A special thank you goes out to all the amazing vendors and participants in this year’s VRM Intel in Wilmington, North Carolina this year. From the talented Amy Hinote as our emcee and organizer, the sessions included great feedback and information regarding the recent rise in property value, the ever-growing demand for housing in our areas, as well as what that means from a vacation rental management perspective.Continue reading Carolina Retreats Attends the 2022 VRM Intel Live!
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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.Continue reading Property Managers Wear Many Hats Part Two: The Property Manager’s Role During Hurricane Season
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
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.
Carolina Retreats Announces Acquisition of Cadence Realty Vacation Rental Division
Surf City, NC – December 20, 2021 – Carolina 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.Continue reading Carolina Retreats Announces Acquisition of Cadence Realty Vacation Rental Division
5 Reasons You Should Visit The North Carolina Coast this Fall
Summer might be over, but your beach vacations don’t have to be! Fall is actually one of the best times to visit the North Carolina coast. Carolina Retreats provides plenty of relaxing stays year-round, and you’ll love having fewer crowds. To help you decide why you should start planning your trip to the coast, we’ve made a list of 5 reasons you should take a vacation to the NC Coast this fall.Continue reading 5 Reasons You Should Visit The North Carolina Coast this Fall
Boosting Off-Season Vacation Rental Income With Physical Improvements: Kitchen, Bathroom, Hot Tubs, Pools, etc.
Making Your Vacation Home Storm-Ready: Tips For Protecting Your Investment
We’re in the middle of Hurricane season, but storms aren’t just seasonal things we deal with on the coast, here in North Carolina. If you own a vacation home, then you’re constantly keeping tabs on weather reports, because throughout the year, thunderstorms crop up quickly and bring heavy winds, rain, and hail. We get straight-line wind events and tornadoes capable of causing widespread damage. We get Nor’easters that often deliver heavy winds, huge rain amounts, and a lot of coastal flooding. We get storm surges that bring in tremendous deluges from the Atlantic, across our sounds, and the intracoastal waterway. There are many things you can do to make your vacation and rental property storm-ready by protecting your coastal oasis and hard-earned investment from the ravages of storms year-round.Continue reading Making Your Vacation Home Storm-Ready: Tips For Protecting Your Investment
Vacation Rental Pricing Strategy: 3 Steps To Early Success
Welcome Our Tranquil House Inn Team
Manteo, NC – Over the past several months, our operations team at Carolina Retreats have been steadily working behind the scenes in completing the recently renovated Tranquil House Inn, located in Manteo, NC. From its inception, The Tranquil House Inn has been a staple for travelers looking to experience a relaxing getaway along the water. Offering 25 enchanting rooms as well as a fantastic on-site restaurant, The Tranquil House Inn is poised for success as they embark on this new journey forward.Continue reading Welcome Our Tranquil House Inn Team
Carolina Retreats Selected as a preferred Vacation Rental Manager for Homes & Villas by Marriott International
Surf City, North Carolina, March 26, 2021 – CAROLINA RETREATS, a high-end hospitality and vacation rental management company based in North Carolina, today announced that the firm has been selected as a new vacation rental property manager for Homes & Villas by Marriott International. Select rental properties exclusively managed by Carolina Retreats will now be available on Homes & Villas by Marriott International starting in April 2021.Continue reading Carolina Retreats Selected as a preferred Vacation Rental Manager for Homes & Villas by Marriott International