Virginia—While a Tsunami is sweeping through the vacation rental home industry, creative entrepreneurs are stepping up to take the place of the giant online rental home listing sites.
One such brave woman is Bunnie Riedel, President of Riedel Communications and Owner of Virginia Vacation Rentals at https://www.vavacationrentals.com.
“As a vacation rental homeowner myself, at first I didn’t understand what was happening,” said Riedel. “I was told I had to move into online booking and when I said I couldn’t do that because I have a contract with my property manager, they said I could avoid online booking if I paid nearly double to list.”
Riedel had listed with one of the big box sites for nine years. Suddenly she was informed that her yearly subscription would increase from $249 to $599, if she didn’t take online booking.
“I was willing to pay the higher fee and asked if I could just list without online booking. They said ‘yes’ but when I asked them to send me an email confirming the conversation, they refused, telling me their policies change all the time,” said Riedel.
It was at that moment, Riedel realized she could not list with the corporate site. Unsure of what to do and fearful her vacation home reservations would evaporate, Riedel began to look for alternatives. That’s when she decided to launch her own vacation home rental online listing site at https://www.vavacationrentals.com.
Drawing on her twenty-five year career in marketing and communications, and having launched Riedel Communications, Inc. in 2005, Bunnie felt confident she could make it work. “Sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith,” says Riedel. “Along with building a solid business, my goal is to restore a sense of trust to the vacation rental homeowner. There are so many people who have scrapped together their life savings to enter that business, there are many retirees who count on that income, and they have been beaten up by the mega corporations. We’re not hotels, we’re mostly “mom and pop” businesses. I’m offering the purely a listing and advertising site model, no strings attached.”
Riedel provides a free 6 month listing to any vacation homeowner who lists with her site at https://www.vavacationrentals.com and should they chose to subscribe, yearly subscriptions will be $99. She promises there will be no “winners and losers” with some houses getting more favorable treatment than others and there will be something for every guest’s budget from cozy cottages to luxurious accommodations.
To learn more about Virginia Vacation Rentals go to https://www.vavacationrentals.com. There you will also be able to learn more about Bunnie and her business, Riedel Communications.
Bunnie Riedel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-864-4517.