Running a successful vacation rental business can be lonely and confusing at times. But thanks to social media, you don’t have to figure everything out alone.
Online groups can be a great place to connect with others in the same boat, share your experiences, and learn from your peers. You can also keep up with the latest tools, trends, and news.
In this article, we’ll share some of the best groups on LinkedIn and Facebook for hosts and property managers to connect and share their knowledge.
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Vacation Rental Professionals – The Vacation Rentals Group
The Vacation Rental Professionals LinkedIn group creates an environment for open discussions where property managers can chat about their challenges and opportunities in the industry.
The group provides information and peer-to-peer support to strengthen the industry. Members come from around the world, and updates are relevant to the US market and the rest of the globe.
- Marketing tips
- Information about new technology and tools
- Industry news (acquisitions, funding, tax laws, changes in the regulatory landscape, etc.)
Group owner: Eric Mason
Founded in: 2008
Vacation Rental News and Information
Vacation Rental News and Information is a Linkedin group where professionals share news and info about the short-term rental industry.
The group offers news updates and current information, so it’s an excellent place to go if you want to stay up to date with changes in the vacation rental industry worldwide.
- Trending news stories
- Controversial topics
- Vacation rental management best practices
Group owner: Emily Thompson
Founded in: 2008
Vacation Rentals – Owners Only Group
This Facebook group is primarily for homeowners renting their properties as vacation homes.
The Vacation Rentals – Owners Only group is ideal for smaller hosts and private owners rather than property management companies.
Homeowners can talk about their experiences with the group and help each other without involvement from larger companies.
- Connecting with private hosts
- Discussing vacation rental issues with other homeowners
Group owner: Jessica and David Hamack
Founded in: 2018
New to Short Term Rentals, Airbnb, and Hosting
If you are relatively new to vacation rentals, you can join the New to Short Term Rentals group and start building your support network.
The group welcomes vacation rental owners and hosts at any stage. However, its main aim is to help new hosts learn about the industry, build a community and discuss different topics. Owners, hosts, and industry experts weigh in with tips and advice.
- New short-term rental hosts
- Learning more about Airbnb
- Insights from peers and industry experts
Founded in: 2017
- Holiday Rental Owners Network
Holiday Rental Owners Network is a group for independent holiday homeowners who want to increase bookings for their vacation rental properties, B&Bs, villas, and guest houses.
The group often discusses the pros and cons of listing sites vs direct bookings and provides a supportive network of like-minded people who want to learn more about the vacation rental business.
Hosts can chat, ask questions and get help in a relaxed environment, and learn different strategies to increase bookings.
- Learning strategies to increase your bookings
- The pros and cons of listing sites vs. direct bookings
- Chatting with like-minded people and getting support on your business journey
Group owner: Sue Erricker
Founded in: 2017
- Short Term Rental University
This public group is for all Short Term Rental entrepreneurs, especially those listing on Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO and looking to grow their business through those channels.
Short Term Rental University invites hosts to ask questions and solve problems by sharing ideas and responding positively and constructively.
- Hosts interested in learning more about Airbnb, HomeAway and Vrbo
- Discovering ideas and best practices for business growth
Founded in: 2017
- The Business of Short-Term Rental & Property Management
The Business of Short Term Rental Management group is for vacation rental owners and managers who want to learn more about starting and growing a property management business.
Established business owners and aspiring property managers can join the community and share information. Suppliers can also join the conversation with constructive contributions.
- Scaling up your property management business
- Getting recommendations for suppliers and third parties
Founded in: 2020
For technical advice and tool recommendations, bnbTechStack is the group to join. This specialized Facebook group helps hosts solve technical problems and find the right tools for their short-term rental hosts.
Hosts can discuss channel managers, property management software, guest message, and more.
Professionals and experts in the field give tips and advice on different tools. So if you’re wondering which channel manager to choose, or the best way to process your payments – you can bring your questions to the group.
- Discussing channel managers, property management software, guest messaging, and guest experience tools
- Hearing from leading experts in the field of vacation rental tech
Founded in: 2019
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