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Unlocked is a podcast series that invites you to be a fly-on-the-wall as VRMB founder Matt Landau interviews some of the world’s most innovative vacation rental professionals. The goal of this podcast series is to share best practices and to remind vacation rental professionals that we have everything we need inside of us to succeed.

Unlocked by Matt Landau Matt Landau: Vacation Rental Marketer & Podcaster

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 74 Ratings

Unlocked is a podcast series that invites you to be a fly-on-the-wall as VRMB founder Matt Landau interviews some of the world’s most innovative vacation rental professionals. The goal of this podcast series is to share best practices and to remind vacation rental professionals that we have everything we need inside of us to succeed.

    Analytical with Eddie Love of Mountain Mama Cabins

    Analytical with Eddie Love of Mountain Mama Cabins

    Eddie Love went from renting out a second home to building a full time business with fifteen properties around Harper's Ferry West Virgnia.  In this episode we dive into do's and don'ts of early outsourcing, tools that enhance your version of hospitality and innovation without reinventing the wheel.  
    This episode is brought you by PointCentral: https://www.pointcentral.com/vrmb/ the leaders in smart home automation, and Breezeway, https://www.breezeway.io/vrmb the best in class property care and automations platform.
    Join VRMB Communities: https://www.vrmb.com/membership/
    Mountain Mama Cabins: https://mountainmamacabins.com/
    OwnerRez: https://www.ownerreservations.com/
    Revyoos: https://www.revyoos.com/w/
    Application form for next Keystone Retreat: matt@vrmb.com 
     
     
     

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Leveling Up with Amanda Hoffmann of Highgate Homes

    Leveling Up with Amanda Hoffmann of Highgate Homes

    Our industry talks a lot these days about a departing generation of wisdom.  About the operators exiting their businesses and taking all of their knowledge with them. But what you don't hear about is the new minds, the new leaders who will carry the torch and Amanda Hoffmann is definately a new leader on the rise.  She's building a finance division from scratch at Highgate and she's forging a new path at the intersection of vacation rentals and finance.
    In this episode we dive into her approach, get some tips and take a look at how frustrating hotel models can be for our industry.
    This episode is brought you by PointCentral: https://www.pointcentral.com/vrmb/ the leaders in smart home automation, and Breezeway, https://www.breezeway.io/vrmb the best in class property care and automations platform.
    Join VRMB Communities: https://www.vrmb.com/membership/
    Highgate: https://www.highgate.com/
    Striven: https://www.striven.com/
    Upwork: https://www.upwork.com
     

    • 58 min
    The Case Against Consolidation with Simon Lehmann of AJL Atelier

    The Case Against Consolidation with Simon Lehmann of AJL Atelier

    In this episode two of the industry's top thought leaders reminisce on their friendly rivarly and come together with insights meant to push the whole industry forward.  
    This episode is brought you by PointCentral: https://www.pointcentral.com/vrmb/ the leaders in smart home automation, and Breezeway, https://www.breezeway.io/vrmbthe best in class property care and automations platform.
    Join VRMB Communities: https://www.vrmb.com/membership/
    AJL Atelier: https://ajlatelier.com
    VRMA International: https://international.vrma.org/

    • 44 min
    Leading from the Heart with Lauren Madewell of Auntie Bellham's Cabin Rentals

    Leading from the Heart with Lauren Madewell of Auntie Bellham's Cabin Rentals

    Lauren Madewell found her calling when Vacation Rentals unexpectedly became the family business.  In this episode Lauren and Matt discuss finding that calling, how a passion for the family business can unlock tools to work with guests and staff and what the future holds for our industry.
    This episode is brought you by PointCentral: https://www.pointcentral.com/vrmb/ the leaders in smart home automation, and Breezeway, https://www.breezeway.io/vrmbthe best in class property care and automations platform.
     
    Auntie Belham's Cabin Rentals in the Smokies: https://www.auntiebelhams.com
    Amber Hurdle Leadership Academy: https://amberhurdle.com/
    Keystone Retreats: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6988812975113437184/
    Join VRMB Communities: https://www.vrmb.com/membership/

    • 48 min
    2023 Keystone Awards Update with Terry Whyte

    2023 Keystone Awards Update with Terry Whyte

    Years ago Terry and Matt started sharing and formalizing their research on tech stacks and property managment software with the wider community.  In this episode they discuss the future of their Keystone project and wider lessons to think about when using a "help don't sell" model in your industry.  
    This episode is brought you by PointCentral: https://www.pointcentral.com/vrmb/ the leaders in smart home automation, and Breezeway, https://www.breezeway.io/vrmb the best in class property care and automations platform.
     
    Vacation Rental Software Guy: https://vacationrentalsoftwareguy.com/
    RSVP to Homerunners Las Vegas World Premiere: https://www.paperlesspost.com/go/y8RlVmeS3z93Rvf4B6DyJ
    The Essential Guide to Property Management Software: community.vrmb.com/structured-learning
    Join VRMB Communities: https://www.vrmb.com/membership/
     

    • 43 min
    How Vacation Rental Laws Work with Tiffany Edwards of Coletta Consulting

    How Vacation Rental Laws Work with Tiffany Edwards of Coletta Consulting

    Tiffany Edwards grew up in the vacation rental business and has become one of its foremost goverment affairs experts and fundraisers.  In this episode we dig into what our industry is doing well and what it needs to do better for a fair regulatory future.
    This episode is brought you by PointCentral: https://www.pointcentral.com/vrmb/ the leaders in smart home automation, and Breezeway, https://www.breezeway.io/vrmb the best in class property care and automations platform.
     
    How to Save Your Vacation Rental Show: https://htsyvr.libsyn.com/
    RSVP to Homerunners Las Vegas World Premiere: https://www.paperlesspost.com/go/y8RlVmeS3z93Rvf4B6DyJ
    VRMA Advocacy Fund: https://www.vrmaadvocacy.org/
    Contact Tiffany: Tiffany@colettaconsulting.com
    Join VRMB Communities: https://www.vrmb.com/membership/
     
     

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

goodwinfamily7 ,

Bringing meaning to our work

Matt Landau delivers not only practical tips on vacation rentals, he ushers listeners into a deeper conversation that reveals meaning behind our work. I continue to enjoy and benefit from Matt’s conversational approach and brilliant insights that go far beyond a list of top ten ideas. Matt has a unique pulse on this industry and how we must capture the opportunities we have to add value to our guests, employees, owners and community.

Viaggiatrice23 ,

Yes: worth your time

I love podcasts BUT only if they are worth my precious time: Unlocked makes the cut. Matt is professional, asks insightful questions and it is enjoyable to feel like a part of the conversation. I love that the episodes focus on ONE thing and it is tightly edited to fit in 20 minutes. If you are involved in any aspect of the vacation rental business and want to learn and improve, this is the podcast for you.

jbiddle1 ,

Inspirational

Matt and his guests have been a big part of our family’s journey into the vacation rental community. This is THE place for both knowledge and inspiration.

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