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Big Bear Vacation Rental FAQ

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Should I buy a Big Bear vacation rental home?

A Big Bear vacation home is where the owner lets guests rent out their home for a small amount of time. It is not a month to month situation. On average, a vacation rental home is rented for two days to a week. Before you buy a rental home in Big Bear, you have to know the purpose of that property. A Big Bear rental property has unique requirements that a traditional home does not need.

Location is the most important aspect for a rental property in a tourist town. The perfect location depends on the clientele you are looking to have rent out your home. During the winter season, vacationers are trying to be close to the ski and snowboard resorts. In the spring and summer, they ask to be close to the lake. Keep reading to find a more in-depth answer about the perfect location to buy a Big Bear rental property!

If you are looking for a return on investment right away, you could be disappointed, but that is only if you do not research how to be profitable at owning a rental home in Big Bear. When you purchase a home, the loan and down payment will determine how much profit you will be able to make. If you put a low percentage down, then your monthly payments will be more expensive. The higher the payments are, the less income you will net because of what you are paying out.

The best advice is to either expect to break even while you are paying off your mortgage payment or pay a high percentage towards your down payment.

Snowboarder in Big Bear Lake, at Bear MountainBig Bear Lake is a beautiful town that draws in the crowds. Unlike Mammoth, it is in closer proximity to the Los Angeles area. The longer it takes to drive to a place, the less likely people are willing to take spontaneous trips for a weekend getaway. Besides being packed out during the busy seasons, Big Bear is the perfect place to own and rent out a Big Bear rental home because of the location.

What is the best area in Big Bear for a vacation rental home?

There is no definite answer to this question, but I can make some generalizations to help you ponder some advantages and disadvantages to certain areas in Big Bear. Rental homes in Big Bear Lake rent more often than homes in Big Bear City, Fawnskin, or Sugarloaf. As we discussed before, renters usually want to be near the lake and resorts. There are some exceptions to this; the Bear Loop Neighborhood of Big Bear City would be one of those. Unless your budget limits you, I would suggest buying a rental property in Big Bear near the South shore of the Lake and West of the street called Division. This area divides the vacation oriented resort town of Big Bear Lake from the more residential Big Bear City and Eastern nether regions of the valley.

If you can afford a moderately priced home, you cannot go wrong with buying a Big Bear vacation rental home in Moonridge, Fox Farm, East of Big Bear Lake, or anywhere close to the lake. Vacationers come to Big Bear to participate in specific activities like sports: Skiing, Snowboarding, Hiking, Biking, Fishing, Boating, Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Golf, etc. Some come for a fresh air mountain retreat or to spend quality time with family and friends away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Others come to enjoy our restaurants, shops, and the Big Bear Lake Village. Vacationers would rather rent close to the activities they will be participating in. In the Summer, this means being close to the lake, national forest, the village or golf course. In the Winter, it usually means close to Snow Summit or Bear Mountain Resorts.

Ask yourself these questions, when considering where to buy a vacation home in Big Bear.

  • Do you plan on using the Big Bear rental property for personal use?
  • Which seasons will you primarily be using the house?
  • How often you plan to come up to Big Bear?
  • What activities do you like to participate in?
  • Is it more important to make rental income or to be close to the activities you want to pursue?

If you only plan to use the home in the summer for example, then I suggest buying a home near the resorts. Since it will be free in the winter, you want to focus on the skiers and snowboarder’s clientele. Following this advice, gives you greater winter rental potential. You might decide that having a lakefront home is essential because they rent very well. You would have to be willing to sacrifice your initial return on equity because of the price you would have to pay to buy a lakefront home. That definitely could be worth it in the long run for equity. A Lakefront Big Bear rental property usually won’t rent high enough to cover the entire monthly payment; having a slightly lower return on investment than a non-lakefront house. That is unless you set up the rental correctly and plan on keeping it available for renters.

Another angle you have to take into consideration is your personal use of the home. Do you have a boat and want to spend your time on the lake with your family? Memories you make in Big Bear are priceless so be sure to buy a cabin you will enjoy visiting. There are a ton of factors that should weigh in on your decision about where to buy your Big Bear vacation home. A good local Big Bear Realtor, experienced in Big Bear vacation rental homes, can help guide you in this area.

One thing is for certain, if you plan to use your property as a vacation home in Big Bear, you do not want to buy a home and then find out that the CC&R’s (covenants, conditions, and restrictions) limit vacation rentals in that area. There are certain parts in Big Bear where you are NOT allowed to rent out your home: Eagles Knoll, Eagle Point Estates, and Papoose Bay Estates are a couple that comes to mind. Be sure to let your realtor know if you plan to rent out your cabin before you purchase it.

What factors determine how much I can rent out my Big Bear rental property for?

First and foremost, size trumps almost everything. The number of people your home can sleep is probably the largest determining factor in how much income you will receive. In the City of Big Bear Lake, there is an ordinance that currently says that you can sleep one person for every two hundred square feet, up to a maximum of sixteen people (provided some other provisions be met). Also, you must have a specific size off-street parking space for every bedroom the house has. We discussed location earlier but not how the view could impact your property. The right location can provide views of the lake, ski slopes, and national forest. The curb appeal of the house is imperative because renters reference online photos of the home to choose which one they would like to rent. A mountain retreat is the typical “Big Bear feel” that tourists look for. The home does have to be modern when it comes to appliances and fixtures.

Amenities can make or break your Big Bear rental property for potential tenants. People shop online for a cabin with a game room equipped with a pool table, a ping-pong table, or a foosball table. Most visitors list a hot tub and barbecue as a couple of their must-have items. On those cold winter nights, guests love the warmth and the smell of a real wood burning fireplace or a gas log fireplace to lounge by. Obviously, high-speed internet is a must-have, as is a well-equipped kitchen. Big Bear rental properties tend to attract regulars, especially when they are with a vacation management company. Being with a management company makes it easier for renters to find the home they used before since the company keeps a record.

If you spend the extra time and money making sure you get the right Big Bear vacation rental, you will draw visitors in year after year. The best advice I could give you is to consult with a knowledgeable and local realtor before you buy. We have the experience and expertise to guide you in making the most beneficial choices. We work closely with vacation rental management companies to get you accurate estimates on what a particular cabin is likely to net for vacation rental income, and also specific ideas for how to make it net more before you even write an offer.

How much income can I expect from renting my Big Bear vacation home?

The amount of revenue you receive depends on many factors. The most important ones are how much you plan to use your rental home in Big Bear and when. The best vacation rental time is the winter holidays: the time of Christmas through New Year’s Day. If you are using your cabin during this period, you will be creating wonderful memories but likely missing out on a significant income. Money showing income from a Big Bear vacation homYour realtor will let you know the popular months to help you decide between “return on equity” (ROE) or “return of enjoyment” (ROE). The vacation rental company you choose also plays a significant role in determining your income. If you pick one of the companies with higher fees, then you will not make as much money as you otherwise could. Any good vacation rental company should be willing and able to give you an estimate of what you are likely to net per year on their vacation rental program. If they do not provide this service for you, move on. If you want to rent out your home as much as possible, talk to your vacation rental company about advertising deals on their website for renters during the slow times.

What does a Big Bear rental management company do for me?

In short, just about everything! The company that manages your Big Bear rental home should do everything for you; making your only responsibility to review the accounting and cash the check each month.

A huge advantage is that they will find and screen vacation renters for you. A management company needs to go the distance for your property. By screening the renters before allowing them to stay in your home, they are double-checking that the tenants will treat your home with care.

  1. They take care of security deposits, contracts, and payments with the renters.
  2. Bookkeeping, including sending you information for your taxes at the end of the year.
  3. In the winter months, they will take care of your driveway and walkways by hiring a plow service.
  4. Before and after each rental, they check to make sure that it is clean and everything is working properly.
  5. They meet the renters to give them keys and remind them of the rules and regulations about the use of the house and occupancy rules.
  6. They have a maintenance man on call 24/7 to handle any problems or service issues that may arise.
  7. If the renters disregard the occupancy rules, a neighbor may call code compliance. An employee from the rental company is required to be on call for these situations.
  8. When the renters check out, the house is sterilized by professional cleaners and inspected for any damage or missing items.
  9. If there is a problem, the rental company deals with the tenant and keeps the security deposit to pay for any loss or damage.

Can I manage my rental?

I know many people who successfully manage their rentals, and they make good money doing it. Those Big Bear homeowners will tell you how much work they put into renting out their homes. You can manage your property but only if you do not mind getting calls in the middle of the night to deal with late arrivals, repair issues, or complaints from neighbors.

The best website for renting your property is VRBO which stands for “Vacation Rental by Owner.” Find yourself an excellent house cleaner and property manager who knows your home inside and out. If there are any damages or missing items, they would be able to inform you when it happened.

How much do management companies charge to rent a Big Bear vacation home?

Each rental company in Big Bear is different. I have seen as low as 25 percent up to 50 percent. Some companies offer a variety of various commissions depending on how much you want to do and how much you want them to do for you. For instance, if you find your clients and book the reservations, it may be cheaper than if they are doing the marketing and advertising for you. When you are interviewing vacation rental companies make sure you know exactly what they will do for you, and what you are responsible for.

There are a variety of management businesses in the valley, giving you plenty of options when selecting the best one for your needs. Some companies do a lot of online advertising and constantly keep your house booked; but they are not as careful about screening their tenants, holding security deposits, maintaining your house, or noticing when a renter breaks or steals an item from your Big Bear rental home. Other companies are meticulous about keeping your home pristine, but they may not rent your home as much as some of the bigger players. You should interview different companies to find one that suits your needs and personality.

The company that I have currently been recommending seems to offer the lowest rates. They are a full-service company, with an excellent reputation for keeping owners happy, as well as renters. They appear to be able to balance taking care of their properties and keeping them booked. They are called Destination Big Bear. We have a great working relationship with them, but their online reviews positively speak to the company’s reputation. When you call them, tell them that the Rahill Real Estate Group sent you!

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Lisa is the most amazing person I ever met. It is a good thing we have no plans to move again, because I can’t imagine going through another transaction without her. Every person I spoke with while going through the rigors of selling a home have only had the highest praise for her. She was on time for every meeting, she was available every time I needed her, she worked well with all the people involved in this sale including the contractor, buyers, other …Donna Cooper
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Will is integrity all the way.Tara Rokstad
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Relying on an agent to represent you in a real estate transaction is all about trust. The profession sometimes draws “salespeople” that are more interested in their wallets than your needs. There isn’t anyone I would trust more than Will to be my advocate buying real estate, both from a technical perspective in understanding the angles of the “deal” and more importantly, knowing that integrity and helping people are more important to Will than what’s in his wallet.Wade Griffis
Lori & I are very pleased with your service. Team Rahill is very lucky to have Tarl as your agent. Tarl is very special in all his skills and is an asset to your firm. I have sold life insurance for 30 years and know a gem when I meet them. Thanks for all your services!Frank & Lori Garcia
We had a very nice experience dealing with Rahill Real Estate. In particular, our agent, Lisa Seifert!! She was patient, informative, and made herself very available to any and all questions and requests we had for her. Her knowledge of the area and understanding of what we were looking for in a family cabin helped the process be as efficient and easy as possible. We feel very fortunate she answered the phone when I called inquiring about the property that caught our eye.  Thank …Ron & Carol DePompa
Lisa was professional and yet friendly and caring. She was not just interested in making a sale, but she made sure that I would be happy & comfortable in whatever home I chose. Lisa always used the utmost integrity. She will be my first choice for a Realtor in the future.    Adrienne Schubert
I’m writing this letter to let you know how pleased we were about Tarl’s caring attitude. Tarl exceeded our expectations. He took time to find out our needs & knew which homes we’d like to see. He gave us his personal knowledge of the area including restaurants, activities & winterization. We feel Tarl is a great person and cares for people’s needs. Thank you!Juan & Irma Orozco
Will, You were great during the whole process of selling our cabin in Big Bear. Very professional, honest, firm and trustworthy. You did whatever you promised you would and did it in the best way. Thank you!Hashemi's
Will is the best realtor in Big Bear!Angela Priola Naylor
I was tasked with finding a realtor in Big Bear Lake 2 days before Thanksgiving. We were located 500 miles north of Big Bear in the SF Bay Area. After reading the positive reviews about Rahill Realty, I took a chance and gave them a call. We were lucky to have Brad King answer the phone (even though a lot of people were not working that week – Brad was!) I explained we were planning to purchase a company cabin in the Big Bear …Lori Brown
Lisa Seifert was an excellent representative of your agency. She was always available, knowledgeable and got us all the answers to all of our questions. She has a great positive attitude, and is very friendly. I chose Rahill Real Estate because of your affiliation with the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce, and I’m glad I did. Not having any experience with working with a realtor before, I was a little apprehensive. The experience was perfect.Susan Pearson
I’ve known Will for 18 years from snow skiing, investing in stocks, and buying and selling homes! You’ve got a great guy working for you!Bryan Dilbeck
Will was good, very good.  I felt I knew who I was dealing with, which you don’t get with most real estate agents.  He was great!Keegan McGrath
Will is not only a great agent, he is intelligent and always looking out for his clients best interest! Thanks Will!Heather Hilliard
Will consummately blends his extensive market knowledge and attention to detail with keeping things simple and in a lay-person’s terms. His skill, confidence and familiarity with all aspects of the process ensured that my home purchase as convenient and effortless as possible. I will no doubt use his expertise again and I unequivocally recommend others do the same.Tom Peirce
As both a homeowner and a real estate investor in California and out of the U.S.A. over the past forty years,  I’ve worked with many realtors.  I truly think you are one of the best. You helped our family sell our wonderful but quite dated Big Bear vacation rental home by tactfully suggesting reasonable improvement ideas and recommending trustworthy contractors, and by realistically pricing it and steadfastly showing it during a very bad sellers’ market.  Furthermore, you exuded confidence that you would sell it, and …Shirley Kedes
Brad was an incredible resource for us. We had originally been referred to a different realtor who was slow and very disinterested, so we put our a request for a local realtor and Brad immediately responded to us and gave us the local lay down and was very willing and enthusiastic to answer questions, promptly. Also, Brad was extremely willing to help us with vendors and other procedures outside of the closing process. We couldn’t have been happier to have such a knowledgeable, professional, …Josh Golden
Will has the highest standards of professionalism and integrity. He is intelligent, honest and capable, and he has my strongest personal recommendation.Kenneth M. Klein
Tarl Wood was a true professional and an absolute pleasure to work with. We are out of state buyers and he made us feel as though we were next door during the entire transaction. His follow up was great and he over delivered on everything we needed. Thank you Tarl for a great buying experience as it rare to experience such a seamless transaction, you are an asset to your team and I look forward to seeing you when we are up there!   …Robert Dubel
We could not be any more pleased with the job that Tarl has done on our behalf. Throughout the whole process he has been available and sensitive to our questions & worries. I would like to thank all of you at the Rahill Real Estate Group for helping us make our dream come true. Especially you, Tarl!Bob & Terri Miller
Lisa did a great job helping with our close. Thanks!Frank & Maryann Horak
Will was a pleasure to work with!Travis Martinez
Best down to earth and honest real estate agent I know.Kim Nunes Bailey
Tarl did an amazing job finding the right house & connecting me with others that made the process quick & easy. I closed in less than 21 days & was very happy. I can’t say enough about Tarl’s service & I would recommend him to anyone looking for a place in Big Bear. I thank Tarl again for everything.Cyndi Dart
Will was always prompt, knowledgeable, courteous, & helpful throughout the entire home-buying process.Bill LaGrosso
Will is the type of real estate consultant that everyone needs: honest, extremely bright, thorough and just a fantastic person. He is passionate about helping people and finding the right fit for his clients. Procuring real estate is a huge financial investment and often times an emotional one. He takes great care in his work and takes the prudent approach to conducting ethical business. I highly recommend him.Sue Schroeder
What a grand experience I had working with Rick & Nicki. You have a very professional, efficient crew at your office. I felt as if I was kept informed on my listing, progress of sale, and the negotiation process. Rick guided me through it all with clarity and patience. I appreciated the constant communication that I had from/with Rick & Nicki, along with the MLS emails. I look forward to spreading the word about the exceptional service that I received from the Rahill Real …Karin Powell
Our experience with your office was great from the moment we walked in and fortunate enough to connect with Tarl Wood. Tarl listened to our concerns, needs and budget and went over and above our expectations to find us the cabin we wanted. Tarl understood that we lived far from Big Bear so when we made the drive up he maximized our time & showed us every available property. Tarl also kept in close contact through email & phone conversations to let us know of “new” …Perry & Colette Gustafson
Thank you very much! We had a wonderful experience of buying land with Tarl Wood. He provided excellent services and he was always prompt, helpful and informative. I would not hesitate to recommend Tarl’s services to anyone we know. We also loved the easiness & convenience of signing all documents online.Glenn & Vera Savage
Will is talented, hard working and professional. I highly recommend him!Mary Scott
Lisa did a fantastic job as our agent. Her approach was always positive and helpful, yet not pushy and was always respectful to us as home buyers understanding our desire to find the perfect Big Bear home. Once we entered into a contract with the seller, Lisa was extremely knowledgeable and willing to respond to our questions or concerns day or night, in a very timely manner! It is obvious Lisa Seifert is a very hard-working and caring individual. We feel fortunate to have …Andrea