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Traveling this summer? What you should expect from rental properties (and what they expect of you)

Two owners of rental properties on Galveston Island share some insight.


A Galveston beach house for rent from Sand ‘N Sea Properties.


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Memorial Day weekend tends to mark the start of the summer travel season. Some Houstonians may hit the road this weekend. Others are contemplating overnight travel in the coming months.

And there are a lot more options out there these days than traditional hotels. There are bed and breakfasts, including through Airbnb. There's Austin-based VRBO, through which you can rent larger vacation homes, beach houses, cabins, and more. There are also pros and cons with every rental, best practices and red flags alike to watch for.

In the audio above, we seek guidance from Caroline Starry and Ron Venable, who each own rental properties on Galveston Island.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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