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Product Details

  • Paperback: 76 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (February 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419628119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419628115
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,539,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marie R. Ferguson, Author of "Breaking all the Rules: How to Rent Your Vacation Home". An expert landlord for vacation homes teaches other homeowners how to become a successful landlord for short-term rentals. With over twenty years of experience in both the financial industry and real estate market, Marie shares her secrets for success. For a free copy of our Welcome Book and property listing email us. Marie@howtorentvacationhomes.com

More About the Author

During the summer of 1998, Marie found the perfect spot to share with her family on Lake Ossipee. In order to support her investment, she found a way to make it affordable. With much success, Marie turned her vacation home into a vacation rental business and it was always booked. Her discovery for short-term vacation rentals became an inspirational message for Marie's first edition of "Breaking all the Rules: How to Rent Vacation Homes." The Second Edition includes three new chapters and updated information for each chapter which applies to renting in ANY market.

Marie recently created The Mobile Bookkeeper, specifically designed to streamline the rental process between owner and renter. It offers complete owner/management of the vacation rental business including tracking income/expenses from any mobile device. Rental agreements/information always available at your finger tips. Only offered at www.DreamAwayRentals.com

Marie R Ferguson: Author, and tax consultant with over twenty-five years of experience in the financial and real estate industries. Marie has written several books including, "Vacation Rental Planner and Tax Organizer."

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It was very useful and gave me some great ideas!
Lexie
Marie, I received your book in the mail yesterday and last night, I read it from cover to cover.
Witch Town Lady
How to Rent Vacation Properties By Owner, but Christine Hrib Karpinski.
Charles B

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Charles B on December 26, 2008
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at $20 for this short book I would recommend you look elsewhere. I was VERY disappointed by the lack of useful content in the book.

The author's 'expertise' in this field is that she owns ONE vacation rental in New Hampshire, so as you might expect, her recommendations are specifically tailored to that experience and situation. There is virtually nothing in this book that would be considered truly interesting information as I suspect everything could be found online.

I wrote a prior review on this book and did not have a good alternative book to recommend. Fortunately I do now.

How to Rent Vacation Properties By Owner, but Christine Hrib Karpinski. It is about 300 pages long and in my review of it so far it appears to have a number of useful details. It easily covers anything in the "Breaking all the rules" book but with useful information and insight.

Before buying this book, I would suggest you check out the other one as well, read the reviews (significantly more of them for that book) and the author bios.

One final comparison, and perhaps not a fair one, but intended to provide another example of the difference in quality of these two books.

Both books have a forward included. For the OTHER book, it is written by some long-term journalist covering real estate. For THIS book, it was written by the author's cleaning woman (yes, I am serious). Nothing against this nice woman, but I cannot imagine she has a not of useful insights for me on how to rent my property other than that it should be clean.

Hope this helps. I don't like to dump on books or authors because I know it takes a lot of time and energy to write and publish a book, but this one unfortunately deserves to be noted because at $20 it is unfair to buyers/readers.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By In Maine on November 9, 2010
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Lots of hype from the author and publisher for this book, but at $20 and with fewer than 75 pages of large type, this was a poor investment. All of the info is available online through a variety of sites. Info is simplistic and may be appropriate for someone just beginning to explore vacation property rental, but the ads all promised more info than is delivered in this book. Maybe at a price of $10 while qualifying that it is a pre-book would be best.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ilona Coffey on June 9, 2008
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I have read nearly every book out there on Vacation Rentals, and I found this one to be very straight forward ad easy reading. I have been in the business for 10 years, so most of this information is excellent particularly if you are new in the buisness.

I had a bit of a problem trying to retrieve my "free guest book" from the author's website, and as soon as she was aware of this, she contacted me directly and help me achieve my goal immediately.

I have listed my vacation rental on the author's site and will look forward to taking any bookings that come in as a result of this completely free advertising.

After communicating with Marie, I can see why she is successful, she is a great "problem solver" Way to go, Marie!

Warmest aloha,
Ilona Coffey
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bch-clb@aloha.net
kauaivacationvillas@yahoo.com
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cala Mahoney on March 12, 2008
Format: Kindle Edition
Breaking all the Rules: How to Rent Your Vacation Home: A New, Innovative - Rent by Owner -Tool for Preparing, Managing, Advertising & Maintaining Your Rental & Free Welcome Book & Property Listing

I bought this book and let me say my first year of renting was a huge success and It was easy !
This book takes you from start to finish! Easy Read and Easy to follow samples of contracts etc.
Thank you Marie for writing it! It has made my life alot simpler with renting!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barbara L. Wood on June 4, 2008
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Marie Ferguson's book was a great help, and gave me lots of ideas on renting my villa in Florida. I also purchased her Vacation Rental Organizer. It's nice to have all my information on my villa in one place.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BK on February 22, 2008
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This book is not worth it. Although it does have gems like "provide clean linens" & "screen your renters"-who'd would have thunk it?
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