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Sunspots Owner Newsletter August 2010

By William May
Published: 09/02/10 Topics: Comments: -

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Removing the Pain of Hot Tubs

By William May
Published: 06/01/10 Topics: Comments: -

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Mother Giant Radio Station Trounced Websites

By William May
Published: 05/01/10 Topics: Comments: -

Prior to the lodging industry, I had a perfectly normal life in the media and advertising industry. I worked at radio stations and publications and owned an advertising agency. Then I started, invested and managed some publications as well as a radio station. Read more

Vacation Road Trips Start at the Dentist

By Gail Adair
Published: 04/01/10 Topics: Comments: -

Operating a vacation rental business can be fun and profitable but it also an opportunity to do some good in the world. Now property owners and managers can do that by participating in a public program that offe Read more

Sunbanks Resort - Little known Secret Location

By Penny L. Taylor
Published: 03/31/10 Topics: Comments: -

Warm weather took me on a drive to Central Washington state, to little known Banks Lake and SunBanks Resort. Toasty hot in summer it boasts warm warm water unlike most big lake resorts. Read more

Become a Vacation Rental Angel

By William May
Published: 03/01/10 Topics: Comments: -

Operating a vacation rental business can be fun and profitable but it also an opportunity to do some good in the world. Now property owners and managers can do that by participating in a public program that offer Read more

Become a Vacation Rental Angel

By William May
Published: 03/01/10 Topics: Comments: -

Operating a vacation rental business can be fun and profitable but it also an opportunity to do some good in the world. Now property owners and managers can do that by participating in a public program that offe Read more

Do's and Don'ts for Vacation Rental Listing Websites

By William May
Published: 02/01/10 Topics: Comments: -

We are revisiting how Vacation Rental Listing Directory Websites operate. In the last issue, their successes and failures were outlined. (Go to the Newsletter Directory to read the first part in this two part series). You were promised a list of do's and don'ts that we would like to see them all Read more

How Vacation Rental Listing Websites Get It Wrong

By William May
Published: 01/01/10 Topics: Comments: -

Vacation Rental Advertising just keeps getting more and more complicated as new listing websites appear almost every day. VRIA is now tracking approximately 785 Vacation Rental Websites. I say approximately because the number changes so often. Some sites, presumably when they have insufficient reven Read more

Chief Joseph Welcomes Everyone

By William May
Published: 12/17/09 Topics: Comments: -

Can I invite you to the most unique and remote mountain lodges in Washington State? It is called Chief Joseph Lodge and sits dead center in the middle of the state and five miles up from the summit of Blewett Pass highway. Click here to take a look. www.ChiefJosephLodge.com. There are photos, vid Read more

Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate, Mortgage, and Economy

By Thomas Wolter
Published: 12/14/09 Topics: Comments: -

KEEPING ON KEEPING ON - For the fourth week in a row the markets moved sideways, with one index slightly up, one a bit down and the third flat. Recently, there haven't been any extreme weekly market moves in the indexes, up or down. Investors aren't quite ready to believe things are as good as some Read more

Complaints, Compliments and Compassion

By William May
Published: 11/19/09 Topics: Comments: -

For a number of years our company has been donating vacation rental use to a wonderful group called OutdoorsForAll.org (Formerly SkiForAll.org). Their mission is to enrich the quality of life for children and adults with di Read more

Complaints, Compliments and Compassion

By William May
Published: 11/18/09 Topics: Comments: -

She wanted to go to the beach. It was to be a special trip with her daughter who had special needs. Larger homes were her preference, but a plain ocean front condo was her budget. She asked for a first floor home and a vendor to provide oxygen. Read more

Everything Robert Fulgham Learned in Kindergarten

By William May
Published: 11/01/09 Topics: Comments: -

I stumbled onto an Internet posting the other day that told me it has been twenty years since Robert Fulgham wrote "Everything I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten". Read more

Sunspots Owners Blog 11/01/09 Your Name in the Media

By William May
Published: 11/01/09 Topics: Comments: -

Sometimes it is nice to see your name in the media and sometimes it is not. As the volunteer Director of the Vacation Rental Industry Association (VRIA) I receive calls from media all over the country. Speaking with most reporters reminds me of sitting in Journalism class while pursuing my college Read more

Seeing your Name in Print

By William May
Published: 10/01/09 Topics: Comments: -

Sometimes it is nice to see your name in the media and sometimes it is not. As the volunteer Director of the Vacation Rental Industry Association (VRIA) I receive calls from media all over the country. Speaking with most reporters reminds me of sitting in Journalism class while pursuing my college Read more

Sunspots Owners Blog 10/01/09 Robert Fulgham

By William May
Published: 10/01/09 Topics: Comments: -

I stumbled onto an Internet posting the other day that told me it has been twenty years since Robert Fulgham wrote Everything I Really Need to Know I Learned in kindergarten. That is stunning really because it does, as they say, seem like yesterday. Of course I've read some of his othe Read more

Remembering the "Thank You" Game

By William May
Published: 09/01/09 Topics: Comments: -

Surprises are great. And thank you's are best. In an industry like property management that requires attention to detail, constant supervision and reconciliation of occasionally conflicting goals between guests and owners it is too easy to forget the little personal things that make life worth liv Read more

Ocean Shores and Westport are Beaches Like No Other

By William May
Published: 08/01/09 Topics: Comments: -

A truth in advertising disclaimer is required first. Although I haven't lived in the area in almost 40 years, I must admit that I did grew up in several towns on the Washington Coast. Up until 4th grade the town of Raymond was where my parents lived and, you know how that goes, so did me. After th Read more

Sunspots Owner Blog 07/23/09 - OceansShores, Westport, Ad System, GDS, Hours, OLB

By William May
Published: 07/24/09 Topics: Comments: -

We can not believe July is almost over. And the good news is that the number of email, website and telephone inquiries seems back to normal. Maybe people are loosening up or maybe its all the advertising we're doing. Sorry this blog is a little long. It is our goal to write you more often but s Read more

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