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Breaking All the Rules: How to Rent Your Vacation Home including Welcome Book Paperback – February 5, 2007
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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.
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!
I am glad I ordered it. A no nonsense approach that provided ideas I hadn't yet encountered. Some techniques are a little scary such as charging considerably more than the competition, which I am afraid to do in the current economy. In less stringent times, I feel this pricing strategy is an intelligent approach. I noticed the book was published in 2007, back in a stronger economy. I have utilized most methods in this book and it is right on target. Definitely a good value and good advice.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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. Read morePublished on November 9, 2010 by In Maine
Its a great book!!!!!
Last spring I bought a vacation home with the intentions of renting it out. Read more
This book is not worth it. Although it does have gems like "provide clean linens" & "screen your renters"-who'd would have thunk it?Published on February 22, 2008 by BK
Marie, I received your book in the mail yesterday and last night, I read it from cover to cover. It was easy-to-read, informative, and directly to the point. Read morePublished on July 25, 2007 by Witch Town Lady