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  • Writer's pictureJaime Pennington

The Benefits of Long Term Rentals on the Outer Banks

Updated: Feb 19

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The Outer Banks vacation scene has seen a rollercoaster ride post-pandemic. While a surge in bookings initially opened doors for non-traditional rentals, the honeymoon seems to be over. With reservations declining, especially for smaller homes on the west side, owners are left scrambling for alternatives. Could transitioning to long-term rentals be the answer?

This blog post explores the potential benefits of switching gears:

Predictable Income

Vacation rentals are like rollercoasters - exciting, but filled with ups and downs. Long-term rentals offer stability, with reliable monthly rent payments regardless of seasonality. No more worrying about filling those booking slots!

Cost Cutting

Utilities, maintenance, and basic upkeep usually fall on the vacation rental owner's shoulders. With long-term tenants, these responsibilities shift, translating to significant cost savings. Think electric bills, lawn care, internet, and more - all covered!

Reduced Wear and Tear

Imagine tenants treating your property like their own home. With long-term rentals, there's a greater incentive to care for it. Regular inspections by a good property manager further ensure everything stays in good shape.

Goodbye, Stress!

Managing an Airbnb or VRBO requires juggling bookings, reviews, complaints, cleaning, and repairs. It's a job! In a long-term rental, these headaches vanish, leaving you with more time and peace of mind.

The Takeaway

While vacation rentals might work for some Outer Banks properties, others might find long-term rentals a better fit. Consider the benefits: steady income, reduced costs, less wear and tear, and ultimately, less stress. It could be a win-win for your wallet, your sanity, and a community in dire need of housing.

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