You have purchased a vacation home. You enjoy spending time there. Should you rent it during the times you are not there?
This is a big decision. Some people are not comfortable sharing their private homes. Others purchased the home mostly as an investment, hoping to recover any expenses (and more) … Read More
Watch for these scams!
The Internet continues to be the hottest medium for almost every scam. It provides opportunities for legitimate businesses and consumers, but it also hosts fraud artists running investment scams, fake business opportunities and fraudulent auctions, among others.The Internet has spawned online scams and jargon to describe … Read More
A picture = 1000 words!
The visual impression your property gives to potential guests on a listing website is the most critical one when presenting your property. In the marketing of your unit, nothing is more important than your property photos! The higher the quality of photos, the more bookings.
Consider the following:
Check these travel sites before you go …
You can never have too much information before you start travelling! After checking resources about driving conditions, be sure to have a browse around our collection of popular travel information sites. You might just find something useful and interesting!… Read More
Finding and managing reliable services for cleaning and maintenance
Many vacation home owners choose to manage their own properties to avoid costly property management fees.. A common question arises when making this decision: How can I find quality maintenance and reliable services to help maintain my property?
Start by asking your neighbours and … Read More
When you think of South Africa, perhaps the first name that pops to mind is Nelson Mandela. But there are all kinds of well known people who hail from the country, including Bishop Desmond Tutu, basketball great Steve Nash, musician Dave Mathews, actress Charlize Theron…. The … Read More
Each owner decides what he/she wants to accept for payment, by displaying their payment policies and methods of receiving payment on their unit listing site. An easy way for a host to accept credit cards for rental payments is to sign up for PayPal.
If you decide to use PayPal, the first … Read More
When planning for a trip to a new country or destination, usually a standard city tour will be in the plans, yet with the advent of the Internet comes with the advantage of being able to see amazing sights without needing to be there. This leaves you with more time … Read More
Unfortunately, vacation rental fraud does happen.
Be careful when it comes to checks and money orders and consider the following:
It appears that various counterfeit cashiers check and money order scams are finding their way to vacation rental websites. We feel that all vacation rental home owners should be aware of this scam … Read More
The big difference: Owner Direct is not a web directory
If you are interested in travelling and start researching vacation rentals (because you understand the advantages over hotels!), you may find many websites out there in cyberspace that are very different from Owner Direct. … Read More