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Old 08-29-2018, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
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My husband and I have accepted a job in Ocala and are trying to get a feel for where we might want to live. Our job requires a good bit of travel around the Ocala area, so distance from the city center itself is not a bad thing. We have no idea how long well be in the area, so were looking to rent. Our priorities are lot size, affordability, and safety. Were both accustomed to living in the country and having to drive half an hour or more to get anywhere other than the local corner store. We dont have children so schools are not an issue. What communities should we look at to find small older homes or mobile homes on a few acres without crazy rental costs? Were looking to keep rent between $600-$800 per month, (about what it has been where weve lived previously outside of Birmingham and Little Rock.) Is that a reasonable amount, or are we in for a rude awakening in the rental market down here? Ideally wed like to be no more than an hour outside of the city. Thanks in advance for any information you can offer.
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Old 08-29-2018, 03:55 PM
 
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Try Zillow https://www.zillow.com/ for rentals


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Be careful of the area you pick and the cost of utilities.
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Old 08-29-2018, 05:59 PM
 
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Cheap rural areas around Ocala are in Levy County area. Check out Morriston and Williston. It's a tough market for rentals though. I'm not sure if that price range is feasible for a home on acreage. Maybe a trailer.

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Old 08-29-2018, 06:22 PM
 
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Old 08-30-2018, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
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Thanks so much for the feedback! We’ve been using Zillow and Craigslist, as well as Google searches to check local property management agencies without much luck. We’re flying down next week to drive around the city and try to get a better idea of things.
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Old 08-30-2018, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Florida
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When people speak of living in Ocala they may actually be living in Marion County. I think you will find your acreage in the county and not the City. IF expenses are important be sure to price water, sewer, electric, trash pickup etc for the EXACT place you intend to rent. Cost can very a lot. Utility territories can split communities so be sure to check for the exact address you are looking at. Cities tend to raise some tax revenue through higher utility fees also.
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Old 08-31-2018, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
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This stuff that I’m reading about utilities in this area is bizarre. I assumed that Florida Power would be the electric provider for most of the state and figured rural water service would be about the same regardless of area and would likely be septic. My experience with Alabama Power, also a Southern Company, was great. I’m grateful for the input, we definitely don’t need any costly surprises.
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Old 08-31-2018, 10:53 AM
 
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Be sure you wont be under Ocala Electric. Their costs are thru the roof. I have Duke Energy, and I believe Seco is also in the county, I find them reasonable. Trafficwise Route 40 can get really jammed up going into town in the morning. Route 301/441 runs north and south thru town and easier to navigate in the morning.
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Old 08-31-2018, 04:15 PM
 
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This stuff that Im reading about utilities in this area is bizarre. I assumed that Florida Power would be the electric provider for most of the state and figured rural water service would be about the same regardless of area and would likely be septic. My experience with Alabama Power, also a Southern Company, was great. Im grateful for the input, we definitely dont need any costly surprises.
There are coops, towns have their own systems etc. Yes it was not what most people would expect.
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Old 09-03-2018, 08:01 PM
 
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600-$800 is pretty low so I’m guessing your not expecting much . I’ve only lived in the area for about 3 yrs now. Prices have gone up and I would guess rental prices would follow. There are some area you might find something. Beverly Hills, Marion Oaks, Lake Tropicana and Rainbow Lakes to name a few. Not the best of areas but for the price you’re looking at you might find it there.
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