My name is Craig Butler. My wife, Kristi, and I live in Seattle, Washington. We own two vacation rental properties. One is in Bucerias, Mexico which is 10 miles north of the Puerto Vallarta airport. It is a new 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2 story townhouse. It is located 4 blocks from the Pacific Ocean in the charming little town of Bucerias.

The other property is an oceanfront penthouse condominium in Westport, Washington, about a 2 1/2 hour drive from Seattle. Because we enjoy the ocean and have a penchant for interior design, both houses are as much a labor of love as they are a business.

We have chosen to rent them out ourselves rather than going through a rental management company. We prefer it that way so that we have the flexibility to use the houses more often for ourselves. And, it serves to minimize management fees allowing us to pass on part of the savings to our guests.