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Links we promised during the seminar:

Owner Community Resources:
Sample Contracts and Checklists Renting Your Vacation Home, a Step-by-Step Guide
Webinars/Online Tutorials Listing Critiques
Christine's Blog How to Rent Vacation Properties by Owner Podcast

Getting Started:
Sample Contract Electronic Signatures and Vacation Rental Contracts
Insurance for Vacation Homes, Simplified How to Start a Vacation Rental Business
Running a Vacation Rental FAQ Setting Goals & Objectives
Tips for Creating a New Listing Homeowner's Insurance for Vacation Rentals
Travel Insurance for Your Guests How to Fire Your Vacation Rental Housekeeper
Income Tax FAQs Renting Your Primary Home

Handling Payments:
How to Accept Payments from Your Guests Accepting Credit Cards
Merchant Credit Card Account Categories The Pros and Cons of Accepting PayPal

Improving Your Listings:
The 4 Criteria That All Vacation Renters Are Looking For Reviews: Why They Matter and How to Handle Criticism
How to Create Unique Content for Your Listings How to Write for the Search Engines
How to Write a Compelling Headline (Webinar) How to Get Your Property Higher in Google (Webinar)
Writing a Top-Notch Description for VRBO (Webinar) Writing a Stellar Description for HomeAway (Webinar)
Google Maps and Your Vacation Rental Listing Improve Your Search Results Order on HomeAway.com

What Supplies Should Your Provide for Guests? 13 Things Every Vacation Rental Should Have

How to Screen Your Guests Trust Your Gut: 10 Lines That Should Raise a Red Flag
How to Use the Internet to Investigate Potential Renters Security for Your Vacation Rental

Responding to Inquiries:
Should You Call or Email? Why You Should Set Up an Auto-Reply for Inquiries
What Does Your Calendar Say About You? How to Create an Email Newsletter for Past Guests
Seal More Bookings with Your Inquiry Responses  

15 Most Common Photo Mistakes (Webinar) How to Turn a Good Photo into a Great Photo
The Importance of Choosing a Unique Thumbnail Photo Selecting Photos of the Exterior and the View (Webinar)

Marketing Ideas:
Using Facebook to Promote Your Vacation Rental How to Market to Business Travelers (Webinar)
Weddings and Events at Your Vacation Rental Property Three Perspectives on Accepting Pets
The Pros and Cons of Allowing Pets  

How to Set Rates Top 10 Specials to Offer Without Lowering Prices
How to Handle Inquiries from Bargain Hunters The Pros and Cons of Donating a Stay at Your Home

Security Deposits/Refunds:
Security Deposit Guidelines How to Accept Security Deposits by Credit Card
When is a Refund in Order? Security Deposit Policies: Dos and Don'ts

Products/tools that were brought up:
Schlage Locks Google Keyword Tool to look up popular keywords
PayPros merchant account for accepting credit cards iTravex home exchange website

Writing your listing: Here are the two sample descriptions that we showed you during the presentation.

Example 1:
Save time for some fun at the beach in our beautiful 4 Some Fun cottage in the gated community. Walk to 2.5 acres of private beach enjoyed by community guests. Or, meander through well landscaped grounds lined with cozy condos and cottages to wonderful community amenities like tennis, fitness and two community pools. Experience a delightful beach get-a-way here with us! 2,700 Square Feet 5th Bedroom is a Bunkroom.

Example 2:
Treat yourselves to a brand new Beachfront 6 bdrm/ 7 ba home. Hang out on the several porches or lounge out by the private Heated Pool and watch the wondrous Sunsets. The 1st floor has 3 bedrooms. The 2nd floor is the entertainment floor. It has a 55" Plasma TV with ample seating, a beautiful kitchen with Granite countertops, and a table that seats a crowd. It also has a Bedroom with a private bathroom. The 3rd floor has 2 MASTER bedrooms. Both have King size beds, walk-in closets, private bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs and separate showers. Look-out Tower on the 4th floor can serve many purposes it has a Wet bar, 42" Plasma TV, pull-out sofa, plus a sun deck with great views all while being within walking distance to the town of Destin.

Here's the lowdown on the sites:

HomeAway (www.homeaway.com) connects homeowners and property managers with travelers who seek the space, value and amenities of vacation rental homes as an alternative to hotels. The site has the largest and most diverse selection of homes around the world, with more than 230,000 properties across 120 countries. With detailed property descriptions, photos and list of amenities and nearby attractions, HomeAway is a one-stop website that makes it easy to find and compare properties all over the world. The site is free-to-use for travelers and also features Listing Reviews where travelers compare the accuracy of a listing to a property they have rented through the site.

$329/year for an advertisement on HomeAway.com, CyberRentals.com, GreatRentals.com, HomeAway.ca, FR.HomeAway.ca and HomeAway.com.mx

$299/year for a basic listing, which includes 5 photos plus $29.99/year for each additional photo up to 16. 
$99 for a three-month subscription or $199 for a one-year subscription.
Our U.K. website, starting at £239 per year, which includes 24 photos
www.fewo-direkt.de - Our German website. www.Abritel.com
Our French website
HomeAway for Property Managers
Website for Property Managers. Contact for pricing.
Our newest European listing site
https://www.aluguetemporada.com.br/ - our Brazilian website  

The Community Team
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