Barefoot Technologies Blog- Vacation Rental Industry News

How Vacation Rental Management Companies Prevent Fraud

Posted by Claiborne Yarbrough on Oct 31, 2014 10:15:00 AM

The Franchise Herald reported last week that in a study conducted by the New York Attorney General’s office, 72 percent of rentals under Airbnb between early 2010 and June 2014 were illegal.  Citing that they many local and state laws, one of the stand out violations was that “an estimated 200 units were booked as short-term rentals for more than 365 days in a year, meaning multiple transients rented the space at the same night.”

Booking vacation rentals online via an online travel sites like Airbnb and others can be risky as everything is done online.  It is essential to remind property owners about the advantages of working with authentic, brick and mortar vacation rental management companies rather than a company on a cloud. 

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Tags: Vacation Rental Management, Vacation Rental Industry, vacation rental trends

Why You Should Use Videos to Promote Your Vacation Rental Management Company

Posted by Claiborne Yarbrough on Oct 27, 2014 10:49:00 AM


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Tags: Vacation Rental Management, Video Marketing

How Vacation Rental Management Companies Compete in the Hospitality Market

Posted by Claiborne Yarbrough on Oct 22, 2014 10:58:00 AM

What is a “hospitality market” anyway?  Simply put, the hospitality market consists of hotels, convention centers, visitors’ bureaus and any other category that helps grow the hospitality business and tourism industries.  Vacation rental management companies have become an integral part of the hospitality market by offering alternatives to hotels and resorts at and near their destination.  Whether locally-owned or as an online reservation company like Homeaway.com or VRBO.com, this segment of the industry has begun to move towards the hospitality market that hotels seem to have dominated. 

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Tags: Vacation Rental Management, Vacation Rental Industry, Competitive Advantage

How to Protect Your Vacation Rental Management Businesses from Cybercrime

Posted by Claiborne Yarbrough on Oct 14, 2014 10:28:00 AM

There is no better time to talk about cyber security than now.  After all October is National Cyber Security Month.  It seems that every time you turn on the television, there is another report of business computer systems being hacked in order to steal pertinent and private information from those who do business with that company or business. 

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Tags: Vacation Rental Management, Security, Barefoot Technologies

Five Benefits of Accepting eChecks for Vacation Rental Management Companies

Posted by Claiborne Yarbrough on Sep 29, 2014 1:34:00 PM

This blog article has been provided by one of payment processing partners, Vacation Rental Payment. They will also be authoring a seminar on October 7th at 11 a.m. Contact sales@vacationrentpayment.com to register.

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Tags: Vacation Rental Management, eChecks

Stand Apart from the Rest: Become a Vacation Rental Experience Provider

Posted by Claiborne Yarbrough on Sep 25, 2014 10:22:00 AM

Most resort communities are overflowing with vacation rental management companies all vying for properties to put into their pool of rental properties as well as the vacationers visiting their destination for a week.  It becomes simply a contest of sorts to see which company has the best rentals and the most guests. 

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Tags: Vacation Rental Management, Marketing Vacation Rental

Barefoot Announces New Vacation Rental Management Customer Debordieu Rentals

Posted by Claiborne Yarbrough on Aug 13, 2014 10:15:00 AM

Barefoot Technologies is delighted  to announce a new partnership with Debordieu Rentals of Georgetown, South Carolina. Debordieu has decided on the Agent 3.0c system to run their systems for their vacation rental and property management business..

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Tags: Vacation Rental Management, Vacation Rental Software

Beyond Social Media… Let’s Talk About Social Reach

Posted by Claiborne Yarbrough on Aug 5, 2014 10:30:00 AM

If you’ve read one blog about social media you’ve read five. I’ve even written about social media before for the Barefoot blog. But what if we thought about social media and its channels as just a small piece of the puzzle for vacation rental management companies. These are just the tools that you might use to really leverage the actual goal of gaining social reach.  

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Tags: Rental Management CRM, Vacation Rental Management, Rental Management Company

Cultivating Delight: Customer Service in Vacation Rental Management Software

Posted by Claiborne Yarbrough on Jul 9, 2014 10:36:00 AM

This is the second of Barefoot’s blogs about cultivating delight with a focus on a huge part of the customer lifecycle, customer service. I have been doing some research on how vacation rental management companies can provide outstanding customer service.

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Tags: Vacation Rental Management, vacation rental customer support

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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