How a Second Home Can Rescue Your Ravaged Finances

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Can't bear to look at those monthly investment statements? Wondering about retirement? Your second home may hold the answer.

In these tough economic times, imagine "finding" an extra $30,000 a year. For those who own a second home, that's a very real possibility--when they put that property to work as a vacation rental. A great deal depends on the property's location, the length of the rental season, and the effort put into marketing. Some owners make as much as $150,000. Some make as little as a few thousand dollars. Whatever the exact figure, the point is that many people are missing out on a substantial source of extra income if they own a second home that sits idle most of the year.

What to do? That's where vacation-rental and Internet experts Alfred and Emily Glossbrenner come in. The Bucks County, Pennsylvania-based writing couple have launched a new membership Web site for vacation-property owners called FullyBookedRentals ( The site offers completely independent and unbiased "how-to" information and advice to guide property owners every step of the way. The Glossbrenners are professional explainers whose 60+ other books, including How to Make Your Vacation Property Work for You! ( and Vacation Rental Secrets & Sources, have sold a combined total of over one million copies.

"Alfred and I have a reputation stretching back 35 years," said Emily Glossbrenner, "We're known for straight-up, tell-it-like-it-is, unbiased analysis and crystal clear prose. The New York Times once hailed Alfred as 'The Great Explainer' for one of his computer books. We know what we're talking about, we know what people need, and we know how to present it all with exceptional clarity and even a bit of humor."

FullyBookedRentals does not accept ads. Instead, like a growing number of expertise-based Web sites, it charges a small annual membership fee ($49.95). For their fifty dollars, members get access to FullyBookedRentals news and commentary on the vacation-rental field, as well as a regularly updated library of how-to articles. Recent topics have included using Craigslist and Postlets to advertise your property for free, getting around a listing site's photo limit, and where to buy luxurious sheets and towels at a discount.

There are also members-only special offers worth hundreds of dollars, sample forms and checklists, an "Ask the Experts" feature, and the Glossbrenners' authoritative and very selective "Vacation Rental Resources Guide." (For a free sample of the guide, please click here:

"Our VR Resources Guide is much more than a bare-bones list of book titles, products, and Web addresses," said Alfred Glossbrenner. "We include reviews and suggestions for using the resources we recommend. We update the Guide throughout the year. And we never have and never will accept commissions, referral fees, or 'affiliate' arrangements with anyone."

"This deep recession has actually boosted demand for vacation rentals in many markets," Emily Glossbrenner added. "People don't want to give up their family vacation, and you just can't beat what a VR offers for the same or even less than you'd pay at a hotel. Just having a full kitchen is worth hundreds of dollars in savings on restaurant meals."

The money's there for owners of second homes, just waiting to be found. Anyone trying to rebuild a ravaged investment portfolio and get back on track with retirement plans should consider the vacation-rental option. The new FullyBookedRentals membership site can show the way. Click here for more details:

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