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Old 06-19-2010, 05:19 PM
Location: Bethany/Tanasbourne area
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Hi everyone!

Ive been browsing this site for awhile now today, this is after weeks and weeks of non result producing craigslist searches. My family and I have been renting in suburban NW Portland for the last 10 years and we need a change so many many reasons! We are looking for a 3-4 bedroom rental or rent to own (we cannot buy at this time) on 2ish acres with a large garage and or shop (my husband and I both have small businesses), garden space and space for a few goats or sheep and some chickens.
I have been focusing within 2 hours of where we are, as that is the "safe" area I am comfortable with. City girl going for rural living is a bit intimidating
I am having no luck with craigslist and have poked around a few newspapers with no luck as well either. I am looking for suggestions on contacts or resources that could provide more options for us. Not everyone posts on craigslist...I am sure of it!
The areas of search have been Columbia County, some Oregon coast and pretty much everything from Wilsonville on South (including Salem, Albany, Corvalis and Philomath) to Eugene staying West of I-5 except for Silverton, Mt Angel area.

If anyone can point me in the area of some good rental companies or rural rental resource I would greatly appreciate it! As of today we have 44 days to be out of our current home!
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Old 06-19-2010, 07:46 PM
Location: State of Jefferson coast
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In my corner of the state, perhaps a third of available rental properties are listed on Craigslist. People in rural areas often do things in a more old-fashioned way. Look in newspaper classifieds and, if you find an area you really want to target, drive out there and ask around. Look for 3 x 5 cards on the bulletin board at the local grocery store. A lot of people are nervous about renting to complete strangers. You might need the local grapevine to help you out. There may also be people who are advertising their homes for sale who would be willing to rent if the terms are right. Again, you'll have to get away from the computer and pound some pavement to break through the local knowledge barrier.
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Old 06-21-2010, 04:33 PM
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One thing worth looking at is bulletin boards at country stores (like Petrich's in Scholls). It does take looking, because housing prices used to be such that people would just buy a place.
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Old 06-21-2010, 05:28 PM
Location: Salem, OR
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Rural folks don't tend to be the most internet oriented folks. That's often why they want rural property...to be away from urbanization and all that it entails. You need to look in local newspapers and I agree that local places with bulletin boards are a good place to look as well.
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Old 07-04-2010, 08:30 AM
Location: Bethany/Tanasbourne area
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We've spent countless hours driving the areas we're looking at, picking up local papers, but we haven't checked bulletin boards yet! We are getting down to the wire and I'm stressing about it! We can't use a rental agency either as we get paid weekly, we need to pay rent weekly, agencies don't work like that!
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Old 07-06-2010, 08:21 PM
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I would go to a feed store and not only look on the bulletin boards but talk to the clerks. From what I have experienced the locals need to know you and start a rumor. "Hey, I met this couple down at the Coast to Coast who were looking to rent a place". Really, that is how it happens.
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