Owning a vacation home in the Poconos and Carbon County

Opportunities in Carbon County and Monroe County

(the Southern Poconos)

What is Turnkey STR?  Factors to Consider When Buying a Short-Term Rental Business.

There has recently been a rise in properties for sale that are described as “Turnkey STR,” a term that has come to mean a property that is fully operational as a short-term rental and being sold as a complete package.  These are often properties that have recently been upgraded, are very tastefully designed and furnished,Continue reading “What is Turnkey STR?  Factors to Consider When Buying a Short-Term Rental Business.”

Beyond the Numbers, Finding your Niche in the Poconos STR Market

I spend a lot of time with customers who have big visions of success in the short-term rental business and they often ask me questions about a property’s ability to generate profit.  Many have use data tools like PriceLabs or AirDNA to help them understand the market and the opportunities that currently exist there.  TheyContinue reading “Beyond the Numbers, Finding your Niche in the Poconos STR Market”

Short-term Rental Friendly Pocono Communities

Some communities are more friendly to VRBO and Airbnb, others oppose the practice.  Here is an summary drawn from various HOAs (Home Owner Associations) and township regulations. Many of the homes in the Poconos and neighboring counties were built as second homes and vacation getaways. Some have been turned into income properties with owners hiringContinue reading “Short-term Rental Friendly Pocono Communities”

Getting Help with your STR business in the Poconos

If you found your way to this page, you are likely looking to build a Short-term Rental business in the Poconos.  If you don’t live in the area or haven’t work here, you might be worried that you’ll have to go it alone.  That is not the case, there is a whole industry built aroundContinue reading “Getting Help with your STR business in the Poconos”

Can you use a Vacation Home Mortgage to buy a STR Business?

As we enter 2022, competition is still intense for properties that can be used as vacation home rentals here in the Poconos.  The rapid rise in prices looked like it was slowing down in late 2021, but demand seems to have risen and prices have taken off again fueled by a number of factors.  ThatContinue reading “Can you use a Vacation Home Mortgage to buy a STR Business?”

Ins and Outs of Investing in the Poconos

As a realtor who specializes in helping folks find vacation homes, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the business of vacation home rentals. Here are some thoughts about the business of vacation home rentals. Are vacation home rentals in the Poconos a new thing? First, some history: much of what is referred to theContinue reading “Ins and Outs of Investing in the Poconos”

Finding the right place to start your STR business in the Poconos.

The Poconos have been a popular vacation destination for generations.  Vacation communities continue to be built for second homes and investment properties and the practice of renting them for short periods is as old as the manmade lakes which were built around.  The rental business has surged in recent years with the rise of bookingContinue reading “Finding the right place to start your STR business in the Poconos.”

Running a Short-term Rental Business is Running a Hospitality Business

Short-term Rental Properties are different from Long-Term Rental Properties and the smart investor will have a plan. As a realtor, I field a lot of calls and interest from people who are interested in investing in a Short Term Rental (STR) property in the popular vacation home area of the Poconos.  Some of these inquiresContinue reading “Running a Short-term Rental Business is Running a Hospitality Business”

Is now the Right Time to invest in a Vacation Home in the Poconos?

Stocks market indexes are trading at record high levels, bond markets are strong, and the price of real estate continues to leap upward.  Rarely (if ever) have all three of these investment areas risen so sharply in unison.  With the ability for many to work remotely or build a business from home, the demand toContinue reading “Is now the Right Time to invest in a Vacation Home in the Poconos?”

Turn Your Land into a Money-Making Campsite

Throughout my career, I’ve had a number of opportunities to start-up new businesses and like most entrepreneurs, my history has some succees and some failures. I had the good fortune of turning GradSchools.com from a quirky start-up to a market leader only to follow that up with an online guide to wine called ClassicWines.com thatContinue reading “Turn Your Land into a Money-Making Campsite”

Tips on Starting a Short-term Rental Business with your Vacation Home

Is it legal? The Poconos are well known for vacationing and recreation. Tourist revenue in the Pocono region (defined as Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties) has been the main economic engine in the region and the area is responsible for approximately 1/3 of the state’s hotel tax revenue. In Pennsylvania, like other states, short-termContinue reading “Tips on Starting a Short-term Rental Business with your Vacation Home”

Moving from New York to Pennsylvania? Consider Carbon County, Pennsylvania’s secret Vacation Retreat

My Story: In 2006 I sold an internet marketing company and with some cash in my pocket I decided to invest in a vacation home near Blue Mountain Ski Resort.  At the time, I had a house in Delaware County, outside Philadelphia and I wanted a “mountain house” that I could get to in 90Continue reading “Moving from New York to Pennsylvania? Consider Carbon County, Pennsylvania’s secret Vacation Retreat”


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