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Masters housing rentals on rise, officials say

Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 6:18 PM
Last updated Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 1:24 AM
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With three months to go before Augusta’s favorite golf tournament, the Masters Housing Bureau reports it is seeing twice the bookings for housing rentals compared to last January.

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The Hattaways have rented their home during the Masters for the past decade. The price has steadily increased the past few years.   SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
The Hattaways have rented their home during the Masters for the past decade. The price has steadily increased the past few years.

Bianca Cain Johnson
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“We’re extremely pleased and ex­tremely busy,” said Sue Parr, the president of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, which manages the Masters Housing Bureau.

It’s definitely a good sign, she said, after a slump in recent years when the economy took a dive.

Parr said she saw a drop in the amount of money businesses were willing to spend, but now interest is up and so are home prices.

Although it could be more people are booking earlier, Parr said she doesn’t think that’s the case.

Corporate Quarters President Diane Starr said she already has rented hundreds of homes in the Augusta area for Masters Week, which is April 8-14.

“It does feel like it’s going to be an even better year than last year,” she said this week.

There is also an increase in interest in large homes, driving up prices.

Typically, Starr said, repeat renters begin searching in the fall, and January and February usually bring the newcomers. But this year the phone has not stopped ringing.

Amy Hattaway’s River Island home in Evans already has been rented through Corporate Quarters and she’s planning how to spend the week away with her two children.

“It’s all about (the kids). That’s why we do it, even though they don’t feel that way when we’re cleaning for it,” Hattaway said.

In years past, the Hattaway family has enjoyed taking trips to Jamaica and Disney World, and visiting Hattaway’s mother in Florida.

The family has been renting the home for the past 10 years and this year saw an increase in price.

“That was nice,” she said. “It’s kind of steadily increased over the past few years.”

Hattaway would not reveal the rental price.

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seenitB4 01/12/13 - 09:38 am
Well great

Keep those $$$$ flowing in Augusta CSRA area....nice little paycheck in April...some get $10,000 a week & more...that can give you a great vacation.

soapy_725 01/12/13 - 10:19 am
And you can scalp the tickets through the rental.....

Enlarge that "buffer". ARC is "no place to be". Redirect Berkman's Rd and reroute Washington Rd. And don't forget, they use armed guards. Evil gun owners.

soapy_725 01/12/13 - 10:22 am
The Masters defines us as Global City.....

for seven days. Then we return to the real world of corruption, trash, RR tracks, lack of water, decaying sewers, hundreds of empty motel rooms, decaying malls,

allhans 01/12/13 - 11:10 am
The same golfer, one playing

The same golfer, one playing the Masters every year, has rented my daughters home for about 15 years. If a person wants to rent, make sure you have a repeat client. Makes the entire experience easier..

...I had two British sportswriters using my house, great clients, but lost them three years ago when their expense accounts was cut...I decided not to rent again...although the money pays for great vacations.

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Just My Opinion 01/12/13 - 11:12 am
You know, another way to look

You know, another way to look at this is that it's kind of sad that some of these people absolutely depend on this extra money. Not all of them go out on vacation. Many of them have to bunk with neighbors or family, and use the money for bills. And a couple of the people I know who do go on vacation, say they couldn't afford to go on one without that money. I know one couple who rent their home out and then they stay in Augusta and WORK in their own home, cooking and cleaning for the renters...just to get some extra cash. It wouldn't be so bad, but they get their young children to help them. Oh, well. You gotta do what you gotta do, I guess.

soapy_725 01/13/13 - 04:30 pm
Evil capitalism at work.

Industrious souls making their own luck. Rising above their circumstances. Utilizing their resources to the max. These folks could start self help seminars and make millions. They would have to relocate to another state. Definitively out of ARC. Only ignorance, apathy and entitlement classes draw crowds in ARC.

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