Rent Your Long Term or Seasonal Rental Property: 5 Things You Should Know

October 5th, 2011

Rental Condo: Living Room

1. Set Appropriate Rental Rates
Research your rental area. Are your rates realistic to comparable rental homes? If you’re asking five times as much as other homeowners, you may not get any real rental interest. And when the rental market changes you should adjust your rates accordingly and always make sure to update your rental rates on rental home listing sites, like SelectDwelling. How To Determine Rental Rates?

2. Take Quality Photos
Would you rent a home if all the photos were dark, pixelated and of the backyard? No, you probably wouldn’t. Photos invite the possible renter into your home. They help sell the rental. Take good quality photos of the main rooms of your house and any other rental amenities—water view, clubhouse, pool, tennis courts, golf course–these are enticing rental features. Check out: Rental Photos Matter: 3 easy steps to taking them!

3. Write Accurate Rental Property Descriptions
SelectDwelling makes it easy to fill-in your rental home details with 1-click buttons and menus, but the accuracy of your rental property descriptions is key. This is the main information that possible renters have about your house amenities, features, location, and your contact information. Keeping this information current and complete is a good policy to follow to attract renters.

4. Respond To Rental Inquiries Immediately
Rental property owners should check their email frequently. SelectDwelling offers a contact form on each rental listing that sends an email directly to the homeowner from the possible renter. We’ve all heard, “the early bird gets the worm”, and this remains true for booking rental homes. Make sure your phone number is current and check your voicemail and email often. Southwest Florida Rental Owners – How’s your response time?

5. Prepare Your Florida Lease Agreement
As a landlord you will need a written rental agreement stating the rights and obligations between you and the tenant. There are several sites online to purchase a florida rental lease, but its always a good idea to have your lawyer review all the clauses and making amendments as needed. Also, as a rental home owner, you should be aware that if you rent your home for less than 6 months then its your responsibility to collect a “resort, bed, transient tax” from your renters, and this clause should be added to your Florida lease. Go to your local county tax collector website to download the application and to verify the current tax rates. Tourist Tax: Are You Collecting?

Staying current, accurate, and offering quality photos will help you have rental home success.

Long-term and Seasonal Home Rentals in Southwest Florida

Popular Kid Friendly Southwest Florida Activities

September 29th, 2011

Escape Zone Skate and Fun Center

© Escape Zone/ucindy1978

You and your family are planning a trip to visit the Grandparents. You know where you’re staying because you’ve already booked your rental home, but what will you do to keep your family entertained?

Here’s a list of popular kid friendly activities in Southwest Florida:

Escape Zone Skate and Fun Center
5370 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers, Florida 33907
Amusement Parks, Playgrounds & Playspaces

J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge
1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel, Florida 33957 | (239) 472-1100

The Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
1590 Goodlette Road, Naples, Florida 34102 | (239) 262-540
Animals, Nature & Gardens, and Playgrounds & Playspaces

Imaginarium: Hands-On Museum and Aquarium
2000 Cranford Avenue, Fort Myers, Florida 33916 | (239) 337-3332
Museums & Monuments and Animals

Sun Splash Family Waterpark
400 Santa Barbara Boulevard, Cape Coral, Florida | (239) 574-0557

Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium
3450 Ortiz Avenue, Fort Myers, Florida 33905 | (239) 275-3435

Tigertail Beach
400 Hernando Drive , Marco Island, Florida 34145 | 239-254-4000
Playgrounds & Playspaces and Beaches & Lakes

Check more Things to Do with Children in Southwest Florida

Long-term and Seasonal Home Rentals in Southwest Florida

Edison and Ford estates in Fort Myers: 5 Reasons to Visit

September 15th, 2011

There is a cool breeze in the air now and you’re itching to get to Florida for the winter, but as a seasonal renter or annual renter, what are some things to do in Southwest Florida once you get there? The Palm Beach Post had a great article entitled, “5 reasons to see the Edison and Ford estates in Fort Myers“. This is just one of many great outings you can expect to enjoy this season.

Don’t forget to check out SelectDwelling’a top 5 things to do in Fort Myers.

Have a fun event to share? Contact SelectDwelling and we’ll add it to our Calendar section!

Long-term and Seasonal Home Rentals in Southwest Florida

Make Money Renting Your House in Southwest Florida!

August 31st, 2011

The stock market is too volatile, Bonds, CD’s and Money Markets pay close to nothing, so where else can you make money? The rental housing market.

If you can take advantage of today’s low mortgage rates and purchase an investment property or if you bought a rental home in the last 7 years and don’t want to sell it for a loss, then why not rent your house and make money.

Rental homes are valuable assets. Let’s say you owe $1000/monthly mortgage, but you can rent your house or condo annually for $1500/month. That’s pretty good rental home income.

So where do you start? Here at SelectDwelling we can help you rent your house. You list your property on SelectDwelling and we advertise and market your rental home to prospective renters. We have a ton of traffic and renters inquiring, so let’s get your Southwest Florida property listed and start making money renting today!

Our online site is great for homeowners who want to list their rental property for seasonal and annual rentals. As a property owner you can edit your house listing anytime, and you determine your property description, photos, and rental rates. SelectDwelling also helps local realtors gain immediate exposure for their current rentals.

The best part is SelectDwelling is here to help you. Contact SelectDwelling with any house rental questions. We’ll even list your properties for you!

Homeowner Resources and Tips: How to Rent and more

Long-term and Seasonal Home Rentals in Southwest Florida

Get your MangoMania on!

July 26th, 2011

MangoMania Tropical Fruit Festival

July 30–31, 2011

German-American Social Club

2101 Pine Island Rd

Cape Coral, Florida 33910


Hours: Saturday 10 a.m – 7 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Admission: Adults $6, advanced purchase $5 (FREE under 10)

July 30 & 31 is the 15th annual MangoMania Tropical Fruit Festival. The star of this 2-day event is the locally-grown Pine Island mango. With crafts, recipe contests, FREE mango tasting tables, activities, games and rides for the kids what’s not to love at this awesome fruit fair. Plus don’t forget to meet the Mango Queen!

Learn more about the MangoMania Tropical Fruit Fair

Long-term and Seasonal Home Rentals in Southwest Florida

Annual Rental Naples Florida

June 6th, 2011

Royal Harbor Condo RentalNeed an annual rental in Naples, Florida? This 2-bedroom/2-bath Royal Harbor condo has it all. First floor living, fully furnished, community pool and tennis courts. Directly off 5th Ave, this long-term rental in Southwest Florida could be yours. Contact the owner today!

Long-term and Seasonal Home Rentals in Southwest Florida

Attention seasonal renters: Are you a food lover?

April 8th, 2011

Food Lover's Festival

Photo by QUENTIN ROUX, Naples News Staff

Join others this Sunday at the Taste of Marco, where you’ll sample local cuisine while supporting the Greater Marco Island YMCA.
Over 23 local restaurants are participating from 11:00-5:00pm. Don’t miss your chance to nosh this weekend: Esplanade, 760 N. Collier Blvd.
To finish out your day, journey over to the Naples Pier to enjoy a beautiful sunset.

As a seasonal renter make sure to check out our other April Calendar of Events.

Long-term and Seasonal Home Rentals in Southwest Florida

You’re opportunity is here to see real Spanish Treasure!

March 15th, 2011

Have you always wanted the chance to see actual sunken Treasure? At Lover’s Key State Park, between Bonita Beach and Fort Myers Beach, this Friday, March 18th, interested folks will get a chance to learn about the famous Atocha Spanish Galleon found off the Florida coast and its incredible cache of sunken treasure. See actual treasure recovered from the wreck, don’t forget to bring your pirate patch!

Check out for more information on the Treasures of the Atocha.

More March Calendar of Events for Southwest Florida.

Long-term and Seasonal Home Rentals in Southwest Florida

7 Things to Do with Kids in Naples, Florida

February 24th, 2011

Your snowbirding parents have been renting a condo in Southwest Florida since October and you thought it was high time you escaped the cold and visited them. You suddenly panic! What are some activities you can do with your children in “baby boomer” paradise?

Here are 7 things to do with your children in Naples, Florida:

1. Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
Admission: Child $11.95, Adult $19.95, Seniors $18.95
(Tickets purchased online are sometimes cheaper!)
1590 Goodlette Rd
(239) 262-5409

2. Clam Pass County Park
Admission: Free parking for visitors with a beach parking sticker
Seagate Drive and Crayton Road
Naples, FL 34103
(239) 353-0404

3. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Admission: Children under 6 FREE, Student $4.00, Adult: $10.00
(Wheelchair and Stroller accessible)
375 Sanctuary Road West
Naples, FL 34120-4865
(239) 348-9151

4. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida
Admission: Various programs, call for current ticket prices
1450 Merrihue Dr
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 262-0304

5. Cypress Woods Golf and Country Club
Admission: Call 2 days in advance for Tee Times
Cypress Woods Golf and Country Club
3525 Northbrooke Drive
Naples, FL  34119-7920
(239) 592-7860

6. King Richard’s Family Fun Park
Admission: Single Ticket $5.00
(check website for other package deals)
6780 Airport Pulling Rd N
Naples, FL  34109
(239) 598-2042

7. Everglades Airboat Excursions
Admission: 1/2 day Child $60.00, Adult $89.00 / Full day Child $89.00, Adult $129.00
1010 6th Avenue
South Naples, FL  34102
(239) 262-1914

No matter what you choose—Beaches, Parks, Nature Preserves, Golfing or a day at the Zoo—all of these kid activities in Naples will be great fun for the entire family. Then after a day of fun, check out 10 Restaurants not to be missed in Naples!

Long-term and Seasonal Home Rentals in Southwest Florida

Don’t miss the Naples Boat Show!

January 26th, 2011

Naples Boat Show

Check out new and used boats and RVs at the Naples Boat Show in downtown Naples, Florida this weekend.  While leisurely perusing the water and land craft, don’t miss the variety of vendors, Kids Corner, live music and good food provided by Texas Tony’s BBQ Shack (Saturday and Sunday). Also, keep an eye out for Edgar Hansen from the TV show Deadliest Catch, who will be there to meet everyone and to sign autographs. A fun weekend for the family.

Date: January 27, 2011 – January 30, 2011
Admission: $10 Adults; Kids Free; Free parking
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm
Address: 100 Goodlette-Frank Rd. S. Naples, FL 34102
Contact: 239-682-0900

February is just around the corner, send SelectDwelling your Southwest Florida event and we’ll promote it in our monthly Calendar of Events.

Long-term and Seasonal Home Rentals in Southwest Florida