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http://rentini.com is pretty all encompassing for use as a homeowner to manage your property
We have had our florida unit for past 3 years and multiple reservations in different steps of process can be very tedious to manage in excel or on in a notebook. Having technologists in our family, we built an app which runs on the mobile devices and all browsers, but solves this problem very differently. We did this as we found the other solutions to be very computer intensive i.e. you had to spend some time on the computer and we wanted to build a hands off system to drastically improve an vacation rental owners lifestyle.
We built this product as a workflow system of multiple steps from inquiry to checkout and cleaning including dynamic pricing and we are workiing on making it available for FREE in beta and also give all BETA users 1 year free when it is generally available. Also, each step of the process is dynamically linked to email templates for your property and the app can directly let you personalize the template based email and send it directly from your app by connecting your Gmail account. I have been using this app for a while before we decided to make it publicly available and cannot stress that I now dont have to remember anything, never have to search my email to find what is going on with a customer/guest, no cut and paste of emails, no remembering what has to happen next as I get automatically nofified by the app for my next action on any inquiry/reservation and I can do it from my iPhone when I am shopping or when I am on my computer at home.
If you are interested, please check this out at http://lodgetec.com an pre-register for beta. I have improved my lifestyle drastically by leveraging this tool and sincerely hope that the community can benefit from it.
What general range are you pondering around for a yearly rate? Can anything be embedded into site code for a truly automated process? I would hope it would allow me to use my own merchant provider? I find this an interesting concept, because it would allow me to use a tool, integrated in with my business process, and not having to wrap my way around VRBO's business requirements. Although I haven't seen it yet, it might provide the flexibility that non-RM users are seeking. Also, a tool that requires me to change the way I do business and forces me to use their credit cards isn't "free". There's a ton of money being made by VRBO based solely on these requirements. It's also too restrictive for me and some of us don't want to rely on VRBO anymore. We'll see, but right now the idea is quite interesting.
All the above seem to be very good but if you are already paying for a VRBO subscription, I would always suggest using the free 'Reservation Manager'
Thanks for the feedback.
We have reviewed over a dozen tools out there including VRBOs. All tools do the job, however this experience is very different with the following goals
We are launching this free in Beta and give it free for one year for the selected BETA customers with no contract or commitments. After that we will be doing customer reviews to align the best value price point for the application, however the thinking is along the lines of very high value for the dollar and high impact compared to the dollar loss paying commisions, giving users better organization and productivity lift then the commision value... thats the value proposition we want to chase.
Sorry for being long winded, as just wanted to share the strategy... and thanks again for your interest.
I use www.ReservationKey.com. Cheap, great customer service, "everything you need and nothing you don't"
I use www.VacationRentalDesk.com to take bookings, manage all of our reservations, and process credit cards. I set up my merchant account through them but I believe you can use an existing merchant account if you have one. I've been very happy with their product and support.
We use Lodgix. It has a great WordPress plugin.
There are several jumping up. So far my wife and I (7 flats in/around Barcelona) have been very happy with with Vreasy (www.vreasy.com). It let's us manage our portals (HomeAway, Airbnb, Flipkey, Wimdu, 9Flats), synch all the calendars and it has a growing community of owners that share their services and collaborate within the city. The best part is it's free for owners. Others I've seen charge up to €199/mo for similar software and no community.
They're not open to the public yet so I had to email them directly to set up an account, but it works great...and it's free!
very happy with with Vreasy
Welcome, bcnhost. 3 posts and 3 promotions for Vreasy. Are you perchance associated with them? There are several vendors that participate in these forums, but I believe the convention is to declare your association, and to make your posts informative and not purely promotional.
Here are a few to checkout for property rentals: http://rentalsoftwaredirectory.com/Rental-Software-Industry-Specific/Property-Vacation-Management-Rental-Software/
and owned license rental systems: http://rentalsoftwaredirectory.com/Web-Based-Rental-Software/Host-Yourself-Rental-Software/