14 Tips to Avoid Rental Scams

Deposits with no recourse, high pressure tactics, pricing and terms too good to be true and no contract are all major red flags 14 Tips to Avoid Rental Scams  With the popularity of online shopping, online scams are also at an all time high. Rental…

Prepare for Power Outages Whether Home or Away

Severe weather events are less problematic with a whole home standby generator PREPARE FOR POWER OUTAGES WHETHER HOME OR AWAY Why a Whole Home Standby Generator System Makes Sense for Snowbirds Snowbirds know a problem with your home while away is very stressful. Not only…

Be the Snowbird Who is Welcome Back

BE THE SNOWBIRD WHO IS WELCOME BACK  How to Be Irresistible to Your Hosts Snowbirds who rent their winter residences are plentiful and there is typically not a shortage of guests who want to stay in a great property, which means it is important to…

Location, Location, Location – Peak vs. Off Peak

Map of The Emerald Coast, Southern Alabama and Northwest Florida LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION  Peak vs. Off Peak Affects the Cost of Housing As snowbirds return home to begin the off-season, much reflection goes into what can be done differently for the next season. Life changes…

How to Evaluate Online Rental Photos

Perceived and actual views may be entirely different, as well as accessories used for staging. Don’t hesitate to ask for clarification. How to Evaluate Online Rental Photos  Travel and snowbirds are synonymous. Snowbirds by definition seasonally migrate to a warm climate and for many that…

Room by Room: How to Furnish a Vacation Rental Property

Room by Room: How to Furnish a Vacation Rental Property Room by Room: How to Furnish a Vacation Rental Property is a follow-up to “The Basics of How to Furnish a Vacation Rental Property.” As an experienced vacation rental guest, I learned from observing and…

The Basics of How to Furnish a Vacation Rental Property

The Basics of How to Furnish a Vacation Rental Property Many snowbirds understandably dream of eventually purchasing their own vacation rental property. My husband and I rented for six seasons and it inspired me to write a post entitled, “What to Look for in a…

Cooking Class: Four Festive Hors d’oeuvres

The small bite hors d’oeuvres are beautifully presented, everything is more sparkly and has an element of being that much better. Beef tenderloin blue cheese bites Butternut squash crostini with arugula hummus Parmesan crisps with Prosciutto and orange marmalade preserves COOKING CLASS Four Festive Small…

How to Meet People in Your Snowbird Community

The best place to start meeting people is in your own neighborhood, whether at the pool, community center or walking your dog How to Meet People in Your Snowbird Community Ideas for new and seasoned snowbirds Recently I was contacted by a reader who is…

Autumn Tour of Saugatuck on Lake Michigan’s Eastern Coastline

Autumn Tour of Saugatuck on Lake Michigan’s Eastern Coastline A Nostalgic, Romantic, Artsy Waterfront Vacation Destination When my twin sister first announced she was coming home to the Midwest from Hawaii, she invited me to go on a “mini vacation within a vacation.” We have…