Barefoot Technologies Blog- Vacation Rental Industry News

New Vacation Rental scam reminds us to be vigilant

Posted by Adam Zippin on May 7, 2014 12:37:00 PM

Summer is right around the corner which means now is the perfect time to look into booking your next summer vacation. Consumers must remember to be vigilant when making their booking online because the potential for scam artists has never been more prevalent. We wrote a blog on February 6th titled Avoid the Pitfalls of Vacation Rental Scams if anyone wants to refresh their memory click the title.

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Tags: Property Management, Vacation Advice, Rental Scam, Scams, rental industry competition, vacation rental scam, Barefoot Technologies, Marketing Vacation Rental

New Year, Old Scams: More Vacation Rental Scams

Posted by Adam Zippin on Dec 31, 2013 2:44:00 PM

Happy Holidays to everyone and we hope this holiday season treated you well.  Sadly with the ringing in of this New Year, my first post-holiday blog comes with some bad news.  Another market is being targeted by vacation rental scams, Lake Placid and the Olympic village has reported dozens of rental scams this holiday season.

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Tags: Barefoot, Vacation Rental, Vacation Rental Management, Client Expectations, Rentals, Rental Market, VRBO, Vacation Rental, Scams, Vacation Rental Software, HomeAway, VRBO Portal, rental industry competition, vacation rental scam, RBO, Security, HomeAway.com, rental industry

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

How to Seasonally Market Your Rental Properties

Posted by Adam Zippin on Nov 14, 2013 5:48:00 PM

Well it’s the time of year up here in New England where rumors of snow are backed up by frigid mornings and mildly warmer days, most call it winter but I am lucky enough to call it hockey season.  Now some may not see the difference between a winter enthusiast and a hockey fan but differences like this can distinguish your business from the rest.  With the winter coming in, the rental market shifts drastically up here, and in any location with winter snow.  So how does this resonate through with your business?  Here are 8 ways to beat the winter with simple marketing tools

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Tags: CRM, CRM Tips, Rental Management CRM, Rental Management, Second Home, Vacation Rental Industry, Property Management Software, Management Software, Competitive Advantage, Offerings, Vacation Rental, Vacation Rental Software, Rental management Software, rental marketing, Property manager marketing, How to market vacation rentals, rental management business, professional management, rental indusrty competition, rental industry competition

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

Airbnb.com Bounces Back: And In Impressive Fashion!

Posted by Adam Zippin on Oct 15, 2013 1:12:00 PM

My last blog got some mixed reviews after I wrote about the subpoena that Airbnb.com received.  Some people liked it and we got a tweet out there, others were not so impressed with my views.  So this week, I am glad to report that Airbnb.com has partnered with Pepsi Next to anchor its newest promotion.

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Tags: Barefoot, Property Management, Second Home, Client Expectations, Property Manager, Vacation Rental Industry, Management Software, Competitive Advantage, Vacation Rental Software, HomeAway, rental marketing, Property manager marketing, How to market vacation rentals, professional management, rental indusrty competition, rental industry competition, Airbnb.com

Blog Update: Why Airbnb Has A Tough Road Ahead 2.0

Posted by Adam Zippin on Oct 8, 2013 5:35:00 PM

 Back in May I ran a blog about Neil Warren who had rented his room through the popular site Airbnb.com.  This site has made news headlines a few times for its rental policies and the people who are avoiding laws and legislation while using the site.  One member found renting a room was violating her condominium complex’s policies.  Mr. Warren was in violation of several leasing laws for the city of New York.  He however, decided it was best to continue renting his apartment to quests.

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Tags: Barefoot, Vacation Rentals, Property Management, Client Expectations, Property Manager, Vacation Rental Industry, Management Software, VRBO, Property manager marketing, How to market vacation rentals, VRBO Portal, Vacation Rental Software, rental management business, professional management, rental indusrty competition, rental industry competition, vacation rental scam, Airbnb.com

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