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Fighting NIMBYism or the "Not in My Backyard" Syndrome

By Ana M. Kinkaid
Published: 06/28/07 Topics: Comments:

Vacation rental owners sometimes encounter attempts to ban or limit rentals in their area. Various so called 'reasons' are often presented to local officials to justify limiting rentals. Let's look at some of the most common complaints and see if they are actually based in reality. Statement: V Read more

Why Higher Gas Prices Can Actually be GOOD for Your Vacation Rental

By Ana M. Kinkaid
Published: 06/22/07 Topics: Comments:

The rising sticker shock for gas is causing many Americans to alter how they spend their vacation dollars. And those changing vacation decisions can benefit your vacation rental. Let me explain how. Once 83% of we got in the family car and drove an average of 300 plus miles to see relatives and e Read more

What Makes Vacation Rentals Unique

By Ana M. Kinkaid
Published: 06/11/07 Topics: Comments:

Vacation Rentals are the newest member of the hospitality industry. Here are some of the ways that vacation rentals offer an attractive alternative to traditional lodging. LOTS OF ROOM - One of the biggest differences between a vacation rental and almost all other forms of lodging is the space ava Read more

Vacation Rentals: Something Knew

By Ana M. Kinkaid
Published: 05/07/07 Topics: Comments:

Vacation Rentals are the newest member of the hospitality industry and it's important for guests to know what makes vacation rentals so unique. Unless we articulate clearly what makes a vacation rental (or VR) so special, we will be confused with other lodging formats in the industry. Here are som Read more

Does Your Property Have IT?

By Ana M. Kinkaid
Published: 04/16/07 Topics: Comments:

In the 1920's when someone asked if an individual had IT, they were using the code that Hollywood invented to describe sex appeal. Today, IT refers not to a lovely lady, but to the most wonderful invention of our time - Information Technology. Go down any street in even a small town Read more

Terms of Engagement

By Ana M. Kinkaid
Published: 04/11/07 Topics: Comments:

One question we are often asked is:Do I need to use a rental contract when I have guests? And the answers is: YES! YES!! YES!!! You MUST have a signed contract for your protection and the guests. Let me explain why. First, having a vacation rental business is just that - a Read more

The Graceful Art of Dealing with Difficult Guests

By Ana M. Kinkaid
Published: 04/02/07 Topics: Comments:

In this imperfect world there is no way to satisfy each and every guest. Try as hard as you might to be the perfect host, the nature of life is such that given the moods of guests, their own unique backgrounds and the way things work (or don't), you cannot avoid having to deal with the unhapp Read more

Going My Way

By Ana M. Kinkaid
Published: 03/08/07 Topics: Comments:

Writing accurate directions to your property is a vital first step to insuring successful guest stays. This seems basic, but sadly, it is often overlooked by the busy vacation home owner. First impressions, as the old saying goes, do matter. And you want that initial experience to be a positive Read more

A Long Hard Winter

By William May
Published: 05/06/06 Topics: Comments:

Even if you don't operate in a ski resort area, it has been a long winter. VROA continues to handle inquiries and assistance for rental owners all over the US and even some other countries. Before we gloat over progress its time to wail over other matters. Some of you have noticed the newsletters Read more

Guests Go Godzilla When Owners Cancel Bookings

By William May
Published: 03/11/06 Topics: Comments:

Going on vacation is a big treat for most travelers. They plan ahead, organize family and friends, often pool their money and splurge on a big adventure. So when an owner cancels their stay, all hell breaks loose. Read more

Is it Too Late to Invest in a Vacation Rental?

By William May
Published: 08/10/05 Topics: Comments:

Are vacation rentals the espresso stands of the future? Over thirty years ago a couple of Seattle entrepreneurs started a little shop in Washington State to make and sell the kind of rich and potent coffee - common in Europe - that they couldn't find in their home town. More than a decade later, an Read more

Why and How to use Contracts

By William May
Published: 07/15/05 Topics: Comments:

Some days I sound like a broken record. To question after question from well-meaning members I answer simply by starting another question: What does your contract say? I am still amazed at how many owners and managers will allow a complete stranger - someone they've never known - to occ Read more

Search Engines Hijacked by Rental Directories

By William May
Published: 06/03/05 Topics: Comments:

Long time vacation rental managers and owners have watched the Internet ebb and flow. What began as a strong new tool has recently lost its way in the ever changing commercialization of the web. What started out as a wonderful and effective service has fallen victim to the large companies who have Read more

Breathtaking Photographs Are Closer Than You Think

By William May
Published: 04/19/05 Topics: Comments:

Nothing, and I mean nothing, can help sell your rental more quickly to a perspective tenant than a great photo. There is little that ameliorates a poor website more than clear, representative and numerous photos highlighting the best your vacation property has to offer. Does your home have a beaut Read more

Donate a Week

By Christopher S. Cain
Published: 04/12/05 Topics: Comments:

If you use or rent your vacation property 100 percent of the time, don't bother to read this article. If, however, you have some vacant weeks that you cannot rent, trade, or barter, here's another option: Give them away. Donate a week to your favorite charity. Many fund raisers hold events includ Read more

Never tell Guests a Lie

By William May
Published: 03/21/05 Topics: Comments:

In 1989 Robert Fulghum, wrote a perfectly mundane and strangely earth shaking book. The gigantic best seller was called All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. I'd like to suggest you read it if you haven't already. And if you have read the book, take a moment to skim it aga Read more

Privately-Owned Vacation Property Offers Outstanding Value to Renters

By Christopher S. Cain
Published: 03/08/05 Topics: Comments:

In November, 2004, my wife Terry and I visited Paris for seven days. We stayed in a postage stamp sized hotel room in the Latin Quarter about two blocks from Notre Dame Cathedral. We toured the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Versailles, Sainte-Chappelle, the Arc de Triomphe, the Musee d Read more

Concierge Services Can Save You Money

By Emily Glossbrenner
Published: 02/28/05 Topics: Comments:

These are exciting times for anyone who owns or is considering buying a vacation rental property. After decades of somnolence - which at least one dictionary defines as a condition of semi-consciousness approaching coma - the vacation rental field is crackling with activity. A lot of t Read more

Information Please!

By Christopher S. Cain
Published: 02/07/05 Topics: Comments:

If you are an owner renting your vacation condo, renters will often look to you for advice, counsel, guidance, and information. For example: Are there many nearby golf courses? Can you recommend some good restaurants? Where can we get the best steak in town? Are there any good seafood restaurant Read more

10 Words or Less - The Art of Writing a Great Listing Title

By Amy Greener
Published: 01/31/05 Topics: Comments:

You can have a fantastic vacation rental property. You can offer a tremendous value in the off season. You can have a super web page, with outstanding photographs and copy. You can also be sitting next to the phone or computer, waiting for someone to inquire about your rental. That's not a good Read more

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