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Finding a Year-Round Rental on Martha's Vineyard

Looking to rent a home year-round? Most Martha's Vineyard real estate offices don't handle rental inquiries, but if you're diligent and persistent in networking, it's possible to find your own way to a 12-month lease.

Finding a Year-Round Rental on Martha's Vineyard

It's a daunting prospect, made ever more urgent as summer draws near: How to find a year-round rental on this Island of summer vacations?

My Mom, an Edgartown real estate agent, regularly gets calls from people who are looking for year-round homes to rent.

She'd like to help — but like virtually all Island Realtors, Mom's office doesn't broker rentals. All she can do is encourage the callers to keep looking and asking around.

"Ask everyone you see and know"

Patch blogger Carol McManus, owner of Espresso Love and a broker with Sandpiper Realty, agrees with my mother's advice:

"I would ask as many people as I can if they know anybody" with an apartment or home to rent, McManus said, because property owners don't always list their rentals in public.

"There are houses people don't post," she said.

"Ask everyone you see and know: People know people," McManus said.

Post on Patch

For my own part, I was so desperate to find a place that I posted an appeal on MV Patch: "Where Can I Live on the Vineyard?"

After it was published, I heard from landlords with apartments and wound up looking at two places.

If you'd like to post a home-wanted appeal on Patch, I recommend using our Local Voices blog platform to reach the most people:  Click here to get started.

In the end, I found my Vineyard Haven apartment in the new old-fashioned way: online.

Join the Facebook group

The Facebook group called MV Housing Rentals is where I found my apartment and its landlady, who's also become a friend. This group is a place for owners to post pictures and information about their rentals, and tenants to post what they're looking for. It is technically a "closed" group, but by applying you'll soon be accepted to browse and post.

Check out the Chamber

The Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce runs its "One Stop Job Shop & Housing" out of the Chamber office on Beach Road in Vineyard Haven, Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check out the latest listings here. 

Call on the county

The Dukes County Regional Housing Authority has a number of resources for year-round renters:

Don't forget the newspapers

The Vineyard Gazette, Martha's Vineyard Times and Island Trader all have rentals in their classified sections. 

Any other suggestions for home-hunting renters on Martha's Vineyard? Please tell us in the comments.

For more news about Martha's Vineyard homes, land, sales and rentals, or to search homes for sale or rent by ZIP code, please see our  Real Estate section.

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