I used to be shy at parties, not knowing how to get a conversation started. But now I have a magic topic: “short-term rental.” When people discover that my husband and I rent out our home to help pay for trips to places like New York, Istanbul, Paris, Mexico, and Montreal, they invariably want to know more. Here are some quick answers to some of their frequently asked questions.[Read more…] about Short-Term Rental FAQs, Part 1
Thinking about doing a home exchange? It’s a great way to travel. You’ll save money on lodging and food, be more comfortable, and get a chance to see how other people live. But doing a home exchange can be a little scary, and, truthfully, it’s not always successful. Avoid these common home exchange mistakes so you can make sure your experience will be what you want it to be.[Read more…] about 10 Common Home Exchange Mistakes to Avoid
“What is life without adventure? Now that our kids are grown and happily living on their own, it is time to focus on what we want!” (Quote from From Craig and Suzanne Staverts, Adventures of Empty Nesters)
My husband Jeff and I have been empty nesters for so long that I can hardly remember building a travel schedule around school holidays and softball tournaments, compete with hordes of tourists, and pay high-season airfares. [Read more…] about Are You an Empty Nester? It’s Time to Travel!
We love being short-term rental hosts. The extra income helps us afford to travel, and someone is there to watch over our home while we’re away. We’ve also met some wonderful people. But it’s not as easy as it seems. Getting started can be tricky, and there are some serious pitfalls along the way. For a successful experience, avoid these short-term rental mistakes that new hosts commonly make.[Read more…] about 10 Short-Term Rental Mistakes for Hosts to Avoid
We recently talked with Brian Luckhurst, co-founder of HomeExchange50Plus, about home exchange for seniors. Here’s what he told us. [Read more…] about Home Exchange for Seniors: Tips From HomeExchange50Plus
Thanks to Maria Lamb for letting us reprint her article on the basics for renting out your home.
Back when I worked as an exclusive buyer’s real estate agent, most of my clients were looking to purchase vacation homes. Almost every home that we looked at, the selling agent included in his or her sales pitch, “And it would make a great vacation rental.”
So just WHY do people consider renting out their vacation homes to strangers? Well, duh – ninety-nine percent of the time, it’s money. [Read more…] about OMG! I Didn’t Think of That! Basics for Renting Your Vacation Home