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Bedding for Vacation Rentals

Are you or your family members renting a shore house this summer?  Check with your rental agency to confirm tenant responsibilities for the bedding.

Last summer, many owners expected tenants to bring their own pillows and blankets (along with the normal sheets and towels).

For 2021, most of our owners are back to leaving pillows and bed quilts for tenant use.  However, there are still owners continuing with the Covid-19 protocols.

Like everything else this year…it’s confusing!

Best to confirm before your arrival.



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Hello Summer!


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The week before Memorial Day…

This week is always a frenzy of contractors working hard to complete their tasks prior to the official start of the season.  And with the boom of construction on the island, the level of activity is even greater.


My post in 2020 was a bit different:

Every weekend since March 14th strikes me as odd.  Living in a tourist town, I have always worked Saturdays and Sundays.

And while I still may be at a makeshift desk in my family room, there’s not the same sense of urgency or pace.

This morning, we waited until the rain ended to take our long beach walk.  Could I ever imagine spending a Saturday of Memorial Day weekend on a leisurely walk?






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Life as a Tenant

I’m a full time rental agent, landlord… and, occasionally a tenant.

Last week, I rented 2 homes in the mountains of North Carolina near the venue for a family wedding.

Both homes were managed by the same agency (Carolina Mornings) and similarly priced.  Yet with 2 different property owners, the experiences varied.

One home had at least half of the kitchen cabinets locked, and a sparse inventory of dish ware and overall supplies.  The cabin was clean and comfortable, but this left a disappointing impression of the landlord.

The other cabin was perfect.  It really felt like we were staying as guests in a well loved home.  I appreciated the labels in the kitchen so that items could be returned to their proper spot (helpful when unloading the dishwasher).   The interior and exterior furnishings were comfortable and clean. Bedding was high quality.  In every room, there were thoughtful amenities and extras.

It was a great reminder to me (as both an agent and landlord) about the importance of the tenant experience.





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Villa Maria by the Sea, Stone Harbor

Before…During…and After.

Sad to see this beautiful landmark gone.

Yet happy for the Sisters.  They will be building a new (scaled down) version of their retreat house soon.

More details of the plan from a prior post:  Villa Maria by the Sea info


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Life as a Landlord

I have handled Avalon and Stone Harbor vacation rentals for property owners my entire real estate career (40 years- yikes!)

That experience has helped me personally as a landlord…I can totally relate to the highs and lows!

On each visit to our condo, I systematically tackle tasks not addressed by change over cleaning.

1) Oh great, a tenant put a frying pan back in the cabinet without cleaning off pieces of their omlet!  Frustrating because it’s gross, and also embarrassing if this happened several tenants back and subsequent tenants thought we were careless owners.

2) Missing items.  It’s an ongoing mystery with the variety of household items that disappear; and inconvenient because we need to quickly replace before the next guest.

3) Dishes and glassware.  I organize the cabinets and take note of what needs to be purchased.

4) Sand removal.  Mattress pads, dining room chair cushions, and outdoor furniture…sand is everywhere!

A few more cleaning suggestions by a fellow (and very hands on) rental property owner:

Microwave for leftover Grandpop’s special marinara sauce.

Freezer for frozen drips from grandchildren ice pops.

Dishwasher with dirty dishes from last minute breakfast.

Gas grill for baked on BBQ sauce.

Gas grill for full tank.

There are many more details, but the idea is to give the incoming family a clean and welcoming home for a relaxing vacation.

Life as a landlord can be challenging.  Yet for now, the income justifies the hard work!




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Mother’s Day Weekend

IMG_20190908_101110Avalon NJ:

Bulk trash pick up

Community yard sale

Garden Club plant sale

AND Kohler’s Bakery opens :)


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To the Beach!

Seen on my morning walk:  power washing art!



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Construction Nearby?

It’s a regular dilemma for our beach towns: the potential for annoyance to residents and visitors from construction projects.

For 2021, I don’t think there’s a street on the island that doesn’t have at least one home under construction!

Occasionally, a tenant will ask specifically about any nearby construction sites.  Yet we know that status can change overnight with a demo and new home started months after the lease is drawn.

There are construction and noise regulations in place to limit the inconvenience, however I understand it’s not ideal (there’s a new home under construction directly next door, and an extensive renovation to the cottage behind our house).

With a busy summer ahead, we will all need an extra dose of patience…and more walks on the beach :)





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Summer rentals- availability

Good news- we have added several properties to our rental inventory.

If you or your friends are still searching for a vacation home for this summer, I am happy to help!

Our web site is current:   Tim Kerr Sotheby’s International Realty    or    609-967-7950


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