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October 18, 2018

Should I Hire a Vacation Rental Property Manager?

Owning a vacation rental property is an exciting adventure to embark on, and as with any new opportunity, there are probably a plethora of questions about […]...Read more
October 16, 2018

How to Manage Your Vacation Rental Home Remotely

In today’s digital age, it’s entirely possible to manage your vacation rental home remotely. As a homeowner, it is entirely possible to live in a different […]...Read more
October 12, 2018

4 Questions to Help You Pick the Perfect Holiday Vacation Rental

With Thanksgiving around the corner, Christmas not far behind, and the New Year coming up sooner than some of us would like to think, it’s time […]...Read more
October 11, 2018

How to Effectively Screen Guests at Your Vacation Rental

Note: This article was originally published on August 9, 2017, and it was updated on October 11, 2018. While nearly all guests who want to stay […]...Read more
October 2, 2018

6 Reasons Why Property Managers Are Worth The Cost

Owning a vacation rental property takes a lot of time, energy, and trial and error. Property management may seem simple at first, but it requires a […]...Read more
September 28, 2018

How Do I Get My Vacation Rental Listing Ready For The Holidays?

Now that fall is officially underway, and travelers are deciding when and where they should book their Thanksgiving and Christmas travel (Thanksgiving travel should be booked […]...Read more
September 26, 2018

8 Tips for Buying a Lakefront Vacation Rental

Moreland Properties is a full-service real estate brokerage in Austin, Texas. With local roots and global connections, Moreland Properties is the luxury market leader and specializes […]...Read more
September 20, 2018

8 Tips to Make The Vacation Rental Homeownership Dream, Reality

Do you dream of one day owning your own vacation rental property? Or even better owning multiple vacation rentals? If owning property is one of your […]...Read more
September 19, 2018

9 Budget-Friendly Moves to Boost Your Vacation Rental Home Profits

It’s easy to feel that every penny you earn on your vacation rental home goes right back into the property. Your urge to put money right […]...Read more
September 11, 2018

How to Market Your Beach Home During Off-Season

As summer comes to an end, you might be worried about keeping your beach vacation rental fully booked – don’t be! For so many travelers, heading […]...Read more
September 6, 2018

6 Steps to Build An Emergency Fund For Your Vacation Rental Home

Congratulations on saving enough money to buy a vacation rental property! You’re following in the path of many other owners who’ve used their vacation rental properties […]...Read more
August 28, 2018

How to Transition Your Beach Rental From Summer to Fall

While vacation rentals on the beach are thought of as summer travel destinations, they’re still a top destination for fall travelers looking to plan a trip. […]...Read more
August 17, 2018

How Purchasing Rental Properties Can Help You Reach Financial Independence

If you are like most Americans you dream about the day when you can retire. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could retire in 5, 10, […]...Read more
August 14, 2018

How to Welcome Guests to Your Vacation Rental

In today’s vacation rental home market, guests have no shortage of options of places to stay across the nation. Because of that, doing the bare minimum […]...Read more
August 10, 2018

5 Vacation Rental Real Estate Myths: Busted

Most big decisions are made with a little bit of help from Google, Bing, or another search engine of your choice – deciding to purchase a […]...Read more
August 3, 2018

6 Things Every Vacation Rental Homeowner Should Know

When family matters called Robin Stevens from her Phoenix, Arizona home to the East Coast for months at a stretch, she decided to rent out her […]...Read more
August 1, 2018

Don’t Make These 5 Vacation Rental Mistakes

Making the decision to manage and operate a vacation rental can feel very overwhelming at first – especially if you’re not working with a property manager […]...Read more
July 25, 2018

How To Sell Your Vacation Rental Without Losing Income

Selling a vacation rental home can be tricky – there’s a fine line between continuing to maximize your revenue and creating opportunities for someone to come […]...Read more
July 20, 2018

Property Management 101: Vacation Rental Insurance

Congratulations! You’ve done everything you can to make your property the perfect vacation rental for a lucky guest. The furniture is perfectly placed, the atmosphere is […]...Read more
July 18, 2018

How To Market Your Ski Home For Summer Bookings

  Beach vacation home renting is in peak season right now, and you might be feeling your mountain rental isn’t getting enough bookings or the love […]...Read more
June 29, 2018

Cost v. Value: Should I Hire a Property Manager For My Vacation Rental?

We’ll start with the short answer – yes. Now, for the long answer – partnering with a good professional vacation rental property manager, like TurnKey Vacation Rentals, […]...Read more
June 26, 2018

How To Protect Guests From Slips, Trips, And Other Accidents at Your Vacation Rental

Take a minute and think about all you provide to make sure guests enjoy your vacation rental home. Clean, working, and updated fixtures and appliances – […]...Read more
June 22, 2018

Tips For Buying a Vacation Rental Home in a Ski Market

With over 53 million travelers hitting the slopes this past ski season, owning a vacation rental home in a popular ski market can prove very lucrative. […]...Read more
June 19, 2018

Why You Should Invest in Rental Maintenance to Avoid Rental Repairs

When it comes to vacation rentals, upkeep can make or break a guest’s experience. Visitors expect everything to be in working order, and when they’re not, […]...Read more
June 15, 2018

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
June 13, 2018

Property Management 101: Pricing and Availability

When purchasing a vacation rental home, there’s a sweet spot between making the home a great business investment and making the home a place to make […]...Read more
June 8, 2018

What Makes a Beach Vacation Rental Successful?

TurnKey Vacation Rentals manages over 3,500 vacation homes in over 55 markets, including several beach towns. We looked at our top-performing beach homes, and here’s what […]...Read more
June 7, 2018

How to Jointly Purchase a Vacation Rental With Friends or Family

Purchasing a second home is a milestone that most adults don’t accomplish. For some, the dream of owning a second home to use as a vacation […]...Read more
June 4, 2018

Outdoor Extras Boost Your Vacation Home’s Appeal

As you prepare the inside of your vacation rental home for the summer season, don’t forget to get the outside of your home ready too.  There […]...Read more
June 1, 2018

4 Easy Tech Upgrades For Your Vacation Rental

While many travelers go on vacation to take a break from reality – to log out of Facebook for a few days, turn off work emails, […]...Read more
May 22, 2018

How to Successfully Partner With a Property Manager

It takes a lot of work to get your vacation home ready to rent. So, what can you do to make sure your property is a […]...Read more
May 18, 2018

Make Your Vacation Rental Pet-Friendly

When travelers are planning vacations, one of the big decisions they’ll have to make while they’re planning is whether or not they’re bringing their furry friend […]...Read more
May 16, 2018

A Homeowner’s Checklist For Managing A Vacation Rental

Managing your own vacation rental is a lot of work. From handling reservations, to coordinating vendors, and everything in between, it’s easy to lose track of […]...Read more
May 11, 2018

8 Professional Tips For Cleaning Your Vacation Rental

If you’re tempted to skimp when scrubbing your vacation rental remember this – majority of vacationers rank cleanliness as the most important factor they consider when […]...Read more
May 9, 2018

Report: How to Market Your Beach Vacation Rental to Attract Summer Travelers

Beach vacations are so universally sought after, vacation rentals near or on the beach practically book themselves. Or, do they? While proximity to the beach is […]...Read more
May 4, 2018

Maximize Your ROI On Your Rental Remodel

It’s fun to think about the next phase of your home and how your guests will enjoy it – maybe you’re having visions of them sauntering […]...Read more
May 1, 2018

3 Ways to Make Your Vacation Rental Family-Friendly

Vacation is a time of year most families look forward to – 88% of families take at least one vacation each year. With vacation rentals becoming […]...Read more
April 27, 2018

4 Reasons to List Your Vacation Rental on Airbnb & HomeAway

At first glance, seeing the subscription fees to list your vacation rental on sites like HomeAway and Airbnb may seem steep – but the investment is […]...Read more
April 25, 2018

Responding to STR Regulation Changes in Your Community

Rules and regulations surrounding short-term rentals vary widely across the U.S. – legislation can be nuanced down to the neighborhood or even cross streets. Some areas […]...Read more
April 13, 2018

Reset Retirement Expectations with Short-Term Rentals

Short-term rental host: is this the new retirement job description? Until a few years ago, managing a residential investment property involved installing a tenant for a […]...Read more
April 11, 2018

Optimize Your Vacation Rental Listing to Maximize Bookings

Creating a listing for your vacation rental on Airbnb or HomeAway is easy, but creating a successful, creative, and enticing listing is a bit more difficult. […]...Read more
April 6, 2018

How to Advocate For STRs in Your Community

From Palm Springs to Nashville, the debate over the legality and permissibility of short-term rentals is heating up. Some local governments are looking to bring regulations […]...Read more
March 25, 2018

Reviews Revealed: Guest Comments Can Make or Break Your Listing

In this age of information sharing, reviews are no longer in the hands of a few select professionals. Anyone can connect with a worldwide audience about […]...Read more
March 16, 2018

Best Vacation Rental Investment – Condo or House?

You’ve made the decision to buy a second home to use as a vacation rental. Congratulations! The next question you have to ask yourself is important […]...Read more
March 14, 2018

6 Best Cities to Own Vacation Rentals

With the vacation rental market expected to grow 6% annually from now until 2022, now is the perfect time to get into owning a vacation rental […]...Read more
March 7, 2018

Don’t Let The Bed Bugs Bite (Or Infest Your Home)

Bed bugs. These two words make homeowners and guests alike cringe. As the second most common household pest in the U.S., these bugs can wreak havoc […]...Read more
March 1, 2018

6 Tips For Buying A Beach Vacation Rental

Buying a home is just as exciting the second time around, and nine million homeowners agree. People decide to own a second home for a variety of […]...Read more
February 13, 2018

4 Things to Know Before Listing Your Home

The short-term rental space is ever changing. From rulings at the state level to local policies, making sure the property you’re renting out is in compliance […]...Read more
January 25, 2018
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 23, 2018

Property Management 101: Understanding the Cost

Managing and marketing a vacation rental requires a lot of time and effort – HomeAway found that the average vacation rental owner spends more than 34 hours/month […]...Read more
November 30, 2017
How to Furnish Beach Rental Properties

Picking the Perfect Decor For 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
November 29, 2017
disaster recovery

How to Repair Your Vacation Home After a Natural Disaster

Do you know what to do with your short-term rental after natural disaster strikes? ...Read more
October 31, 2017
Short-term vs. long-term vacation rental ownership

Benefits and Challenges of Short-Term vs. Long-Term Vacation Rental Properties

According to Wells Fargo, vacation rentals are currently a $100B+ industry globally, expected to grow to $157B by 2020, during which time the segment should grow […]...Read more
October 26, 2017
Secure Your Vacation Rental Home, protect your investement

Keeping Your Vacation Rental Home Safe When You’re Not Around

If you own a vacation rental home, it’s likely one of your most valuable assets. Therefore, the last thing you want to do is jeopardize that […]...Read more
October 17, 2017
money vacation rentals

How Much Money Can You Make From a Vacation Rental?

Short-term vacation rentals in sought-after markets now outpace long-term rentals for potential cash flow....Read more
October 4, 2017

Retirees are Cashing in on the Rising Popularity of Vacation Rentals

The latest trend in retirement finances shows vacation rentals providing retirees with a wonderful source of passive income. ...Read more
September 28, 2017
Factors to consider when buying a vacation rental

8 Factors to Consider When Buying a Vacation Rental

Give thought to these factors when you’re looking at buying a vacation rental home. ...Read more
August 24, 2017
5 Ways to Make More Money From Your Vacation Rental

5 Ways to Make More Money from Your Vacation Rental

The most important factors to successfully renting out your vacation home and maximizing the revenue it generates. ...Read more
August 9, 2017

How to Effectively Screen Guests at Your Vacation Rental

As vacation rentals become more popular, guest screening becomes more important. ID verification is a scalable, surefire method to ensure your home is secure. ...Read more
July 26, 2017
marketing-only v full-service

Vacation Rental Management Demystified: Marketing Only vs. Full-Service Property Management

Traditional vacation rental property managers don’t do enough. Learn the real meaning of “full-service.” ...Read more
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 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
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
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-Dos 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
February 15, 2016

Components of a High-Performing 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