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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|

Communicating With Guests Via Text

Communicating With Guests Via Text ~ The Business Blog ~ Southern Vacation Rentals These days, just about everyone has a smartphone. As technology advances, the ability to do things on our phones increases. You can book flights, order lunch, and pay bills all with just a few taps of your screen. With email apps also built into our phones, we no longer need to sit at a computer to answer emails. It can all be done from the convenience of your phone. Communicating via a text message is also a huge advance in just about every market, but especially [...]

2019-04-19T17:12:14-05:00April 19th, 2019|Gulf Coast Blog, Management|

When Should I Buy a Vacation Rental?

When Should I Buy a Vacation Rental? ~ The Business Blog ~ Southern Vacation Rentals Welcome to this month's Business Blog! This time around we're answering the question "When should I buy a vacation rental?" This is a great question that requires a good deal of research before taking the plunge. Once you've done your research - after all, understanding the area is key! - and decided on a location, knowing the market conditions will help you get the most bang for your buck. There are advantages to buying before peak season as well as after. Read below to [...]

2019-03-29T19:24:02-05:00March 29th, 2019|Gulf Coast Blog, Management|

So You’re Looking to Hire a Property Manager…

Four Questions to Ask a Vacation Rental Property Manager ~ Southern Vacation Rentals When it comes to finding the right vacation rental property manager, we understand that this can be a tough decision. If you live in an area where property management companies are on every corner, then weeding out the right one can be a lot of work. How will you narrow down the competition? How will you know you made the right decision? Asking the right questions can be a big factor in choosing the right property manager. Here are four questions to ask a vacation rental [...]

2019-03-08T23:12:55-06:00March 8th, 2019|Gulf Coast Blog, Management|

Qualities to Look for in a Property Manager

What to Look for in a Property Manager ~ The Business Blog ~ Southern Vacation Rentals Are you're a property owner who's been shopping around for a manager? Then consider this the unofficial guide for what to look for in a property manager. Picking the right property manager is key, as this person is responsible for making sure your every aspect of your home is running smoothly. From following marketing trends to area knowledge, to even being a strong communicator, the right property manager is well-versed in a variety of tactics to help your home see the highest return. [...]

2019-02-15T19:22:22-06:00February 15th, 2019|Gulf Coast Blog, Management|

Knowing When to Update Your Vacation Rental

Knowing When to Update Your Vacation Rental ~ The Business Blog ~ Southern Vacation Rentals Any property owner who's been in the vacation rental industry understands that after a while, wear and tear begins to show within your property. This is the main downside to furnishing a vacation rental home and can almost never be avoided. It's important to spend a little more on couches and mattresses, as those will see higher foot traffic. However, some of your smaller pieces are likely to see more turnover. Knowing when to update your vacation rental is key, as comfort and cleanliness [...]

2019-01-25T17:44:58-06:00January 25th, 2019|Gulf Coast Blog, Management|

Point Central Smart Home Technology

The Business Blog ~ Point Central Smart Home Technology ~ Southern Vacation Rentals Here at Southern, we're all about working smarter. The more efficient our processes, the better! That's why we're investing in Point Central Smart Home Technology. By putting Point Central Smart Home Technology in all of our properties, we're increasing your home's value. Improving security, reducing energy costs, and operational efficiency are just a few of the ways Point Central works to keep things in top shape. Read on below for just a few of the ways Point Central works to improve every aspect of your home. [...]

2018-12-14T21:30:10-06:00December 14th, 2018|Gulf Coast Blog, Management|

The Business Blog ~ Furnishing Your Vacation Rental

The Business Blog ~ Furnishing Your Vacation Rental ~ Southern Vacation Rentals Congratulations! You've just purchased your rental property, and we imagine you can't wait to see those bookings roll in. But wait: before you can market your property, it'll need to be fully furnished. Some owners leap at the idea of a blank slate to decorate, while others may dread the task. That's completely understandable! Furnishing your vacation rental can seem overwhelming, as interior design is a key factor in ensuring your property stands out among the rest. To make the process a little easier, we've compiled a [...]

2018-11-23T11:00:21-06:00November 23rd, 2018|Gulf Coast Blog, Management|