No more HomeAway?

Posted on May 22, 2019

No more HomeAway?

In May 2019 Expedia announced that it was changing the name of its accommodations division from HomeAway to Vrbo.  Notice only the “V” is capitalized.  Or, as our friend Heather at VacationRentalFormula.com likes to call it, “Verboh”.  So, does that mean no more HomeAway?  Apparently.  It was reported that Vrbo had out-paced the HomeAway brand consistently, and the winner is?  You guessed it.  When we spoke with some of their team, even they were having trouble adjusting to the new name.  No more HomeAway, and no more V-R-B-O.  Welcome...

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Spotlight – Leighton Rentals

Posted on March 23, 2019

Spotlight – Leighton Rentals

RNS User Spotlight of the Week: Leighton Rentals As Spring starts to grace us with her presence and the world begins to warm, winter flight paths take a detour. Rather than vacationers jumping on the next Boeing 777 down to Miami, the likes of our thawed out northern destinations begin to rise as a “hot spot” for travel. So that is why, on this first day of spring, RNS celebrates our friends in New England, Leighton Rentals. The Vacation Rental Management Company is located on the picturesque peninsula of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. About Leighton Rentals: Leighton Rentals began its Cape Cod journey in 2003. By providing the highest level of service to its owners and renters, Leighton was able to grow into one of the most successful and renowned rental agencies in the area today. This special Vacation Rental Company has a way of capturing the true essence of Cape Cod for their vacationing guests and home owners. Through years of experience, local knowledge and full appreciation for the Cape and their guests Leighton is able to deliver an unforgettable vacation package. Owners receive 24 hour service and wide spread marketing campaigns that range from internet search engine presence to 360 degree virtual tours, YouTube postings, public relations, direct mail and print material. Tip to Vacation Rental Owners:: A good Vacation Rental Agency employs the Industry’s best to manage and market the properties under their care. It allows the property owners a peace of mind knowing an experienced and dedicated staff is doing all in their power to treat your property with the respect it deserves. Leighton is a company that prides itself on the wonderful staff it employs. From back office to front, it takes the whole team to deliver the results Leighton Rentals is known for. Check out their team here. Website:www.capecodrentals.net Contact: 508-619-7658 or Email Rental Locations: The Cape Cod peninsula stretches from Provincetown in the northeast to Woods Hole in the southwest. The Cape has 559.6 miles (900.6 km) of coastline, over 60 access beaches and 30+ public golf courses. It is known for its wonderful maritime character and charm. Some well-known water activities the locals and tourists alike partake in are beach going, sport fishing and whale watching. Cape Cod was actually the birth place of East Coast whale watching. The perfect summer time conditions make this location a must see vacation destination. RNS Vacation Rental Management Marketing Tip: If your company has a predominately seasonal renting period make sure to budget for an increase of marketing funds before and during that period. A couple good ideas would be emailing previous guests, Facebook Ads, and geographically targeting prospects.   Leighton and RNS: Since becoming a part of the RNS team in 2005 Leighton Rentals have grown into one of the top Rental Agencies in Cape Cod. Some of their favorite features of the RNS...

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Spotlight – SandCastle Realty Inc

Posted on February 11, 2019

Spotlight – SandCastle Realty Inc

RNS User Spotlight of the Week: SandCastle Realty   About Sandcastle Realty: Sandcastle Realty Inc. is an independent family owned and operated full service Real Estate Company serving Florida’s Central Gulf Coast. They are the professional choice for property management for vacation rentals in the area. With over 20 years’ experience in the business, they understand and take care of the important details that give their clients the best results and most income for their properties! Website: www.sandcastlerealtyinc.com Contact: 727-367-1223 or Email Tip to Vacation Rental Owners: Property Management is a hard time consuming task and entrusting your vacation home to the right professional management company is an even harder decision. It matters who you do business with. View Sandcastle Realty Property Management Solutions Here. Office Location: Treasure Island, FL Rental Locations: Sandcastle Realty vacation rentals are located on the barrier beaches just west of St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay, kissing the shores of the Central Gulf Coast of Florida. They start south from Tierra Verde, to St Pete Beach, Treasure Island, Maderia Beach, Redington Beach, Redington Shores, Indian Shores, Indian Rocks Beach, Belleair Beach finishing north on Clearwater Beach. St. Pete Beach was just named TripAdvisor’s 2nd Best Beach in the United States with Clearwater Beach ranking right behind it in 8th spot. TripAdvisor rankings are based on reviews and star rankings that real travelers publish on their site. RNS Management Tip: Reviews help increase awareness and credibility of Tourist Destinations and Vacation Rental Companies alike. Because when you have rentals on 2 of the top 10 best beaches of the United States, your marketing writes itself. Review: St. Pete Beach “Sand for miles” ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Beautiful beach, cleaned every morning. Walk for miles. Gorgeous sunsets. Wish I could live there. One beach you shouldn’t take off your list.” – Sandy V of Windsor, Canada Review: Clearwater Beach “Most beautiful beach I have ever been on.”★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “We stayed right off the beach. Have done a lot of traveling and this by far is the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. It was a little chilly when we were visiting just loved it” – Cobra6860 of Buchanan, Michigan Sandcastle and RNS:     Sandcastle Realty has been using RNS Vacation Rental Software since January 2011. Their favorite part of the RNS software is the Availability search function; where you can search units by reservation date, group, type and amenities. Choose to view those results in the graphical calendar format or unit list detail screen. Thank You Sandcastle Realty for being an awesome RNS user and an even more awesome vacation rental management...

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Reasons Why You Need a REAL Vacation.

Posted on November 22, 2018

Reasons Why You Need a REAL Vacation.

The need to travel is inside everyone. Vacations are pretty much mandated by the human brain so we can continue to be happy, productive people of society. Why was leisure time ever created? Because WE NEED IT. But It takes a lot of courage to take off work. Many people save their vacation days in case of emergencies, some think their bosses will get mad, and others are just work-a-holics. But right now, I am here to remind you that vacations days are meant for Vacations… REAL VACATIONS. Real Vacation are: Truly being able to feel the sunshine Snow becomes a blessing rather a burden Laughing so hard, that you pee your pants Having no sense of time Dreams are Reality This is NOT a REAL Vacation: You Travel to Florida because Great Aunt Helen dies Playing hookie because the child is sick Being Snowed in with a Law & Order Marathon on That being said all vacations are not created equal and subsequently neither are the results of such time off. Sometimes you can’t help the latter and that’s just life. But life is also about being happy. I truly believe that taking time for yourself in the form of traveling and real vacationing will benefit you, your work, and everyone else your surrounded by as well. What will you gain from a taking REAL Vacation Perspective on Life: Getting back to what life is really all about. Asking and answering the most simple questions about our existence. Limitless Creativity: Worries and agendas are on the back burner, leaving limitless space for new ideas to flow freely. Increase of appreciation: Being away will make you appreciate just about all aspects of your life – the people you love, the nature that surrounds you, and even your job. Real Rest: Without the worry of menial Daily routines your mind, body, and soul are able to rest and realign themselves. Less Regrets: No one says the day the die, “I wish I would of stayed at the office more.” Now is the time to live. You Time: Live a life true to yourself, and not let others expectations affect your lifestyle. Be you. Happiness: Like Gandhi said “There is no path to happiness, happiness is the path” A true vacation will help you realize that. Now I don’t just want you to take my word on it. No, I want you to experience a Real Vacation and it’s...

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5 Free Marketing Websites Your Vacation Rental Company Needs To Be On

Posted on August 2, 2018

5 Free Marketing Websites Your Vacation Rental Company Needs To Be On

5 of the most essential websites your Vacation Rental Company needs to be on. These sites are search engine applicable, location segmented and review driven. Oh and it’s FREE so Vacation Rental Managers have no excuse not to take the time to give your company the online visibility (make an intern do it!). 1. Google Places Google the #1 search engine in the world. Sign up Here. 2. Bing Places Bing the #2 search engine in the world. Sign up Here. 3. Yahoo! Local Yahoo! the #3 search engine in the world. Sign Up Here How it Works: These first three work in the same way. An internet user searching for their next vacation uses a search engine and inputs “Miami Vacation Rentals”. Under the paid advertisements each search engine will have its local places listed. A Map is shown pinpointing each company with a Google, Bing, or Yahoo! company profile, depending on which search engine is used. Company Address, website, pictures, descriptions and reviews are all categories on your Listing Profile. This Profile is ranked and listed on a scale the search engine’s algorithms make by using your websites SEO, reviews, and inbound/outbound links. (Home Away – Trip Advisor – FlipKey or any of the sorts will not be listed here!) 4. Yelp Top directory review websites today. Sign Up Here How it Works: Yelp is all about the reviews. People might search a location and industry first, but they are coming to Yelp to read the reviews. It is also very popular in the mobile community with a very user friendly app. It takes seconds to make a profile in Yelp. You just need to make sure reviews are kept high, dealing with bad reviews immediately. 5. Forums Pages where thousands of searchers need industry answers. How it Works: So this isn’t just one webpage, but Forums could be a valuable source for website traffic flow if done correctly. Travelers are always asking the internet world what’s the best place to stay in “Miami” These websites provide an easy and free way to promote your company online. Also if you keep these listings updated with fresh content and reviews, prospective guests are much more willing to take a chance and explore to your website. Want More Marketing Avenues? RNS Vacation Rental Software can help you connect to Vacation Rental Distributors like Homeaway, FlipKey, and RedAwning. Click Here for More...

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