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Adam Norko

FAQs for Vacation Rental Owners

Vacation Rental FAQs

Statistics show that vacation rental revenue is booming and is expected to generate $18 billion in 2018. Even better, the projected annual growth rate in the sector through 2022 is 6.6 percent. If you have a seasonal home or investment property that you plan to retire to, you may be considering turning it into a vacation rental. We’ve teased out…

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Stop Mold Before it Starts With Point Central

Mold can happen anywhere, but there is one place you don’t want to find it – inside buildings. As a part of the fungi family, mold thrives in wet, damp environments. Buildings present the ideal environment for mold to flourish as moisture can become easily trapped behind walls, under carpets, and inside ductwork. While mold is a problem that should…

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WiFi vs. Cellular Smart Home Control: The Internet of Things Will Strangle Your Bandwidth

WiFi vs Cellular

The world around us is getting smarter, and we are becoming increasingly connected to this improved intelligence. First it was smartphones, now it’s smart homes. Soon, it will be the internet of not only things, but everything. It is amazing how quickly technology is racing ahead. The smart home—i.e. home automation— is getting a lot of attention these days. Here’s…

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Consumer Reports Down on Smart Home Automation and Control. But Is It a Fair Assessment?

At the beginning of 2014, I made the prediction that 2014 would be the year that smart home control went mainstream in the vacation rental industry. Based on PointCentral activity in the first five months of 2014, I’d say it’s a pretty good prediction—10 VRM installs in the next three weeks! It seems the famed consumer products watchdog, Consumer Reports, shares a…

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Smart Access Control & Keyless Locks Becoming Hotel Standards. Will Vacation Rentals Adopt the Trend?

smart access control

Vacation rentals versus hotels. A typical David and Goliath story over the years. But times, they are a changin’! The vacation rental industry is gaining some serious momentum—check it out: VR Growth & Maturity Taking Shape. However, as I’ve mentioned, I do see a serious weak spot in the vacation rental industry, and that’s security. I’ve chirped about this security…

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Vendor Analysis: Apples to Apples Comparison for Vacation Rental Property Automation

Vacation Rental Property Automation

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with some fantastic VRMs. Thanks for your time and hospitality over time, y’all! And let me tell you, discussions are changing. Minds are opening. Vacation rental 2.0 and the potential of hotel-like control for VRMs is gaining traction. I know this because VRMs are eager to talk with me about the PointCentral system. But also, because…

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The PointSafe: The Perfect “Keyless” Access Solution for Those Hard to Reach Property Automation Projects

keyless entry

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, PointCentral property automation offers two “keyless” access solutions: The PointSafe Yale deadbolt & lever locks –Ok, three if you want to get technical :-). I’ll be the first to admit that the Yale locks are gorgeous. They look like what you expect property automation to be. Hip, futuristic, a stunt double for a Star Trek episode. I…

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Welcome to the PointCentral Family: Sunriver Resort Improves Vacation Rental Management with Property Automation

The family of companies leveraging site management and property automation tools to improve business operations is growing…fast. I shared a recap of my installation trip to Fripp Island, SC, and now… We are over-the-moon excited to welcome Sunriver Resort to the PointCentral family! Sunriver is like our high school sweetheart. We’ve been “dating” for over a year, and now we get to walk down the aisle! Sunriver…

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PointCentral FAQ: What is PointCentral Property Automation and How Does It Work?

PointCentral Smart Home

What is PointCentral property automation and how does it work? Great question. So glad you asked.  First, let’s start with an overview. Here’s how Wikipedia defines home automation: Home automation is the automation of the home, housework or household activity. Home automation may include centralized control of lighting, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), appliances, and other systems, to provide improved…

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