Author: Victoria Jackson

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Mar'16
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VRBO-strikes-The-Ire-of-Owners-with-Guest-Fee

VRBO strikes The Ire of Owners with Guest Fee

VRBO owners are angry.  Very angry.  Since the acquisition of VRBO/Homeaway by Expedia, a 4% to 9% fee is being charged to guests.  This is in addition to the listing fees being paid by the homeowner and the credit card fees collected by the site for online payments.  To add further insult, the fee is cloaked as a "payment protection fee", to imply that owners are not trustworthy.  Many owners claim they were not informed about the guest fee prior to implementation and had just renewed th... Read more
Categories: Airbnb

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Mar'16
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Best-Vacation-Home-Amenities-to-Ensure-Repeat-Rentals

Best Vacation Home Amenities to Ensure Repeat Rentals

 It is often said, it is more expensive to attract a new customer than to keep a current customer.  This saying applies to vacation home rentals, today more than ever.  Once you have a renter, it is far better to direct your marketing efforts directly to them and have them return to your home than to try to get new renters through other channels, at a higher cost.  Consider the recent increase in fees under the VRBO platform and strive to get 30% of your reservations directly through rep... Read more
Categories: Airbnb

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Mar'16
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Are-You-Ready-to-be-your-own-Rental-Manager

Are You Ready to be your own Rental Manager?

The sharing economy, I think, is not just a fad but here to stay.  While there may be future regulations concerning “employee” safety or community restrictions; the idea is not going away. Increasingly, employment is not a single gig from 9 to 5 and collecting a pension at 65.  Individuals now have more ways than ever for sharing their passion and getting an audience and a following through multiple channels serving multiple interests.  The idea is likely to spread even wider than sharin... Read more
Categories: Airbnb

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Mar'16
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Common-Flooring-Installation-Mistakes-to-Avoid

Common Flooring Installation Mistakes to Avoid

When renovating the interior of your home, cost savings and new style are often priorities for families and first time homeowners. Renovation can be very rewarding, but if proper thought and care are not taken before the beginning of a flooring renovation, costly and time-consuming mistakes can occur. Renovate your home like a professional by avoiding these common DIY flooring mistakes and completing your project successfully and within budget!Improper Sub-flooring PrepNew flooring is only as ... Read more
Categories: Blog

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Jan'16
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Simple-Updates-For-Your-Rental-Property

Simple Updates For Your Rental Property

Updating and redesigning your rental property is the best way to add value to it while enabling you to earn more in rental income. Obviously, it is ideal to update your rental in the off season. What updates can be performed quickly and inexpensively to provide the “biggest bang for the buck”? The list here is a great start.  Don’t forget to take pictures of the completed update and post to VRBO or the website where your vacation home is advertised.Kitchen CabinetsReplacing those old kitc... Read more
Categories: Airbnb

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Jan'16
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Power-Washing-Before-the-Season-Starts

Power Washing Before the Season Starts

Everyone wants their house to look its best.  The winter nor’easters can be severe in the Outer Banks and tend to blow dirt and debris onto your home’s exterior.  It is best to start the spring season off right and do a power wash of the exterior surfaces of your home and decking; just like a spring cleaning performed on the interior.A power washing tool is not a magic wand.  If you don’t use it right, you won’t get the expected results and can even do damage to your house.  You must... Read more
Categories: Blog

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Jan'16
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Home-maintenance-checklist

An Outstanding Home Maintenance Checklist

Keeping your home well maintained will save you dollars in the long term by catching small repairs before they become large repairs.  While each of us live busy lives, taking a few hours every three to six months to maintain your home is very important to the enjoyment and safety of your home. For example, catching a leak in the roof early will allow a repair to be made before the damage becomes significant and the interior walls start growing mold.  Another example, is to clean the dryer ven... Read more
Categories: Blog

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Jan'16
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is-building-a-pool-a-good-investment-for-your-outer-banks-home

To Pool or Not To Pool?

The Outer Banks is known as a premier vacation destination. Typically, vacationers want to experience luxuries they may not have at home. Ask any Vacation Property Manager what amenities are needed to increase your rental income, and a pool and hot tub are at the top of the list. This applies even to oceanfront homes.Sometimes, the ocean may be too rough for the little ones to swim or maybe they are afraid of jellyfish. Last year’s shark scare had even more people avoiding swimming in the ocea... Read more
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Jan'16
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Home-Automation-Is-the-Key-for-the-Next-Generation-Vacation-Rental-Manager

Home Automation Is the Key for the Next Generation Vacation Rental Manager

Home automation for Vacation Rental Managers and home owners has more options and advantages than just keyless entry systems. By now, the advantages of keyless entry systems are obvious; with improved security, guest / vendor convenience and improved access reporting.The keyless entry system from Point Central provides real time control unlike other systems currently available.  As the guest leaves, cleaner completes cleaning and the inspector finishes the inspection, the property manager is au... Read more
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Jan'16
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Flooring-styles-that-can-be-cheaper-than-the-real-thing

Flooring Styles for the Frugal

Updating your home with new flooring can change the look, feel and atmosphere in the room drastically. Like your wall paint color, your floors help set the tone for the entire room and can make it feel cozy, beachy or rustic by choosing particular flooring. Flooring selections range in price and quality, but you can keep money in your pocket and still achieve an updated look by choosing an inexpensive flooring type that mimics the real thing. Not sure what types of flooring can help you achieve ... Read more
Categories: Blog