Category Archive: Technology, the Internet & Vacation Rentals

Get the most out of online tools and new forms of technology to promote your listing and reach a wider audience of vacationers.

Mar 29 2016

Are HomeAway’s new policies also reducing bookings?

It’s becoming evident that the recent decision by HomeAway/VRBO to join the other big box sites in assessing vacationers a fee may merely be the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back.

A few weeks ago when I wrote “Why Homeowners are Outraged about Vacationer Booking Fees,” most homeowners were still not aware of many …

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Feb 04 2016

Using PayPal to Receive Vacationer Payments

Until recently, I have been a strong advocate of requiring that vacationers send rental funds by check rather than by credit card. I was concerned about having to pay extra fees and daunted by having to learn how the PayPal process works. Plus, I had never, in 30 years of renting, lost a booking …

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Dec 03 2015

Use text alerts to respond to inquiries instantly

Success in converting an inquiry into a booking starts with your responding to the inquiry just as quickly as possible. Keep in mind that vacationers typically inquire about multiple properties at a time, so being the first to respond to an inquiry enables you to beat your competition to the punch.  Receiving a text alert the …

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Jul 07 2015

Connected Lighting – The Basics of Home Automation

Whenever I hear the words “home automation”, the first thing that comes to my mind is connected lighting. Connected lighting gives you power and control over your lights—lamps, fixtures, and beyond. Connected lighting can help reduce energy costs, give users remote control over lighting, and open up an array of personal lighting options. There are …

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Jul 01 2015

Speed up your response time with text message alerts

Advancements in technology continue to accelerate the entire process of identifying and booking a vacation home, lickety-split. To prevent delays and to avoid having to check your email frequently, enable text message alerts on your listing. That way, every time you receive an email inquiry, you will also receive a text message alerting you …

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