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Accord Real Estate – Vacation Rentals Has Been Selected As A New Rental Manager For Homes & Villas By Marriott International

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Fort Myers, FL – November 19th, 2020 – Accord Real Estate – Vacation Rentals announced they have been selected by Homes and Villas by Marriott International as a new rental manager in SW Florida. Homes & Villas offers premium home rentals to their more than 140 million members in its travel program, Marriott Bonvoy.  These extraordinary, curated options are included among its 30 hotel brands and more than 12,000+ home rental properties.

Homes & Villas by Marriott International will feature the company’s properties in the Fort Myers/Sanibel market including many adjacent to the Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa. Additionally, members of Marriott Bonvoy will earn points for each stay and can use points towards their stay in Accord rentals.

‘We’re excited to be one of only a few property management companies in Southwest Florida chosen to be part of this amazing program. It really gives travelers the best of both worlds they can stick with a travel brand that they trust while getting the convenience and space of a larger unit, said Scott Lodde, president of Accord Real Estate and Vacation Rentals. ‘Our properties have all been thoroughly vetted by the Homes & Villas’s trusted team to ensure the homes are up to Marriott’s standards of management, quality, design, safety and service.

Some of the hallmarks of Homes & Villas program and properties, which will be adopted by Accord include:

  • Fully equipped kitchens
  • Consistent Safety Standards
  • 24/7 support and check-in
  • Contactless check-in
  • Superior cleaning protocols
  • Premium bed linens and towels
  • Premium bath amenities
  • Child-friendly items upon request, such as highchairs and travel cribs

Launched in May 2019, Homes & Villas by Marriott International marks Marriott International’s entrance into the home rental space, now offering travelers access to 12,000+ premium and luxury homes located in over 225 destinations throughout the United States, Europe, Caribbean and Latin America. This curated selection of homes aims to connect travelers to thousands of rental properties around the world and sets the stage for guests’ most treasured travel moments – home-cooked dinners with extended family, romantic getaways or celebrating a milestone birthday or anniversary with family and friends.

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About Accord Real Estate and Vacation Rentals:

Accord Real Estate and Vacation Rentals is a real estate and rental management company located in Fort Myers, Florida. They manage short-term vacation and seasonal rentals, many of which are located in the Marriott Sanibel Harbor Resort & Spa. As a family-owned and operated business, Accord specializes in customer service, paying great attention to detail and maximizing the comfort of each of their guests.

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How to Make Every Day Off Feel Like a Real Vacation: Women Who Travel Podcast

NC: I like the pun there of drawing a line, literally and metaphorically. Yeah, it’s actually something that has been tricky this year, working from home, because I actually rent a studio and work outside of where I live and I’ve been doing that for the past eight years. So it is a bit like a step backwards working from home again. It reminds me of when I just graduated from uni and it was very much like starting out, working in my bedroom, a desk at the end of my bed, everything in very close quarters. So in a way, it’s felt a bit regressive going back to that during lockdown. So it’s been a bit of an adjustment trying to still feel that level of professionalism, but also trying to give myself a bit of a break and taking that opportunity to actually slow down a bit and maybe not work at such a high performing rate that I often feel I should be working at.

And I guess to help draw some line or make some boundary, I try to build as much of a routine as I can if I am working from home. So that means getting up, making sure I have a decent breakfast, have a cup of coffee or a cup of tea, doing those little rituals and trying to do that every day so that I’m almost programming myself into, “Okay, I’m getting a rhythm here. I’m getting into my work mode,” and then work begins late morning.

I think it is really, really important to have a designated work space in your home if you’re working from home, a decent chair that’s good for your back, and just somewhere where you can physically be and to just switch like that into work mode as much as possible. But also, I think it’s really important to give yourself a bit of a break and to be okay with the fact that you’re not in your usual professional environment. Therefore, you’re not going to feel as professional as you would normally. In the same way that doing video calls, people can actually see your home rather than your studio or your office, you are opening up another bit of your world. And I think there’s something very democratic about what’s been going on in that everyone’s been in this situation, everyone can see each other’s messy kitchens or living rooms, or screaming toddlers, or dogs barking in the background, or piles of crap behind them like I’ve got now.

But I think at the same time, it’s okay not to be able to draw that line that clearly. And I think it’s quite good to just give yourself a bit of a break at the moment, because these aren’t usual circumstances.

And also, try and get outside, even just for 10 minutes. Pop into the garden or go for a walk, that just helped so much because I think I took for granted

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Coronavirus is driving a vacation town real estate boom

In another sign of how the pandemic is reshaping America, communities that have traditionally been seen as vacation spots have experienced a buying boom as housing tastes have shifted.



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Lake home viewed at dusk across the water.

Bankrate previously analyzed USPS change of address data and found that over the summer this trend was especially strong in New York, where many Manhattan residents decamped to the Hamptons on Long Island’s east end – traditionally a summer weekend playground for the city’s wealthy, but not somewhere most people would have their mail redirected to.

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The Hamptons as a case study

“I’ve never seen anything quite like this,” said Brendan Skislock, lead broker on Douglas Elliman’s Skislock Frezzo Team, which focuses on the Hamptons. “We’ve always had inventory, and now that inventory has really been depleted.”

He said that low inventory is leading to many situations with multiple offers on existing homes, an unusual trend in an area that generally appeals to a relatively limited pool of very wealthy buyers.

That’s also led some potential homebuyers to be closed out of the market, especially in the early days of the pandemic when there was a flood of movers.

“You had people who were hemming and hawing, and unfortunately those were the people that the prices kept spiking up and up, to the point where some people could not find places to stay out here to rent or to purchase,” Skislock says.

This sort of thing isn’t just happening on Long Island’s east end, either.

Vacation towns are growing all around the country

Whether they’re beach villages or mountain getaways, vacation communities of all types have seen a spike in real estate interest in the last six months.

Gay Cororaton, director of housing and commercial research at the National Association of Realtors, said home sales in vacation communities were up 1 percent between May and September 2020 compared with the same period in 2019. That equates to about 30,000 more sales in those areas this year than last.

On the surface, 1 percent may not seem like a major increase, but Cororaton said it is, especially in vacation towns. For one thing, she said, sales in traditional second-home communities are outpacing the national average. But that’s not the only reason this spike has made such an impression.

“Vacation home counties are typically small areas, so,” she said, “it’s more noticeable.”

And people have indeed noticed, according to Cororaton.

“The feedback that we’re getting just anecdotally is that there’s a jump in these vacation counties,” which includes seaside destinations like areas in Maine, New Jersey and Delaware, and ski resorts like Lake Tahoe and Salt Lake City.

Now’s a good time to offload your second home

Because demand has been so high, Skislock said he’s been encouraging potential clients to take advantage of the seller’s market if they’re considering changing up their real estate portfolio.

“People that are thinking of putting their houses on the market, maybe because

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An Iconic New York Hotel Is Closing Its Doors: What It Means for Real Estate Investors

It’s no secret that hotels have been struggling since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. Travel restrictions and safety concerns have led to unprecedented vacancies, and while some hotels may have enough cash reserves to sustain themselves through an extended downturn, others may have no choice but to permanently close their doors.

Such is the case for New York City’s famed Roosevelt Hotel, which has become yet another casualty of the pandemic. The iconic hotel, which has been around since 1924, announced in October that it will be shutting down at some point this year. And that’s a harsh blow for New York City hotels in particular.

A sobering turn of events

The Roosevelt hotel, located minutes from New York City’s famed Times Square and Grand Central Terminal, has been a huge part of the city’s history. In fact, it served as the election headquarters for Gov. Thomas Dewey when he incorrectly announced his victory over Harry Truman in the 1948 presidential election. The hotel has also served as a movie backdrop for films such as The Irishman.

Now, the Roosevelt Hotel will be closing its doors due to low demand related to the coronavirus crisis. Of course, it’s not the only hotel that’s taken a hit. The pandemic has decimated the hospitality industry, causing widespread layoffs for hotel staff as occupancy rates have plunged to record lows. In fact, the U.S. leisure and hospitality industry lost 7.5 million jobs in April, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and since then, only about half of those jobs have been brought back.

But losing the Roosevelt Hotel is an especially harsh blow for New York City, which is deep in the throes of a vacancy crisis. Manhattan landlords are growing so desperate they’re giving away free rent, while commercial landlords are facing vacancies and untold financial hardships.

Local hotels are feeling the pain, too. In September, Hilton (NYSE: HLT) announced that it would close its 478-room hotel in Times Square.

Of course, travel has been halted globally since the start of the pandemic, but New York City, which thrives on tourism, has become a virtual ghost town in the wake of COVID-19. Not only have city residents already staged a mass exodus, but tourism has declined substantially, fueled in part by quarantine restrictions and the long-term closure of Broadway. It’s therefore not surprising to see a famed New York City hotel like the Roosevelt shut down, but that doesn’t ease the sting for investors who may be worried that their hotels will be the pandemic’s next victims.

Though New York City started out as the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, its numbers have improved dramatically since last spring. Still, with cases beginning to surge again both locally and nationwide, it’s fair to say that tourism in the city won’t be picking up for quite some time, and that could leave hotel investors in quite the unfavorable spot. In fact, hotel operators may already be bracing for a very lean holiday

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You Need a Real Vacation (And So Do Your Employees)


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Vacations are important. Done right, they can lead to fresh perspectives, creative insights and reduced stress levels. There’s a strong case to be made that taking the time to unplug is not only beneficial for our mental and physical health, but may boost the health of our careers as well.

Unfortunately, according to a new survey by rate-your-company startup Glassdoor, most of us aren’t taking very many of them.

The survey found that the average U.S. employee only took 51 percent of their eligible vacation/paid time off in the last year. Fifteen percent didn’t take off any time at all, while a mere 25 percent of employees reported using all of their allocated vacation days. And even when we’re on vacation, the survey revealed, most of us don’t unplug: Sixty-one percent of employees who took time off admit that they did some work while out of the office.

It’s important for CEOs and managers to encourage employees to use their vacation days, says Scott Dobroski, a senior manager at Glassdoor. “Vacation helps employees avoid burnout,” he says. “Taking time off can make them both more productive and more satisfied when they return to work, which translates into higher retention rates that can save a company thousands of dollars.”

Those in senior positions should lead by example, recommends Dobroski. If a CEO is not taking any paid time off – or if she goes on “vacation” but is still accessible 24/7 – she is making a clear statement about how employees should treat their own vacation time.

And that’s a shame, because there are real benefits from taking a vacation that’s actually a vacation. In the words of Sir Richard Branson “When you go on vacation, your routine is interrupted; the places you go and the new people you meet can inspire you in unexpected ways.”

Here are five more reasons why you and your employees should unplug:

To empower and motivate employees. Leaving the office for a week or two forces you to shift major responsibilities to your employees. “I have found that when entrepreneurs empower their staff, they are more productive when their boss is gone,” says Brian Miller, the chief operating officer of AdviCoach, a provider of business coaching to small companies. To instill confidence in your employees (and for your own peace of mind), begin delegating tasks while you’re still in the office. That way, be it sales calls or stocking inventory, employees learn the ropes before they fly solo. Read More: 5 Steps to a Stress Free Summer Vacation

To get inspired. Richard Branson is a strong proponent of getting away from it all. “The places you go and the new people you meet can inspire you in unexpected ways,” he writes. “As an entrepreneur or business leader, if you didn’t come back from your vacation with some ideas about how to shake things up, it’s time to consider making some changes.”

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Vacation Rentals | Vacation Rental Management | Real Estate

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