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Owners Who Kill The Messenger. And Managers who help them.

By William May
Published: 07/01/09 Topics: Comments: -

The stinging effect on vacation rentals and vacation rental managers through out the US due to today's economy is having a effects that none of us can do anything about. The loss of demand is bad enough but now some managers are receiving those proverbial calls from owners who want to kill the me Read more

Sunspots Owners Blog 07/01/09 - Ocean Shores, Wesport & Advertising

By William May
Published: 07/01/09 Topics: Comments: -

We can't believe the 4th of July is upon us. And the good news 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. William May Penny Taylor Sunspot Inns, Resorts Vacation Rentals ADV Read more

FlipKey Flips Misses the Point of Fairness.

By Ronald Wallace Lea
Published: 05/24/09 Topics: Comments: -

Half the challenge of war is knowing who the enemy is. Sometimes he paints himself as your ally. But beware; those who operate opposite to your best interest are always your enemy. Today's newsletter alerts you to a traitor in the midst of the lodging industry. Over the past months a graphically pl Read more

Sunspots Owners Blog 05/20/09 - Online Blocking, Videos, VR.WS

By William May
Published: 05/20/09 Topics: Comments: -

If banks can pass the stress test, maybe you can too ! Had a little fender bender the other day. Guy jumped out of his car and ran up screaming, I'm not happy. So I said,OK, which one are you?; Wm. May Penny Taylor Sunspot Inns, Resorts Vacation Rentals === Read more

Sunspots Owners Blog 04/18/09 - ResortQuest, Pacific Suites, Tradewinds, VRMLS

By William May
Published: 04/18/09 Topics: Comments: -

ECONOMY UPDATE: Yes the economy is affecting luxury travel like Vacation Rentals. Some markets are getting hit harder than others. From our perspective the biggest challenge in predictability. Guests seem to be booking more last-minute but the inquiries keep coming. With a bit of luck, more 12 Read more

Sunspots Advisors Blog 04/04/09 - Confidential, Economy, Wholesale

By William May
Published: 04/04/09 Topics: Comments: -

[ CONFIDENTIAL ] INVENTORY: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - We are anticipating a drop off in nights and rates on a per-property basis. But there are so many other geographic markets to work it, the future for our company is based primarily on increasing the inventory of properties. Read more

World's First Vacation Rental Multiple Listing Service (MLS)

By William May
Published: 03/18/09 Topics: Comments: -

The every increasing cost of advertising on the mammoth impersonal vacation rental listing websites has spawned innovation. On April 6th, the Vacation Rental Industry Association, with the help of Plumbob Publishing is unveiling the first every Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for Vacation Rentals. T Read more

You Can Still Go On Vacation

By William May
Published: 03/09/09 Topics: Comments: -

What will happen if unemployment hits 8% in the US? If you passed remedial math in school you know that means 92% of folks are still employed. While the 92% may be holding back on expenses but life goes on. The employed will continue to buy groceries, clothes, cable TV, phone services and - make n Read more

Protecting the Value of your Vacation Rental Home Investment

By William May
Published: 02/15/09 Topics: Comments: -

Many books have been written about offering second homes as vacation rental lodging; promising income and appreciation from an asset that sits unused when owners are away. But renting means the owner is in business and, like any other business, one that will occasionally have to deal with cranky co Read more

The New World of Publishing

By William May
Published: 01/23/09 Topics: Comments: -

I have been in, around, up to and about communication, journalism, advertising, marketing and publishing for a lot of years in one form or another. But this is a new era. The era of online publishing. Our company Plumbob Publishing is a thrown back to the era when journalists actually tried to veri Read more

HomeAway's Pillaging of Vacation Rentals

By William May
Published: 01/21/09 Topics: Comments: -

Somebody has to say it I suppose. The era of vacation rental home ownership has been taken over by people hell bent on dominating the industry and sucking the profit out of it from all other participants. For the last 10 years or so the market for vacation rentals has grown faster then any other ki Read more

Google Shoots Itself in the Advertising Foot

By William May
Published: 01/17/09 Topics: Comments: -

I can remember the first time I used Google. Up pops the browser there sits a simple single line search box. Type in what you are looking for and get some results. Or use that I'm Feeling Lucky button which is still the dumbest thing they've ever done. I can't imagine why they hold ont Read more

Why You Can't Shoot Vacation Rentals with a Camera

By William May
Published: 01/15/09 Topics: Comments: -

Well of course you can. Today everyone has a camera or two or three. They've moved up from the decades old Brownies to Polaroids to click and shoot and now into the world of digital and now to sophisticated digital cameras with large formats (pixels) and self correcting shooting. So h Read more

Sunspot Houdini Websites Are Like Magic

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

Our current website design is about a year old. Built by our great programming staff of Salman and Ozair with photograph help from Jonathan and Joseph. Oh and I do a little of the text. Guests compliment us all the time because the site is chock full of information about our destinations as well as Read more

Hello Blog. Goodbye Newsletters.

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

After years of writing newsletters I've succumbed to writing a blog. Not sure what the difference is - we've been posting newsletters online years ago- as well as emailing them and, in fact, snail mailing them years ago. What better way to keep in touch with all those people I should keep in touch Read more

Sometimes the Best Ideas are Obvious

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

It was our very first vacation rental. A sumptuous 3,000 square foot vacation home located at Washington State's top destination - Wapato Point a private resort on 50 miles long Lake Chelan Washington. Because it sits on Native American land we dubbed it the Totem House and filled it with native Ame Read more

Lotus Hale Hawaiin Villa Vs. Poipu Grand Hyatt Hotel

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

The Grand Hyatt at Poipu Kauai Hawaii is a real gem. If you want beauty and pampering this is your place - provided you want to a small room, high prices, less privacy and a hike to everything you might want to do. For just about $400 per night you get one of the 602 motel 6 size rooms. Better appo Read more

Barack Obama Endorses Vacation Rentals

By William May
Published: 11/24/08 Topics: Comments: -

The next President of the United States has effectively endorsed the entire concept of Vacation Rentals by renting a private home in Kailua on the North Shore of Oahu, a Hawaiian Island. He is staying there for a week with his wife Michelle and two daughters. He is staying at a secluded beach re Read more

Troy McCasland's Top 10 Ways to Get More Rentals

By Troy McCasland
Published: 07/28/08 Topics: Comments: -

With over 14 years experience marketing vacation rentals, and countless success, the team at Rental Avenue has formulated some fool proof tips to help vacation rental owners and managers increase their market share and successfully reach out to their customers. Troy McCasland, president of Rental A Read more

The Care & Feeding of Xenophobia.

By William May
Published: 01/20/08 Topics: Comments: -

The adverse reactions to Vacation Rentals continue. For example on January 1st, 2008 the island of Maui in Hawaii just outlawed 1,100 rentals. And now the island of Kauai is going to followed suit. Interestingly, the reasons for vacation rental prohibitions or restrictions in each jurisdiction are Read more

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