Heather Bayer, Author at Cottage blogger
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VRS219 – Vacation Rental Book Direct Round Table Discussion

This special episode brings together four top vacation rental experts to share their thoughts on this first Guest Education Day. With the hashtag #BookDirect, February 7th is the day designated to bring the attention of the travelling public, media and other interested parties, to the benefits of booking directly with a property owner or manager. […]


VRS218 – Vacation Rental Occupancy Tax 101 with Rob Stephens

Occupancy tax collection can be confusing. If you list with Airbnb, they will collect and remit for you, however if you are doing some direct bookings, the onus is on you to ensure compliance with local tax requirements. In general local authorities require quarterly filing so this is not something you can leave to a […]


VRS216 – Getting Back To The Basics Of Vacation Rental with Wes Melton

Are property managers a dying breed? Is this the end of property management as we know it? These questions are coming at us from a variety of sources and the latest was an article from Wes Melton at Smoky Mountains.com, published on Matt Landau’s Vacation Rental Marketing Blog. In this insightful but inconclusive argument, Wes […]


VRS214 – How to Break Free and Become Independent of Your Own Business

Most property managers start out as one or two-man bands; managing everything in the rental process. They will source and onboard new owners; create listings and manage rates; communicate with guests and answer every question that’s asked. They cover all the bases and often find, even when they start to take on staff, that they […]


VRS213 – Launching AVROA 2.0 with April Salter

On January 1st 2018, the Association of Vacation Rental Operators and Affiliates (AVROA) will be officially launched as a non-profit Association. Dubbed AVROA 2.0, the organization has evolved over the past seven years to an entity that will be stronger, more focused and ready to enter a new era of independent vacation rental ownership and […]


VRS212 – 7 Activities To Grow Your Vacation Rental Business in 2018

There’s no doubt, being in the vacation rental business becomes more challenging every year. While we love the growth of the business it’s brought with it an increase in competition, a rise in guest expectations, and the need to be on top of technology. In this episode I wanted to share what I think we […]

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