south padre island

With views and playgrounds like this, South Padre is a popular destination.

Previously this week, we discussed how the housing market in South Padre Island could really give vacation home seekers a lot of bang for their buck.

Today, we’ll look at how that bang can become a boom — if you’re willing to jump through a few hoops the city says are designed to protect renters, landlords, and make sure city resources are allocated wisely.

With South Padre appearing regularly on lists of best beaches for families and best Spring Break beach destinations, it stands to reason that there are a fair amount of people looking for the freedom and room a condo or beach house might offer, as opposed to a hotel.

“Spring break brings 50,000 to 60,000 people in at one time — and the population of South Padre is only 2,800 or so,” said Gary Tate of Keller Williams Lynne Tate South Padre Island. (more…)

Vacation Home Rental RECENTER

With the economy on the upswing, better interest rates, and stock market gains, vacation homes and second home purchases are booming. By the lake, in the mountains, near the cost, in the desert — there are tons of great locations with plenty of fantastic properties. And sometimes a second home can actually make you money.

Do you occasionally rent out your vacation home? Services such as VRBO, HomeAway, and Airbnb are increasing in popularity, sometimes becoming a reliable second income stream for homeowners. Oftentimes the cost of maintaining these income-producing properties can be deducted. However, pitfalls abound. This report from the latest issue of Tierra Grande, the quarterly magazine produced by the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, spells out the particulars of how vacation homeownership can lead to a tricky situation without proper record keeping.

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This article in Daily Finance tells us what we have known for awhile: with all the changes in our economy, people are thinking differently, too, about ownership of “things”. Why buy a car, a jet or a vacation home when you can share it? Apparently this trend is moving from Wall Street, where asset sharing has long been popular. Then there’s airbnb. I met the founders of this fabulous website in San Francisco. Guess how they started out? They couldn’t pay their rent. In order to gather enough moola to make the rent payment on time, they posted an ad on Craig’s List during a very busy convention time in San Francisco when all the hotels were filled, offering their home for lease. That weekend they sub-leased their apartment and made enough to cover a whole month’s rent. Often, it turns out, the greatest creative ideas are created out of sheer survival need!

If you have a second home, you can turn that into a third home over at 3rdHome.com. But with airbnd, all you need is a spare room or even a tugboat! If you are willing to rent it out and have strangers in your home, property owners only pay a 3% commission on any completed bookings. The listing is free. There are now more than 70,000 listings on the site. And as we learned in San Francisco, VC (venture capitalists) have been investing heavily in airbnb in recent months, so an IPO in the next year or two isn’t out of the question.

That’s right. These guys went from not being able to cover the monthly rent check to maybe pulling in several million dollars. Times are very different. We are a Renter Nation now. And that means that some of us will even take in boarders!

And then get rich!