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Rental Location, Location, Location

Struggling to find out why your place isn’t renting? Word of mouth can be powerful!  Does the area where your vacation rental is have a bad rap? Is there anything you can do about it? These are some questions I’ve been asking myself.  My latest home in Joshua Tree is close to town, close enough to walk to the farmers market on Saturdays, I like that! I like my neighborhood. It may have had a bad reputation in the past, and all the homes aren’t perfect, but things can change sometimes, it just takes a few people to get to know their neighbors, improve their exteriors, clean-up around the yard and be friendly? Too simplistic? Maybe, but I’d like to think that one person can make a difference.

Yes! Location does matter for a rental house! Check your location out on city data to find out about your area and if there are sex offenders registered near your house.  Another site that may help you decide yeah or nay is Neighborhood Scout.

We just recently started advertising our furnished rental home in Joshua Tree  It has a Mid-Century Modern (I like this new term for houses built in the 1950’s and 1960’s) feel even though it was built in 1972. We’re having some problems because of location. Folks tell me it’s too far from the Marine Base, too close to town(they’d rather be in the middle of nowhere) and because of this location too expensive. Well we’ll  hold out for awhile because it has brand new furnishings and custom kitchen and bathrooms, but we won’t cut our nose off to spite our face.  I’m a firm believer in the customer is always right…but perhaps we will stick to the original plan which was to sell this house in order to buy the desert house in the middle of nowhere!

sunburst-rental-kitchenFrom this kitchen above to this Ikea Kitchen!1kitchen2

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