• Vacation rentals can be life-changing. But due to a surge in popularity, the requirements of the job are more challenging than ever. VRMB Communities is a private forum that helps thoughtful owners & managers automate and delegate tasks, so you can focus on the activities that win loyalty and direct bookings. Preview Private Forum Here

Published articles

Once the articles are has enough posts, we will break them out into categories.
Michael Skinner
Views
631
Reaction score
5
Comments
5
I stumbled into vacation rentals a few years ago and had no idea what I was doing. Yet, the transition wasn't too tricky coming from a hospitality background. What was difficult was the transition from amateur to professional. My business partner and I got started with one owned property in...
Channel management might be the single biggest confusing and misunderstood topic I come across. Here are a number of the falsehoods I hear often: “A PMS is not a channel manager” “Channel Manager integration is superior to a PMS integration” “You only need one Channel Manager to be successful”...
Mike Harrington
Views
832
Reaction score
13
Comments
14
If you're a vacation rental nerd like me, you probably follow every media site, blog (like VRMB!), Facebook group, etc. just to glean what you can about our ever-changing industry. I was fortunate to have entered the vacation rental industry during what I think was a true inflection point; when...
Jed B. Stevens, PE
Views
117
Reaction score
1
The vacation rental (VR) industry is undergoing a renaissance as the COVID-19 pandemic transitions out of its position of global dominance. Our industry has received an enormous amount of press in the past few years—some good and some bad—all of it culminating in increased awareness of what our...
Bob Garner
Views
201
Reaction score
1
Comments
3
Is there a business, in any sector, which would not want to continue to grow, yet be greener and have a lighter impact on the environment? Particularly if it can do so with no/low impact on costs. Add into the mix that a business could actually see tangible benefits in terms of additional...
Wes Melton
Views
1,623
Reaction score
1
This post is designed to inspire Property Managers everywhere to run best-in-class, functional and profitable businesses, while staying healthy, happy, and free. And we think it's more salient today than ever before. The biggest lessons from 3 years of explosive growth. “What series of really...
Wes Melton
Updated
Views
1,627
In anticipation of our next Keystone Awards, we added a layer of Current User Feedback. Our first finding was The Satisfaction Gap and below, The "Recommendation Dilemma" is our second finding. "Overall, how likely would you recommend your PMS to a peer or colleague?" Overall the answers to...
Wes Melton
Updated
Views
1,647
In anticipation of our next Keystone Awards, we have added a layer of Current User Feedback. We then enlisted the data science services of Wes Melton. The "Satisfaction Gap" is our first finding. This graphics below show demand, as expressed in a 0%-100% format from the PMS Feature...
Nancy McAleer
Updated
Views
1,117
This post is designed to help independent owners and managers attract guests looking for more complete vacation packages while simultaneously increasing our bottom lines. One of the benefits of owning a vacation rental is that I can look at the entire business cycle and make quick, solid...
James Olin
Updated
Views
1,131
This guest post is by Inner Circle leader James Olin, CEO of C2G Advisors LLC, who has been involved in M&A activities in vacation rental industry since 1992. He is the only person to be CEO of both the nation’s largest privately owned vacation rental company (Abbott Resorts), and largest public...
Megan Mccrea
Updated
Views
1,129
The short term rental industry has exploded over the past decade. This post examines the deep shifts in real estate, technology, and labor that have forged a new definition of "mixed-use" and opens the discussion with insight into the direction it’s heading next. Part 1. The Death of Retail...
Nancy McAleer
Updated
Views
1,228
Reaction score
1
This post by Nancy McAleer of AMI Home Rental is for anyone thinking about starting a listing site. Nancy is also the Co-Founder of Florida Rental By Owners an online vacation rental listing website, designed to allow owners and managers full control advertising of their properties without the...
David Angotti
Updated
Views
1,445
Most owners and managers respond to the same inquiries and questions frequently. And the more advanced folks use automation such as canned messages and auto-responders. But very rarely do we realize that not all guests are equal, and that responding in the same way to everyone is actually...
Sallie Mitchell
Updated
Views
1,268
Reaction score
2
No matter how much we plan, prepare, maintain, improve, innovate or do, we can’t control everything. Construction noise, power outages, severe weather, medical emergencies, road closures, and land crab migrations through the shower can spoil our guests’ vacations—yet are beyond our control. As...
Top