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Old 04-11-2014, 01:12 AM
 
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My husband and I have the option to move to either of these places for his work. We are 55 (and younger!), have 2 small dogs, and love outdoor activities(gardening, fishing,walking, biking, swimming, camping,etc). We will need access to good medical care, would like to rent first to see how we like the community, even though we have been home owners for many years. We are finding rents in Delray and Boca very expensive and we have found several houses in Punta Gorda, but when we call the realtors, they already have accepted applications. No one seems to want to assist us in finding a place to live, maybe it is because we are renting. We do not want to live in the country, but in a safe neighborhood with good walkability and places to walk to. Which coast do you suggest? Any suggestions for realtors? Which communities would be better and have rental houses?
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Old 04-11-2014, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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Rentals are extremely tight right now. A lot of people are renting, not buying. I would suggest considering s short-term rental in a mh park until you can find a house. However there are still some inexpensive homes to buy, so you might consider that, then use that home as a rental or resell if you want something better later.
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Old 04-11-2014, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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My husband and I have the option to move to either of these places for his work. We are 55 (and younger!), have 2 small dogs, and love outdoor activities(gardening, fishing,walking, biking, swimming, camping,etc). We will need access to good medical care, would like to rent first to see how we like the community, even though we have been home owners for many years. We are finding rents in Delray and Boca very expensive and we have found several houses in Punta Gorda, but when we call the realtors, they already have accepted applications. No one seems to want to assist us in finding a place to live, maybe it is because we are renting. We do not want to live in the country, but in a safe neighborhood with good walkability and places to walk to. Which coast do you suggest? Any suggestions for realtors? Which communities would be better and have rental houses?
It sounds as though Punta Gorda might be a good town for you, based on what you like to do. I think renting is a good idea if you want to "test the waters".

Be very carful when looking for a rental. I have people swipe my pictures off homes I have for sale and list them on Craigslist, Trulia or various other online sites and try to pass them off as rentals. I would highly recommend you use a licensed Realtor to find you a place. After Easter the snowbirds head back up north so the rental rates go down and it's a bit easier to find something. Here is the local MLS website and you can go on there and search for available rentals: Florida Homes for Sale direct from MLS

Good luck with your search!
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Old 04-11-2014, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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One should find plenty rentals for the summer in the Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte area as most of the snowbirds have headed back north and prices should be quite resonable.Check Home Away and VRBO
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Old 04-11-2014, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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Hook up with a couple of different rental property management companies or a rental specialist. They will hunt for something for you. Seasonal rentals are booked a year in advance as well as most short term rentals. But there are new rental properties that do come on the market.
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