Connecting Rentals is a Bethel, Maine based company operating ConnectingRentals.com, an innovative website for Owners to advertise vacation rentals Worldwide. The site makes it easy for Owners to list properties, connect with Guests, book reservations, and get reviews online through a simple user interface.Back to top
At Connecting Rentals, we know that high quality listing sites are critical to helping Owners generate rental income from their properties. Because there are so many listing sites online today, choosing which listing sites to include when differentiating your marketing strategy can be difficult. It can be hard to determine whether or not a website is credible or will produce results.
ConnectingRentals.com was developed, continues to be developed, and is operated by rental professionals who have been active and hands-on in helping Owners generate rental income since 1994. Connecting Rentals was founded by members of Connecting Rentals of Bethel, a vacation rental agency that pioneered and continues to lead the alternative lodging market in the Bethel - Sunday River area of Maine, home to Sunday River Ski Resort, one of the most popular resort destinations in the Northeastern United States. Learn more about Connecting Rentals of Bethel .
Our long-standing partnerships with Owners and full understanding of the industry and rental process from start to finish are what set us apart. When you list your property on ConnectingRentals.com, you can be assured that the people behind the site care, will listen, understand, and will take your collective feedback into account with a clear long-term vision of providing the strongest and most trusted brand for the vacation rentals market.
Anyone who would like to list a vacation rental can Choose from Listing Packages starting at $69 annually - an unbeatable value for our comprehensive set of marketing, advertising, and reservation management tools.Back to top
ConnectingRentals.com is a full-featured listing site, offering user-friendly tools to help Owners effectively market vacation rentals online. We make it easy for Owners and Guests to connect, and simplify the reservation process for everyone. Below are some of the highlights:
Full Featured Listings
Vacation rental listings on ConnectingRentals.com allow Owners to display the critical information Guests need when considering renting a vacation property. Our listings ensure that Guests know as much as possible about the property and terms of the rental prior to booking. Listings include:
Secure Owner Dashboard
The site includes a secure Dashboard where Owners can manage profiles, listings, inquiries, reviews, reservations and payments. Owners can exit the Dashboard to navigate the site, search for rentals, store favorites, and post reviews.
Reservation Management Tools
The site does not require Owners to use the online booking and reservation management system, however Owners with properties that generate a high volume of bookings will find these tools valuable. Our system leaves you in charge of your own familiar reservation processes if you want to be, but our built-in tools are there if you need them.
In the Dashboard area you can track inquiries as they come in and update your calendar status to pending while working out reservation details. You can store information like arrival and departure dates, number of adults and children, rental cost including any discounts, taxes, or fees, and contact details for the renter such as name, address, telephone number and email. Once your reservation and payment details are finalized you can send confirmation to the renter and update calendars to booked.
ConnectingRentals.com has 3 ways for you to control your search position in your property's respective location on the site. You can choose to either "Feature" your property, "Highlight" your property, or both Feature and Highlight your property for 7 days at a time.
The Feature / Highlight system works in a hierarchy. Highlighted listings will appear above Standard listings. Featured listings will appear above both Highlight and Standard listings. A property that is both Featured and Highlighted will appear above all other listings in their respective location.
For locations in which there are many pages of listings, you can Feature or Highlight your listing to move to the first page. The first page of listings in a location search is considered the "landing page". Properties on the landing page are more likely to be viewed and convert to bookings. Featured and Highlight listings are a paid service option that puts you in control of your property's visibility, and lets you decide the timing and frequency of your top search positioning .
Advertise Deals & Special Offers
Advertise last minute deals or special offers to help fill your calendar with booked dates. Include special offers as part of your overall pricing strategy to attract vacationers looking specifically for deals.
The title of your special offer price will appear on your listing in location search results and in your rates table on your property details page. You do not have to pay to advertise deals, you may post them at any time.
Connect Your Calendar
ConnectingRentals.com uses the iCal format, so you can import, export, and sync your calndar - update availability once and you're done. We also offer a calendar widget to display availability on your personal website if you have one. Simply cut the calendar widget code found in the "Tools & Settings" section of your listing in the Dashboard area and paste it into your own website where you would like the calendar to appear. Once the code is in place, you can update your calendar on ConnectingRentals.com, and the calendar on your own website will automatically update. This feature requires a basic knowledge of HTML.
Text Message Inquiry Alerts
We offer SMS Packages to help you keep up with the competition. SMS stands for "Short Message Service", and allows you to receive text messages when someone submits an inquiry for your property on ConnectingRentals.com. The text message contains the Guest's name, phone number and email. With an SMS package you can reply back right away, if at the very least to confirm that you have received the inquiry. Generally speaking, if you do not reply back to an inquiry in 1 hour or less, another Owner's property will be rented .
Guest accounts allow site visitors and rental Guests to auto-fill inquiry forms, store favorites, track reservations and post reviews.
Guests have their own administration area where they can review their favorite property listings at any time. The Guest admin area makes it easy to stay connected with Owners and confirm whether a reservation is inactive, pending, or booked, and whether or not a payment has been confirmed. After a stay in a property, a renter with a Guest account can submit a property review. Guest accounts help to maintain the validity of reviews by allowing the Owner to check the name of the Guest against the booked dates, both of which are required to submit a review.
ConnectingRentals.com offers search filters to simplify the process of finding the perfect vacation rental. Search filters allow site visitors to drill down and find the rentals that best fit their specific criteria by defining location, travel dates, price, number of bedrooms, number of guests, property type, location type, amenities, and suitability. Search filters help potential Guests find the rentals that best suit their needs, which helps Owners receive qualified inquiries.Back to top
The ConnectingRentals.com online booking system gives property Owners the ability to accept major credit cards or PayPal payments while securely requesting payment from Guests. You may enable or disable online booking at any time by checking or un-checking "Allow Online Booking" and clicking Save in your listing settings.
To enable or disable online booking at any time, login to the Dashboard, then, in the menu at left, navigate to Rental Manager > Manage listings. Click the pencil icon on the right-hand side of the page for the listing you would like to manage. Now, from the "Edit listing" page, click the "Settings" icon. Check or un-check the box next to "Allow Online Booking" to activate or deactivate online booking and click save at the bottom of the page to save your new settings.
Once a Guest has booked a reservation online, their travel dates will be designated a "Pending" status, and they will need to wait for a confirmation email from the Owner or Manager of the property. Once the confirmation email is received, the dates will be designated a "Booked" status, and the reservation will be complete. Verified Owners will receive payment within 10 days of booking confirmation: Request Owner Verification .Back to top
When a Guest chooses chooses to book a vacation rental on ConnectingRentals.com, the requested dates will be put into "Pending" status and the Owner will receive a "Pending Reservation" email. The notification will include the Guest's name, phone number, and email so the Owner may contact the Guest to discuss details of the rental before confirming the reservation. If the Owner chooses to confirm the pending reservation, the dates will automatically be changed to "Booked" status and the Guest will receive a "Reservation Confirmation" email.Back to top
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