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New website gives homeowners and property managers tools to advertise properties to travelers, take and manage reservations and accept payments online.

Do you own a ski condo with incredible views, a sunny house at the beach, or a faraway apartment that sits vacant most of the time? Rent your getaway to travelers and let them enjoy it too, while you enjoy extra income.

A new Web site called Global Vacation Rental Listings solves some of the biggest problems homeowners and property managers can experience when they decide to rent to travelers – how to manage property availability and take reservations and payments from guests. And, perhaps most importantly, how to find people to rent your property.

The site provides tools you can use to take reservations and payments from any Web site. The GVRL Total Reservations System™ includes a property availability calendar that shows when your rental is available and when it’s booked and a system that lets owners and managers accept checks and credit card payments. Travelers visit the site to find lodging, make and pay for reservations and to create free online photo albums and travel blogs, or journals.

GVRL.com also includes tools to manage reservations and communications with travelers, including an "auto-confirm" feature that lets you confirm a reservation with the click of a mouse. Homeowners and property managers can use the GVRL Communications Center to answer questions from prospective customers without revealing private contact information. You can even supplement your listing by posting more information in your blog and in the free online photo albums.

"Just sign up at GVRL.com and in 25 minutes you can be online and ready to take reservations," says company president David Lampe. "The GVRL Total Reservations System™ is the easiest, most cost-effective way for vacation rental owners and managers to manage availability, take reservations and payments online, and communicate with prospective renters. It's better than most of the more expensive software that’s out there."

Lampe says, "To prove the GVRL Total Reservations System™ is a great way to attract renters and manage reservations and payments, we’re offering homeowners and property managers the chance to try GVRL.com free for six months," adds Lampe. "After that, if they don’t like it, it’s easy to cancel. But I bet most people will renew, which is easy and inexpensive."

Tom Grant, a producer at GVRL.com says, "We have unique features you won't find on other sites, including free travel blogs and vacation photo albums, where our members can share travel stories and images. They can rate and review places where they stay, which helps other travelers evaluate their own lodging opportunities and brings travelers back to the site more often.”

Grant adds, "Our online software costs much, much less than similar reservations management systems. It also comes with an audience of avid travelers who want to rent from you. We’re also offering free six month listings for advertisers. There’s nothing to lose by trying it."

As they roll out the Web site, Lampe and Grant plan to promote it aggressively to develop an audience fast. In the coming weeks, they'll add more features, including the ability for owners and managers to offer last minute discounts.

Post your own travel blog or photo album at GVRL.com or sign up and advertise that vacant condo, cabin or house free on GVRL.com. Start making money from your home away from home, rather than just spending money on it.

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