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2013 Starts with a Bang for Vacation Rental Industry

Adios 2012. Hello 2013! Happy New Year. Hope y’all enjoyed your holidays. But no time to rest. It seems 2013 will be a big year for the vacation rental industry. I closed 2012 with a post proclaiming that Property Automation [Would] Help Shape the Vacation Rental Industry in 2013. Here we are on January 3, 2013, and I’m more convinced…

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Property Automation to Help Shape the Vacation Rental Industry in 2013

HomeAway recently shared a great post on their blog titled 8 Trends that Will Shape Vacation Rentals in 2013. There are some great points made in the post that I fully agree with after my years spent with a vacation rental manager on the Outer Banks. It’s definitely worth the full read, but I want to pull out a couple…

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Home Automation is HOT! – Apple, Google & Microsoft Ready to Join the Automation Game?

Home automation is a HOT topic these days! As I mentioned in a previous post, the smart home market is poised for big growth, with some estimates expecting the home automation market to “more than quadruple” over the next five years. 4x growth is BIG! But we may be underestimating this growth potential. Home automation is still in the beginning…

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Road Trippin’: PointCentral Home Automation Hits Fripp Island, SC

I’ll preface this post by offering a BIG thanks to my nine months pregnant wife. 🙂 Last week I hit the road to cruise south from the Outer Banks, NC to Fripp Island, SC. Luckily, I have a great wife that held down the fort, managed two kids and maintained her sanity, so I could stay focused on the task…

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Home Automation = Reduced Energy + Increased Savings

That title looks like an SAT algebra equation that I would have skipped. But the reality is it’s pretty simple. Home automation systems allow you to efficiently manage your home, which in turn reduces the amount of energy your home consumes and saves you money. Sweet, right?! Oh, you say you’re a vacation rental manager with a few hundred homes?…

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Home Automation = Reduced Energy + Increased Savings

That title looks like an SAT algebra equation that I would have skipped. But the reality is it’s pretty simple. Home automation systems allow you to efficiently manage your home, which in turn reduces the amount of energy your home consumes and saves you money. Sweet, right?! Oh, you say you’re a vacation rental manager with a few hundred homes?…

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Vacation Rental Home Automation Poised for Growth – Move over Jetsons…the future has arrived!

I came across this article the other day… Screw The Jetsons: smart devices and the era of the automated home Love the title! 🙂 I can recall watching the Jetsons cartoon as a kid and fantasizing about what the future will hold. Now the fantasies are becoming a reality. The recent advancements in home automation are astounding. The article makes…

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Benefits of “Smart Home” Automation Technology – The Perfect Fit for Vacation Rentals

Technological advances are giving us control over our lives like we’ve never had before. “Smart phones,” literally, put control of the world in our hands. And “smart phones” are leading to “smart homes.” Driven by the consumer desire for increased control and connectivity, home automation technology is progressing at lightning speed – security companies, phone companies, cable companies, and KickStarter…

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Survey Says! Property Automation Survey Results from the Vacation Rental Managers Association

Vacation Rental Managers Association

A recent webinar survey of vacation rental managers makes it clear that professional VRMs are embracing “smart home” technology to reduce costs, improve efficiency and identify issues before they cause problems. We asked the VRMs to share their thoughts about how property automation could benefit the vacation rental market. It’s great to see professional VRMs confirm our belief that property management…

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