Tag Archive: marthas vineyard vacation rental trends

Apr 15 2016

Going Niche with CottageBlogger

For years, we have admired and learned from Heather Bayer of CottageBlogger.com, a leader in the vacation rental industry.  Her resume includes writing Renting Your Recreational Property for Profit, managing over 200 properties in Ontario and Quebec area, sharing knowledge via weekly blogposts and podcasts, and now spearheading the Vacation Rental Success Summit in Toronto …

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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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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?

The key certainly starts …

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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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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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