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On Martha’s Vineyard, Should You Rent or Own?

Over the years, as a real estate and vacation rentals agent on Martha’s Vineyard – I’ve had many conversations surrounding the Own vs Rent debate. Of course, as with every good debate, there’s a positive argument to be made for both sides.

The benefits of Renting a house on Martha’s Vineyard:

  • Variety. Renting gives the ability to explore different parts of the island. You can rent in Chilmark on the beach one year and downtown Oak Bluffs the next!
  • Walk in walk out. Talk about no hassles – the house is waiting for you when you arrive and when you leave, you just say, ‘see ya later!’
  • No ongoing expenses. When you rent, you have no maintenance fees, no new roofs to put on, no property taxes, etc.
  • Source of income? Purchasing a house that will pay for itself through rentals hasn’t happened in on Martha’s Vineyard for 15 years or so.

The benefits of Owning a house on Martha’s Vineyard

  • No time schedule. You can come whenever you want, stay as long as you like and use it however you like.
  • Renting out your house. As I mentioned above, rental income won’t pay for the house, but it certainly can’t hurt to earn some income on the house when you aren’t using it.
  • Rental income can certainly offset property taxes, bills and maintenance. In fact, many people that buy Vineyard houses rent them out to start – working towards retiring on-island down the road.
  • It’s a dream come true. How many people do you know that dream of owning a house on the island?
  • Check the market. Right now we’re living in a buyer’s market – so this would be a great time to buy.