Blue Sun shines: New rental management company is a labor of love for Jeff and Lucinda Phillips

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Lucinda and Jeff Phillips decided to start their own rental management company after purchasing three condos in Panama City Beach. They both share a love for the "magnificent stretch of the Gulf Coast."

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 04:27 PM.

What sets Blue Sun Properties apart from other rental management companies is that owners Jeff and Lucinda Phillips have been in the shoes of both the renter and owner.

"We aren't like other rental management companies; we are vacation property owners too and we understand the investment made and the desire to maintain our beautiful vacation homes while realizing a return on our investments," Phillips said. "On the flip side, we were vacationing guests here for years and understand what our guests have come to expect from a top-notch rental management company."

After the couple sold a successful online business in 2007, they were set to retire — even though they were only in their early 40s. However, after the market started to crash in 2008, the Kentucky residents decided to invest in property and bought three beachfront condos in Panama City Beach . It was through their experience as rental property owners that they decided to start their own rental management business. Representing their "home states" they named the company Blue Sun, after "The Bluegrass State" and "The Sunshine State" where they split their time.

"We left our new investments with the management companies at the time only to find that we were constantly disappointed with the cleanliness, maintenance, and revenue," Phillips said.

Through word of mouth, Blue Sun Properties started to work with other owners and eventually grew from an inventory of three rental properties to 61.

"What started as a husband and wife owned and operated company has grown to include one customer care specialist, two reservations specialist, and one dedicated maintenance person," Phillips said. "We are a team of six dedicated professionals with years of experience in property management and customer service. We don't just want customer satisfaction, we want customer enthusiasm."

Blue Sun Properties also works with Emerald Coastierge to provide concierge services to guests. Whether you'd like to rent a bicycle, have a private, in-home chef cook dinner or if you need a relaxing massage, you are taken care of.

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