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Properly’s Latest Integration: PMS MyVR

MyVR is a leading PMS system for vacation rental professionals. Their mission is to deliver the most powerful and user-friendly management and distribution software. They also value creating an open software solution for their customers – a value we at Properly share. With this partnership MyVR customers can connect their...

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A Chat with Industry Pioneer, Doug Macnaught

At VRMA National in Orlando, Alex sat down with industry pioneer, Doug Macnaught.   Alex: Thank you for joining us today. You’ve been one of the software pioneers of the industry. What do you think has changed in the last five years and what will the next five years hold?...

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The Highlights from (Future) VRMA 2020

Printed in VRMA Arrival Blog on November 14, 2017. Industry conferences like VRMA National offer a natural milestone to mark the progress and direction of the short term rental industry, and this year’s conference highlighted the pace of change. Remember where the industry stood just three years ago? In 2014,...

An Interview with VR Industry Sage, Heather Bayer

It’s no secret I have heaps of respect for Heather Bayer so I grabbed the opportunity to chat with her at VRMA National in Orlando. If you’re not already listening to Heather’s podcast, cottageblogger.com, I highly recommend it. I also encourage you to join us at the Vacation Rental Success...

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Improving Operational Efficiency, Guest Reviews, and Quality Control by Building a Winning Partnership with Cleaners

Thank you for attending our session at VRMA National 2017. Click the link to download a worksheet for recording your current challenges and new solutions that come to you throughout the session. This form is downloadable and you can save to print or send to colleagues. Download Operations Challenges/Solutions Worksheet...

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Creating Effective Checklists: Guidelines and Best Practices

Overview The goal of your checklist(s) is to provide a tool for service providers to convey detailed reminders and instructions, while not adding unnecessary complexity to their work. Toward that goal, we recommend that your checklists not be overloaded with standard cleaning tasks that a service provider knows to do,...

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Top 10 Extras to Amaze your Airbnb Guests

Hosting with Airbnb is more than just sharing your home with travelers, it is an opportunity to make each and every guest’s experience something to remember. Being able to share your local knowledge while providing safe and comfortable lodging are part of the Airbnb experience that vacationers absolutely love and...

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New Collaboration Tools Make Short Term Rental Management a Team Effort!

Whether you manage one property or several, operating short term rentals requires effective teamwork to keep things running smoothly. Cleaners must be scheduled to flip a listing. Maintenance contractors must be alerted to a repair. And if you manager for others, owners need reassurance that their home is well-maintained and...

“Top 10” Guide Ideas for Property Managers

Here’s a long list of some “Top 10” Guide ideas for your customized Guest Guides. Use ideas from this list or add your own. Add lists that reflect activities in your area. Here are 2 ways to use the lists. If you have an employee or owner who has a...

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5 Essentials For a Stellar Vacation Rental Website

With the vacation rental industry now being valued at over $100 billion, there is no denying its success and ever-growing potential. As well as having presence on listing sites to appeal to wide audiences, many owners and managers opt for building their own websites in order to become more visible...

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Prepare Your Vacation Rental for Weather Emergencies with These Must-Have Items

Let’s face it: weather-related emergencies happen. And Mother Nature doesn’t really care how much time and money your guests have spent on their vacation. So, hosts and managers, show your guests that you care more than she does and stock your vacation rental in preparation for power outages, snowstorms, and...

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Announcing Properly for Owners and Property Managers on the Web!

For the entire year we have been building a web application that makes scheduling changeover services and creating customized checklists much easier for vacation rental owners and property managers. It has been our #1 customer request, so we’re more than excited to finally launch it to the public! The Properly...

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Breaking it Down With Pricing Data: Beyond Pricing Shows How Properly Can Increase Bookings by 20%

I stumbled across an article by Dan Hill, the product lead at Airbnb who wrote their pricing algorithm. The article explains how Airbnb’s dynamic pricing tool works and why the sharing economy needs machine learning to set prices. In the article, Hill describes what goes into the algorithm to determine...

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I Hired Strangers to Do My Airbnb Turnover Cleaning When I Was Out of Town. Here’s How it Went.

Guest post by: Tammi Sims of A Gracious Host and the Remote Superhost Series. I’m a stickler for details and a perfectionist when it comes to preparing my home for Airbnb guests. I would say it’s a common trait among those of us who covet our reputations as hosts and...

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23 Items Top Notch Vacation Rentals Keep in Stock

To be honest, you can get away with supplying the bare minimum for your guests and still run a successful vacation rental. But why not go above and beyond to give them all they would need so they can skip the store and get their vacation started right away? Your...