Last week I posted a blogabout the HomeAway traveler's fee that are now being applied to booking generated through any of HomeAway's US portals. There is an opportunity for the savvy vacation rental manager who looks to their internet marketing expert. This is the first blog in a series of blogs on this topic.Read More
Barefoot Technologies Blog- Vacation Rental Industry News
Recently I sat down with Barefoot client, Greg Hart, President of Folly's Beach Rentals. Greg shared a great idea with me and other Barefoot customers when we were having a social. He would like to establish a new group of innovative vacation rental management company owners to get together and share ideas. To learn more about this concept, read our interview below.Read More
Recently, I’ve been getting lots of call from brave souls who are looking to start a vacation rental business. It may be a familiar scenario. They bought a vacation rental home in a beautiful location as an investment or second home. They decided to move into their vacation rental home and buy a second property that they manage and put onto VRBO. They meet other people who own second homes who ask them to manage their home, and another and another. Presto! Before they know it they are now the owner of a vacation rental property management business.Read More
In parts of the country considered vacation hot spots, the amount of short-term vacation rental properties are on the rise. It is a natural and obvious evolution as they have become more and more popular as vacation accommodations not to mention people looking towards vacation rentals as investments or ways to add to their income. The problem with the increase, however, is that many properties are offered as vacation rental properties by owners without following the proper channels.
In Boulder, CO, city officials in the zoning office took control of the situation and issued cease-and-desist orders to property owners who rent space in their homes via VRBO and Airbnb. A Boulder Daily Camera News article from last week noted that “The city of Boulder recently sent cease-and-desist notices to 20 property owners who are renting out space in their homes through Airbnb or Vacation Rentals by Owner after complaints were received against them.” Specifically, the article stated that the cease and desist letters came from the city’s zoning enforcement office and stated that the areas in which the rentals were located do not allow for hotels or bed and breakfasts or any lodging for less than a month.
Vantage Resort Realty of Ocean City, MD launched their new website yesterday (http://www.vantageoceancity.com) . The website was developed by InterCoastal Net Design. (ICND), a Barefoot Technologies preferred web company. ICND and Vantage collaborated on the new website and utilized the API integration provided by Barefoot’s vacation rental software.
“This is one of the advantages of working with Barefoot,” notes Ed Ulmer, CEO. “We have fifteen years of development with a comprehensive set of API’s that allow our web partners to get the data that they need to create compelling websites. We are excited to see how Vantage’s new site will bring increased bookings and revenue. Great job ICND team!”
Have you ever thought about taking the family away for the holidays rather than have a family gathering at your house? There is no better way to enjoy time with family especially when you book accommodations through vacation rental management companies that have a lot of options to accommodate every size party.
To help you decide if you should think about this, here are the top 10 reasons to spend the holidays in a vacation rental:
The vacation rental industry is growing by leaps and bounds. More and more people have begun to look to vacation rentals instead of hotels for accommodations simply because everyone involved is more comfortable and the cost is comparable and even less expensive.
I've been thinking about how vacation rental management companies use partner integrations. As part of the sales team, it seems that the customers that we are onboarding are looking for more options when it comes to the partners that they want their vacation rental management software to support.
In talking to many potential customers, especially people who are thinking about entering into this market, there is always the question of whether to do the website first or choose a vacation rental management system. What comes first, the chicken or the egg?