LiveRez Announces Addition of 1,000th Property Manager Partner

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Eagle, IDLiveRez.com, the most widely used cloud-based software for professional vacation rental managers, announced today the addition of its 1,000th partner.

“This is a historic day at LiveRez,” said LiveRez CEO Tracy Lotz. “Our strength is not only in our team and our software, but also in each individual partner. This milestone represents the collective efforts of the entire LiveRez community.”

The milestone adds to a banner year for the company. In just the past 12 months, LiveRez announced a real-time integration with Airbnb, won the Boise Chamber’s Travel Industry Excellence Award, and launched significant software enhancements at its annual Partner Conference in October.

The accomplishment also comes at a pivotal moment in the industry. Two weeks ago Expedia announced its $3.9 billion acquisition of HomeAway, which owns HomeAway Software for Professionals, LiveRez’s largest competitor.

In contrast to many of its main competitors which have grown through mergers, acquisitions and consolidation, LiveRez’s growth has been 100 percent organic. This growth has also outpaced it competitors, as LiveRez reached the 1,000 partner milestone in less than 8 years.

“With our new software enhancements and the HomeAway acquisition, our phones are ringing off the hook,” Lotz said. “We have been signing up new partners at a record pace.”

LiveRez also announced the conclusion of its “Race to 1,000 Challenge.” In the run up to adding its 1,000th partner, LiveRez donated 1,000 Thanksgiving meals to the Boise Rescue Mission. They then challenged their partners to offer 1,000 random acts of kindness before they hit the milestone. Partners, vendors, and friends of LiveRez responded with more than 3,000 acts of kindness. As thanks for the participation, LiveRez determined it would double its donation to the Boise Rescue Mission, for a total of 2,000 meals.

“In order to pay it forward, we put out a lofty challenge, and our partners responded in a big way,” Lotz said. “We’ve been blessed to partner with amazing companies from all across the globe, and without them our rapid growth would not be possible.”

About LiveRez.com

LiveRez.com is a complete, online, vacation rental property management solution, focused on making vacation rental property managers fully operational online and thereby increasing bookings. LiveRez.com offers an all-in-one cloud-based platform, featuring best-in-class websites optimized for online bookings, a full-featured reservation and property management system, a robust CRM system, an exclusive connection to QuickBooks for trust accounting, and a unique “Pay-for-Performance” approach, which provides a mutually beneficial partnership between LiveRez.com and its vacation rental manager partners. The company’s largest competitor is HomeAway Software for Professionals.

To learn more about LiveRez.com, please call 800-343-2891 or visit LiveRez.com. And, to receive timely updates from the company, follow LiveRez.com on Facebook, Twitter (@LiveRez) and Google+, or visit the company’s vacation rental software blog. LiveRez.com is a proud Gold Sponsor of the Vacation Rental Manager’s Association (VRMA).

LiveRez Responds to Expedia’s Acquisition of HomeAway

HomeAway-ExpediaThe vacation rental industry took another major turn Wednesday with the announcement of Expedia’s $3.9 billion acquisition of HomeAway. This did not come as a surprise to the team at LiveRez, as CEO Tracy Lotz has been predicting this for many years. LiveRez has been helping prepare and empower its partners for this changing landscape through an unrelenting focus on software innovation and a continual building of community resources. During this time of change in the industry, LiveRez continues to move forward stronger than ever.

This announcement is yet another example that LiveRez chose wisely when it decided to integrate with Airbnb. Whereas Airbnb listened, adapted and worked hand in hand with our team and partners, we fear Expedia will be a different story. The hotel industry learned by sad experience that Expedia would be dictating terms and shrinking margins. Their priorities aren’t our priorities.

The last few weeks have been great for the LiveRez community. The Partner Conference, VRMA, and the Expedia/HomeAway news have strengthened our resolve and firmed our sense of community. Our phones are ringing around the clock as new Partners come on board. This is happening not just because of our world-class software, but also because of our community and the vision Tracy and the team have about this industry and what is coming next. This is only the beginning, but we know where we are going, and how we will get there, together.

Sincerely,
The LiveRez Team

Judge Rejects HomeAway’s Challenge to San Francisco’s “Airbnb Law”

San FranciscoOn Wednesday a district court dismissed a suit by vacation rental listing website HomeAway seeking to stop new regulations on house rentals in San Francisco.

HomeAway argued that the law gave its San Francisco based competitor Airbnb an unfair advantage and discriminated against second home owners in the city.

To learn more about Wednesday’s ruling, check out the full story at Tnooz.com.

Learn More About LiveRez
LiveRez is the most widely used software platform for professional vacation rental managers. The company’s cloud-based, end-to-end platform offers fully integrated solutions for reservation and property management, websites with online bookings, trust accounting, CRM, housekeeping and maintenance, reporting, reviews and more. LiveRez is a proud Gold Sponsor of the Vacation Rental Manager’s Association (VRMA).

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