Seaside Farms’ HOA allows 25% of the homes to be rented. This is common for most subdivisions. I mention this, because most of my business these days is showing rental properties. As of now, there is an average of 38 people moving into the Charleston area, and that will increase this summer when kids are out of school and parents are relocating.
When my husband and I moved to the Lowcountry, we rented for a year so we could get a feel for the area and where we would ultimately find our forever home. Luckily the agent we were working with found us a home to rent in Seaside Farms. After a few months of looking around other communities, we knew Seaside Farms was where we wanted to buy. The house next door to our rental eventually came on the market and we bought.
When I help people find a rental, one of the first things I do is send them a generic rental application so when they find the house they want to rent, they will have all the basic information required already gathered on one form … These houses go so fast and timing is key! Once I set them up on a search and they see a few houses of interest, I ask them to check out the neighborhoods before I schedule time to look inside. A neighborhood makes a huge impression on folks. I showed a beautiful condo on a pond that was perfect for the couple I was helping. When we left, we drove around the area and when the wife saw a “Don’t feed the alligators” sign, she changed her mind and we had to keep looking.
If you’re moving to the Lowcountry and want to rent before you buy, please contact me.