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Louisville area homeowners: Rent out your home on Kentucky Derby weekend for fun and profit

Louisville, Kentucky. Derby Home Rentals.

Yes, I’ve left Louisville. But my Louisville, Kentucky. Derby Home Rental. business is still very much operating—and set to have its best year yet.

As I described in an article for Louisville Magazine, “What’s Mine Is Theirs,” the site helps Louisville-area homeowners rent out their homes during Kentucky Derby weekend. Last year homeowners made as much as $9,000 for a three-day rental.

Derby fans are already looking for homes to rent, so don’t delay.

Just $250 to advertise your home on this high-ranking website—no commissions that cut into your profits. Guidance for preparing your home and sample draft contact between you and renters us included.

For details, check the FAQ.

Looking to rent a home for Derby? I’ve got a FAQ for you too.

Unintentional comedy at its best: Racehorse owner profiles

From The New York Times’s “Orb Finds Joy in Mudville”:

Orb is owned by Ogden Mills Phipps and Stuart Janney III, who are first cousins and prominent members of the Phipps racing empire. Six generations of the family have been involved in the sport, stockpiling victories in the biggest races, all except the Kentucky Derby. Easy Goer finished second for the Phippses and McGaughey behind Sunday Silence in 1989. Throughout the lead-up to the race, the family insisted they did not have Derby fever. But a glance at Phipps during the singing of “My Old Kentucky Home” showed he might have had more emotion inside than he was letting on.

Afterward, the owners gave credit where it was due, to [Shug] McGaughey, who has trained for the family since 1986 and has been a fixture in his barn throughout the week, carefully watching over his charge and getting his hand dirty in the process.

“This is a time to reflect on our terrific trainer,” Janney said. “I certainly hoped it would be his time, and it was.”

Phipps, who is known as Dinny, quickly chimed in, “Well, he’s right about that.”

Read Louisville Magazine’s ‘What’s Mine Is Theirs’ for my tips on renting out your home for the Kentucky Derby

Louisville Magazine's April 2012 coverUsually on this site, I provide the back stories for my articles. But with my piece in Louisville Magazine‘s April 2012 issue, “What’s Mine Is Theirs,” the story is the back story—namely how I started a side gig renting out my home and advertising other Louisville homes for rent during Kentucky Derby weekend.

Download a .pdf of my article here.

And, while I’m on the subject: are you a Louisville homeowner interested in renting out your house for fun and profit during Kentucky Derby weekend? If so, visit my Louisville, Kentucky. Derby Home Rental website.

Louisville.com has its second-best month ever

Louisville.com (me = editor-in-chief) just finished its second most successful month ever, bested only by last May (a month when Kentucky Derby-related traffic usually gives us a huge spike).

Visits in February 2012 increased 53 percent compared to February 2011 and 22 percent compared to January 2012 (and for those of you not familiar with the Gregorian calendar, February is also a shorter month). Thanks to the site’s writers and readers!

What excites me most is that this growth is not the result of a few articles striking search engine gold, but rather steady traffic day in, day out—which means we should be able to maintain it.

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