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Recent Changes in the Vacation Rental Market

Cape May News, Uncategorized, Vacation Rental News - admin - August 21, 2019

Dear Cape May Vacation Rental Owners,

As many of you know there have been major changes in the vacation rental business in 2019.

Starting in January of 2019 the State of New Jersey began taxing vacation rentals. All owners of vacation rental properties in New Jersey were instructed to collect tax on their rental. This new tax law was supposed to “level” the playing field with VRBO/HomeAway, Flipkey and other national listing sites who were already collecting New Jerseys short term rental tax. The New Jersey real estate lobby was able to carve out an exception. If owners listed their rental with realtors they would not be taxed. However, they would be charged the standard 12% or less realtor fee if their rental was booked through the realtor.

Rental owners wrote countless emails and made tons of calls to local representatives and the Governor about how bad the tax was for the rental business and the local economy. It worked. The short-term rental tax was amended on August 9th to remove the tax on individual owners who market their rentals on their own and handle all payments.

This change in the New Jersey Short term rental tax did not include VRBO/HomeAway, and other national listing services. If an owner continues to list with VRBO/HomeAway, Flipkey or any national listing service guests will still be taxed and charged service fees if they book through them. VRBO/HomeAway, Flipkey or any national listing service collects payments and under New Jerseys Law that makes it a taxable transaction.

As of today, 8/21, VRBO and HomeAway announced that any listings with them will no longer be eligible for advanced payments. Owners will not receive rental payments until after your guests check- in. Your rental payments will be held until check-in. This “holding” of rental payments will make it very difficult for many owners to fund operation of their rental. A typical owner who does most of their renting in the summer would now have to wait until the guest checks in during their summer week to get paid.

VRBO, HomeAway, Flipkey and other national listing sites can also do chargebacks on your rental if a guest complains about the simplest of issues. Owners have no recourse. 

All of these national listing services appear to be doing nothing but a money grab directed at owners and renters. 

So why list with CapeMayVacationRentals.com?

We believe every owner has the right to know what we are doing to market your rental.

It’s all about traffic. We get website traffic. A lot of traffic. The more traffic the more travelers will see your listing. For the last quarter (90 days) we had well over 110000 visitors to our site. This is well defined, specific traffic to the Cape May area market and this number will continue to grow. The people clicking on our search engine links and social media ads are looking for a Cape May area rental. A typical renter can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars by booking directly with the owner. That is why we are seeing large traffic numbers. Renters are looking to avoid service fees and taxes to save money. 

We rank very high on Google Search for many of the keywords people type in when searching for a rental in the Cape May area. 90% of all searching is done through Google. We also dominate local listings on maps. We rank higher than many rental related websites in the Cape May area on both mobile devices and desktops

Our website is built for both the mobile (phone) user and desktop user. 70 % of all of our traffic comes from renters using their phones to search for a rental. 

Our listings are non-taxable. Owners handle all payments making the transaction non-taxable.

We do not charge service fees

Owners get paid according to their rental agreement and payment schedule. They are not subjected to any withholding of payments

With CapeMayVacationRentals.com owners have complete control over how funds are collected and complete control of any refund process if needed.

We do not block communications. It’s your rental and you should be able to communicate openly with someone who wants to rent your property. This helps every owner screen renters to make sure they are the right fit for your rental. VRBO, HomeAway, Flipkey do not screen.

We offer calendar sync with VRBO, HomeAway and Airbnb. To automatically sync your calendars just follow the instructions in your admin area. We also offer a utility that imports your reviews from VRBO and HomeAway. This utility is also located in your admin area on our website. Renters want to see up to date availability calendars are read reviews. The more information you provide to someone looking at your property the more likely they will inquire.

Please note our best performing listings are the most complete listings. These listings offer very good photographs, detailed descriptions, reviews, rates and most importantly an updated calendar. Renters looking for a property are more likely to inquire about a rental if the listing has all of the information needed to make the decision to book.

So, like every rental transaction it all comes down to affordability for renters and fees for owners. We believe CapeMayVacationRentals.com provides the most affordable and best solution for both.

We look forward to continue to market your rental. If you should have any questions please call or email us at any time. 

Thank you and Happy Renting!

Tom Froschle

CapeMayVacationRentals.com

609-400-2240

We help fill availability calendars every day. 

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2019 Cape May Baby Parade

Uncategorized - admin - July 28, 2019

Friday, August 2, 2019

Don’t miss the most adorable parade in the Nation’s Oldest Seashore Resort. The Annual Cape May Baby Parade scheduled for Friday, August 2, 2019 steps off at 11 a.m. from Congress Street and Beach Avenue. The Grand Marshal will lead the procession down Beach Avenue from Congress Street to Howard Street where the parade ends.

Participants are invited into Cape May Convention Hall immediately following the parade for the awards ceremony. Trophies will be awarded in four separate categories: Pretty Baby, Children Walking in Fancy Dress, Children Walking in Comic Dress and Decorated on Wheels. There will also be awards for Best Float (motorized or pulled) and Best Overall Entry.

Registration is free to all participants 12 years of age or younger. Registration and judging will be held at Congress Street and Beach Avenue beginning at 10 a.m.

For more information call 609-884-9565 or visit capemaycity.com

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Cape May Clamshell Tournament 2019

Uncategorized - admin - July 28, 2019

As summer draws to a close, mark your calendars for a fun Cape May tradition—The Rich Reinhart Junior Clamshell Pitching Tournament. The longest-running contest of its kind in the region, the Junior Clamshell Pitching Tournament is set for Friday, August 30, 2019 on Windsor Beach (across from Congress Hall) in Cape May. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the tournament starts at noon. The tournament is free and open to boys and girls in two age groups, ages 6 to 11 and ages 12 to 17.

The contest: each player tosses a clamshell about 25 feet towards a small hole dug into the sand in an attempt to get the clamshell in the hole. Shells are provided (or kids can bring their own lucky clamshell) and there are trophies for all winners and runners-up in singles and doubles competition. There will also be free instruction from the pros, so participants don’t even need pitching experience.

Named in memory of Rich Reinhart, the former president and founder of the International Clamshell Pitching Club of Cape May, the tournament is now carried on by Rich’s daughter, Stephanie Stephens.

For additional information contact The City of Cape May at (609) 884-9565.

Age categories:

Six to 11 (holes are 15’ apart and 8” deep)
12 to 17 (holes are 25.5’ apart and 8” deep)
Matches are best-of-three with each played to either 11 or 15 points for younger than 11 years of age and 15 or 21 points for up to 17 years of age
Competition is singles first then players combine to compete as doubles
All are single elimination

Scoring:

Closest to the hole is 1 point
In the hole is 2 points
If both players throw their shells in the hole they cancel each other out
Broken shells can be replaced if less than 2/3rds of the shell remains

Trophies are given to the 1st and 2nd place of each age group, singles and doubles

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Cape May July 4th Parade

Uncategorized - admin - June 18, 2019

July 6 @ 1:00 pm

Free

The Cape May Independence Day Parade Set for July 6

CAPE MAY, NJ – The City of Cape May will stage its annual Independence Parade on Saturday, July 6, beginning at 1 p.m.  Line-up is at noon on New Jersey and Philadelphia Avenues. The parade route is on Beach Avenue from Philadelphia Avenue to Patterson Avenue with the reviewing stand near Convention Hall.  The parade is an annual event to honor all of our veterans.

Cape May is proud to have Commanding Officer Captain Owen Gibbons, U.S. Coast Guard Tracen Cape May, as the Grand Marshal of the parade. The parade will feature string bands along with many other outstanding performing groups, family entries, autos, veteran organizations, and local officials. A special addition this year will be the Cape May Maritime Museum. They are restoring the 1952 motor Lifeboat CG36538.

Decorated bicycles, antique automobiles, and all community entries are welcome to participate in the Independence Parade.  Anyone interested in participating should contact the Cape May Department of Civic Affairs at 609-884-9565 or email rertle@capemaycity.com

For additional information, visit capemaycity.com, email recdept@capemaycity.com or call at 609-884-9565. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/capemaycity and follow us on Twitter@capemaycity.

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The Crushpad at Hawk Haven Winery on Saturdays

Uncategorized - admin - May 21, 2019

Date: May 25, 2019 Time: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM EDT

Website:https://hawkhavenvineyard.com/events/saturday-on-the-crushpad/

Enjoy a great day with some of the best wines on the area. Warm up your palate with an educational wine tasting, then head to the “crushpad” with a glass of your favorite where you’ll kick back and enjoy the vineyard views. Or try one of our new wine flights featuring four small glasses of red or white wines. Then pair that wine with something from our Barrel Room Cheese Shop menu featuring gourmet cheeses and charcuterie. A variety of musical performances by local singer-songwriters rounds everything off into a perfect getaway

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Wildwoods Race of Gentlemen

Uncategorized - admin - April 3, 2019

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Race fans, hold onto your seats while vintage motorcycles and automobiles battle it out on the shore against the rising tides for your viewing pleasure. Indian, Harley Davidson, Excelcior, Ford, Dodge Brothers and more! An extraordinary display of why America’s love for vintage automotive will never fade. Do not miss your chance to see these fine men flog their jaw-dropping machines on the sand, just like in days gone by. Come one, come all to watch in awe as they roar at the shore!

Join us to experience the greatest race on earth! The Race of Gentlemen is an automotive carnival that celebrates American racing heritage. A true homage to automobile and motorcycle history, hosted by the Oilers CC/MC. Spectators and racers alike will experience a simpler time of when guys were gentlemen and cars were king! Stultz & Son Productions will exhibit their hand-selected group of gentlemen, who will showcase their pre-war machines at the water’s edge on the beach of Wildwood, New Jersey. Commonly referred to as TROG for short, the carefully curated event will give you a history lesson and an unforgettable weekend, all rolled into one.

Other Dates For This Event:
  • Thursday, October 03, 2019
  • Friday, October 04, 2019
  • Saturday, October 05, 2019
  • Sunday, October 06 2019
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Cape May Hops Festival

Uncategorized - admin - March 7, 2019

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Crafts & Collectibles Show Saturday, June 22, 2019

The Cape May Hops Festival is a wonderful event where crafts and collectibles are also part of the event. Listen to some great music and have a cold beer while enjoying the sights and sounds of Cape May. The Festival features local breweries and some of the finest food vendors in the area.
Music will include the Corndog Blues Band and James Supra and Sarah Ayers Band.

The Cape May Hops Festival will be held on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate. This event helps support the Cape May Music Festival.

There will be activities for the whole family, live musical performances, crafts, collectibles, living history characters, children’s activities and refreshments.

Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC).

This event is FREE to attend. Varying costs for food, beer, and crafts vendors

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What to pack for a Cape May Vacation

Uncategorized - admin - February 13, 2019

What to Pack Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to get away from the stress of life and treat yourself to a beautiful beach vacation in Cape May! But, before you set out on your travels, you need to make sure you have some “beach essentials” that will allow you to enjoy your vacation to the fullest. We’re giving you the inside scoop on beach fashion, making sure you don’t weigh down your suitcase with things you don’t need!

The following attire is basically acceptable anywhere you go on the beach, including restaurants, bars, shops, etc. Here are a few things we suggest:

Ladies should pack: Bathing suits (If you have 2, bring both so you’ll always have one that’s dry. Also, you will most likely be leaving with a tan! So, be mindful of styles that may give you funny looking tan lines.) Bathing suit cover up Sundresses Tank tops or short sleeved, lightweight shirts Comfortable shorts or skirts One lightweight, long sleeved shirt (if you’ve been swimming & sunning all day, sometimes the air conditioning inside can feel chilly) Flip flops that can get wet or water shoes Flip flops or sandals for going out in the evening.

Men should pack: Hawaiian or lightweight, breezy shirts T-Shirts or Polos Swim trunks Lightweight shorts or khakis, (some men wear jeans in the bars at night, but shorts are always more comfortable) One lightweight, long sleeved shirt Flip flops that can get wet or water shoes Flip flops or deck shoes for going out in the evening Everyone Should Bring: Sunglasses Sunscreen Lip Balm Spending Cash (the beach shopping is great!) A desire to relax and have FUN!

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The Famous Chili & Chowder Cook Off in Cape May

Uncategorized - admin - February 4, 2019

Come in from the cold for our spicy hot competition for Cape May Chili Cook-off, featuring some of the tastiest, tangiest and most original chili created by our finest local chefs. Vote for your favorite chili in and thane have a few cold beers to cool your mouth. Yummy!

Where: 5th floor Oceanfront Penthouse Lounge & Ballroom at the Grand Hotel

Sunday, February 17, 2019

12:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Cost: $10

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Pet Friendly Rentals in Cape May

Uncategorized - admin - January 14, 2019

Travelers love to take their pets on vacation. Sometimes out of necessity and other times just love having the dog along. Cape May is a dog town. Walk down any street and your bound to see someone chatting with a dog owner walking their dog. We happen to have a breed that is not well known, a shipperkke or skipper-key as many folks call him. Funny thing about Cape May most people know what breed our dog is. That is why I find Cape May to be a dog town.

One of the great things about our town is that many rentals are now pet friendly. Owners of rentals realize that they can fill their calendars when offering pet friendly rentals. Many rentals have restrictions on pets including size and sometimes even breed. Check with the owner on any restrictions that may be in place.

All dogs need a little exercise and some rentals have fenced in yards. Also there is a great dog park located on Lafayette Street up the road a bit from the Acme.

Cape May has some great places to walk your dog. During the off season dogs are allowed on the beach and promenade. Dogs are allowed on Higbee Beach year round. Cape May requires that your dog must be leashed at all times.

So bring the pet to Cape May and maybe I will see you walking the streets. It’s always great to meet new friends while out walking the dog.

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