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The Blue Angels are Coming to Town

The 2015 OC Air Show is returning to town this weekend, June 13-14! This is definitely one of the top events of the summer and it`s not too late to plan a weekend or even day trip. This year will feature 3 headline acts: The U.S. Navy Blue Angels of course, the Breitling Jet Team which will be the first international performer, and the F-22 Raptor, the most advanced fighter in the world.

If you`re looking to get a prime spot for the show, drop zone tickets for each day are still available as well as Flight Line Tickets for Sunday Only. The drop zone is located on the beach at the aerial 50 yard line. The drop zone puts you away from the crowd and allows for a full experience with quality sound and professional narration.

The Flight Line Club is the ultimate spot on the beach to experience the Air Show. This ticket gets you a private beach area with a clubhouse tent and covered seating. Not to mention lunch and drinks are included as well as reserved parking.

This year`s show will feature the first female pilot ever to fly with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. Marine Capt. Katie Higgins from Severna Park, MD will take to the sky this weekend flying the C-130 Hercules. This is sure to be an exciting weekend for all!

Tickets are selling quickly so get yours today! Go to http://ocairshow.com/ for tickets and more information on performers and times.

Smart Packing is Smart Traveling!

Travel Smart with Vantage

Over packing  we`ve all done it. The worst part is when you pack too much and still manage to forget something! The truth is, you can`t pack for every scenario, but you can pack smart with items that are versatile. Here are some ways to pack effectively on your next trip:

1. The Magic List-Start with what you absolutely need and then go through each day of your vacation. Not only will a list allow you to see what is absolutely necessary, but it will also allow you to see what you really don`t need in your suitcase. Check out our beach packing list to help you get organized.
2. Rock and Roll-Roll your clothes instead of folding them to not only save space, but to help reduce wrinkles. Rolled up socks and even shirts can fit inside shoes to help maintain that additional space for essentials. A travel-sized wrinkle release spray can also help manage unwanted wrinkles.
3. Keep Calm and Carry On-In a perfect world, your luggage will always end up with you or be in reach. But in reality, luggage can get delayed, lost or buried in a tightly packed trunk. Make sure to keep your essentials in your carry-on such as eyewear, medications, chargers and a change of clothing.
4. Rewear-Bring laundry detergent and wash your clothes. Many of our Vantage Vacation Rentals properties include a washer and dryer for guests convenience. Washing clothes allows you to rewear your favorite outfits and save space for all those souvenirs.

Don`t forget to bring your sheets, towels, soaps, light cleaning and paper products. If you have rented a linen package, linens should be in the unit upon your arrival but you will still need to bring beach towels. For your convenience, you can add linen rentals to your reservation up to 7 days prior to arrival.

If you do end up forgetting something don`t fret. There are plenty of convenience stores in the area where you can find everything you need. Remember, you are at the beach so, no shirt, no shoes, no problem!

 

 

 

 

 

Did I hear you say FREE events?

Did you know that there are free events going on in Ocean City all year long?  In fact, some of Ocean City`s most popular events are actually free!  Some of the larger events include Springfest, OC Air Show, White Marlin Open, and Sandfest – just to name a few.

Looking for more?  Once the summer season begins, Ocean City offers free family activities every day of the week – such as OC Beach Lights, Movies on the Beach, Beach Fireworks, Sundaes in the Park, and more (see below). No matter when you visit, you can always expect there to be a fun and free event taking place. For complete details of year-round Ocean City activities, visit http://ococean.com/freeforall

Daily Family Program – Lifesaving Station Museum (7/6-8/29)
Sundays OC Beach Lights – Boardwalk Area (5/24-9/6)
Sundaes in the Park – Northside Park (7/12-8/30)
Mondays Beach Fireworks – Boardwalk Area (7/6-8/26)
Movies on the Beach – 27th St. (6/22-8/7)
Tuesdays Beach Fireworks – Boardwalk Area (7/6-8/26)
Family Beach Olympics – (6/23-8/4)
Wednesdays Movies on the Beach – 118th St. (6/3-8/26)
Concerts on the Beach – Boardwalk Area (7/9-8/27, except 7/30)
Thursdays Sunset Park Party Nights – Sunset Park (7/2-8/27)
Fridays Movies on the Beach – 27th St. (6/22-8/7)

May Events are Heating Up!

Two of Ocean City`s most popular spring events will be turning 25 this year! Springfest will be celebrating its 25th anniversary May 7 -10. What better way to spend Mother`s Day than at a beach festival. Grab the family, pack the car, and get away for a weekend. This FREE four day event offers delicious food, live music, fun crafts & more!

The following weekend OCMD will hold the 25th Annual Cruisin` Ocean City. From May 14-17, marvel in one of the hottest hot rod shows on the East Coast. More than 3500 customs, hot rods, street machines, classics, and more will be available for your viewing pleasure. There will be car parades on the boardwalk, vendors of all sorts, auctions, and live music, as well as awards and giveaways. Special guest appearances include “Luke Duke” Tom Wopat of The Dukes of Hazzard and Christie Brimberry from Gas Monkey Garage and Fast N’ Loud. For more information on OC Cruisin’ go HERE.

Vantage has a ton of specials going on right now and plenty of availability for these May events, as well as other OC spring events. Be sure to take advantage of some great deals at some of our most popular and conveniently located properties. Don’t wait, book your vacation today!

Vacation Home Owners, List with Us!

It’s Not Too Late To List for 2015!

Vacation home owners – let Vantage help you fill unused days on your beach home’s calendar! We’re seeing a high volume of guests requesting stays in the Ocean City, MD & Delaware beach areas this summer. We have no minimum number of weeks requirements, and owners are welcome to rent on their own along with us. We also offer unique Mini-Week and FlexStay programs, which allow for more flexible guest bookings and owner usage.

Average Rental Amount & Guest Inquiries Are Up

By this point in 2014, Vantage had already been seeing an average booking of $2900 for 7-night stays during prime season. Currently in 2015, we’ve seen an average booking of $3279 for 7-night stays during prime season. 6 out of the 12 prime weeks in our inventory are already 60-75% occupied (in addition to prime weekends such as Memorial Day, July 4th, Ocean City Air Show & White Marlin Open) – yet we are still receiving up to 200 inquiries a day from guests seeking lodging in the Ocean City area. The demand is out there for additional rentals – don’t miss out!

Still On the Fence About Renting?

Our goal is to provide you with exceptional service and maximum results in Ocean City’s rental market. Vantage Vacation Rentals is different from other vacation rental management companies because we have:

Dedicated Agents  Owners receive individual attention and personal contact information from their listing agent, who communicate with owners on a regular basis to discuss vacancies, pricing strategies, and property care details.

Meticulous Care  Our Property Care Department is on-call 24-hours a day including holidays to ensure homes are maintained at the highest level for our owners and guests. Our team even replaces light bulbs, batteries, and A/C filters free of charge if owners provide the supplies.

21-Point Inspections  In addition to RentalReady pre-season inspections, homes are inspected after EVERY checkout & and again before EVERY check-in to assess unit condition and ensure cleaning vendors uphold our strict housekeeping standards.

Guest Benefits  Vantage provides your guests with added benefits and services to make their vacation easy & relaxing, such as Free Welcome Bag of Starter Amenities, Free Gym Passes, Complimentary Business Center, Worry-Free Linen Service, Mid-Week Cleaning, Grocery Delivery & more.

Questions?  Give us a call at 800.555.4099 to speak to one of our experienced rental agents, or fill out our Owner Contact Form to request additional information.

Eat your Way through OC!

What better place to get your grub on than OCMD! If you`re a food lover, Ocean City cuisine is a must. The food scene in this town has vastly grown over the years and we`re not complaining. Known for some of the best seafood on the eastern shore, you`re not going to find a better location for some good fish and steamed crabs. Not into seafood? No worries! Ocean City has an array of restaurants from fine dining to all you can eat buffets. Let`s not forget the boardwalk fare. Pizza, pit beef, burgers and Thrasher`s french fries, our boardwalk food was ranked one of the best in the country by USA Today! Ocean City has it all so there is no problem finding something the whole family will enjoy. Don`t forget about dessert!

Below is a list of some staff favorites. A few of these are participating in Ocean City`s Spring Restaurant Week. From Apr 19- May 3, participating restaurants will offer fixed menus from $10-$40 that show off their culinary talents & delicious area cuisine. Visit www.OceanCityRestaurantWeek.com for more info.

Macky`s Bayside Bar & Grill 54th St. & Bay

The Hobbit  81st St. & Bay in Rivendell Condo Bldg.

The Shark on the Harbor W. Ocean City

Sunset Grille W. Ocean City

Seacrets 49th St. & Bay

BJ`s on the Water 75th St. & Bay

The Crab Bag 130th St. & Bay

Fish Tails – 22nd St. & Bay

OCMD is a Great Place to Race!

Let your inner athlete shine! Ocean City has bike, running, and walking races/marathons throughout the year and there`s no better time than the present to put those running shoes on and get moving. Don`t worry if you`re not feeling in top physical shape – these races are non competitive and are simply held for personal enjoyment and to raise money for a good cause. Get a group together or hit the streets solo, there`s something for everyone to participate in. Not to mention there are great post-race festivities that follow. For upcoming races, head to our events page.

Vantage Thinks Pink

For the third year in a row, Vantage Vacation Rentals will be participating in Ocean City’s “Paint the Town Pink” event, where local businesses & residents show their pink pride in support of those battling breast cancer and the Komen Maryland Race for the Cure on April 19. Pink lights, ribbons, balloons & decorations will cover the streets as local restaurants, hotels, stores, and more join together to welcome event participants in the week leading up to the race. Each year, a winner is selected for having the best pink decor at their location. The Vantage staff is determined to defend its title as reigning champ from 2014, where we not only brought awareness to a worthy cause, but also took home a $1300 marketing package with The Seaboard boat (plus bragging rights)!

Race Day schedule is as follows:
7:00 am Survivor, Registration, Donation Tents Open
7:40 am Parade of Pink (Survivor Recognition Walk)
8:00 am Survivor Photo
8:15 am Aerobic Warm-up
9:00 am 5k Timed Run/Recreational Run
9:15 am 5k Walk/1 Mile Family Fun Walk & Kids for the Cure
9:45 am Start Line Closes
10:00 am Awards Ceremony

All donations support breast health programs throughout the state of Maryland. To participate, volunteer, or support Team Vantage, visit this page. If you`re in town, be sure to stop by the Vantage office and check out our pink pride!

Your Vacation Home is Waiting

Take Advantage of Low Interest Rates

Considering buying a vacation home in Ocean City? If so, now is a great time. Home values have climbed in the past few years while mortgage rates have gone down. Take advantage of these low interest rates – so low, that in many markets mortgage payments are less than rent, say real estate experts. Buyers can speed the process along by completing their mortgage application and being pre-approved or (even better) fully approved before they start any serious house hunting. Now that spring has finally sprung, it is time to get the ball rolling!

Get Informed About the Local Area

Start off by educating yourself about market values and trends. Enlist the help of a well-connected real estate agent, who can provide inside information about the local market and types of homes that you`re looking for.  Once you narrow down your search to a certain building or part of town, one of the best things you can do is spend some time there as a renter.  This will help you to get a better understanding of the seasons and general atmosphere, which will help in your decision process. Online research can help, but nothing beats first-hand information!

Consider Your Rental Earning Potential

For buyers who plan on using their vacation home as an investment in the rental market, be sure to make a conservative estimate of rental income. Not only does Vantage have a hard-working & successful sales team, but we also have an experienced & knowledgeable rental team all under the same roof!  We`ll give you an accurate estimate of rental income, and even break it down week by week.  With over 400 rental properties, Vantage is one of the best in Ocean City vacation rental management we are here to help you achieve your vacation home goals.

 

Click HERE to meet our Sales Team & learn more about buying real estate in Ocean City, MD.

Click HERE to learn the benefits of renting with Vantage & request a free Rental Market Analysis.

Spring into OC Events!

Spring has finally sprung! You know what that means, warmer weather, outdoor activities, and a ton of Ocean City events. Now that the snow is finally over (hopefully), people are ready to start heading to the beach and what better time than the spring. It may not feel like beach weather quite yet, but there are still many great events taking place in the next few months. Below are just a few of the exciting events coming up. Most events are kid friendly so you can plan for the whole family. Head to our events page for more dates and details.

Ocean City Spring Events:

3/20 – 3/22 Home Condo & Outdoor Show and Art & Craft Show
4/03 – 4/04 Easter Kids` Fun Fair and Art & Craft Show
4/04 – Ocean City Job Fair
4/12 – Ocean City Bridal Show
4/19 – Komen MD Ocean City Race for the Cure
4/19 – 5/03 Spring Restaurant Week
4/24 – 4/26 Maryland International Kite Expo
5/07 – 5/10 25th Annual Springfest (& Mother’s Day Weekend!)
5/14 – 5/17 Cruisin` Ocean City

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