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The Who, What, When And Where Of Hamptons Rentals

Sponsored Guest Post by Gary R. DePersia

When to start looking at rentals becomes a fine art for many veteran renters and should be for the "newbies" as well. (Courtesy Photo)

Each year, by this time, hundreds of people have been pondering the above questions concerning rentals in the Hamptons. Should they rent? What should they rent? When should they look? And, where should they be looking? Veteran renters wrestle with this quandary every year with some direction gleaned from past seasons of experience while first timers are sometimes overwhelmed with choices and questions. But there are some easy guidelines to help with these decisions.

The Who: If you're looking for more than a weekend in the Hamptons, then you are probably looking for a home to rent. Unlike most resort areas, the choices of hotels and large condo complex rentals are limited on the East End in comparison to the number of people looking to spend time out here. The rental of a Hamptons home affords the space, privacy, amenities and ambiance not usually found in the limited number of hotels or inns scattered throughout the Hamptons. After all, it's really inconvenient to go skinny dipping in the pool of a bed and breakfast with your significant other while the rest of the guests look on. Looking to buy? Then taking a test drive in a house or an area for a month or a summer could be the beginning of making that bigger decision.

The What: The larger the house, the more bedrooms, the better the amenities, and the more you are likely to pay. If costs are at all a factor, then it is imperative to figure out what you actually need. If it's just you, your wife and two children most of the time, then resist looking at houses to accommodate a much larger group just because you are planning a big party one weekend. Don't play tennis? Then don't look at houses with tennis courts which will reduce your options and are bound to be much more money. Want waterfront but don't have a boat? Then why do you need a house with a dock? Figure out what you actually need before embarking on your search. If you're only going to use the house in July and August, then there is no need to spend the extra money for June when you might be overwhelmed with graduations, weddings or other June related activities. Ever think of an off-season rental? There are many options from mid-September through mid-May that are available at a fraction of the price of the summer season rates.

The When: When to start looking at rentals becomes a fine art for many veteran renters and should be for the "newbies" as well. There are many people who know where they want to rent and when they want to be there. For them, securing just the right house is much more important than saving money later on when landlords are more negotiable as the pool of renters starts to dwindle. Some of these savvy renters will start at the end of the previous summer season or during the fall to secure exactly what they want, knowing they will pay a fuller price. However, if you are flexible in your location, house choices, and amenities, then you might want to wait until later when landlords start to entertain lower offers. In addition, new options will appear on the market for shorter time frames as landlords hope to capture a broader range of people looking for partial season rentals.

The Where: If all of your friends are in East Hampton and your kids go to camp there, don't look in Southampton which will add an hour of commuting each day and longer drives to see friends at night. If the focus of your weekends is not the beach, then it shouldn't matter if you're south of the highway or not. Why pay south of the highway prices if you want to hang out at your pool and tennis court all day with only occasional dips in the ocean?

Note to Landlords: First of all de-clutter. People have their own clutter at home and don't want to deal with yours. If you have a bedroom that you use as an occasional office or den, return it to a true bedroom, if that's not too difficult, as you get a larger pool of renters looking for more bedrooms and thus more money than you do for a cute den or office. And people... get rid of those boxy, 1980's TVs. A good size flat screen in a living room or family room plus one in the master with smaller flat screens in the rest of the bedrooms goes a long way to attracting renters. When was the last time you checked into a decent hotel without one? Exactly!

On the East End since 1995, starting with the legendary Allan Schneider Associates, now The Corcoran Group, Gary R. DePersia has participated in more than $1.5 billion of real estate transactions. With hundreds of his exclusive listings sold and closed as well as matching hundreds of his own buyers and renters with the right properties, Gary’s almost 20 years in the Hamptons luxury real estate market has generated benchmark sales. Qualifying as a national list maker since 2007, in 2014 he was again in the top 25 with nearly $200 million of real estate transactions for the previous year. http://www.myhamptonhomes.com/ GaryDePersia garydepersia

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