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How to Use the Seasonality of Rental Real Estate to Your Advantage

Model Houses Lined in an Incline with an Upward ArrowWhen you invest in Mission Valley single-family rental homes, you will see how easy it is to predict what will happen in the market — and when. Renting follows seasonal patterns each year. These patterns are known as “seasonality” and can help property owners and landlords anticipate and prepare for tenant turnovers. Understanding seasonality can help you optimize your time and budget, keeping your rental home investment lucrative.

Searching Season vs. Moving Season

Seasonality shows that there are peak seasons for both searching and moving at different times of the year. Even as rental markets vary, the fluctuations in renter activity are vastly predictable. The searching season typically starts in the early part of the year, with March through July usually seeing the bulk of people looking for a new rental home.

The Heat of Summer

Since most renters prefer to move during warm weather, the summer months of May to September are the peak season for move-in or move-out. Needless to say, renters still move all year round and for various reasons. But, typically, most major life events coincide with the summer months, and most renters also avoid moving in cold or snowy weather. This is why summer is one of the busiest times of the year for rental property owners.

The Cool of Winter

The winter month, in comparison, are the slower months in the rental market. This is largely in part due to weather and renter preferences. Very few renters would like to move during the winter holiday season.

Using Seasonality to Your Advantage

While seasonality patterns do affect the real estate market on a national level, it is vital that you know your local market patterns as well. This information can be very helpful in your annual planning. Regular communication is very important in a good landlord-tenant relationship. But during peak searching season, you could be more attuned to your tenant for hints of staying or leaving in the coming year, especially if their lease is due for renewal.

Let us say that your tenant is likely to move out. In that case, you can then start preparing for the turnover ahead of time by assessing the property condition, preparing marketing materials, and scheduling property maintenance.

Understanding seasonality can help you plan out your year. Most Mission Valley property managers complete administrative tasks, take personal time away, or check on other aspects of the business during the winter season, knowing that renters tend to move in or out during the summer. By doing this, you can anticipate and prepare well for the busier moving season when it arrives each year.

Of course, hiring a good property management company is very helpful for any landlord managing a rental home business. Real Property Management Realevate Refined can help with almost every aspect of rental property ownership, all year round. This can free up your time to focus on your investing business. Contact us today to learn more about all the services we offer.

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