The Proven Formula for a Higher Listing Site Ranking

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How to Rank on Listing Sites

Want a successful vacation rental business?

You’re going to need to secure a high ranking for your property on at least one major listing site.

A high rank means your property will appear on the first page of the results when potential guests search for properties in your area on listing sites like VRBO or Airbnb.

A prominent position means your rental will be viewed more, booked more, and earn more income.

And here’s some good news for those of you who are just launching your vacation rental business: there are proven strategies for securing a high spot in the rankings right out of the gate.

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The 14 Most Searched-For Vacation Rental Amenities

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Most Searched For Amenities

What’s the first thing a potential guest does when they visit a major listing site to book a vacation rental?

They put in their filters. They search for properties that have a certain number of bedrooms, certain available dates, a certain proximity to their desired activities …and certain amenities that the guest feels are critical to any enjoyable vacation.

Which means having the right amenities can be the difference between your property getting booked and not even showing up in a search.

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Vacation Rental Case Study: South Hero, Vermont

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Vacation Rental Case Study: South Hero, Vermont

Anyone who’s moved from state to state knows how important equity from your existing property is to financing your next home.

Sometimes, though, the market just isn’t in your favor.

Rocky Cleborne hoped to sell his Vermont home to offset the cost of his out-of-state move, but his house just wasn’t selling. After months without a buyer, he decided to see if there was another way to make his property pay dividends.

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What To Do With a One-Star Review

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Exploring what to do with a bad review.

A recent guest had a complaint about your vacation rental, and despite your best attempts at resolution, they’ve left you a negative review.

Now it’s sitting right at the top of your reviews and you haven’t had a booking for two weeks. How do you undo the damage of a scathing 1-star review?

First things first, take a breath. The damage can be fixed – with the right next steps.

Almost everyone gets a negative review from time to time, so it’s important not to see the negative review as a personal attack, but simply as one of the trials and tribulations of running a business. It’s not a fun part of vacation rental, but it is very manageable.

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Pros and Cons of Investing in a Local Vacation Rental

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Examining the pros and cons of buying close to home.

If you’re considering an investment property, one of the first things you’ll want to think about is location.

While 66% of our owners bought their vacation homes outside of their hometown, a full third of owners chose to live right around the corner from their vacation rentals.

We often get asked about the best places to invest, and buying near your current residence is an option well worth considering. To help you decide which investment option is best for you, we’ve unpacked the best (and worst) parts of buying your rental close to home.

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Vacation Rental Case Study: Branson

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Vacation Rental Case Study: Branson

Nobody cares more about your property than you do. You built it from scratch. You know its ins and outs. You know how you want it maintained.

Sure, there might be some aspects that wear you out, but you definitely don’t want to give up control over how your rental is managed, so a vacation rental manager is out of the question.

Or so Karen Hopkins thought, before she found Evolve.

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