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.

Dec 02 2016

How the vacation rental industry changed

The vacation rental industry is dramatically different from what it was a few decades ago.  What was once a little cottage industry (no pun intended) is now a billion dollar business!  In fact, research and markets predict that the global vacation rental industry will reach $169.7 billion by 2019. Although buzz words like “hotelification” …

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Nov 15 2016

Marketing your Vacation Rental. The Roadmap For Success

Every year, we plan for the Homeowner Forum the same way: by asking ourselves two questions.  First, how can we best help our homeowners? And second, how can we change it up from last year’s Forum? This year, we decided to break our presentation, “Gaining the Competitive Edge,” into two sections: marketing and managing. 

Becky Fischer and I …

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Jun 13 2016

5 Tips for a Greener Getaway Home

Conserving energy is important not only to the health and welfare of our planet, but to your family’s utility budget as well. And while summertime is many vacation homeowners’ favorite time of year, summer can prove extra challenging in your quest to stay cool without burning through money and fuel.

But no worries – you …

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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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