Why Your Vacation Rental Bookings May Be Out of Wack

 

Sometimes, it's easy to get discouraged and feel like you're not making any progress, as if you're going backwards. I'm going to give you some context for what's happening...

1. There are definitely more owners and more inventory.

With the popularity in Airbnb’s rising, in terms of both guests and owners, there is more competition to work against. This will mean you’ll have to put more effort and intensify your strategic plan to stay at the top of the listing sites and above your...

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Your Next Steps After Naming Your Vacation Rental

 

Have you given your property a name? 

Well, as listing sites or OTAs (online travel agencies), like HomeAway, Expedia, Vrbo, and Airbnb, take more and more from the customers and from the owners, direct bookings are becoming more important.

Named your property? Your Next Steps...

If you have a name for your property, you can buy that domain name. I recommend Namecheap. They are not a sleazy company with continual, sneaky updates. You can usually buy it for about $10 and you could just...

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A Game Changing Deal You Won't Want to Miss

 

Airbnb started out as a really low budget platform. You could couch surf. You could stay in somebody's room in their house. And now it's had a total shift. You're not even allowed to count an air mattress, which ironically is how the owners started, by renting out air mattresses on their living room floor for $80 a night when there was a design conference in San Francisco because they couldn't make their rent. But now they even have Airbnb Lux. They have Airbnb Plus. They have super hosts....

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Case Study: Last Minute Bookings - Part 2

 

I'm back with the results of the case study that I started last week. If you haven't seen that, go ahead and click here. But if you've been following this, you know that I have two homes in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Leaf season, which is right now, is really the highest season that we have other than Christmas. We have some festivals and other things that bring people in, but starting mid-September through October is our moneymaker. By Wednesday of last week, of my two properties, I had...

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Case Study: Last Minute Bookings - Part 1

 

Do you ever have times when you're frustrated, because you haven't made the bookings that you expect to at a certain date? That is happening to me right now.

I spent about an hour yesterday on the phone with Airbnb and one of the reps took an in depth look at both of my Hendersonville properties on Airbnb and said they were nearly perfect but there was one minor change that we had to make.

I couldn't figure out how to get advanced notice off of one booking and apparently it was to do with my...

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Vacation Rentals: Top 10 Ways They've Impacted My Life

 

This list was done a couple of years ago but they still stand true. So, without further ado, here are the top 10 ways vacation rentals impacted my life for the better.

#10 - Happy Travelers Funds paid for my homes.

#9 - No mortgage.

We have a 2-bedroom home that we're going to make into a duplex, and when we rent out the other side, nine nights a month, we have no mortgage. Everything above that is pure profit.

#8 - Constant learning.

I get to go to conferences, listen to podcasts, read...

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Playing the Field

Uncategorized Jul 23, 2019
 

Some of us dated more than 2 or 3 people before we found the right person. We learned things along the way. What clothes looked good on us, what topics of conversation we could wax poetic on, which cafe to go to where everybody knew our name. Of course, we mixed it up - we didn’t wear the same outfit to the same cafe and break out the same, winning conversation starter.  

But here, I’m not talking about dating, but playing around with your listing. 

For some reason,...

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Dealing with Cranky Guests as a Vacation Rental Owner

 

It’s inevitable. At some point in your career, you’re going to encounter cranky guests. Here’s how to make the best out of an uncomfortable situation.

First, they may be cranky for a reason. Power out and no water for 8 hours? Yep, there’s a reason they are unhappy. Having a plan is always a great way to start before a crisis comes up.

But, what if this is a personality thing? Some people actually love to be miserable...and let everyone know about it.

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How Gossip Can Help Your Business Flourish

 

I hate gossip. I try to stay away from it. I usually say something nice about a person who is being disparaged to change the course of the conversation. Occasionally, though, I break down and indulge. We know it’s bad, but it feels great, doesn’t it?

To use this skill correctly in your business, you will never say ANYTHING bad about a competitor. This is about gathering information to play up your positives.

One way to get intel on what guests visiting your Airbnb might want to...

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Got Questions?

Questions. We have them all the time, including within our vacation rental business.

“How do I price my vacation rental?”

“How do I handle key exchange?”

“My guest is mad that the air conditioning went out, how do I handle it?”

“How do I get bookings on my own?”

“There are lots of short term rentals in my area. How can I stand out?”

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There’s no central building where we owners work, no common location...

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