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Old 06-07-2016, 10:11 AM
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So now that summer has started; how is the rental business?
So far, so good. Right now we have 7 renters and almost all have paid already. We're there the first 2 weeks of July and then it's rented out through the end of August. We also have our first renter coming next week so my wife and I are running up this weekend to be sure everything is in order.

It's great right now because we have money....let me see how it goes after a few renters. We've done a lot to get it nice so hopefully it goes well!!

Dropping the boat in this weekend!!
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Old 06-07-2016, 02:38 PM
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Awesome, sounds like it's going well.

My wife and I were discussing buying a place on Lake Martin (Alabama) as an investment/rental property. I'm starting to feel like too much of my retirement is invested in the market but, I just can't decide if the rental business is strong enough that close to the beach.
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Old 06-18-2016, 08:50 AM
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Awesome, sounds like it's going well.

My wife and I were discussing buying a place on Lake Martin (Alabama) as an investment/rental property. I'm starting to feel like too much of my retirement is invested in the market but, I just can't decide if the rental business is strong enough that close to the beach.
We had a place at Martin that we rented. It was a really nice condo that we picked up for a good price. We had a pretty strong rental business going. We started renting in the middle of the summer and it kind of took off. The nice thing about Martin is that it's so close to auburn. We were about 45 minutes from the stadium. Even during that first summer/fall, we rented every home game weekend with a 3 night minimum. The next season we started getting rental requests in February. We were looking a pretty booked summer. Unfortunately, the rental companies there didn't have a good reputation and we were doing it all ourselves through VRBO. VRBO is great but it was pretty stressful dealing with it. My wife and I both work and we have 3 kids. We also didn't get to use it very much. I still think it's a great place for a rental property. The football season really extends the earning ability. If we weren't so busy or could have found a trustworthy rental company we'd probably still have it.
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Hey Jeff, headed to Hayden on Saturday for a week. Any tips or things to watch out for on the water?

Owners suggested driving north all the way to E Lancaster and launching at Sportsman's on our way around to their place off of Lee's Point Road. Looks a little out of the way on the map, given there is a launch at Honeysuckle, but I'm not familiar with the area or roads at all. They have room for our trailer on property, so we don't need to leave the trailer.

My first thought was to find the property first and then go back and launch, but it looks like it's a good 20 minute drive regardless of which launch I plan to use. Little hesitant having my wife and kids try to locate the property with me on the water given it's our first time there, but guess they could do it.
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Old 08-02-2016, 05:28 PM
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Hey Jeff, headed to Hayden on Saturday for a week. Any tips or things to watch out for on the water?

Owners suggested driving north all the way to E Lancaster and launching at Sportsman's on our way around to their place off of Lee's Point Road. Looks a little out of the way on the map, given there is a launch at Honeysuckle, but I'm not familiar with the area or roads at all. They have room for our trailer on property, so we don't need to leave the trailer.

My first thought was to find the property first and then go back and launch, but it looks like it's a good 20 minute drive regardless of which launch I plan to use. Little hesitant having my wife and kids try to locate the property with me on the water given it's our first time there, but guess they could do it.
I would launch first and then drive around.

I normally launch at Sportsman's Access as it's less crowded and free. I have done the Honeysuckle one but I think there is a boat launch fee (like $10). And it can get a little busy there too....but there is a little more room to maneuver. Sportsman's Access is re-done, but a little tighter. If you are good with maneuvering then you shouldn't have any problems. I can do the suburban and double axle no problem, but have seen others struggle.

Either way is about the same distance and you look to be about 1/2 way around the lake. There was some re-paving going on earlier this summer but I think that's about done (Sportsman's Access route).

It looks like you are just near the small little rock islands so that can be a good visual reference for you. We've also noticed some of our renters drive by 2 or 3 times before pulling the boat in, so we've learned. Ask the homeowner to send a pic of the dock from the water so you can figure it out with the boat for the first time.

You also may have to get an invasive species sticker. You can get that at Super One Foods Grocery, service desk that closes at 6pm each day.
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I would launch first and then drive around.

I normally launch at Sportsman's Access as it's less crowded and free. I have done the Honeysuckle one but I think there is a boat launch fee (like $10). And it can get a little busy there too....but there is a little more room to maneuver. Sportsman's Access is re-done, but a little tighter. If you are good with maneuvering then you shouldn't have any problems. I can do the suburban and double axle no problem, but have seen others struggle.

Either way is about the same distance and you look to be about 1/2 way around the lake. There was some re-paving going on earlier this summer but I think that's about done (Sportsman's Access route).

It looks like you are just near the small little rock islands so that can be a good visual reference for you. We've also noticed some of our renters drive by 2 or 3 times before pulling the boat in, so we've learned. Ask the homeowner to send a pic of the dock from the water so you can figure it out with the boat for the first time.

You also may have to get an invasive species sticker. You can get that at Super One Foods Grocery, service desk that closes at 6pm each day.
Thanks Jeff! Sorry for the hi-jack, just figured you'd be the best person to ask. We'll launch first then, makes sense and will save us time. Have a shot of the dock and have my invasive species sticker already. Looking forward to it!
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New, prime week opened up in July! July 9-16 now available.

There are a few weeks in June and Aug/Sept still open (including Labor Day). Most of the summer is booked out though. A great escape!

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