Gary Wood, 50, said he chose to place an advertisement for his two-bedroom house in the 109 on Craigslist on Wednesday because he did not notice that any real estate agencies were advertising home rentals for the Super Bowl.
After he considered his past success with advertising on Craigslist, he then realized the potential for financial gain from the endeavor.
Wood is one of a number of independent home and apartment owners in the 109 who are seeking opportunities to rent their residences for the Super Bowl by advertising on websites such as Craigslist.
Wood said his house would be available for three or four nights at $1,400 per night. The cost was determined by its proximity to both ESPN’s coverage and the Omni Hotel, where the AFC Championship team will be staying, Wood said.
Ashley Conlon, manager of the Judge Fite office of Century 21, said she has heard that most real estate agencies in the 109 are not pursuing the opportunity because of legal risks. The city put a list of rental restrictions on its website early in January, restrictions that include requiring a written lease of at least 30 days and allowing no subleasing during that period.
Representatives from Williams Trew Real Estate Services, who asked that their names not be used, said the company was choosing not to pursue Super Bowl rentals for liability and legal reasons.
Wood said he has yet to hear back about his Craigslist ad, but he does not think there is significant risk and will not require any form of background checks for those interested.
While Wood said he was not worried about the risk, Chris Larson said he would be more cautious before considering any offers—he will require an extra $35 for a background check.
“One part of the logistics is that we would have to remove our belongings,” Larson said.
According to fortworthsuperbowlrentals.info, the website Larson made to advertise the home, he will ask $1,500 per night to rent his four-bedroom, three-bathroom home, which can house between six and 10 people. He said he determined the price by comparing his home to other listings he found from past Super Bowls.
Larson said he decided to rent his home out after reading articles about others who had rented out their homes during past Super Bowls. He said he made sure to research before making his decision, but it is still an experiment.
“It’s a catch-as-catch-can situation,” he said. “It’s a pretty good amount of money (to rent the house), so the only way it would work would be with three or four couples.”
The $1,500 nightly rate would include a fully-stocked kitchen and the potential for a maid service, Larson said.
And despite the amenities Larson is offering, he said he has not heard back from anyone and time is running out.
“I was hoping to get a response earlier in January or even late December,” he said. “If nobody bites by mid next week, it will be too late to get it ready.”
Opportunity is running out, too, Larson said.
“This is the only Super Bowl we’ll have,” he said. “It’s a one-shot deal.”