• An Endearing Glimpse Into the Minds Of Dads This Father's Day

    The family vacation experts at HomeAway recently surveyed more than 5,000 dads to find out what they really want for Father's Day. To spice things up a bit, HomeAway also checked in with the ladies to see what they th...
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  • Introducing Vacation Home DIY

    Hello vacation rental owners!  I would like to introduce our newest blog, “Vacation Home DIY.”  DIY, or “Do It Yourself,” is a sentiment shared amongst many of our vacation rental own...
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  • The 6 Biggest Vacation Rental Marketing Mistakes Of All Time

    OK enough of all the positive talk. Today, I’m going to be mean. Real mean. I’ve put together a list of the 6 most glaring (and detrimental) mistakes that vacation rental owners and managers are making on ...
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  • The Dad Factor – Happy Father’s Stay

    The Dad Factor, as I define it, is what adds up to make all Dads 100% awesome. Each Dad’s factor is comprised of varying levels of ego, competency, age, # of children, stubbornness and many other elements. ...
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  • HomeAway Summit 2013

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  • Tax Time for Vacation Rental Owners

    [The following conversation with a licensed Texas CPA is for illustrative purposes. It does not constitute legal or tax advice and readers are encouraged to consult with their own professional service providers should...
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  • The Ultimate Entertainment Amenity: “Unlimited” Videos!

    The advance of technology, particularly entertainment technology, is relentless. So if you offer your second home as a vacation rental, you absolutely must provide up-to-date entertainment amenities. When we first got...
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  • 5 Sources Of Adversity In The Vacation Rental Industry

    I had originally named this piece, "5 Things I Hate About The Vacation Rental Industry,” for two reasons. The first reason is selfish. The more eye-catching (or dramatic you could say) a post title is, the more ...
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  • 5 Steps to Reclaiming Your Stress-Free Family Vacation

    It’s no secret vacations are important to families – or that they can be stressful. What is shocking, however, is 40 percent of U.S. travelers admitted to not being able to fully enjoy their vacation becau...
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  • The HomeAway Summit is Great for ROI

    Why aren’t you going to the HomeAway Summit this year?    For those who are still undecided or are thinking of not going to the Summit, you are missing out on a great opportunity to improve your ROI.&...
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  • Introduction

    If you want a calendar booked solid with happy travelers, you’re in the right place.   If you’re thinking about getting started with vacation rentals but don’t know where to begin, you’re ...
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  • It’s Raining…It’s Pouring...Revenue Is...Soaring??

    “The shortest period of time lies between the minute you put some money away for a rainy day and the unexpected arrival of rain.”  Jane Bryant Quinn   I see saving up for a rainy day, or establis...
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  • The Pros And Cons Of DIY Vacation Rental Marketing

    In the past year, I have established my Vacation Rental Marketing Blog as the most comprehensive database of DIY vacation rental marketing on the internet. But does this mean that all owners should partake in improvis...
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  • How to Avoid a Last-Minute Cancellation Guilt Trip

    Here’s a scenario that every vacation-rental owner faces sooner or later: The day before your guests are due to check in, they call with bad news. One of them is too sick to travel. Or there’s been a death...
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  • Looking Back on 2012

    A Letter from Bill Furlong, VP of HomeAway Software®   Before 2012 becomes a distant memory, we wanted to recap a few of the many things we focused on during the past twelve months. Our goal is to be nothing...
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  • Getting Ready for Busy Season 2013

    January. It’s the time to put away holiday decorations, make resolutions, and, if you’re a vacation-rental owner, prepare for a high volume of inquiries from travelers who likewise have turned their attent...
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  • How To Create Your Own Insider's Guide

    Most vacation rental owners look far and wide for inexpensive ways to get a leg up on  competitor rentals just down the street. Some build their own websites. Others upgrade their HomeAway listing for several hun...
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  • Lessons Learned from Hurricane Sandy

    To set the record straight, the storm that hit the Northeast in late October 2012 was a hurricane! In fact, it was the largest Atlantic hurricane on record. And it was second only to Katrina in costliness. So as owner...
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  • My Perception of the State of Family Travel

    I travel with my two young kids - a lot - and I’ve had both good and bad experiences. Some days we get lucky and the travel gods are on our side. Other days, I’ve been the one whose child is having a compl...
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  • Effective Tips For Making Multigenerational Travel Fun

    Traveling with children is stressful enough without the added pressure of having extra people around judging my parenting capabilities during some of the most difficult parenting situations - long flights, potty train...
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