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A Recap of the Annual Homeowner Forums in Brewster

Written by Elizabeth Weedon
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Attendance at last Saturday’s complimentary, annual Homeowner Forums in Brewster was the largest ever. And, judging by the spontaneous applause at the end of the two sessions, our homeowners enjoyed themselves as much as we did.  In addition to the presentation by our staff, homeowners appreciate the opportunity to share questions, concerns, and rental business practices with their fellow homeowners.

2013 Brewster Homeonwer Forums

The presentation included a general overview of the 2013 Cape and Islands vacation rental season and general marketing advice, particularly regarding the critical value of providing good pictures on a listing. But the main focus of the this year’s Forums has been on the growing impact of guest reviews on the  vacation rental marketplace – and what rental homeowners need to do as a result.

Lauren, Jim, Becky, Jeff, Joan, Taryn, David, Elizabeth, Shannon, (inset) Susan

Lauren, Jim, Becky, Jeff, Joan, Taryn, David, Elizabeth, Shannon, (inset) Susan

Due to the growing popularity of the Cape Forums in recent years, they were expanded last fall from one session to two, and the venue was changed from the rental home of  owners, Joan and Jeff Talmadge, in Orleans to the more accommodating Cape Cod Sea Camps Art Center in Brewster.  We were again fortunate this year to enjoy sunny weather with comfortable, seasonal temperatures.

The fifth and final Forum of the 2013 season will be held this Saturday, November 2nd at the website’s home office in Wellesley, and a capacity crowd is expected.

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About the author

Elizabeth Weedon

Elizabeth Weedon - Although I’ve worked for since 2008, I’ve been a loyal homeowner on the site since early 1998, just a few months after the website was launched by the Talmadges. I grew up summering on the Vineyard and managed my family's rental home there since the mid-1980’s. I’m passionately devoted to the Vineyard – and to WeNeedaVacation, which I credit with enabling me to hold onto the special property that has been in our family for nearly a century. An enthusiastic member of the WNAV Homeowner Support Team, I endeavor to keep my finger on the pulse of the Cape and Islands vacation rental industry so that I can provide homeowners advice about how to ensure their booking success with us. With owner Joan Talmadge, I am also responsible for editing and writing much of the text on our website, our monthly newsletters, and Homeowner Blog posts.