5 Minutes to a Better Vacation Rental Listing

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Improve Your Vacation Rental Listing in 5 Minutes

Every day, we talk to dozens of vacation rental owners who are wondering why they struggle to rank higher on major vacation rental listing sites like VRBO, Airbnb, and FlipKey.

The answer? Usually, it’s the listing.

The quality of your vacation rental listing has an enormous impact on how well you’ll rank on any of the major listing sites, which directly affects the number of bookings you’re able to make. Want to start making more bookings? We’ve got 5 suggestions for 5-minute fixes.

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4 Essential Property Standards for Your Vacation Rental

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4 core property standards

Every vacation rental is unique. That’s why we love them.

Hotels can optimize their rooms because every room is identical. You can have an entire building full of beds exactly the same distance from the wall, lit by bedside lamps with the same wattage bulb, covered by linens that are bought in packs of 10,000 apiece.

But a vacation rental is different. Each room is a different size and has different assets to take advantage of, and owners spend a lot of time and energy making sure their property’s best features are played up in just the right way.

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Vacation Rental Case Study: Napa Valley

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Napa Valley Case Study

If you’ve been renting for a long time, you want to protect everything you’ve built.

You want to protect the amount of income you’ve become accustomed to. You want to protect the quality of experience you’ve created for your guests. You want to protect the property itself.

And if you’re like Joel Haddad and his partner Jim, you’re wishing you could protect all of those things while freeing up some more time to spend with your family.

Joel and Jim had owned a B&B in Napa Valley for many years, and they’d built it into a thriving business. They saw that the industry was shifting toward vacation rental and were considering making the change, but they weren’t eager to start all over again with a new business approach.

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2016 Vacation Rental Year in Review

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Vacation Rental Industry Year in Review: 2016

2016 was the year we said farewell to vacation rental as a cottage industry. From enormous shifts in the structure of the biggest listing sites to the federal government creating a tax structure for short-term rentals to major travel sites actively promoting vacation rentals alongside hotels and rental cars, vacation rental has gone undeniably mainstream.

The transition hasn’t been easy on homeowners, but it has brought more travelers than ever before to book vacation rentals instead of “traditional” accommodations. It’s forced cities to acknowledge that vacation rentals are a highly-desirable asset to their local tourism economies. And it has ultimately paved the way for healthy growth in 2017.

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Vacation Rental Case Study: Las Vegas Area

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Vacation Rental Case Study: Las Vegas Area

For some, retirement means slowing down the pace of life.

For Frank Ellis, it meant diving into a new industry and earning over $100,000 in his first year out.

Frank wanted to keep himself busy after handing the reins of his business over to his son, and he was interested in running a vacation rental. He figured the upkeep and maintenance would keep him engaged, but he imagined more of a hobby than a full-fledged income generator.

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Vacation Rental 101: Issue Resolution

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Issue Resolution

You’ll enjoy a wide variety of guests over the course of your tenure as a vacation rental owner. Some will be charming, delightful people you’d like to keep as friends well after their stay. Some will be easily neutral and forgotten – you didn’t talk much, but they left the property in decent condition and you wouldn’t mind hosting them again.

And then there are those other guests.

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