Donna Yates, Move 2 North Purchasing a Cabin Retreat - To Rent or not to Rent?

Purchasing a Cabin Retreat - To Rent or not to Rent?

North Georgia, Blue Ridge Mountains, VacationProperties, Investors, Property Management

As a Realtor®, I'm asked quite often by potential investors about buying a cabin and using it as a vacation rental property. Although, I am not in the business of rentals, I am in the business of selling cabins that have potential for vacation rental and can speak in broad terms as to what an investor should think about before making their purchase.

My best advice is for an investor to consult with several local property management companies for indepth information regarding rates, policies, liability and input on what visitors are looking for.

Keep in mind, the local market determines the rates, just like the market determines selling prices. Nice vacation cabins in an area of high desireability, obviously will get premium rates. A cabin needs to be well maintained and have features and amenities that renters desire.
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My somewhat short answer for my investor clients is this:

Create a rental property that appeals to a large group of people. Many vacationers who come to Blue Ridge are typically looking for something close to town but still have a feeling of seclusion without having to negotiate a really steep road.

They want amenities like: hot tub, pool table and without a doubt, breathtaking views. Other features such as internet and cellular service are important.

The idea of vacationing in a quiet locale, surrounded by beautiful nature and interesting wildlife appeals to most people

If you, the owner, is not up to the task of managing rentals or you live too far away, you should consider using a management rental company. Managing renters to marketing your property, greeting visitors and cleaning up after they leave are major tasks that might be better left to a property manager. Management fees can range from 20% to 50% of the income the cabin generates. Also, an investor should factor insurance and taxes and what is often overlooked is remittance of sales tax. You may qualify for tax deductions on rental income if you limit your personal use of the home, but you should consult with a tax advisor (not a tax preparer).

Donna Yates
Associate Broker, GRI
706-633-0644 Cell
Coldwell Banker High Country
706-632-7311 Office



Donna Yates
Associate Broker, GRI
706-633-0644 Mobile
Serving North Georgia Mountains and Metro
Metro Brokers - Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate
706-515-7500 Office







Comment balloon 2 commentsDonna Yates • April 06 2012 11:03AM


Gorgeous views! Great information for those who are on the fence about buying a vacation home. The natural surroundings of those North Georgia Mountains is practically all of the convincing that's needed :)

Posted by Atlanta's Home Inspector, David Lelak IHI Home Inspections, Experience the IHI Difference (IHI Home Inspections 404-788-2581) almost 6 years ago

Atlanta's Home Inspector - David & Bonnie: Thank you for your comment.  I love your statement: "The natural surroundings of those North Georgia Mountains is practically all of the convincing that's needed".  

Posted by Donna Yates, Blue Ridge Mountains (BHGRE - Metro Brokers) almost 6 years ago

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