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Meet Blaine Smith of 710 Beach Rentals in Mission Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Blaine Smith. (Far right)

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My initial intro to property management was managing the home my family purchased in Mission Beach for my roommates and I to live in while attending University of San Diego. During the summer months we would vacation rent the home during weeks my family was not using. In 2008 the year I graduated college, my family purchased a few more homes in the area, which thrusted me into full time vacation rental management.

Over the next 2 years my family acquired more properties, ending up with a total of 20. As I learned the business and the local market, I saw an opportunity to offer our services to other owners due to the growing popularity and demand of vacation rentals. We started 710 Beach Rentals in 2010, while operating out of my home, which had the street address 710. Since then we have grown organically, primarily from referrals of happy owners and local realtors. We currently manage 105 homes in Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, La Jolla, Ocean Beach and Sunset Cliffs. My family has sold many of the homes they purchased, making up less than 10% of our current inventory. With the support of a great team, we have established ourselves as one of the best and highest rated VR companies in San Diego, with a focus on Mission Beach.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Starting a business at 23 with no experience does provide some challenges. We learned a lot from our mistakes, but we learned quickly and made adjustments as needed. One of the struggles that comes to mind is trust with new owners. In an industry dominated by legacy managers much older than I, it was initially a challenge convincing owners to give our young company a try. 7 years later with a proven track record, this is not such a problem anymore!

710 Beach Rentals – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We are a full service vacation rental management company in Mission Beach. We specialize in year round vacation rentals, which includes marketing, vetting, booking, and guest management. We are known for offering a variety of beautiful homes on the beaches of America’s Finest City. We are most proud of our positive guest reviews around the web. Without happy guests we would not be able to do what we do. Our focus on positive guest experience is second to none!

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
1 specific moment does not come to mind. I am extremely proud of our team and the way they continue to perform while dealing with strong growth year after year. I was always nervous we might lose quality as we grew, but with our amazing team this has not been the case. I am extremely proud of the wonderful people I get to work with daily!


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