Helpful reasons to rent a vacation rental directly from an owner and not a property manager, Airbnb, VRBO or HomeAway.
SAVE $$ by avoiding VRBO and AirBnB:
Additional VRBO fees have caused vacationers to seek out less expensive alternatives.
Vacation rentals booked directly with owners are one of the most popular ways to travel these days because of how convenient and affordable they are!
The Internet has numerous Online Travel Agencies like VRBO (Verbo), HomeAway TripAdvisor and Airbnb, that are competing for your travel dollars.
Several years ago Property Managers and Home Owners began listing their properties on HomeAway, VRBO and Airbnb.
Consequently, instead of talking to the owner of vacation rentals, you might be dealing with a property manager that has an inventory of hundreds of properties. Any questions that you have are answered off a description sheet instead of chatting with an owner who loves their property! Additionally, VRBO and AirBnB type sites continue to increase their fees. This situation results in less value for the renter.
By renting directly from the owner, you are able to hear from a local expert and avoid the extra fees thus capturing the full value of renting a vacation home.
BTW: In December 2016, VRBO and HomeAway were acquired by Expedia for $4 Billion... Now, Expedia is on a mission to earn back that money. Do you know where it’s going to come from? YOUR pockets!