Steve Milo and Miriam Ramsey in Gatlinburg Tennessee

Season 2: E 10, Who killed Vacasa?

Vacasa, once a “Unicorn”, in the Vacation Rental industry is now a gelding. With a value over $4.5B at their IPO, Vacasa has lost 95%+, where did it all go wrong? Straight Fire VR performs an autopsy. Our Guests Dan Sawyer, Drew Ewing and Steve Milo & Miriam Ramsey discuss who killed Vacasa.

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In Memoriam to Vacasa's stock prices

Season 2: Ep 9, Corporate Rader! 

New Podcast!  Steve Milo asks hard hitting questions on investment in the current vacation rental industry with Marcus Rader CEO of Hostaway, Matt Golis CEO of Stretch Bill, and Roopak Pati Managing Director, Head of Travel Tech Banking at Oppenheimer.   Who are the companies that will survive and thrive in this economic downturn in the U.S. market.

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Marcus Rader CEO of Hostaway, Matt Golis CEO of Stretch Bill, and Roopak Pati Managing Director, Head of Travel Tech Banking at Oppenheimer discuss vacation rental companies that are succeeding and failing at raising capital.

Season 2: Episode 8, The Ghost Town Called VRMA! 

Emergency Podcast!  VRMA fires CEO Kimberly Miles.  Scott Leggat of Inhabitiq & Amber Carpenter of VTrips discuss poor attendance at VRMA New Orleans and the VRMA in crisis.  We also discuss news on Q1 of Airbnb wins and VRBO fails.  Plus observations of TNS Track vs. Streamline vs. Guesty!

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Emergency Podcast! VRMA fires CEO Kimberly Miles. Scott Leggat of Inhabitiq & Amber Carpenter of VTrips discuss poor attendance at VRMA

Season 2: Ep 7, Great Scotts! 

Scott Bunce from Cabins For You and Scott Seay & Amber Carpenter of VTrips discuss the serious impact of economic headwinds in the U.S. market.  We discuss share shift in Q1 of VRBO vs. Airbnb.  And major changes at Google and Gmail that will impact deliverability and conversion!

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Scott Bunce, Scott Seay, and Amber Carpenter on recent trends.

Season 2: Ep 6, Know Short Cuts

New podcast with Jeff Robertson & Miriam Ramsey. Real Talk on Direct Business tips to generate more conversion.  And, share shift of VRBO vs. Airbnb vs. Booking.  We discuss Jason Sprenkle and Key Data info that is alarming. Also, VRMA Europe and Chanel hand bags.

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Jeff Robertson and Miriam Ramsey discuss OTA share shifts and Direct Tips.

Season 2: Episode 5, Breaking the Silence with Vanessa De Souza

New Straight Fire with Vanessa de Souza Lage, Dawn Yeskulsky & Miriam Ramsey on vacation rental trends in the U.S. vs. Europe, the true cost of new technology, sustainability, and violence against women.

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Vanessa de Souza Lage, Dawn Yeskulsky & Miriam Ramsey on vacation rental trends, technology, sustainability and violence against women.

Season 2: Episode 4, House of STRs Tiffany Edwards & Ben Edwards

Urgent New Straight Fire with Tiffany Edwards and Ben Edwards and co-host Miriam Ramsey on Florida’s Anti-Vacation Rental Bill!  Real talk on Vacasa’s 4th quarters earnings, Expedia Layoffs, and Marriott Homes and Villas.

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Season 2: Episode 3, Getting the Drop on Rates with Jason Sprenkle

New Straight Fire with Key Data VR CEO Jason Sprenkle and co-host Miriam Ramsey on January and February 2024 numbers and economic headwinds in the USA.   We also discuss change mix changes at Airbnb and VRBO.

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Urgent Call To Action:    Urge Florida Gov.   Ron DeSantis to VETO Senate Bill 280!

click here now to Support Our Campaign Now

The future of Florida’s vacation rentals is at a critical crossroads. The Florida Senate and House of Representatives recently passed Senate Bill 280, which if signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis, will significantly impact vacation rentals, tourism, and property rights across the state.

If Florida Senate Bill 280 becomes law, it allows:

  • Local governments to remove vacation rental registrations based on undefined violations.

  • Strict maximum occupancy limitations of max 2 guests per bedroom + an additional 2 in a common space. KeyData estimates this would impact up to 40% of vacation rentals throughout the state and could mean a drop of more than 1/3 of revenue.

  • Vacation rental taxes through unlimited fees.

  • NO consumer protection requirements

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Ask Governor DeSantis to VETO SB280. Please call the Governor’s office at (850) 717-9337.

Season 2: Episode 2,
Team Pink and the Pink Slips!

New Straight Fire with Michelle Marquis on Vacasa Q4 earnings and layoffs, Expedia layoffs, VRBO changes, Sonder layoffs, and real talk about strong women in VR industry,

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Season 2: Episode 1,
Cracking the Bro Code!

Straight Fire VR is back with Jessica Singer, Miriam Ramsey for real talk on Women in the VR industry and the tragedy of Silence on Domestic Assault and the “Bro Code”.
We also discuss Airbnb, Expedia, VRMA and Casago. Special thanks to Vanessa de Souza Lage who we mention and will be on a future episode. Thanks to , Heather Macias- Milo for all of her inspiring video work!
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Straight Fire VR: Season 1 Finale –
Episode 20, Failure to Plan is a Fail!

Steve Milo and Miriam Ramsey interview Amber Carpenter and Michelle Marquis about Amy Hinote’s DARM and Woman’s Summit.  We have a 2023 year end wrap-up and 2024 predictions.  Also we discuss  #Vacasa, #Marriott, #Expedia, and Bad Franchise Models!
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Steve Milo and Miriam Ramsey interview Michelle Marquis and Amber Carpenter on Amy Hinote's DARM and the Woman's Summit. Plus 2023 wrap-ups and 2024 predications.

Straight Fire VR: Season 1
Episode 19, Here Lies the Truth of Toxic Positivity!

Steve Milo interviews Ben Edwards and Miriam Ramsey about going Woke in the VR industry and how it can make you go Broke.  We discuss #Vacasa, #Airbnb, #Expedia, STR Wealth Conference and Bad Franchise Models!
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Steve Milo interview Ben Edwards and Miriam Ramsey on Vacation Rental Wokeness! Go Woke and Go Broke!

Straight Fire VR: Season 1
Episode 18, In for the Penny Pinch, In for the Pound!

Steve Milo interviews Paul Smith CFO of Vtrips and Graham Donoghue, CEO of Sykes Holiday Cottages Group.  We discuss economic headwinds in the UK and USA for 2024, who might buy #Vacasa, and what OTAs work in the UK and Europe.  #Airbnb, #Expedia, #Bookingcom and more  
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Straight Fire VR with Steve Milo, Paul Smith of VTrips, and Graham Donoghue of Sykes Holidays Cottages Group / Group CEO Forge Holiday Group

Straight Fire VR: Season 1
Episode 17, Replicating Success!

Steve Milo interviews Chad Blankenship and Andrew Kitchell, CEO and founder of Wheelhouse. We discuss ways to increase revenue in 2024, Airbnb, Marriott Homes and Villas, Lyric, American Express, Beyond Pricing and more.   #Airbnb, #Marriott, #BookDirect

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Steve Milo interviews Chad Blankenship and Andrew Kitchell, Founder and CEO of Wheelhouse

Straight Fire VR: Season 1
Episode 16, K.P. EYE on Business!

Steve Milo and Miriam Ramsey interview Doug Kennedy. We discuss ways to increase revenue in 2024, Airbnb, Marriott, Hyatt and more.  Doug Kennedy, a trainer for over 30 years in both the hotel and vacation rentals will delve into key elements of revenue and hospitality. And even find opportunities for sales and growth.   #Airbnb, #Marriott, #BookDirect

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Steve Milo, Miriam Ramsey interview Doug Kennedy, President at Kennedy Training Network, Inc.

Straight Fire VR: Season 1
Episode 15, As Cold As Ice!

VTrips and Casago special podcast. Steve Milo interviews Scott Fasano and Adam Norko of the Art of Hospitality Podcast and Casago Delmar Beach.  We discuss Vacasa 3rd quarter results, Airbnb vs. Booking.com, Marriott Homes and Villas and the Franchise Model.

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Steve Milo, Adam Norko, Scott Fasano discuss Airbnb, Booking.com, Vacasa, Marriott and Franchise Models
Matt Golis Stretch Bill, Amber Carpenter VTrips, Ryan Bailey TNS, Track payment, fraud, reduced cancellation Bookingcom, Vrbo, Expedia, Airbnb, TripAdvisor, KeyData, VRMA, Google, Ben Harrell, Tim Rosolio, Matt Landau, Jeremy Koch, Jason Sprenkle, Amy Hinote. broken vrbo.

Straight Fire VR: Season 1
Episode 13, Kill the Bill or Be Outlawed!

SListen as Steve Milo, Miriam Ramsey and guest Tom Powers speak about what steps are being taken in that fight to protect property rights in the South Carolina market. #VacationRentals #Guesty #Vacasa

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Tom Powers, Steve Milo, Miriam Ramsey

Straight Fire VR: Season 1
Episode 12, Hang on Tight the Ride is Getting Wild!

Steve Milo speaks with Lino Maldonado about riding the tides of change in the short term rental industries. Trends that ebb and flow as well as emerging opportunities in the industry. When uncertainty can cause unease, it can also create opportunities. #VacationRentals #Behome247 #Vacasa

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Steve Milo and Lino Maldonado discuss the trends of the vacation rentals.

Straight Fire VR: Season 1
Episode 11, Back to Reality!

Steve Milo and Miriam Ramsey speak with Guests, Michelle Marquis and Jeff Robertson about how the easy money of the Pandemic years are now over and what needs to happen to survive in a market that has returned to “Normal”.. #VacationRentals 

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Michelle Marquis, Jeff Robertson, Miriam Ramsey, Steve Milo discuss Marriott, Vrbo, Airbnb, Direct Channels and more

Straight Fire VR: Season 1
Episode 10, Just Dessert!

We speak with Amy Hinote of VRMINTEL, DARM and the Woman’s Summit and Amber Carpenter (VP of Product at VTrips) this week as sink our teeth into the latest topics facing the industry. We speak about Vacasa, and bad franchise models. #VacationRentals #Vacasa #VCSA #Franchises

Register for DARM here:
https://vrdarm.com/registration/

Register for Woman’s Summit here:
https://vrwsummit.com/

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Amy Hinote, Amber Carpenter, Steve Milo and Miriam Ramsey discuss bad franchise models and Vacasa

Straight Fire VR: Season 1
Episode 9, Appetite for Destruction!

We speak with Amy Hinote of VRMINTEL, DARM and the Woman’s Summit and Amber Carpenter (VP of Product of VTrips) this week as sink our teeth into the latest topics facing the industry. We speak about Vacasa, AirBnB and Marriot Homes and Villas. #VacationRentals #Airbnb #Vrbo #Guesty #Marriott

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Amy Hinote, Amber Carpenter, Miriam Ramsey and Steve Milo discuss Vacasa, Airbnb, Marriott Homes and Villas, Guesty, Track and more.

Straight Fire VR: Season 1
Episode 8, The Price is Down!

We speak with Jason Sprenkle CEO of Key Data about how more supply and lower consumer demand create reduced average daily rates.  Will this market separate the amateur investors from the professional managers? Only time will tell to see who can GAME the market best. #VacationRentals #Airbnb #Vrbo #Expedia #Bookingcom #KeyData

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Jason Sprenkle, Miriam Ramsey and Steve Milo discuss Pricing and Occupancy for direct channels and OTAS like Expedia, Vrbo, and Airbnb

Straight Fire VR: Season 1
Episode 7, Slicing Up the OTA Market.

This week’s episode we speak with Jed Kelly from Oppenheimer to discuss winners and losers in the OTA market.  We focus on Expedia, Booking.com, Vrbo and AirBNB.  No matter how you slice it, the market share for the vacation rentals in the United State is getting more competitive. See who we believe will come out on top as European and American companies enter the Vacation Rental sector. #airbnb #Booking #vrbo #vacationrentals #Expedia

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Straight Fire VR: Season 1
Episode 6, Game of Homes, Winter is Coming.

Brian Harris, Scott Bunce, Miriam Ramsey and Steve Milo take aim at potential threats and opportunities for their business. Whether it be owner churn, owner acquisition, changes at VRBO, or a force of nature – a game plan must be in place.  Watch these industry veterans discuss techniques to mitigate risk in GAME OF HOMES, Winter is coming. #airbnb #vacasa #vrbo #vacationrentals #Expedia

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Straight Fire VR: Season 1
Episode 5, Airbnb Rise or Fall?

Air B N B has been enjoying the high life with a RISING STOCK during the pandemic and beyond. While they are on a meteoric ride, one might ask, “Will their BUBBLE BURST? This week’s Episode focuses on the growth of this alternative housing market platform and the trajectory they are on.

We speak with industry insider, CEO and Founder of Properly, INC Alex Nigg to see if growth is sustainable for Air B N B, or if they are set to run out of steam. We do a deep dive into current company Leadership, operating practices and a changing market. In a landscape where Booking.com, Expedia and Google are all entering into the same sandbox, can each play nicely together? #airbnb #booking #bookingapp #vacationrentals

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Straight Fire VR: Season 1
Episode 4, Maui Recovery

After the worst fire in US history, Maui has a long road ahead to recovery. In this very special Episode, Steve and Miriam speak to those in the front line of hospitality to hear about the current situation and what the next steps are to rebuild. In an industry that is THE lifeblood of the island, rebuilding is of utmost importance, and time is ticking. #mauifires #hawaiitravel #shorttermrentals #mauihawaii
 

Straight Fire VR: Season 1
Episode 3, Pt 3, Funding the Fight for Advocacy

The conclusion of what happens when you DO and DO NOT in the legislative wing of the government. Steve Milo continues the discussion about the challenges about the vacation rental business as it relates to government overreach. See what happens when Steve Milo and Tiffany Edwards secure a private audience with Governor DeSantis. #vacationrentalhomes #airbnb #advocacymatters #floridarentals #shorttermrentals
 
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Straight Fire VR: Season 1
Episode 3, Pt 2, Advocacy Matters

In this installment,  Steve Milo continues the discussion about the challenges about the vacation rental business as it relates to government overreach. See what happens when Steve Milo and Tiffany Edwards secure a private audience with Governor DeSantis. Rember to CLICK on Episode of 3 of 3 for the conclusion. #vacationrentalhomes #airbnb #advocacymatters #floridarentals #shorttermrentals
 
 
 

Tiffany Edwards of Colletta Consulting joins the podcast with her mother Jeannie Dailey owner of Newman Dailey Resorts.

Straight Fire VR: Season 1
Episode 3, Pt 1, Churn Baby Churn Vacasa Infereno

This week Steve and Miriam speak with vacation rental insiders & advocates Tiffany Edwards and Jeannie Dailey. Part one covers the cost that owners pay when a markets looses heat and as a result get burned. 
In the high steaks of property management, companies that loose sight of the target become riddled with problems.
 
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Straight Fire VR: Season 1
Episode 2, Pt 2, Vacasa Buy or Bye

Steve Milo, Miriam Ramsey are joined by the Seth Borko, Senior Research Analyst of Skift and author of “A Deep Dive Into Vacasa and the Future of Branded Short-Term Rentals “. 

In this episode, Seth Borko discusses his views on the vacation rentals industry outlook.   And, then a very candid and unfiltered overview of Sonder, Marriott Homes and Villas, and Vacasa.   Get ready for some Straight Fire!

https://player.fm/series/straight-fire-vr/episode-2-of-2-vacasa-buy-or-bye

Straight Fire VR: Season 1
Episode 2, Pt 1, Glass Half Full

Steve Milo, Miriam Ramsey are joined by the Seth Borko, Senior Research Analyst of Skift and author of “A Deep Dive Into Vacasa and the Future of Branded Short-Term Rentals “.  

In this episode, Seth Borko discusses his views on the growth of the $129 Billion vacation rentals industry outlook including the success of Airbnb in the Business to Consumer space, and Airdna, Beyond, Track/TNS, Guesty, Hostaway and others in the Business to Business sector.

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Real talk extends beyond our interactions with homeowners and guests. It encompasses our engagement with industry stakeholders, such as regulatory bodies, local communities, and industry associations. By openly discussing the challenges and opportunities facing the vacation rental sector, we can work collaboratively towards creating a balanced and sustainable environment. Real talk allows us to contribute constructively to policy discussions, advocate for fair regulations, and promote responsible vacation rental practices.

Steve Milo, Miriam Ramsey and Kayla Carr joins the podcast for a candid conversation on the Airbnb Guest From Hell.   What happens when a  guest stays 30 days with 13 dogs (9 puppies) and 2 cats in a brand new furnished house?   How bad is the smell in an Airbnb Puppy Mill?

See Youtube video for before and after photos taken by Miriam showing the destruction to the brand new house.   Find out if Airbnb will cover the extensive damage..    As well as news on Airdna, Expedia/VRBO, and Florida pro vacation rental bills and more.

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In an industry where homeowners entrust their valuable properties to us and guests rely on us to create memorable vacation experiences, real talk becomes a fundamental aspect of our business. Real talk means being forthright and candid about the opportunities and challenges that come with managing vacation rentals including bad business models that give our industry a poor reputation, discussing both the pros and cons of vendors, and having real talk about effective advocacy efforts. Real talk in the vacation rental industry is of utmost importance because it fosters transparency, builds trust, and ultimately leads to better outcomes for all parties involved. I strongly believe in the power of honest and open communication and will fight censorship efforts by the Virtue Signalers in the United States, Barcelona, the Alps and beyond.

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Founder and CEO of Vtrips, Ponte Vedra, Florida

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