On the Water in Maine ® Inc. is a vacation property agency founded in 2006 owned by Justin & Tiffany Ford, Maine natives.  The home office is in Rockport.  You can learn more about who we are on our About Us Page.  Justin & Tiffany also own On the Water Real Estate and Maine Watercraft Rentals.  

At On the Water in Maine, Inc. our focus is to be THE best destination for waterfront vacation rental properties in Maine.   According to Maine Revenue Services, On the Water in Maine has some of the highest rental volume financially of any other agency in the State - the only basis we can use to compare how well we do against our competitors.  We have twice the rental property inventory (and more) of most agencies in Maine.  Our NPS (Net Promoter Score) reflecting Customer Satisfaction in 2016 was 78.39%  (Marriott was 60%, Apple was 70%, and Southwest Airlines was 66%), something we are very proud of.  It goes up year after year!   Over 50% of our Guests each year are repeat Guests.  Many stay at the same properties year after year, while others switch to different properties.  The average repeat Guest has rented 3.5 times with our agency.  We have over 1,000 positive Guest reviews about working with our agency available to read online.  Our current Property Owners are available to give references on working with us as well.  We believe we offer a great product at a fair price.   We're looking for long-term relationships with everyone that we work with. 

We are listing new properties between September 2017 and March 2018 for the upcoming 2018 rental season.  We will consider other new listings during the spring and summer in anticipation of marketing them to rent for the following season, in this case, 2018.  Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions.

If You Hire Us (by listing your property with us)...  You are hiring us to find quality people that will rent and care for your vacation home while maximizing the income and minimizing the expenses to operate it as a vacation rental.
What is an On the Water in Maine vacation home?  An On the Water in Maine vacation rental home....
  • Is on the water, or has great water views if not on the water.  (We also consider "village" properties that are walking distance from the village center in Kennebunkport, Ogunquit, Old Orchard Beach, Scarborough, Camden, Boothbay, Rockland and other desirable coastal towns for tourism).
  • Meets all our safety standards (national building code standards) and is a well maintained home.
  • Is available at least four July or August weeks. (Could be one week in July, three weeks in August - all of July - or just two in each month - but must be at least four total marketable summer weeks during this two-month period each year).
  • Belongs to a Property Owner intending to contract/list their home for rent as a vacation rental with us for a minimum of two summer rental seasons.
  • Is desirable to rent.  We're looking for homes to list that we will be successful at renting and will generate the highest amount of income for the Property Owner.  Such a property needs to be projected to generate enough income to provide at least $20,000 a year in gross rental income to the Property Owner.  
  • Is on the ocean between Kittery and Eastport (the entire Maine coast) or on a lake in Maine between Belfast and Kittery not more than 15 miles inland from the ocean.  (North of Stockton Springs and south of Brunswick - such a home will need it's own caretakers and cleaners).
  • Is properly insured as a vacation rental home.  We work with lots of insurance agencies - but prefer working with Cale Pickford at the Allen Agency in Camden.  He has a vast knowledge on vacation rental home insurance and is a great person to speak with about it.
Here at On the Water in Maine, we are selective about the homes we choose to list with us.  Probably the best examples of On the Water in Maine vacation homes are some of the ones that rent the best with us.  They could be elite homes like Maitri House or Atlantic Sunrise.  Smaller or more traditional vacation rentals homes like Jones Cottage, or Rockcroft are also true examples of the types of homes we are looking to list.

What We Do.
We are a seasonal vacation rental agency and a property management company.  We offer properties for rent as vacation rentals between roughly May and early November each year. (We do not offer properties for rent properties in the winter or as seasonal "winter rentals" between October and May).  We can take care of every aspect of your home.  In fact, we've never met some of the Property Owner we work with.  We just take care of their homes - everything from plowing, mowing lawns, to coordinating improvements.  On the other hand, some of Property Owners live near or next to homes we offer for rent and handle all the property maintenance items - just leaving us to act as the rental agent.  We can be as involved or not as much as you want in all aspects of the home rental.

Unique Partner Benefits:  We call Property Owners who list with us our "Partners".
  • Property Owners who list with On the Water in Maine get to be part of our Damage Waiver Program.  Instead of collecting a traditional $300 or $500 security deposit, we simply back each rental property annually up to $975 in damage protection.  Any damages at the home, which are rare, are covered to $975 by us, along with another $1000 by renter credit card guarantee (then your insurance company typically takes over at $2,000).
  • Appliance Loaners:  Every summer, 20 or more refrigerators in properties that we offer for rent simply break or die.  We have loaner refrigerators available that we will rush over to your property so that no food is lost and Guests are satisfied.  We only charge the labor to deliver and pick it up.  It's all about preserving the rental and income in every transaction.
  • Carpet Extractors:  We have professional carpet extractors in our inventory (many times better than a grocery store Rug Doctor).  We have them to address any stains in carpets that come up.  But, we are happy to loan it out to Property Owners that may want to clean their own carpets. 
  • Discounted Boat Rentals:  Our other company, Maine Watercraft Rentals Inc., has 6 powerboats in inventory.  We will discount powerboat rentals to our Property Owners up to 50% based on availability.  
  • Linen Services: Starting in 2017, we now offer a bed linen and towel rental service.  We own the quality sheets and towels - the renters pay for the rental of them which includes laundering as part of the rental transaction.   This offers huge savings to our Property Owners who won't have to contend with lost towels and sheets, or the expensive costs of paying for laundry cleaning.  We built a new commercial laundry facility in Rockport, completing it in May 2017. (This service is only available between the Boothbay Region and Belfast currently).
  • Lawn & Yard Care:  We work with great vendors that do the best at yard care.
  • Carpentry Work: Our talented contractor Walter Read has built or rebuilt over 20 decks, 30 bathrooms, and much, much more.  He completely renovated our Blue Waters cottage for us in 2016.  He's doing work on over 10 of our property offerings over this winter of 2018.
  • Access to Vendors:  We have some of the best vendor relationships with garbage takers, plumbers, electricians, and more.  Utilize our resources for quality fast and affordable response.
  • General Caretaking Services: We are currently the caretakers for about 35% of our listings.  We do weekly and monthly property checks on those homes in the off-season, respond to alarm calls and ensure they are well cared for.
Fees & Charges:  For competitive reasons, we don't post our commission or fee amounts here - but you can contact us directly for those costs.
  • Our commission for renting properties is below industry average and about average for Maine.  We guarantee our commission rate for at least 3 years after you list with us as we are looking to build long-term relationships with our property owner Customers. 
  • We ask for a small annual websliting fee.  This expense barely covers five percent of the advertising costs of your property annually with us - we take care of the other 95%.
  • If you wish us to offer vendors we have relationships with for cleaning services, we charge a standard hourly rate to clean your home with a cap on hours (Guests are responsible for cleaning costs above the cap).  Many of our homeowners choose to add a cleaning fee to the rental to cover these expenses.  (With linen rentals and cleaning fees, Owners can expect to just get a check for the gross rental amount and no other charges).
  • Our hourly property management rate is below average since we have a partnership with you to present your own in the best way possible.  We have a minimum one hour charge for any calls.   
  • We offer Property Watch / Caretaking services on a monthly rate with different plans between $50 and $200 per month based on the property, location, and frequency of visits. 

If You Are Interested In Listing With Use-mail or send us photos of your property along with it's physical address - [email protected].  We'll review it to see if it has the potential to be an On the Water in Maine property.  
  • After reviewing the photos of the property, and deciding that we think we can successfully market the property, we'll want to visit the property.  You can meet us, or, if like most of our owners, you live out of state, we can meet a caretaker at the property.  If not, as most of our current owners did prior to listing with us, you can mail us a key and we'll visit the property on our own.
  • From there, we'll send you our Owner Agreement.  After you've reviewed the contract and decided you want to list with us, and we've reviewed the property and decided we want to list it, you'll complete the contract. Once signed, we'll take photos and get the listing online.
Bottom line, if you sign on with us, you’ll be signing on with a business leader that offers the best products at a fair price to all it’s Customers.  It may sound crazy, but just one of the many notable differences between On the Water in Maine Inc. and most all it's competitors is that "we have trucks".   "So? ", you may ask.  Think about it.  Do you want to work with a rental agency that can come quickly out to your property and haul away trash if someone forgot to pick it up or drop off a loaner fridge rather than move the renters and lose income?  What about when there are problems at the property?  Do you want a call every time there is a problem at your property that results in you needing to find someone to fix it or lose your renters and income?  Our Property Managers are skilled at fixing almost everything in the average home, from hot water heaters to hot tubs, WiFi routers to broken screen doors - and much much more.  

We have hundreds of Partners working with us now, or who have worked with us in the past, who will provide references if you desire them.