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Vacation Rental Security

Your Guests Hate Your Check-in Process {Marriott Knows This…& So Do You}

Guest check-in’s jumped to the front of my mind again today.  {Related Post: Are Vacation Rental Check-ins a Thing of the Past?} Did you hear the news? Marriott now offers the option to bypass their front desk with a mobile check-in app. Hotels are a HUGE vacation rental competitor, right? If Marriott is allowing mobile check-in, how long until other…

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Use Technology “Hacks” to Improve Your Company’s Efficiency

Have you heard the term “Life Hack”? Here’s how the all-knowing Wikipedia defines it: Life hacking refers to any productivity trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method to increase productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life; in other words, anything that solves an everyday problem in a clever or non-obvious way Building on the popularity of “hacking” computer software, the…

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Vacation Rental Smart Home Control; Not Just for VRMs. Your Guests & Homeowners Want it Too!

The other day I discussed the technology adoption cycle for smart home control of vacation rental properties. As I pointed out, the momentum is starting to build. The Innovators category is starting to morph into the Early Adopters… Conversations are changing. 10 short months ago, my discussions with VRMs were focused on the cool technology. Today, the technology discussions have…

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Home Automation Can Save Your BUSINESS Time & Money

I recently came across an article titled New Home Technologies Can Save Your Family Time and Money, and it immediately clicked with me. Home automation offers huge potential for us all to achieve more control of our homes, and in essence, our lives – increased security, energy savings, ease of living, piece of mind. All controlled from mobile devices. If…

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

I’m just returning from a great road trip to the Orlando area to meet with some fantastic VRM’s. Thanks for your time and hospitality y’all! After a whirlwind tour and some righteous meetings, it’s clear the idea of property automation for the vacation rental industry has made some GIANT progress since PointCentral debuted at the national VRMA show in October…

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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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Access Management Evolution: Floating Keys STINK, but They WERE a Necessary Evil

As I mentioned the other day, we recently returned from attending the regional VRMA shows. We logged some serious travel time, but VRMA shows are always a blast. Hard to find any other events with so many great vacation rental managers in one room. As we chatted with the VRM’s throughout the shows, it was very refreshing to hear the…

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Access Management Evolution: Floating Keys STINK, but They WERE a Necessary Evil

As I mentioned the other day, we recently returned from attending the regional VRMA shows. We logged some serious travel time, but VRMA shows are always a blast. Hard to find any other events with so many great vacation rental managers in one room. As we chatted with the VRM’s throughout the shows, it was very refreshing to hear the…

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Survey Says: Vacation Rental Property Automation Survey Results – March 2013

A couple weeks ago we offered a quick survey focused on property automation for the vacation rental industry. The results of the survey seem to be pointing towards a coming shift in the industry – a shift that leverages technology to give VRM’s more control of their business. But before I dive into some telling survey results, a quick bit…

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