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Thinking about renting to Snowbirds this Fall and winter. Where would be a good place to spread the word or post a rental listing besides Zillow and Black Bear Diner 😁. TIA
 
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Thinking about renting to Snowbirds this Fall and winter. Where would be a good place to spread the word or post a rental listing besides Zillow? TIA.
Were thinking of doing the same and have heard VRBO works well to find snowbirds.
 

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When we rented our old place, we talked to friends nearby that rented to snowbirds they were happy with. We had our friends ask their renters if they had friends that may be interested. We ended up with a badass Canadian rancher and his wife.
 

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Just suck up the VRBO fee, find a good renter and either rent to them through VRBO the first time, or if you talk to them and are comfortable, conduct the rental transaction outside VRBO.

VRBO will work either way you do it. If you go through VRBO understand the fees and price your rental accordingly.
 

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Thinking about renting to Snowbirds this Fall and winter. Where would be a good place to spread the word or post a rental listing besides Zillow and Black Bear Diner 😁. TIA
We used a rental agency. They market the house in the snowbird areas and manage the property. Usually take 10%.
 

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Yeah, rent your place out. The river SUX in the winter. All the wheeling and non existing bar lines are bullshit! 🤣
 
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Yeah, rent your place out. The river SUX in the winter. All the wheeling and non existing bar lines are bullshit! 🤣
Not to say, get out your calendar and try and figure out what to do ANY weekend in the winter. This place has more things going on it's hard to keep up.
 

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Thinking about renting to Snowbirds this Fall and winter. Where would be a good place to spread the word or post a rental listing besides Zillow and Black Bear Diner 😁. TIA
Here is who we used, wasn't very expensive, maybe $175 for annual deal and you control everything on your listing and available calendar.

Lots of hits allowing a chance to screen/interview, they push it out to like 30+ sites.

 

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It amazes me that people are ok with strangers living in their homes. I’d never rent out my home. But I guess people do weird shit for money.
I started renting my homes in Havasu to Snowbirds 35 years ago. Never had a problem. I was 26 and needed the income to help make the payment. Back then there wasn't a lot to do in the winter time. I would never rent to weekenders. Only snowbirds.
 

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Winter snowbirds pay for summer boating. Monthlies only, they take care of the house and property and don't piss off the neighbors. I use Debbie at Copper Canyon, good rates and good service.
 

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Yeah, rent your place out. The river SUX in the winter. All the wheeling and non existing bar lines are bullshit! 🤣

Can't knock on that!

No bar lines in the Caribbean either. Actually, a waiter brings me an "Iceburg" or a rum and coke while I lay back in a beach chair on a white sand beach smoking cigars.


Stay thirsty my friend.
 

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Most of these homes are vacation homes. I dont see the big deal.

Now, if you asked me to rent out my boat or car, or any toy, oh hell no!

That’s EXACTLY my point. I would never rent out my home. Vacation or otherwise. Letting nasty fuckers in is disgusting. No thanks. If it’s a full time rental, then no problem..... it is what it is..... a business. But for me, no way in hell would people I do not know live in my home When I’m not there. Like I said, people do weird shit for money.
 

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That’s EXACTLY my point. I would never rent out my home. Vacation or otherwise. Letting nasty fuckers in is disgusting. No thanks. If it’s a full time rental, then no problem..... it is what it is..... a business. But for me, no way in hell would people I do not know live in my home When I’m not there. Like I said, people do weird shit for money.
My thoughts exactly.
 

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That’s EXACTLY my point. I would never rent out my home. Vacation or otherwise. Letting nasty fuckers in is disgusting. No thanks. If it’s a full time rental, then no problem..... it is what it is..... a business. But for me, no way in hell would people I do not know live in my home When I’m not there. Like I said, people do weird shit for money.
FYI...Never had a snowbird that I would consider a "Nasty Fucker" :rolleyes: Havasu survives in the winter with the snowbird renters. Been that way for 40 years. ;)
 

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FYI...Never had a snowbird that I would consider a "Nasty Fucker" :rolleyes: Havasu survives in the winter with the snowbird renters. Been that way for 40 years. ;)
Pretty funny actually, the snowbirds talk about those nasty summer people. 😂
 

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Stay away from Destination Havasu, ask me how I know. Jeanette Clayton at Havasu Vacation Rentals did fine by me for six years.
 

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It amazes me that people are ok with strangers living in their homes. I’d never rent out my home. But I guess people do weird shit for money.
If you do the math when your rent to Snowbirds 4 months a year and Holiday Weekends at the over inflated prices people get now it pretty much pays the mortgage for the year. (Ie; Free Summer House 😀)
 

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If you do the math when your rent to Snowbirds 4 months a year and Holiday Weekends at the over inflated prices people get now it pretty much pays the mortgage for the year. (Ie; Free Summer House 😀)
We don't rent anymore, but that's pretty much what we used to do. Add in the Jet Ski World Finals (get a months rent for 10 days) and the mortgage for the year was pretty much paid.

When our place was a rental we also had cheap furniture, dishware, etc... Now that we don't rent anymore all that stuff has been upgraded. We are also putting more money into the house itself because we are the only ones in it.

Like was mentioned above, the winters in Havasu were blue hairs only. It was dead out there with not much to do. I can remember running up the gorge (before Pirates Cove was there) and stressing about breaking down because we were the only boat on the water. Totally different place today than it was 20 years ago.
 

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If you do the math when your rent to Snowbirds 4 months a year and Holiday Weekends at the over inflated prices people get now it pretty much pays the mortgage for the year. (Ie; Free Summer House 😀)
This.

If you bought 10 years ago or 20+ years ago the snowbird rental alone pays for damn near the entire year. Our 3 month snowbird rental covers nearly 8 months of costs.

We didn’t rent to snowbirds this year, and it was nice using our place year round, but I did miss the checks lol. They take care of the place like we do.
 
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If you do the math when your rent to Snowbirds 4 months a year and Holiday Weekends at the over inflated prices people get now it pretty much pays the mortgage for the year. (Ie; Free Summer House 😀)
Im plenty comfortable making money other ways. No need to turn my home into a motel.
 

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I tried to use her but could never get her to come through, very nice woman though.....
I would never use her ever again ( JEANETTE CLAYTON) I have plenty of stories, I mean experiences to tell.
use KATHY GOMEZ with COLDWELL BANKER 928-208-6005
 
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People that are renting to snowbirds what’s your opinion on the better route VRBO and deal with it yourself or is it worth the ten percent to go with someone to manage it ?
 

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We ditched the rental agency once we had established birds that came back every year. The rental agency was worthless anytime we needed anything so it was much easier to just rent it direct.
 
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