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RealJoy Vacations vs. Airbnb and Vrbo

Airbnb and VRBO

RealJoy Vacations is distinct from Airbnb and VRBO in that it is a full-service vacation rental manager whereas the other two are merely booking platforms. Owners listing their property directly on these booking platforms are classified as “self-managing,” giving the owner full control over the short-term rental process. This involves the owner interacting with guests, addressing complaints and queries, taking care of maintenance and cleaning, and making sure the listings and images are up-to-date.


If you are deciding between self-management or hiring a management company like RealJoy Vacations, we have analyzed both options to assist you in determining the best choice for you.

Airbnb and VRBO

Should I Hire Full Service Vacation Rental Management Company like RealJoy Vacations?

If you own a vacation rental property, managing it can be time-consuming and stressful. A full service management company may be the right option for you if the thought of constantly supporting guests and handling the day-to-day tasks of managing a vacation rental property feels overwhelming, or if you live far from your rental and can’t easily handle issues that come up, a vacation rental management company can take the burden off your shoulders. A local team can oversee your property and take care of guests, allowing you to have a more hands-off investment that you can easily check in on from a distance. 

Should I Self-Manage and List Directly on Airbnb and VRBO?

If you enjoy building relationships with guests and are able to provide 24/7 guest service, as well as handle the sourcing and supervision of vendors for housekeeping, maintenance, and repairs, and are proficient in marketing your vacation rental online, managing your own property may be the right choice for you. However, it is important to note that managing a vacation rental can be a significant time commitment and may feel like a full-time job due to the constant logistics involved. 

Airbnb and Vrbo

There is a misunderstanding that Airbnb and Vrbo are in direct competition with vacation rental managers. However, they actually work together and are seen as partners in the industry. These booking sites help to increase visibility for RealJoy Vacations homes’ and drive more bookings. Additionally, when using a full-service management company, properties will also be listed on our own independent website, increasing visibility. 


Airbnb and VRBO

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Renting your vacation rental property has never been easier and more profitable than it is when you partner with us. Helping owners grow and protect their vacation rental investment is our top priority. Our process is simply less stress and more money!


Call 1 (850) 204-3041 to speak with a Homeowner Consultant, who can answer preliminary questions and see if we’d be a good fit for you.


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