About Us

Jennifer – Owner and CEO

 

Jennifer Frankenstein-Harris, Owner

After growing up in South Florida and graduating from Florida State University in Tallahassee, I currently reside with my family in Central Florida. I have 5 children from elementary through college age! In 2006 I was able to realize my dream of owning a condo on New Smyrna Beach. Though I had no experience in the “rental world,” I was very business minded. Applying my past work experiences, years of travel, and a high standard of excellence to managing my own vacation rental property, it wasn’t long before I began to see a 100% increase in  my condo’s annual rental income. I soon realized that I was better equipped to manage my property than my complex’s on-site office. More importantly, through my own travel experiences, I understood the way that guests want to be treated.  I understood how important it is to provide a home-away-from-home atmosphere that would draw families back to my unit year after year. While others in the rental market will tell you that the economy is suffering and travel is at an all time low, I have a different opinion. Last year alone I was able to rent my 2/2 in Sea Coast Gardens for 34 weeks of the year! After spending months helping establish the Rental Corporation at my complex, I had owners standing in line asking me to handle their rentals. After 11 years, here I am today managing almost 275 properties in the New Smyrna Beach and Greater Daytona Area. We are the largest vacation rental management company in our area and my staff and I LOVE what we do!

I have also been a member of the Florida Vacation Rental Management Association since 2010.  The success of my company and growth of my business has occurred in large part due to my memberships in not only the Florida VRMA, but the national VRMA as well. I have attended state conferences, regional conferences and national conferences consistently over the last 9 years. The wealth of knowledge I’ve gathered have enabled me to grow my business and serve my clients, both owners and guests, in the highest capacity. I have served on the Visit Florida Industry Relations committee, the Florida VRMA conference planning committee and the national VRMA conference planning and education committees as well as serving as an Ambassador and now Board Member for the national VRMA (read more here!). I am honored to have served the Florida VRMA as President-elect and President and currently serve as the Past President.

My staff is incredible and our online booking system is the only of its kind in NSB. We are able to provide premium customer service to both our owners and our guests because our office never closes! Being a condo owner myself, I know what it is like to take care of a rental property, bring in guests, and pay the bills. If you are ready to let go of the hassles and profit from your investment property, call us today.

About Great Ocean Homes

Over the past 13 years, Great Ocean Condos and Homes has been delighted to provide more than 70,000 guests with unforgettable New Smyrna Beach vacations. With over 260 properties and 7-day a week customer service, we’ve garnered a high reputation amongst guests and owners that has led us to become the top vacation rental company in the New Smyrna Beach area.

However like most companies, the climb to success started simply with a NSB property owner seeking answers. Our CEO, Jennifer Frankenstein-Harris, found herself frustrated back in 2008 trying to find a technology-forward rental management company that could generate her property ample revenue. As a solution wasn’t provided at the time, Jennifer created her own with New Smyrna’s first online booking website, GreatOceanCondos.com.

From 2008 to present day, the company has grown from a single property to managing over 260 condos and homes in the greater New Smyrna Beach area. For the past 13 years, we have dedicated every minute to studying the area, networking with local professionals, and using strategic marketing tactics that have drawn visitors worldwide to come experience our favorite East Coast beach.

Great Ocean Condos and Homes is recognized by Business Insider as one of the “Best Vacation Rental Professionals in the World” and its story and success have been featured in multiple podcasts in the travel industry (Vacation Rental Success and VRMB). We currently earn over $6,000,000 in annual rental revenue for our owners and create memories that will last a lifetime for our guests. Call us today to become part of the Great Ocean Team. We look forward to serving you.

 

Our Staff

Melody – Financial Manager
Melody – Financial Manager
Maggie – Customer Service Manager
Maggie – General Manager
Tom - Property Services Manager
Tom – Property Services Manager
Brandi – Sea Coast Gardens Manager
Brandi – Sea Coast Gardens Manager
Abby - Content Marketing Specialist
Abby – Content Marketing Specialist
Megan – Marketing Assistant
Lauren- Administrative Assistant
Lauren- Administrative Assistant
Michelle- Vacation Planner/ Lead Sales Trainer
Michelle- Vacation Planner/ Lead Sales Trainer
Gary – Vacation Planner
Gary – Vacation Planner
Heather- Vacation Planner
Heather- Vacation Planner
Stephanie- Vacation Planner
Stephanie- Vacation Planner
Rebecca- Property Inspector
Rebecca- Property Inspector
Caitie – Property Inspector
Laura- Property Inspector
Laura- Property Inspector
Meghan- Property Inspector
Meghan- Property Inspector

 

Professional Affiliations


Vacation Rental Manager’s Association

Great Ocean Condos and Homes is a proud member of the National Association of Vacation Rental Managers. Our Owner and CEO, Jennifer Frankenstein-Harris serves on the Board of Directors as well as on the Education Committee and Government Affairs Committee. Jennifer and Great Ocean Condos and Homes were featured in the national magazine, The VRMA Arrival in the Spring of 2017.



Visit Florida

Jennifer Frankenstein, the owner of GreatOceanHomes.com, served on the Industry Relation’s Committee for Visit Florida. This organization is the official provider of Florida visitor information and heavily promotes tourism in the state of Florida


We are licensed with the State of Florida,

Department of Business and Professional Regulation, under the provisions of Ch. 509 FS. License number: CND7406493

The 2009 Florida Statutes Title XXXIII REGULATION OF TRADE, COMMERCE, INVESTMENTS, AND SOLICITATIONS Chapter 509 LODGING AND FOOD SERVICE ESTABLISHMENTS; MEMBERSHIP CAMPGROUNDS 509.013

Definitions.–As used in this chapter, the term: 2. “Nontransient public lodging establishment” means any unit, group of units, dwelling, building, or group of buildings within a single complex of buildings which is rented to guests for periods of at least 30 days or 1 calendar month, whichever is less, or which is advertised or held out to the public as a place regularly rented to guests for periods of at least 30 days or 1 calendar month. 509.242 Public lodging establishments; classifications.– (1) A public lodging establishment shall be classified as a hotel, motel, resort condominium, nontransient apartment, transient apartment, roominghouse, bed and breakfast inn, or resort dwelling if the establishment satisfies the following criteria: (c) Resort condominium.–A resort condominium is any unit or group of units in a condominium, cooperative, or timeshare plan which is rented more than three times in a calendar year for periods of less than 30 days or 1 calendar month, whichever is less, or which is advertised or held out to the public as a place regularly rented for periods of less than 30 days or 1 calendar month, whichever is less.