The iCal Property calendar sync feature for the Online Module
If you advertise some of
your individual rental properties on property aggregate websites
such as Flipkey, VRBO, HomeAway, AirBnB, and others, you can take
advantage of a new calendar-syncing feature of VRP's Online Module.
Many of these aggregate websites allow the user to keep their
property availability calendars up to date by syncing to external
data sources, including VRP's Online Module.
For each of your properties on one of these aggregate websites, you
can reference a URL that pulls data from the VRP Online Module data,
so that the calendars are automatically updated by the sync process.
This auto updating feature saves a tremendous amount of time that
otherwise would be required by manually updating property calendars.
While the exact process of syncing a calendar may vary slightly, the
overall practice is the same. For each rental property of yours on
(for example) Flipkey, you would specify a URL to pull availability
schedules from. This URL is a VRP online module link for the
particular property. The links are provided to your by MK Software.
This auto-syncing feature saves a tremendous amount of time that
otherwise would be required to manually update individual property
calendars on these other sites.
The following images use Flipkey as an
example of setting the iCal sync URL for a given rental property.
Other aggregator websites may vary slightly.
The URL you would paste into the highlighted input box above comes
from a new report located under the MISC tab of the VRP Reports
Catalog. For each property posted online, the report will list the
property name and number, along with the iCal sync URL. Use
the URLs from this new Visual Rental Pro report to populate the
"external calendar" links via the dashboard on these aggregator
Specify the iCal sync URLs one time on the
dashboard/account setup on these aggregator sites, and those sites
will pull availability / booked date information multiple times a
day from your VRP online data. So you no longer have to spend the
time to keep each property's calendar up to date.
Please check the VRP help file for more information on how to use
the new iCal URL sync feature.
Click here to
purchase the iCal
(You must currently be using the Online Module for VRP in order
to use this feature.)