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A Guide to Renting on the Coast of Texas

By Rick Bennett

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

We started Texas Coastal Vacations in December 2004. Texas Coastal Vacations is a property management company and has some great Beach Front rentals on Corpus Christi beach. We had several more properties that were purchased by friends and family in complexes that will not be named. The complexes where these properties were located signed non complete contracts with local management companies and they tried to get rid of Texas Coastal Vacations. Not wanting to leave our family and friends out, we researched the local management companies. After doing some research, we found out that there is a ton of corruption involved with property management. We then starting developing a fully accountable management system. The complex then took Texas Coastal Vacations to court. After reading Texas Law, we found out that who collects the money is who the guest is renting from. Texas Coastal Vacations then merged with Keystothehouse.com and formed TripAngle.com. TripAngle is property management software that now runs Texas Coastal Vacations and allows each property to have the rental income go directly to the owner, thus removing our label as a third party rental agent. We now offer TripAngle.com FREE to HOAs, Realtors, and Individual Owners. We do this, to allow complexes and individual owners to stop having to pay management fees. With our fully automated booking system, there is no longer a need for a property management company, and I say this as a property management company owner.

What are some popular neighborhoods for affordable, safe rentals?

Every area along the Texas Coast is great to rent. Your younger party crowd goes to South Padre, where as your older more distinguished crowd goes to Galveston, and now with more people finding out what a hidden gem Corpus Christi, North Padre, Rockport, and Port Aransas, a.k.a. Port A are, this is becoming the next big thing for the Texas Coast! With all four within 30 minutes of each other you can do a ton and experience ALL that the Texas Coast has to offer. Even better Schlittebahn is building a new water park and with all of the already highly visited spots, this has become the place to visit. Spots such as the Texas State Aquarium and the USS Lexington (America's most decorated naval ship) are just a few attractions to go along with the American Bank Center, Hurricane Alley, and the Hooks Ballpark.

A Guide to Renting on the Coast of Texas:

What are some things to consider when rental searching? (i.e. being close to public transportation, laundry in facility, etc.)

Things to consider is how far from the airport and is it directly on the beach or do you have to walk across a street. Other things to consider is how far is the grocery store and local attractions. Also, is the area safe and do you have a gated community and/or 24 hour security.

Is working with a real estate agent really necessary?

Working with a real estate agent is only good if you are buying or selling, but to be honest they act like they don't have the time for rentals. I recommend using craigslist, TripAngle.com, TXCV.com, or any other vacation rental website online. More owners are renting themselves by using these great vacation rental web sites, such as VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner).

What are the dangers associated with utilizing sites such as Craigslist for rentals?

I would never recommend giving your card information over the phone. I would always recommend using a trusted site that has credentials, such as being accredited with the BBB, or authorized by authorize.net.

Should someone be prepared to put money down on the spot?

Yes, to hold your rental! If the owner doesn't collect a down payment or get a contract signed, the guest doesn't have to worry about showing up. Same for the renter, as by not getting these signed, they are not guaranteed they will have a place reserved.

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