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VRS240 – Creating a Lifestyle Vacation Rental Business with CJ Stam

Few of us are offered this business on a plate. In fact, I know very few property managers who didn’t start with their own place and built it into a solid business with hard graft and passion. Today’s guest is one of these. CJ Stam owns Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals in Blue Ridge, Georgia. You […]

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VRS239 – Polarizing Vacation Rental Arguments – My Take On Them

Should we charge for pets? Do I refund a guest who has ‘extenuating circumstances’? Do I leave oils, spices, and condiments, or nothing at all? Do I have to wash comforters and blankets on every changeover? My guests left a huge mess – do I charge on their damage deposit? These are some of the […]

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VRS238 – Evolve or Die with David Angotti

David Angotti is the former manager of 100+ units in the Smoky Mountains, owns multiple properties, and with his business partner Wes Melton, runs a niche listing site – Smoky Mountains.com. He’s also an accomplished speaker and recently held an audience in rapt attention at VRSS18 in San Antonio. A few weeks later he repeated […]

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Five Vacation Rental Management Tasks to Outsource and Automate

Steve Milo, founder and CEO of VTrips (formerly Vacation Rental Pros), was managing 125 properties before he hired his first full-time staff. He explained how he did this in this interview on the Vacation Rental Success Podcast. VTrips now manages over 2,000 properties across the U.S., and is one of the largest independent property management […]

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Building Your Vacation Rental Team

  While the quality of your property and the way it is presented are important, it’s what goes on behind the scenes that contribute to great memories for your guests. From cleaners, caretakers and maintenance staff to the tradespeople who ensure smooth operation of home systems and the array of virtual staff that maintains listings […]

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Taking The Leap – From Vacation Rental Property Owner to Property Manager

Taking the leap from looking after your own properties to managing for other people, is a logical step for many owners who want to make a full-time business out of short-term rentals. It’s how most property management companies got started. Steve Milo of VTrips (formerly Vacation Rental Pros) heads up one of the largest property […]

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VRS234 – Vacation Rental Safety with Justin Ford

We hear the stories regularly. A family dies of carbon monoxide poisoning in a vacation rental. In another, a fire engulfs the home after children played with matches left in a kitchen drawer. An owner is sued for damages after a balcony collapses and guests are injured. There are many smaller incidents that don’t make […]

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The Vacation Rental Tech Stack

  There are a mind-boggling number of resources available to vacation rental owners, and it seems a new start-up is launched every week. It’s easy to jump on a new platform if you get taken in with the bright, shiny features on the flashy websites, and far from making life easier, selecting what will work […]

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