An investment in a vacation villa* in Jamaica can generate a steady cash flow and provide you with an ideal holiday getaway whenever you wish. In this article, I will offer you some guidelines of  how to locate,  market and manage your way to financial success of your vacation property. Here are the three most important  secrets to make your vacation villa a profitable investment.

Good Location and Attractive Amenities 

Like any other  “brick and mortar” business, the  location of your villa is a major contributing factor of its success.  If possible, select a location for your villa close to the beach areas of the Island in order to benefit from the large traditional market of vacationers who want to be near the beach. Beach area properties are more easily marketable and attract higher rental rates.

Provide amenities that offer an abundance of comfort and relaxation.

  • Air condition attracts higher rentals and adds a stamp of modernity to your villa.
  • A swimming pool or outdoor Jacuzzi –  although guests seldom use them-  increases the marketability of the villa.
  • A reliable supply of hot water, cable television, internet, free wi fi  are amenities that make your villa stand out from the crowd.

Be Sure the Figures Add Up

Your yearly occupancy rate is perhaps the most important factor of determining a profitable cash flow for your villa.

  • Set a target occupancy of a minimum of 22 weeks per  year .   As you get more returning  customers you should succeed in getting thirty to forty weeks per year eventually.
  • Set a weekly/nightly rate  that will attract  the number of guests to achieve  at least this minimum occupancy level.

With the nightly rate and occupancy level set, you can now calculate the  income projection.

The  operational expense will account for approximately 66% of your revenue.  These figures are broken down as follows:

  • Wages, utilities (electricity, water) and household supplies  18%
  • Advertising, marketing and commissions 30%
  • liability insurance, government taxes, repairs and security and property management 18% .

Mortgage interest payment and capital expenditure are additional variable expenses that are not included here.

Marketing and Management 

Decide  what age group and interests of visitors would enjoy your villa. Target your marketing to that segment of the population local and overseas.

  • Always offer an introductory discount of 30 – 40% off the regular price for first time visitors.  This reduced price will pique  the interest in many would-be visitors.
  • Sign up with villa agencies such as Flipkey.com or Tripadsvisor.com. to market your property for a fee.
  • Enroll your villa with discount outfits such as Groupon.com, or Ownerdirect.com

The aim at offering these discounts is to build up traffic  to your villa.  The more visitors who are introduced to your villa and come away satisfied, the more recommendations it will receive.

Utilize a competent villa management company to repair equipment, supervise staff  and  upkeep the property.

With the right location, proper marketing and efficient management you can enjoy a profitable vacation villa rental property.

*These steps and guidelines are also applicable to strata/apartment/condo properties.23

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Sydney Davis
Sydney Davis - is the Managing Director of Sydney Davis and Associates. He provides personal consultations and investment advice about real estate in Jamaica. .He is a member of the Realtors Association of Jamaica.and he is licensed by the Real Estate Board of Jamaica as a dealer, and property manager.

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