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6 things to learn from successful property managers

by Becky Holton

Becky Holton is a real expert in education. She has been working as a journalist for 7 years. She is a successful blogger who writes about education technologies, tips for improving job skills, and marketing. Follow her on Twitter.   A property manager is the highest rank in a property management business. Since the real […]

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Master these 3 basics and boost bookings for your holiday cottage

by Dakota Murphey

Dakota Murphey has experience in property management with her portfolio of properties expanding in the South of England. Her passion for renovation projects is shared through her writing to help educate and inspire others. Are you in the holiday lettings business, with a self-catering cottage in the countryside that you’re renting out to holidaymakers in […]

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6 tips for writing an effective vacation rental listing description

by Grace Carter

Grace Carter is a tech writer at Paper Fellows and OXEssays services. She works with a team of developers and integrates this experience with the marketing department. Also, Grace teaches creative writing at Big Assignments academic portal. Today’s short-term rental market can be very crowded, so you’ll need to be clever and thoughtful with your […]

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Hostfully and Virtual Concierge Service partner to provide a single platform for voice access and digital guidebooks for vacation rentals

by Hostfully Team

Today Hostfully and Virtual Concierge Service (VCS) announced a partnership that will connect the Hostfully guidebook platform to VCS’ voice technology. Travelers will be able to access property details and local recommendations through mobile, desktop, print, and voice. Voice access to digital guidebooks completes the set of access points that guests need to have a […]

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It’s the little things: what your vacationers are noticing that you aren’t

by Hilary Bird

Hilary Bird is a digital journalist who writes about the things that fascinate her the most: relationships, technology, and traveling – and how they all impact each other. She is an avid writer for multiple tech and lifestyle publications, including VentureBeat, MediaPost, and The Sociable.   As a vacation rental manager, you understand how important […]

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4 must have qualities to look for a property manager

by Selena Walkere

 Selena Walkere is a London-based professional writer who works with Alexander & Co. Selena loves to share her knowledge about the latest trends and investment techniques in the local real estate market which helps home buyers and sellers.   It’s not just you who is worried about hiring the right property manager. Even property management […]

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How to prep your vacation rental for Fall

by Alex Haslam

Alex Haslam is a freelance writer who focuses on connectivity — finding ways to use technology to enhance the beauty and convenience of our entertainment, relationships, and living spaces. She spends her free time playing music, watching movies, and traveling anywhere she can.   The bustling months of summer are peak season for many vacation […]

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Tips to simplify managing your vacation rental

by Victoria Schmid

Victoria Schmid enjoys writing about technology for the “everyday” person. She is a specialist in online business marketing and consumer technology. She has a background in broadcast journalism.   When you’re managing a vacation rental property (or multiple properties), efficiency connects to profitability. Your time is precious, and you want to spend it on activities […]

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How your business can take advantage of the rising demand for staycations

by Dakota Murphey

Dakota Murphey has experience in property management with her portfolio of properties expanding in the South of England. Her passion for renovation and home improvement projects is shared through her writing to help educate and inspire others.   Staycations are big business these days. The trend for holidays and mini breaks to be taken at […]

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The smart entertainment technology changing homes for the better

by Dakota Murphey

Dakota Murphey has experience in property management with her portfolio of properties expanding in the South of England. Her passion for renovation and home improvement projects is shared through her writing to help educate and inspire others.   Smart home technology is becoming commonplace. The demand for smart technology in homes is growing now more […]

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Benefits of an environmentally-friendly home security system

by Mike Johnston

Mike Johnston is a home improvement blogger, DIY enthusiast and sustainability buff from Sydney. He is a regular writer at Smooth Decorator and contributor on several interior design, real estate and eco blogs, always on the lookout for new ideas and the latest trends in these fields.   As the time was passing by and […]

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How the new tax law benefits vacation rental hosts

by Stephen Fishman

Stephen Fishman is an attorney and author of Every Airbnb Host’s Tax Guide (Nolo.com). A brand new tax law called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) went into effect in 2018. The TCJA affects everyone who pays taxes, including vacation rental hosts, who must pay income tax on the profits they earn.  Fortunately, the […]

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10 ways to increase your vacation rental earnings

by Darina Murashev

Darina Murashev is a freelance writer from Chicago based in Salt Lake City. She writes about home maintenance, relocation, and big lifestyle changes. She enjoys travel, live music, and spending time in the great outdoors. As the popularity of the rental booking app market continues to grow, more people than ever are turning their vacation properties […]

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6 key property management services for a great guest experience

by Hostfully Team

As a property management company, you’re always looking for those brand new property management services that can improve and maximize the positive guest experience. In this age of social media and online reviews, getting the guest experience right is an essential ingredient for property management service success. This may seem like an oversimplification considering how […]

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How to get more renters through your own website

by Roger Timbrook

Roger Timbrook is a freelance web designer who focuses on improving people’s websites. When not staring at his screen fixing websites you can find him traveling the world and writing about it on his travel blog.   Having your own website is a great start to reaching more people and getting more renters. However, if […]

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How to manage a vacation rental remotely

by Alex Haslam

About the author: Alex Haslam is a freelance writer who focuses on connectivity — finding ways to use technology to enhance the beauty and convenience of our entertainment, relationships, and living spaces. She spends her free time playing music, watching movies, and traveling anywhere she can.   If you’ve always dreamed of having a vacation […]

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6 ways to keep vacationers coming back to your rental

by Victoria Schmid

Victoria Schmid enjoys writing about technology for the “everyday” person. She is a specialist in online business marketing and consumer technology. She has a background in broadcast journalism. Vacation rental properties are an excellent way to earn a reliable and continuous income stream. Once you’ve established your rental operation, it’s fairly easy to maintain it […]

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Got a holiday rental? Here are 5 marketing mistakes that will cost you real money

by Dakota Murphy

Dakota Murphey has experience in property management with her portfolio of properties expanding in the South of England. Her passion for renovation and home improvement projects is shared through her writing to help educate and inspire others.   Got a holiday rental? Here are 5 marketing mistakes that will cost you real money. Being a […]

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Four strategies to keep your property secure

by Dakota Murphey

Dakota Murphey has experience in property management with her portfolio of properties expanding in the South of England. Her passion for renovation and home improvement projects is shared through her writing to help educate and inspire others.   If you have a property that is vulnerable to trespassers – either due to the fact that […]

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Has social media negatively impacted the hospitality industry?

by Lauren Nowack

Lauren Nowack is a trekbible writer and story maker from Pine Valley, California. She and her husband work in the recreation department at a camp. In their free time, they enjoy mountain biking, building out their Sprinter van, and adventuring with their puppy, Shadow.   There is no disputing that social media, whether that is […]

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Technology in the hospitality industry: What it means for VRMCs

by The Hostfully Team

A lot is changing in the hospitality and vacation rental industries over the past decade. We’ve seen the advent of short-term rental platforms, smart home devices, the rise of guest experience, the importance of local recommendations, and so much more. Technology in the hospitality industry continues to move at seemingly break-neck speed. At times, it […]

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10 vacation rental perks today’s travelers look for

by Alex Haslam

About the author: Alex Haslam is a freelance writer who focuses on connectivity — finding ways to use technology to enhance the beauty and convenience of our entertainment, relationships, and living spaces. She spends her free time playing music, watching movies, and traveling anywhere she can.   If you made a goal in 2018 to […]

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Launch announcement: 2018 Global Report on Hospitality in Vacation Rentals Survey

by The Hostfully team

In 2017,  the first-ever Global Report on Hospitality Trends in Vacation Rentals was published  by Hostfully. Based on a dataset from more than 50 vacation rental managers in 80 countries, it shared the latest trends and sentiments about hospitality in vacation rentals, including industry benchmarks and best practices.   The report also featured interviews with […]

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10 Ways to Attract More Canadian Travellers and Grow Your Bookings

by CanadaStays

As many of you already know, Canadians love to travel! According to Expedia Media Solutions’ 2017 North American Travel & Tourism Trend Report, Canadians take an average of 2.8 trips per year, and travel a little more internationally (59%) than domestically (41%). And when it comes to Canadian travel, there’s more than one ‘peak’ season […]

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Airbnb top 10 bonus amenities for 2018

by Mike Jacobsen

Mike Jacobsen is a San Diego Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services and the Founder of It’s Borrowed for Short Term Rentals. It’s Borrowed gives hosts a platform to rent bonus amenities like bikes, cribs and games from their own inventory to their guests, creating an amazing stay. App store. If there is a fee […]

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The insider’s guide to property management

by Chris Rooney

The author for this guest post is Chris Rooney who is a real estate advisor, and serves for the Chucktowner Organization in Charleston, South Carolina.   Property management is a lucrative industry, but it requires more than common sense and a bit of business management experience to successfully operate a company. There is no one […]

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Social media for your vacation rental: should you try it?

by Darina Murashev

Darina Murashev is a freelance writer from Chicago based in Salt Lake City. She writes about tech, money, career building and data science. She enjoys travel, live music, and spending time in the great outdoors.   When you list your house as a rental on a home-sharing website like AirBnB, they do most of the […]

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Is it Airbnb or hotels for millennials: Millennial Airbnb trends

by Michael Brown

Michael is a Research Analyst at LendEDU, a personal finance company. In his role, Michael works hands-on with polling data to tell unique stories. Some of Michael’s favorite hobbies include going to major horse races, hiking with his dog, and re-watching Game of Thrones.   Millennials are the driving force behind a slow but steady […]

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Off the beaten path in western Canada

by CanadaStays

Guest post by CanadaStays Western Canada is home to some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in the world. While most visitors flock to the most popular destinations across the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, many of the region’s hidden gems remain undiscovered for travellers coming from outside the region, or other parts of […]

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The state of the U.S. vacation rental industry in 2018

by The Hostfully team

A recent study was published outlining the state of the global vacation rental industry, with a focus on segmentation and software spending. Specifically, this report is a compilation of public and private data that shows just how large and robust the market is for vacation rental management software.   There is certainly a lot to […]

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Wedding trends are good news for vacation rental owners

by Connor Simpson

Connor Simpson has a history working with vacation rentals and recently launched a marketplace, Weddings by Owner, where property owners can list their space as a wedding venue.   Have you ever thought about hosting a wedding at your vacation home? If you have, there couldn’t be a better time. The current wedding industry trends […]

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How much do vacation rental companies really spend on software?

by Margot Schmorak

It’s the $15B question Download the 2018 Market Sizing Study on Sofware in Vacation Rentals When I talk to industry outsiders, I spend a lot of time explaining how Hostfully is different from Airbnb. Not knowing the difference between a bookings platform, communications platform, and property management software a might seem laughable to industry insiders. […]

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How To Develop A Property Management Business Plan

by The Hostfully Team

You’ve already decided to start a property management business. The first thing you’ll need to do is put together a comprehensive property management business plan. Having everything written out will help you run a very focused business. Your property management business plan should contain a detailed proposal in which you address all of the following: […]

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Sharing comfort with doggies in Sacramento, California – Hostfully Host Spotlight: Julie Mattox

by The Hostfully Team

Sacramento is a city of culture and enjoys a mediterranean climate. With just those two facts, you’d think that the city attracts a lot of tourism, and you’d be right. Sacramento has a prolific amount of museums, both free and paid entry, for history, arts, and other exciting things. Incorporated in 1850, this relatively young […]

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Bored with your guest room? DIY to a better rental

by The Hostfully Team

Guest post contributed by the Downlite Bedding team. Downlite designs, manufactures, and markets comfort bedding for major hotel chains, airbnb hosts, and consumers. The family-owned business is an industry leader with three generations of product-knowledge and experience.   Do it for the guests (and your business)   Your guests begin and end their day in […]

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9 Trends Changing the Guest Experience in 2018

by Massiel Ramirez

According to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), travel and tourism contributed $8.3 trillion to the world’s gross domestic product (GDP). People are traveling—a lot. And they want to travel more, perhaps visiting your hotel or rental vacation home. Ensure they visit by capitalizing on the following nine tourism and hospitality trends to help […]

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How to keep your rental property secure

by Allie Shaw

Allie Shaw researched rental home security statistics as well as crime reports to find the best solutions in keeping your home secure. She is a freelance writer for multiple publications and is an expert in all things home and tech.   As a landlord, it’s easy to overlook home security, but this oversight can cost […]

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How to convert your home into a vacation rental

by Cloe Matheson

This guest post is written by Cloe Matheson. Cloe is a freelance writer based in New Zealand. She loves writing about latest trends in home design, and you can often find her checking out design blogs and photos for inspiration. Read more of her articles on her Tumblr.   Turning your home into a vacation […]

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Small can be luxury: getting more from a smaller property

by The Hostfully Team

One of the challenges for individuals and families everywhere is that buying property has never been more expensive. This has led to an inevitable situation where the homes that we do buy are getting smaller. But just because you own a small property, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be luxurious. In fact, it’s easy […]

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Adventuring and enjoying life in the “Mile-High” city

by The Hostfully Team

Hostfully Host Spotlight: Charley Silverman Living in Denver is all that it’s cracked up to be, according to Charley Silverman. In its essence, Denver has that small city charms, and enjoys the big city perks! Quiet living is there for those who want it, and if you’re into big events and social gatherings, Denver’s got […]

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6 Professionals you need to help you rescue an old building

by The Hostfully Team

Dakota Murphey spoke to Hutton & Rostron, whose highly respected team of independent building professionals span a wide range of disciplines, to get an understanding of the type of specialisms that may be required for the refurbishment or repair of a heritage building.   We’ve all seen Grand Designs and George Clarke’s The Restoration Man […]

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Tween-Proofing the House: The 3 Biggest Hazards

by The Hostfully Team

At an age where children are so inquisitive, adventurous and playful, it’s important to make sure your home is still a safe space for them. Here, Dakota Murphey takes a look at the three most significant hazards in your home and how you can protect your family from them.   Google offers approximately 16 million […]

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Rental Property Management: Should You Hire One?

by The Hostfully Team

Owning a rental property can be a steady, reliable income stream. Whether it’s a traditional rental or a vacation rental, real estate is a solid investment. The question that comes up is: should it be a hands-on or hands-off investment for you? Hiring rental property management or vacation rental management is an added expense, but […]

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Living and Hosting on a Beach in the South – Hostfully Host Spotlight: Tim and Elizabeth Spaid

by The Hostfully Team

Folly Beach, South Carolina, is a beachside community nicknamed “The Edge of America.” It is the closest island to beautiful downtown Charleston, which is only eight miles away. Folly Beach has a history of pirates and shipwrecks.   Tim and Elizabeth Spade live and manage property in Folly Beach. The beauty and the history of […]

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How to Optimize Your Rental Property for Business Clients

by Cassie Tolhurst

Cassie Tolhurst is a digital journalist, and tech enthusiast. When she isn’t stalking Twitter she is spending time with her loving family and dog. Her passions include the newest mobile gadgets and what’s streaming on Netflix.   Renting out properties is an excellent way to make a little bit of extra cash, and renting out […]

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3 Ways To Simplify The Check In Process

by Knock Knock City

The following is a guest post from the good people over at Knock Knock City, a daily storage platform that lets travelers securely store bags and luggage in 40+ local shops across NYC.   Travelers all over the world are quickly discovering the benefits of renting Airbnb spaces. But if they have never stayed at […]

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3 Quick Tips to Ready Your Rental for Spring Break

by The Hostfully Team

Whether you’re a rental manager or a beginner in the world of short-term rentals, you’ve probably arrived at that undeniable fact: vacations are no longer a vacation for you.   While others are trading in briefcases for suitcases, you’re gearing up for the busiest times of the year. For many property owners, spring break marks […]

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Should I buy a second home to use as a short-term rental?

by Janis Fisher Chan

Janis Fisher Chan is a writer and passionate traveler who recently launched TravelontheHouse.com to provide information, tips, and advice about hosting home exchanges and short-term rentals. You can reach her at janis@travelonthehouse.com or via her Facebook page.   Thinking about using your aunt’s inheritance or your bonus money to buy a second home? My husband and I did that several years […]

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9 Ways to Increase Customer Satisfaction For Vacation Rental Guests

by Stewart Dunlop - Fieldboom

The following is a guest post from Stewart Dunlop of Fieldboom.   Ahh, vacation…   Just hearing the word conjures up warm and fuzzy feelings of freedom, carelessness, and overall satisfaction.   When we think of their next vacation, we look forward to a brief time in our lives in which everything goes according to […]

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7 Travel Trends for 2018

by The Hostfully Team + Sidewalk

Experiential Travel, Airfare Changes & Overtourism, Oh My!   As 2018 kicks off, we predict what to expect in the year ahead in travel. Some trends are years in the making and have no signs of stopping: travel keeps growing year over year, food remains a critical aspect of sightseeing, Chinese tourists are increasingly common […]

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How To Start A Property Management Business in 5 Steps

by The Hostfully Team

Becoming your own boss by starting a small business may offer a number of benefits, including high pay and the ability to create one’s own schedule. Property management is an option for individuals interested in creating a business that doesn’t require extensive experience to run or a significant amount of money to start.   There […]

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How to wow your holiday cottage guests with a welcome pack

by The Hostfully Team

Today’s holidaymakers have high expectations, whether they’re staying in an all-inclusive luxury hotel in London or a cosy self-catering holiday cottage on the East Sussex coast. First impressions are all-important and, as we all know, you never get a second chance to make a good first one. So, what can you do to show your […]

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Liability Insurance for Landlords

by The Hostfully Team

Renting out your property short-term to vacationers can be stressful. You never know exactly the type of people that are going to stay at your property or what they are going to do while there. With vacation renters, they often act differently than he or she would not while in their regular home. It is […]

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The Rise of the Guest Experience Representative, and Why Your Business Needs One

by The Hostfully Team

More and more the vacation rental industry is focusing on ways to improve the guest experience and offer better hospitality services. Indeed, the 2017 Report on Hospitality Trends in Vacation Rentals showed that 84% of vacation rental companies want to offer more hospitality services.   This trend toward the guest experience can be seen in […]

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A Breakdown of Short Term Rental Management Fees

by The Hostfully Team

Deciding whether or not to use a property manager for your vacation rental is difficult enough. Will they treat your property as you would? Will they prioritize the guest experience? Will they fix problems as they arise? And, most importantly, how much will it cost me and what are the short term rental management fees […]

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6 Game-Changing Tech Upgrades for Vacation Rental Homeowners

by Monique Serbu

Whether your vacation rental property is in the heart of the city or tucked into the rustic backcountry, tech upgrades can go a long way in improving your guests’ experience. Quality upgrades can add a sense of modernity and familiarity for guests who have similar devices in their own homes—and wow visitors seeing smart home […]

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What vacation rentals can learn from hotels

by The Hostfully Team

Vacation rental managers need to be a jack-of-all-trades. From marketing and advertising, to scheduling, guest communication, cleaning, and concierge services, the list of “things you need to know” can feel endless. More and more, vacation rental management companies need to operate like mini versions of a full service hotel. And increasingly, guests who visit vacation […]

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Why U.S. Homeowners Should Treat Short-Term Rentals Like a Business

by Rob Stephens, GM of Avalara MyLodgeTax

For many homeowners, a spare room inside of their primary residence or vacation home also represents an income opportunity in the short-term rental market. Whether that’s additional funds for discretionary spending or a way to supplement a mortgage payment, one thing is clear: the short-term vacation rental market is growing and it shows no signs […]

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Top 14 tips for welcoming guests to your vacation rental

by hostfully

Competition continues to increase in the vacation rental market, but so too does demand. Being in a healthy and competitive industry is not a bad thing. In fact, it can increase your ROI and give your business a better opportunity to differentiate from the local competition.   As such, vacation rental professionals must continue to […]

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What To Do In San Francisco After Moving There

by hostfully

There are good reasons why so many people love San Francisco. With the mild California weather, international vibe, and amazing things to do, it’s one of the best places to live in America — and soon you’ll be a part of it. Whether it’s for work or solely your decision, you are getting ready to […]

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5 Reasons Why You Need Vacation Rental Software

by hostfully

This is a guest post from Lodgify, an all-in-one vacation rental software solution that empowers owners and managers to build their own mobile-friendly vacation rental website and accept direct bookings.   Taking the leap to start renting out your vacation property can seem daunting – especially if you’ve never run a business before! But fear not, […]

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Vacation rental marketing 101: Overview and experts weigh in

by The Hostfully Team

Vacation rentals have garnered an impressive amount of attention and market share over the past few years from travel consumers, entrepreneurs, and investors alike. The vacation rental market is no longer the “mom and pop” of the hospitality industry; it has matured to a fully fledged and technologically savvy sector.   Many newcomers to the […]

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Airbnb hosting checklist: The authoritative guide

by The Hostfully Team

Airbnb has taken the travel world by storm. They now have over 3 million listings worldwide; and chances are you’re one of them.   That’s great! Being an Airbnb host has many positive impacts for you, not the least of which is to meet people from all around the globe and earn supplemental income.   […]

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Vacation rental website design: How to wow your guests

by The Hostfully Team

As a small business owner and vacation rental professional, you have your fair share to worry about on a daily basis. There is a constant shift in how search engines operate, an ever-growing number of mobile device users, and a daily increase in the number of vacation rental properties. This shifting landscape can be overwhelming. […]

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Best tech tools for vacation rental owners

by The Hostfully Team

Using different technologies in your business can feel like white water rafting. You need to keep up with the current, or risk getting lost in the rapids. As vacation rental managers, the technology rapids can be murky and overwhelming at times. Which tools should you be using? Which ones are mandatory, and which others are […]

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How to conduct a guest experience survey for vacation properties

by The Hostfully Team

“Customer satisfaction provides a leading indicator of consumer purchase intentions and loyalty.” – Marketing Metrics As an owner of a vacation property, getting real feedback from your guests needs to be high up on your priority list. Guest experience surveys are an important tool in your small business toolbelt. Why? The only way you’re getting […]

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Keep your tabs: How to record your Airbnb income and expenses

by The Hostfully Team

This content is courtesy of AirGMS, all-in-one vacation rental management software specifically for Airbnb businesses. It allows users to control bookings and alterations, guest communications, as well as automate day-to-day operations.   You have decided to rent out your property via Airbnb and are thrilled about growing this venture into a proper business. However, let’s […]

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How to share your vacation rental guidebook

by The Hostfully Team

Your relationship with your guests matters to us. As such, we are continually seeking ways to enhance your ability to provide a 5-star experience.   As a vacation rental owner, you know that efficient communication is the critical ingredient to a positive guest experience. This is why we started Hostfully in the first place — […]

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How to book listings in the offseason

by Andrew Mentock from MoneyNomad

During tourist season, your vacation-rental properties are booming. Your prices are higher and your properties are effortlessly booked throughout the season. But the offseason is a different story. Your properties are no longer full of guests every week. It might even get to the point where you’re just letting friends use it for free, as […]

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Rental management services: What hosts should expect

by The Hostfully Team

If you are ready to become an Airbnb host or have vacation property you rent out, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the management involved. While hosting is a great way to bring in some extra cash, you may not have realized how much time and work really goes into managing a […]

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The best guest experience tips from 15 vacation rental pros

by The Hostfully Team

Innovation in the vacation rental industry continues to drive massive disruption and consolidation, yet one aspect remains elusive: the guest experience. And there’s a good reason for that. An optimal guest experience is hard to execute at scale.   At the same time, guest experience is a key success driver. Not only can it yield […]

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Funniest guest complaints and incidents from 2017

by The Hostfully Team

Working in the vacation rental industry, we interact with customers on a daily basis. In fact, guest communications is among the top priorities for vacation rental management companies. It can be the difference between a business thriving or failing.   But, every once in awhile we get thrown a curveball. You know, that customer who […]

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New vacation rental study highlights hospitality industry trends

by The Hostfully Team

Hostfully has just released a report highlighting hospitality trends in the vacation rental industry. The report, “The X Factor in Vacation Rental Travel: Hospitality,” consists of a survey and interviews with 60 vacation rental managers, and data from over 4000 vacation rental properties. Highlights from the report include the need for better vacation rental management tools, a growing […]

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Booking the right Airbnb guests? Tips to protect your space & attract great guests

by Veronica Tercan — author of the The Accidental Airbnb Host

You’ve seen the headlines: Unauthorized house parties with hundreds of partygoers. Thousands and thousands of dollars in property damages. At times, even the most diligent Airbnb hosts occasionally let the wrong guests slip through the cracks and into their cherished rental. Fortunately, Airbnb has built in multiple features to help you screen guests before they […]

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Vacation rental property management: Everything you need to know

by The Hostfully Team

As a vacation rental property host, you’re a bonafide business owner, and general manager. You may also be the cleaner, communicator, plumber, tour guide, and expert TV fixer, too! The allure of vacation rental property management has heightened with the increase of bookings platforms like Airbnb, HomeAway, and hundreds of others. But few realize the […]

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Mobile is king for vacation rental travelers

by The Hostfully Team

Mobile is King for Vacation Rental Travelers Since our beta launch in 2015, we have been paying close attention to how you and your travelers use your guidebooks. We found that more than 75% of Hostfully guidebook views come from mobile devices, so we set out to vastly improve our mobile experience. Keeping up with the demand […]

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Congratulations #HostfullyHost 🏡🎉

by The Hostfully Team

If you have a Hostfully guidebook, you’re now a #HostfullyHost! It’s time to celebrate. You’ve put a lot of time and energy into making a beautiful guidebook. Now share it with the world. Hosts who feature a guidebook in their Airbnb or other listings attract more customers and revenue. Here is what you can do to […]

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Top 10 tips for finding a great property manager for your Airbnb or vacation rental

by Rian Chapman — Founder at airhosta

So you’ve got an Airbnb or a Vacation Rental. But you realized you don’t have the time to run it as well as well as you’d like. Or perhaps you’ve realized it takes a lot more expertise than you’ve got to make it really work and get great reviews. What do you do? You jump […]

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2017 vacation rental key trends

by Andrew Martyn, CEO, Your.Rentals

Today we have an insightful trends report from Your.Rentals CEO Andrew Martyn. This contains some important tips to help vacation rental managers and hosts remain competitive and informed. Let’s get started! Vacation rentals are not just vacation rentals any more Over the past few years there has been a strong growth in urban short-term rentals, which has fueled […]

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Short term rental property management: Will it work for you?

by The Hostfully Team

If you’ve already joined the fast-growing group of vacation rental property owners, the question that keeps coming to mind is typically: how can I properly manage the property while still valuing my time?. Whether you rent out on Airbnb, Homeaway, VRBO, or the myriad of other platforms out there, renting out your property to vacationing […]

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New vacation rental study highlights hospitality industry trends

by Hostfully Founders: Margot Schmorak, David Jacoby and Noah Nieman

Hostfully has just released a report highlighting hospitality trends in the vacation rental industry. The report, “The X Factor in Vacation Rental Travel: Hospitality,” consists of a survey and interviews with 60 vacation rental managers, and data from over 4000 vacation rental properties. Highlights from the report include the need for better vacation rental management tools, a growing […]

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9 Essential Tips for Running your Vacation Rental like a Business

by Jon Crosby

A vacation rental is both a fun place to stay and an investment opportunity. And a part of that responsibility is ensuring that you run your business smoothly. When you own a vacation rental, you want to have good cash flow, avoid tax penalties, stay organized, have a great presentation, minimize risk and ensure your […]

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The Best Venice Beach Restaurants with Mike Clairmont

by The Hostfully Team

Mike Clairmont is a professional musician, world traveler, spicy food lover, cliff jumper, and Airbnb Superhost with over 100 reviews. Mike’s beautiful vacation rental in Venice Beach, California, is an airy and comfortable studio, just one block from the beach, the world-famous boardwalk & Abbot Kinney Boulevard (named the “coolest block in America” by GQ […]

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6 Social Media Pointers for Property Managers

by Angela S. (@angelas_roses on Medium.com)

Social media is now an integral component of the marketing strategy for businesses across many industries. It’s the perfect venue for brands to show their human side and interact with users intimately and in real time. Transparency and authenticity expressed via social media aren’t just nice-to-haves, either; they can drive the ROI you make in […]

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