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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
Office:  215-643-3200
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Renting a Vacation Home? Know Your Options

July 4, 2016 2:54 am

Peer-to-peer vacation rental listings are on the rise, but some renters find more favor with rental management companies, according to a recent industry study.

While there are benefits to both peer-to-peer and managed rentals, tales of rentals-gone-bad seem to spike when the home is booked directly with the host homeowner—renters cited in the study said they felt safer staying in a managed rental than staying in a peer-to-peer listing.

Unlike direct-from-homeowner rentals, vacation rental managers oversee the process from start to finish, and have established standards for quality, service and security for their properties. Peer-to-peer rentals leave the standards up to each individual homeowner.

“The reality is most homeowners don't have the time to adequately meet guest expectations when it comes to safety, cleanliness and assistance, and as a result they find the tasks daunting,” says Gail Mandel, CEO of Wyndham Vacation Rentals, which conducted the study.

“Guests should know they do not have to go it alone,” Mandel adds. “But if they do, they should keep in mind important tips, like renting from a reputable source, watching for signs of fraud and only using secure payment methods.”

Source: Wyndham Vacation Rentals

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Outside the Cereal Box: BBQ for Breakfast

July 1, 2016 12:48 am


Trend alert!

Barbecuing for breakfast is taking hold in backyards—and in fact, according to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA), the trend is only going to grow in popularity.

Why the urge to BBQ breakfast? The HPBA lists a few reasons:

Anything—anything—can be barbecued.

From bagels or oatmeal to cereal or eggs, any breakfast item can be prepared on the grill. (Cereal? It’s true! Warm up dry cereal with butter on a grill-safe griddle, and add it to cold milk or yogurt.)

Barbecuing adds a smoky bite.

Barbecuing imparts smoky flavor on beloved breakfast classics. Charcoal, gas and wood pellet barbecues will add a fresh-off-the-grill taste to bacon and sausage, and apple- or cherry-flavored chips can take pancakes to the next level.

Brunch just got better.

Cook brunch items low and slow on the grill early in the morning—they’ll be ready by mid-day, and you’ll be able to enjoy them that much sooner!

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and the one that is most often overlooked in this hectic world,” says Jack Goldman, president and CEO of the HPBA. “Weekends are the perfect time to slow things down, fire up the grill, and enjoy some much needed family time around an open flame. Those who try it will immediately discover that barbecuing your breakfast can be just as enjoyable—and delicious—as your evening meals.”

Source: Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA)
 

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