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VRBO announces new booking fee for travelers

VRBO is one of several vacation rental sites such as Flipkey (Tripadvisor), AirBnB, Mauiownercondos etc. A few years ago Homeaway bought out VRBO. This past fall Expedia (yes, that big travel search engine) bought out Homeaway. As expected they are looking to increase profit margins for their shareholders.

They have announced big changes starting February 16th 2016 which include a proposed traveler service fee of 4-10% (scroll down to ‘More Travelers’). By comparison, AirBnB already charges guests 6-12% commission, and Flipkey also has a guest booking fee of 5-15%. To date, VRBO has been different, in that owners pay an annual rate to list their vacation rental but didn’t charge travelers additionally. So far they have not announced specifics on how this new fee will be implemented. However, there is sure to be confusion among owners and travelers.

What can you as a traveler do?

If you are planning a trip and already know your dates, consider shopping for a vacation rental now before this new fee goes into effect (overall rents are sure to increase). Most owners only require a deposit up front to hold the booking (though many have a cancellation fee, so do make sure you are sure of your dates before committing).

Another option, book directly with the owner. While we advertise on VRBO and AirBnB as well, you can also book directly with us through our website or by calling us.

Sig-CaraWhat is the booking process at Maui Oceanview Condos? It’s very simple. Check our availability calendar, select a condo and then send us an email or call. We will confirm the availability, send you more information, or if you are ready to book, send you a rental agreement. You may pay by credit card (through VRBO/Homeaway or PayPal – we will send you an invoice) or US check (ask for a check discount). We strongly encourage you to call us, this helps us answer any questions about the condo or rental agreement/payment you may have.

We strongly recommend you purchase trip cancellation insurance – please do your own research.

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Coming later this month…. a new website!

Have you been wondering why our website is just a tad out of date? There is a new website in the works! I can’t wait! While I love the look and design of our current website, the new site will incorporate this blog (there will be an automatic re-direct in case you have us bookmarked, so you will definitely be able to find us) and give me the ability to update and change things, even announce specials directly on the website (currently you have to go to the VRBO listing to see them)!

I’ve spent the better part of this morning uploading information into the new website for my web-designer to massage into place. It is looking great and thankfully I am starting to get the hang of the data-entry!

For now, on our current website click through to the individual VRBO listings for the most up-to-date information, pictures and rates. I’ll announce our new website once it goes live, hopefully by end of December!

Sunset at our Kihei Surfside condo!
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Westjet sale for our Canadian guests

I just got an email from Westjet announcing their 7 days of Black Friday flight deals….

Black Friday Sale

As per their announcement, over 500,000 seats on sale from $99-$399

Book by:        Nov 30, 2015
Travel from:  Now to April 30, 2016

For example, fly Vancouver – Kahului (Maui) December 9-19, 2015 for $384 (Canadian dollars) all taxes in! You know we have that sale at our Palms at Wailea condo, right?

Planning a Maui trip? Check it out!

 

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Last minute Special at our Palms at Wailea condo!!

This has now been BOOKED 🙂
I can’t believe Dec 9-19, 2015 has not booked yet at our newly renovated 2 bedroom 2 bathroom Palms at Wailea condo.

Stay 7 nights at $199/night plus cleaning and tax ($1750), or if you prefer a shorter stay (5 or 6 nights are $239/night plus cleaning and tax). Considering Christmas season ($400/night) begins Dec 16th, you could be saving up to $900 on your stay!

Book now for an early family Christmas present 🙂

 

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Phillip Sabado art rug

For the past few months I have been searching for the perfect area rug for our Palms at Wailea condo living room area. There are many area rugs out there, but I wanted one that was tropical, colorful and at the same time would hide stains.

In my search I wandered into the Pictures Plus/Plus Interiors store on Dairy Road in Kahului. There in the front of the store was a stunning display of area rugs. Absolutely stunning! One of the sales people started telling me about the carpets. Turns out, they are one of a kind – made from a local artist’s paintings. The artist is Phillip Sabado, a Wailuku artist.

Here is the new carpet in our condo. I love it! I am told you can also find his carpets at Lifestyle Maui.

Phillip Sabado art rug
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Palms at Wailea #503 pictures

A special thank you to our photographer friend Steve Strand of Steve Strand Photography. If you are looking for family portraits (and now also real estate photography), we highly recommend him!

These pictures have not made it onto our website or VRBO yet, so enjoy this sneak peak!

Our first post-reno guests have arrived. Phew, it’s been a busy 7 weeks, I am glad it’s done 🙂

Welcome to our condo #503, the spacious living and dining room

 

Fully stocked kitchen, just add groceries!

 

The master bedroom – we have had many compliments on this comfortable bed!

 

Master bedroom with ensuite which includes laundry

 

Newly remodelled ensuite with huge walk-in shower
The second bedroom has two twin beds which fold into the cabinetry (Murphy beds) when not in use

 

The second bedroom with one of the beds folded into the cabinetry (Murphy bed)

 

The newly remodeled main bathroom

 

Shower detail
This condo has a huge wrap-around lanai that spills out onto a large lawn with an oceanview at a distance
Your personal brand-new bbq

 

a great place to unwind after a day at the beach!

 

looking at our building from the lawn (ours is the downstairs condo)

 

Looking to our condo from the parking lot (our entrance is behind the stairs)

 

The private entrance to our condo
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Our Palms at Wailea remodel

After 7 weeks, our remodel at Palms at Wailea is almost complete!! The contractor and his guys are putting the finishing touches on everything, tomorrow Cindy and Beth go in and tackle the big clean. Yep, everything is covered in a lot of dust. Fortunately Sig and I brought two truckloads of stuff home to keep dust-free (in happy news – that all goes back to the condo this week!!).

A big thank you to our contractor Armando (ADX Construction) and our friend and interior designer Joelle Keller for her design help and oversight. 🙂

the main bathroom shower
the ensuite has been redone – looking over from the bedroom area – love the new cabinets and the privacy screen
giant ensuite walk-in shower with a wall bench
less glamorous – we also replaced the water heater

Over the next few days the condo will be hopping with activity. Lifestyle Maui is delivering a few items for the bedroom, Jordan Services will be shampooing the sofa, dining chairs and a few random upholstered items we’re bringing over from our Kihei Surfside condo remodel. Island Window Coverings is installing the new window coverings, someone will be washing the windows (our usual window washer is swamped this week, so it may actually be Sig and I). I have a few last-minute items to pick up, such as bedside throw-rugs (we now have gorgeous tile throughout the condo). We better have it all ready by Thursday because then Steve Strand Photography takes the professional pictures for the website. Friday our guests arrive!

What has me the most excited about this renovation? You may laugh. It’s the big white baseboards. We have beautiful wide baseboards throughout. When we bought the condo it came without baseboards. We’ve been told by several handimen and even floor people that they are often not done in Hawaii. But it’s bothered me. I know they’ll get banged up and scuffed (be careful!) – but they sure make the condo look polished!

Can’t wait to get this condo cleaned and ready to go again!

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Sneak peak at our Palms at Wailea remodel

I stopped in at our Palms at Wailea condo which is currently being remodeled. They have the new ensuite shower tile up (we’ve removed the bathtub and are putting in an oversized shower with shower seat). It’s looking great! The condo is scheduled to be ready for our October 30th arriving guests. I can’t wait to see it completed, cleaned and all set up again!

By the way, this condo is still available for someone to vacation Dec 9-19, 2015 (7 night minimum).

 

 

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Palms at Wailea update

Sig and I went to check out the progress at our Palms at Wailea condo remodel this morning. The demolition is complete, furniture etc moved into the second bedroom. Looks like we are ready for the ‘good part’ (new bathrooms, tile etc) to start!

the kitchen and livingroom floors have been stripped.

the ensuite is missing mirrors, cabinets and the bathtub enclosure

the main bath has been similarly stripped

at first glance the wrap-around lanai looks as it was…. but look a little closer….

the chaise lounge and bbq may still be there but the tile has been stripped!
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Renovation Time – AGAIN!

It’s been one of those years of projects, the entire Kihei Surfside building being shut down for 6 months for a big exterior renovation, both the Palms at Wailea and Maui Kamaole pool decks being refinished with beautiful quartzite-look tile.

Our last Palms at Wailea guest has checked out for the summer. Now we are actually doing some INTERIOR remodeling! Sig and I spent the morning at our condo, emptying bathroom cabinets, pulling out all the bedding, towels, beach gear, removing art from the walls. It will help make things less complicated for the contractor and protect our things from inevitable construction dust.

This is the first of two loads we fit in our pickup truck. Now for finding a temporary home for it at our house!

We bought this condo 4 1/2 years ago. Just prior to purchasing the condo, the previous owner had installed a beautiful white carpet to help the condo sell. Argh. White carpet in a vacation rental??? To be fair, most our guests have loved the soft, cushy (and very clean) carpet – it just makes the whole condo feel so homey. However, I’ve worked hard to keep it clean and stain-free, shampooing it at least four times a year, either with my own carpet cleaner or by calling in ‘the big guns’, my friend Dave from Jordans Services.

But enough is enough, I’m done with the carpet! So tomorrow is its last day! We are replacing it and all floor tile with a beautiful new 20 inch porcelain tile. I am so excited! Of course, where do you draw the line? The bathrooms are still okay though a bit dated, so the bathrooms are being overhauled also. I am excited about the new oversized walk-in shower in the ensuite, replacing an awkward bathtub. I’ve also ordered new window coverings and we’ll be getting new bedroom furniture. Oh yeah, and the large wrap-around lanai is also getting a face-lift with new tile and new lanai furniture.

We are scheduled to complete end of October in time for our repeat guests M & D to arrive. Yes, chi-ching, this is going to be one of the more expensive remodels we’re undertaking. But I can’t wait to see the new look! I will be sure to post pictures and get new professional shots taken once it’s complete!

In the mean time, this condo is pretty booked up this winter. We do still have an opening Dec 9-19, 2015 and March 2-15, 2016 if you are looking for a winter get-away! Reminder, this is a two bedroom two bathroom condo which sleeps up to four guests.

But Cara, haven’t you already renovated this condo? Why yes, yes we have done a fair bit of work at our Palms at Wailea condo already! In 2011 we repainted and replaced the beds and living room furniture. In 2012 we replaced the entire A/C system at the condo (reminder it has split A/C units in both bedrooms and the living room). In 2013 we replaced the rotting glass sliding doors. In 2014 we replaced the ‘lemon’ stainless Kenmore fridge with a new stainless GE. After the current remodel the only thing left will be the kitchen cabinets. But the cabinets are still looking great, the new tile floor will give the kitchen a nice boost, and it has beautiful stainless steel appliances already. Maybe we’ll get lucky and 2016 will be strictly a rental year, with no work needed 🙂

The stainless GE fridge we bought last year. Knock on wood, this one has been great!
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