Well the one year anniversary since leaving VRBO / HomeAway has come and gone for Garcia House and it's been about six months since we let our subscription with Glenn House expire.
So far, so good. Not great. Okay. Good. We did have bookings found thru VRBO in 2018 and while Glenn House was occupied most of the year, Garcia House did have a lower occupancy rate. That was partly due to fact that I didn't have it available while we did some renovations and upgrades and then I closed it off for bookings again while we needed it for personal reasons but it wasn't too bad.
Until Houfy and Vacation.Rentals start providing leads for us (and some of the other sites we're now on), I'm going to concentrate on extended stay bookings for traveling nurses and professionals. I've got to admit, I much prefer a lower income over high turnover. If I wasn't the "cleaning service" and/or I charged for that, I might feel differently but I do it and pass on the savings.
We are lucky in the regard that both our places weren't high-end luxury homes and were already in the budget-friendly category. I look forward to hosting more travel nurses (and others!) in 2019!
Happy New Year!
The very best side benefit of running both Garcia House and Glenn House is the delightful people that I have crossed paths with that I wouldn't ordinarily have. All VR's operate differently and in many instances owner, operators, managers never even meet those that stay at their homes but that's not the case for me. I know our Guests don't come to visit me and I stay our of their hair but each and every one is greeted and I try to provide supplemental information tailored to what info about them I've learned. Sometimes, circumstances also lend themselves to a friendship forming with some and it carries on long after their departure.
One gal I hit it off especially well with was a Travel Nurse that came to say with us at Garcia House last year at this time. She hailed from South Carolina and had never been farther west than Houston but something was telling her that Tucson was where she needed to go. She described it as feeling like it was destiny for her to come here.
It sure appears her inner guide directed her correctly as yesterday we attended her wedding. I clearly remember that first date they had and how very quickly she was smitten with him. Obviously, he was just as taken with her as almost instantaneously they became very serious and she moved into his new place soon thereafter while he wrapped up his job in another state. It wasn't long after that we knew a marriage was coming and it was wonderful to be included in their happy day yesterday.
Best wishes to the happy couple!!!