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How to Get Your Vacation Rental Ready for Winter

October is a time of transitions. As the leaves shed their green coats in favor of yellows, oranges, and reds, we find ourselves grabbing our own coats or perhaps a warm pumpkin spice latte. In the world of vacation rentals, guests are trading their sunscreen and flip flops for rain boots or skis. When that crispness in the air arrives, it’s time to switch gears in your home as well—it’...

Small Design Upgrades That Make a Big Difference for Your Vacation Rental

A well-designed vacation rental is most effective when it serves as a seamless backdrop to the perfect getaway. Think about your own travel experiences. When you get in the car to head home, what’s the first thing you say? Is it that the bed was too lumpy, or is it about how you slept well, ate well, and enjoyed quality time together without any hassles? Hopefully your guests are talking more a...

How do People Refer to Vacation Rentals Across the Country?

The keywords guests are using when searching for a vacation home vary by market and region. Knowing which keywords will drive the most traffic can mean the difference between your home being listed, or lost in the shuffle. Why does this matter? In certain regions, listing your home as a “vacation rental” may cause it to appear less frequently in organic search results, which account for almost...

Vacasa in the News | July 3, 2017

Here’s the latest Vacasa media coverage from around the web. Forbes: The Vacation Rental Game is Easier and More Profitable than Ever. Here’s Why.  Vacasa’s technology, business model, and employees are highlighted in this article on running a successful vacation rental business, which includes quotes from successful Vacasa homeowner Tai Dang. BiggerPockets: 4 Tips to Turn Your Home into a...

The Importance of Matching Dishes and Glasses ​

One of the main reasons people choose a vacation rental over a hotel is to have access to a fully equipped kitchen. In stocking your rental kitchen, it’s important to keep in mind that guests do expect a certain level of professionalism during their stay. Simple touches like matching dishes and cups can go a long way in improving guest perception of a vacation home. Mismatched mugs and plates mi...

How does rate optimization for vacation rentals work?

Demand for vacation rentals fluctuates throughout the year, sometimes even from day to day. Gone are the days of setting just one high season rate and one off-season rate if you want to make the most of your rental. Airlines and hotels have used dynamic pricing for years, and the vacation rental industry is starting to follow suit. What is rate optimization? Instead of setting static nightly rate...

Announcing a Partnership With Booking.com

One in three travelers opted for a vacation rental in 2015 (compared to one in 10 in 2010) and major online booking sites are capitalizing on the trend. These sites are now expanding their offerings to include alternative lodgings in addition to traditional hotels. We’re excited to announce that more than 4,500 of Vacasa homes (with more to come!) are now live on Booking.com, one of the largest ...

How I’m Earning an 8% Cap Rate With My Vacation Rental

This post from our Chief Development Officer Cliff Johnson originally appeared on BiggerPockets, where we regularly share tips for owning and managing vacation rentals. In 2014, I bought a vacation rental on the Oregon coast. In my first full year of ownership, I earned more than $35,000 in net rental income. Vacation rentals can be lucrative, headache-free investments, as well as amazing assets f...

Optimized Rates for Maximum Bookings

Vacasa uses a variable rate optimization engine that adjusts rental rates four times a day, every day, for each property. Rates are based on hundreds of variables, including weather forecasts, holidays, location-specific events, competitor pricing and occupancy rates, lead time, current sales and promotions, regional demand trends, proximity to local landmarks, and seasonal demand curves. This is ...

The Vacasa Difference

Comprehensive, marketing-focused management fee Our management fee is comprehensive and competitively priced, and we reinvest in your home each year with our extensive marketing plan. Additionally, our fee covers many services other management firms typically charge extra for, like travel agency commissions, credit card fees, changing lightbulbs, and providing supplies. If you are new to renting y...