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The Joy & Sorrow of Housekeeping

By William May
Published: 10/06/03 Topics: Comments: 0

Whether you own a villa on the Mediterranean, a hut in Phuket Thailand or something in between; whether you have fabulous amenities or the bare necessities, guests will judge your rental home primarily by its cleanliness. Surprising but true. OK as a man I admit I don't get excited about housekeep Read more Leave comments

Self Management - the Pros and Cons

By William May
Published: 09/22/03 Topics: Comments: 0

The Internet has made it possible for more owners to manage their own vacation rental home, bypassing the traditional property management and booking companies. Is this a good idea for you? Maybe and maybe not. The decision is not as cut and dried as you might think. Last week Amy - a member from M Read more Leave comments

How to use the world's best sales tool

By William May
Published: 09/15/03 Topics: Comments: 0

The fear strikes everyone - owner and property manager alike. No one wants to pick up the telephone to sell people things. If that's how you feel, I'd like to give you some tips that will not only make it easier, but will actually make it fun. Pure enjoyment, really. Last week's newsletter harped o Read more Leave comments

Building rents is as easy as answering the phone

By William May
Published: 09/08/03 Topics: Comments: 0

Would you like your revenue to go up 10 to 50% overnight? And do that with no increase in costs? No - this is not an ad for some get rich quick scheme. But let me tell you about an informal survey we just completed and how the results reveal exactly how you can bank rental increases like the one I'm Read more Leave comments

Beware of Jealous Neighbors

By William May
Published: 09/01/03 Topics: Comments: 0

If you own a vacation home and primary residence you are no longer one of the privileged few. Second home ownership is growing by leaps and bounds in most geographic regions. Home values are rising much faster than inflation. Owners and Guests are anxious to escape the city, kick back and relax in t Read more Leave comments

The Joy of Vacation Rental-ing

By William May
Published: 08/25/03 Topics: Comments: 0

If you think the newsletter is late this week -you are right. Because this week I sampled the joys of staying in someone else's vacation rental home. I'm actually supposed to still be on vacation but just had to drop a line to all the nice VROA folks I'm hearing from. BACK TO THE BEACH. So I Read more Leave comments

Those Guests from Hell - Part 2

By William May
Published: 08/18/03 Topics: Comments: 0

Last issue you were introduced to some of those Guests from Hell You know, the ones who pay too little and ask too much and then decide to fight it out with you over the most trivial of situations that are none of your making. I won't bore you again this week with the reasons that cau Read more Leave comments

Those Guests from Hell - Part 1

By William May
Published: 08/11/03 Topics: Comments: 0

Most owners and managers work hard to make their vacation rental homes great places to stay. But it seems no matter how perfect your place there will always be a small percentage of guests who find fault with it. Sometimes those complaints are legitimate and usually of a minor nature. In many case Read more Leave comments

Little ways to cut rental expenses

By William May
Published: 08/04/03 Topics: Comments: 0

Vacation home owners have a number of pretty big concerns. But there are few nagging little ideas I hear from owners about saving money that might be worth sharing in case you're not already on top of them. Here they are: - SIMPLE THERMOSTATS: I mentioned these a month ago and had lots of feedback. Read more Leave comments

Buy two lockboxes for your Rental Home

By William May
Published: 07/28/03 Topics: Comments: 0

So there I am flying on a nice Boeing 737 the other day and the captain came on and said he had good news and bad news. He said, ;First the bad news - one of our engines is no longer working. The good news is - we have a second motor its working great and we'll be landing soon. In avia Read more Leave comments

Don't Burn Down Your Vacation Home

By William May
Published: 07/21/03 Topics: Comments: 0

Vacation homes are somewhat more susceptible to fire than full time residences for several easy to avoid reasons. FIRST, they sit vacant much of the time. You might think that the more any home is used the greater the chance it will be misused - that occupants may leave a fire burning in the fire Read more Leave comments

Avoiding the Long-Term Renter Blues

By William May
Published: 07/14/03 Topics: Comments: 0

Getting visitors who stay long term and still pay higher short-term rates sounds great. But such guests can lead to unexpected problems - and the problem is legal. Many states differentiate between short term Guests and long term Tenants. Frequently the difference is whether Read more Leave comments

Picking a great name for your property

By William May
Published: 07/07/03 Topics: Comments: 0

Many of the things you can do to increase occupancy cost money, especially advertising. But there is one thing you can do that costs absolutely nothing and will absolutely increase demand for your property - and that is to pick a really great, memorable name for your property. Guests like renting Read more Leave comments

How to select the best Vacation Rental Websites

By William May
Published: 06/30/03 Topics: Comments: 0

You may have one or a few vacation rental websites that you love. But In case you haven't noticed there are hundreds of such sites on the Internet. And it seems that more are being added every day. So how do you know which ones are any good? Well, in short you don't. If a site is well designed, Read more Leave comments

Using a "Governor" to prevent HVAC damage

By William May
Published: 06/23/03 Topics: Comments: 0

Now that its heating up everywhere, last week we talked about how using simply thermostats will save you energy over the more sophisticated set-back; type programmable thermosets. This week - let's take it a step further and look at how to prevent guests from damaging Air conditioners. Read more Leave comments

Save money on energy during the Hot Hot Summer

By William May
Published: 06/16/03 Topics: Comments: 0

It is either hot in your area or it soon will be (except maybe for homes in Alaska) so I think its a good time to talk about how to get the most of our your Air Conditioning unit and to save energy. Would you like your electric or gas bills to be lower? Then consider using the simplest thermostat Read more Leave comments

The brand new VRA website

By William May
Published: 06/09/03 Topics: Comments: 0

Today we're launching a very comprehensive website for Vacation Rental Owners. Our goal is to help owners make more money, work less and have more fun. And we've done that by setting up a smorgasbord of information and services every owner needs. At you can see tips & Techniques, make Read more Leave comments

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