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VRBO - Renting Maui Condo Fears

Old Feb 23rd, 2006, 05:30 AM
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123go, here are the properties:

On Anini Beach in Kauai:
http://www.vrbo.com/12189

Hamoa Bay House & Bungalow (we stayed in the 'house') on Maui. This is the most romantic place I've ever stayed:
http://www.vrbo.com/28451

The third house was oceanfront in Makena on Maui. It was the upstairs of a two-family home, with the unobtrusive owner residing downstairs. Oddly enough, I cannot find it now. But I've noticed the house next door is on VRBO!
http://www.vrbo.com/60422

Hope this helps!
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Old Feb 23rd, 2006, 08:29 PM
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Joan - Thanks I'll check them out.
 
Old Feb 24th, 2006, 06:53 AM
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My family has rented from VRBO several times, and I am currently researching their listings for my honeymoon in June. We have had good experiences through VRBO. I went to Hawaii (Oahu and Maui) last September and stayed in a house on Oahu and a condo in Maui that I found through VRBO. The house in Oahu was so affordable, but so amazing - never wanted to leave. The condo in Maui - another story. While staying in our condo, I saw one of the property owned condos while a maid was cleaning - so much nicer than what we were staying in. But there were reasons for it, and the owner of our condo actually refunded back one night of our stay because of our experience. While it wasn't the best place, it sufficed, and in Maui we weren't actually in the room that much.

It's easy to fall into the techie age and do everything online and never actually speak with the owner. Call them and talk - that will clue you in so much more on whether you can trust them.

mahoneycutt - great suggestions of asking how current the photos are. I always ask them to email me additional pictures fo the inside of the rental. If they're reluctant - probably a reason.

It's always a risk when renting from a private owner, but you can find some true gems out there to stay in so much cheaper if you take the time.
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Old Feb 24th, 2006, 06:16 PM
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I would like to reiterate what has been said by a few posters here:

Call the Owner. Speak on the telephone. It's amazing what you can learn "between the lines" when having a dialogue, not an email. You will get a sense of whether that person is proud of their home or in a hurry to book and get rid of you. Invaluable advice.
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Old Feb 28th, 2006, 06:55 AM
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Hi PicklePeach (cute name)

My husband and I will be celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary in Maui this year and are booked at the Whaler. Have you checked out this site?
http://www.vacation-maui.com/whaler.html#whaler_rates
This is who we booked through and also just used a credit card for deposit. We also get insurance direct through them as well.

I am curious on how you got a Deluxe Ocean View? What I was told that all studios at the Whaler are all just ocean views. You may want to check into this. Also on Vacation-Maui.com you can pick the unit you want. Our rate for ocean view studio top floor was $215/night.

This will be our 3rd trip to Maui. First 2 times we stayed at the Hyatt (honeymoon and retirement trip) so renting a condo is going to be a bit different for us.
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Old Feb 28th, 2006, 07:45 AM
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We are doing a vrbo rental in Maine this summer. Its also our first experience with on line rentals. We verified that the person we were dealing with was the actual owner of the property by searching the Registry of Deeds for the county. That made us more confident. Plus once we got the address we did that address search on google or microsoft where you can get the arial view of the address. It also confirmed what the owner had told us. I can't remember that website - maybe someone else will come up with it.
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Old Feb 28th, 2006, 08:13 PM
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you can get the aerial shots from www.googleearth.com
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Old Feb 28th, 2006, 08:26 PM
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It really does come down to peace of mind vs. value. Resortquest is a middleman operation so prices are higher but you can sleep at night.

I usually take my chances with vrbo. I rented a condo thru vrbo at Keystone, CO over Christmas-NYE week one year for $275/nt when the resort management agency was charging $500/nt for similar units. And when I say similar unit I mean exact reproduction as the condo units are cookie cutter stamped down to the last lamp and bedspread in some buildings.

I've saved lots of money on numerous condos/apts thru vrbo in Paris, Kauai, Florida, and Colorado.
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Old Sep 12th, 2006, 05:17 AM
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I sent a check into an owner for a June 2006 trip. Never heard back from the woman for nearly 3 weeks .I sent emails..she never responded..I left VM's..never responded. I finally contacted VRBO who in turn contacted her. Seems she was 'very busy' and never took the time to confirm my check for final payment. Luckily all turned out OK. From what I have read on this board, VRBO has never failed anyone.
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