Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Vacation Owners & Property Managers?

How do I keep track of my rental guest?
When is my next rental payment due in?
Who has paid up to this point in time?
What still needs to be done for this rental?
When are they arriving, what date?
Where are my inquiries coming from, what listings?
What listings are providing me with the best ROI?
Which listing should I renew next year?
How do I get in contact with past guest?
How can I get in contact with past inquirers?
How can I continue to market to them all?
What is the best way to manage all this and stay sane?
Who has all the answers to these questions?
How can I stay in touch and on top of it all?
Who is asking all these questions and why?

Property managers and owners that do not have; a account!
That’s who!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Hotels & Timeshares Vs. Vacation Rental Homes

Hotels & Timeshares Vs. Vacation Rental Homes
With a standard hotel, you get:
•One room with a bed and a bathroom
This is particularly difficult setup for families with small children. When the kids go to sleep, mom and dad's have no option but to go to sleep for fear of waking the kids. They are limited, as the whole family is sharing one room.
However, with a timeshare, you typically get full living accommodations like a condominium unit. A typical timeshare offers:
• A central living room (usually with a sleeper sofa)
• One, two, or three bedrooms
• Dining area
• A kitchen area with stove, oven, microwave as well as pots, Pans, utensils and dishes
• One, two, and sometimes three full bathrooms
• Washer and Dryer
• Balcony or Terrace sometimes both
• TV, VCR & Stereo system
With a timeshare, mom and dad can put the kids to bed in one bedroom and continue to enjoy themselves in the spacious living areas or retreat to the comfort of a master bedroom.
However, with timeshare come the monthly expenses and maintenance fees that are usually associated with many timeshare agreements. You are locked into that place and if you want to venture to other locations, you had better book early in order to guarantee that week.
Vacation rentals by owners offer you the best of both worlds. You get the amenities that timeshares provide without the monthly expenses or yearly maintenance fees. Some even do better as most vacation rentals provide DVD players, Cable TV, local phone service and internet access.
Most rental owners use their vacation homes one or two weeks out of the year and if they want to go somewhere else, they do vacation a rental swap with other owners. Owners are a great source of information for your next vacation rental stay as there are vacation rental homes all over the world.
Vacation rental homes are fast becoming the best way to go especially with the increase price of Hotels and timeshare fees that have to be paid each month. Most families looking to get away are looking to vacation rental homes as their vacation home. Vacation homes provide them with all the comforts of home and the cost savings that timeshare owners have to pay.
A great source for information on vacation rental homes is “Rentalbot’s website ( ). They have the most comprehensive list of vacation home rentals in the world. They cover the United States, Hawaii, Caribbean, Africa, Central America, Mexico, Canada, South America, Asia, South Pacific, Europe just to mention a few.
So when planning your future vacation stays keep vacation rentals at the top of your list, for all the comforts of home for you and your family. If you are ever looking for rentals in Puerto Rico visit Villas de Costa Mar's website for information on all the amenities this little island paradise has to offer.
Alberto Rios has worked in the financial arena for over thirty-five years. His interests in real estate investing lead him to his two most recent purchases in Dorado Puerto Rico. I enjoy my vacation home at least three weeks out of the year. We are always looking for new vacation rental places to visit.