Q: Is there a fee to list properties on VacationRentalCentral.com?

A: Many websites publish listings from the Vacation Rental Multiple. There are fees to be listed on some of those websites but VacationRentalCentral.com - as the official Guest website for VRA - is free and always will be.

Q: How much does VRA supplier membership cost?

A: Suppliers memberships cost a bit more than Managers, because they can benefit a great deal more. We do ask that vendors act as partners by listing VRA on their websites and in their sales materials. We offer a money back guarantee within the first 30 days of membership.
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Q: How much does VRA Owner membership cost?

A: Owners have several options for membership. The Limited non-voting membership includes all benefits, but just one listing and no Association vote. Standard Owner membership allows for 3 properties and full voting. Both cost just pennies a day and have a 30 day money-back guarantee.
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Q: How come Suppliers can join VRA?

A: One of the important benefits is to help members find suppliers who can help them succeed. Suppliers are invited to join and urged to display their wares and even give Managers and Owner members special discounts and services. Supporters are asked to post a link to the VRA Owner Logos.

Q: Can I cancel Membership in VRA?

A: Membership in VRA can be canceled at any time and no further dues will be charged. Fees are due when the property is submitted. There is a full 30 day money back guarantee. After that Dues and Fees become non-cancelable because members have received the services.

Q: Does VRMLS and VRA offer Consumer Websites?

A: In general, No. Our purpose is to setup and manage the database. We do operate VacationRentalCentral.com as a free service to all members. In addition, Plumbob Publishing which developed and operates VRMLS for VRA publishes specialty vacation rental directories, and is allowed to offer them for subscription just any third party publisher can do. But there is no obligation to use Plumbob sites.

Q: Who are you guys??

A: Just some vacation rental Managers and Owners like yourself. (And some gals too!) Yes we do have experience in vacation rental ownership, management and the hotel industry too. Plus we're trained in journalism and strive to publish factual, corroborated information.

Q: Why does your organization offer Property Inspections?

A: Not all Vacation Rentals are created equal. You can ask the Owner or Manager or get references but how can get the real skinny? ASK an unbiased trade association like ours.. We send in an Ace inspector with a long checklist and a camera. They check the property, the resort and neighborhood. Some homes pass. Some don't. Look for the Blue Ribbon Award.

Q: So why don't you put ratings on Inspected properties?

A: Ratings are too subjective. Cozy log cabins in the mountains might be clean, well furnished and a great buy. giant villas on the shore might be well serviced and in great demand. But both are highly desirable. So we rate furnishings, cleanliness and honesty in advertising. Guests can then choose a cottage or a village or anything in between with confidence - if it has passed the Blue Ribbon Inspection.

Q: Is Membership required for properties to be verified or inspected?

A: Yes, we require Owners and Managers to subscribe to a reasonable code of ethics. Guests deserve that. And for properties to qualify for the Blue Ribbon we want to make sure Owners also agree to treat Guests well. There are also code of ethics for Suppliers and Publishers.

Q: How will Guests know that a property is verified or inspected?

A: As the number of verified and inspected properties grows we continue to promote the Blue Ribbon award as a sign of quality and to set an industry standard. Plus Owners are encouraged to promote the concept with Property Logos, Icons and Inspection Links.

Q: My city is prohibiting rentals. What can I do?

A: We've been there before. Visit the website for information and "Warnings" in other jurisdictions. Contact other Owners and Managers who are affected. VRA staff may have other resources and, if you like, are available for strategic consulting by phone or on site for a nominal hourly rate.

Q: Why is Supplier membership more costly?

A: The thinking is that membership is even more valuable to suppliers. Owners can earn good rental income but suppliers can gain many times that amount in revenue from Owners they meet through VRA. Suppliers are bigger businesses. So we ask them to support the work of VRA.

Q: What is the difference between Verified & Inspected Properties?

A: Owners of Verified properties provide documents which are fact checked by VRA staff to insure that the property is owned by the member - that it is a real property. Inspected properties have been personally visited by a designated VRA inspector. Inspection includes verification.

Q: Is WAVRMA affiliated with the Vacation Rental Association?

A: They are independent not-for-profit organizations. Some members helped start the VRA association in 2002 and WAVRMA members get a free membership in that group. In an industry made up of relatively small companies working together is the only way to grow.

Q: Tell me about the Vacation Rental Multiple Listing Service?

A: Started by our affiliated Vacation Rental Association (www.VRA.org) members in the state group can use the world's first multiple Listing service for vacation rentals to more easily advertise on multiple websites.

Many websites are free and some work on the honor system, charging a commission only if the member gets bookings from such website.

Q: Can I publish my news on WAVRMA?

A: Absolutely and its free of course. That is just another great way of cooperating with others in the Industry. And you can also choose to publish news to the consumer website at www.WAVRMA.com (not .org)

Q: We have heard some manager want to exclude others?

A: Not in our group. While others seek to exclude members by using anti-competitive behavior, unnecessary dues and expensive travel costs, WAVRMA does the opposite. Eliminating clicks and keeping costs low encourages participation by all managers.

Q: Why your Association when there are so many others?

A: WAVRMA was the first and only Washington State Association and continues as the only open-membership group. Everyone is welcome. Everyone can be a leader. That is the only way for true cooperation.

Q: What is the purpose of the WAVRMA .com website?

A: As giant websites take over the market demanding heavy fees, our Association can provide additional marketing to members. A place where guests can find state rentals. Its free for members.

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