How to Find the Perfect 55+ Rental Home

by Susan Quilty on December 13, 2010

    Many online sources are available to help snowbirds find the perfect winter retreat.

Many online sources are available to help snowbirds find the perfect winter retreat.

Each winter, snowbird retirees flock to warmer climates. There they will bask in the sun and put thoughts of snowstorms and heavy coats out of their minds. But before they can make their seasonal migration, these snowbirds first have to secure a home for the winter.

For snowbirds who do not own a second home, vacation rentals are a common way to spend the winter in a sunny southern locale. Yet, first-time snowbirds and those looking for a rental home in a new area may not know where to find out about extended stay homes, especially if they are hoping to find a rental home within a 55+ community.

Rental homes that are located in 55+ communities are often rented out by their owners, instead of being handled through real estate agents or other institutions. As such, most owners are looking for long-term renters, and would prefer to have the same people stay in their home through the whole season. Renters who like a house may come back to it year after year, but others prefer to try out different locations each year. Fortunately, there are a few resources available online to help snowbirds track down rental homes.

VRBO.com — VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner) is designed for anyone who wants to rent a vacation home. You can browse by location and check availability for your travel dates. Although the site does not give you an option to search specifically for 55+ communities, those who are search engine savvy will find that advanced search operators may help narrow the prospects. For example, going to Google.com and typing [ site:vrbo.com “55+ community” ] will bring back listings on vrbo.com which include the phrase “55+ community.”

SnowbirdCondo.com — This rental home website is designed specifically with snowbirds in mind. Featuring rental homes in the southern United States, South America and nearby islands, Snowbird Condo helps renters find several types of homes including condos, villas, townhomes and single-family homes. You can even sort by the number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, or the property’s pet policy.

SnowbirdHelper.com — As a site created for snowbirds, Snowbird Helper includes a lot of information for winter travelers, including its own listing of rental homes in popular snowbird markets. The main list is arranged by state (or country for international listings) and each rental has its own link to a web ad with more information.

Many snowbirds also find great rental opportunities through word of mouth. By getting to know other snowbirds, you can share your experiences, learn from each other and tap into a great resource for finding future rental recommendations.

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Valerie October 31, 2014 at 4:40 pm

We are both 55 looking for a 3+ bedroom/ 2 garage in Middlesex or Monmouth NJ.
Will rent for 1 – 3 yrs or more. 2 bdrm + study is also fine. Hope to move in ASAP

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patty sollers November 2, 2014 at 4:42 pm

moving to Florida November 15 due to asthma will I be able to find a home or mobile home anywhere in your State? That is with minimal problems .I realize this sounds awfully foolish ,but it sure beats another year of suffering through winter not being able to breathe

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Rich December 1, 2014 at 11:02 am

Looking for a long term rental in North San Antonio. We are 60+..Relocating to be near family. A 2 bdrm is fine.

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Judy December 2, 2014 at 8:09 am

I am looking for a 3 month rental in Florida. Would like a 55 year senior park,either mobile home or condo.Rental for Jan/Feb/March/ and maybe April.No smoking/no pets.

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Candace Jacobs December 2, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Judy Am looking for the same thing maybe a shared house would work out
I am single semi retired teacher and want to escape the cold harsh winter on Cape Cod. thinking of driving down and exploring along the way but spending a couple of months Feb and Mar in Fla Have been to the keys but would prefer something closer to mainland living but warm w beaches as I am a swimmer! If you have any thoughts plz contact!

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Mary December 7, 2014 at 10:36 pm

Looking for month of Feb 2015 to rent , thanks Mary PS must be reasonable

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Linda Leslie December 27, 2014 at 4:05 pm

I’m looking for the months of feb.and march. area of hudson,st.pete,tarpon springs.clearwater beach,.and would like it to be reasonable.Thank you in advance!! have a wonderful day

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Gail & Stan December 29, 2014 at 3:06 pm

My husband & I are retired & live currently in Rochester NY. We are desperately trying to find a rental for a few months during the harsh winter (maybe Dec-March). We are considering and active 55+ community, possibly Mobil home, manufactured home, townhouse,villa or private home. We are considering from coastal South Carolina down to Florida West Coast as far down to central Fla. I would love Tarpon Springs! We are flexible with what type of home but we have a little Maltese dog adult. We can’t afford too much but something reasonable. Please contact us anytime.

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Olivia January 11, 2015 at 5:45 pm

I’m free!. Single, Lutheran mom with daughter about to graduate as geologist. So I’m free. Coming to UCF to finish my master’s degree at 60. Looking for something small with a place to put out plants. No pets, no smoking, just looking for a quiet place to study, near UCF. Would some one please help. I am at an extended stay hotel for the next 30 days or so. I arrive Tuesday, Jan 14th. Thank you in advance for your help.

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Vivon.com January 18, 2015 at 1:16 pm

Currently living in a Long Island, NY condo developement, my wife & I are interested in beginning the “snowbird” process. Having aquaintences on the west coast of Florida, we would love to find a rental ( prefferably a condo) in the areas of Gulfport, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Tarpon Springs, SanAntonio, Brooksville and surrounding areas. We have looked at the developement of Solavita in Kissimee and would certainly give any offers consideration. If you are looking for quiet, clean and consistent renters, please send us any offer.

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Joyce Shaffer January 20, 2015 at 12:21 am

I am would like to move
to a warmer climate. I am a single woman in my 70’s. I want to rent
a 2 bedroom 2 bath garage and laundry hook up. Respond by
Email. an 55+ would be preferred.
Hope to hear from you
Joyce Shaffer

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Kathy Shuman January 20, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Hello,

I now live in the Phila Pa area. I need to get out of the winter weather and would very much like to relocate to Myrtle Beach. I am a big golfer… so why not.

I would love some suggestions…

Thanks and have a great day!!

Kathy

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Kathy Shuman January 20, 2015 at 2:42 pm

Hi there,

I am now in Phila freezing to death…. I would love to move to Myrtle. I am a big golfer so why not… I love people very energetic and love life. I just need fun and some sun…………..

I would love some suggestions.

Thanks

Kathy Shuman

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Kathy January 21, 2015 at 5:14 pm

My husband is legally blind at age 52 and I am 62. We have 3 beloved cats that we have had since they were 6 weeks old. One is a persian,another Hymilayan and last is a ragdoll. I will have them groomed and cut as necessary to keep the hair under control and they will have all their shots. They use pellett litter so there is not litter all around the home. They are all well behaved and only indoor cats. I am looking for a condo rental or trailer rental or house with little yard upkeep, for a long time residency. We would like to reloacate in late spring of 2015 upon selling our home in Michigan. We are looking for something under $1,000. per month. please email me if you have something for us.. Thank you..

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