Owners Podcast In this episode of the Vacation Rental Success podcast my son, Mike Bayer, shares his experience of buying and setting up his Lake Ontario cottage for rental, and what he has learned in the first 18 months of business. Mike has been involved in vacation rentals for over ten years, from running a property management and maintenance business in Ontario's Cottage Country to his role as Account Manager in one of the province's leading rental agencies. His new company, Vacation Rental Ready, is the result of all this experience and brings many different aspects of professional rental under one roof, from tips on videography and photography to construction and consultancy. In the intro to the show I share my thoughts on the changing nature of our industry as the rental demographic has altered radically. We've moved from those who used to go camping and saw holiday rentals as a step up, to hotel and resort visitors who now expect the same standards in amenities and facilities in their vacation home. More specifically you'll find out: The most important considerations when buying an investment home What simple amenities really make a difference Why it's so important to be guest focused and provide excellent customer service Why we need to understand the new demographic Mike's five tips for creating great videos to capture interest Plus a whole lot more………….. Items mentioned in the podcast include Seabreeze Cottage on Lake Ontario – Mikes listing on our agency site Seabreeze Video – This was a quick video Mike put together until he has time to create a more polished version. Still looks good to me! Vacation Rental Ready Music Loops Premium Beat Music Bakery – This is where I got the opening/closing music for the podcast If you liked this podcast we would really appreciate it if you could leave a review for us on iTunes. You can do this by clicking on the icon below. This will open itunes and direct you to the Vacation Rental Success Podcast. Here you can review and subscribe. Many thanks for listening.