Rentals for Masters housing on upswing

Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 7:07 PM
Last updated Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 1:29 AM
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For the third consecutive year, home rentals for Masters Week are enjoying an increase in interest and price.

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John and Beth Guerrieri rent their 4,000 foot home out during Masters week. The house has five bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths and a 2 1/2 car garage.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
John and Beth Guerrieri rent their 4,000 foot home out during Masters week. The house has five bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths and a 2 1/2 car garage.

“Last year was a huge bump over 2012 and the trajectory is continuing to increase,” said Sue Parr, president of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, which manages the Masters Housing Bureau. “We’re happy for homeowners and economic development in Augusta.”

The recession had an effect on prices, so when the economy shrank so did renter budgets.

Traci Ratley, vice president of Corporate Quarters, said there is renewed interest in “large, nice homes.” She recalled that for several years people often packed into homes but now it’s back to seeing one person per bedroom.

The housing company has more than 1,000 homes listed for this Masters Week, which runs from April 7-13. Ratley did not want to say how many homes have been rented but said the office had to open earlier this year because of increased interest.

“We usually don’t open the office until August but this year I was showing homes in June and taking calls on the beach,” she said.

Parr estimates the average rental price is 6 percent higher than last year in addition to increases in booking.

“That means our homeowners are able to receive the prices they’re asking and that could also mean more services in the home, like maid services,” Parr said.

John and Beth Guerrieri have been renting their Westlake home each year since it was built 12 years ago. The couple, who were new to the area, did not know they could rent out their home, but some neighbors who were doing so suggested it.

Like others, she said she’s happy to see an increase in interest and price again this year.

“The money is good,” she said. “There were maybe two years that weren’t as lucrative.”

Preparations for their renters begins each year in late February. The couple has been renting to the same corporation for around five years. It eliminates the need to go through showing their home to potential renters every year and they know what to expect.

Guerrieri said a few years ago they had to replace some of their smaller beds to meet the renters’ request for king or queen size beds, but that’s the only major change. Each year they go through the home removing personal objects and family photos and give their bathrooms a more “spa-like” feel.

“It kind of forces us into a spring cleaning,” she said.

They end the hard work with a week-long vacation during Masters Week. This year they’ve chosen Orlando, but have vacationed in Napa Valley, Texas and Cancun in past years.

They have again rented to a corporation and plan to vacation in Orlando while the renters move into their home for the week.

Guerrieri chose not to disclose her home’s rental price.

With more than two months to go, Parr expects many more homes to be rented. Last year, the Masters Housing Bureau continued to rent homes into Masters week.

Suggested Rental Rates

Townhouses/Condos/Apartment - 4 Night Rate - 7 Night Rate

1 bedroom, 1 bath - $600-800 - $1,050-1,225

2 bedroom, 1 bath - $1,000-1,200 - $1,500-1,800

2 bedrooms, 2 baths - $1,300-1,500 - $2,200-2,500

3 bedrooms, 2+ baths - $1,800-2,000 - $2,800-3,000

2-4 Bedroom Homes - 4 Night Rate - 7 Night Rate

2 bedrooms, 1-1 1/2 baths - $1,200-1,500 - $1,800-2,200

3 bedrooms, 1-1/2 baths - $1,700-2,000 - $2,500-2,800

3 bedrooms, 2-2 1/2 baths - $2,200-2,400 - $3,200-3,500

3 bedrooms, 3-3 1/2 baths - $2,600-2,800 - $3,700-4,000

4 bedrooms, 2+ baths - $2,600-3,000 - $4,000-4,500

Large Homes/Corporate Properties - 4 Night Rate - 7 Night Rate

The larger home rates are typically golf course community homes, newer construction, and/or with high end amenities. Subdivisions considered are Jones Creek, West Lake, and Barrington.

4 bedrooms, 2 baths -$3,400-3,800 -$5,000-5,500

4 bedrooms, 3 baths (less than 4,000sq ft) - $4,000-4,500 - $5,500-7,000

4 bedrooms, 4+ baths(over 4000 sq ft) - $5,000-6,000 - $7,500-8,500

5 bedrooms, 3+ baths (less than 4000 sq ft) - $5,500-7,000 - $8,500-9,500

5 bedrooms, 3+ baths (over 4000 sq ft) - $,7500-9,000 - $9,500-12,000 plus

Source: Masters Housing Bureau

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bclicious 01/25/14 - 09:49 am
The masters is a good thing

Other than Ft Gordon, the masters is the life and blood of the greater Augusta community. I think it is awesome that local people are able to capitalize on that.

For the guy who might state, "Well; what if they wreck your house?"

The kinds of people you are renting to are worth hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars. I'm not saying it's not possible, but they can afford to replace and fix any and all damages.

Also; it's called a hell of a security deposit.

seenitB4 01/25/14 - 02:40 pm
It is awesome

What a great way to make a few thousand....

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