Property Managers Wear Many Hats Part Two: The Property Manager’s Role During Hurricane Season

As a professional property management company, Carolina Retreats takes nearly every burden away from the property owner.  During hurricane season, the saying goes, “It’s hard to fight Mother Nature.”  So, we don’t fight it, we manage it.

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Property Managers Wear Many Hats

We’ve seen it time and again.

A real estate investor purchases a property, with the intention of generating income as a vacation rental. Simple right? They decide to manage the property themselves, rather than spending to engage a professional property manager.  Sometimes, that scenario proves successful…. but most times the reality is, unfortunately, very different.

It’s far too easy to underestimate the costs of managing a rental property.  Everything from the potential technology investment to really understanding the time involved.  Many times, managing a vacation rental is truly a hassle, particularly if the property is miles away from where the owner lives. In addition to the obvious things like routine maintenance, housekeeping, and pool/hot tub service, there are also many, many
not-so-obvious expenses.

For example, expenses for emergency services (what will you do if your hot water heater floods the property at 3 AM?) or choosing the right kind of sturdy furnishings, so that you’re not in a constant cycle of replacement. Or, in the realm of technology, choosing which PMS (property management system) best suits your needs.

And then there is pricing and marketing.  The average investor is almost never prepared for the learning curve of these two critical components of managing and renting a vacation property.

Oh, and don’t forget customer relationships and retention. Does the average investor have a plan for nurturing guest relationships or how to respond to a negative review without ruining that relationship?

Probably not.  That’s where we come in.

As a professional property management company, Carolina Retreats takes nearly every burden away. We have systems in place to handle every eventuality, and we can guide you through every step in creating an incredibly successful vacation rental.

It’s not just marketing and taking reservations…it’s much more.   Our commissions are more than reasonable for the benefits and services we provide, most importantly, peace of mind.

We also provide:

  • A dedicated in-house property care team, including professional housekeeping and maintenance services
  • Preferred partnerships with local vendors
  • A dedicated marketing staff who will create a custom marketing plan specifically for your property
  • In-house designers who can make suggestions and assist in furnishing and equipping your property
  • An online portal, which will allow you to keep up with every aspect of your property in real-time

At Carolina Retreats we give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing that it’s not all on you.

In part two we’ll look at some of the realities of Coastal Carolina and talk about how a professional property manager handles hurricane season, and how to handle damage to properties.

Part three is: Property Managers are advocates. Up close and personal with you, your property and your bottom line. There is real value in having a property manager for your vacation rental.

A Traveler’s Guide to the Kure Beach Pier

If you are looking for a beautiful North Carolina beach, then you may have thought about checking out Kure Beach, a small beachfront town just south of Wilmington. While visiting Kure Beach, one of the top attractions is the Kure Beach fishing pier, located at 100 Atlantic Avenue, Kure Beach, NC 28449.

It is one of the most popular attractions in the Wilmington area, and it can present you with a beautiful ocean view. This is also a popular location for anglers and you might even be able to catch some mackerel right from the pier!

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The Best Time to Visit Topsail Island, NC

One of North Carolina’s top destinations is Topsail Island. This 26-mile barrier island encompasses Surf City, North Topsail Beach, and Topsail Beach. Thanks to its balmy temperatures and temperate climate, many people come to the island throughout the year.

But, when is the best time to visit Topsail? Let’s break down the month season by season so that you can plan your trip to this vacation spot accordingly. 

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Tranquil House Inn announces acceptance into the Select Registry

[January 21, 2022] Manteo, North Carolina – The Tranquil House Inn, a boutique waterfront Outer Banks hotel, is proud to announce its official acceptance into the Select Registry Distinguished Inns of North America, a diverse collection of independent, boutique properties.

“We are delighted to welcome The Tranquil House Inn and its owners, Carolina Retreats Vacation Group and the Harrington family,” said Select Registry CEO Mark Reichle. “The Tranquil House Inn will make a great addition to our diverse collection of independent, quality-assured, boutique properties.”

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A Fishing Guide to Kure Beach NC

Are you looking for the best Carolina beach to go fishing in North Carolina? If so, you might be thinking about checking out Fort Fisher and Wilmington, but you should definitely check out fishing charters for anglers available from Kure Beach fishing pier. Once you have your fishing license, what do you need to know about fishing near Kure Beach Pier in Kure Beach, NC 28449?

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Carolina Retreats Unveils Their New Renovations For The Beach House at Oak Island

The Beach House at Oak Island recently finished renovations to the property after over nine months of work. Though much of the regular infrastructure was kept, the property has been enhanced with upscale rooms, modern conveniences added that you would find typically offered in the industry.

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Top Attractions & Things To Do in Wrightsville Beach NC

The town of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina is beautiful and has a lot to offer those looking for a getaway. The town is part of the Wilmington Metropolitan Area and has a population of about 2,500 people. A smaller town that is located along the Intracoastal Waterway, Wrightsville Beach is made up of a 4-mile long beach and an interior island known as Harbor Island.

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The Top 10 Wrightsville Beach Waterfront Restaurants

Located next to Wilmington, NC, Wrightsville Beach is perfect for couples, individuals, and families. With miles of pristine beaches and a laid-back vibe, Wrightsville is much less crowded and “touristy” than Myrtle Beach. If you’re going to visit the water in North Carolina, you can’t do much better than Wrightsville.

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Carolina Retreats Announces Acquisition of Cadence Realty Vacation Rental Division

Surf City, NC – December 20, 2021Carolina Retreats, the leader in vacation rental management and niche hospitality services along the North Carolina coast, has announced the acquisition and partnership of Cadence Realty’s vacation rental management division based in Wrightsville Beach, NC. The newly combined division will now allow Carolina Retreats to offer vacation rental marketing and management services for property owners and guests from Topsail Island, Carolina & Kure Beach, Oak Island, and now Wrightsville Beach.

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