How to Successfully Invest in Short Term Rentals

Dated: November 13 2021

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Curious about Short Term Rentals? 

Buying a short term rental, also known as vacation property, could be your next successful investment. Want a lifetime of vacations that pays for itself? We'll show you exactly how to get it.

Your Vacation Home Can Pay For Itself. Here's How.


1. Do your research.

2. Pick the right type of property. 
Make improvements in the off season.

4. Use a professional property manager.

Research the Market

To determine how much rental income you can expect, you'll want to look at comparable properties, occupancy, nightly rates in each season, and costs. Want some help? We offer free comprehensive market analysis on any property you're interested in. To give you a general idea, here are yearly income estimates for two common types of vacation rentals.

House | 3 Bedroom 2 Bath | Sleeps 10

A home like this can make up to $45,000 per year, with beachfront making up to $80,000 per year.

Condo | 2 Bedroom 2 Bath | Sleeps 8

A condo like this can make up to $20,000 per year, with beachfront making up to $35,000 per year. 

Picking The Right Property

Always choose a vacation home that you'll love coming back to.


First, weigh the pros and cons of getting a house vs. a condo. The primary benefits of a house is greater space and privacy, but you'll miss out on the amenities (resort style pools, landscaping, fitness centers, etc.) that come with a condo. Other factors to consider are the HOA fees and what they cover, and of course maintenance costs.

Take Advantage Of The Off Season

Wintertime is the best time to buy a vacation rental because you have a large window to make improvements that increase the value of your property. Renovations, preventative maintenance, and fresh furniture and decor allow you to boost your nightly rates and bring in more income.

Partner With a Local Property Manager


Turning a vacation home into a money-making rental has many moving parts, from the photography and marketing, listing on booking sites, customer service and communications, handling emergencies, managing housekeeping, maintenance, and repairs. It requires time, effort, and proximity to the property.


You could take all this work upon yourself, or you can hire experts to do it, while you take it easy and collect a big check every month. 


Our sister company, Connect Coastal Vacation Rentals, provides exceptional, full-service property management to give owners peace of mind and give guests a high quality rental experience. To learn about our all-inclusive property management services, give us a call at 409-632-7758 or click here.


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Connect Coastal Vacation Rentals and Sales

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