Takeaways about the Pandemic’s Impact on STRs

Written by Elizabeth Weedon
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Although we haven’t been able to put the pandemic in the rear-view mirror quite yet, it isn’t too early to take a look at some of the lasting impacts the pandemic has made on the Cape and Islands short-term rental industry. WeNeedaVacation owner Joan Talmadge and I sat down together recently and did just that.

We have observed some trends and conditions that may have actually started before the outbreak of COVID but have become even more noticeable since. Some include trends in booking and vacationer expectations and some are simple changes in the way homeowners manage their rentals.

Watch as we share our observations, based on both our personal experiences in managing our own rental homes and on what we hear from fellow rental homeowners.

About the author

Elizabeth Weedon

Elizabeth Weedon - Although I’ve worked for WeNeedaVacation.com 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.