Vacation Rental Styling – Yes, Kitchenettes Matter

      By Mercedes Brennan  I think kitchenettes need to pack a huge punch. Why? Because kitchenettes are mistakenly viewed as the ugly step-sisters to their proper kitchen sisters. You typically find them in mini vacation rentals or in the rented-out portion of an otherwise owner-occupied home (think Airbnb). And often such spaces are designed as afterthoughts. Or worse, on the fly. This is a lost opportunity. Why? Because...
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VR Business – Who Wants A Full Booking Calendar?

  By vacation rental marketing expert, Karen Spencer Holiday Rental Business Who wants a full booking calendar? Me, me, me I hear you shout. But do you really? Surely what you really mean is that you want is to earn more from your holiday rental? Having a full calendar, if it’s full of low value bookings isn’t the way to do this. We can all achieve 100% occupancy and a...
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How to Make Your Airbnb Photos Stand Out

How to Make Your Airbnb Photos Stand Out By Snezana Krdzic of Short Term Stays Is your Airbnb selfie worthy? And by that we mean, is it ready to take professional shots that will be posted for everyone to see? And if not, how do you even go about preparing your rental property for the arrival of a photographer? It’s a no-brainer that professional photos are a must nowadays, that...
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Why Is Santa Monica Allowing Homeaway Etc To Break The Law?

I came across the story below, of a vacation rental operator being convicted of operating an illegal VR business in Santa Monica and got to wondering how this breaks down into the “them and us” of big vacation rental business and small vacation rental business. Mr Shatford, the VR operator in question, was operating four VR’s and was, quite rightly, prosecuted and convicted. My question to the Santa Monica task force...
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VR Business – Changeover Systems

  By vacation rental marketing expert, Karen Spencer Holiday Rental Business Changeover Systems Although changeover days happen regularly, rarely are any two the same. There’s usually some problem that you’re faced with. So you need streamlined systems in place to handle the routine, to free up time for you or your housekeeper to deal with those issues that you could not plan for. Create your own regular systems for: 1)...
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My Word It’s July Already

Where does the time go. No sooner than you look around and here we are half way through the year already. It won’t be long before certain pundits start predicting what’s going to be happening next year. You won’t find that here. I’m here to tell you what’s happening this year. I’m very proud to tell you that I’ve been asked to speak at this years Vacation Rental World Summit....
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26 Tips to Improve Your Pinterest Marketing

26 Tips to Improve Your Pinterest Marketing Could your Pinterest marketing use a jumpstart? Are you curious about what’s working for other businesses? Tweaking techniques that have been successful for others can help you drive traffic, connect with your target audience, and increase sales. In this article, you’ll discover 26 tips to improve your Pinterest marketing. Discover 26 tips you can use to improve your Pinterest marketing. #1: Share Pin It...
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What changes are shaping the collaborative industry in 2016?

What changes are shaping the collaborative industry in 2016? Avantio is the first European platform to connect professional managers of vacation accommodation with Airbnb Spain, Europe: While in the European Economic Community intelligent economists and politicians meet in endless committee meetings to discuss the future and regulation of the collaborative economy, the business model is transforming, eliminating prejudices and demonstrating that it can adapt to market and consumer needs. Proof...
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Vacation Rental Owners Sue City of Austin

Vacation Rental Owners Sue City of Austin AUSTIN — Short-term rental owners are suing the City of Austin over rules they claim are unconstitutional. The Austin City Council approved rules in February that limit the number of people allowed on the property of a short-term rental and bans everything but sleeping after 10 p.m. “There is no reason for these ordinances to be put in place to outlaw what otherwise...
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