There's actually an interesting twist to all the foreclosures that have been happening. Namely, the rental market has heated up due to new demand by those displaced. The assumption of a negative effect may not be correct. I like using Craigslist as a rough barometer for a rental market. I only found one listing in Windemere [5bed/4.5bath/3700sf/$4000] http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/apa/733391398.html
The decision to rent by owner or use a management company is personal choice best made by reflecting on your experience and available time to manage.
Steven A. Ornellas, GRI, ABR, e-PRO, CMPS, RE Masters, MBA
REALTORÂ® / Mortgage Banker-Broker / Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist
Steven Anthony Real Estate & Financial Services
Expect Excellence. Get What You Expect.â„¢