Over the past decade, Bob Holt’s been renting vacation properties at two of North Carolina’s premier tourist destinations: the beaches and the mountains.
Since 2007, he’s been teaching real estate courses at Southwestern Community College.
Now, he’s written the book.
Holt published “The NC Vacation Rental Act: Guidelines to Compliance” in August as a resource for agents and support staff. He’ll be teaching a course on that topic from 8 a.m.-noon on Friday, Oct. 25 at the SCC Macon Campus.
“For 20 years or more, I’ve been wanting to write about something,” said Holt, whose overall real estate career has spanned four decades and five states (Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina).
“This topic of vacation rentals is North Carolina law, but nothing’s been written about it,” Holt added. “I wanted to fill the void.”
He did so by blending real-life examples with relevant excerpts of state law. He formatted the book to fit seamlessly into his course outline.
“I learned a lot about it while I was a vacation property rental manager on the Outer Banks for five years,” he said. “Only five percent of real estate agents overall are doing vacation rentals, but there’s a much higher percentage in Western North Carolina.”
In addition to his course on vacation rentals, Holt teaches Real Estate Update (Oct. 4) and Real Estate Broker In-Charge (Oct. 11) courses this fall.
He also regularly offers a pre-licensing course that prepares participants to sit for the state’s real estate exam. “We are so fortunate to have someone with Bob’s knowledge and experience teaching these courses for us,” said Jenny Williams, SCC’s director of Personal Enrichment and Professional Licensure. “His book on the vacation rentals is thorough, easy-toread and a perfect companion to that particular class.”