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Vacation Rental Tips: Get Reviews

Cape May News, Vacation Rental News - admin - February 21, 2020

One of the most important and often overlooked rental element for owners is the gathering of reviews. Reviews are critical for any listing. Travelers have no better way to gauge a rental than reading a review from a previous guest.

Reviews can make or break your vacation rental. If you put enough focus on the guest experience, you’ll generate a feedback loop that will lead to more bookings and higher occupancy rates.

However, that doesn’t come without a bit of effort on the owners part. You’ll need to regularly check and respond to your Cape May rental reviews–good or bad. Responding to a negative review gives you the opportunity to address the issue and improve it for next time. Responding to a positive review shows your commitment to and engagement with the guest experience. Simply thanking your guests for staying and leaving a review is better than doing nothing.

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Cape May Annual Christmas Candlelight House Tours for 2019

Cape May News - admin - November 12, 2019

Experience the high point of cape may’s holiday season during these self-guided walking tours, which feature: homes, inns, hotels & churches specially decorated for the holidays

Christmas caroling and strolling musicians, trees and garland & good old-fashioned cheer hospitality centers with warm beverages & home-baked goodies

Admission to the Emlen Physick Estate, cape may’s only Victorian house museum, and to “an old-fashioned Christmas: holiday traditions through the Years” exhibit in the Carroll Gallery (includes hospitality in the Cafe & Tearoom tent).

Limited trolley shuttle service provided. Limited tours. Reserve early!Cost: $40 adults, $20 children (ages 3-12)


Emlen Physick Estate
1048 Washington St
Cape May, NJ 08204

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The Tomato Festival in Cape May

Cape May News - admin - August 24, 2019

The Tomato Festival in Wilbraham Park in West Cape May celebrates the New Jerseys Fresh Tomatoes and the end of the summer season! The fun begins at 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. Proceeds from Tomato Festival event benefit the WCM Shade Tree Commission in their endeavor to protect and improve the tree canopy of West Cape May. Come on out and share in the fun.

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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

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 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 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


We help fill availability calendars every day. 

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Cape May Rentals

Cape May News - admin - August 14, 2019

If you are planning on a vacation in Cape May there is a great alternative to staying at hotels and motels. Many travelers looking to vacation in Cape May now find a vacation rental better suited to their needs. So what are the advantages to staying at a vacation rental compared to a motel or hotel?

Your own place

Vacation rentals offer guests the privacy of their own home, cottage or condo to enjoy. Vacation rentals offer much more than a hotel. Instead of a bed , dresser and TV a vacation rental has all of the amenities of a typical home like kitchens, decks, large TVs, multiple bathrooms and more. Cape May rentals are wonderful for large groups, multiple families, couples with one or two children. Most rentals require a minimum three-night stay and in peak season, it can be as long as seven.

Save money

Cape May rentals offer a distinct advantage over hotels. Rentals have kitchens. Many families find it much more affordable to be able to cook a few meals at the rental then eat at restaurants. The savings can then be sued for activities in the area. Also many families will share the cost of the rental. Many large homes have 5 or more bedrooms that can be shared among families.

Save on taxes

Vacation rentals listed with are not taxable. The individual owner of the rental collects the payment. This can offer guests a significant savings over hotels that are taxed at upwards of 12%.

Pet Friendly

Many Cape May rentals are pet friendly. Few hotels are. Many guests love to travel with their pets. Some Cape May Rentals have large fenced in yards to accommodate dogs. offers many Cape May pet freindly rentals.

So if your looking for more bang for your buck a vacation rental may be the way to go. Save on taxes, rent and bring your pet. Cape May rentals are a fantastic option to traditional hosts like hotels and motels.

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Cape Mays Painted Ladies

Cape May News - admin - August 5, 2019

Cape May is considered the first seashore resort in the United States. The historic district of Cape May is a registered National Historic Landmark with hundreds of Victorian-era houses. These homes offer visitors a chance to see what life was like in the Victorian era. The architecture features beautiful fretwork and stunning colors.

A tour of the The Emlen Physick Estate offers 15 beautifully restored rooms gives you a glimpse into the lifestyle of this Victorian-era Cape May family. Tours take approximately 45 minutes and end with a visit to the 1876 Carriage House where you can see the current exhibit in the Carroll Gallery. At the heart of the Historic District, the Washington Street Mall (between Ocean Street and Perry Street) includes three blocks of shopping and restaurants, boutiques, candy stores, ice-cream shops, and restaurants.

A great way to explore the Historic District is by foot or bike or trolley tour. Visitors can admire the gorgeous “painted ladies” homes. The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities offers guided walking tours along Washington Street, where many of the town’s prettiest old houses are found. Other especially lovely Victorians grace Lafayette Street, Hughes Street, and Columbia Avenue. The “Stockton Row Cottages” on Gurney Street are also famous.

There are several landmark hotels that still operate on Beach Avenue overlooking the ocean: Congress Hall built in 1816, and the Victorian-era Inn of Cape May. In October, during Victorian Weekend, tourists enjoy special house tours and entertaining activities such as playing Victorian parlor games.

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2019 Cape May VFW Post 386 Clambake

Cape May News - admin - August 5, 2019

Love Clams? Dont miss The 37th Annual Cape May VFW Clambake! Get your tickets for a fabulous meal. Delicacies include steamed clams, bbq chicken, clam chowder, burgers, corn on the cob and so much more! One 50/50 raffle is included,. All proceeds go to the VFW Post 386 Scholarship Fund.

Saturday, September 14, 2019 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm – 35.00

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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


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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