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March 15, 2016

Benefits of Using an Owner Service Provider

When thinking about how best to manage your property, you are likely to need to select an owner service provider to assist you. An owner service provider may provide a few focused services to owners, or they may provide a wide range enabling an owner a single point of contact for most of their needs....Read more
March 4, 2016
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5 Ways to Make More Money from Your Vacation Rental

While renting out your property requires a lot of management, this effort is often worth it if you can make enough income. Read this article discussing the most important factors to successfully renting out your vacation home and maximizing the revenue it generates....Read more
February 15, 2016

How to Build the Perfect Vacation Rental Listing

A challenge many vacation rental owners and property managers face is how to get their listing to stand out from the crowd, since there are more than one million vacation rental listings on both the HomeAway family of websites and Airbnb. Successfully differentiating your property will lead to more inquires, bookings, and revenue....Read more
February 4, 2016

Nine Questions You Should Ask Every Vacation Rental Property Manager

We’ve created a list of nine questions owners should ask their property manager – see what they have to say and decide if your property manager provides the best service at the lowest cost!...Read more
November 3, 2015

Industry Leaders Talk Vacation Rentals

tnooz: Airbnb, HomeAway, TripAdvisor, Booking, and Rented talk vacation rentals
The mainstreaming of vacation rentals, regional consolidation, regulation and technology-driven operational efficiency were themes at the closing session of the annual Vacation Rental Managers Association conference. Panelists from TripAdvisor (which owns FlipKey), Airbnb, HomeAway and spoke on the theme of “The Next 30 Years.”...Read more
April 21, 2017

Florida judge’s ruling protects Miami STRs

Judge Butchko said the City of Miami was preempted by Florida law from banning short-term rentals. ...Read more
April 13, 2017
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2016-17 Ski Season Recap

Recap of how the 2016-17 season went in terms of snowfall, visitors and economic impact for top ski resort locations across the United States....Read more
April 12, 2017

South Lake Tahoe Survey Shows Positive Effect of Vacation Rentals on Local Economy

75 percent of guests said they would not travel to South Lake Tahoe if private accommodations were not available. Spending by vacation rental guests generated an estimated $65-80 million each year in the South Lake Tahoe economy. ...Read more
April 4, 2017

We Stand For Equal Pay

TurnKey Vacation Rentals stands for equal pay....Read more
April 4, 2017

How to Furnish Your Ski Rental

Vacationers hitting the slopes are generally looking for a nature-inspired escape with breathtaking views. Furthermore, they’ll want a place to warm up and relax after a […]...Read more
March 29, 2017

TurnKey CEO TJ Clark call with Sparemin

Sparemin interviews TurnKey CEO TJ Clark about the state of the vacation rental industry, recent TurnKey funding, and the future of private accommodation. ...Read more
March 28, 2017

Florida Legislation Protecting STRs Passes Crucial Stage

S.B. 188 which require local governments to treat short term rentals the same as any form of housing earns approval of the Committee on Regulated Industries in the Florida Senate....Read more
March 21, 2017
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How To Keep Vacation Rental Properties Neighborly

TurnKey uses proprietary hardware, software, and processes along with highly trained local staff to prevent and quickly resolve issues that arise during high profile events to prevent incidents like those chronicled by the Austin American Statesman....Read more
March 14, 2017
How to Furnish Beach Rental Properties

How to Furnish Your Beach Rental

If you’re in the process of getting a beach rental ready for visitors, or are considering updating the one you have, setting the right tone can have a big impact. ...Read more
March 10, 2017

Legislation Halting Growth of Short-term Rentals in Nashville Postponed

The Tennessean: Bills to slow down or block Airbnb rentals in Nashville to be delayed
Metro Council members are delaying consideration of legislation that seeks to slow down the business of short-term renting in Nashville as they make one last attempt for a consensus that would — seemingly against odds — appease neighborhood activists, home-sharing companies and state lawmakers....Read more
March 9, 2017

Turnkey Secures $21 Million in Venture Capital Funding for Expansion

Nation’s Third-Largest US Vacation Rental Management Company to Add New Markets and Build Upon Technology Platform ...Read more
March 8, 2017

Palm Springs Is Hot. The Old Guard Is Hot Under the Collar.

The New York Times: Palm Springs Is Hot. The Old Guard Is Hot Under the Collar.
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Hundreds of Pucci- and pastel-wearing partygoers mingled on Feb. 16 among palm trees and model Alfa Romeo convertibles at the Bank, a renovated 1955 savings and loan in the downtown of this desert city. Looming over them were clips of Sean Connery as James Bond, in films like “Diamonds Are Forever,” projected onto a wall above the main bar....Read more
March 3, 2017

Behind-the-Scene Home Improvement Projects for Your Vacation Rental

Taking steps to improve your second home can help it remain valuable and in good condition. Follow these guidelines to improve your vacation rental in subtle, essential ways. ...Read more
February 27, 2017

Texas proposal would keep cities from restricting short-term home rentals

The Texas Tribune: Texas proposal would keep cities from restricting short-term home rentals
A legislative proposal that would limit local government control of short-term home rentals in Texas has reawakened a fight over regulations that has already played out in cities across the state....Read more
February 20, 2017

Property Management Demystified: Guaranteed Rent

Many guarantees are simply fluff with no real guarantee involved - they are a guarantee that is great when everyone is making money, but that goes away when you really need it....Read more
February 17, 2017

How to Upgrade Your Second Home to Maximize ROI

Taking steps to enhance your second home can lead to a long list of benefits. In addition to increasing the value of the place, guests will likely appreciate the touches and leave great reviews. ...Read more
February 16, 2017

Airbnb buys Montreal-based Luxury Retreats to bolster high-end vacation offerings

The Globe and Mail: Airbnb buys Montreal-based Luxury Retreats to bolster high-end vacation offerings
Airbnb Inc. has struck a deal to buy Montreal-based Luxury Retreats International Inc. in a move that will help it bolster its high-end vacation rentals while delivering a shot in the arm to Canada’s technology sector....Read more
February 16, 2017
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Property Management Demystified: Fixed Rent

Wondering whether or not you should sign up for a fixed rent agreement? Read our explanation of what it entails so you can avoid the pitfalls....Read more
February 15, 2017
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Our Accounting Team Provides Vendors and Homeowners On-Time Payments and Tax Documents

Get To Know TurnKey - Accounting Team Our accounting team at TurnKey streamlines that process by providing ready to file documents for homeowners. ...Read more
February 9, 2017

TurnKey Core Values

At TurnKey, we have 5 core values that our company and employees live by that fall under the umbrella of “always do the right thing.” Our core values are everywhere in our company, and every month we recognize a number of employees who exemplify these values. ...Read more
February 3, 2017
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How to Keep Track of Your Rental Business Expenses

Tax season is a great time to evaluate your processes for tracking your rental business expenses and figure out ways to streamline and improve them for next year. ...Read more
February 1, 2017
Tax Deductable Advice for Vacation Rentals

What You Need to Know about Tax Deductible Improvements

Making an improvement to your vacation rental home can offer a win-win: your home gets spiffed up and you get an extra tax break. ...Read more
January 30, 2017
Tax Deductions for Vacation Rental

How to Maximize Your Savings with these Second Home Tax Deductions

We spoke with several tax experts who specialize in vacation rentals to uncover some of the biggest saving strategies, starting with the basics and also including some lesser known write-offs that can save you money. ...Read more
January 26, 2017

Zillow Finds STRs Don’t Have Large Impact on Housing Affordability

Zillow, the leading real estate and rental marketplace dedicated to empowering consumers with data, recently dug into the topic on their Zillow Home Price Expectations (ZHPE) Survey and concluded that STRs do not have a large impact on housing affordability by depleting the supply of long-term rental homes and increasing rent prices. ...Read more
January 25, 2017
Tax Write-Offs for Vacation Rentals

5 Tax Write-Offs That Make Your Vacation Rental More Profitable

Even if you already have a healthy income stream from your short-term rental, there’s still room to improve your profitability by taking full advantage of relevant tax write-offs....Read more
January 19, 2017

5 Ways To Make Your Rental Property Stand Out Online

When selling your rental property to prospective clients online, remember this: without great descriptions, photos, and some personal touches, no one will remember you. ...Read more
January 10, 2017

10 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Vacation Rental

While everyone is updating their priorities for the new year for their health, the career, their mental happiness; it’s the perfect time to make some resolutions for your vacation rental. ...Read more
January 6, 2017

The big reason why Airbnb terrifies the hotel industry

Yahoo Finance: The big reason why Airbnb terrifies the hotel industry
Airbnb may face significant legal headwinds in some cities over its repurposing of apartments as short-term rooms-for-hire, standing accused of hurting local economies and contributing to rising housing unaffordability. But the tech company’s status as a dangerous player that could dominate the hospitality industry is as strong as ever, according to a new report....Read more
January 4, 2017

T.J. Clark on the Norris Group’s Real Estate Radio

Listen to T.J. Clark on the Norris Group's podcast. Aaron Norris and T.J. Clark discuss the benefits of owning and staying in a vacation rental as well as the regulatory pitfalls. Tune in to hear their engaging conversation....Read more
December 28, 2016

How To Make Your Rental Business Traveler Friendly

The challenge for the property owner then is, how do you make your property business-travel friendly? Offer what corporate hotel chains cannot. ...Read more
December 21, 2016

Turnkey Partners with Ski Utah to Promote More than 125 Vacation Rentals in Park City

With ski season around the corner, TurnKey Vacation Rentals has teamed up with Ski Utah to showcase the number and variety of vacation homes available for rent in Park City. ...Read more
December 21, 2016

How to Make Your Home Guest Ready

Follow these strategies to make your vacation rental an ideal spot for travelers to hang their coats and fully enjoy their visit. ...Read more
December 8, 2016

Airbnb’s New Pitch to Cities: We Are Serious About Working Together

Skift: Airbnb’s New Pitch to Cities: We Are Serious About Working Together
On December 7, Airbnb debuted a new 31-page report that summarizes the company’s four-pronged approach to working with municipalities to develop commonsense regulations of short-term rentals....Read more
December 6, 2016

5 Key Takeaways from Phocuswright

At TurnKey, we are capitalizing on the latest trends lined out in the Phocuswright study with our innovative business practices, and homeowners should too. Here are 5 key takeaways from the study that homeowners should know. ...Read more
December 2, 2016

When to Buy Your First Vacation Home

John Banczak, executive chairman of TurnKey Vacation Rentals, says a good rule of thumb is for every $100,000 you spend to buy a vacation home, you should aim to make $12,000 to $14,000 of rental income per year. ...Read more
December 1, 2016

Top Jobs In Demand Employers Want to Fill

If you are wondering what kind of experience compliments such a position, Francesca Watson-McFeely of TurnKey Vacation Rentals explains that her “‘real estate and marketing background helps [her] create a great guest experience and successfully price, market and manage vacation rentals.’" ...Read more
November 29, 2016

Steer Clear of Craigslist for your Vacation Home Rental Needs

The rampant problems with scams on Craigslist, including vacation rental scams, have been well publicized, and Craigslist is certainly aware of these issues. Craigslist should take steps to stop vacation rental scams and keep renters and homeowners from becoming victims of the next Craigslist scammer. ...Read more
November 21, 2016

Why Short-Term Rentals Will Change the Business Travel Landscape

Skift: Why Short-Term Rentals Will Change the Business Travel Landscape
In its State of Business Travel 2016 report, Concur reported that, amongst its business travelers, home sharing is quickly gaining popularity, with 56% growth between Q1 2015 and Q1 2016. And Airbnb reported in July that its sales to business travelers increased threefold over the past year....Read more
November 21, 2016

Using IDology Results in Secure Guest Screening

Homeowners can rest assured that every time their home is rented, it will be by a responsible adult that has had their identity verified. Verification prevents fraud and damage to homes--which delivers peace of mind to our homeowners. ...Read more
November 8, 2016

Navigating Friends and Family Using Your Vacation Rental

If you want to let your friends and family use your second home, read these 4 suggestions to protect yourself and your rental. ...Read more
November 4, 2016

Is Airbnb a Threat to the Hotel Industry?

US News and World Report: Is Airbnb a Threat to the Hotel Industry?
"Travelers with families used to skip going to cities like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Chicago because of the high cost of one or more hotel room. Now, they will because they can find a vacation rental home with enough space and home amenities at affordable prices," Banczak of Turnkey Vacation Rentals says....Read more
November 3, 2016

Five Vacation Rental Markets That Are on the Rise

Nashville, Park City, San Diego, Port Aransas, Lake Tahoe are 5 vacation rental markets that are attracting visitors and savvy homebuyers alike....Read more
October 26, 2016

Is Nashville the Next Austin?

It’s hard to ignore the parallels between Austin, the Live Music Capital of the World and Nashville, Music City U.S.A. ...Read more
October 21, 2016
Tax Concerns for Vacation Rentals

5 Vacation Rental Tax Concerns

Beyond overlooking lucrative deductions, read 5 actions that can cause tax issues for owners of second homes....Read more
October 20, 2016

TurnKey Offers Most Advanced Guest Screening Process in Vacation Rental Industry with New Positive Identification Technology

With fraud and theft among the biggest concerns facing vacation rental owners, TurnKey's enhanced guest screening process now includes IDology positive identification technology to provide real-time, bank-level verification of guests. ...Read more
October 18, 2016

Noise-Monitoring Helps Make Instant Booking a Reality

Skift: Vacation Rental Owners Turn to Noise-Monitoring in Instant Booking Era
With instantly confirmable vacation-rental bookings picking up momentum on sites ranging from Airbnb to HomeAway, owners and property managers are turning to noise-monitoring devices in their homes and other measures to ensure that guests aren’t throwing wild parties, conducting porn photoshoots or otherwise behaving badly....Read more
October 10, 2016
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What You Need to Know About Vacation Rental Insurance

If you are renting out your vacation home, one of the first critical decisions you’ll need to make is how to insure your property against damage or theft. ...Read more
October 3, 2016

Truth in Advertising: Is Vacasa telling you the truth about all of their fees?

Does Vacasa tell you the truth? At TurnKey, we have five core values that our company and employees live by.  They are everywhere in our company, […]...Read more
September 27, 2016
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Dynamic Pricing Increases Homeowner Revenue

TurnKey Technology Spotlight: Dynamic Pricing Increases Homeowner Revenue Turnkey leverages algorithms and high-level statistical analysis to provide revenue management to maximize our homeowner’s revenue. ...Read more
September 20, 2016

12 Ways to Protect Your Vacation Rental from Damage

We asked experts on real estate, investing, insurance and maintenance for their best tips for preventing damage to your rental before it happens. ...Read more
September 20, 2016

Short-Term Rentals are Reshaping Real Estate Market in Some Cities Short-term rentals are reshaping real estate market in some cities
In a few ways, the McMillin Court in Nashville, Tenn. looks like a vintage motel. It is yellow-and-gray, two stories tall, and in the shape of a horseshoe. All 16 units have their own doors to the outside. The kicker is the neon sign in blue and yellow. It even touts “no vacancy,” although that’s kind of a joke. Since these are former apartments, there’s no front desk to inquire about a room. Guests like Luke Graham, of London, England, book online. “It ticked all the boxes really,” said Graham, 33. “A good rate. It’s easy to book … For me, it’s like, as long as you can get in and secure, that’s all you need.”...Read more
September 16, 2016

Instant Booking for Short-Term Rentals is Gaining Popularity

Skift: Airbnb Vacation Rental Exec Says Instant Booking Going Mainstream
The tide seems to be shifting in the vacation-rental arena as instantly confirmable bookings — as opposed to giving owners or property managers 24 hours or more to decide — is finally gaining momentum. That’s the view of Michael Endelman, who heads Airbnb’s vacation rental efforts in North America, and others, about the burgeoning instant booking trend in vacation rentals....Read more
September 15, 2016

TurnKey Opens New Local Offices, Providing Premier Onsite Services For Vacation Rental Owners, Travelers

Fort Lauderdale, Big Bear, Puget Sound and Maine Offices Bring Superior Level of Property Management Expertise to These Popular Vacation Rental Markets AUSTIN, TX (September 15, […]...Read more
September 7, 2016

Why Book with TurnKey?

Booking with TurnKey Vacation Rentals is simple and hassle-free! ...Read more
September 7, 2016

Why Choose TurnKey?

  Do you own a vacation rental? Learn why TurnKey might be the right fit for your property management needs....Read more
September 7, 2016

The TurnKey Story

TurnKey Vacation Rentals was born out of a desire to address the challenges of both guests and owners. Founders, T.J. Clark and John Banczak, explain their vision for a better property management solution....Read more
September 7, 2016

Our Revenue Management Team Combines Statistical Understanding and Market Knowledge to Maximize Homeowner Revenue

Get To Know TurnKey: Revenue Management Team TurnKey’s Revenue Management team uses technology, market knowledge, and deep statistical understanding to maximize revenue year-round. Our team finds opportunities to improve pricing and identify potential problems with pricing well in advance – with time to implement a change and make a difference before it is too late to maximize revenue. ...Read more
August 30, 2016

Unblurring the Lines: PM v. HOA Agreements

In communities with an HOA, the line between rental and HOA management agreements is often blurred. Telling them apart can be confusing, and it’s hard to find unbiased answers to a lot of your questions. To clearly define the difference between HOA management and property management, we're breaking down 4 commonly asked questions....Read more
August 30, 2016

Profiting Off of Other People’s Sabbaticals

Greater Media Newspapers: Profiting off other people’s sabbaticals
It’s been said that the key to happiness is to live each day like you’re on vacation. Many accomplish this goal by owning a vacation home or second residence, which not only can serve as an ideal getaway spot for personal relaxation and recreation, but also as a serious income generator that can make every day feel like a holiday....Read more
August 24, 2016

Vega Case Study

Vega's diligence in entering the vacation market paid off and led her to partner with TurnKey as her property management solution. She certainly made all the right choices. ...Read more
August 24, 2016

The IRS is Now Helping People Pay Taxes on Their Short-Term Rentals

Skift: Hotels vs. Airbnb: Let the Battle Begin
On Aug. 22, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) debuted an online Sharing Economy Resource Center to help taxpayers better understand how to file taxes for income earned through ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, or from renting out rooms and houses on platforms like Airbnb and HomeAway....Read more
August 18, 2016
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Our Field Operations Team is Local, Proactive, and Dedicated

Get To Know TurnKey: Field Operations Our team not only delivers convenience and peace of mind to homeowners and guests, also proactively works to prevent future issues. ...Read more
August 15, 2016
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Greg and Katie Case Study

Greg and Katie are the type of home owners that want to be hands-on. TurnKey involved them in the management process to the degree they desired; […]...Read more
August 11, 2016

Austin’s Top 10 Financed Zip Codes

Built In Austin: Mapping Austin's top 10 most funded zip codes
Any good tech scene needs plenty of funding. But what really makes a tech hub is large investments in a concentrated area, fostering growth through collaboration and drawing in talent from around the country. But Austin, as with most things, is a little different. While the city’s funding is obviously strongest downtown, fundings big and small took place across the area. We rounded up all the digital tech fundings since our last list, and with more than $778 million raised between August 1, 2015 and July 31, 2016, we mapped where all that funding is going by zip code....Read more
August 3, 2016

60% of Guests Would Pay More for a Vacation Rental With Smart Home Features

Business Wire: 60 Percent of Guests Would Pay More for a Vacation Rental With a Smart Home Feature, August Home Study Reveals
Short-term renting is a burgeoning business and global growth is projected to hit $51 billion by 2020*. August Home Inc, the leading provider of smart locks and smart home access products and services that make life more simple and secure, today released the results of a new study, Short-term Rentals: Smarter Hosting with Smart Home Technology. The study provides new insight into the growing appeal of short-term rentals and how smart technology plays an important role in delivering an experience that rivals that of hotels....Read more
July 28, 2016

Consistently Clean Homes Provide a Better Guest Experience

TurnKey Technology Spotlight: Consistently Clean Homes Provide a Better Guest Experience Poor Housekeeping Leads to Unhappy Guests and Less Bookings. The Background Cleanliness is the number […]...Read more
July 27, 2016

Harold J. Case Study

Some homeowners like Harold J. choose TurnKey as their property management solution because of the technology advantage we offer. In addition to streamlining the management of his property, TurnKey’s strategies helped increase Harold’s net income by 60%....Read more
July 22, 2016

Hotels vs. Airbnb: Let the Battle Begin

NY TImes: Hotels vs. Airbnb: Let the Battle Begin
Ever since Airbnb entered the lodging scene in 2008, the hotel industry has cast a wary eye, noting its popularity with young travelers. Despite a strong year for hotels — occupancy and rates broke records in 2015, according to the data firm STR — anxiety may be creeping into those corporate suites....Read more
July 20, 2016
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5 Things Guests Want From Their Vacation Rental Experience

Guests are seeking the upside of a traditional hotel experience while increasingly valuing privacy. So how do you deliver the ultimate guest experience at a vacation rental? Start with these 5 services:...Read more
July 18, 2016

Airbnb Agrees To Collect Hotel Taxes In Another Huge U.S. City

Fortune: Airbnb Agrees To Collect Hotel Taxes In Another Huge U.S. City
Airbnb has agreed to start remitting hotel taxes to the city of Los Angeles on behalf of its hosts in the area, the company said on Monday. As part of the deal, the home-sharing company will collect lodging taxes from its Los Angeles hosts and hand the proceeds over to the city, similar to its existing agreements with San Francisco and nearly 200 other cities worldwide. ...Read more
July 6, 2016
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Mark S. Case Study

Mark S. had a successful vacation rental but what he didn’t have was any time. When a vacation rental is booked fully, it can create a lot of work for a self-managing homeowner. When TurnKey began managing the property, we were able to increase Mark’s already robust revenue and save him 400 hours a year in management time....Read more
June 28, 2016

10 Questions to Answer Before Buying a Vacation Home

Think of the answers to these 10 questions before you purchase a vacation rental. Provided these conditions are met, a vacation rental can provide a fun getaway for your family and friends while also serving as a worthwhile investment...Read more
June 24, 2016
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Tara D. Case Study

Tara D. is a homeowner who has thrived when working with TurnKey and has even been able to use her success to buy additional properties. Read the full casestudy here. ...Read more
June 17, 2016

How to Know If You’re Ready to Buy a Vacation Home

Redfin - How to Know If You’re Ready to Buy a Vacation Home. Redfin identifies two factors to consider when your family is deciding if you are ready to buy a vacation home. But John Banczack of TurnKey Vacation Rentals reminds prospective buyers to also consider the benefits of owning a vacation rental. ...Read more
June 17, 2016

The Business of Hotels Vs. Short-Term Rentals in 4 Charts

Skift: The Business of Hotels Vs. Short-Term Rentals in 4 Charts
Some hoteliers still brush off the threat of Airbnb and suggest that the short-term rental company hasn’t had any impact on their own businesses. But if new projections pan out from Euromonitor International, a London-based global market research firm, Airbnb will be the world’s second largest hospitality company in 2020 in terms of total room sales. ...Read more
June 6, 2016

The Vacation Rental Industry is Reaching a Digital Tipping Point

Skift: The Vacation Rental Industry is Reaching a Digital Tipping Point
The vacation rental industry has been seen as one of the last uncultivated frontiers for online travel. Consider that as recently as 2012, with many travelers long accustomed to Internet booking, three-quarters of vacation rentals were still not transactable online....Read more
May 26, 2016
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Dynamic Pricing is at the Heart of Greater Vacation Rental Revenue

Pricing efficiencies lead vacation rentals operated by professional property managers to earn more daily revenue and have higher occupancy rates than those managed by homeowners, according to findings by the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. ...Read more
May 20, 2016

What Americans Really Think About Airbnb and Home-Sharing

Skift: What Americans Really Think About Airbnb and Home-Sharing
In less than a decade Airbnb, the San Francisco-based home-sharing platform worth an estimated $25.5 billion, has become one of the biggest disruptors in the travel space....Read more
May 18, 2016

Hipmunk Releases 2nd Annual Summer Vacation Rental Analysis

Marketwired: Hipmunk Releases 2nd Annual Summer Vacation Rental Analysis
SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - May 18, 2016) - Summer visitors to millennial hotspots, college communities near popular urban centers, and fancy beach towns are choosing vacation rentals, like those listed on Airbnb, over hotels. In the process, they're often cutting their vacation costs significantly and gaining access to locales whose limited hotel inventory traditionally made visiting them impossible for many....Read more
May 13, 2016

TurnKey named to 6 Austin Companies You Should Know in Travel Tech

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Austin Travel Tech: 6 Companies You Should Know
TurnKey Vacation Rentals is honored to be named to a list of 5 travel tech companies you should know by Built In Austin. This publication is a hub for startups and tech in Austin....Read more
May 13, 2016

Arizona’s Governor Signs Law Prohibiting the Ban of Short Term Rentals

techcrunch: Arizona’s Governor Ducey signs SB 1350 into law, prohibiting the ban of short-term rentals
Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona has signed SB 1350, a law which prohibits cities and municipalities from banning the listing and use of short-term rentals like Airbnb, HomeAway, and others....Read more
May 4, 2016

Vacation Rental Startups Attract $100 Million in Funding So Far This Year

Skift: Vacation Rental Startups Attract $100 Million in Funding So Far This Year
Vacation rental startups attracted nearly $100 million in venture capital funding during the first quarter of 2016 with most of the funding concentrated across the U.S. and Europe....Read more
May 2, 2016

VRBO Relents, Eases Costs for Vacation Rental Owners

Chicago Tribune: VRBO relents, eases costs for vacation rental owners
Vacation rental giant VRBO has heard angry property owners loud and clear. Starting in July, it will reverse a controversial new fee structure and instead change its business model from tiered listings that cost up to $1,500 a year to a flat fee of $349 a year. However, it will keep a new fee for renters of 5½% to 9% for those who book through the website. ...Read more
April 29, 2016
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Expedia Hits Pause on Direct Booking Goals for HomeAway Division

Skift: Expedia Hits Pause on Direct Booking Goals for HomeAway Division
Expedia Inc. is having its HomeAway vacation rental unit back off from the previously stated goal of making 100 percent of its property listings online bookable by the end of 2016....Read more
April 27, 2016

5 Must-Do’s Before Photographing Your Home

It only takes 7 seconds to make a first impression, and the photos of your vacation rental determine if travelers decide to read the rest of your listing. You may never live down that photo day when you forgot to comb your hair but here’s how to make sure your home is picture-perfect....Read more
April 4, 2016
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Smart Locks Provide Better Security and Guest Experience

As home-sharing and vacation rentals become more popular than ever, most owners know the benefits of and take great pride in providing a comfortable home for guests, crafting a great looking listing on sites like Airbnb and HomeAway, and truly caring about their guests’ experience.  However, very few owners take the security of their homes seriously. ...Read more
March 10, 2016

TurnKey Raises $10 Million in Funding

Tnooz: TurnKey raises $10 million to expand its vacation rentals management service.
TurnKey, a company that sells technology to support vacation rental owners, has raised $10 million, bringing its total investment, to date, to $20 million....Read more
February 16, 2016
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More and More People Who Use Airbnb Don’t Want to Go Back to Hotels

Bloomberg: Goldman Sachs: More and More People Who Use Airbnb Don't Want to Go Back to Hotels
Airbnb is less than eight years old, but it has already caused massive changes in the way people travel. While consumers may have initially been hesitant to try the service, a new survey from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. shows that once they switch, they don't go back to hotels. ...Read more
February 7, 2016

HomeAway to Add a Booking Fee for Travelers

Skift: Expedia’s HomeAway to Follow Airbnb’s Lead and Add a Booking Fee for Travelers
HomeAway, which announced it will be acquired by Expedia Inc. for $3.9 billion, has been sitting on a potentially very lucrative asset in a traveler booking fee, and has now decided it will introduce one for all online bookings starting in the second quarter of 2016....Read more
January 29, 2016
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What’s Worth Renovating in the Vacation Home You’re Going to Rent Out?

Realtor: What’s Worth Renovating in the Vacation Home You’re Going to Rent Out?
Check out these tips on how to turn your cozy getaway into one classy cash cow....Read more
January 27, 2016

How to Buy a Home With Friends-And Why You Probably Shouldn’t's How to Buy a Home With Friends-And Why You Probably Shouldn't
The good news? It can be done. The bad news? It probably shouldn’t be....Read more
January 26, 2016
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Why the Vacation Rental Sector is Booming

Breaking Travel News: Why the vacation apartment sector is booming
Over the past decade, while the vacation sector as a whole has gone through a lot of ups and downs, one area has shown remarkable resilience and consistent growth. Vacation apartments doubled as a proportion of travel accommodation between 2007 and 2012, and they have proven popular with budget travelers and affluent travelers alike. So what’s going on?...Read more
January 1, 2016

Thinking About Turning Your Second Home Into a Vacation Rental?

Vacation Nest: Thinking About Turning Your Second Home Into a Vacation Rental?
If you own a second home or are thinking about buying one, chances are you’ve probably thought about renting it out to offset some of your costs. And who can blame you? With the growing popularity of sites like HomeAway, FlipKey and VRBO, it seems easier than ever to market your home to potential renters....Read more
December 28, 2015

Will Alter Its Vacation Rental Business Model in 2016?

Skift: Will Alter Its Vacation Rental Business Model in 2016?
Rest assured that when Priceline Group officials review the company’s 2015 earnings with financial analysts next year, someone will ask how long its unit can hold off and ignore the financial opportunity in charging travelers a booking fee for vacation rental bookings....Read more
November 15, 2015
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Expedia to Buy HomeAway for $3.9B

USA Today: Expedia to buy HomeAway for $3.9B
SAN FRANCISCO - Expedia is deepening its travel-company bench with a $3.9 billion purchase of vacation rental site HomeAway. Bellevue, Wash-based Expedia announced the deal Wednesday, which adds the Austin, Texas, company to a portfolio that also includes booking sites Orbitz and Travelocity....Read more