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May'17
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How Home Automation Will Increase Your Outer Banks Vacation Home Rentals

Vacation rentals are an ideal application for home automation.  Precisely due to the distance most owners are from their property, the Internet of Things (IOT) provides peace of mind that the property is safe and secure by being able to monitor the property remotely.  Now, more than ever, technology can help remote owners’ manager their vacation rental as a VRBO without the use of a dedicated Property Manager.  As a home owner, there are many systems and platforms available to use to man... Read more
Posted: Xpert Team
Categories: Airbnb

30
Mar'17
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2017 Vacation Rental Industry Trends and What Outer Banks Owners Can Do About Them

It is a difficult time to be a vacation property owner.  The industry is rapidly changing without a clear road map for Property Managers or Vacation home owners to follow.  Changes made by VRBO / HomeAway last year has knocked the wind out of the sails for many owners.  Guests and owners alike had a strong reaction to the additional guest fees.  The trends below may provide insight on the direction to follow in the future to maximize the performance of your rental property. Instant Bookin... Read more
Posted: Xpert Team
Categories: Airbnb

27
Sep'16
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VRBO: How to Winterize Your Vacant Home

The winter months are right around the corner on the Outer Banks and many vacations properties will be vacant during the off season. When you are leaving your house for the winter or closing up your summer vacation rental, it’s important to winterize your property. VRBO owners should take precautions to prevent hefty utility bills, property damage, and other issues from occurring in their home. Before you head out of town, you should make a checklist and spend a few hours preparing your home... Read more
Posted: Xpert Team
Categories: Blog

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Aug'16
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Take Control of Your Vacation Rental

The 2016 summer season was one that raised eyebrows for many home owners. Years ago, it was unusual to find a home available during our summer season, but this year finding a last minute home was a popular option. The lack of solid bookings and increase of last minute rentals is allowing owners to see the benefits of vacation rental by owner. If you are hesitating to turn in your 2017 contract, using a full service provider, VRBO is a great option. Have you considered the benefits of using VRBO ... Read more
Posted: Xpert Team
Categories: Airbnb

28
Jul'16
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Deep Cleaning your Vacation Rental Home to Boost Your Bottom Line

You never get a second chance to make a first impression.  This is true with people and also for your vacation rental home.  Your guests’ expectations will be met or exceeded when they first arrive or they will be crushed and probably not recover during their stay.  Your home’s exterior and interior must make a good impression to attract repeat business.Fortunately, most vacationers are considerate and clean up behind themselves so that the weekly cleaners can properly maintain the home f... Read more
Categories: Airbnb

12
Jul'16
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Airbnb Hosts Under Cloud of Discrimination

In January 2016, 3 Harvard researchers released a study, “Racial Discrimination in the Sharing Economy: Evidence from a Field Experiment”.  They concluded “In a field experiment on Airbnb, we find that requests from guests with distinctively African-American names are roughly 16% less likely to be accepted than identical guests with distinctively White names. The difference persists whether the host is African-American or White, male or female. The difference also persists whether the hos... Read more
Categories: Airbnb

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Jun'16
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How to Prepare for Hurricane Season on the Outer Banks

It's barely even June yet, on the Outer Banks we had our first tropical system this past weekend (and continuing to move slowly).  Hurricane season is from June 1 to Nov 30.  Typically, the season does not heat up until August.  It is always best to prepare in advance.  There is way too much to do once a storm is on its way. You may plan to ride out the event until the storm strengthens or appears to be coming closer.  Therefore, if you should decide to evacuate at the last moment having p... Read more
Categories: Airbnb

29
Apr'16
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HomeAway Announces 5 Tier Pricing Model to End July 11

HomeAway, parent to Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO), just announced a dramatic change to the pricing structure for property listings. Beginning July 11, 2016, the company will stop selling and renewing the multi-level subscription plans for Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Classic. The company will only sell annual subscriptions at a flat rate of $349 when online booking is enabled or $499 when online booking is not enabled. The company will also allow the pay per booking option where there i... Read more
Categories: Airbnb

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Apr'16
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Guide to Finding the Perfect Vacation Rental Listing Site

  Ever since Expedia’s acquisition of HomeAway, VRBO’s parent company, travelers will now be charged an additional service fee, anywhere from 4-10% based on the total amount of the rental, but not to exceed $499, sources say. This new charge is in addition to the listing fees that are already being paid by the homeowner and the credit card fees that are collected by the company for online payments. To add further insult, the fee is cloaked as a “payment protection fee,” to imp... Read more
Categories: Airbnb

30
Mar'16
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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