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4 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Vacation Rental Manager

Hiring a Vacation Rental Manager? Be Sure to Ask these 4 Questions.

Do you own a vacation rental in Myrtle Beach, SC? You may want to consider hiring a property management company to oversee its operations when you are unable to handle maintenance, communicate with guests and answer various questions. You do not want to end up with a management company that does not understand you and your needs, so here are some questions to ask every prospective organization.

1. What Are Your Fees?

You always want to know how much you will need to pay a property management company before signing a contract. The fees can range anywhere between 25 and 50 percent of the total rent. Consider how much you can afford to pay and still make a profit from your vacation rental.

2. What Do Your Other Clients Have To Say?

It is always advisable to seek out references. The management company should have no problem putting you in touch with current clients. These clients will offer their sincere opinions, and you will know whatever they say is the truth.

3. What Services Are Included in the Fees?

The fees you pay should cover most of the maintenance costs. Some aspects that should be included consist of marketing, maintenance, cleaning, in-person visits and pre-stay walk-throughs. Ask about everything, so you do not get caught off-guard about any extra fees that pop up.

4. What Is Vacation Rental Performance Like in the Area?

An experienced vacation rental property management company should be able to tell you everything about that industry in a specific city. They should be able to tell you when the slow and busy seasons are. You should also ask about any local regulations that could impact who you can rent to.

If you have a Myrtle Beach rental property and are looking for a vacation rental manager to partner with, Vantage Vacation Rentals can help. Visit our Vacation Rental Management Services page for more information about how we make the experience smooth and successful for property owners. Questions? Call (888) 404-3110 or send a message through our online form, and be sure to request a Free Rental Market Analysis of your property. We will get back to you shortly!

Book Direct & Save on Your Vacation

Five Reasons Why Smart Travelers Book Direct

Browsing travel websites is a great way to get an overview of the types of places to rent in various vacation spots. You can see a whole bunch of places at once and sort by price, distance, availability, amenities and other factors.  But smart travelers know that the next step isn’t to click on “Book Now” on those sites but instead to book direct from the property owner or agency that manages the rental.  Here’s why:

  • Websites such as Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway and TripAdvisor add significant traveler fees when you book through them. So do many online travel agencies. You can save substantially by contacting the owner or manager to book direct.
  • Direct contact with the owner or manager makes it easy to communicate special needs without your requests getting “lost in translation.” This provides you with a faster, smoother experience.
  • Many of the best vacation rentals aren’t even listed on major sites because these listings are expensive for property owners. Along the North Carolina coast, for example, only 30% of all rental properties are listed on the major sites. You could be missing out.
  • Owners and managers offer helpful insider’s knowledge that can enhance your experience and save you valuable vacation dollars. Many have special offers, flash sales, and off-season discounts  that they don’t list on the major sites.
  • If you’re looking for a local’s perspective, property owners and managers can give you the most updated information on their rentals and community. They can tell you about new amenities, lesser-known area events, the best restaurants, and hidden gems around town.

In short, if a particular property management or vacation rental firm has a property – or a few properties – that look good to you, go to that company’s website (such as VantageMB.com!) to book direct. Chances are you’ll find more options, avoid hidden fees on travel websites, and have a smooth experience as you gear up for a great vacation.

Book smarter. #bookdirect. You’ll save on your vacation and have a much better experience.

Fall in Love with North Myrtle Beach

Temperatures May Drop, but Myrtle Beach Events Heat Up

Dusting off school books, raking up leaves, and enjoying football on TV – who says vacations are just for the summer? Fall is the best time of year and even better in Myrtle Beach! Forget the traffic, skip the lines, and enjoy life at a slower pace. Myrtle Beach offer fall vacation deals for every budget.  With off-season temperatures in the 70s-80s, the local events never stop. From food festivals to art shows, visitors will fall in love with Myrtle Beach.

September

  • 9/1-2 Beach Boogie & BBQ Festival – Watch over 25 team compete for the title of Carolina’s best BBQ! With a beer & wine garden, live music, wing tasting & vendors, this festival promises to be a great time.
  •  9/4-10 16th Annual Mustang Week – Check out the hottest cars all week long at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center!
  • 9/16 7th Annual Myrtle Beach Wine Fest – Make the Myrtle Beach Wine Fest your new fall tradition! Sip over 50 wines from around the world.
  • 9/22-24 42nd Annual Atalaya Arts + Crafts Festival – Gorgeous views & beautiful fine art in Huntington Beach State Park. Stroll and enjoy artists, crafts and vendors from across the country!
  • 9/23 Brew at the Zoo – Taste over regional and national craft beers! Stay for the silent auction, all benefiting a great cause.
  • 9/30 14th Annual Irish Italian International Festival –  From the spaghetti eating contest to street performers to great food, you will find something for every member of the family!

October

  • 10/7 Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival – Bring your appetite and stay awhile! Located on Ocean Boulevard, the whole family will love the live music, kid’s area, food & cornhole tournament.
  • 10/13-14 9th Annual Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest – Celebrate the best of fall the with food & beer, live music, pumpkin patch & face painting!

Plan your fall getaway to North Myrtle Beach at VantageMB.com.  Or give our Vacation Coordinators a call at (888) 404-3110 – we would be happy to help you find the rental that’s just right for you!

North Myrtle Beach Loves Snowbirds

Follow Us South for the Winter

Calling all Snowbirds – escape the winter blues and fly south with Vantage! With off-season temperatures in the 60s and 70s, North Myrtle Beach is known for staying warm all year long.  Trading your snow boots for flip flops has never been easier!  Vantage’s unique FlexStay properties provide more flexibility, allowing you to customize a vacation that fits your timeframe and budget. Starting the beginning of September, these vacation rentals allow you to fly into town any day of the week and enjoy a 3-night minimum stay rather than a traditional week-long visit. Looking to nest for longer? Vantage offers great snowbird deals on long-term vacation rentals. Whether you dream of an off-season weekend getaway or a 3-month-long vacation,  plan your visit around YOUR schedule, not the other way around!

Check Out a Few Snowbird Properties


Beach Cove Resort 421
1-BR, 1-BA, Sleeps 6 – Enjoy your morning coffee on the balcony of this oceanfront condo. Guests have access to a variety of amenities within the resort, including a grill and coffee bar, indoor/outdoor pools, a lazy river, and arcade room. At night, stop by the Barefoot Landing and enjoy attractions including House of Blues & Flying Fish Market & Grill.


Blue Water Keyes 1101
2-BR, 2-BA, Sleeps 6 – Wake up to beautiful views from  the glass-paneled balcony of this oceanfront condo. Located in Crescent Beach, the property features a full kitchen, a flat-screen TV, and a whirlpool tub in the master bathroom. Head downstairs to enjoy indoor/outdoor pools, hot tubs, a lazy river and fitness center.


Emerald Cove II 8A
4-BR, 3-BA, Sleeps 10 – This spacious oceanfront condo is equipped with a kitchen, large breakfast bar, flat-screen TVs & washer/dryer. Step out on the private balcony and let the “big blue” relax you and your family. Make sure to splash around in the outdoor pool!


North Beach 834 Madiera
2-BR, 2-BA, Sleeps 8 – Slow down and enjoy the relaxed pace of the amenity-rich community of North Beach Plantation. Located in the Cottages section, this home features all-new, high-end furnishings and flat-screen TVs, and is just a short walk away from the spa, indoor/outdoor pools, swim-up bar, on-site restaurant and other fantastic amenities.

Don’t wait Snowbirds – plan your off-season North Myrtle Beach escape today.  Browse VantageMB.com or give us a call at (888) 404-3110 to let our Vacation Coordinators help you find the perfect vacation spot.

Happy First Day of Summer!

What’s On Your Summer Bucket List?

Hang up your coats and leave your textbooks at home – the First Day of Summer is finally here!  That means more hours of daylight to enjoy all the things that we love most about this time of year.  Whether you’re lounging on the warm sand, splashing in the surf, or enjoying your favorite local restaurants, Myrtle Beach is the perfect backdrop for making memories. However, just like a seagull swooping in to snatch the last french fry, these precious weeks will be gone before you know it.  What’s on your summer bucket list?  Scroll down for a few ideas from the Vantage team of what we are looking forward to most about summer!  For even more ideas of what to do this summer, download our free North Myrtle Beach Vacation Guide.

Catch Summer Before It’s Gone

With fireworks in the sky and barbeque on the grill, it is clear that summer is in full swing.  Let us help you check off everything on your bucket list!  Our vacation rentals are filling up fast, but there is still time to treat yourself and your family to that perfect summer vacation.  Looking for an awesome deal?  Speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (888) 404-3110 or visit our Specials Page for reduced rates at select homes.

Myrtle Beach Events About to Heat Up!

Don’t Miss These Myrtle Beach Events!

Time to put away the snow boots and break out your flip-flops! Spring has returned to Myrtle Beach, bringing with it some glorious, unseasonably warm weather with quite a few days in the 80s and 90s. There is a happy buzz around town as the beach and all your favorite hot spots come back to life. Just like the temperature, Myrtle Beach events are starting to heat up, as well. From car fests to country music, visitors will be able to enjoy all of their favorite events in addition to some exciting new ones.

  • 5/12-21 Myrtle Beach Bike Week & Spring Rally

    Rev up your engines and enjoy a ride along the coastline of the Grand Strand. Motorcycle enthusiasts can check out vendors, participate in poker runs, enjoy live music, and take excursions to nearby points of interest – such as Georgetown and Charleston, SC.

  • 5/13 Mayfest on Main

    This event features live music, arts and crafts vendors, delicious food, a community stage, and a children’s area. Stroll along Main Street to browse one-of-a kind shops, or set up your beach chair and soak up the atmosphere.

  • 5/18-9/28 Music on Main

    Nothing beats an evening of live music on Main Street in Downtown North Myrtle Beach. Every Thursday night from 7:00-9:00 p.m., visitors can bring a beach chair and unwind to the tunes of talented local musicians. Be sure to check out the Black Glass Band (August 3rd). The best part of this event is that it’s free!

  • 5/20-21 36th Annual Blue Crab Festival

    Visit the waterfront in Little River to enjoy fresh blue crabs and other local seafood, in addition to live entertainment, fun children’s area, and approximately 300 fine arts and crafts vendors.

  • 6/2-3 Sun Fun Festival

    Returning for its 62nd year, this family festival includes a diverse set of activities, from live performers and games to Shag lessons and a parade.

  • 6/3 Corvettes at the Beach

    Hosted by the Myrtle Beach Corvette Club, this popular car show is held at the Broadway at the Beach complex. Visitors will enjoy being surrounded by Corvettes of every year and model.

  • 6/8-11 Carolina Country Music Fest

    The hottest event of the summer, this rain-or-shine event features over 30 of country’s greatest artists including Gretchen Wilson, Darius Rucker, and Kenny Chesney!

  • 7/4 July 4th Celebrations

    Myrtle Beach is the place to be for America’s birthday party! Start the day at the Independence Day 8K at 7:30 a.m., then at 1:00 p.m. take a moment to salute our military out on the beach as F-16s and several vintage military aircraft fly over the coastline. In the evening, fireworks displays will light up the night all along the Grand Strand at the following locations: Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing, Cherry Grove Pier, Surfside Beach Pier, Murrells Inlet Marshwalk, and Georgetown.

  • 7/8 & 8/12 Nascar Whelen Series Races

    Take a day out at the races! Several Nascar divisions will be racing all day and competing for their spot in Victory Lane at the Myrtle Beach Speedway. There will also be a Meet & Greet along with celebrations for Armed Forces Day.

Vantage properties are filling up quickly during these popular Myrtle Beach events, so now is the best time to book! Browse VantageMB.com or give us a call at (888) 404-3110 to let our Vacation Coordinators help you find the perfect vacation spot.

Looking for Family-Friendly Fun?

Top Family-Friendly Activities in Myrtle Beach, SC

Start with a base of beautiful beaches, add a heaping dose of exciting attractions, and mix it all together with some sweet Southern charm, and you’ve got a recipe for family fun. Myrtle Beach is known for being one of the East Coast’s top destinations when it comes to family-friendly activities and atmosphere. There is truly something for everyone here! Relaxing on the beach may be the perfect way to unwind, but sometimes it’s nice to spice up your vacation by taking an excursion or trying something new. Browse below and explore our favorite family-friendly spots in Myrtle Beach, SC.

    • Family Kingdom – Set aside an afternoon or a whole day to visit Myrtle Beach’s only oceanfront amusement park and water park. Located on Ocean Boulevard just a few blocks south of the Promenade, Family Kingdom features over 30 amusement rides ranging from kiddie classics and go karts to daring roller coasters and thrill rides. If you’re looking for a fun way to cool down, check out Splashes Water Park, which offers a variety of speed slides, children’s play areas with smaller slides and fountains, and a lazy river for the whole family to enjoy. Climb to the top of the Water Flumes water slide for an incredible view of the ocean and beach, then glide down to the bottom on a tube.

    • WonderWorks – Located at the popular Broadway at the Beach outdoor shopping and attraction area, WonderWorks combines education and entertainment in a hands-on way that kids (and adults) love. Come discover this 50,000 square foot amusement center that looks like a giant upside down building. Once inside, you’ll find dozens of fascinating exhibits such as what it’s like to experience a category 1 hurricane, land a space shuttle from space, play with a gigantic Lite-Brite, navigate a glow-in-the-dark ropes course, or explore the world with a Google Earth virtual globe.
    • Medieval Times – Immerse yourself in a world of jousting knights, gallant horses, and the pageantry of the medieval world at this popular dinner theater attraction. Dine with the king and enjoy a raucous four-course feast while watching a two-hour tournament with six competing knights who dazzle the crowd with their thrilling swordplay and fairy tale drama. Vegetarian meals and special accommodations for food allergies are available upon request.

    • Broadway Grand Prix Family Race Park – If you feel the need for speed, then Broadway Grand Prix is sure to get your adrenaline going! Race to victory on seven unique tracks that twist and turn around the park, offering courses for all ages and skill levels. While you’re here, be sure to check out a variety of other attractions such as the 100-foot Sky Coaster, two 18-hole mini golf courses, kiddie rides, arcade, and rock climbing wall. Grab a bite to eat at the snack bar, which features classic fare like pizza, funnel cakes, French fries, ice cream, and burgers.
    • Alligator Adventure – Visit one of the largest facilities in the world for reptiles and exotic animals. Come “snout-to-face” with fierce and beautiful creatures such as alligators, crocodiles, lizards, birds, monkeys, lemurs, snakes, hyenas, frogs, tortoises, and more. Guests visiting mid-April through mid-October can attend live alligator feedings for a brief lecture and Q & A as these powerful creatures chomp their lunch. Alligator Adventure is located in the Barefoot Landing shopping, dining and entertainment area in North Myrtle Beach and just across Route 17 from our rentals in North Beach Plantation and Ocean Creek.

    • Skywheel – Take a ride in an enclosed gondola and get a 360-degree view of the Myrtle Beach coastline and the surrounding area. Each ride can hold two to six guests per cabin and is three revolutions long, which takes about eight to ten minutes. The SkyWheel is one of the tallest Ferris wheels in North America, sitting 187 feet in the air. Even when the sun goes down, SkyWheel lights up the night with a fantastic display that can be seen up and down the boardwalk.
    • Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show – Join Captain Blackbeard in an epic battle for lost treasure! Located in an impressive arena complete with a 15-foot deep lagoon and full-sized pirate ships, this exciting dinner show will pull your family into a swashbuckling adventure. Cheer your team on to victory while eating a four-course pirate feast and watching acrobatic displays, aerial feats, sea lions, tropical birds, and more. Vegetarian meals and special accommodations for food allergies are available upon request. Pirates Voyage is also conveniently located across Route 17 from our rentals in Marina Inn at Grande Dunes.

     

  • Still haven’t booked your vacation? Summer is only two months away! Browse our vacation rentals in Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach at VantageMB.com to book online or call our Vacation Coordinators at (888) 404-3110 today.

Experience Ocean Creek in North Myrtle Beach

Family-Friendly Amenities of Ocean Creek

North Myrtle Beach is known for many things: pristine beaches, a laid-back atmosphere, world-class golf, and family-friendly resorts. One of our favorite spots for experiencing North Myrtle Beach is Ocean Creek – a one-of-a-kind destination with so much natural beauty and so many things to do that you may not want to leave the community gates. Located on a 57-acre property between the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, this oceanfront resort offers first-class amenities and a peaceful respite from the bustling Boardwalk area. Guests can hike and bike on dozens of nature trails that take you past lush gardens, oceanfront vistas, and a scenic tidal creek. Spend your days relaxing on the beach, cooling off in one of Ocean Creek’s seven swimming pools, or shopping at nearby Barefoot Landing. For the sports enthusiasts in your group, Ocean Creek offers a variety of amenities to keep you active such as a beach volleyball area, tennis courts, and a putting green. And don’t forget about our younger guests! Ocean Creek’s summer kids’ programs run Monday through Friday and feature fun activities to keep them busy such as water balloon games, face painting, kickball, scavenger hunts, sand castle competitions, crafts, and so much more!

Wide Variety of Accommodations

Ocean Creek offers several types of accommodations to suit every size family and budget. These include North and South Tower condos with ocean views, Greens Villas overlooking the putting green, Tennis Villas next to the tennis courts, Garden Homes with private yards, and Lodge Villas located within a peaceful woodland area. All units are within close proximity to one another and are just a short walk or tram ride from the beach. In addition, Ocean Creek offers several on-site dining options to satisfy your appetite while on vacation. Four Seasons Restaurant is located in Lodge #1 and serves a full breakfast buffet that is available every morning. Or, try a seasonal favorite – the Beach Club Bar and Grill – which features delicious food, evening entertainment, and special cookouts. This is also known as one of the best spots to watch the sun go down! So, sit back and relax while Ocean Creek takes care of everything else. Browse below to see a few of our featured Ocean Creek vacation rentals:

Ocean Creek K4 – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 8 – Located on the south side of the North Tower, this lovely oceanfront condo offers beautiful views from a well-furnished balcony with sturdy swivel chairs, comfortable rocking chairs, and a patio table for playing cards or an al fresco meal.
Ocean Creek QQ5 – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 8 – Kick back and relax in this newly renovated South Tower condo with side balcony and huge 30’x30’ bonus back patio with 360-degree views. Both the kitchen and all bathrooms have been updated with beautiful cabinets, granite, and tile.
Ocean Creek KK11 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 5 – Enjoy amazing ocean views and sunrises from this corner front condo in the South Tower. This well-furnished property features a master suite with a king bed and flat-screen TV in the living room
Ocean Creek L2103 – 1-BR/1.5-BA/Sleeps 4 – This beautiful condo is conveniently located on the far-east corner of Lodge #1, making for an extra-short walk to the beach, tidal creek, restaurant, and oceanfront amenities. Relax on your private screened porch just off of the living room to enjoy woodland views during the day and cool breezes during the evening.

What are you waiting for? Come and make lasting memories with your family at the Ocean Creek Resort. Browse our entire inventory of Ocean Creek rentals, or give us a call at (888) 404-3110 today to book your 2017 vacation.

Tax Day Deal | Save in May & June

We Put the ‘Fun’ in Refund!

Vantage Vacation Rentals is continuing its 10th Anniversary celebration with a present for you: savings at Myrtle Beach’s top vacation rentals. With Tax Day only eight days away, we think there’s no better way to spend your tax refund than with a relaxing beach getaway!

Tax Day Deal – Promo Code 1040EZ

Now through April 18th, take advantage of our Tax Day deal and claim a $40 ‘deduction’ on your May or June rental of $1,040 or more (before tax/fees). Simply enter promo code 1040EZ when booking online at VantageMB.com or mention 1040EZ to your Vacation Coordinator when booking by phone at (888) 404-3118. This offer is valid on all reservations checking in between the dates of May 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017 and can be used at any property on our website with at least a three-night minimum. (Offer does not apply to reservations made prior to April 10, 2017.)

Choose from Your Favorite Vacation Spots

May and June are two of the best months to visit the beach as there are fewer crowds, less traffic, and mild temperatures. Choose from all the locations that you love the most in North Myrtle Beach, whether it’s along the oceanfront, golf course, or Intracoastal Waterway. This includes many of the area’s most popular communities such as North Beach Plantation, Ocean Creek, Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, Blue Water Keyes, Grande Villas at World Tour, and more.

Hurry – this offer ends on Tax Day, April 18, 2017! For more information on this deal and more, visit our Specials Page.

Carolina Country Music Fest | June 8-11

Grand Strand Welcomes Carolina Country Music Fest

Kick off your summer in Myrtle Beach with country music’s hottest stars! The Carolina Country Music Fest comes to town June 8-11, 2017 at a beautiful, 18-acre venue next to the beach and boardwalk. This multi-day, rain-or-shine event brings together some of the best musicians on the country music scene including Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Billy Currington, Lee Brice, Darius Rucker, Chris Young, Gretchen Wilson, and so many more. Held at the Burroughs and Chapin Pavilion Place, the festival is set in a spacious ocean side venue that stretches from the boardwalk to Ocean Boulevard. In addition to an impressive main stage that backs up to the ocean, visitors will also find a second stage, VIP sections, food and merchandise vendors, games, and zip line attraction to keep the fun going all weekend long. Spend your vacation jamming out to your favorite country songs and making incredible memories in beautiful Myrtle Beach, SC. Tickets can be purchased online, but are selling quickly.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Find the Perfect Vacation Rental

If you’re looking to be right where the action is for Carolina Country Music Fest, Vantage Vacation Rentals offers a variety of vacation rentals in North Myrtle Beach that are just a short drive from all the fun. Plan a relaxing vacation in these beautiful vacation rentals in North Beach Plantation, Ocean Creek, and Marina Inn.
North Beach Plantation
North Beach 834 Madiera – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 8 – Slow down and enjoy the relaxed pace of the amenity-rich community of North Beach Plantation. Located in the Cottages section, this home features all-new, high-end furnishings and flat-screen TVs, and is just a short walk away from the on-site restaurant, spa, indoor/outdoor pools, swim-up bar, and other fantastic amenities.
Ocean Creek
Ocean Creek K2 – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 6 – Relax in this oceanfront condo on the south side of the North Tower in Ocean Creek. Well-equipped with a full kitchen and flat-screen TV, this property offers beautiful views of the ocean, beach, pond, and fountains. Amenities within the resort include indoor/outdoor pools, volleyball, and a putting green.
Marina Inn
Marina Inn 7301 – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 10 – Located in the Grande Dunes Resort, this elegant condo features beautiful views of the Intracoastal waterway. Step outside onto a spacious balcony overlooking the marina and pool area. Guests have access to indoor/outdoor pools, an on-site restaurant, a community golf course, and more.

Vantage properties are filling up quickly during the week of Carolina Country Music Fest, so now is the best time to book! Browse VantageMB.com or give us a call at (888) 404-3110 to let our Vacation Coordinators help you find the perfect vacation spot. Visit the Carolina Country Music Fest website for more details about this popular event.