Whether you’re new to the vacation rental business, Airbnb superhost, or a vacation rental manager, staying on top of industry trends and innovative technology tools and marketing strategies can be difficult.
The best way to do this is by learning from thought leaders in the industry. Currently some of the most sought after experts include:
- Heather Bayer, host of The Cottage Blogger Podcast
- Brandon Turner, host of The BiggerPockets Podcast
- Jasper Ribbers, founder of Get Paid for Your Pad
- Evelyn Badia, founder of The Hosting Journey
- Tyann Marcink, author of Create Killer Vacation Rental Property Photos
- Alan Egan, founder of RentMoreWeeks
- Thibault Masson, founder of Rentalpreneurs
- Matt Landau, host of The Vacation Rental Show
- Amy Hinote, founder of the Vacation Rental Women’s Summit
- Brad Larsen, host of The Property Management Mastermind Show
- Daniel Rusteen, author of Optimize Your Airbnb
- Eric Mason, founder of Vacation Rental Professionals
Follow these industry leaders to learn valuable insights on building a successful short-term vacation rental business and get the inside scoop from tried-and-true property management experts who share stories, lessons, and tools to help you boost your rental business.
Heather Bayer | Blog: Cottage Blogger
With over 25 years of experience of owning and managing multiple vacation rental properties, Heather Bayer is one of the industry’s foremost property management experts Heather brings extensive knowledge and insights to the vacation rental business on her Cottage Blogger blog.
On the site, you can find a wide array of topics, ranging from vacation property renovation tips, must-have technology tools, and innovative content marketing strategies. In addition to her Cottage Blogger blog, Heather hosts the popular Vacation Rental Success podcast series. Here, she covers the latest trends and industry news in the cation rental and property management industry every week. You can even see Hostfully Co-Founder David Jacoby in episode 187.
Brandon Turner | Podcast: BiggerPockets
As co-host of the BiggerPockets podcast, the most popular real estate podcast online with over 45 million downloads, Brandon Turner shares property management training, interviews, tools, and strategies each week with his huge audience of real estate entrepreneurs to help grow their businesses and generate extra income.
Brandon focuses on property investment as well as short-term rentals, and has published two highly-rated real-estate books, The Book on Rental Property Investing and The Book on Managing Rental Properties. You can read more from him on Twitter, where he covers a wide range of real estate themes and topics to his over 25,000 followers everyday.
Jasper Ribbers | Founder: Get Paid For Your Pad
A former trader in finance, Jasper Ribbers gave up his career in 2010 to travel the world, listing his apartment on Airbnb in the Netherlands while renting Airbnb properties all over the world during his international travels. In the process, he became an Airbnb superhost, a distinction awarded to the top 5% rated hosts.
He soon began to share some of his learnings on his blog, podcast, online course, and even a top-rated book on Amazon, all under the Get Paid For Your Pad brand. Jasper’s rich experience as a host and a renter bring a unique, balanced perspective that is sure to inspire even the most experienced property management experts. Listen to this this episode featuring Hostfully’s own Margot Schmorak.
Evelyn Badia | Founder: The Hosting Journey
Evelyn Badia, founder of The Hosting Journey, started hosting on Airbnb in 2010 when the recession derailed her career and threatened the loss of her home. Since 2014, the Airbnb superhost has been sharing “actionable information to market your spare bedroom or family vacation home,” offering advice on how to maximize results on Airbnb, VRBO, FlipKey, and Booking.com platforms.
Evelyn’s podcast episodes offer plenty of personal anecdotes about short-term rental hosting along with lessons learned, and her Hosting Journey Facebook community has over 4,000+ members who get daily real estate tidbits from the up-and-coming property management expert.
Tyann Marcink | Author: Create Killer Vacation Rental Property Photos
With Instagram, Pinterest, and other social media platforms becoming important ways to publicize the your property, successful vacation rental property manager and photographer Tyann Marcink teaches property managers how to best capture the beauty of their rentals through her many vacation rental ebooks.
Tyann is also the founder of VR Mastered Bootcamp, a five day educational seminar designed to turn vacation property management beginners into vacation property management experts. She covers many of the topics in her books and bootcamp at various industry conferences, including the Vacation Rental World Summit and the HomeAway Partner Summit.
Alan Egan | Co-founder: Vacation Soup
Alan has worked in the vacation rental space for 16 years. He started by building a rental agency and villa photography company in The Algarve back in 2003. Alan is co-founder of Vacation Soup—A site that connects vacation rental websites together and collates and syndicates content published by owners bringing much greater exposure to all our subscribers.
Vacation Soup offers travellers useful travel tips written by locals, alongside great places to stay. Alan has presented at all 5 vacation rental world summits, a number of VRMA events and VRM Intel London. These presentations have covered vacation rental marketing, social marketing, the future of vacation rental websites and vacation rental photography.
Thibault Masson | Founder: Rentalpreneurs
As the founder and creator of Rentalpreneurs, an online learning platform and blog for vacation rental property managers, Thibault Masson has created one of the most educational resources for owners of vacation rental properties. His blog covers topics such as property management software reviews, using niche vacation rental services to boost bookings, and strategies to increase the visibility of your vacation rental posting.
An in-demand vacation rental property consultant, Thibault is also the author of the popular French ebook for Airbnb property managers called “Airbnb: Doublez vos Reservation.”
Matt Landau | Youtube Channel: The Vacation Rental Show
Matt Landau is slowly becoming a property management expert celebrity in his own right with his own show “A Sense of Place” on Youtube, showcasing unique destinations and exotic rentals through the eyes of property management experts.
After seeing success and being awarded “Mexico & Central America’s Leading New Hotel in 2012″ by the World Travel Awards, Matt started sharing his secret sauce with other property managers on his Vacation Rental Marketing Blog, a popular resource for industry best practices and free tools to increase bookings and improve guest experiences.
Amy Hinote | Founder: Vacation Rental Women’s Summit
After working at industry leader HomeAway, Amy Hinote founded VRM Intel, on online vacation rental educational hub focusing on short-term rental marketing and sales strategies, where she also publishes her quarterly VRM Intel Magazine. Seeing a need to create more content and programming for female vacation property managers, Amy recently founded the Vacation Rental Women’s Summit, an annual conference meant to inspire, empower female entrepreneurs and aspiring property management experts.
Brad Larsen | Podcast: The Property Management Mastermind Show
As the owner and real estate broker for RentWerx San Antonio, a real estate brokerage focusing on property management for over 900 single family homes, Brad Larsen brings a wealth of information and sharp commentary to his popular Property Management Mastermind Postcast, a monthly postcast “by property managers for property managers.”
His podcasts reaches over a thousand listeners every month and covers topics such as advertising strategies, best practices, and new technologies that have inspired thousands of new and seasoned property managers alike to grow their businesses successfully.
Daniel Rusteen | Author: Optimize YOUR Airbnb
Daniel Rusteen “lives, eats, breathes, and dreams” Airbnb. Dubbing himself “The Airbnb Pro”, he authored Optimize Your Airbnb to help vacation rental property managers increase their bookings.
Having worked at Airbnb first in finance and then in operations, Daniel provides an insider’s look into tips and tricks to turn anyone into a Airbnb property management expert. You can also check out the Optimize YOUR Airbnb Udemy course, where Daniel covers some his key strategies in additional detail.
Eric Mason | Founder: Vacation Rental Professionals
Eric Mason is a seasoned industry veteran and founder of the Vacation Rental Professionals LinkedIn Group, the leading online professionals community for the vacation rental industry.
Boasting an membership of over 11,000 members, Eric’s community has been called “the daily dose for everything related to the vacation rental industry.” The vibrant Linkedin group is a great resource to get in-depth advice and feedback from vacation rental property management experts who are helpful in answering some of your most pressing questions.