It’s been a busy few months and I’ve not had as much time to share with you as I would have liked! It’s hard to believe that winter chill is in the air, the holidays are upon us and 2017 is just days away!
2016 brought many changes in the vacation rental industry with giant OTAs (Online Travel Agencies) like Expedia gobbling up HomeAway and VRBO, and AirBnB growing so rapidly that it required joining rather than fighting. Booking.com now has a fast growing vacation rental section, too; that could not be ignored, so we now advertise on HomeAway, VRBO, AirBnB, FlipKey, TripAdvisor and Booking.com, as well as amongst some international sites. That being said, booking directly through nancysvacationrentals.com will always save you the most money because we do not charge you a service fee like they do.
Our inventory of properties has also changed with smaller, lower cost homes being sold by the owners and larger homes taking their place. Nancy spent early spring remodeling our new luxury La Jolla home Manoir De Rose; take a moment to check out the awesome article written about it in North Scottsdale Lifestyle Magazine.
She took a break after heaps of hard work and spent a month with her husband, Brian, on safari in Southern Africa (believe it or not, she still managed to squeeze in a little work!). Then, at the tail end of a very busy summer season, Nancy and Brian spent a few days with Terry, Robert and Bindi Irwin at the Steve Irwin Nature Reserve in the far northeast corner of Australia capturing, tagging and releasing crocodiles in a primitive camp in the outback. They even got to name a juvenile crocodile they tagged after Nancy’s new grand niece and nephew, Catalina and Carson. These two toddlers will be able to follow “CC Croc’s” travels for the next 75 years!
Throughout the tireless hours Nancy put in to help keep her guests and homeowners happy and amidst her worldly adventures, she continued to take on the “Neighborhoods are for Neighbors” group at the city council level. Nancy represented vacation rental guests, owners, employees and tourism in San Diego in order to save the industry and all it brings to the people of San Diego and the travelers who love to come here. 2017 will still be a year of continuing battle on this front and, while we support common sense regulation of the industry, Nancy will continue to fight anything that takes away a family’s ability to vacation together in a home in a residential neighborhood, forcing them to stay in several hotel rooms instead.
Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year and we hope to see you in San Diego next year!
Ashley and Nancy