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1. What is SkiGolfVacations.com
2. The Visitor Process
3. The Owner Process
4. Owner FAQ's
5. Proceed to Owner Sign-up!
We are a unique information source and property referral
service for ski and golf vacationers. We provide comparison charts for ski &
golf resorts within North America only. Visitors can view mountain & golf
course statistics, historical weather, event information, etc
all in a
comparison chart format.
Visitors save many hours of time vs other sites which
do not offer rental "Availability" calendar date searching. If a property
is not available for a visitor's specific block of desired dates
simply is not displayed in the search results. This is a hugely unique &
powerful feature. Visitors can also search & compare by resort, property
type and location. Availability & pricing is controlled by each Owners unique
Why List Your Property With SkiGolfVacations?
Until now, there has been only two main options to renting
your vacation condo property:
a) Use full service, exclusive property management companies
that charge high commissions (often 40% or more).
b) Manage and rent the condo out yourself or via basic,
low cost exposure services. This requires solo advertising and/or using multiple
services to generate enough leads. Then, you screen all inquiries yourself
time consuming exercise, especially during peak season when you get many inquiries
for the same easily rented period.
Here's What We Offer:
We provide "confirmed"
reservations, direct to property owners for only 10%!
We provide all the advertising, visitor traffic, web-site content, visitor search
features and Owner Availability calendar. We field all the calls and emails.
We deliver you a confirmed reservation (subject to your availability)
10% of the visitor reservation total.
You don't have to deal with "tire kickers"
wasting your time. You don't have to deal with the hundreds of emails &
calls at high season.
Increased visibility as part of our North American Ski-Golf focused marketing
programs and professional web-site.
Online Availability & Pricing
Allows custom visitor searches. Shows "exact" daily availability and
pricing of your property. Yours to use for all your bookings and personal use
just our site. Includes space for notes and reminders.
"Last Minute Club"
We have a special "last minute" email club for "local" visitors
wanting to rent on short notice at discount prices
subject to your availability.
If you haven't rented your property for an upcoming period, you can list it
on our Specials page. However, your nightly rate must truly be 25% below the
previously advertised price for the exact same time period.
Summer Rental Income
We focus on renting your property throughout the year, not just during the winter.
Our name says it all
SkiGolfVacations. Aside from just golf, however,
we actively promote general summer activities (fishing, hiking and biking vacations).
Are you uneasy about your property being rented to anonymous strangers?
With our service, you have the final say on who rents your vacation home. You
control authorization by speaking directly to the individual who will be renting
Credit Card Service
Many vacationers like to plan, book and pay for their vacation in real-time,
by credit card. We offer this online secure service to you at a transaction
fee rate of 4.0%. The transaction goes directly to your designated bank account
via our Payment Distribution Service (PDS) system. We can deposit direct to
any bank within North America.
Simple Online Ad Production
Simply complete our online owner sign-up form, upload up to 5 photos of your
property and your ad will be reviewed/posted within 1 business day. Your security
coded owner web pages allow you to edit your property listing anytime. Change
availability, pricing, ad text and photos
24 hours a day.
Your phone number, address or e-mail address is not available for public viewing.
Thus you will not be dealing with annoying spam
are the costs?
There are no up-front costs!
Our annual membership fee is $100 (U$) or equivalent,
but you don't pay until your first rental on our site. If we don't rent your
you don't pay.
Our on-going rental referral
fee is 10% of each reservation booking you approve.
We field all visitor calls and e-mails. We only call
or e-mail you when we have a tentative booking. (The visitor has already viewed
your property photos, amenities and calendar availability online). Once you
re-confirm availability, we process the reservation deposit with the vacationer.
The visitor pays the balance directly to the owner (or via our credit card service
if the owner prefers).
Visitors (renters) come to our home page to "compare"
general and/or detailed information about Ski & Golf resorts within North
America. When they arrive, they choose to enter either our SKI, GOLF or SUMMER
zones. Each Zone has two basic formats:
a) Compare Resorts
We supply detailed resort
comparisons between top North American resorts.
Ski resort comparison stats include
Skiable acres, elevation, vertical
drop, number & type of lifts, skier capacity, skier visits, number &
type of trails, ticket prices, etc.. Golf resort comparison stats are similar,
but for golfing.
-Resort Weather comparison
Daily forecasts and 5 year Historical (weekly) snow base/fall,
temp, hours sunshine, etc..
-Resort event calendars
compare weekly activities.
-Last Minute Specials on
accommodation that are a minimum 25% less than prior week prices.
b) Search Accommodations
Visitors enter search criteria, then compare Availability,
Pricing, Photos, etc.. Owners update. The process starts with the visitor selecting
the resort(s), travel date(s), property type(s) and location(s); then selects
the method of Display
by Price & Availability
or by Photos & Info.
The Price & Availability
display option compares only Available
properties by resort & dates selected, property type
(eg.1 Bedroom) and location (e.g. Ski In/Out). Search results are displayed
in a 6 column format, allowing visitors to view 6 properties across the page,
then scroll down to others displayed below. Visitors may click for more
Property Details, including 5 photos for each property.
Visitors may add/delete any property to their
Favorites list for review later.
The Photos & Info option
displays search results in a more visual format. Each property shows two photos,
descriptive information, average price per night and location on Town Maps.
Visitors may click for more Property Details (5
photos & details) or Add To Favorites.
Visitor's Favorite Properties
As the visitor views pages displayed, they may add/delete
properties on a list of Favorites. At any time,
the visitor may view Favorites and send up to
3 emails to owners for final availability confirmation. (At any time, visitors
can also make a secure credit card reservation on-line
subject to property
When owners respond with their final availability confirmation,
our web-site compares against the visitor's request and advises the visitor
of a match or not. For a match
our our site sends return emails to both
the visitor & owner with contact details
all on-line, in the blink
of an eye.
Owners begin by setting up their unique web page. They
enter property description details on the owner set-up form, then upload 5 scanned
photos of your property. Our easy to use "New Property Wizard" guides
them through the process.
After an Owners web page is up and approved:
a) We only call and/or email the Owner for final availability
confirmation of a visitor reservation request.
b) Upon an owner's final confirmation, the visitor pays
a 10% reservation booking, and we email contact details to both owner &
visitor. Owner & visitor then discuss final details and the visitor's 90%
final payment. (You can always use our credit card service to make the booking
easier for both you and the visitor.)
Cancellation of the "tentative reservation"
by either the visitor or owner within the 48 hours will Void the reservations
and the visitor's deposit is refunded.
Interested in joining our Owners Pool? Get started Today!
STEP 1 Set-up your email/password
security then begin the New Property Wizard. This will create your unique account
and property web pages.
STEP 2 Upload Property
Info and up to 5 scanned Horizontal photos to your web page. Scan @ 72 dpi,
jpeg format, RGB color. If you don't have your own scanner, our Owner's Resource
Guide has contact info for services such as Kinko's (1-800-800-8899).
To begin the New Owner sign-up process, click
Q. Do I need to be living near my vacation
A. No. With phone, email and credit card damage deposits…there
is little need to be close to your rental property. However, you should have
trusted resources available for immediate care of your home. Our Owners Resource
Guide provides management tips plus a resource list of local personnel for
almost any kind of maintenance or repair.
Q. Can I use another property management company as well as
A. Yes. We are not an exclusive agency. We recommend that you
use our service along with another for at least 6 mos before taking any service
Q. My current property manager has worked well…why
A. We suggest you don't switch now, but instead use both
services and compare bottom line results. You will save big $ by using us during
peak times…or anytime. With SkiGolfVacations you keep 90% of all rental income
Q. How much time is involved?
A. Very little! Rather than having to build your own web-site,
solo advertise and/or screen the deluge of calls and emails (especially during
peak season)…we are your only contact. We will simply ask you to confirm
availability of a requested vacation date. We then process the renters 10%
reservation fee and pass along the qualified renters for your final approval. We
deal with all the "tire kickers" and send you only those visitors who have paid
for a confirmed reservation.
Q. What if I have faqquestions or need help?
A. Call our toll free owner help line. We also have Online
Help, FAQ's, and an Owners Resource Guide (maids, repairs, etc.)
Q. Do you have a check-in service for visitors (keys, maid
A. Sometimes (depending on location). Custom services vary
so ask us for a custom quote.
Q. Your site is big... how will a visitor find my property?
A. We offer visitors a powerful search engine to find their
exact home preference. We don't use property catalogues or bare bone web-sites
that list hundreds of properties in scrolling order. Research shows that forcing
visitors to search excessive inventories creates boredom, reduced decision
making and shortens attention spans.
Our site allows both custom searches and easy comparison
formats to save valuable visitor time. This offers visitors a more informed,
comfortable decision making process.
Q. How soon can I have my ad page running on your site?
A. One business day after you complete the owner set-up form
and upload photos.
Q. Can I lower my price for the upcoming weekend if
it hasn't been rented?
A. Yes. You can change any elements of your web page, including
price at any time.
More importantly, our site has a unique Last Minute Specials
This is particularly useful for local visitors who can make last
minute decisions. Locals often monitor our snow report or receive our weekly
"E-letter" of special events & promotions. To appear in our Last Minute
Specials?your reduced $ price/night must be at least 25% below the exact same
date/time period (as monitored by our site 7 days prior). This ensures that
visitors will truly get a Last Minute Special.
Q. Do I have to accept a referral?
A. No. Our web system is designed for maximum owner control
over the rental process. You always have final approval on every reservation.
Although problems are rare, we suggest all owners speak directly to renters
before accepting a firm reservation. Our Owners Resource Guide gives tips on
screening renters. E.g. Emails with an ".edu" suffix, are often from a college
Most full service agencies do not screen applicants carefully.
Commissions are the priority and desk staff are often inexperienced. And, if
damage or theft does occur…you will likely wait a long time to get compensated,
if at all.
Q. Is there a minimum number of nights I must rent for?
A. Again…entirely up to you. Most owners prefer a minimum three
day booking to amortize maid costs. Five day minimums are common during high
season and holiday periods.
Some exclusive rental agencies have a maximum number of owner
occupied nights, so as to maximize their rental commissions. With
SkiGolfVacations, you can rent 1 day or 365 days…you decide. You control when to
make your home available. And…since our fees are only 10%, you don't have to
rent it out as often to pay for the mortgage. You get to use it more often.
Some clients rent out their property only during high rent peak
periods like Christmas, New Years, Presidents week and Easter. This gives
maximum revenue for minimum days and pays for a separate vacation elsewhere.
Q. How much does your service cost?
A. Our annual membership fee is $100 usd, but you don't pay
until your first rental.
Our on-going rental referral fee is 10% of each
reservation you approve.
Q. How much should I charge?
A. You are free to charge whatever you want, but you should be
competitive with the product you are offering. Location, age, quality, amenities
& reservation dates are all keys to how much a visitor will pay. Remember?
that condo owners listed with full service agencies must charge +50% more to net
the same bottom line rental revenue as an equivalent property listed with
SkiGolfVacations. E.g. $200/nt - 40%= $120/nt vs $133/nt-10%=$120/nt.
Condo rental pricing is very sensitive to reservation date.
High demand periods enable high rental prices. We provide a calendar of
important holiday & rental dates. All this and more is located in our Owners
Resource Guide, once you become a member.
Q. How do I add pictures to my site?
A. It is easy and fast. You can have up to 5 photos on your web
page at any one time. Change them anytime you wish. You can scan and upload your
own photos or have it done at a copy center like Kinko's (1200 stores in the
USA). They charge about $25 for 5 scans. Phone: 1-800-800-8899. Denver:
Q. If the guest is dissatisfied, who is ultimately
A. The owner. SkiGolfVacations is a referral service only. All
rental contract details are strictly between the owner and the visitor. All
customer complaints to us are investigated. Owners with a record of more than 3
legitimate visitor complaints within 6 months will be de-listed without a
Q. For processing rental fees…do I need a business and/or
Visa/Master Card merchant account to accept credit cards?
A. No. We will take the initial 10% deposit (our total referral
fee). You collect the remaining 90% by direct deposit or check from the renter.
If the reservation is less than 30 days from the rental date (60 days in peak
season), you may want to have payment by credit card. We provide this service by
remitting owners the charge balance less 4.0%.
To begin the New Owner sign-up process, click