@Annet3176 And just to add on to your comments…one thing that only people who are in the closed FB group can understand - is that Thijs and Swapnil can basically build anything. And Swapnil is amazing!!!
You need a pet fee? Done!
You need this? OK…easy. Done!
You need this? OK…on our list. Will be done next month after we are finished with a more urgent project!
I asked for a checkbox field where I could select 12.75% lodging tax till the end of one month, and then have my new reservations going forward be at the correct lodging tax rate. Done! No other listing site that I am aware of even does this. Most people need to back collect the new lodging tax difference on the far out future reservations.
When you think about the major OTAs and what thousands of owners have begged for …and I mean simple software changes - this two man team does it in no time.
And the fact that the owner has vacation rental properties and lists on the OTAs himself…makes it extremely easy to understand the needs of owners, and he already understands how the sites work. And that is why he won’t have ridiculous policies like letting guests cancel for being sick, bringing up to 5 infants free, allowing anyone to call their pet rat an emotional support animal and bring it for free, etc. Owners decide their own cancellation policies.
You are spot on with this!
People seem to forget that Thijs and Swapnil are working on various aspects of Houfy such as the social part, lodging, real estate, and other aspects all simultaneously. The vacation rental part was actually supposed to be done after the real estate section was complete. But priorities were shifted.
Not to mention the free tools you can use on your own website without needing to pay for widgets. Just sooo many things that the two of them are creating outside of vacation rentals.