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Homeaway Tightens the VRBO Noose on Property Managers

Posted by Adam Zippin on Apr 30, 2013 3:10:00 PM

Last week I published a blog that boasted 8 things you could do to separate yourself from competitive rentals.  The main goal was to realize that your company offers more than a house to rent, you have the expertise to offer an experience.  This experience is what separates your professionally managed rentals from the VRBO market out there.  However, in the never ending cat and mouse game, homeaway.com is now offering another service to its VRBO clients.  I personally think it is a neat tool but that does not make your life easier.

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8 Things You Can Offer Clients To Separate Your Vacation Rentals

Posted by Adam Zippin on Apr 26, 2013 4:41:00 PM

I feel like every now and then I get carried away with the words and making this blog eloquent.  Well, not today, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have something helpful for your weekend!

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7 Proven Strategies to Maximize Efficiency in Client Communication

Posted by Adam Zippin on Mar 6, 2013 7:38:00 AM

Communication is becoming more and more key in today’s vacation rental marketplace.  Companies like Glad to Have You and others provide tools for the traveler to make their experience as easy as possible.   The vacation experience is one of information regarding the reservation, areas of interest, restaurants, activities, etc. and there is more and more competition than ever.  Companies like Home Away are making it easier and easier for the owner of a property or condo to utilize a complete vacation rental system with online booking, credit cards, travel insurance, and they are moving towards providing these  owners with names of people that can clean and maintain their home.  Timeshare units are beginning to get into this mix also, with Home Away recently signing an agreement to work with a timeshare resort in Orlando that will bring over 9,000 time share properties into their inventory.  For the professional property manager, that means lower income, and higher vacancy.     

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