Barefoot Technologies Blog- Vacation Rental Industry News

Considerations for the Vacation Rental Industry for 2015 from Barefoot

Posted by Claiborne Yarbrough on Dec 30, 2014 10:50:00 AM

With over twenty years in the vacation rental management industry, Ed Ulmer has a breadth of knowledge and expertise that keep him not only manning the helm at Barefoot Technologies, but often providing thought leadership in the industry.

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Tags: Barefoot, Vacation Rental Industry, future of vacation rentals

Future of Vacation Rentals uncertain in Florida

Posted by Aj Mudford on May 2, 2014 2:07:00 PM

I wrote a blog on April 2nd titled “Preparing your Florida vacation rentals to be ready for changeand now change is one step closer. But the changes may not be as drastic as some local full-time residents had hoped for. The Florida Vacation Rental Bill-SB 356 just passed the Senate with compromise language. It will now go to Governor Scott. The Florida House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday with a 90-27 vote that gives local governments’ limited control over rentals but not the regulatory power many were seeking.

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Tags: future of vacation rentals, Florida, Vacation Rental Legislation

Preparing your Florida Vacation Rentals to be Ready for Change

Posted by Aj Mudford on Apr 2, 2014 12:44:00 PM

On March 12th we wrote a blog that described state lawmakers in Florida looking to have changes made to the rental properties industry by July 1st of this year. The bill is about the rights of the people who live near the rental properties according to those who support it.To read the full bill click here. If this bill passes, changes would need to be made to your business to abide by these new rules. The community would be able to impose rules on trash, noise, and traffic. This would mean property managers will need to be careful about who is renting the property. A group for a bachelor party would not be suitable for a quiet residential area for three nights but a young couple with small children should be fine. Here are some ways to prepare your business for the potential law changes ahead.

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Tags: CRM, Vacation Rental Industry, future of vacation rentals, Florida, Rental Industry Changes

Marketing Your Vacation Rental: Off Grid style

Posted by Adam Zippin on Jan 15, 2014 4:51:00 PM

Every once in a while you find something that is so unique and exciting that you have to comment on it.   We sit in our world, and watch everything pass by, and never really utilize the uniqueness of the opportunities that are afforded to us.  

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Tags: Property Management Software, Vacation Rental Software, Property manager marketing, How to market vacation rentals, future of vacation rentals, Barefoot Technologies, Marketing

More Vacation Rental Crackdowns Looking to Limit Rentals

Posted by Adam Zippin on Nov 26, 2013 4:48:00 PM

Berlin is now the most recent location to limit short term rentals.  This is the first international story we have reported on here, as most of our focus has been based on rental trends in the us.  However, with all of the crackdowns coming through as of late, this trend seemed destined to become global.

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Tags: Property Management, Second Home, Vacation Rental Industry, Rental Software, Vacation Rental Software, Rental management Software, rental marketing, future of vacation rentals, rental industry competition, Vacation Rental Legislation

Your New Competition: It looks different than you think.

Posted by Adam Zippin on Nov 7, 2013 4:27:00 PM

 

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Tags: Vacation Rental, How to market vacation rentals, rental management business, future of vacation rentals, rental industry competition, VRMA, RBO, PMC, Rental Management Company, Rental Managers, How RBO's are competing for your business

Will Your Website Ruin Your Business?

Posted by Adam Zippin on Oct 30, 2013 5:11:00 PM

In short, yes, but let me elaborate.  Last week the Barefoot team travelled to the VRMA conference in Nashville TN.  Aside from some great music, awesome food, and southern charm, there were some great things to be learned at the conference.  Douglas Quinby, the VP of research at PhoCusWright gave an eye opening speech at the close of the show.  If you left early you missed out but I will do my best to shed some light here as to why your website may ruin your business.

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Tags: Barefoot, Vacation Rentals, CRM Tips, Rental Management CRM, Vacation Rental Management, Client Expectations, Management Software, Competitive Advantage, VRBO, Vacation Rental, Vacation Rental Software, rental marketing, Property manager marketing, How to market vacation rentals, rental management business, future of vacation rentals, rental industry competition

Rental Scammer Caught! Sentenced to 2 years, most already served!

Posted by Adam Zippin on Oct 3, 2013 1:42:00 PM

 Its always an interesting story to read when you click through a cacation rental scam headline.  Sometimes the type of scam is new and you want to alert people, sometimes scams have hit a new area and the professionals there should be alerted, but one thing is for sure, you never feel content in anyway after reading about these scammers.  Today, there was a chance for that to change as I clicked “Rental Scammer Gets Two Years”.  Finally, I thought to myself, someone is being punished for these crimes.  To my horror, once the web page loaded the rest of the caption became clear, “most of which already served”.

 

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Tags: Property Management, Competitive Advantage, Scams, How to market vacation rentals, Vacation Rental Software, professional management, future of vacation rentals, rental industry competition, Rental Scam, vacation rental scam

A Successful Year For Vacation Rentals: Beating Hotel Occupancy Rates

Posted by Adam Zippin on Sep 26, 2013 5:06:00 PM

Congratulations are in order to the industry as a whole for a solid summer season.  According to an article by RIS Media, the average rental per week rose 19% over the same time last year.  In this numbers thick report, the stats are in and it was another banner year!  While we are always happy to see your success, we can't help but feel a bit of deja vu.  To add some juice, here are a few of our favorite numbers.

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Tags: Vacation Rental, Client Expectations, Property Manager, Vacation Rental Industry, Competitive Advantage, Vacation Rental Software, How to market vacation rentals, rental management business, professional management, future of vacation rentals, rental indusrty competition

Why Complacency is Killing Your Vacation Rental Business

Posted by Adam Zippin on Sep 24, 2013 4:50:00 PM

Last week I wrote a blog on why you need to use a portal program as a part of your business strategy.  This week I want to step back and take a look at why thoughts like this are so very important.  As I trolled the internet for industry news the other day I realized that more and more companies are moving into the rental booking and transaction market.  It first started with Wyndham and other hotel companies buying up rental companies.  Lately however, companies like TurnKey, BookingPal, HomeAway and others are pushing into the transactional aspect of rentals.  The business model of these companies is one that should be, not worrisome, but certainly relevant to your future business.

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Tags: Vacation Rental Software, rental management business, professional management, future of vacation rentals, rental indusrty competition