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Sep 28, 2021

I recently opened a 1 bed/1 bath vacation rental. The target market is coupled traveling to Hendersonville, NC. You can peek at it here until I get it on our website.

We have 2 show stoppers- the deck and the bathroom. The afternoon before we opened, we had spent ages putting finishing touches on things.
So, when the first guests checked out after a one-night stay, I was excited to see evidence of how they enjoyed the property.

The bedroom looked fantastic, they even made the...

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Mar 15, 2021

Travel is wonky right now. Some places are enjoying a resurgence of interested in their areas, others are still in lockdown.

But, people are traveling. Find out who and their WHY, so you can tailor your marketing to capture new bookings. Our team member, Rose, made this just for you! Scroll down to read it.

You can see the report here.

To Your Success,

Elizabeth Carson Ellington
Vacation Rental Profit Lab, Owner
Speaker, International Living and REIA
Vacation Rental...
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Apr 01, 2020

Despite the stock market plummeting causing an economic downturn, there's a silver lining that you may be able to benefit from.

As of late, the Feds have slashed interest rates to nearly 0. Now, let's talk about how you can take advantage of this current situation.

3 Ways to Take Advantage of the Low-Interest Rates Due to Coronavirus

Yes, believe it or not, even with the stock market dropping in numbers daily, there is a silver lining.

It’s real estate. The federal government...

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Is COVID-19 Shaking Up Your Vacation Rental Business?

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Mar 23, 2020

The Coronavirus or COVID-19 has caused global concern - and has had far-reaching repercussions, especially in travel and manufacturing. People are not only worried about their health but how this disease is affecting the economy.

...but let’s not panic.

Let’s look at how the virus is affecting the vacation rental industry.

Vacation Rental Marketplaces Take On Coronavirus

Our industry has been hit hard. No doubt. Drive to destinations are faring only slightly better, but any place...

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Oct 30, 2019

If you’re here, you must have heard about the benefits and value of owning a vacation rental and you want to know how you can get into this “elite” club.

Luckily for you, there are several ways you can get into this investment. But I do have to warn you, whichever path you choose, you will have to roll up your sleeves and work hard to build a vacation rental business that’s able to achieve wild profits!

Two Things You Should Know:

  • Owning a vacation rental is NOT a...

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Oct 24, 2019

A good first impression is everything...with anything. So, your vacation rental is no different; however, it is a little tougher.


The first impression your potential guests are going to get with your Airbnb is over the internet. As many of you know, many things can be perceived differently and easily construed in a bad light more so than if you had a physical first impression.

Therefore, you must be very careful with what you put out and how you put it out on your listings.


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Oct 24, 2019

Sometimes, it's easy to get discouraged and feel like you're not making any progress, as if you're going backwards. I'm going to give you some context for what's happening...

1. There are definitely more owners and more inventory.

With the popularity of Airbnb’s rising, in terms of both guests and owners, there is more competition to work against. This will mean you’ll have to put more effort and intensify your strategic plan to stay at the top of the listing sites and above your...

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Your Next Steps After Naming Your Vacation Rental

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Oct 4, 2019

Have you given your property a name?

Well, as listing sites or OTAs (online travel agencies), like HomeAway, Expedia, Vrbo, and Airbnb, take more and more from the customers and from the owners, direct bookings are becoming more important.

Named your property? Your Next Steps...

If you have a name for your property, you can buy that domain name. I recommend Namecheap. They are not a sleazy company with continual, sneaky updates. You can usually buy it for about $10 and you could just...

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A Game Changing Deal You Won't Want to Miss

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Sep 27, 2019

Airbnb started out as a really low budget platform. You could couch surf. You could stay in somebody's room in their house. And now it's had a total shift. You're not even allowed to count an air mattress, which ironically is how the owners started, by renting out air mattresses on their living room floor for $80 a night when there was a design conference in San Francisco because they couldn't make their rent. But now they even have Airbnb Lux. They have Airbnb Plus. They have super hosts....

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I'm back with the results of the case study that I started last week. If you haven't seen that, go ahead and click here. But if you've been following this, you know that I have two homes in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Leaf season, which is right now, is really the highest season that we have other than Christmas. We have some festivals and other things that bring people in, but starting mid-September through October is our moneymaker. By Wednesday of last week, of my two properties, I had...

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Case Study: Last Minute Bookings - Part 1

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Sep 12, 2019

Do you ever have times when you're frustrated because you haven't made the bookings that you expect to at a certain date? That is happening to me right now.

I spent about an hour yesterday on the phone with Airbnb and one of the reps took an in-depth look at both of my Hendersonville properties on Airbnb and said they were nearly perfect but there was one minor change that we had to make.

I couldn't figure out how to get advanced notice off of one booking and apparently, it was to do with my...

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Vacation Rentals: Top 10 Ways They've Impacted My Life

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Sep 03, 2019

This list was done a couple of years ago but they still stand true. So, without further ado, here are the top 10 ways vacation rentals impacted my life for the better.

#10 - Happy Travelers Funds paid for my homes.

#9 - No mortgage.

We have a 2-bedroom home that we're going to make into a duplex, and when we rent out the other side, nine nights a month, we have no mortgage. Everything above that is pure profit.

#8 - Constant learning.

I get to go to conferences, listen to podcasts, read...

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July 23, 2019

Some of us dated more than 2 or 3 people before we found the right person.

We learned things along the way. What clothes looked good on us, what topics of conversation we could wax poetic on, which cafe to go to where everybody knew our name. Of course, we mixed it up - we didn’t wear the same outfit to the same cafe and break out the same, winning conversation starter.

But here, I’m not talking about dating, but playing around with your listing.
For some reason,...

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July 18, 2019

It’s inevitable. At some point in your career, you’re going to encounter cranky guests. Here’s how to make the best out of an uncomfortable situation.
First, they may be cranky for a reason. Power out and no water for 8 hours?

Yep, there’s a reason they are unhappy. Having a plan is always a great way to start before a crisis comes up.

But, what if this is a personality thing? Some people actually love to be miserable...and let everyone know about it.

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Jul 09, 2019

I hate gossip. I try to stay away from it. I usually say something nice about a person who is being disparaged to change the course of the conversation. Occasionally, though, I break down and indulge. We know it’s bad, but it feels great, doesn’t it?

To use this skill correctly in your business, you will never say ANYTHING bad about a competitor. This is about gathering information to play up your positives.

One way to get intel on what guests visiting your Airbnb might want to...

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Got Questions?

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Jul 02, 2019

Questions. We have them all the time, including within our vacation rental business.

“How do I price my vacation rental?”

“How do I handle key exchange?”

“My guest is mad that the air conditioning went out, how do I handle it?”

“How do I get bookings on my own?”

“There are lots of short-term rentals in my area. How can I stand out?”

There’s no central building where we owners work, no common location...

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When Sleeping Around is a GOOD Thing

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Jun 24, 2019

I’m gobsmacked every time when I hear a short-term rental owner say they have never stayed in a vacation rental.

To me, that’s like opening a sushi restaurant having never tasted raw fish and seaweed. How do you know what’s a good combination for your visitors? How do you know what flavors go together? What will make even the most sophisticated connoisseur gag?
You can tell which restaurants are simply into the daily grind - passing out barely edible...

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Are your photo captions holding you back from more bookings at your Airbnb?

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Jun 18, 2019

If you already own a vacation rental, have it listed on a vacation rental listing platform (hopefully it’s at least on one of the big 3), then you must know all about captions. The thing is you may have overlooked them. You may have added simple words - like "Kitchen." You can do better!

Now, you may be saying, “Beth, I have less than 100 characters to use for my captions. How on earth do you come up with a good caption so small?”

I know. I know. I know. I’ve been in...

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Relieve their Pain Point and Get more Guests! Insider Tip Inside

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Jun 11, 2019

If you know anything about the real estate industry, location is a biggie! The first place they put in the search bar, whether it be within Airbnb or Vrbo, or

Google, is a city.

Here’s the truth. Your guests picked a location to vacation at, right? That was their first order of business. Then they looked for a place to stay. They want it to be EASY.

Put yourself in their shoes. Mom is sitting in her car at the school pick-up line. She has her iPhone out, looking...

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Jun 04, 2019

How persuasive are you?

You’ve heard the term “power of persuasion”, right? Well, that’s what we’re digging into today. And it’s going to be AWESOME! So stick with me!

Listen, I can honestly say some people are just born with the gift but many of us have to be taught how to sell using persuasion. A lot of people are in fact a little intimidated by this course of action – yes, yes, another fear is rising up.

But hey, I get it! This part is a little...

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May 29, 2019

Christmas morning as a you remember having to stay at the top of the stairs, then rushing down to a scene where Santa - SANTA! had been. Everything was exciting, even the plate of cookie - one with a bite out of it, of course!

Remember how you could not wait to run down the stairs to see a bunch of beautifully wrapped presents stuffed beneath the Christmas tree?! You were overwhelmed with excitement to find out what was beneath...

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Apr 16, 2019

Let’s talk about the money shot - your thumbnail photo. The thumbnail photo is the small photo that pops up when people search for rentals on FlipKey or HomeAway.

Your thumbnail should be the best representation of your vacation rental as it informs them of the mood and the highlights of your place. It will determine whether or not they click to start the process of seeing if your place is a good fit. You want an excellent money shot! If you don't have good photos, that's your very next...

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Apr 16, 2019

I'm Beth Carson, a vacation rental expert, and I own an Airbnb in Fiji, one of my favorite places on the planet. What you may not know is that I live in Asheville, North Carolina, which is 24 hours away. Let me tell you a little bit about the back story of how I ended up with a vacation rental on this dream island.

I had been to 35 countries when I went on a FAM (familiarization) trip, as a travel agent, to Fiji.. We got to see Denarau and along the Coral Coast. Then we came up to the very...

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Apr 15, 2019

You can design your vacation rental really well without having to spend a lot of money. I was on a really tight budget for designing a couple Airbnb’s, in Tao, Mexico, but I was able to do a great job with a few nifty tricks...

I needed something for a big wall in the dining space. It was so empty, and your eye was just really drawn to the emptiness. I chose the colors gold, silver, and pops of red as accents.

So, in my suitcase, I brought over three platters that were on clearance at...

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Apr 15, 2019

Listen up! There are plenty of opportunities in the vacation rental industry for your home to make a lot of money. When I bought my home in Fiji and put it on the vacation rental market, there were only about 12 vacation rentals in the entire country that were marketed even passively. You don't have to have a lot of vacation rentals if you look in your area to have it be a good fit because what's happening is people are bringing the experience they've had in vacation rentals in other...

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Apr 15, 2019

The wow factor is critical in your vacation rental. I want you to really dig deep into your own property and figure out what you can do to add as much wow factor as you can.

It's amenities, it's lateral promotions... When you use people that aren’t your direct competition but are seeking that same traveler, such as dive operations, tour companies, spas, restaurants, cafes, tours, you name it, you can build relationships with them, as well as additional amenities to your own place. It makes the...

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Apr 15, 2019

If you've ever wondered how much you could get renting your home out as a vacation rental, or if you want to research a property that you want to buy or convert to a vacation rental, this little known tool on HomeAway can be really powerful.

First, in HomeAway, go to list your property located at the upper right-hand corner. If you don’t already have an account, it'll ask you to give an email before it'll send you the results but rest assured, you don’t have to put in a credit...

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