Twelve years ago, Nelson Roberts purchased a second home in Glen Rose, Texas, for his family. After nearly a decade, the property was getting used less often and Nelson was considering selling the home for financial reasons.
Before resolving to give up his second home, Nelson decided to list it as a vacation rental. Travelers started to inquire and make bookings, but as a self-employed business owner, Nelson didn’t have enough time to manage a vacation rental.
He searched online and offline for help, but every option he found was too much work or too expensive. Giving up 40% of his nightly rate to a local property manager wasn't an option.
Fortunately, it wasn’t his only option. Nelson found Evolve.
I also needed a partner I could trust with my reputation and rental income."
I can’t imagine taking the calls that Evolve handles for me every day. They field hundreds of calls a month asking questions like, ‘Do you have a crock-pot?’ or ‘Is the grill charcoal or gas?’ I only had to answer each question once and Evolve takes care of the rest. Is that worth the 10% booking fee? Absolutely!”
Nelson loved that Evolve has a team of Travel Advisors who respond immediately to inquiries and confirm bookings on daily basis.
“I needed someone to be professional, pleasant, and to know my property as well as I do. I also needed a partner I could trust with my reputation and rental income. That’s big. The solution turned out to be Evolve.”
He also liked that with Evolve, he and his wife, Donna, could continue to manage the in-residence guest experience without the burden of doing everything on his own.
Evolve’s team familiarized themselves with the unique selling points of Nelson’s property and quickly crafted a professional listing to put on the most popular vacation rental sites, including VRBO and HomeAway.
Time with Evolve
Not only did Nelson get to keep his second home, his success has allowed him and Donna to purchase three additional vacation rentals in Glen Rose! Since partnering with Evolve in 2012, they have yet to have a problematic guest and they continue to receive incredible feedback from travelers who stay with them.
According to Nelson, choosing to work with Evolve has changed his life by creating a considerable second income and adding to his retirement nest egg. Best of all, Nelson and his family still get to enjoy their vacation home on a regular basis!
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