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"This volume is packed with advice from some of the smartest people in our industry. Joel is a seasoned guide who is ready and willing to show you the way."
- Brian Sharples, CEO and Co-founder of HomeAway

"Joel's book gets right to the heart of what every new owner wants to know - what are the most effective and efficient strategies for successfully owning and managing a vacation rental, and how can I implement them quickly? Vacation Rental Success is practical, straightforward, and filled with easy-to- follow advice focused on taking action."
- John Banczak, former HomeAway Vice President and Co-founder of TurnKey Vacation Rentals

"Vacation Rental Success is a no-nonsense look at the category for newbies and even for the most seasoned home renter. Joel's knowledge as a consumer, owner and community activist--and his thirst for life as a world traveler-- come together in a highly engaging read."
- Lisa Pearson, Chief Marketing Officer Bazaarvoice

"Vacation Rental Success is a Gold Mine! It's full of sage advice and trade secrets for owners to avoid costly mistakes. Easy to read and easy to understand - readers will reap the benefits of Joel's profitable instructions."
- Bob Easter, Author of Home Buying Power

"Joel's easy, conversation style belies the deep insights and years of experience condensed into this practical and actionable guide. As a frequent customer of vacation rentals, I had never considered turning my property into one - until now! This is a must read for anyone interested in the vacation rental business."
- Jehmu Greene, Fox Business News
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Product Details

  • Series: From Start to Profit
  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Mango Media, Incorporated; 1 edition (May 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976647923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976647928
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found VACATION RENTAL SUCCESS (Vol 1) to be overly simplistic. Perhaps I should have skipped this "first" edition and gone straight to Volume II: Advanced Concepts that is plugged at the end of the book. Most of the advise is common sense mixed with a few practical tips that you can get for free on Homeaway, VRBO (that he references) or on the internet. The author claims to have secrets to profits. Here's some examples: "provide clean comfortable surroundings and friendly, professional service -- highlight great views, its an ideal selling point -- stay within your budget" If you need this type of advice then perhaps a vacation rental or any business venture is not for you.
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I've had vacation rental properties for 14 years and still learned quite a few things from this book that I'd never thought about. Sure was worth the tiny investment, plus it was an unpretentious, easy and fun book to read. Highly recommend for anyone in or thinking about getting into the vacation rental business.
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This is the third book I've read about vacation rentals, and so far the best. Parts were simplistic, but there were plenty of gems to make it worthwhile, especially since it was an easy read. I particularly liked that he was up front about the listing sites and services he uses and recommends, so it didn't feel like a giant advertisement, like some other books, but someone sharing his substantial experience based on years of hard work. I will definitely be getting volume 2.
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This is a great book for anyone exploring the vacation rental business. Helpful tips about everything from marketing to supplies to financial considerations provide a concise roadmap for launching, operating, or fine-tuning this kind of property venture. Looking forward to the next volume.
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gave me all the fundamentals to get started and reduced the number of errors I probably would've made; following the guidance in this book, I had three reservations before I was even ready to open the doors!
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My wife and I own several multi-family properties. We picked up new knowledge specific to vacation rentals that we did not know, as we are considering purchasing rentals in ski areas. A book full of good practical advise.
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A Whole lot of Fluff and self promotion, to start, this book goes offers very little actual "Insider Secrets" 90% of this book is pure fluff that any oaf could put together, the author spends half his time promoting the business he works for "HomeAway" and the other half bad mouthing their biggest competitor "AirBnB". He gives very little REAL value towards finding the right home, different mortgage options, how to furnish it, funding it, how to promote it "outside of his own company", ways to manage it and things to look for in the location and home and the type of guests that will be vacationing in that area. If you want a book that skims the surface then you'll love this, however, I would say you should save your money and jot these things down on a paper as this is basically all he ever says. "HomeAway is the best service for promoting your home" "HomeAway offers home owners insurance that'll save you money" "HomeAway handles all your bookings" blah blah blah nothing useful here folks.
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This book helped me with all the basics of starting a home vacation rental business. Informative and an easy read.
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