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Long Term STX House Rental?

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Hi everyone! I'm new to the board but have been lurking for a few weeks. My husband is being transferred to STX in February or March and we are having a hard time finding a house to rent. Our family is just my husband and I and our 3 year old son and our 11 year old Golden Retriever. The dog seems to be the problem. We are looking for something mid-island or east end for approx. $2,500/mo. We will be there for 3 years, but at this point, I would be happy to find a 1 year lease. We need 3 bedrooms or 2 bedrooms and a guest house. Am I being unrealistic?

Posted : September 24, 2006 1:15 am
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You should be able to find something at that price per month, but you are starting your search for February housing a bit earlier than landlords and property managers are ready for. Most tenants currently renting properties won't give notice that they are moving out until about 30 days prior to departing, so you will have to hang tight for a while to find a property that will be available when you need it. You are arriving at exactly the wrong time of the year to get the best deals, as you are getting here in the midst of the high tourist season when availability is scarce. Nevertheless, there will be options to you. If you will truly be here for a full three years, you might also consider purchasing a property, as you will be here long enough to gain a serious equity increase rather than giving your monthly rent to a landlord with nothing coming back to you in the end.

It is true that your dog will greatly limit the properties you will be able to rent. It is even tougher when there are fewer vacancies and landlords have many prospective tenants to choose from. They tend to turn down the ones with dogs if they have other options. Don't give up, though. Most people have to be here on-island to arrange long term housing, especially with pets. Landlords want to meet you in person before they let you move into their properties.

Posted : September 24, 2006 6:30 pm
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Naught naughty Alexandra. Trawling again, are we????
"You will be here long enough to gain a serious equity increase..."
Rule Number One...do not assume that house prices will continue to rise.
Rule Number Two...do not assume that a piece of property will make you money. Property purchase is speculation - playing the odds - gambling etc if $$$$$ is what you are all about.

Perhaps you might think about buying a home to accomodate your dog...would have been ok.

Posted : September 26, 2006 3:02 pm
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