MOULTONBOROUGH — With more American travelers expected to choose vacation rentals this summer, 2015 is expected to be a record-breaking year for Preferred Vacation Rentals.
According to a 2014 survey conducted by TripAdvisor, more than half of the responders said they'd prefer renting a home, where they can share time with loved ones in a comfortable, home-like setting, to staying in a hotel. Fifty-two percent of those U.S. travelers said they were planning a rental stay, compared to 44 percent in 2013. In addition, 94 percent of Americans who'd recently stayed in a vacation rental were reportedly satisfied with the experience.
Those trends are consistent with those in the Lakes Region. Just days into spring, Mark Borrin, owner of Preferred Vacation Rentals, reports that the 2015 summer season is already off to a promising start. In March, Borrin said that he's already seen a 17 percent increase in bookings over this time last year, indicating that the demand for quality rental options will continue to rise.
Fortunately, Borrin and his staff have been planning ahead. Striving to meet growing demands, Preferred Vacation Rentals opened a second office in Wolfeboro this past December. The family-owned company, founded by Borrin's parents, Mel and Tina, in 1978, now operates out of two locations in the heart of the Lakes Region: its flagship site at 34 Whittier Highway and its newer office, located at 25 N. Main St. in Wolfeboro.
Borrin and his team are actively seeking additional rental properties to ensure all clients can enjoy their dream Lakes Region vacation. "It's a great way for a homeowner to capture some additional income," he said, noting that Lakes Region vacation rental rates average over $2,600 per week.
With well over 200 vacation properties in its listings, ranging from quaint wooded cottages to sprawling island estates, Preferred Vacation Rentals is the place where Lakes Region summer fun has begun for several generations of vacationers, while putting property owners' cares to rest. "It's not just about renting properties," Borrin said. "Our team is dedicated to helping every visitor have the very best experiences possible in the Lakes Region. We consider ourselves the finest vacation rental company in the region, as we strive to provide exceptional service to both our homeowners and our guests."
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Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 04:58
CONCORD — FBI Contracting, a Concord-based business with an office in Tilton, was honored with the Shining Star Award by their metal roofing supplier, Kassel & Irons, for their performance in 2014. This award is given to only a few roofing contractors across North America who exemplify superior customer service and quality resulting in high volume sales. Frank and Nic Iberger accepted the award on behalf of their organization at Kassel & Irons' annual dealer meeting in Piqua, Ohio.
Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 04:49
LACONIA — The weeks leading up to the April 15th tax deadline are often vulnerable ones for consumers as W-2s and tax returns containing their personal information circulate over the internet and through the mail.
According to a Javelin Strategy and Research study, 12.7 million Americans were victims of identity fraud in 2014. Though down from 2013, it remains the Federal Trade Commission's number-one consumer complaint.
"Identity thieves look for every opportunity to steal your information, especially during tax season," said Vickie Routhier, SVP – Chief Retail Banking & Marketing Officer for Bank of New Hampshire. "Consumers should be on high alert and take every step to protect their personal and financial information."
To help consumers, Bank of New Hampshire offers the following tips:
- Don't share your secrets.
Don't provide your Social Security number or bank account information with anyone who contacts you online or over the phone. Neither your bank nor the IRS will contact you requesting this information.
Beware of phishing emails.
Phishing attacks occur when criminals use 'spoofed' emails and fake websites of trusted organizations to coerce consumers into sharing personal information. During tax season, fraudsters often pose as the IRS. Don't be fooled. The IRS will never initiate taxpayer contact via unsolicited email to request personal or financial data.
- Shred sensitive papers.
Shred receipts, banks statements and unused credit card offers before throwing them away. For papers you must keep, like tax documents, keep them in a secure place. Bank of New Hampshire is offering several free mobile shredding days at select locations during April; visit www.banknh.com/shred to learn how you can shred old and confidential documents safely.
- Keep an eye out for missing mail.
Fraudsters look for monthly credit card statements, W-2s, tax refunds or other mail containing your financial information. If you don't receive your W-2s, and your employer indicates they've been mailed, or it looks like it has been previously opened upon delivery, contact the IRS immediately.
- Protect your computer.
Make sure the virus protection software on your computer is active and up-to-date, particularly if you plan to file your taxes online. When conducting business online, make sure your browser's padlock or key icon is active. Also look for an "s" after the "http" to be sure the website is secure (https).
- Use online banking to protect yourself.
Monitor your financial accounts regularly for fraudulent transactions. Sign up for text or email alerts from your bank for certain types of transactions, such as online purchases or transactions of more than $300.
Report any suspected fraud to your bank immediately. Additionally, if the IRS denies your tax return because one has previously been filed under your name, alert the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 1-800-908-4490.
Bank of New Hampshire, founded in 1831, provides deposit, lending and wealth management products and services to families and businesses throughout New Hampshire. With 21 banking offices throughout New Hampshire and assets exceeding $1 billion, Bank of New Hampshire is the oldest and largest independent bank in the state. Bank of New Hampshire is a mutual organization, focused on the success of the bank's customers, communities and employees, rather than stockholders. For more information, call 1-800-832-0912 or visit www.BankNH.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 04:45
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