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Donate a Week

By Christopher S. Cain
Published: 04/12/05 Topics: Comments: -

If you use or rent your vacation property 100 percent of the time, don't bother to read this article. If, however, you have some vacant weeks that you cannot rent, trade, or barter, here's another option: Give them away. Donate a week to your favorite charity. Many fund raisers hold events includ Read more

Never tell Guests a Lie

By William May
Published: 03/21/05 Topics: Comments: -

In 1989 Robert Fulghum, wrote a perfectly mundane and strangely earth shaking book. The gigantic best seller was called All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. I'd like to suggest you read it if you haven't already. And if you have read the book, take a moment to skim it aga Read more

Privately-Owned Vacation Property Offers Outstanding Value to Renters

By Christopher S. Cain
Published: 03/08/05 Topics: Comments: -

In November, 2004, my wife Terry and I visited Paris for seven days. We stayed in a postage stamp sized hotel room in the Latin Quarter about two blocks from Notre Dame Cathedral. We toured the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Versailles, Sainte-Chappelle, the Arc de Triomphe, the Musee d Read more

Concierge Services Can Save You Money

By Emily Glossbrenner
Published: 02/28/05 Topics: Comments: -

These are exciting times for anyone who owns or is considering buying a vacation rental property. After decades of somnolence - which at least one dictionary defines as a condition of semi-consciousness approaching coma - the vacation rental field is crackling with activity. A lot of t Read more

Information Please!

By Christopher S. Cain
Published: 02/07/05 Topics: Comments: -

If you are an owner renting your vacation condo, renters will often look to you for advice, counsel, guidance, and information. For example: Are there many nearby golf courses? Can you recommend some good restaurants? Where can we get the best steak in town? Are there any good seafood restaurant Read more

10 Words or Less - The Art of Writing a Great Listing Title

By Amy Greener
Published: 01/31/05 Topics: Comments: -

You can have a fantastic vacation rental property. You can offer a tremendous value in the off season. You can have a super web page, with outstanding photographs and copy. You can also be sitting next to the phone or computer, waiting for someone to inquire about your rental. That's not a good Read more

Use Your Vacation Property to Barter for Goods and Services

By Christopher S. Cain
Published: 01/17/05 Topics: Comments: -

Bartering began more than 10,000 years ago and precedes monetary systems and currency. This concept of exchanging goods and services to the benefit of both parties thrives today. As a vacation property owner, you have a valuable commodity to trade - vacation property accommodations. Get more valu Read more

At Last - Property Insurance Designed for Vacation Rental Homes

By William May
Published: 01/10/05 Topics: Comments: -

Like it or not, offering a home for short-term rental means you are in business, offering a very expensive asset to guests and their families. While your rentals may be booming, your rental income may be disproportionately low compared to the value of the real estate you allow guests to use. So, y Read more

When & How to Hire (or Fire) a Property Manager.

By William May
Published: 12/06/04 Topics: Comments: -

This newsletter spends a lot of time discussing issues helpful to self-managed owners. However, the majority of vacation rental owners seek the aid of professional management firms to manage their homes. So today lets spend time explaining how to pick a good manager and, if necessary, fire a bad one Read more

How to get sued, without really trying.

By William May
Published: 10/11/04 Topics: Comments: -

It is easy to become wildly enthusiastic about the money-making aspects of buying and renting your own vacation rental home, what with the many factors contributing to the rapid growth of private vacation rentals: internet advertising, low interest rates, an emphasis on leisure and the post-911 Read more

If there are Vacation rentals in Afghanistan, They must be here for good.

By William May
Published: 09/05/04 Topics: Comments: -

I kid you not. The LA Times is reporting that Estullah Rooz, after years of fighting Soviets, rival Mujahedee and the Taliban, the man known as the Commander Mullah is going corporate. And how you say? Well, he's building the first Swiss designed and pre-fabricated Vacation Rental homes on Lake Qarg Read more

Vacation Rentals In Afghanistan

By William May
Published: 09/05/04 Topics: Comments: -

I kid you not. The LA Times is reporting that Estullah Rooz, after years of fighting Soviets, rival Mujahedee and the Taliban, the man known as the Commander Mullah is going corporate. And how you say? Well, he's building the first Swiss designed and pre-fabricated Vacation Rental homes on Lake Qarg Read more

Is Yours a Quality Home?

By William May
Published: 08/02/04 Topics: Comments: -

Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind. To quote good old Bill Shakespeare, that long ago landlord from Stratford on Avon, in Merry old England. It's also a fine lesson for vacation home owners who want to get the best guests, highest rates, most occupancy and fewest headaches. Read more

Charging for the Extras

By William May
Published: 06/28/04 Topics: Comments: -

There is a fine line between charging customers for the products and services you sell and nickel- and-diming them into submission. In recent e-mails, online groups and phone calls there have been a flurry of questions from owners about what they can and can not charge for. I've also noticed that a Read more

The Trouble with Suppliers

By William May
Published: 05/19/04 Topics: Comments: -

Most owners focus 80% of their energy on creating more demand, uping rates and increasing occupancy. I can think of a hundreds Emails and phone calls where the only question is ;How to I increase sales? As all large companies know, lowering costs can be just as important to and much easie Read more

Be Selfish If You Donate Your Rental

By William May
Published: 04/19/04 Topics: Comments: -

New owners of Vacation Rental homes quickly learn how many friends they really have. And I don't just mean cousin Jenny and her 12 screaming kids who would love to spend every week end at your lake house this summer chowing down on your hamburgers and chips. No, I am referring to all the truly great Read more

The Trouble With Hotels

By William May
Published: 04/06/04 Topics: Comments: -

Can anyone tell me why a family would stay in a Hotel for their vacation? I was reminded recently of how distressing it can be when we visited the famous Waikiki Beach area of Hawaii. Penny and I hadn't spent much time there for 20 years but my 14 year old son decided there were things he just nee Read more

Six Tips for Creating More Cash From Your Rental

By William May
Published: 03/08/04 Topics: Comments: -

Sorry if that headline sounds like a get rich quick scheme. Owning a rental is too much work for that. Most weeks I cover a single topic that owners have been asking about. But today let me catch up on a number of small but equally important tips Vacation Home Owners will want to know. Its kind of a Read more

Taking Credit Cards Smells Good, Tastes Bad

By William May
Published: 02/23/04 Topics: Comments: -

Taking payments by Credit Card is another way to accelerate revenue, right? If that's what you are thinking I'd like to help put the brakes on. Yes, taking credit cards will make you look big time and maybe even increase revenue but it may also subject you to guest stealing money directly out of you Read more

Using Guest Checklists

By William May
Published: 02/09/04 Topics: Comments: -

Promises, promises, promises. I wanted to get back to the website strategy topic I promised a couple of weeks ago but another Owner question has come up and I wanted to pass on some suggestions on that. We'll get Part two of web strategies published in a future issue. (Hey, I'm a volunteer!) GUEST Read more

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