Many of us are entering the second, third or fourth week of restrictions on our movements. As we collectively adjust to our unique situations, we thought sharing some of our binge-worthy content would help bring some delight, discovery, and curiosity to the limitations we are all currently facing at home. 

The phenomenal growth of the vacation rental industry has brought with it an increased interest from global streaming services, top professional podcasts and fantastic industry blogs meaning you are never short of material to help keep business improving. 

Now that you’re home, have a little more time, or you just need a distraction. Let us help. Below are some suggestions for what to watch, what to listen to, and what to read. Not only will it give you some great insider tips and ideas on how to make the most of your vacation rental properties, but hopefully it will help with the monotony of quarantine!

1. Watch Vacation Rental TV Shows

Museums, bars, movie theatres, schools restaurants: all closed. But TV and streaming services are still here for us! Why not take a look at what Rentals United recommends as the perfect mid-pandemic entertainment. 

Our favourite vacation rental shows – each with a unique approach to depicting the challenges that come with vacation rentals and the property management lifestyle – include two shows produced by the world’s leading internet entertainment service Netflix. 

On Netflix’s Stay Here, designer Genevieve Gorder and real estate expert Peter Lorimer take over the small screen to help vacation rental hosts boost their profit-turning businesses.  

Matt Landau’s A Sense of Place is an excellent series for anyone with a more profound interest in vacation rentals. The host Matt travels around the world visiting hotels, vacation rentals and speaking with hosts about the shared economy and global tourism trends.  

Vacation rental potential- Real estate expert Holly Baker teams up with HomeAway to help families find their first holiday home and turn it into a profitable vacation rental. There are some great advice and topics discussed throughout the show such as targeting niche sights, how to attract returning guests, managing homes etc.

Find out our other vacation rental TV show recommendations.  All are worth a binge-watch for sure!

2. Top Vacation Rental Groups on Social Media for Expert Tips & Insights

The vacation rental industry is fast-paced at the best of times. There are continuous changes and developments, and keeping on top of trends can be hard. Thanks to the wonders of social media, no professional property manager has to feel left out from meaningful conversations. 

The LinkedIn and Facebook vacation rental groups listed on our blog have been created explicitly for vacation rental experts, to share knowledge, new information and promote networking between professionals across the world.    

LinkedIn group- Vacation Rental Professionals – The Vacation Rentals Group– joined by professionals from all walks of the short-term rental industry and is an incomparable resource of information and peer-peer support.  

Facebook Group-Tech for Rentalsinterested in the advancements in vacation rentals technology and discovering new tools, this group covers it all.   

While you have the time, why not take a look at some of the groups suggested and get involved in the conversation. Here are all the LinkedIn and Facebook groups to join for expert tips and insights

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3. Listen to Vacation Rental Podcasts

It’s understandable if you don’t want to look at a screen right now. Maybe you’re working from home, and your eyes are burned out from staring at your laptop; perhaps you’ve been watching the news for a few too many hours. Luckily, there’s a world of audio-only content we can recommend. 

For example, we have our own podcast ‘The Secret Sauce of Large Property Managers: How to Grow Your Vacation Rental Business’, hosted by Vanessa de Souza Lage, Co-founder and CMO of Rentals United. It’s a treasure trove of knowledge where the world’s fastest-growing property managers reveal their secrets to success. If you’re not much of a podcast listener, we have also published all the insights we gathered in an eBook you can download here

We’ve also rounded up our favourite vacation rental podcasts, jam-packed with business advice from seasoned professionals in this post: 10 Vacation Rental Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

4. The Global Short-Term Rental Tech Report 2020

In our last blog post, Rebuilding the Short-Term Rental Industry: Experts Predict Post-Crisis Trends, our experts suggested there will be an increase in automation and technology as property managers start streamlining their operations. 

If you’re interested in staying up-to-date on the latest developments in vacation rental technology, download our free whitepaper which is based on the results of the largest survey recently conducted among vacation rental professionals. We asked them about their technology needs and their use of different tech solutions, then turned the results into hyper-visual graphs. 

You’ll have exclusive access to data on: 

  • The tech needs of property management companies 
  • Up-and-coming tech trends 
  • Build or outsource tech 
  • The future of vacation rental tech

Read our blog post to find out everything you need to know about the report.

5. Vacation Rental Consultants to Help Your Business Grow

When it comes to distribution, marketing, implementing new technologies or coming up with business strategies, the advice of an experienced consultant is invaluable. 

We have put together a list of vacation rental consultants – seasoned experts with many years of experience under their belts – whose knowledge you can harness to stay competitive and grow your vacation rental business. 

Take a look at our blog to find out more about Vacation Rentals Consultants.

Many consultants offer great insights on their blogs: why not check out Vacation Rentals Secrets, Boostly and Optimize My Bnb

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6. Top 30 Niche Vacation Rental Websites eBook

Ahead of the coronavirus crisis, it was becoming more evident that property managers need to diversify their marketing mix and grow less dependent on large OTAs. 

We believe this trend will continue to increase as property managers focus on getting listed on a large variety of booking sites, including niche vacation rental sites, to increase their visibility and ensure that business models can withstand future crises. 

In our eBook titled The Who’s Who of Short-Term Rental Listing Sites, we rounded up 30 top-performing niche channels to get listed on asap. 

Get the top-performing niche sites eBook

7. How to Find the Best Vacation Rental PMS for Business Growth

Property Management Systems have one job: to make your day-to-day life more manageable. Of course, this job is neither easy nor straightforward. 

As new technology continues to emerge and the criteria for excellent guest experience is re-defined, deciding which platform to adopt can be tricky– especially if you don’t know where to start. 

So, what sets excellent property management systems apart? 

  1. Outstanding operations management,
  2. Length of Stay pricing module 
  3. Integration with a specialised Channel Manager 
  4. Integrations with Revenue Management Systems 
  5. Open API 

Read our blog on How to Find the Best Vacation Rental PMS for Business Growth. You can also download our free eBook The Who’s Who of Property Management Systems which provides you with the unique functionalities of each PMS.

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

Last year, Google added vacation rentals to its travel search results alongside hotels. This platform is for property owners and managers who want to compete at the highest level, right where millions of travellers type in their search queries and look for accommodation on the daily. We think one of the clear trends post-crisis will be for property managers to focus on their book-direct strategy so Google traffic will play a huge part in that. 

This eBook explains how Google displays vacation rentals and how you can list your properties. 

We also have a blog post that gives an overview of the ebook: Vacation Rentals on Google: How to Get Listed and Bookable