January 26, 2014 |
It's one thing to manage a rental house when it's nearby. But it's another process entirely when the rental is in a distant vacation retreat. Unfortunately, many second-home buyers find that out the hard way. According to a survey by HomeAway, an online marketplace for vacation rentals, owners spend an average of 8.6 hours a week managing their properties. That's one full workday a week. And even then, it's doubtful that the typical owner can market his vacation pad, maintain it and do all the other things necessary to have a successful rental regime.
January 19, 2014
Contact information for rental car agencies, here and abroad: Ace (800) 243-3443 http://www.acerentacar.com Advantage (800) 777-5500 http://www.advantage.com Airport Van Rental Solutions (877) 826-4680 http://www.airportvanrental.com Alamo (877) 222-9075 http://www.alamo.com Apex Car Rentals, New Zealand No U.S. central booking number http://www.apexrentals.co.nz Auto Europe (888)
January 19, 2014 |
New players in the ever-annoying world of air carriers. New perks for visitors to Vegas. New ways to get around town. Travel continues to evolve, sometimes in great ways, sometimes in ways that make us want to stick out our tongues. The travel treat and the potential travel tantrum? 2014 promises to provide both. Here's a look. 1. You'll probably pay more for a hotel room. That's the word from Peter Van Dorn, co-founder and chief executive of PointsHound, an online booking source for hotels.
January 17, 2014 |
If you're heading to Yosemite National Park for Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, you might think about swapping your skis for hiking boots. Skiing at Badger Pass resort is closed, but the horse stable and bicycle rentals will open Friday and remain open as long as the mild weather holds. "We are not anticipating any other summertime activities to open, but it is very unusual to be able to hike the Four Mile Trail, go on a guided trail ride and bike ride in the Valley in January," says Lisa Cesaro, public relations manager for DNC Park & Resorts at Yosemite.
January 5, 2014 |
New York theaters The theater piece was a reminder of my good old days in New York ["Spirits of Theater Stir," by Kelly Merritt, Dec. 22]. The Beacon was my neighborhood movie theater, changing double bills twice a week (before round-the-clock TV), and the Hudson, home of the NBC late show with Steve Allen (with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme making out in the balcony, and the "man on the street" interviews out the back entrance).Those were the days when theaters, refurbished or not, were always busy, and you could sit in the balcony for $4.80, where I saw Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, Shirley Booth, Bert Lahr, Kim Stanley, Ethel Merman, Ezio Pinza and Mary Martin, Robert Preston and Yul Brynner, Zero Mostel, Gwen Verdon, Judy Holliday.
January 2, 2014 |
Office vacancy rates continued to decline in most cities during the fourth quarter of 2013, prompting landlords to ask for higher rents in more than half of the country. U.S. office buildings absorbed 14.3 million square feet of empty space in the fourth quarter, according to commercial real estate services firm Cassidy Turley. That was less space than was absorbed in the third quarter, but it marked the 14th consecutive quarter of improved occupancy for landlords. Vacancy in the third quarter was 15.1% by Cassidy Turley's reckoning, down more than 2 percentage points from the recessionary peak of 17.3%.