My name is Mike Cushing and my wife Kerry and I started Book by Owner in 2003. In 2001 we were living in Denver but desperately wanted to live in the mountains of Colorado. The idea of endless powder days, mountain golf and hiking out our back door was all we could think of. At the time we were fortunate enough to own a vacation home in Silverthorne, CO but returning to Denver after only a few days away was pure torture.
To help with costs we began to rent our vacation home when we were not able to enjoy it ourselves. The extra income was great but we always struggled to find quality help and property management services that fit our needs. We soon discovered we were not the only vacation home owners in this situation. It was then we decided to move to Silverthorne, start Book by Owner and provide the services we and so many other owners desperately needed.
The demand for our service was greater than we expected and within 2 years our dream of a mountain lifestyle, raising a family in a wonderful community and owning a successful business had come true!
By 2009 we discovered there were vacation home owners in various resort destinations across the country, also desperately in need of Book by Owners services. It was then we learned about franchising and the idea of sharing our success with others wanting to realize our same dream. If our story is similar to your story we would love to share our success with you.