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May 3, 2017

Should You Allow Pets in Your Rental?

There’s not an easy one-size-fits-all remedy, as we discovered when we talked to real estate and home rental experts. But we’ve collected some of their best arguments for and against allowing pets in your rental to help you make an informed decision....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 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 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 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

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 3, 2017
Rental Business Expense Solutions

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 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
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

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 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
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 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
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 10, 2016
Rental Insurance

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
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
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
July 20, 2016

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
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 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
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
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

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