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Bonkers season on tap for summer vacation rentals

first_img Email Address* Tags Full Name* At Barkwells, a group of dog-friendly vacation rentals in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, bookings for the rest of the year have grown 30 percent over 2019’s numbers.As guests compete for bookings, prices are on the rise. According to Transparent, a vacation-rentals data company, the national average nightly rate for Airbnb rentals in July and August is around $220. That’s an increase from last year’s $194; in 2019, a typical year, it was $185.And thanks to more workplace flexibility, renters are staying longer. According to Evolve, a hospitality company that manages more than 14,000 short-term rentals, the average length of stay has increased from 3.7 days in 2020 to 4.9 days. Across search engine HomeToGo, the stay length for travelers checking in between May 1 and Sept. 1 is 11 days, a 14 percent increase from 2019.[NYT] — Sasha JonesContact Sasha Jones Message* Share via Shortlink It may not be so easy to book a vacation this year: Rental listings are flying off the market, and prices are soaring. (iStock)After a year of putting travel plans on hold, Americans are eager to embark on their next trip. But finding a place to stay domestically may not be as easy as in years past.By the end of March, 90 percent of vacation homes listed on Vrbo in the Jersey Shore and Cape Cod were booked for July, the New York Times reported. Compare that to 2019, when more than 30 percent of the listings in those areas were still available.At The Redwoods In Yosemite, a company that operates more than 120 vacation homes in Yosemite National Park, bookings for May are 35 percent above what they were in 2019. Bookings for June are up 37 percent; for July, it’s an increase of 27 percent.Read moreTravel roars back — and summer rentals book upThe tri-state rental market’s endless summerHot, hot, hot: Resi market sets new price records in March Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Hotel MarketRental MarketResidential Real Estatelast_img read more

Will contactless payment cards catch on in the United States?

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Contactless debit, credit and prepaid cards – payment cards that can be used by tapping a point of sale (POS) terminal or waving the card near the terminal – have been issued by major banks around the world since 2007.  Also referred to as “tap and pay” or “tap and go,” these cards feature an embedded NFC antenna and chip (different than the EMV chip) which allows the card to exchange payment credentials to an NFC enabled terminal with just a wave or a tap. They are touted for both speed and convenience mostly because no signature or PIN is needed.  In addition, transaction amounts using this capability are typically limited to $25 or $50, consistent with the waiving of the need for signature for mag stripe transactions for those amounts.Common in most countries around the worldContactless cards are very common in most developed countries. In the United Kingdom, for example, 88 million contactless cards have been issued and 187.7 million transactions were made in the month of April 2016 out of 1.1 billion global transactions. Overall, the total number of contactless transactions are up 185.9% from the previous year which means consumers like using the cards for their convenient, tap and go capability.In Australia, 66% of cardholders have a contactless card that allows them to tap and pay. Industry data reports that 53% of the Australian cardholders use their cards as tap and pay at least once a week.  In Canada, 10 percent of all domestic transactions are contactless now and said to be growing at the rate of 1% per month. continue reading »last_img read more

Lionel Messi wins Fifa Ballon D’Or 2012

first_imgLionel Messi has been adjudged World Footballer of the Year 2012 for the fourth consecutive time.He shoved challenge from his Barcelona team mate Andreas Iniesta and Real Madrid’s Christiano Ronaldo.The Argentine polled an overwhelming 41.60% of the votes, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo on 23.68% and Andrés Iniesta on 10.91%.The Award ceremony was held in Zurich on Monday. The other awards were as follows.World X1Iker Casillas, Dani Alves, Marcelo, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Andreas Iniesta, Xabi Alonxo, Xaxi Hernandez, Christian Ronaldo, Rademel Falcao, Lionel Messi. Coach of the year (Womens Division) SundhageCoach of the Year (Men)Vicente Del BosqueFifa’s Presidential Award Franz Berkenbauer Fairplay Award Uzbekistan Fifa’s Puskas Award Miroslave Stoch Women’s Footballer of the Year Abby Wambach of USA FIFA Footballer of the yearLionel Messilast_img read more

Fantasy Football Podcast: WR season outlook

first_imgThe best 2019 fantasy football draft preparation should include our Sporting News Fantasy positional preview podcasts. This episode helps get the wide receiver portion of your cheat sheet in order. We debate sleepers and breakouts while also coming up with a few “do-not-draft” WRs. There’s also time for bold predictions about which No. 2 WRs could outscore their more proven teammates. Hopefully at the end of this episode, your WR rankings are refined and ready to roll for your drafts.We did a preview podcast for all the relevant fantasy positions (and yes, you’re right, that means we didn’t do a show for kickers.) Find the links below. DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2019 Fantasy Cheat SheetSporting News Fantasy podcasts available on Youtube, Soundcloud and iTunes.Fantasy Football Podcast: WR previewTimestamps:General WR draft strategy (1:40):  “Of all the positions in fantasy, I think this is the one I don’t have a draft strategy for.” We do agree that getting one of the top-eight wideouts in the first two rounds is a smart way to build your team.Our top-eight wide receivers (4:20): Ranking anyone between DeAndre Hopkins and JuJu Smith-Schuster as the top wideout wouldn’t be out of line, based on our top tier. Also: Where are Julio Jones’s touchdowns?SEASON PREVIEW PODCASTS:QB | RB | TE | D/STSecond and third tier of wideouts (14:55): We tell you why Calvin Ridley fits in here, along with discussing the safety of Mike Evans, the underrated uncertainty surrounding Adam Thielen, and Amari Cooper’s up-and-down career.Navigating the middle-tier WRs (28:00): Where should A.J. Green slot in with his preseason injury, and how does that affect Tyler Boyd? We also look at the Rams’ wideout situation and whether Cooper Kupp is quietly the best.Sleepers (35:00): The WR position isn’t short on sleepers. There’s gotta be one in Pittsburgh: Is it James Washington, or is he too obvious? And we’re bold enough to name a Nick Foles pass-catcher in Jacksonville a sleeper. This gem, too: “The eye test fools you when you only watch the Youtube highlight videos.” Our “do-not-draft” WRs (48:25): Not everything the Chiefs’ offense touches turns to gold (yes, we’re talking about you, Sammy Watkins). We also advise against picking the reigning Super Bowl MVP and Alshon Jeffery interests neither of us.Bold predictions (55:09): We predict that the Vikings and Falcons will both have different top-scoring receivers than season projections would expect. In addition, bet on Kenny Golladay.last_img read more

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