A Guide to Vacation Rental Management

Congratulations! You've just bought your new vacation home. There has never been a better time to invest in real estate on the Gulf Coast. Once you've furnished and decorated it to your liking, we're sure you'll be eager to start renting it out right away. Even if you live near your second home, you should hire a property manager to make caring for your property stress-free. [...]

2020-02-14T16:08:32-06:00February 14th, 2020|Gulf Coast Blog, Management|

What is Required in a Vacation Rental?

What is required in a vacation rental? Providing your guests with a memorable experience starts at making sure that your property is stocked with all of the necessities. It's the thoughtful, extra touches that make for positive reviews and happy repeat guests. And, any seasoned vacation rental owner will tell you that meeting guests' expectations is key! We want happy and repeat guests as much as you do, so when you join our vacation rental management program, we require that your property is furnished with the [...]

2020-01-07T21:58:28-06:00December 13th, 2019|Gulf Coast Blog, Management|

Should I Hire a Property Manager?

Should I hire a property manager? If you've just purchased your second home and you're looking for someone to help you manage it, then this is the blog for you. While some owners may opt to self-manage, we highly recommend working with a property management company to help maintain your property. If you're an out of town owner and cannot easily access your property, self managing will be difficult. Some of the pros of having a property manager are the point of contact, higher profits, and overall peace of mind. Hiring a property manager can be extremely beneficial! If you choose [...]

2020-01-07T20:53:31-06:00November 15th, 2019|Gulf Coast Blog, Management|

Are Service Animals Allowed in Vacation Rentals?

Are Service Animals Allowed in Vacation Rentals? ~ Southern Vacation Rentals Are service animals allowed in vacation rentals? If you're involved in the industry or looking to travel with a service animal, then you may be asking yourself this question. The short answer is that yes, service animals are allowed in vacation rentals. However, it's important to know the definition of a service animal. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines service animals as any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, [...]

2019-09-20T19:09:37-05:00September 20th, 2019|Gulf Coast Blog, Management|

How to Choose Your Property Manager

How to Choose Your Property Manager ~ Southern Vacation Rentals If you’ve purchased goods or services, then you’ll know the importance of weighing cost versus expectation. The same rings true for looking for a vacation rental management company to increase the value of your investment property. As a consumer, you must weigh all variables to define your expectation of value, while the provider has to convey the worth of the product or service. When it comes to knowing how to choose your property manager, we make it easy at Southern. The phrase “you get what [...]

2019-08-30T20:50:18-05:00August 30th, 2019|Gulf Coast Blog, Management|

How Often Should You Receive Updates on Your Property

How Often Should You Receive Updates on Your Property? ~ Southern Vacation Rentals As an owner at Southern, how often should you receive updates on your property? Your main point of contact will be your Portfolio Manager. As part of our Gulf Coast vacation rental management program, your Portfolio Manager oversees all aspects of your property and communicates with other departments as necessary. Our goal is to ensure seamless, convenient communication for you as an owner. Your Portfolio Manager will contact you for approval for repairs/replacements as outlined in your rental management agreement in addition to suggestions [...]

2019-08-02T16:05:14-05:00August 2nd, 2019|Gulf Coast Blog, Management|

Best Places to Buy a Beach House

Best Places to Buy a Beach House ~ Southern Vacation Rentals If you're thinking about buying a beach house, there has never been a better time to take the plunge. Some of the best places to buy a beach house are found right here on the Gulf Coast! According to BiggerPockets, these markets all have some of the best returns on investment (ROI) for short-term vacation rentals. Buying a second home to use as a vacation rental is a large investment, so it's important to consider factors like cap rate, home cost, and median annual gross rental revenue. In [...]

2019-06-21T17:10:14-05:00June 21st, 2019|Gulf Coast Blog, Management|

Should My Rental be Pet-Friendly?

Should My Rental Be Pet-Friendly? ~ Southern Vacation Rentals Whether you are a new or existing homeowner, the decision to make your home pet-friendly can be a difficult one. If at any point you've wondered, "should my rental be pet-friendly?" then we've got some helpful ways to break down this question. There are a few considerations to make, including: Homeowners association (HOA) rules Wear and tear of your property Fees and revenue You must also consider the revenue standpoint of making your rental pet-friendly. If the return on investment is there, then it's a great decision to make. As [...]

2019-06-07T19:55:27-05:00June 7th, 2019|Gulf Coast Blog, Management|

How Much Money to Save for Upgrades

How Much Money to Save for Upgrades ~ The Business Blog ~ Southern Vacation Rentals Whether you are a tenured vacation home owner or a brand new one, knowing how much money to save for upgrades to your property is important. There is one set amount we recommend, but there are also things to keep in mind when putting away money for your property. In the video below, our Destin revenue manager, Sam, breaks it down for us while enjoying some time at our new Destin, Florida vacation condo Alerio B402. When it comes to [...]

2019-05-10T16:13:57-05:00May 10th, 2019|Gulf Coast Blog, Management|