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Occupancy Rate for Vacation Rentals: What Is It and How Do You Calculate It?

Occupancy rate is a key performance indicator (KPI) for the hotel and vacation rental property industries. Property managers use this indicator to measure the health and performance of their businesses.  Calculating your occupancy rate for a given period of time is as simple as dividing the number of units available by the number of units occupied. However, there’s a little…

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What Makes a Smart Home “Smart”? The Answer Is Automation

Managing a single property requires a great deal of time and attention to detail. You need to watch for leaky faucets, pipe-freezing temperatures, HVAC maintenance issues and a whole lot more. Moreover, if you spot a problem, it requires even more time to meet repair people at your home. A smart home system can relieve many of these burdens, but…

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How to Prevent Water Leak Damage with a Smart Water Valve Meter

Hurricanes and overflowing rivers are not the biggest flooding threats to your home. The most common causes of water damage come from the inside. Broken pipes and leaking appliances cause 14,000 water damage emergencies throughout the United States every year. On average, these emergencies cost the property owner $7,000 each in repairs. If a water damage emergency happens at your home, apartment—or a rental…

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California IoT Law and Regulating the Internet of Things

As the world has come to rely increasingly on technology, everything has shifted to reflect that focus, including criminal activity. Hardly a month goes by without news of a new hacking incident in which criminals accessed the private information of consumers. This is particularly an issue given the vast numbers of interrelated computing devices on the market today. California is…

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Keeping Safe with Smoke and CO Alarms in Short-Term Rentals

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When choosing a short-term rental (STR), people tend to look carefully at location, amenities and price. But don’t forget personal safety, and we’re talking about more than a lock on the door.  Think of the safety devices you’ve installed at your own house—like smoke and carbon dioxide (CO) alarms. While they are required in many states for regular rental properties,…

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4 Tips and Tricks to Save on Your HVAC Expenses This Winter

The post-Halloween candy feast is over, and, not only might your girth have increased, but the cost of heating your home is about to increase, too. With winter coming on, you’ll want to save on HVAC expenses, especially over the holidays.  Take advantage of these tips to dramatically reduce your heating costs as the temperature plummets. Whether you have a…

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How Smart Property Managers Are Saving Energy This Winter

The beautiful fall leaves have vanished for most of the country, a sure sign that winter is fast approaching. Unfortunately, with it comes an increase in energy usage and higher costs. For property managers responsible for hundreds or even thousands of properties, small savings in energy per property can have a major impact on the bottom line. Here are some…

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How Smart Home Tech Shortens Turn Times between Tenants

The adage “time is money” has never been truer than when your rental properties are standing empty. At PointCentral, we know how essential it is for your tenant turnaround times to be as short as possible.   In order for your property to be rented to the right tenants, you need to put yourself ahead of the competition and reach the…

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