Category Archive: Managing Your Vacation Rental

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Jul 14 2015

Tips to convert last-minute inquiries to bookings

Several of our homeowners who still have some vacancies this late in the season have reported that there are quite a few “tire kickers” inquiring about their homes but then disappearing without explanation. How can you convert these inquiries into bookings and, if not, at least get some indication why?

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Jun 16 2015

Fourth of July booms are causing a bust for homeowners

This year, the Cape and Islands have a substantial number of vacation rental homes still showing available weeks between the end of June and mid-July.  Contrary to what many would think, the week that contains July Fourth is traditionally very difficult to book – and this year it’s been especially hard with July Fourth …

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May 13 2015

Handling Payments from our Northern Neighbors

Homeowners report to us that they get more interest from Canadian vacationers than from any other foreign country.  In a previous blog post, we detailed the preferred methods of payment for international guests, including PayPal and bank transfers.  But here’s some advice specifically geared to Canadian tenants.

If you decide to have your …

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Apr 21 2015

Deal Breakers II – Another reason you could be losing inquiries

In my blog post last week, I wrote about deal breakers when choosing a vacation rental. I ranted about two aspects of a property that turned me off and prevented me from recommending it to our Midwest cousins who will be coming to the Cape this summer.   Here is the rest of the …

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Apr 14 2015

Welcoming Your Guests with Gifts

Providing welcome gifts for your guests is a great idea. They do not need to be fancy or expensive but will certainly make your guests feel welcome and create a great first impression that can translate into repeat bookings, great reviews, and referrals to friends and family. A small investment in a simple welcome gift …

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