Welcome to VR Owner Secrets, a brand-new addition to the blog line-up here in the Community from HomeAway™. We’re Alfred and Emily Glossbrenner, professional writers with over 20 years’ experience as the owners and operators of a very successful vacation-rental property.
We have spent our careers teaching people how to do things. The topics we’ve covered couldn’t be more diverse. Everything from The Art of Hitting .300 with the late, great Yankee hitting coach, Charley Lau, to a clutch of books about search engines and doing business online, to About the Author, a “juicy bits” guide for fiction lovers.
In all, over the last 30 years, we’ve written, co-authored, or ghostwritten over 60 books with combined sales of over one million copies. The New York Times once hailed Alfred as “The Great Explainer” when reviewing one of his books.
We like to think we really know what we’re doing when it comes to researching and presenting the information people need on a given topic in an interesting and amusing way, but in the coming months, you’ll have to be the judge of that.
Given our background, it was perfectly natural that we would write and publish the very first guide for owners of second homes who want to offer them as vacation rentals. All the threads came together: writing, publishing, a deep background in online communications and the Internet, and long experience as VR owner/operators. That is how our book/CD package, How to Make Your Vacation Property Work for You!, came to be.
Since that time, a great deal of information for VR owners has become available. Much of it is of questionable value or authority. But what you’ll find here at the Community from HomeAway is quite good. It’s well written, accurate, and highly focused. Which is why we happily accepted the invitation to participate in the site by contributing our time for a regular blog feature.
So, what can you expect from the VR Owner Secrets Blog? Our brief, which we enthusiastically embrace, is to help new vacation-rental owners get up to speed on advertising, marketing, and managing their properties. In the coming weeks, we’ll share with you the “secrets” of successful VR owners. We’ll give you the answers, information, and advice we wish someone had given us when we were just starting out.
Here are just a few of the topics we look forward to covering:
- Vacation Rental Success: How adopting the right mindset can get you off to a great start as a VR owner and assure your success year after year.
- Screening Renters: Sure-fire techniques for getting great guests (and avoiding the dreaded “renters from hell”).
- Facing a Crowded Market: How to make your online listings stand out from the competition.
- Handling Inquiries: 7 Secrets of Very Successful VR Owners.
- First-Year Dilemma: Help! My Availability Calendar is Empty!
- Guest Reviews: Proven techniques for getting 5-star reviews, even when things go wrong (and without making a nuisance of yourself).
We hope you’ll check back on a regular basis for new postings on the VR Owner Secrets Blog. Whether you’re a do-it-yourself VR owner or have decided to turn some things over to a property manager, we’re confident that you’ll find the information and advice presented here to be worthwhile.
Should you ever have a specific topic or question you would like to discuss, you can reach us by posting a comment on our blog or starting a thread within the Community and letting us know.
Alfred and Emily Glossbrenner
Alfred and Emily Glossbrenner are the authors of How to Make Your Vacation Property Work for You! and the founders of FullyBookedRentals (www.fullybookedrentals.com), a website focused on helping new and experienced VR owners advertise, market, manage, and make money from their second homes.