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The Intriguing World of Mid-Term Rentals

Updated: Jan 23

The Happy Medium Between STRs and Long-Term Rentals


It was October 2019. I had attended council meetings, written letters and tried very hard to understand what was really behind the push to shut down, what I could only see as boon to the city, my family, my dear friend and all our wonderful guests, known as Short Term Rentals (STRs) or Vacation Homes.


Whatever it was, I had done what I could, and the prospect of the city council listening to all our data, evidence and testimonies, seemed less and less likely.


So, I started brainstorming to find solutions to book my vacation home during the slow season and good alternatives in the event we eventually lost the STR battle. Little did I know, this would become all-the-more useful, when all bookings were canceled and travel shut down in the pandemic lock-down just months later.

The prospect of changing my beloved property to a long-term rental held less appeal than oral surgery. What about a furnished month-to-month rental? It avoids the definition of a Short Term Rental (STR) while allowing the freedoms, better income and far greater experience of hosting guests instead of having tenants... a seemingly-perfect solution. But is there a market for that? I started digging and found, not only is there a substantial market, but platforms dedicated specifically for this market. The market is termed “executive stay” or “corporate housing”. It is a perfect compromise between short-term and long-term offerings and has the best of both worlds.


The first platform I listed with was https://www.corporatehousingbyowner.com/.



I have only received a few leads for my large family home, but it works very well for smaller properties. I have had occasion to interact with the company several times and they have always been personable and helpful.


I signed up for Furnished Finder earlier this month, a platform for traveling nurses and healthcare professionals. I think my home is too large to be a good fit for the doctor / nurse audience, but at only $100 / year to list with them and no other fees, it seemed worth a try. Nurses typically have 13 week rotations, and have a reputation as very clean, responsible great guests.

https://www.furnishedfinder.com/


"... at only $100 / year to list with them and no other fees, it seemed worth a try."

Since I am a real estate broker, I also list my vacation home on the MLS, which has been fruitful. And, surprisingly, I still get most of my inquiries for longer stays through VRBO.


What I have found most interesting, is the wide-variety of guests I have had for mid-term stays. Everything from people waiting for their custom homes to be built, to couples "testing" favorite cities to determine where to retire, to families needing a place while their home is being remodeled or restored due to water damage or electrical fires.


It has been a great benefit to me to have this in my resource toolkit and I really enjoy the "down time" I get with great longer-term guests. ~ EK


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