5 Risks of Vacation Rentals and How to Mitigate Them

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With its vibrant promise of passive income and newfound financial freedom, the vacation rental industry has grown exponentially in the last decade. As more and more homeowners jump onto platforms like Airbnb and VRBO, it’s become crucial to understand the lurking uncertainties. Here’s a comprehensive breakdown of five significant risks and how to navigate them … Read more

3 Ways to Get More Mid-Term Rentals During the Offseason

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The offseason can be a challenging time for vacation rental owners and property managers.  The tourist buzz fizzles out, and the high frequency of short-term rentals diminishes. However, the need to keep revenue flowing remains. One increasingly popular solution to this challenge is focusing on mid-term rentals, typically ranging from 30 to 120 days.  These … Read more

How to Find Cleaners for Vacation Rentals: A Comprehensive Guide

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Running a vacation rental business involves juggling many tasks, from property management and marketing to guest communications. However, cleanliness is one aspect that significantly impacts guest satisfaction and, consequently, your reviews and repeat business. Finding the right cleaning service is crucial for maintaining a high standard for your properties. Here’s a detailed guide on how … Read more

Airbnb Reviews: Who Reviews First and What to Keep in Mind

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Navigating the Airbnb review system can sometimes be a bit confusing for both hosts and guests. Reviews are crucial on Airbnb—they help build reputations, ensure transparency, and often influence booking decisions. Here, we’ll explore who should review first, the timing involved, and the potential impact of these reviews on both hosts and guests. It Doesn’t … Read more

Are Airbnb Prices Negotiable?

If you’re an avid traveler or even someone looking to escape for the weekend, you may have wondered, “Are Airbnb prices negotiable?” The answer is a resounding yes! Unlike traditional hotels with fixed pricing models, Airbnb provides a platform for interaction between guests and hosts, opening the door for potential price negotiation. Here’s how you … Read more

Is Now a Bad Time to Buy Vacation Rentals?

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Happy Thursday! Today’s message….. Is now a bad time to buy a short-term rental?  A loaded question, right?  There are a few reasons you might think it’s a bad time to buy.  1. Housing market is softening. 2. Interest rates are going up. 3. Recession is coming. These are all valid concerns.  Housing prices seem to be coming down.  Obviously, real estate is so … Read more