Author Topic: best venue to advertise medium length stays  (Read 772 times)

partgypsy

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 5232
best venue to advertise medium length stays
« on: February 27, 2024, 08:37:30 PM »
Hello I am finally ready to rent out my attic which has a separate entrance, fully furnished. My preference would be to find a student or a nurse. I saw there is this place called furnished finder/nurse finder, but I see mixed results. Where would people recommend advertising? As this is in my home and first time doing this I want to do my due dilligence.

Log

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 671
  • Location: San Francisco
Re: best venue to advertise medium length stays
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2024, 08:43:19 PM »
Craigslist?

You could also put it on AirBnB with a ridiculously steep nightly cost and then a sharp "long-term" discount. The AirBnB search feature automatically displays the monthly price when someone searches for 30+ days.

partgypsy

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 5232
Re: best venue to advertise medium length stays
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2024, 09:37:42 PM »
What is the experience with people and craigslist? I mean I've bought and sold furniture from there, but otherwise feel it is a bit sketchy?

Tass

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3247
  • Age: 30
  • Location: Crossing some mountains
Re: best venue to advertise medium length stays
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2024, 10:25:24 PM »
I clicked on the title to suggest FurnishedFinder but clearly you have already heard of it... We're renting a place for a month coming up and I'm optimistic, but can't say anything about the owner side of it.

Freedomin5

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 6545
    • FIRE Countdown
Re: best venue to advertise medium length stays
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2024, 02:29:11 AM »
Maybe websites that focus on corporate housing or executive rentals?

A Google search turns up the following:

https://www.corporatehousingbyowner.com/

There may be other sites. I didnít look very hard.

Dee18

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2216
Re: best venue to advertise medium length stays
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2024, 06:05:24 AM »
I would check with nearby hospitals that are hiring traveling nurses, etc.  They may be happy to have a listing to offer to people moving there for 6 months, if that's what you have in mind. 

uniwelder

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1722
  • Age: 44
  • Location: Appalachian Virginia
Re: best venue to advertise medium length stays
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2024, 06:52:54 AM »
What is the experience with people and craigslist? I mean I've bought and sold furniture from there, but otherwise feel it is a bit sketchy?

I have some regular long term rentals that I used to advertise on Craigslist, but not anymore.  A lot of the traffic has moved to Facebook Marketplace in the past few years, but you might not want to advertise there either, depending on how you feel about putting your public self out there.  Wherever you advertise, you can expect scam ads of your place to show up on Facebook and Craigslist, so be prepared, like whack-a-mole.

I put my long term rentals on Zillow now and it's been great.  It's a free service for the homeowner.  The potential renter can pay $30 to submit an application (criminal and credit background check)  that is good for any rental for a 30 day period on the platform.  It also cross lists to Hotpads and Trulia.  For short term, it could be a good option for you.

We do rent out some rooms in our personal house for big weekends in our college town with Airbnb.  They do tack on substantial fees to the renter, something like 20% in our case, but it might be lower for longer terms.  For the host, Airbnb has an agreement in place with our county to automatic subtract short term rental taxes, so you might want to look into how much that it is, if it exists in your area.  If you wanted to attract someone for 3-6 months, you could have them book for 30 days through Airbnb with a built in monthly discount, then negotiate the rest offline if they complain about the pricing.

clarkfan1979

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3363
  • Age: 44
  • Location: Pueblo West, CO
Re: best venue to advertise medium length stays
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2024, 08:59:00 AM »
What is the experience with people and craigslist? I mean I've bought and sold furniture from there, but otherwise feel it is a bit sketchy?

I have some regular long term rentals that I used to advertise on Craigslist, but not anymore.  A lot of the traffic has moved to Facebook Marketplace in the past few years, but you might not want to advertise there either, depending on how you feel about putting your public self out there.  Wherever you advertise, you can expect scam ads of your place to show up on Facebook and Craigslist, so be prepared, like whack-a-mole.

I put my long term rentals on Zillow now and it's been great.  It's a free service for the homeowner.  The potential renter can pay $30 to submit an application (criminal and credit background check)  that is good for any rental for a 30 day period on the platform.  It also cross lists to Hotpads and Trulia.  For short term, it could be a good option for you.

We do rent out some rooms in our personal house for big weekends in our college town with Airbnb.  They do tack on substantial fees to the renter, something like 20% in our case, but it might be lower for longer terms.  For the host, Airbnb has an agreement in place with our county to automatic subtract short term rental taxes, so you might want to look into how much that it is, if it exists in your area.  If you wanted to attract someone for 3-6 months, you could have them book for 30 days through Airbnb with a built in monthly discount, then negotiate the rest offline if they complain about the pricing.

I use zillow for long-term rentals and it has been great. You could advertise a lower rate for long term and a higher rate for short-term. I don't use the zillow application. I use "Rent Spree". When you accept the zillow application it costs the tenant $30 for unlimited applications. The tenants have a tendency to fire off a surplus of applications to many different rentals even when they are half interested. My best friend advertised on zillow and accepted the zillow application. They were flooded with applications and many of the people were barely interested. It was a huge waste of time contacting everyone trying to figure out who was really interested in the rental.

uniwelder

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1722
  • Age: 44
  • Location: Appalachian Virginia
Re: best venue to advertise medium length stays
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2024, 09:17:04 AM »
What is the experience with people and craigslist? I mean I've bought and sold furniture from there, but otherwise feel it is a bit sketchy?

I have some regular long term rentals that I used to advertise on Craigslist, but not anymore.  A lot of the traffic has moved to Facebook Marketplace in the past few years, but you might not want to advertise there either, depending on how you feel about putting your public self out there.  Wherever you advertise, you can expect scam ads of your place to show up on Facebook and Craigslist, so be prepared, like whack-a-mole.

I put my long term rentals on Zillow now and it's been great.  It's a free service for the homeowner.  The potential renter can pay $30 to submit an application (criminal and credit background check)  that is good for any rental for a 30 day period on the platform.  It also cross lists to Hotpads and Trulia.  For short term, it could be a good option for you.

We do rent out some rooms in our personal house for big weekends in our college town with Airbnb.  They do tack on substantial fees to the renter, something like 20% in our case, but it might be lower for longer terms.  For the host, Airbnb has an agreement in place with our county to automatic subtract short term rental taxes, so you might want to look into how much that it is, if it exists in your area.  If you wanted to attract someone for 3-6 months, you could have them book for 30 days through Airbnb with a built in monthly discount, then negotiate the rest offline if they complain about the pricing.

I use zillow for long-term rentals and it has been great. You could advertise a lower rate for long term and a higher rate for short-term. I don't use the zillow application. I use "Rent Spree". When you accept the zillow application it costs the tenant $30 for unlimited applications. The tenants have a tendency to fire off a surplus of applications to many different rentals even when they are half interested. My best friend advertised on zillow and accepted the zillow application. They were flooded with applications and many of the people were barely interested. It was a huge waste of time contacting everyone trying to figure out who was really interested in the rental.

I don't remember exactly, but I think that with automative applications turned off, you can still invite people to send their application through Zillow.  Either way, you'll probably end up with lots of people contacting you that aren't really interested and need to sift through and filter.  Rather than an application, you'll get multiple automated requests for a showing.

edited to add-- Confirmed that you can indeed still use Zillow applications after turning the 'accept applications automatically' feature off.  We have a rental listed now.  It did take some clicking through various screens to get to the right one.  That is something I find annoying with Zillow is that there are various similar screens that don't all have same buttons and options, so I have to hunt through to get to some of the more obscure things.
« Last Edit: March 09, 2024, 12:35:29 PM by uniwelder »

partgypsy

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 5232
Re: best venue to advertise medium length stays
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2024, 11:25:20 AM »
Oh that's all interesting info. Thank you. Have an action plan for the weekend. There are actually so many more places to list at than initially considered.

partgypsy

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 5232
Re: best venue to advertise medium length stays
« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2024, 08:48:10 AM »
follow up question, what do you all do for collecting the rent? I would like to use an electronic method if possible, don't know which is the best option. Venmo? Zelle?

Freedomin5

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 6545
    • FIRE Countdown
Re: best venue to advertise medium length stays
« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2024, 02:13:59 PM »
We use Interac e-transfer, but we are in Canada and you may have different options.

lhamo

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3131
  • Location: Seattle
Re: best venue to advertise medium length stays
« Reply #12 on: March 09, 2024, 05:35:59 PM »
Do you know any faculty or administrators in graduate departments?  I would put out the word in those circles, and also let people know you are looking for a reliable tenant.  If you don't HAVE to fill the unit to make it financially, you can be more selective.  Might be able to find people moving to campus town for a job or graduate program who want something short-term while they find something more permanent.  Or people on shorter-term academic exchanges.

International fellowships office staff may be good contacts.

ESL program staff another good angle.

partgypsy

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 5232
Re: best venue to advertise medium length stays
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2024, 08:38:31 AM »
I am posting on a academic site as well as 1 other places. I actually have more interest than I can reply to. So yes part of it will be fining the right fit.