With more and more people relocating to Nicaragua finding a desirable and affordable long term rental isn’t always easy.
Follow these six tips and you might just find your perfect rental today!
POUNDING THE PAVEMENT
Since most locals rent their homes by placing a small “SE ALQUILA” sign on the front of the house get out there every single day and walk the neighborhoods that you’re interested in living in. Properties commonly rent on a month to month basis – so beware – a home that was occupied yesterday may be available today and then gone tomorrow. Remember – you aren’t the only one pounding the pavement – the best deals come and go in the blink of an eye.
WORD OF MOUTH
Tell everyone you know that you’re looking for rental. Talk to expats and business owners in the area. Post messages in forums and Facebook groups such as Expats of Granada, Life in San Juan del Sur. When we were looking for a long term rental in San Juan del Sur we talked to so many people there were times when random waiters at restaurants would approach us as we were walking by to tell us they had a friend or family member who had a place for rent.
Typically classified ads for long term rentals are posted by foreigners or computer savvy Nicas who expect a higher price for their properties because they know how to market. There are some good deals to be found through classified ads, but the very best opportunities are almost always found through word of mouth or pounding the pavement.
REAL ESTATE AGENCIES
Although most real estate agents and property managers deal almost exclusively with high priced, short term vacation rentals occasionally they do have a gem in their back pocket. On occasion they may have a few sale listings where the seller wants to rent out their home while they wait for a buyer. Visiting local real estate agencies is definitely worthwhile, but consider this option a long shot to finding your rental.
Posting boards are commonly found in bars, restaurants, corner stores, laundry mats, hostels, etc. and are also a good place to find rentals. It’s not uncommon for the business owner to have a home for rent, so don’t forget to enquire with the proprietor and his/her staff.
NEGOTIATE A SHORT TERM RENTAL INTO SOMETHING LONG TERM
If you find yourself searching for a rental during slow season and you’re willing to sign a long term lease you may just be lucky enough to negotiate a fair price on a short term rental turning into an affordable long term option. It never hurts to ask.