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Exploring Asheville's Long Term Rental Market

Asheville Long-term Rental ViewThe recent tightening of the Asheville Real Estate Sales Market has some people wondering if they should just rent until they find that perfect home to buy. While that solution seems logical, in fact the rental market is just as tight, if not even more limited right now. 

At Greybeard Rentals, the rental staff manages about 230 long-term rentals. At this moment, only three of those homes are unoccupied. For Rachael Lee, Rental Manager at Greybeard Rentals, even property turnarounds have become faster.

“Lack of availability makes it tough for folks,” Rachael notes. “The occupancy rate is nearing 100% right now for long-term rentals, and oftentimes we have a very small window of time to get the house cleaned and ready for the next renter. We definitely don’t have enough supply for the demand right now.”

So just how quickly do these long-term rentals get snapped up? For most homes opening up in the current rental market, the home will rent within a month. Homes that are priced over $1800 per month for rent can take a bit longer, perhaps six to eight weeks. Rachael states that for homes at $1200 or less per month, the home may be rented within days of becoming available, in some cases instantly. Also, long-term rentals seem to go even faster than monthly furnished rentals,as most renters, particularly for yearlong leases, have their own furnishings so they want to avoid having a storage expense.

While all areas in Buncombe County appear to be “hot” right now in the rental market, Greybeard Rentals has seen the majority of its calls with interest in the Black Mountain, Arden, and Fletcher areas.  

Rachael points out that certain circumstances make finding the perfect rental even more complicated. For example, trying to find a “pet friendly” home can slow down the process. Another challenge exists for people who are relocating from other states, which can make it more difficult to see a property first-hand before it gets rented to someone else. 

“Not everyone is able to travel here so see a home,” Rachael explains. “We do everything we can to assist a potential remote renter with the rental process. We will do Face-time videos, for example. We try to make the process as easy as possible.” 

In short, much as is true in the sales market right now, there appears to be a very tight supply along with a healthy demand which means that even finding that perfect long-term rental home may be a little challenging in western NC at the present. 

For more information about available housing in the Asheville area, please contact Greybeard Rentals.