I have two rental properties in Florida. Needless to say, it has been a tough 3 years for us. One property is furnished and can be rented short term. In 2009 it had the absolute worst rental history. There were months when it wasn't even rented for a single night, which had never happened in the 6 years I've owned it.
In December Zillow announced that we were adding Rentals to the site. I figured I could give up 3 days of Starbucks in exchange for paying $9.95 to advertise the property on the site for 6 months. On January 3rd, I added the Rental Unit to the site. I am happy (and SO relieved) to say that I just got a call from my property management company, and I now have a Renter in the unit through May 17th. I have never had someone rent the unit for that long of a term.
Thank you Zillow!
Because the Rental search on the site is so new, Rentals aren't something that we are known for yet. However, the I think the landlords who are getting on the site now are benefitting from being some of the first few listings. If you do a search for Rentals in Ft Walton Beach, FL, where my unit is located, mine is the only one that shows up.
Warning, shameless property plug coming...