Monthly Archive: January 2012

Jan 31 2012

Using Google Alerts to Monitor Your Vacation Rental Business Online

Technology is changing the face of the online vacation rental business faster than ever before. With social sharing and online peer reviews topping that list of changes, it’s more important than ever for homeowners to learn how to use the internet to their advantage. By using a keyword notification service like Continue reading »

Jan 28 2012

Wanted – The Ideal Vacation Rental Tenant: How to screen for a better fit

That’s our goal, isn’t it?  To find tenants who enjoy our vacation rental home, are respectful of it, leave it in good condition, and will want to return?   But how is this best accomplished?  Step one is simple:  Speak to your prospective tenants on the phone.  While an initial email correspondence is fine, there’s nothing …

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Jan 21 2012

Build the Ideal Listing Part 4 – Using special offers to draw attention to your vacation rental listing

Given current economic conditions and the relatively large inventory of vacation rental properties available on the Cape and Islands, it’s more important than ever to make your listing stand out in the crowd. One of the most effective ways of doing so is to offer a little something special as an incentive to book your …

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Jan 20 2012

“Bang For Your Buck” – An owner shares her vacation rental home improvement secrets

We all know that our year round homes are a reflection of our personal tastes and family lifestyles, but what about your vacation rental home?  Our focus should shift to meeting not just our needs as homeowners, but also to meet the needs of our renters in order to drive up our occupancy and rental …

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Jan 16 2012

Initial Outlook Promising for 2012 Cape & Islands Vacation Rental Season

With the 2012 Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket vacation rental season in full swing, we took an early peek at how bookings look compared to this same time last year. And, were we ever encouraged!  Bookings are already up 28% over last year for the full 2012 season.  It is too early to draw …

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