started out of necessity for founder, Jeff Olivier. He owned 2 vacation homes
that he rented out only a few times each year to help pay for the utilities and taxes.
Like most vacation home owners, Jeff used his cell phone as his way for potential renters to contact him,
AND like most vacation home owners, Jeff had a full-time 8 to 5 job.
To keep track of his renters, Jeff started out making notes on Post-Its. This soon became very cumbersome,
so he tried keeping the information in his Palm Pilot, but found this to also be tough with all of his
rental dates being mixed in with his normal busy schedule. Next, he set up a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet
to try and keep up with the many reservations he was getting.
When a renter would call Jeffís cell phone to make a reservation, he [Jeff] might be at work or home, or
even worse, he might be out of town on vacation or visiting friends and relatives. Jeff looked very unprofessional
when he didnít have accurate information in front of him and often times had to call renters back when he
had his Excel sheet opened up in front of him.
To help him out, Jeff would end up emailing his Excel sheet from his office to his home and then back to his
office. Once in a while he would forget or even not be able to email this document to one of the destinations
causing him not to have accurate information in front of him when a potential renter calls.
Finally, Jeff became fed up with this routine and started Rental Trends for himself. Rental Trends became very powerful and easy
to use, so he let a few vacation home owner friends use it. Unsurprisingly, thoes friends raved about how it made them more organized,
itís ease of use, and powerful tools. With a few suggestions from them, the public version of
Rental Trends was unleashed!