide. Great bargains are had during the off season.
I've rented from all realtors mentioned above with no complaints on any of them taking care of me or the homes I've rented through them.
Good luck!

 
Posted : May 12, 2016 12:20 pm
(@PsychedChicken)
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A month long vacation rental is a brilliant idea. I am shocked I didnt think of it.
It'll be some extra cash that I need to save up, but that is manageable!!

I'd like to think this would have occurred to me before I got there, but who knows.

Ive been talking to my boss and I think I can convince him to put me up in a room for a week before my husband and son come down too.

 
Posted : May 12, 2016 1:22 pm
(@alana33)
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You can check airbandb, flipkey.com and vrbo.com for vacation rentals.
Rates are down in the summer. Some owners might be willing to be flexible with your situation.

Maybe someone living on STX can offer recommendations for hotels, B&Bs or other options.

 
Posted : May 12, 2016 1:44 pm
(@SkysTheLimit)
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This is my neighbor. She has several cottages that she rents short term. Many are recently built.
The property is unbelievably landscaped. A few friendly dogs roam the property and visit. She is an awesome host!!!! Fresh fruit, flowers, special touch.

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1117419?s=0wqqWo4q

Edited to say I think it's book in July from looking at the calendar. She has others though.
Maybe send her a message.

 
Posted : May 12, 2016 2:06 pm
CruzanIron
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I forgot to add that you need to have your lease notarized for it to be legal in STT. Had to do it yesterday. Not sure if that is the case for STX as well.

WHAT? That is garbage information.Never had a Judge, lawyer or any other legal authority question the legality of my non-notarized leases. And I'm talking a lot of leases over 30 years and a few court appearances.

 
Posted : May 12, 2016 5:51 pm
Exit Zero
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A few years ago I had a rather obnoxious Wapa rep make my tenant get our lease notarized before they would create an account for him.

 
Posted : May 12, 2016 7:44 pm
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