The VRMA – Portland, Oregon & Hipsters

Posted on April 13, 2015

The VRMA – Portland, Oregon & Hipsters

What do the VRMA, Portland, Oregon and hipsters have in common? Plain flat out Awesomeness, that’s what. Ask a hipster he would know. There is also the fact that all 3 will be colliding at the Western Regional VRMA conference, April 13 & 14, held at the Portland Marriott Downtown Riverfront in Portland, Oregon! In honor of such a great event in such a great city we decided to dedicate this blog post to the ever so quirky Portland. Because really what is a vacation rental without the beautifully unique cities they reside in. Portland, Oregon is one of the most stereotyped cities in America (It’s full of hipsters, arts & crafts, coffee, hipsters, craft beer, tree-huggers, hipsters, hipsters; you get the picture). So we thought we would have a little fun and see how true those perceptions really are. We love you Portland ❤ 1. Hipsters Everywhere. Hipster is a type of counter culture who creates “cool” before society deems it “cool” and ergo is “not cool” anymore. (Those sneaky hipsters always keeping us “average people” on our toes..) This type of fringe culture started migrating west in the 60’s (think LA, Berkley, San Fran). Portland was just the next northward progression to accommodate the free spirited. And so when you walk down the streets of Portland today, a plethora of beards, deep v-necks, crop tops and suspenders flood the streets and record stores alike. And it is because of these folk that the city is and will remain so exciting and ever changing. So Hip on Hipsters. We Beard You. TRUE. 2. Portlandians Love Craft Beer. Oregon makes up 36.69% of all US craft beer sales, the highest of all states. There are 220 breweries in Oregon and almost half of those (83) are located in Portland. I think we can cheers and drink a growler (64 ounces of hoppy goodness) to this as TRUE. 3. All of Portland is Vegan. Yes, Portland has more vegetarian restaurants than any other city in the US. And Yes, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has ranked Portland as the most veg friendly city in America. But considering only 3.2% of America is Vegetarian and Portland’s most renowned restaurants are Le Pigeon and Toro, whose names have a type of meat in the title and are known for their foie gras, squab and oxtail dishes. It seems to me that Portland is home to a couple more carnivores than they are given credit for, fancy ones too (squab, really?) FALSE. 4. Tree-Hugging, Bike-Riding, Dog-Loving Enthusiasts I love this stereotype. If more cities had this mentality, our world and human population would be a lot better off. Portlandians love the outdoors its TRUE. They like to keep it clean.Portland has a 75% recycle rate which ranks them 3rd best recycling city in America. They want to make it green....

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VRMA 2014 – Cream of the Crop

Posted on October 30, 2014

VRMA 2014 – Cream of the Crop

VRMA 2014 National Convention The Cream Of The Crop The VRMA 2014 is over. It’s time to get back to the daily grind of renting vacation homes, creating software, processing credit cards, building websites, and making travelers happy from all parts of the world. It is with great satisfaction that I can safely announce that this year’s show was CREAM OF THE CROP. Now, I don’t say this lightly because last year’s National VRMA was pretty awesome. Nashville was great, the seminars were wonderful, and the attendees were pretty cool. But San Diego 2014 had even more awesomeness. VRMA 2014 hit records – This year’s attendance was the most ever with over 1,000 attendees! The vendor showcase sold out of spots months before the show, and we had over 70+ education seminars available to get our knowledge on. Back in Bradenton, FL 2,091 miles from San Diego – The RNS staff would like to thank the VRMA for a job well done. And to all the attendees – Speakers, Vendors, and Management Companies – I present this award to you – you are the Vacation Rental Industry’s CREAM OF THE...

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Vacation Rental Companies Giving to a Good Cause

Posted on October 9, 2014

Vacation Rental Companies Giving to a Good Cause

Vacation Rental Companies Give to a Good Cause The act of giving. It’s thoughtful, selfless, and admirable. When our RNS customers take the opportunity to give back to the world, it makes us all giddy inside and deserves recognition. The good cause we are talking about here benefits the Manatee Players and the Manatee Performing Arts Center; a theater and education center located in Bradenton, Florida. Their motto reads :“To represent, enrich and stimulate people through the art of live theater by providing entertainment, education and an artistic outlet. The Manatee Players and its performance venue serve as a significant cultural, educational and economic resource for the Florida Gulf Coast region.” The players were having their annual Crystal Gala, a black and tie event with dinner, entertainment, with silent and live auctions. All proceeds will go back into the Center and Manatee Players initiatives of changing and enriching lives regionally through the art and education of live entertainment. The Manatee Players is RNS’ local theater here in Bradenton. As we thought about how we could help the cause we reached out to some of our RNS customers to see if they would do the same and they jumped at the opportunity to help. Larry Chatt owner of Island Real Estate in Anna Maria, Florida was first to respond. His company donated a wonderful 5 night vacation stay in one of his beautiful vacation homes on Anna Maria Island. A whooping $1100 value! Anna Maria Island is located just west of the Players Theater in Bradenton. This type of community involvement will bring a bright future for Manatee County. One full of locals helping locals. Thanks Island Real Estate! Then there was Bill Stofko of Historic Hideaways in Key West. Who donated a 5 night stay in one of their 2 bedroom historic Florida vacation rentals. The donation value was up to $2000. It really warmed our hearts that Historic Hideaways wanted to volunteer their resources to help enrich a community not correlated with Key West. Way to Go Historic, Thank You! The night went off without a hitch; Bob Ackerman of RNS was there to see the happy faces of the Vacation Rental winners. We really do have the best customers at RNS Vacation Rental Software and we thank you for that! Feeling philanthropic after reading this post? Good! Get up and go out into your community, start volunteering in something you believe in. Let’s #Octobetter ourselves this...

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Attn: Florida Vacation Rental Managers

Posted on September 5, 2014

Attn: Florida Vacation Rental Managers

This past week Rental Network Software attended Florida’s newest Vacation Rental Industry event the 2014 VRM Xtravaganza. It was a joint convention put on by the FVRMA (Florida Vacation Rental Manager’s Association) and the CFVRMA (Central Florida Vacation Rental Manager’s Association). As a TRUE Florida Company, this is the type of show we at RNS relish for. We get to hang out with a bunch of our customers and really dive into the happenings of the Vacation Rental World of Florida. And let us tell you, A LOT IS HAPPENING! About 35 billion worth of annual revenue is happening.   So here’s the low on the Florida Vacation Rental need to knows, because who am I kidding being a Floridian is awesome but a little bit confusing! We have the best beaches, seafood and vacation rentals North America has to offer; as well as the craziest news stories , storms and politicians east of the Mississippi. (The homeless man found eating another man’s face, Casey Anthony, Hurricane Andrew, 2000 Presidential Recount – we are talking about you.) Before I start, I need to give kudos out where kudos are deserved; and it is to this state’s Vacation Rental Managers. They are about the hardest working property managers in the country. With an almost year round season, hurricanes to worry about and trying decipher what those Euro, Yank, and Bostonian tourists just said can be a full time job in itself. So Kudos to you Florida Vacation Rental Managers!   Florida Legislation One of the most important topics at the show and the whole year is what is going on with Florida Legislation and how is it affecting the Vacation Rental Industry? FVRMA Lobbyist, Lori Killinger gave a great speech on what has been done since she came on in 2011 and the battle that is yet to come. State Statute defines Vacation rentals as: — A vacation rental is any unit or group of units in a condominium or cooperative or any individually or collectively owned single-family, two-family, three-family, or four-family house or dwelling unit that is also a transient public lodging establishment but that is not a timeshare project. 2011 Bill HB 883 PASSED This prohibited local governments from regulating, restricting, or prohibiting vacation rentals based solely on their classification, use or occupancy. It also barred communities that had prohibited vacation rentals prior to June 1, 2011, from now allowing properties to be used in such a manner. During the proceedings Lori also changed the classifications of vacation rentals from “resort dwellings” to vacation rentals and got the Vacation Rental Industry a seat on the Advisory Council to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Everything was going great! 2014 Everything can’t stay great forever…Senator Bill Thrasher brought Bill SB 356 to the legislature. This bill in it’s original form would overturn HB 883 and give full authority back to...

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How To Overcome Vacation Rental “Scam” Stigma

Posted on July 22, 2014

How To Overcome Vacation Rental “Scam” Stigma

The Vacation Rental Industry is growing every day. Businessman and two house owners see it as a sure fire way to make money and travelers see it as a new way to spend a holiday. These are all good things but with good you can always assume bad will rear its head. The reality is when any new product comes about or an industry starts to take off, scam artists and thieves will find a way to exploit the situation. Just look at the diet craze with bogus supplements and experts, the plethora of door knockers selling fake Magazine subscriptions, and then there’s the low life’s who feed on the financially struggling posing as Debt Reducing Gods who hand out false promises to those who have nowhere else to turn. Try as we might, the Vacation Rental Market is not immune to such evil. Vacation rental scammers are set up to succeed in the digital world we live in now. Post a fake listing, feed on happy vacationers looking for the best deal, make sure your price is unforgettable, set up wire transfers and never be seen from again. We have all heard it, Vacation Rental dupe via AirBnB market place, or Vacationing couple fall victim to Craigslist scam. With no one regulating AirBnB and Craigslist listings, it has become a digital feeding ground for scam artists. But these companies don’t care, AirBNB just want to make as much money as possible for as long as possible till too much PR damage is done, while Craigslist is a site for the masses: simple, free and easy. But vacation rental con artists are not just contained at the Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO) level anymore. This vacation rental “scam” stigma now spreads across the entire professional Industry. Hurting the reputation of Vacation Rentals and affecting the professionals who make a true legal living off this Industry. This is a real headline“Be on alert! Vacation rental scams an ‘epidemic’ – CNBC.com”. CNBC as reputable as a news source as they come has just bashed the entire Vacation Rental Industry for the wrong doings of a couple people and the lack of oversight by online listing companies. We should not and cannot stand for such slander, but in reality we can’t fix the morally corrupt or inspire greedy corporations. We as Vacation Rental Professionals must continue to promote our companies in the highest standards and best light for all travelers and news sources interested in our wonderful industry. We know we are legitimate and caring Vacation Rental Companies but how do we portray this to the wary traveler? Have a Vacation Rental Website that looks and is professional. Show credibility, by posting your BBB accredited and Industry backed on your company website. Make all the necessary social media accounts for your business and be active on them. Post Customer Reviews across all...

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