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Everything Robert Fulgham Learned in Kindergarten

Published on 11/01/09 by May, William Victor – I stumbled onto an Internet posting the other day that told me it has been twenty years since Robert Fulgham wroteEverything I Really Need to Know I Learned in kindergarten. Read more

Seeing your Name in Print

Published on 10/01/09 by May, William Victor – Sometimes it is nice to see your name in the media and sometimes it is not. As the volunteer Director of the Vacation Rental Industry Association (VRIA) I receive calls from media all over the country. Speaking with most reporters reminds me of sitting in Journalism class while pursuing my college Read more

Remembering the "Thank You" Game

Published on 09/01/09 by May, William Victor – Surprises are great. And thank you's are best. In an industry like property management that requires attention to detail, constant supervision and reconciliation of occasionally conflicting goals between guests and owners it is too easy to forget the little personal things that make life worth liv Read more

Ocean Shores and Westport are Beaches Like No Other

Published on 08/01/09 by May, William Victor – A truth in advertising disclaimer is required first. Although I haven't lived in the area in almost 40 years, I must admit that I did grew up in several towns on the Washington Coast. Up until 4th grade the town of Raymond was where my parents lived and, you know how that goes, so did me. After th Read more

World's First Vacation Rental Multiple Listing Service (MLS)

Published on 03/18/09 by May, William Victor – The every increasing cost of advertising on the mammoth impersonal vacation rental listing websites has spawned innovation. On April 6th, the Vacation Rental Industry Association, with the help of Plumbob Publishing is unveiling the first every Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for Vacation Rentals. T Read more

You Can Still Go On Vacation

Published on 03/09/09 by May, William Victor – What will happen if unemployment hits 8% in the US? If you passed remedial math in school you know that means 92% of folks are still employed. While the 92% may be holding back on expenses but life goes on. The employed will continue to buy groceries, clothes, cable TV, phone services and - make n Read more

Protecting the Value of your Vacation Rental Home Investment

Published on 02/15/09 by May, William Victor – Many books have been written about offering second homes as vacation rental lodging; promising income and appreciation from an asset that sits unused when owners are away. But renting means the owner is in business and, like any other business, one that will occasionally have to deal with cranky co Read more

Sometimes the Best Ideas are Obvious

Published on 01/10/09 by May, William Victor – It was our very first vacation rental. A sumptuous 3,000 square foot vacation home located at Washington State's top destination - Wapato Point a private resort on 50 miles long Lake Chelan Washington. Because it sits on Native American land we dubbed it the Totem House and filled it with native Ame Read more

Hello Blog. Goodbye Newsletters.

Published on 01/10/09 by May, William Victor – After years of writing newsletters I've succumbed to writing a blog. Not sure what the difference is - we've been posting newsletters online years ago- as well as emailing them and, in fact, snail mailing them years ago. What better way to keep in touch with all those people I should keep in touch Read more

Sunspot Houdini Websites Are Like Magic

Published on 01/10/09 by May, William Victor – Our current website design is about a year old. Built by our great programming staff of Salman and Ozair with photograph help from Jonathan and Joseph. Oh and I do a little of the text. Guests compliment us all the time because the site is chock full of information about our destinations as well as Read more

Lotus Hale Hawaiin Villa Vs. Poipu Grand Hyatt Hotel

Published on 01/09/09 by May, William Victor – The Grand Hyatt at Poipu Kauai Hawaii is a real gem. If you want beauty and pampering this is your place - provided you want to a small room, high prices, less privacy and a hike to everything you might want to do. For just about $400 per night you get one of the 602 motel 6 size rooms. Better appo Read more

Barack Obama Endorses Vacation Rentals

Published on 11/24/08 by May, William Victor – The next President of the United States has effectively endorsed the entire concept of Vacation Rentals by renting a private home in Kailua on the North Shore of Oahu, a Hawaiian Island. He is staying there for a week with his wife Michelle and two daughters. He is staying at a secluded beach re Read more

What Makes Vacation Rentals Unique

Published on 06/11/07 by Kinkaid, Ana M. – Vacation Rentals are the newest member of the hospitality industry. Here are some of the ways that vacation rentals offer an attractive alternative to traditional lodging. LOTS OF ROOM - One of the biggest differences between a vacation rental and almost all other forms of lodging is the space ava Read more

Vacation Rentals: Something Knew

Published on 05/07/07 by Kinkaid, Ana M. – Vacation Rentals are the newest member of the hospitality industry and it's important for guests to know what makes vacation rentals so unique. Unless we articulate clearly what makes a vacation rental (or VR) so special, we will be confused with other lodging formats in the industry. Here are som Read more

Is it Too Late to Invest in a Vacation Rental?

Published on 08/10/05 by May, William Victor – Are vacation rentals the espresso stands of the future? Over thirty years ago a couple of Seattle entrepreneurs started a little shop in Washington State to make and sell the kind of rich and potent coffee - common in Europe - that they couldn't find in their home town. More than a decade later, an Read more

Breathtaking Photographs Are Closer Than You Think

Published on 04/19/05 by Mcintyre, Jonathan – Nothing, and I mean nothing, can help sell your rental more quickly to a perspective tenant than a great photo. There is little that ameliorates a poor website more than clear, representative and numerous photos highlighting the best your vacation property has to offer. Does your home have a beaut Read more

Vacation Rentals In Afghanistan

Published on 09/05/04 by May, William Victor – I kid you not. The LA Times is reporting that Estullah Rooz, after years of fighting Soviets, rival Mujahedee and the Taliban, the man known as the Commander Mullah is going corporate. And how you say? Well, he's building the first Swiss designed and pre-fabricated Vacation Rental homes on Lake Qarg Read more

The Trouble With Hotels

Published on 04/06/04 by May, William Victor – Can anyone tell me why a family would stay in a Hotel for their vacation? I was reminded recently of how distressing it can be when we visited the famous Waikiki Beach area of Hawaii. Penny and I hadn't spent much time there for 20 years but my 14 year old son decided there were things he just nee Read more

Lau Lau for Christmas Dinner

Published on 12/22/03 by May, William Victor – It was six years ago on Christmas day. My then eight year old son and I were snorkeling about 40 yards off shore at Poipu Beach Kauai. Having taken weekly swimming lessons since he was just 9 months old Taylor felt safe swimming with me out and around a point in hopes of seeing one of the endangered Read more

Christmas in Hawaii

Published on 12/15/03 by May, William Victor – Mele Kalikimaka Haouli Makahiki Hou (Merry Christmas Happy New Year from Hawaii). There are many wonderful reasons for owning a vacation home. But my favorite is the way ownership allows people to make another place home. And I don't mean just a nice place to eat and sleep. Instead, if you are Read more

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