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.

With their background in web development, Jeff and Lucinda Phillips have brought that expertise to Blue Sun Properties by creating mobile apps for guests and owners.

"Owners will have access to an owners’ portal where they can view reservations, make personal reservations, view owners’ statements and even submit maintenance requests," Phillips said.

When it comes to renting out properties, Blue Sun makes sure that the price is right.

"If you are looking for just a warm body in your property, then we probably are not the right management company for you," Phillips said. "No deep discounts. Our company is about forging long lasting relationships with our guests and owners, not the dollar."

Instead, it is the mission of Blue Sun Properties to sustain property value through proactive upkeep and effective marketing.

"It is our mission, as vacation property owners, to maintain and enhance our property value by providing proactive maintenance and care for your property as if it were our own," Phillips said. "It is also our mission, as vacation rental managers, to maintain and enhance the perceived rental value of your property through effective presentation, advertising, and guest screening to effectively maximize your return on your investment."  

As 30A homeowners and with a majority of rental properties in Bay County, Jeff and Lucinda have a love and appreciation for the two beach communities and for what they bring to the area.

"We love Panama City Beach, but we also love 30A," Phillips said. "The two areas are very different. One is energetic and free spirited and the other is sophisticated and laid back. I love them both. The focus of this business has always been about our love for this magnificent stretch of the Gulf Coast."

Blue Sun Properties LLC is located at 17220 Panama City Beach Pkwy. For more information, call 888-447-7804 or visit www.bluesunproperties.com.