Nauset Rental Blog
Booking Season Tips from The Team
January 5, 2018
It's on. January is the biggest booking month and properties are filling up fast. Whoever you book with, the earlier the better to secure your choice of home and amenities. This is even more important for dog friendly homes and waterfront properties.
Tips for successful vacation planning in the heat of booking season:
Assess your travel date flexibility...
With such a short season, peak summer weeks fill up fast. But if you’re willing to come a week later or earlier than most, you may increase your options. With Nauset Rental, you’ll also see some significantly lower prices outside of peak summer weeks.
Work with a local vacation rental manager…
Large listing sites like HomeAway or Airbnb can be overwhelming and frustrating because availability on these sites is not always up to date. Since you cannot speak live with the owner or manager nowadays, it can be hard to identify the experience you’ll have during your visit. A local vacation rental manager like Nauset Rental can connect with you live, and help you narrow your search to find the perfect home.
Know what you want, need, can’t go without..
When looking for a vacation rental, it’s always good to know what amenities you can’t go without, or those that would be a nice addition but aren’t necessarily a deal breaker. Pinning down these factors can help narrow your search, and make sure that you find the right fit for you and the group you're traveling with.
Most importantly: Time your booking…
It’s a short season here on the Cape, and the vast majority of our visitors come the last two weeks of July or the first two weeks of August. So it comes as no surprise that those weeks fill up faster than any others, and are typically all booked up by the end of January! Now is the time to reserve your summer vacation home if you’re going to travel between mid-July to mid-August.
Send us your vacation home wishlist or browse our homes!
Thank you all on this Thanksgiving!
We'd like to thank all of our guests and homeowners for a record breaking 2017 Season. It went by fast but we are proud to have delivered significant increases in rentals for owners who have switched to our program and great homes for our loyal guests. Thank you all.
A few quick fall 2017 Updates
The Massachusetts State legislature is expected to pass some sort of short term lodging tax on vacation rentals shortly. Find out more and how we can influence the final bill here: nausetrental.com/tax.
We continue to get lots of calls from owners who manage rentals themselves frustrated by large listing site changes. We are happy to provide insights and strategies for you to adopt. Please reach out to us via email: [email protected]
2018 bookings are off to a very strong start. For example we already have over 20% of last years total rental volume booked for 2018. If you are a homeowner - don't wait - get going with your marketing and/or reach out to us now. We are on-boarding a record number of homes into our unique program and are happy to share information with owners.
Finally, we hope you all enjoy this special time. Today I saw many whales blowing just offshore while walking my dog near Nauset Beach. Happy Thanksgiving 2017!
We hit the trails over the weekend and wanted to share some of the amazing conservation trails easily accessible to our rental homes, some in walking distance. We think you should bring a coffee when you go because the Hot Chocolate Sparrow in Orleans was just deemed the Coolest Coffee Shop in MA! This destination for your caffenation is one of the many gems in Orleans.
What's better than a nice delicious beverage while you are connecting with nature on one of America's most pristine coastlines. See our homes near Nauset Beach HERE. Hopefully by the time you are here, you will need your coffee iced.
Stay tuned for info on our best beach walks!
We secure a massive number of bookings during heavy snowfall. People look out their windows at the snow and envision the sand and surf of their summer vacation. Something to look forward to on these cold winter days. Overall, we now have 2669 room nights booked for 2017!
The Orleans Conservation Trust Trails are amazing.They are a great addition to your summer activities. These walks go through conservation land, marshes and inland waterways, all unique ecosystems that make Cape Cod an amazing destination.
This could be your perfect vacation spot!
It is a snowy winter wonderland down here and we just had Thundersnow for a few minutes during the storm. The lights are still on and we are getting the snow shoes and cross country skis ready for tomorrow.
We want to share what could be your perfect vacation spot! This home just came on board. It is tucked down near Meetinghouse Pond in East Orleans on a huge lot over 1 acre and boasts access to a private dock!
Recently fully renovated, it has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a brand new deck, stone patio in the front, oversized windows for amazing light and a path down to the water and private dock.
It is a sweet little hideaway perfect for 6. The master has a queen bed, direct access to the new deck and a full brand new bathroom ensuite. The second bedroom has a full and two twins. This room also has a access to the deck. There is a large open living room with a flat screen TV and working wood stove for the off season weeks.
The attached open sunroom has floor to ceiling windows on one side, a reading nook and will house the dining room. There is access to the stone patio from this room. There is also another breakfast nook in the kitchen. The owner is a high-end landscaper and all grounds will be fully redone in spring with a new beautiful fire-pit area too. Take a look here!
Booking update: We have 724 nights booked as of today for 2017! Do not let your week slip away. Book Now!
Orleans voted #2 Happiest Seaside Town in America!
Our wonderful little village of Orleans just came in #2 on Coastal Living's Happiest Seaside Towns in America! We know it's a gem and we want to share it with you.
If you have stayed with us before in one of our Orleans rental homes, you have seen some of what Orleans has to offer.
This is what they had to say.
"With 54 miles of coastline, this charming New England town bridges the upper arm of Cape Cod to capture Atlantic Ocean wilds to the east and Cape Cod Bay serenity to the west. In the summer, Orleans hums with its own Cape Cod Baseball League team, more than a dozen art galleries and a resident live theatre, and a rich and ample variety of restaurants. Whether strolling its historic cottage-lined streets or paddling its freshwater lakes, life is active, rich, and varied in this corner of the country."
I think I just got a little nostalgic.
Booking update! We have 538 nights booked as of today for 2017! A number of summer vacation rentals have weeks open but we are booking up fast!
Local Winter Pop Up Restaurant + Why You Should Book Now!
Winter on Cape Cod is about taking advantage of what is available. Sunny days bring us lone beach walks, secluded SUP paddles in Cape Cod Bay and in general, some quieter times to enjoy our beautiful surroundings.
Another perk… no need to make dinner reservations ahead of time. We’re eating well this winter, with the Blackfish Pub at Local, a farm-to-table pop up located at Local 186 in Provincetown, or our year-round favorites like The Local Break in Eastham and the Land-Ho! in Orleans.
The pace here may be slower in the winter, but January is one of the busiest booking month for vacation rentals. Our homes are filling up fast, so get in touch with us if you’re interested in securing a home for your summer stay!
WINTER ON THE CAPE
We got quite a bit of snow on the Cape earlier this month. Nearly 2 feet in some areas and Nicole and Devin enjoyed snowshoeing in the national seashore and got some spectacular photos (below). Warmer weather and rain quickly moved in though so we are enjoying other outdoor activities like biking now.
A whopping 405 nights have been booked in our unique homes so far for Summer 2017! This is a significantly faster pace than last year. If you would like to lock in a summer rental on the cape this year, we would encourage you to move quickly if you want a particular home or week. As always, July/August weeks are the most in demand but we also have weeks booking in June, Sept reflecting some significant discounts we are offering from the start this year.
Our website: www.nausetrental.com always has real time current availability and pricing for our homes. You can search by specific dates right on our homepage or in the search box on most pages throughout the site.
Or, browse our full current roster homes available for 2017 booking here.
Our final photo is from a new luxury home we added to our inventory recently. View its full listing here.
SUMMER FARMERS' MARKETS ARE OPENING!
The Chatham Farmers Market kicked its season off earlier than most on May 17. It will run each Tuesday through October 11 from 3 p.m to 6:30 p.m. This market is held at 1652 Main Street (between Local Color and Ocean State Job Lot).
Here you will find fresh eggs, honey, hummus, donuts, alcoholic ginger beer brewed by Farmer Willie, wine, kettle corn, herbal products and more. Local artists and artisans will also be on hand.
The 2016 season of the Falmouth Farmers Market begins on May 26 and runs each Thursday through October 6 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. This long-established farmers market is held at Marine Park on Scranton Ave. where you can enjoy the water view while you shop. Some of the available items include: produce, berries, eggs, breads, cheeses, wine and coffee.
The Harwich Farmers Market begins on June 9 and runs each Thursday through October 6 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Here you will also find produce, meats, flowers, cheeses and much more.
Like the Osterville Farmers Market, you can get your history on during this weekly event. Each Thursday, the Harwich Historical Society's Brooks Academy Museum is open too.
The "most fun farmers market" award just might go to Cape Cod Beer for their weekly "Farmers Market Meets Happy Hour" event. This farmers market begins on May 27 and runs each Friday through October 7 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
In addition to produce and local products, enjoy outdoor games, live music and a delicious, frosty beer in the beer garden. The Cape Cod Beer Farmers Market is held at the brewery at 1336 Phinneys Lane in Hyannis.
The Orleans Farmers Market begins on May 21 and runs each Saturday through November from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. This is the largest and oldest Cape Cod farmers market. They even operate a winter farmers market if you find yourself visiting during the quiet season.
You'll find the usual fare, presented by vendors including Wellfleet Sea Salt, Bread Bon Vivant, Joyce's Jungle and Summer House Soaps.
The Orleans Farmers Market is at 21 Old Colony Way.
The Osterville Farmers Market begins on June 24 and runs each Friday through September 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The farmers market is held on the grounds of the Osterville Historical Museum at 155 West Bay Road.
In addition to shopping for produce and interesting items, enjoy free admission to the historical museum.
The Sandwich Farmers Market begins on June 7 and runs each Tuesday through October 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This farmers market is held on the village green at 164 Route 6A. Here you'll find produce, meats, lobster, flowers, soaps and much more including wood fired pizza from local vendors including Honey I'm Home, Thyme After Thyme and Wicked Good Kettle Corn. There is live music too.
The Truro Educational Farmers Market begins on June 13 and runs each Monday through August 29 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. This farmers market is held at 20 Truro Center Road. In addition to fresh produce, meats, baked goods and honey, you will find lobsters plucked from the waters of Cape Cod Bay. There is live music and educational and art tables. All this, right along the beautiful Pamet River.
The Wellfleet Farmers Market started May 18 and runs through October 12 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. This farmers market is held on the back lawn of Wellfleet Preservation Hall at 335 Main Street.
Here you will find jams and salsas, "lots 'o eggs" (according to their website), Truro chickens and Barnstable pork. You can even pick up a Wellfleet Farmers Market t-shirt to remember your trip!
When you are done stocking up on fresh goodies, grab a schedule at the hall. They offer classes, concerts, film screenings, dancing and open mics.
The Bass River Farmers Market begins on June 16 and runs each Thursday and Saturday through September 17 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Bass River Farmers Market is at 311 Old Main Street in South Yarmouth.
In addition to food, this farmers market has a lot of artisans including Salty Soaps, Granny's Apron Strings and Buddha Buns.
The Bass River Farmers Market is right next door to the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. You'll want to pop next door and see what's happening during your stay. The center is host to workshops, gallery exhibits and really fun concerts (a couple of them are even BYOB).
see more at www.capecodtoday.com
Nauset Rental is Hiring!
Operations & Technology Manager (A Long term core member of our team)
Who we are:
Nauset Rental is Cape Cod's first modern rental management company. We started out of MIT and the Outer Cape and lever an innovative digital marketing platform to connect with more high quality tenants. Then we orchestrate the many moving parts behind a successful stay using streamlined processes and thoughtful automation. Our solution is working, we are delivering dramatic revenue increases for our owners (hassle free) and we are growing quickly - mostly by word of mouth referrals. We are a local cape cod lifestyle company and believe in working hard, but also being active members of our community and carving out the time to enjoy the Cape Cod lifestyle. We are looking for flexible, team-players to join us!
What we are looking for in this role:
Jump in and help us get stuff done immediately and then help us hone our operations for the future. Specifically this means quickly “rolling up your sleeves” and helping to manage our upcoming tenants, cleaning vendors, running down outstanding payments etc.
Then we are looking for help streamlining our processes and optimizing our technology. We’ve invested significantly in great technology but need help utilizing it to its full potential. Additionally, we need help better organizing our operations – from scheduling our people and vendors to standardizing our processes so we can take on more clients efficiently etc. We have a good base in place and are looking for someone who can work with us to take it to the next level.
Skills you’ll use:
You should be a “detail oriented” type that likes organizing, creating detailed plans, spreadsheets, task lists, etc. and then executing them! If you have experience with “project management”, configuring technology systems, business process work, or office management etc. that would be a plus.
Location, Timeframe, Etc.
We are a lifestyle company and as such a very flexible employer. We are not a “9 to 5” company. We often head out for mid-day surf sessions or yoga classes and then hop online at night for an hour. We don’t believe we need to be in an office together every day to be productive and often work from home or are out “in the field” at properties etc. We are looking for someone that can work a fair amount independently but would like to have a great long-term job that can be flexible in the off season and full time based on Cape Cod for the Spring and Summer. We can consider anyone looking to work approximately Half time to Full-Time but applicants should be interested in working and growing with us for years to come.
Preferred time frame is starting ASAP, but flexible. Please reach out now! email [email protected] with brief statement of qualifications. We will contact suitable candidates for a discovery call to begin assessing mutual fit.
Respond to guest inquiries, questions etc. and help guests book on our website
Use our property management system to help us better track and manage our property vendors (like cleaners), guest arrivals, etc.
Handle pre-stay guest communications, arrange linen deliveries, create task lists and schedules for our runners etc.
Help us build templates for guest guidelines, pre & post stay communications, etc.
Interact with tenants and homeowners answering questions etc.
Help us streamline our business processes and best configure our technology
Manage Nauset Rental & External resources doing property checks, cleaning etc.
Overseeing and assisting with various issue resolutions as needed
Can do attitude willing to pitch in with hands on work as needed. This at times will include:
Working through issues raised by tenants –dropping off full propane tanks, coordinate vendors to fix a plumbing issue etc. when you are on call
Checking on properties between tenants using our QA checklist
Being on-call for emergencies