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Jul 22 2016

Is the Lodging Tax Coming Soon to the Cape and Islands?

Vacation rental owners on the Cape and Islands may soon be faced with charging their guests a nearly 12% lodging tax if the MA legislature approves the bill before the end of the current legislative session on July 31.

Why the renewed interest now?
Some state legislators and town boards have tried to have …

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May 02 2016

Are YOU in control of your own booking processes?

Our business model is simple:  vacationers search for a rental home, find one that they want, contact the owner directly to discuss it and, if they choose, book it with the owner.  We firmly believe that direct and open communication between homeowner and renter results in success for both parties. 

Most of the large vacation …

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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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