Operations Corner – What’s New!

I would like to personally thank you for giving Topsail Realty the opportunity to manage your vacation rental home!

As always, we continue to invest time, energy, and funds in ways to ensure that our website and other chosen advertising venues present your homes in an engaging way while providing premier exposure of your homes and the amenities offered for vacation goers hoping for a holiday in an idyllic beach setting!

A great deal of thought and effort went into the development of our recently launched website’s newly designed search with filters and methods to streamline and simplify the search process. It allows those looking for potential vacation homes to more quickly locate choices with availability to suit their needs both when planning in advance as well as when making last-minute getaway plans!

Additionally, we are partnered with Homeaway.com and their related sites so our properties are also advertised on those outlets including HomeAway.com, VRBO.com, VacationRentals.com, as well as international vacation rental sites that are part of the HomeAway family to provide even more exposure and advertising outlets. For those owners that do not want to have their homes advertised on the Homeaway.com family of sites, we have the option to not include specific properties at an owner’s request, though I would like to reiterate that our advertising on those outlets are at no additional cost to our owners!

The yearly owner renewal process will be upon us again before we know it!  While historically this process has been done during the Fall and owner agreements do automatically renew each year on October 1st, we would like to ascertain general availability for 2019. If you know of any dates in 2019 that your home would not be available for rental that you would like to owner block, please use your Owner’s Area to create those blocks or send us an email at Info@TopsailRealty.com to take make us aware of those dates so that we block them in advance.

We do currently offer guests the opportunity to make advance plans for 2019 by making Advance Reservation Requests for past weeks in 2018 for comparable dates in 2019.  As always, these are subject to the owner making the home available for rental and we generally would not confirm these with agreements or request for the first payment until January 2019.

Additionally, as part of the renewal process regarding owner rental rates particularly, we hope to introduce new concepts applied to the vacation rental marketplace that would allow for us to optimize your homes’ rates at all times, centered around local market trends, local availability, and local demand – all specific effects that impact vacation rentals in our area directly. More details will be forthcoming in the next few months on the renewal process as we explore those possibilities!

Jennifer Lewis with Topsail Realty

Jennifer Lewis, Rental Operations Manager

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