2019 was an incredibly eventful year for the vacation rental industry. Major shifts started to happen that will undoubtedly show their effect in the New Year. Google started entering the short-term rental market. A wave of consolidation swept across the industry. The convergence between vacation rentals and hotels went into full force. The changes that occurred are too complex and too many to list.

However, 2019 wasn’t just a big year for the industry in general. It was big for us, too, as Rentals United became the first company to have a premier/preferred partnership with the top 5 travel channels: Booking.com, Airbnb, Expedia, Tripadvisor and Agoda.

And, 2019 was also a big year for our blog. We released the new design – which everyone seems to love – and revamped our content with lots of exciting insights from the vacation rental world.

As a way of celebrating the year behind us, we’d like to share with you a list of easy reads for the holidays. Here are our 10 most popular blog posts of 2019!

1. The World’s Top 20 Vacation Rental Property Management Companies

Our round-up of the world’s top 20 PMs is not just the most popular blog post of the year, but our most-read blog post ever. A lot of time and research went into it, so we’re very pleased to have it at the top of this list! 

In the blog post, we list more than 20 of the world’s largest property managers, including important data points such as how many properties they manage, what markets they’re present in and where their HQs are located. If you’re looking for a clear, easy-to-browse guide to the fastest-growing PMs in the business, this post is for you. 

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2. 5 Vacation Rental TV Shows to Watch Right now (on Netflix and More)

It’s safe to say that vacation rentals have become a global phenomenon. So much so that they’ve even made it onto mainstream TV! 

In this post, we bring you 5 vacation rental TV shows, two of them produced by the global streaming giant Netflix. Each has a unique approach to depicting the challenges that come with vacation rentals and the property management lifestyle. Some choose the home renovation angle, others border on reality TV. Worth a binge-watch, for sure!

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3. 10 Property Management Startups Backed by VC Funding

In 2019, VC firms turned their attention to the vacation rental industry. Tech startups weren’t the only ones to receive funding: property management companies also attracted significant amounts of investment.

This list of 10 startups highlights property managers who raised millions of dollars in funding over the past couple of years. They’re all growing fast. If their business models prove to be sustainable, one day, they could become the world’s biggest property management companies. Keep an eye on them!

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4. 10 Vacation Rental Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Navigating the ever-changing world of vacation rentals is not easy. Expert advice is always appreciated – especially if it comes in a fun, enjoyable format.

In one of our most-shared posts to date, we rounded up 10 vacation rental podcasts that you can listen to whenever and wherever you are. They’re packed with business advice from seasoned experts, as well as interviews with property managers (and other professionals) who have been there, done that. If you haven’t yet, add them to your podcast playlist now!

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5. Vacation Rental Industry Trends and Predictions for 2020

2019 has been an exciting year for vacation rentals – and we can’t help but think that 2020 will be even more so. 

In this blog post, we asked some of the world’s fastest-growing property managers to share their industry predictions for 2020. From the effects of consolidation to the involvement of new players and the tightening of regulations, the experts we interviewed talked about all the challenges and opportunities awaiting the vacation rental industry. Don’t miss this one if you want to prepare your property management business for the New Year!

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6. The Definitive List of Smart Locks and Keyless Entry Providers

One of the most impactful tech trends of the industry in the past few years has been the emergence of smart locks and keyless entry solutions

This blog post covers all the providers currently out there. All you need to do is compare their pricing and services, and pick the one that best suits your needs. 

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7. 15+ Vacation Rental Consultants to Help Your Business Grow

The vacation rental scene is going through rapid professionalisation. It’s more important than ever to seek the help of experts if you get stuck doing things the DIY way. 

This blog post lists 15 vacation rental consultants whose knowledge you can harness to stay competitive and grow your vacation rental business. They each have their own strengths and extensive experience in different aspects of the business. We hope that this blog post helps you figure out which one could be a good match for you!

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8. How Three Competitors Came Together To Create A Multi-Million Euro Startup

We are thrilled to see that this post made the list of the top 10 posts on our blog from 2019. 

In it, we tell the story of how Rentals United was born: how three competitors decided to join forces. They created a tech company that would one day change how property managers handle online distribution. We hope that our story will inspire you to pursue your wildest startup dreams in the New Year!

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9. 9 Vacation Rental Websites Backed by Venture Capital Funding

As property management companies grow, so do specialised vacation rental booking websites. More channels to distribute your listings on and reach travellers around the world!  

This blog post is dedicated to 9 vacation rental websites that recently received VC funding. We look at what niches they target, how many users and listings they have and why you should advertise on them. 

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10. Vacation Rentals on Google: How to Get Listed and Bookable

This year, Google added vacation rentals to its travel search results alongside hotels. It’s a bold move that could very well shake up the entire industry in 2020.

We wanted to help property managers understand what this change could mean for them, so we created an ebook that explains how Google displays vacation rentals and how you can list your properties. This blog post gives an overview of the ebook and has links to the page where you can download it for free. 

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