They have worked side by side for many years as allies rather than competitors, and now the owners of two Harbor Country vacation rental agencies have set the paperwork in motion to become a single entity over the next 14-month period.
After careful consideration and planning, John Natsis and Tom Hemingway of Bluefish Vacation Rentals & Jason and Erika Milovich of Light Harbor Rentals are excited to announce that they will be embarking upon a multi-tiered merger beginning here in 2017, during which Light Harbor Rentals will acquire Bluefish Vacation Rentals.
Ther merger, taking place over the course of some 14 months, has a well-considered timeline that will provide their valued clients with a seamless transition. As Jason Milovich of Light Harbor Rentals says, “This merger will provide both vacation rental owners and the guests we serve with the best of what both businesses have to offer.”
Having worked side-by-side for many years as allies, the owners of Bluefish Vacation Rentals and Light Harbor Rentals, two Harbor Country region vacation property management companies, developed mutual admiration and respect for one another. John Natsis of Bluefish Vacation Rentals says, “We have often referred clients to Light Harbor Rentals that we were unable to serve. Knowing that we share a similar business philosophy, we were certain these clients would be well cared for by Jason and Erika.” It was through such collaborations that they recognized their shared business ideology and goals.
Individually both companies have grown; however, with the proliferation of brands like VRBO, Homeaway, and Airbnb, they both realized the need to further develop service offerings and stronger brand presence in order to compete in the market and continue to meet the needs and expectations of those they serve.
The uniting of two well-respected Harbor Country businesses of similar size and shared vision will allow them to capitalize on their combined 26 years of experience to develop a singular resource for vacation property management, while strengthening the brand reach and service levels that Bluefish Vacation Rentals provides for property owners and visitors to the region.
Natsis says, “Bluefish Vacation Rentals believes in the importance of personal relationships in the vacation rental world.” He adds, “We could not have found a better team to merge with to ensure the perpetuation of the personalized service and attention to detail that Bluefish has always been known for.”
The public is invited to join both companies on Saturday, April 29th at the new Timothy’s Restaurant, when they will co-host an art benefit during the annual Harbor Country Art Attack event. There, they will be hosting and sharing their plans for the future with their vacation rental property owners and renters, along with their real estate clients and friends.
John Natsis & Tom Hemingway, of Bluefish Vacation Rentals, have been in business since 2001. They provide guests with rental services for premier vacation homes of the Harbor Country region, while offering homeowners the very best care of their second homes. Shortly after starting Bluefish Vacation Rentals, Tom started selling Real Estate with the Sales Division at RE/MAX Harbor Country, together merging the vacation rental and real estate sales entities. They rent and sell some of the finest cottages and homes in all of Harbor Country. To learn more visit: www.bluefishvacations.com, or call 269-469-0468 ext#112
Erika and Jason Milovich, a lifelong Southwest Michigan resident and a native Chicagoan moved to New Buffalo in 2000. They founded Light Harbor Rentals in 2005 to share all that they love about the Harbor Country region. They facilitate vacation rental getaways on the shores of Lake Michigan, specializing in New Buffalo, Lakeside, Grand Beach, and Union Pier. Their mission is to help Harbor Country vacation rental owners connect with potential guests keep stress out of the vacation rental equation for everyone. To learn more, visit their website at www.lightharborrentals.com, or call 708-768-1028.