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Sarah and T - The professional Vacation Rental Manager's Podcast
49 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
Episode 108 - With a Little Help From Our Friends. VRMA 2021 Conference Takeaways
In this much anticipated episode Sarah and T have asked some of their friends to fill us all in on the best takeaways from the VRMA International Conference in San Antonio, Texas. In a fast paced episode we give you more than 100 ideas, ah ha moments, and things to think about from the recent conference. Special thanks to all of our participants (Robin Cragen, Paul Becker, Amy Gaster, Ryan Dame, Mike Harrington, Chris Bettin, Steve Schwab, and Sharon Walker). Get your pen and paper ready to take lots of notes!
36 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
Episode 107 - So How Was YOUR Season? And YOUR Best Idea?
This week is the week of the VRMA International Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Unfortunately Sarah and T will not be in attendance, but in the spirit of being at the conference this week's episode gives you an idea of what to do if you are there. Ask other people questions about how their year went, and the best ideas others are implementing. Sarah and T act as if they are at the conference in this episode by asking each other popular questions that you can benefit from. Enjoy!
29 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Episode 106 - Not In My Backyard. What to do when Governmental Regulation Comes to Your Town
In this episode, Sarah and T tackle the topic of governmental regulations on short term rentals head on. Has this been a problem in your area? If not you are either not paying attention or you have been extremely lucky so far. The best defense is a good offense, and in this episode Sarah and Tim go over 8 proactive strategies you can use when your local government starts to think about limiting vacation rentals. One of the most important podcasts Sarah and T have ever done!
32 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
Episode 105 - Shaun Stewart DARM Keynote Speaker Talks the Future of Vacation Rentals
One final episode to wrap up the 2021 DARM Conference in Charleston, SC. In this episode our hosts interview the keynote speaker from the conference and reveal so many takeaways you should have a pen and paper ready from the first minute. Find out the importance of organizing against regulations, the reason why you should ask "are these the people I need to be working with," and should you invest in Vacasa. These subjects and the importance of Greek Citizenship are all discussed on this episode of Sarah and T!
26 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Episode 104 - The DARM Conference Wrap Up Show
Sarah and T have been on a road trip over the last week. They travelled to Charleston, South Carolina where they hosted the 2nd Data and Revenue Management Conference for VRM Intel. In this episode our hosts interview three vacation rental management company owners (Travis Wilburn of Stay Charlottesville, C.J. Stamm, III of Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals, and Kent Zelle of Nauset Rentals) on their biggest takeaways from the conference. Listen to their insightful comments on the conference and the state of vacation rentals.
50 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
Episode 103 - The Big Switch. Matt Landau takes over Sarah and T
In this week's episode Sarah and T yield the microphone to their good friend and fellow podcaster Matt Landau. Sarah and T provided Matt one of their favorite episodes for Matt to play to his audience this week and in return Sarah and T are here airing one of Matt's favorites. Take a listen to this interview between Matt and Alex Cruz of Welcome Home Club in San Antonio, Texas. Alex has some great ideas about how things should work in the vacation rental business.Sarah and T will be back next time with a new episode. In the meantime listen to this classic episode of "Unlocked" by Matt Landau.
26 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Episode 102 - A Preview of the DARM conference in Charleston, SC
In this episode Sarah and T talk to Amy Hinote of VRM Intel. Amy is set to host the 2nd Vacation Rental Data And Revenue Management conference on August 17th and 18th in Charleston, South Carolina. Hear what is in store for the attendees, and if you haven't already made arrangements to come - perhaps this episode will show you that this is the must see event of 2021.
25 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Episode 101 - 7 Things You Need To Do When You Are Crazy Busy
Are you really busy in the vacation rental business right now? NO - We are CRAZY BUSY! If that is the case this episode is for you as our two hosts cover 7 things you need to be doing especially when you are really busy. Slow down, and listen to the wise advice available to you in this podcast.In the not so hot off the press but definitely happening part of the podcast listen to what people are willing to give up for a full month in return for a vacation!
45 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Episode 100 - A Celebration for Sarah and T
Sarah and Tim have recorded 100 episodes of this podcast. In today's episode Sarah and T hear from former guests, friends in the vacation rental industry, and some fans they have never met who tell them their favorite episodes and takeaways over the last 5 seasons. Sit back, relax and enjoy this celebration of 100 episodes. As the musical group Five for Fighting says "There's never a wish better than this!"
37 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Episode 99 - Top of the Bed. A Recommended Approach.
It is one of the dirty little secrets of the vacation rental business. Top of the bed. What are you doing? Do you wash comforters after every guest? If so you may be the only one. In this episode we "uncover" this discussion and give you some great ideas to consider as vacation rentals gain more awareness among the general public. Do you know what a mattress condom is? How about a lumbar pillow? Do you know the ONLY color to choose for bed coverings? If you don't know the answers to all of these questions you should take a listen to this podcast today!
36 minutes | May 31, 2021
Episode 98 - Kevin Locraft, Partner Success Chief at VRBO and Expedia
In this week's episode Sarah and T talk to the head of partnership success at VRBO. This is the person in charge of the folks that deal with professional vacation rental managers. Hear how you can be more successful with your VRBO listings, where he would open a vacation rental firm if he had the chance, and what the Red Lion of 30th street is all about.
34 minutes | May 17, 2021
Episode 97 - Photography can make you or break you.
In this week's episode Sarah and T tackle a topic they have been avoiding. The importance of photography in the success of your vacation rental business. Learn 16 tips from two of the real pros in our business. Some are funny, and some are deadly serious. Also Sarah and T talk about a very important upcoming episode where they will be looking to hear from you about what you like about this podcast.
36 minutes | May 3, 2021
Episode 96 - Jeff Hurst, President of VRBO, Talks All Things Vacation Rentals
In this week's episode Sarah and T welcome back to the show Jeff Hurst of VRBO. Jeff is the record holder for the guest that drew the most listeners in the 5 season history of the podcast. Jeff is back to introduce us to Kevin Locraft (you will see who that is), and to answer Sarah and T's questions about the state of the vacation rental world, how VRBO is helping VRMs get ahead of the competition, and how his children's sports teams are faring in this Covid world. A very informative and enjoyable conversation with one of the top executives in the Vacation Rental world.
37 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Episode 95 - Sarah and T "Should on you." What you should be doing on your website
This is a follow up episode to our last episode. In the last episode of Sarah and T our dynamic duo pointed out several things you should not be doing on your website. Today they talk about what you should be doing. Sarah and T hand out "yays" to several Vacation Rental Management companies from around the company that are doing a great job with their website.
39 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Episode 94 - Sarah and T's VR Website Pet Peeves
In this episode our daring hosts tackle the issue of website problems. Before you say "my website is great" maybe you should listen to ways that you prevent your guests from working with your company. Sarah and T cover 11 of their pet peeves with vacation rental websites. Get out a note pad and listen carefully on this one.
25 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Episode 93 - The Elevate Conference Wrap Up - Live Recording
In this episode Sarah and T present the wrap up session for the recent Elevate Conference presented by Breezeway software. Sarah and T were invited to join the conference and record this episode live to wrap up the conference. Company C.E.O. Jeremy Gall joined Sarah and T live on a virtual conference in front of 700 people who had just finished a two day webinar on so many aspects of the vacation rental business. Our two hosts questioned Jeremy on the top takeaways from this fabulous education session. This is a fun, fast-paced, and informative alternative to the typical podcasts you are used to. Enjoy
38 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Episode 92 - You Never Get a 2nd Chance To Make a 1st Impression
In one of the most entertaining episodes in the history of Sarah and T's podcast, our hosts explore 6 key components to a successful welcome of your guests. Included in this podcast is a hilarious description of a recent description of a welcome to a vacation rental that Sarah experienced personally. A cringe worthy moment! So many takeaways in this podcast, it should cost you money!
32 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
Episode 91 - VRM Intel Myth Busters plus!
This week's episode of Sarah and T focuses on a recent article that appeared on VRMIntel.com that discussed "Fact of Fiction Mythbusting Hot Vacation Rental Trends" written by Jason Sprenkle. Sarah and T dive into this article and discuss some of these trends, and add 6 more trends currently being seen (or not) in the Vacation Rental business.Fast paced and full of great content. Take a listen!
37 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
Episode 90 - Sarah and T Talk to Property Owners in their Program
In Episode 90, Sarah and T take the bold step of having real vacation rental property owners on the podcast. What keeps them up at night? What sort of prospecting efforts turn their heads? How is the best way to explain your program to a prospective owner? Phil and Jeff who have properties in Sarah and T's rental programs field questions on these and other points. Get your note pad and pen ready for lots of pull over moments!
28 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
Episode 89 - A Baker's Dozen of Questions a Potential Owner Should Ask You
We have spend a lot of time on this podcast about bringing owners into your vacation rental program. In this week's episode we turn the tables and consider 13 questions an owner might ask a prospective vacation rental management company before they sign on. Be sure you listen carefully to this one and see if you have a good answer to each question. If you do, feel free to share with a potential owner considering your services - it might help them with their decision.
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