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Vacation Rental Help:  Experts Reveal Winner I recently asked my subscribers what is your biggest challenge in your rental business and your response was amazing. Thank you for participating. So, many of you submitted your properties to be reviewed and critiqued by our Vacation Rental Expert Panel in order to show you how to make more bookings and improve your personal rental situation. After carefully reviewing each entry, I realized…… Read More
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    Cant wait to show everyone what we've been working on for Theresa! I think everyone will gain something from this.......

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  • Congratulations Teresa! It will be fun to watch what they do :-)!...

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    Thank you very much. We are excited to see what you three have in mind. We have some interior changes that we hope to accomplish this year as well as exterior so this may help immensely....

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    Woo hoo! Congrats Theresa!! This will be fun to watch and learn from!...

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    This is awesome, many congratulations Theresa! Jay and his team are amazing, I'm so looking forward to seeing your business blossom and flourish. Exciting times ahead for you :))...

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How to make more bookings, pay less commission and be independent Have you ever wondered... How can I get more bookings? How can I pay less commissions on bookings I receive?  How do I wean off of and rely less on vacation rental listing sites? There is an answer and today I'm going to introduce to you the new way of marketing your vacation rentals. I'll even give you a… Read More
Vacation Home Mistakes:  7 Top Things To Think About Before Buying Today, I'd like to introduce you to one of my friends who's also a client... Kim Mason.  She and her husband Gary are owners of a property management company in the Orlando, Florida, area. She recently stopped by my office and we had a long conversation about our business goals - both hers and mine. In my effort to… Read More
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    Thank you Jay, I am so happy to be a part of this wonderful community and to being able to help people with their real estate needs. As you know I've been struggling with the flu for a couple of weeks now but I'm slowly getting back on track again. ...

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    We are glad to have you contributing to the community, thank you for helping us all. So.. in your opinion Kim, where do you think amenities fall in on this list. How important are they when considering to purchase a vacation property? Does it depend?...

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    Hi Jay It really does depend on what families are looking for. Overall in our experience as vacation home renters, families seem to like a home in a community that is close to Disney with their own private pool. They don't seem to have too much t...

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  • Good article Kim, great insights about what anyone wanting to purchase a vacation rental should know....

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  • Free Guide. Thank you for this blog, great information. I would like to learn more to buy a second property outside of the country....

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    Thank you Maria. Please bear me in mind to assist anyone you know who is looking to make this type of investment. Best wishes Kim...

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    Hi Monia Sorry for not getting back to you sooner, I have been a little under the weather again! Please take a look at my website and let me know how I can be of help to you - www.kimsmason.com Thank you Kim...

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The Panel of Vacation Rental Experts are Here! It’s almost too good to be true. Three experts in the vacation rental industry are teaming together and will be offering free feedback for you on your vacation home and website! Why? Its part of our commitment to help you as members of The Vacation Rental League of Extraordinary Experts. We know how important it is for you to have a great… Read More
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    Excited to see who we will be helping!...

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  • John Phillips http://www.torontopremiumvacationrental.com/ VRB0 500652 have to be honest, not a lot of challenges, been doing very well since I started in Oct 2014. I wish I had more properties, and could move from my full time present job to manage...

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  • Jacqueline Keddy Central Florida Villa Rentals www.centralfloridavillarentals.com homeaway: http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3810454 I have a website, it may need some tweaking and I know I need professional pictures. My biggest challe...

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    Dean Curtis - Serenity Vacation Rentals www.serenity-vacationrentals.com Biggest challenge - Looking for a good client retention management program. We have been doing well with rentals but I feel we are lacking in reaching out to past guests..........

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  • I NEED a new website....and one that blends both of properties together. Hope you can help!...

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  • After over a dozen years, I recently made the transition from operating a B&B to VR. While there are similarities, it's still a bit of a learning curve in other areas, as there are some significant differences in the target market. I've been invo...

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  • Darla Brower www.BransonVacationRentalCabins.com Always looking to improve! One of my challenges is photographing the interior of a log cabin, it is difficult to get enough light. Another is getting the decor to look different in all the cabins when ...

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  • Jay: I certainly hope you select me....and develop a new website for me, or update my old one. Tyann I am open to all your photo input! Mercedes, we just added a new bathroom and I am struggling to redesign the 2nd master. I have 2 houses in Mount Pl...

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    Hi, my name is Barbara Cioffi and I just purchased a condo in beautiful Newport, RI this past September and listed it in October. I'm getting my education as I go along, but I feel my biggest challenge so far is getting people to understand that my ...

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    Hi Barbara, thanks for sharing! Interesting issue.......

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    John, thanks for submitting your property review. Any particular area that is sluggish or process that could be better?...

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    Thanks for posting. Is there anywhere we can see your property; listing, photos anything?...

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  • Not so much in the day to day running or marketing of our place. More in the branding of our company to expand beyond AirBnB, VRBO, HomeAway...

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  • Great group of experts. Let's see who get's picked. Http://niagaraonthelakecottageretnal.com Good Luck to everyone, Maria Rekrut...

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  • The biggest challenge to me would have to be a great working website...

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  • Monia Otis, www.chaletcharlevoixquebec.com Hi Jay,Mercedes and Tyann. My biggest challenge is that I am doing a lot on my website to rank well with the key work Luxury chalet and it does't work and it's worst in the french website, key word Chalet...

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  • Theresa Robertson owner of Rich Summit a View Cabin Rental. www.myboonecabin.com or www.vrbo.com/509063 Thank you three for your time and consideration. I could use help from all three. I know I need some better decor. I need help with the top of my ...

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  • I guess I should have listed my sites to get help: 1) My site that needs help/updating = http://bigchillhouse.com 2) My homeaway house #1: http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p922038 and 3) My homeaway house #2 : http://www.homeaway.com/v...

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    Hi Monia Thanks for submitting your property for review. You can increase your chances of being chosen by sharing this post. I do have some thoughts why this is happening. Good luck and stay tuned for the announcement Monia....

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    Lois, do you have a website now? Or listing?...

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  • Cristobal Barrionuevo (cristobal@debarrionuevo.com) http://www.verbier-luxury-chalet.com Our biggest challenge is becoming visible (SEM and SEO) in a highly competitive area in which there are many VR managers with hefty budgets. Despite the fact tha...

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  • So Fun! I look forward to seeing the results! Great idea Jay, Tyann and Mercedes!...

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  • Thanks, what a great idea. I have some challenges, with gaining qualified traffic to my site,bounce from my booking page ( after date availability check) I would also like some advice on the decor of the villa http://www.jamaicaoceanviewvilla.com/ ...

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  • Please fell free to give constructive criticism on our website and villa www.villamagic.com in order to generate more rentals in this competitive market....

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    Thank you Sharon for throwing your hat in the ring! Your property is just a short drive from me....

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    Paola Van den Brande, www.passepartout-homes.com. paola@passepartout-homes.com Our main challenges in this highly competitive, saturated market are mainly two: - SEO: how to make ourselves visible and rank higher. No SEO expert so far has made any si...

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    Hola Paola! I do like a challenge (smiling) I gotta say though, I don't see a lot of SEO practices being done on the site. Thanks for applying!...

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    Thanks Nancy, I think it will be a lot of fun, being that we will be helping various people. After hearing everyone's pain points I believe it will be dynamic with something for everyone to take away. Thanks for commenting Nancy...

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    Hi I can see some places on your site where you've taken some of our advice, love to see that! Thanks for joining in Cavel...

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  • Hi Tyann, Mercedes and Jay! My property is located in Sitges a lovely beach town very close to Barcelona in Spain. http://www.casitasitges.com is my website developed by Antonio Bortolotti over a year ago. It is my duty now to keep it more fresh and ...

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  • Our website is www.TheCapeEscape.com. We used to be on p.1 Google, Yahoo and the others until I had my site re-done. I am very frustrated with that and often see some of the problems as I'm looking at the StatCounter etc. The 2nd frustration is ...

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    Jay, hence why I need your advice on SEO !!! My current SEO advisors are obviously doing a poor job....

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    Dean, always a pleasure! Are there any tools you are currently using are there any systems you have in place right now or is everything currenlty being done manually?...

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  • Wendy, I love your places! Oh, we can do so much with your decor, photos, and website. You are in the right place!...

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  • Paola, your place is on my bucket list....

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  • Cristobal, you are definitely in the right place. And I have now added your chalet to my travel wish list!...

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  • Laurie, I still think you just need to have me over for a week or two. ;)...

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  • So many fabulous properties here! Wish we could just meet you each at your place for a week, but via Internet will have to do for now. Good luck to everyone this month!...

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  • Tyann, thank you! Love our beach and love to share it with folks, just know I could be doing things better! Any and all help will be gratefully accepted :-)!...

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  • Free advice! How exciting. I'm going to throw one of our properties in the ring. It's located in Vail, Colorado. We have great bookings in winter and summer. But, how do I increase rentals in the off season? I'm sure everyone would love to solve...

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  • Hi Tyann, Mercedes, and Jay, I own and manage our vacation rental in Oceanside, CA, http://www.tremontvilla.com. Tyann recently took lovely photos of our house last fall and it appears to positively impact our inquiries and bookings (don't have en...

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  • Hi Jay! Cool idea! Thanks for the opportunity to be considered! My vacation rental is located in a tiny arts-y village in rural southern Arizona that's growing in popularity with northern visitors looking to get away to a warm spot. We just launched...

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  • My website is www.pinnacleport.net and my biggest challenge is interior photographs - lighting and small area to take photos for best layout....

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    Wow, looks like an amazing location, Wendy! I agree with Tyann: with some decor, photo and website tweaks, your rentals will shine! Thanks for applying. :)...

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    Hi Paola, your home stay is gorgeous and just needs some small tweaks to get it to stand out. Thanks for applying!...

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  • Love to have you tweak anytime!! Thanks for the opportunity!...

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    Hi Paola, what are your design challenges? From what I see, your rentals are stunning. :)...

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  • Beautiful Paola -- just beautiful! My hubby and I used to live near Ceret, France, just over the French border. (Wish we had known about your place when we lived there... it's so lovely!)...

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    Hi Sharon, your villa looks like it has great potential. There are some very specific and easy decor strategies that will get you more looks. Thanks for applying!...

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    What an amazing location! Thanks for applying, Cavel. :)...

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  • Hi Mercedes, thanks! I don't know if needing just small tweaks this is good or bad for the selection process :-)) just kidding, thank you, very flattered and hope to be chosen. At any rate, I will continue to follow you and sharing your posts. In fac...

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    Thanks for applying, Theresa. Your property has so much potential and that location cannot be beat. :)...

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    Monia, your chalet is gorgeous and very well decorated. It's just needs a bit of character and personalization. Thanks for applying!...

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    Maria, can you give us your link again? The one above did not work....

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    Hi Barbara, that is indeed a dilemma. Your decor, although very nice, is very stimulating. If you don't want people to use it as a party house, you should calm it down a bit, which is not hard to do. Thanks for joining us and applying, and good luck!...

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  • Hi Claire, you also have a Casita!!! how exciting! I love it, very original, great taste, colourful and fun. I know where to stay if I go to Arizona! Thank you so much for your comments on mine and so very happy I met you!...

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    I love both properties, Laurie. You need some tiny decor tweaks here and there and better photos (and of course, a new website). Good luck and thanks for applying....

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    How interesting, Jack. I had no idea B&B owners were making the switchover. Your property is gorgeous. Thanks for applying....

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    Hi Jacqueline, it looks like your villa is immaculate. I can see that it needs some personal touches though. Thanks for applying!...

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    Looks like an amazing location, Dean. Thanks for applying....

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    Wow, I love the design of your property, John! The colors, lighting (especially the chandelier over the soaker tub) and layout everything is stunning. I think your photos could be a bit more personal though. Tyann could put some life into them for su...

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  • I think those B&B operators who are switching over to VR still love the business of hosting people in the communities, but are looking to simplify it a bit by concentrating more on the hosting and less on the cooking. It's a way of sustaining a b...

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  • Yes the website and photos on the website are not current now. I am relying solely on my homeaway sites ( and verb, flip key, and airbnb) . Our new bathroom addition is completed as of today....and I am struggling with a photo shot ( Tyann ! ). The...

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  • Thank you for your comment, hope I get picked. I'm interested about how to make some character to the property....

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  • Two Palms Retreat - https://Littleriverinnsc.com - I'm a new VR owner and I'd welcome any help I can get....

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    Welcome to the community and thanks for entering Two Palms Retreat. Do you have photos of the property?...

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  • I do and they are available on my web site. ...

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    Wow! That is really great to hear, Paola! I can't wait to see it!...

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    Welcome to being a new VR owner. I would say looking at your photos that you need help with wall color and bringing some personality into the space. Not hard to do. Thanks for sharing and applying!...

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  • Nice Claire! Very inspiring. Wish I could rent both in Charleston.....but we are required to live in either the main house, or the accessory, and cant rent both!...

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    Hello! My main design challenges are actually to get nice, professional photos from the owners. We rely on the owners to provide us professionally taken photos showing staged properties. Often not the case. Perhaps you could write up a quick guidelin...

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    I have a ton of useful suggestions on my blog - http://1chicretreat.com. Subscribers get my latest tips and suggestions, including how to stand out from the competition and get bookings up. Tyann also has a lot of wonderful advice in the photography...

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    Darla quick question, do you currently receive inquiries coming directly from your vacation rental website?...

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  • Yes, but I get very few. I keep track of where all of my bookings originate. Last year I only received about a dozen inquiries from the website for the whole year. So far this year, I have received eight. The majority of my bookings come from listing...

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    Fair enough :)...

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    Jack I found this to be an intriguing topic Switching from a B&B owner to a VR owner.... that's definitely bloggable!...

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    SSBN I think we've just pin pointed problem #1...

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    Hi Joyce, a small feat for Tyann.... I do however think Mercedes and myself could offer some help here for you as well. A few things jump out at me. Thanks for entering your property, Joyce...

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  • OMG Joyce, my father and his wife have wintered at Pinnacle Port for years. They love it and all of the activities that are offered there. Small world!...

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  • Valerie Gates http://www.summerpinescottage.com Biggest challenge is to stand out in an already crowded Cape rental cottage market. I would love my little place to be the best decorated and most comfortable place around. Also need help driving traffi...

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  • It's an interesting transition and one that I've seen many of my former B&B colleagues make themselves. While I feel I have a leg-up in certain aspects of accommodation marketing, as I get into my third year, I realize that a large number of my b...

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  • Are you referring to Mercedes' comment?...

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  • I'm in for some help! Drew Renshaw from Memphis TN. Owner of a beach rental duplex right on the water in the Turks & Caicos Islands www.Beachsidebungalow.com My challenge is to get my summers booking as well as my winters. It seems easy enough to...

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  • Great Tyann! apologies for acknowledging only now your reply, I did not get a notification of your comment. Ok, now we are all SO excited waiting to find out who are lucky ones!!! :-)...

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  • Thanks for your consideration. It is always great to know that our product entices people to want to come (that is the whole purpose, isn't it?). But if you had tried to find a chalet in Verbier, you probably would have never found out our chalet. Th...

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    Hi Claire, you certainly have a lot going on here and plenty of material we could work on. This is such a special time for you.... a time when your entrepreneurial spirit spreads its wings. It's awesome to hear where you're at.... I read your post an...

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    Hey there Jody, love your property. The pictures look superb! Jody I do have a few concerns, can you share with me if inquires are being generated from your vacation rental website? Have you been using Google Analytics? The competition doesn't scare ...

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    Hi Dina, Thank you for participating. Is there a reason you haven't taken the leap and gotten a website? Counting down the days for the big day..... it is exciting!...

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    What a fantastic idea! I can't wait to see the 'superhero's' in action! I know I'll be incorporating lots of tips along the way....

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  • Hi! Thank you for doing this, I can't wait to see the results! My name is Claudia Prenter, the link to my property is: http://vrbo.com/260743 and 2 of my challenges are to market and rent my condo without depending so much on VRBO, I need a website b...

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    Thanks for participating, Claudia! Gorgeous location you have there in Kaui. There are several things I see right off the bat, mostly involving lighting. Good luck!...

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  • Jody's place is simply fabulous. And the beds are super comfy, too! ;) Jay, we need to get Jody's SEO better so travelers can find her!...

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  • Thanks, Tyann! Your photos do showcase my home! :)...

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  • Thanks for your kind words, Jay. Yes, I have Google Analytics on my personal website and look at it every so often. Honestly, I'm not sure what to do with the information. I see that I receive some organic traffic from Google and Yahoo, and referr...

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    Hi Jay, Currently just working off of an excel spreadsheet. It does the trick but I'm sure there has to be better software out there. I'm currently just copy and pasting email addresses, names, and info that I have recorded on the spreadsheet fi...

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  • Darla, do you use Lightroom? It will improve a lot your pictures and if taken with a up to date reflex or hybrid you can work at high iso. What you do need is a good wide angle. We once used airbnb pro and it was average....

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  • You guys are great for doing this! It's like a 3-in-1 awesome deal. I look forward to all your comments, regardless of whom you choose. My homes are at www.oregonshearwater.com. The Romance of the Sea has dark pictures (photographer coming soo...

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  • Debi, your site from WebChalet is beautiful! Yes, the pro photos will make it even better. Hang on for this ride. ;)...

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  • What an adorable cottage! I can see you have absolutely delicious sunlight there. Oh, what you can do with that light!...

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    Hi All - I just love looking at all these wonderful vacation rentals - My name is Barbara Cioffi and I've only been renting for a few months. I have no idea how to start a website of my own so I have it listed on Home Away, AirBnB and FlipKey. My p...

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  • Hi, My biggest challenge is decorating. My listing is http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p119394. I purchased this home 10 years ago, decorated as you see in the pics. It shows well on the internet because of the color, and my guests seem ...

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    Hi Debi, thanks for participating! Your rentals do indeed need some updating, but nothing major. Little changes here and there will make a big difference. Love your location. It's gorgeous!...

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    Hi Luann 10 years wow! You could probably teach a few things to all here :) Thanks for joining in with us!...

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    Hi Drew, Ahhh.... Turks and Caicos! The fishing and diving are amazing! Are you targeting any of these niches? Also where are you currently advertising? Thanks for submiting your Beachside Bungalow!...

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  • VRBO, Flipkey, Airbnb, Dwellable, Booking.com, and my own site of course. Diving is amazing on our little island, but there is zero fishing available on Grand Turk. Everyone with a boat wants to take you snorkeling or diving. Since I'm not a diver, I...

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    Thanks for sharing, Luann. I think you can make it a bit more neutral without sacrificing the colors. Are you selling it as a vacation rental or a normal home?...

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  • Yes, it is. Just need to get the right traffic to my site and convert them into paying customer. Its hard to believe I have not had a single inquiry from my site this year or last year....

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  • Most places sell there with the intent to rent them if they have a rental history, while new owners decide what they want to do...some tear down and rebuild, some continue to rent. I will continue renting it while it is for sale. Even though it rent...

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  • Kitty Masôn http://www.kitty-mason.com/real-estate rent and sale challenge. Thank you in advance...

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    Teena Kulakowski www.FourSeasonsLodge.com http://www.vrbo.com/301861 I've owned and rented this vacation rental for 24 years. I'm feeling VERY challenged these days since HA/VRBO announced that "book it now" is going to be required by year...

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  • Jorge Martelanz http://www.legacydisneycondo.com Chalenge? More and happier returning guests!!...

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  • Jay, I think my biggest challenge is the slow season, which is late August through late Dec. It's just never done well then. I've been on vacationrentals.com since 2001 (before HomeAway owned it). I do get a lot of renters, but definitely need mor...

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    Hi Ann, can you give us the exact link again. The link above goes to the general website, and not your specific listing. I didn't see a way to get there by your listing number....

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  • I agree! Their BIN doesn't work for MANY for MANY different reason! They are getting very frustrating!...

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  • Jay, Filling up the year with bookings is my biggest challenge. The month of May and Oct~Nov are very, very slow. There are weeks in November that I have not had a single booking for the past three years. I have a F-book page for the property but...

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    Hi Fred, when I look through Regal Villa, I see a vacation rental that is furnished like a hotel. I think you need some updates, as well as some personal touches to make people feel more comfortable. Thanks for sharing!...

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    Update! We've launched the 1st Vacation Rental Expert Makeover Show! Go Here to See The Video > http://www.villamarketers.com/vacation-rental-expert-makeover/...

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  • Karen Cottrell www.kdvacationhome.com More photos, show more like a hotel resort, how to incorporate 2 properties to 1 webpage....

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  • Jennifer Peccihttps://airbnb.com/rooms/2198298?s=8 I would like to know how to make my pictures appear larger and more appealing. I heard some guests use photoshop. Is that true? I took the photos using 15 mm lens at an angle that was spouse to be ...

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  • Nemanja Vujacic www.maki-apartments.com Extend main season period. We are fully booked for high season (July and August), but would like to increasy occupancy in mid-season and low season (before 15th June and after 15th September)....

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  • Brynette & Alan at Villa Casa Albryna Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain · Lanzarote Rural Retreat http://www.Albryna.com · Listing at https://www.espanabreaks.com/lanzarote/tahiche/9228 Our Biggest Challenge is being a very small fish ...

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    I am now looking for the next property manager/owner to help! Who's it gonna be?...

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  • Hi everyone. I'm Amy, a Vacation Rental Property owner in San Diego, CA. Our listing on VRBO is www.vrbo.com/333740 I would LOVE to be selected for a free consultation by this fabulous team of experts! Each expert on the panel has the expertise my ...

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  • Zoe Courtier http://www.geckoeslodge.com/ Our biggest challenge is reaching our target market without being lost in the OTA's... hoping we win so we can increase occupancy! Pura Vida....

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    Hi Zoe, the Geckoes Lodge is a good candidate for a project like this. Thanks for entering!...

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    http://franceapartmentrentals.com/ Pretty well complete - need the book it now option and integration with reservation manager...soon please!! Comments welcome...

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    http://franceapartmentrentals.com/ Pretty well complete - need the book it now option and integration with reservation manager...soon please!! Comments welcome...

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  • Just hired professional photographer to take new pictures of our Cape San Blas rentals. Can't wait to get them and a few videos. Would love some help from the expert panel on presentation on our website and getting the key information out to the "s...

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  • Just hired professional photographer to take new pictures of our Cape San Blas rentals. Can't wait to get them and a few videos. Would love some help from the expert panel on presentation on our website and getting the key information out to the "s...

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  • Lyle Walker www.gringowasibnb.com Don’t know if BnB's are welcome or even if you would be interested in a South American property but I figured I would throw my hat in the ring. For our biggest Challenge, I would say attracting the right guest, ev...

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  • Lyle Walker www.gringowasibnb.com Don’t know if BnB's are welcome or even if you would be interested in a South American property but I figured I would throw my hat in the ring. For our biggest Challenge, I would say attracting the right guest, ev...

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  • Melanie Gowen - new property, construction almost finished for June 2015! "Nantucket Art House & Cottage" www.nantucketarthouse.com SEO is a challenge for me. Also is knowing what to post on social media like twitter and Facebook to drive traffic...

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  • Melanie Gowen - new property, construction almost finished for June 2015! "Nantucket Art House & Cottage" www.nantucketarthouse.com SEO is a challenge for me. Also is knowing what to post on social media like twitter and Facebook to drive traffic...

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  • Jennifer Pecci https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2198298?s=8 I really need help in photography taking pictures and marketing. I have emailed Jay and done all the photographer suggestions. I have invested so much time and money on new pictures and rewordin...

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  • Jennifer Pecci https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2198298?s=8 I really need help in photography taking pictures and marketing. I have emailed Jay and done all the photographer suggestions. I have invested so much time and money on new pictures and rewordin...

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    Hi Jennifer, Looking at your photos, I would say you need help on your living room decoration and specifically your lighting. There are so many positives to your design and yet, you need some tweaks here and there. And then, yes, I agree, the photogr...

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    Hi Jennifer, Looking at your photos, I would say you need help on your living room decoration and specifically your lighting. There are so many positives to your design and yet, you need some tweaks here and there. And then, yes, I agree, the photogr...

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  • Hi! Thanks for getting back to me. I really appreciate it. The pictures not loading is on Airbnb end. I had a professional photographer come out three and both times he didn't see my vision. I can't afford another one. My dad has a Nixon. I can try t...

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  • Hi! Thanks for getting back to me. I really appreciate it. The pictures not loading is on Airbnb end. I had a professional photographer come out three and both times he didn't see my vision. I can't afford another one. My dad has a Nixon. I can try t...

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    Update #2 Hi Everyone We've released the second edition of the Vacation Rental Expert Panel. Watch the show here >> http://isbeingbuilt.com/villamarketersold/design-a-vacation-rental-website/...

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    Update #2 Hi Everyone We've released the second edition of the Vacation Rental Expert Panel. Watch the show here >> http://villamarketers.com/design-a-vacation-rental-website/...

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    Hi Nemanja, Wondering if you are still interested in being selected for the expert panel. We are doing our fourth round and we would love to makeover your presentation!...

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  Interior Design for Villas Will Never Be The Same! Mercedes is no stranger to Villa Marketers but today its official; Mercedes Brennan has joined the Vacation Rental League of Extraordinary Experts. Why did we choose Mercedes Brennan to join The VR League? Mercedes is a phenomenal Interior Design expert whose ideas open the mind of vacation rental owners and managers with her expertise in interior design for villas.  If… Read More
Tyann Marcink: The Expert VR Photographer   Please Welcome Tyann Marcink to the VR League of Extraordinary Experts! I'm excited to announce that Tyann Marcink expert VR photographer has joined the vacation rental industry's first and most elite circle of professionals "The Vacation Rental League of Extraordinary Experts." Please allow me to introduce her to you....     I asked Tyann, the question "if you were a super hero what would your super… Read More
  • I am looking forward to flexing my super powers for the good of vacation rental owners. ;) Thank you for the honor of working with you and other experts, Jay!...

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    We are going to crush it! Glad to be working with a pro like yourself Tyann. Can't wait for the big unveiling of what we've been up to! Muw...Ha Ha Ha... thats my evil villian laugh (lol) http://muwhahaha.com/...

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Why 80% Of VR Business Owners Fail!   Today's VR  business blog is part two of the Entrepreneur series. Last week I shared some very startling statistics about VR business failures and how often they happen, including the scary fact that 80% of VR businesses will fail within the first 5 years. But don't think you're safe if you've surpassed 5 years in business. If you haven't yet read the… Read More
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    This is my problem! I find myself doing more work than I want to do. I have to say that I feel like I'm the technician doing almost everything myself. I feel like I'm running crazy all the time and Jay thanks because my situation all of a sudden make...

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    Hey Josh! It was a problem I had and sometimes fall back into. Its something that we have to work on and try to be more balanced in our roles but the work seems to keep pulling you in, ever felt that way? The illusion you have with being the Techn...

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  • Great article Jay, thank you! I would even go so far as to say that principally, we are in the "marketing" business, and then secondly we are in whatever business we're in, and in this case the "hospitality" business. I love the E-Myth and recommen...

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    Thanks Yvonne glad you like it! That is a very good point you made., "we are in the marketing business". I also agree.... The E-myth is something like the business Bible that everyone should read....

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How To Get Your Vacation Rental on Top of Google I often have owners ask me “Jay, how can you help us market our vacation rental?" As a matter of fact, I recently had an owner inquire about getting a free trial to see what kind of awesome vacation rental marketing services we could provide to them. Now, you know I give a lot of my stuff away for free... but unfortunately, due… Read More
  • Hi Jay, I checked Pepe's site, nicely written, not over the top keyword stuffing, but..... turn on spell checker and fix the error for the word "Supurb" on his first page.... look for it here; "All are special and perched almost on the water where t...

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    Hi there Peter, Glad to have you stop by! With Pepe we didn't design the site or create the initial text. I began with keyword reseach and then optimizing the site with SEO tags. Some of the folks updating the site for them are from Mexico, so engli...

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  • Hi Jay, thanks for the reply. We are here in the Philippines so I do understand the typo issues. We keenly look forward to all of your posts & really appreciate your "non - jargon" style of disseminating information, after all we are hospitality ...

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Vacation Rental Entrepreneur Series: Part 1 I've decided to start this series because: 1.)  It's never been done before... 2.)  I want vacation rental owners to do better and make more bookings and... 3.)  I want to help property management companies go farther than their current business structure is allowing them! So, subscribe to our blog to get the latest vacation rental business tips!   A Vacation Rental Is A Small… Read More
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    Wow, I love this post! I feel like I definitely have a better understanding of what it means to be an entrepreneur. I never thought about a business owner having to learn how to work "out" of their business, because conventionally, it makes more sens...

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    I know Megan, this goes against everything we are taught. I always thought we are to do as much as we can in our business, boy was that thinking wrong! Thank you for sharing how this blog has helped you. I hope it has done so for others....

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  • Jay -Great article, glad that you're writing about that the Vacation Rental as a real business. Most people who invest in a vacation rental don't have a clue about the amount of work and marketing effort it takes to get a guest through your front do...

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  • The older I get Megan, the more I delegate out to other "experts". I also understand more about what "I'm good at" and "what I'm not so good at". I'll give the part of my business that "I'm not so good at" to someone who is much better at the tasks ...

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  • I find it hard sometimes to pull myself out of the work because theres always something that is needing to be done. This is a huge struggle for me but your blog Jay has reminded me how important it is to stop and think to myself, is this a task I sho...

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    Maria, I couldn't have said it better myself. I'm learning each day that I have to learn how to turn things over, both in business and everyday tasks. We've all got our strengths and weaknesses...recognizing that is so important in being successful! ...

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  • Excellent points, Jay! Utilizing a team is important for sure....

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    This is so true and afflicting my partner and myself right now. But, finding the right people to take over all the jobs that we do at a price that makes sense does not seem possible. Our business is too small to support a full time Australian worker ...

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    Hi Nick, your comments are going to play into my next posts, so I'l save some of my suggestions for then, but don't give up on this Nick, because your life and sanity count on you making this switch in your business. Its worth whatever you have to do...

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    Thanks for the encouragement Jay....

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  • Hi Jay, very thought provoking, I like it! As someone who is 1 year in to a new business those stats scare me! But having a little "scare" is good, it forces you to focus on what really matters. Which is? Ensuring you prioritize your list of tasks...

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  • Another consideration too--It is a small business--back to staying ON it, if you're listing with the big dogs (VRBO, Flipkey, Airbnb) they create work additionally from the day to day tasks. You always need to keep up with changes they make, many th...

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    Very timely article Jay! I am the 'chicken with its head cut off' as I wear ALL the hats in my business. I NEED to hire help!! Theoretically, I know if I out source some of the more mundane jobs (like cleaning, maintenance, getting supplies...) I can...

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    Andy those stats are scary and make us all aware of what the stakes are and how many people lose everyday at this game we play called Business.I believe this series hits at the core of many of the issues owners and managers face and explains why the ...

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    Hi Amy, I know that feeling of running around crazy all to well but part of the reason thats happening is that you're fighting against yourself and there's no way you can win that fight. If you're like me your probably the biggest problem in your vac...

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    Thank you Maria! I wasn't sure how it would be received. I know many owners reject this idea of "business". They don't see themselves that way and I feel that some of them think they don't want to be in "business" they want to 'rent their second home...

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    With a team you'll achieve the dream! Tyann, glad you liked!...

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    Ha ha Jay! You haven't offended me yet! ;-)...

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  • Being in business since 1982 and owning my Vacation Rental for the past 15 years. I realized that I can't run a business alone, you need a team of experts who know more than you do, at skills you don't have or haven't acquired as yet. Why take the...

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  • Ha ha you're right Jay! But I would say that, for the early start up period, there is no other way - you are required to multi-task. But the same logic applies - prioritizing will help to focus you on the important goals, some of which will be workin...

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    Hi Blamona a big welcome! So true, it has become such a task to keep up with these listing sites....

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    Thanks Andy for clarifying that for everyone following and for adding value!...

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    Update: Part 2 of The Entreprenuer series has been posted Check it out! http://www.villamarketers.com/vr-business/...

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 Vacation Rental Inquiry Tips! How Many Times Should You Follow Up with a Vacation Rental  Inquiry? Recently, we posted a step-by-step process showing you how you can make the most of your inquiries by responding to a vacation rental inquiry more quickly using a free app. In another video, we encouraged you to set a five minute rule: respond to a vacation rental inquiry within five minutes! Today, I want to… Read More
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    Has The Vacation Rental Inquiry Series helped? Should we continue it I do have more to share if you'd like, or should we retire it? I'm leaving it up to you? What do you think?...

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    I have made it a top priority to respond in minutes of the inquiry and I have seen a move upwards in bookings. Please keep the vacation rental inquiry series going, I still have so much to learn. I'd like to see what other tricks you have up your sl...

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    Josh , thanks for sharing with us how the series has helped your bookings. I think there are still so many areas that managers and owners could use help with when it comes to responding to their inquiries. What did you think of this video?...

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    I see that I'm quiting way too early. I'm embarrassed to say I only try one time. If they don't respond I assume their not interested. I realize that's a mistake knowing half of the people arent ready to book at the time when they're inquiring....

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  • I would like to see more of this series. This was eye opening, I would thought 5 times is too many times but you always seem to change my thinking on things like this Jay. Thanks for that. I will be more patient with people working on the trust. Whe...

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    Consider this; 80% of bookings occur after the 5th engagement. That's a big reason you need to follow up at least 5 times before giving up!...

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  • Jay, this really makes sense! Especially, when you consider that the people who do respond to you after the first or second attempt don't actually book until after approximately 5 emails/conversations. So, it is important to carry this logic through...

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    Ok, so I received a comment from Serenity Vacation Rentals on YouTube and I'm sharing it below. The last sentence is exactly why I have been working on this series for you and why we WILL keep it going! " Hi Jay - Rockin the beard now! What we...

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    Irene, thanks for jumping in here The key is "top of mind" , where they're reminded every so often about you, thats why email marketing works so well. You know the saying "out of sight out of mind"... remembering that will get you more bookings, co...

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  • Can't wait for more information... : )...

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  • Hi Jay, This is a great tip for vacation rental managers and I absolutely agree. Can you tell me where you got the "80% of bookings occur after the 5th engagement" and "only 20% of leads are ever followed up on statistics" from? We are big data hea...

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