Owning investment real estate comes with its share of highs and lows. The joy of providing an exceptional hospitality experience and a knack for hosting can be very rewarding when you have guests that are able to enjoy your property as much as you do. However, with opening your door to so many, the inevitable … Continue reading Accidental Guest Damages: Take A Deep Breath!
The history and lore of the Surf City Pier are fascinating and a source of pride to the locals. Constructed in 1948, Surf City Pier was the first ocean pier on Topsail Island, North Carolina. The Surf City Pier held up to many damaging storms until Hurricane Fran wiped it out in 1996. You’ll find … Continue reading Your Surf City Pier Guide
Carolina beach boasts of some of the best spots for a variety of fishing options. The beach connects to three main water regions-the Intracoastal Waterway, Capefear River, and the Atlantic Ocean. All three are home to an abundance of fish species, and you will thoroughly enjoy the experience. Whether you are a skilled angler or … Continue reading Carolina Beach Fishing Guide
The vacation rental market has made a few twists and turns along its journey over the last two decades. The industry has grown exponentially, with independent hosts, small property management companies, large property management agencies, vendors, and service providers all carving out a defined role within the ecosystem. This blog post will compare how physical … Continue reading How Vacation Rental Operations Have Changed
Last year around this time life as we knew it came to a screeching halt. One minute all was normal with kids in school, people planning their summer vacations, and going about their daily lives. And then seemingly overnight what was once “normal” had changed indefinitely. We’ve learned a great deal over the last 12 … Continue reading Forecasting Summer 2021: Vacation Rentals Are On Fire!
If you are looking for an excursion in North Carolina, you can’t miss Carolina Beach State Park. This park is beloved by outdoor enthusiasts, tourists, and locals alike. Covering 761 acres of protected land, the park offers something for everyone. In particular, it provides some of the most impressive sights of local plant and animal … Continue reading Guide To Exploring Carolina Beach State Park
The key to optimizing a vacation rental property’s performance? It’s all about understanding the Big Three: Occupancy, Average Daily Rate, and Revenue Per Available Rental Night. Identifying trends in these three key performance indicators – and their relationship to each other – can help you maximize revenue throughout the year. Occupancy Rate: The percentage of … Continue reading The Big Three: Occupancy, ADR, and RevPAR
Questions Every Vacation Rental Property Owner Must Ask a Potential Property Manager If you own a vacation home, then you know that you can’t trust just anyone to manage it for you. Vacation and short-term property management companies must earn the right to manage your investment. At Carolina Retreats, we are committed to protecting your assets and … Continue reading Are You Worth My Investment?
By now most anyone slightly involved in short-term vacation rentals has at some level engaged with AirBnB and VRBO. While there are others like them, these two companies command the lion share of attention in the vacation rental marketing world. As a professional vacation rental manager for the past 15 plus years, I think it … Continue reading AirBnB vs. VRBO vs. Book Direct: What You Need To Know
In Part I of this series we looked at detailed ways you can enhance your vacation or short-term rental properties to appeal to guests year-round. In today’s highly competitive online marketing environment for any type of travel accommodations, and especially in our area of the Cape Fear with more traditional vacation rentals, it’s exactly the details and extras that turn an okay … Continue reading Maximizing Your Property For Year-Round Guests (Part II)