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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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VRS211 – Paying it Forward with Vacation Rental Owner Bob Garner

Who hasn’t dreamed of quitting the day job and enjoying life in an idyllic location, following a passion of meeting people and helping create amazing experiences? This is what Bob Garner did in 2005 when, together with his long-time partner, Ian, they gave up their corporate careers in London, bought a derelict farmhouse in a […]

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VRS210 – How to Create a Great Lead Magnet with Jason Beaton

In episode 206 I spoke to digital marketing expert Jason Beaton about the importance of growing your email list. We discussed the issue that impacts everyone – how difficult it is to get people to give up their email address. Without that essential piece of information, it’s tough to start a book-direct campaign. Growing your […]

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VRS209 – 20 Ways to Guest Proof your Vacation Rental

You can have the best guests in the world but accidental damage will still happen. Things get spilt, knocked over, misplaced and sometimes damaged beyond repair, simply because your guests haven’t the time to get comfortable in a new space. When people congregate in unfamiliar surroundings they don’t have that awareness of space they have […]

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VRS208 – The Luxury Vacation Rental Niche with Ryan Liebentritt

When you rent properties to the likes of Mark Cuban and Katie Perry and have properties that can command up to $250,000 per week for the Superbowl, it’s clear you have a good grasp on the luxury market. We often see the words ‘luxury’, ‘executive’ and ‘high-end’ used in listing text, often to describe what […]

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VRS207 – Growing Your Vacation Rental Business With Video With Matt Landau

I’ve interviewed Matt Landau of the Vacation Rental Marketing Blog and the Inner Circle numerous times over the past few years, and he never fails to deliver excellent advice on managing our businesses better. On many of those occasions, Matt has mentioned how important video has become in the marketing mix – to the point […]

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