ARE VACATION HOMES A GOOD INVESTMENT? NOT IF YOU FEEL GUILTY.

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Nearly Half of Vacation Homeowners Feel Guilty About Low Usage

It began as a dream: a second home. A place you could use for personal vacations. A home in one of your favorite locations. Maybe even a place to rent to others to cover the costs (or more). You’d enjoy the memories (and potentially the money) you’d make year-round. 

So you searched for the best places to buy a vacation rental. You crunched the numbers on a vacation rental income calculator. You talked to some people and they all agreed it was a good idea. Finally, you took the leap, purchased the property, and then…

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Vacation Rental Case Study: Cocoa Beach, FL

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How Owners Found The Perfect Property and Made $41,000 in Their First Month as a Host

Orlando couple Sean and Patricia Carpenter felt ready to start a vacation rental business in Cocoa Beach. Ideally, they’d find a house they could rent out most of the month and still have some weekends for their family. But one look at the high cost of local property managers — 40-50% in their case — was enough to make them rethink their approach. 

After all, launching a vacation rental business is already a financial commitment. Making sure you have enough bookings to cover the mortgage, furnishing and upgrading the space to make it attractive to guests, and setting rates to

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How to Hire a Vacation Rental Property Management Company

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Are you thinking about hiring a property management company to help with your vacation rental?

While there are lots of owners who handle management themselves, it’s time consuming to promote your rental, field traveler inquiries, answer questions about your property, vet potential guests, and juggle on-the-ground services like cleaning and maintenance.

If you don’t have the time or energy to manage your vacation rental yourself, you’ll want to find a qualified property manager to ensure your investment and your guests are in good hands.

Before you hire a property manager, ask these 7 questions to be sure you’re getting everything you need.

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Vacation Rental Door Locks: Keyless Entry vs. Lockbox

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Choosing the Best Door Locks for Vacation Rental

The whole experience begins right here. A guest is at your door, exhausted from a long journey, hoping everything about their vacation will be easy. The first test is entering the property. Do you have the best door lock for your vacation rental? One that is both convenient and secure? You’ll find out soon enough. 

Believe it or not, something as simple as the rental lockbox or keyless lock — and how easy they make it to enter the home and get settled — can either put that guest at ease or frustrate them before they’re even inside. And for

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Thinking of buying a vacation rental home? Start here.

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Helpful information for investing in a vacation rental

Buying a vacation rental property can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. 

That’s why we’ve gathered the most helpful investor-focused resources we’ve created all in one place — to make your decision to purchase a vacation rental a little easier. 

Evolve has worked with more than 10,000 vacation homeowners. Some have launched their first vacation rental business, others were looking for better performance than DIY or traditional property managers. They all understand how our lightweight management approach lets us focus on what makes vacation rentals irresistible to guests. So we’ve learned what to look for (and what to

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RESERVATION RESPONSE TIME: EVOLVE’S MAGIC NUMBER

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How quickly you should respond for more guest bookings

One of the promises we make to Evolve homeowners is that we’ll provide their guests with the same level of service they’d expect from any well-known hospitality brand. 

That’s a high standard for the average Do-It-Yourselfer to meet, especially for those who work outside of managing their rental. We also hear a lot of complaints from owners about the understaffed local property managers looking after their homes. These PMs assume they’re meeting guest expectations. They’re not.

Making guests feel welcome starts with that first inquiry. Long response times or vague voicemails just give guests the impression that they’re a lower

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