As beach vacation experts for over 40 years on the North Carolina islands, (Pleasure Island, Topsail Island) we have seen it all. From seasonal rain to strong force winds, our sole concern always; is the safety of our guests. We value everyone’s including our own vacation specialists and always go beyond necessary precautions to ensure safety.
We have a lot of new owners that came aboard this year, so I wanted to take the opportunity to give a brief tutorial on how to decipher the owner statements, and give a few pointers on where you can look on the Owner Portal for additional clarification.
Each month, I will upload both a monthly statement and year-to-date statement for your property. When a reservation is booked, the guest is required to pay half of the rent up front, along with Travel Insurance if purchased. Our software posts transactions in real time, so when the reservation is confirmed, the first half of the rent will be posted to your owner statement. The second half of the rent and any pet fees are posted after the guest departs, and the full balance less commission as well as any expenses incurred, is paid on the last day of the month of departure.
I guess Bob Dylan was right, “The Times They Are A Changin”. Topsail Island is certainly seeing rapid change! The rapid growth in real estate both residential and retail is astounding. Just a few years ago we thought that Harris Teeter was a big deal. Now we have a Walmart and a new Publix. The boom in new construction on the island is certainly creating more competition in the vacation rental business.
To be successful we have to embrace change and try to stay ahead of the trends in the vacation rental market. At Topsail Realty we pride ourselves on doing one thing well. We only do vacation rentals.
Pleasing your guests and offering more than the competition doesn’t take a whole lot of time or money. Far too many companies only focus on the bottom line. The personal touch makes a big impression on guests. Moving the personal touch up the priority list and making more of an effort to make sure their every stay is a great one, will set you ahead of the pack.
Here are some tips on how you can help your guests have a thrilling time with you and have them coming back for years to come.
With the summer months about to arrive, things are going to get extra busy for homeowners who rent their properties out around Topsail. Those with multi-bedroom homes will likely be renting to larger groups which can mean bigger bucks but also more work.
More people than ever want to travel the country and when it comes to accommodations they don’t want to settle for a basic hotel room or campground. Private vacation home rentals are becoming more popular than ever not just with Baby Boomers but for Millennials, too. From home-sharing sites to luxury vacation rentals, travelers prefer a more customized approach to their annual vacation. Today’s travelers are not interested in living in a single room such as a hotel provides.