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Exclusive Deal for Flora-Bama Border Owners!!!

Do you own vacation rental property in communities near the Alabama-Florida state line?  We realize that many guests search this entire area when choosing a vacation rental and we want to make it easier for them to find YOU!  That’s why we have teamed up with our sister site in Florida to offer you this EXCLUSIVE deal!

Get double the exposure and all the benefits of being on both sites – for a special low rate!

First, set up your subscription on the regional site for your property.

Alabama Properties – Click Here to Get Started              

Florida Properties – Click Here to Get Started  

Once you have set up your paid subscription, you will automatically be eligible for a 50% discount on the border site!  It’s that simple!

You will also be eligible for all rights and privileges awarded to subscribers on both sites – including social media groups, newsletter exposure and other promotional opportunities.

Properties located in the following areas are currently eligible to participate.   If you would like your area to be considered for this special program, please contact the main site for your property.

Orange Beach Area, Alabama
Lillian Area, Alabama

Pensacola Area, Florida
Gulf Breeze/Pensacola Beach Area, Florida
Perdido Key Area, Florida 

On the Alabama site, all listings will be available under our Gulf Coast Region.

On the Florida site, all listings will be available under their North West Region.

 

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Owner Testimonials

OWNER RESOURCES, TESTIMONIALS - August 2, 2018

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Hear what fellow owners say about listing with Alabama Vacation Home Rentals – we are owners like YOU, first and foremost.  We are the only locally owned and operated regional site that serves the entire state of Alabama!  We will work very hard for you – give us a chance to earn your business with a FREE trial listing!   Get started today

 

“We listed our Orange Beach condo, Silver Beach 803 as a vacation rental about 9 months ago.  We have had a great response with inquiries and bookings and will continue to list our property here.  They are heavily marketing in the Alabama region and promoting in multiple areas.  Susan is very responsive to questions and issues.”  – Brenda B., September 25, 2018  See Brenda’s Listing Here

 

Some of my nicest guests have reserved through ALAVHR. This site is great for them as they don’t have to pay a reservation fee and for me because it lets me correspond with them without having to go through a “middle man.” I believe ALAVHR is doing a great job and look forward to a long and successful relationship with them.”  Linda G.  July 5, 2018  See Linda’s Listings Here

 

Kathy G., Owner

I am enjoying using your site with its ease of use and no booking fees for guest. With the Industry adding more and more fees (on both sides) and forgetting how they got so large, ie us owners, its refreshing to have a platform to advertise where they keep us in mind. I have gotten several reservations for our condos and know it will continue to grow thru word of mouth. As an owner myself, I really appreciate the enhancement to watermark our photos. Very simple to do and if you are unsure, Susan will assist you to get it done. I had my photos stolen off another site and created a new listing to scam guests on Craigs list of all places. I will use every tool I can find to prevent this again. The watermark does not hinder the ability to see the photo but because my name is front and center, no one will want to right click and save. After asking, Susan was also able to disable the right click and save from a computer (doesn’t work on a tablet or mobile device though) . Thank you for all you are doing to help all rental property owners in the area maximize our earning potential. Being such a young business I have high hopes this can become a games changer for all of us in the future.”  – Kathy G., June 24, 2018   See Kathy’s Listings Here

 

“I love that I can offer guests a legitimate website and have complete control over the booking and deposits! Other companies charge a fee for this, a fee for that, oh and don’t honor your wishes for a refundable damage deposit. It’s like banging your head to get anything from that company of anything happens!! This website saves the GUESTS AND Owners all those crazy fees!! Susan had been amazing to work with as well! Are you an owner!? STOP WASTING YOUR MONEY using those other sites! Guest looking to book- don’t go anywhere else!!!!”  – Jami B.  July 31, 2018   See Jami’s Listings Here

 

We are a very new website – launched in September 2017.  ALAVHR-Roy-Susan-ForsonIn that short time, we have become the FASTEST GROWING regional site in Alabama!  Join our team and let us start promoting YOUR vacation rental!

Questions?  Feel free to Contact Us anytime, or Call Us during regular business hours at (251) 333-6500.  We are here to help!

 

Roy and Susan Forson, Owners
ALAVHR.com

 

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How to Spot a Scammer

OWNER RESOURCES, TRAVEL, TRAVEL TIPS - June 29, 2018

How to Spot Scammer ALAVHR Watch our video and learn how to spot scammers!

Article by Susan Forson, Owner, ALAVHR.com, first published June 29, 2018

How to Spot a Scammer

Vacation rental scams are not new, but they have recently increased in our corner of the world.  Earlier this week, I received a frantic phone call from a traveler who arrived in Gulf Shores, suitcases in hand, and discovered that her family had been scammed out of their vacation rental.   She called me because we have a very active Facebook community where we help connect travelers with vacation rental owners.   I helped calm her down, and went through the scenario with her – yes, she had been scammed.   It is very difficult to prosecute these scammers but I did encourage her to contact her bank and to file a police report.   Fortunately, we were also able to help arrange a legitimate condo for her and her family to stay in.    It breaks my heart to hear such stories – and they are becoming all too frequent.

We issue many warnings and reminders in our groups about scammers, but this phone call spurred me to action.  I wanted to pull together what we have learned about scammers and make a video that you can share to educate travelers.

The bottom line is that no matter how careful you are, there is no way to prevent scammers from contacting you on Facebook or Craigslist.   The best line of defense is to learn when to be suspicious and always choose a payment option that provides fraud protection.  We cover all of these topics and even share real life examples from recent scams in our video.

Please take a few moments to learn how to spot a scammer and how to protect yourself – and please share with your friends and family.  If you are the administrator of a Facebook page for connecting travelers with vacation rentals, we invite you to join our Scammer Busters group on Facebook.  We use this group to notify other admins when scammers have been reported.  Our goal is to reach as many groups as quickly as possible to spread the word.  The examples used in this video were reported to the Scammer Busters group.  Travelers may also contact any member of the Scammer Busters group to ask whether someone has been reported or if you are not sure you are being scammed.

 

At Alabama Vacation Home Rentals, we are dedicated to stopping scammers.  We verify every owner that lists on our site and never charge booking fees or site commissions.   We are a proud member of the VHRNetwork – a regional network of listing sites, like ours, that provide a safe way for you save money.    Visit VHRNetwork.com to find the region for your next vacation.

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Book Direct with ALAVHR and Avoid Booking Fees on Your Next Alabama Vacation Rental!

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It’s no secret – the vacation rental industry has changed dramatically over the last few years and not for the better.  These changes negatively impacted both the traveler and vacation rental owners alike.  As a result, more and more owners are leaving the online travel agencies (“OTA’s”) and listing their properties on regional sites like Alabama Vacation Home Rentals, where there are no booking fees and no commissions.   Most regional websites charge owners much less to list their properties and travelers pay absolutely nothing!    This is how the OTA industry actually started – before they got greedy!

Alabama Vacation Home Rentals (ALAVHR) is a pure and simple listing site that connects travelers and vacation rental owners. We believe in open and direct communication between owners and travelers before, during and after the booking.  In contrast, OTA’s want to control the process by making the rules to their benefit, at the expense of the traveler and owner.   The reason that OTA’s block communication between owner and guest is simple, they want their money.

On February 7, 2018, we participated in the first ever “Book Direct” day. Vacation rental owners, hoteliers and industry related websites are coming together as one common voice to educate travelers and guests to inform them that there is an alternative to the OTA’s.  Looking for tips on how to #BookDirect safely?  Read our article here.

BookDirect to Save Hundreds of Dollars On Your Next Vacation Rental!

So say NO to VRBO!  Other OTA’s that will gladly take you hard earned money are: AirBnb, Flipkey, HomeAway, Booking, etc. All of these websites will charge both the owner and traveler very high fees. Buyer beware!  Ask questions and read the website!   Some sites, like Booking .com, try to hide their fees as commissions tacked on to the owner cost.  In the end, the traveler pays more for the same vacation and often times, the owner makes much less on their own property that the OTA’s.

Why pay more for the same vacation rentals?

Booking a vacation rental on a no fee-listing site can save you money, sometimes hundreds of dollars! Yes, hundreds of dollars!  At Alabama Vacation Home Rentals:     Our pledge to you:  We do not charge a traveler fee and never will!

Receive personalized service.

Vacation rentals are not hotels.  Each one is unique.  In fact, not every vacation rental is for everyone. Booking direct with an owner or property manager allows for open communication so that you can ask important questions before you book.

Want the inside scoop?  Owners are local experts who know their destination the best, the attractions,, the restaurants, the vendors, the happy hours the discounts, etc., and are more than happy to share with you their insider local tips.  Remember, owners genuinely want your repeat business and will go the extra mile to ensure you are happy and enthusiastic enough to come back and tell your friends.   Many owners appreciate returning guests so much that they offer special perks or discounts.

Receive the best possible price.

The cost for an owner to list their property on the OTA’s has become increasingly more expensive.   While many of these OTA’s want you to think that they are offering you the best possible price, the fact is they are not.   Owners have no choice but to pass the increase on to travelers.   Your cost goes up!    Speaking directly with the owner guarantees you the best possible rental price, access to special offers and/or last minute cancellations deals.

No fee regional listing sites are gaining in popularity.  Alabama Vacation Home Rentals  (a member of Vacation Home Rental Network) is one of them.  Owners and travelers can make a difference by spreading the word that there is an alternative to VRBO, HomeAway, AirBnb, Booking etc.

You have saved all year for your vacation, so save some of those hard earned dollars for enjoying your vacation and not lining the pockets of a big OTA.  Make sure it is your perfect vacation rental BEFORE you book.

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