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Old 01-12-2012, 07:45 AM
 
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Hi there!

My fiance and I are relocating to Oregon for a job he took in Yachats. Since we are moving from Michigan, we are looking for something affordable, and possibly furnished. We have been looking as far north as Newport, and as far south as Florence. Is there any good long term rental companies that have a good reputation? We will be moving site unseen, so we are trying to avoid putting money into something that isn't livable.

Also, I have my bachelor's degree in Marketing/PR. I have done a couple years of experience, is there much work in that field on the coast? I know there are a lot of hotels and vacation rental companies on the coast, but haven't come across many bigger companies.

Any information would be very appreciated!

Thank you!

Kara

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Old 01-12-2012, 09:07 AM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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The Oregon Coast in general is sparsely populated. Yachats is essentially a bump in the road and unlike Newport or Florence isn't even a tourist destination in it's own right any more. That is other then people who have beach houses there. As of 2000, the entire Cities population was 617! I seriously doubt it has grown at all, in this economy it's more likely to have shrunk.

You're pretty much going to have to look in Newport or Florence for rentals, Newport is the bigger town so you may have better luck there. Another option is to buy a cheap travel trailer or RV and rent monthly in one of the multiple RV parks in the area. Be aware that most rentals anywhere near the Ocean are going to be converted for vacation rentals, so you'll want to be looking inland a ways.

Unfortunately, your degree and experience isn't going to be a lot of use. There aren't a lot of huge companies on the Coast that need your skills. Your best bets are going to be the Seven Feathers Casino in Florence, NOAA in Newport, the Aquarium in Newport, and perhaps the Chamber of Commerce for Florence or Newport. Oh, perhaps the Oregon Coast Magazine might be able to use you. I think they're based out of Newport.

There are few more opportunities further north in Lincoln City with another Casino and a few of the larger independent Hotels, but that is another 30 miles north of Newport. You may be better off starting your own PR company and approaching all the small art studios and other tourist attractions directly.

Hotels on the Oregon Coast are either part of a big chain, or owned and run by one family. Most are going to be pretty small Hotels, the Adobe Resort there in Yachats only has about 60 rooms total. My favorite hotel in Florence only has 20 rooms! Vacation Rental Companies tend to be run by realtors who also sell houses on the side to make ends meet.
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Old 02-04-2012, 03:26 PM
 
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Hi, I just saw your question.

I don't know if you are still looking, but there is a good property management company in Newport called Dolphin Realty or Dolphin Real Estate that does long term rentals. (Just google long term rentals in Newport, OR and they'll come up.)

Most of them are month to month, so you won't be stuck in a one year lease situation. They also have a website with pictures, so you can see the properties. We are currently renting from them, and they are very professional and get right on repairs when you need them. They also do a lot of rentals south of Newport, like Waldport, which is near Yachats. I would start there.

Also, once you get out here, Craigslist has a lot of good rentals advertised, if you decide you want to move around. Better to be out here, though, because the good ones get snatched up fast.

As for employment, let's just say, I'm still looking myself. The coast is not known for it's professional jobs. It's more in the hospitality/restaurant business. However, I believe you could find good jobs with the casinos and possibly with Lincoln County. Just be prepared to look for a while. NOAA and the Oregon Coast Aquarium were good suggestions. Oregon Coast magazine is based in Florence.

I hope this helps with your relocation plan.

Good Luck.
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Old 02-05-2012, 05:26 AM
 
Location: Loving life
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I'm a Apartment manager here in Reedsport. I never put out adds to rent. Your best bet would be in Waldport. But get a short term rental first. Then start the hunt once you get here. Stay close to your employment, as 101 can get vry slow in the summer months. A 15 mile trip could take as long as a half a hour.
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