Tools & Resources & Listing Sites

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Pricelabs
A dynamic pricing tool that helps you maximize revenue for your vacation rental. 

The main reasons I love, use and recommend it are:

  1. Utilizes search demand on the OTAs to increase/ decrease pricing based on demand in order to stay in range for going market rate

  2. Dynamic pricing helps with search rankings on the OTAs

  3. It is more than just a pricing tools with settings such as "orphan day" and "far out bookings" that are all customizable

  4. Compared to other pricing tools, they do not take a % of revenue, there is flat, monthly pricing. 

Use code 3796r0 to receive $10 off your first month. 


Smartbnb
An automated messaging system that is great for guest communication. Don't let automated messages scare you-they can still be personal!

The main reasons I love, use and recommend it are:

  1. Response time on Airbnb and HomeAway/ VRBO are critical and smartbnb will help you reply within seconds. Along with their "heart beat" calendar pings on Airbnb, this is incredibly helpful to help rankings

  2. Setup touch base communication leading up to, during and post-guest stays to help save you time. You can adjust messages to make more personal and/ or even pause messages for specific guests. 

Airdna

Airdna is a great tool to analyze and get indicators when researching new properties and to help compare stats for existing properties.

The main reasons I love, use and recommend it are:

  1. When researching a new property, you can plug in an address to see ranges of occupancy and revenue.

  2. For existing properties, you can sync your Airbnb listings to see performance and compare to other properties

NOTE: their data is heavily reliant on Airbnb and while they have a recent integration with HomeAway (vrbo), I do no think it tells the full picture and potential. However, there aren’t other tools available that do and this is the best for what is available in my opinion.

Rentals United
When listing on multiple online listing sites (OTAs), it can be time consuming to set up and manage your listings. I use Rentals United as a channel manager (in conjunction with my Property Management System).

The main reasons I love, use and recommend it are:

  1. Their customer service is hands-down some of the best that I have experienced in the industry.

  2. Their user- interface is pretty self- explanatory and easy to use.

  3. I have been able to broaden my reach and diversify our bookings and revenue.

Later
Later allows you to plan and schedule social media posts, track engagement and utilize saved hashtags.

The main reasons I love, use and recommend it are:

  1. It allows you to schedule your posts and content in advance so you never have to miss a day

  2. You can visually see how your content will be laid out and ensure it looks cohesive;

  3. The basic plan for one account is FREE however they do have paid plans that are incredibly cost effective. 

NoiseAware
A privacy safe noise monitoring system (it's like a smoke detector for noise)! 

The main reasons I love, use and recommend it are:

  1. The peace of mind it gives. Knowing that if noise levels begin to rise, you have the ability to know about it BEFORE it becomes an issue, is reassuring

  2. It's easy to setup and use! 

Airbnb
Airbnb is an an online listing site that connects hosts to guests.

The main reasons I love, use and recommend it are:

  1. It attracts many US-based guests.

  2. The system is user-friendly and easy to use.

  3. We get fabulous guests and fill mid-week bookings

HomeAway/ Vrbo
Expedia Group owns HomeAway and Vrbo. It is an an online listing site that connects hosts to guests.

The main reasons I love, use and recommend it are:

  1. It attracts many US-based guests.

  2. Bookings tend to be longer stays.

  3. More families with children guests.

  4. We get fabulous guests.

Booking.com
Many people know Airbnb and Vrbo, but did you know booking.com is the most trafficked vacation rental site globally? We now have all of our homes listed on booking.com and we’ve had some great reservations and guests come through. If you use the link above, you (and I) will get 5 commission-free bookings.

The main reasons I love, use and recommend it are:

  1. It attracts international guests.

  2. A variety of custom settings to ensure it works with your processes and comfortable level.

  3. Absolutely amazing customer support.

  4. Set commission structure so you know exactly how to adjust your rates for the platform!

TAKL

Think of TAKL as an OTA for the maintenance and service provider world! Using their app, you can find providers for: handyman, lawn maintenance, assembly, cleaning, junk removal and more!

The main reasons I love, use and recommend it are:

  1. You can request a job on the fly when you’re in a pinch. While I have my normal providers, if they’re unavailable, TAKL is my go-to. You can also schedule jobs for the future.

  2. Once you’ve selected your job, available providers “bid” and you choose based on their availability and reviews.

  3. Your cost is fixed and the app makes it easy to pay.

  4. The more you use it, you earn points towards future work!

Use code C34E3 to receive 10% off your first job.

Amazon Credit Card for Rental Purchases

Having a separate card for purchases related to your rental is important for keeping your books straight. Since I purchase A LOT on Amazon and have a Prime Business account,

The main reasons I love, use and recommend it are:

  1. If you have a Prime Business account, you earn 5% back on all Amazon purchases!

  2. You earn 1% on purchases off of Amazon.

  3. You can standard AMEX card holder perks.

Use the link provided to receive a $100-$125 gift card when you sign up!

Nashville Area Short Term Rental Association

  1. Getting started in Nashville FAQs

  2. Follow on Facebook!

Rent Responsibly for hosts who care about responsible hosting (which should be EVERYONE)

Vacation Rental Glossary of Terms by Lodgify

Vacation Rental Marketing Blog (VRMB) by Matt Landau

  1. Here is a great summarization of the inner circle filmed at the vacation rental women’s summit in february 2019 in NOLA

  2. Unlocked Podcast by Matt Landau

  3. The Vacation Rental Show by Matt Landau

The Distinguished Guest for lists, blogs and more by Alanna Schroeder

  1. New to Short Term Rental FB Group

Rent Responsibly

Vacation Rental Formula by Heather and Mike Bayer

  1. Heather Bayer’s podcast

Tyann Marcink for Photography, Websites and more

Lodgify Blog 

Vrolio (an “mls” for vacation rental properties)

  1. Vacation Rental Income Calculator (note: you must be a member to access. Membership is FREE).

Certified Vacation Rental Agent Certification
This is for the real estate agents out there! this course is created by industry experts Heather Bayer and Erica Muller.

  1. Teaches agents how to appropriately value a vacation rental property

  2. Great lead generator for agents wanting to capture the vacation rental opportunity