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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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The Things We Forget – Being Proactive and Not Reactive

Building a vacation rental business involves a lot of moving parts. From staging the property, taking photographs, and sourcing the right linens and towels, to choosing the best reservation system, communicating with guests, and everything in between — it can be tough to manage it all. Occasionally, something will slip through the cracks, and when […]

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How Tech Can Elevate Your Vacation Rental Business

Back in the good old days of renting out a vacation home, when a sign on the lawn and a classified ad was all you needed to score a fully occupied season, there was nothing technical about it. All you needed was a calendar, a spreadsheet, a fax machine, a telephone (yes, we spoke to […]

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Do-It-Yourself Short-Term Vacation Rental Management

It’s a lot easier to self-manage a vacation home than it was 10 years ago. Online vacation rental companies like Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO make it less time-consuming by taking care of the processes that used to be manual. Updating calendars, managing rate tables, altering text, and uploading photos can be done with minimal effort. […]

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VRS227 – The Short-Term Rental Direct Booking Disruptor with Joe Godar

It’s been a couple of months since #BookDirect Day, and the momentum is still high. More and more regional sites are being launched, and I see the results of owners creating their own websites and throwing off the OTA bonds. And they are seeing success. We also heard from Amy Hinote in an excellent blog […]

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VRS225 – Vacation Rental Emergency Planning Made Easy

Back in 2016 at the first VRSS I did a session on Emergency Planning. It wasn’t that well attended – there were other workshops that may have been seen as more interesting….Tyann Marcink was talking about photography and there was a great session on social media marketing. Both of which were much more exciting than […]

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Why Your Vacation Rental Business Needs a Strategic and Operational Plan

There’s an easy way to look at the business of running a vacation rental property. “The moment you start taking money from travelers in return for accommodation you have become a provider to the tourism economy.” This is no small responsibility, as a breakdown in any of the systems that contribute to the traveler having […]

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VRS216 – Getting Back To The Basics Of Vacation Rental with Wes Melton

Are property managers a dying breed? Is this the end of property management as we know it? These questions are coming at us from a variety of sources and the latest was an article from Wes Melton at Smoky Mountains.com, published on Matt Landau’s Vacation Rental Marketing Blog. In this insightful but inconclusive argument, Wes […]

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VRS214 – How to Break Free and Become Independent of Your Own Business

Most property managers start out as one or two-man bands; managing everything in the rental process. They will source and onboard new owners; create listings and manage rates, communicate with guests and answer every question that’s asked. They cover all the bases and often find, even when they start to take on staff, that they […]

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VRS212 – 7 Activities To Grow Your Vacation Rental Business in 2018

There’s no doubt, being in the vacation rental business becomes more challenging every year. While we love the growth of the business it’s brought with it an increase in competition, a rise in guest expectations, and the need to be on top of technology. In this episode, I wanted to share what I think we […]

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