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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When Sleeping Around is a GOOD Thing

 

I’m gobsmacked every time when I hear a short-term rental owner say they have never stayed in a vacation rental.

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To me, that’s like opening a sushi restaurant having never tasted raw fish and seaweed. How do you know what’s a good combination for your visitors? How do you know what flavors go together? What will make even the most sophisticated connoisseur gag?

You can tell which restaurants are simply into the daily grind - passing out barely edible...

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Relieve Their Pain Point and Get More Guests! Insider Tip Inside

airbnb vacation rental Jun 11, 2019
 

LOCATION! LOCATION! VACATION!

If you know anything about the real estate industry, location is a biggie! The first place they put in the search bar, whether it be within Airbnb or Vrbo, or Google, is city.

Here’s the truth. Your guests picked a location to vacation at, right? That was their first order of business. Then they looked for a place to stay. They want it to be EASY.

Put yourself in their shoes. Mom is sitting in her car at school pick up line. She has her iPhone out, looking...

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Make Money from Your Vacation Rental

 

I'm Beth Carson, a vacation rental expert, and I own an Airbnb in Fiji, one of my favorite places on the planet. What you may not know is that I live in Asheville, North Carolina, which is 24 hours away. Let me tell you a little bit about the back story of how I ended up with a vacation rental on this dream island.

I had been to 35 countries when I went on a FAM (familiarization) trip, as a travel agent, to Fiji.. We got to see Denarau and along the Coral Coast. Then we came up to the very...

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Location! Location! Location! Where to Buy an Airbnb

 

Listen up! There are plenty of opportunities in the vacation rental industry for your home to make a lot of money. When I bought my home in Fiji and put it on the vacation rental market, there were only about 12 vacation rentals in the entire country that were marketed even passively. You don't have to have a lot of vacation rentals if you look in your area to have it be a good fit because what's happening is people are bringing the experience they've had in vacation rentals in other...

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WOW Your Guests

 

The wow factor is critical in your vacation rental. I want you to really dig deep in your own property and figure out what you can do to add as much wow factor as you can.

It's amenities, it's lateral promotions... When you use people that aren’t your direct competition but are seeking that same traveler, such as dive operations, tour companies, spas, restaurants, cafes, tours, you name it, you can build relationships with them, as well as add amenities to your own place. It makes the...

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