vrbo...safe?

Old Dec 5th, 2005, 06:53 PM
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vrbo...safe?

Am wondering who has used this site to book accommodations sight unseen and how you found the properties. Thank you
 
Old Dec 5th, 2005, 07:58 PM
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Everything turns on the unit/owner.

If you are thinking of specific units, perhaps others have had experience.
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Old Dec 5th, 2005, 08:04 PM
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I own a property managment company and have advertised my own properties as rentals for years with VRBO which stands for Vacation Rental By Owner. It is basically a search engine for you to find a property in a desired area in which you are looking. Property owners with one property to rent as well as large property management companies with many properties use VRBO in hopes of gaining perspective renters.

It is the first site i go to when traveling and looking for a full serviced rental (furnished house or condo with kitchen) instead of a hotel to stay in. Now- that being said, there are many owners who advertise their properties on the site and the property pictures seen on the site may look new and clean compared to how the property looks in real life. I suggest if you decide to use VRBO and are booking with a "Ma and Pa" ask for references of others who have rented their property in the recent past. If they do not wish to accomodate this request then move on.

You should ask for references even if you book with a larger company on VRBO.

Another site that I know of is Rentalo.com. You can do a google or Yahoo! search for vacation rentals in (the area you are looking for) and see what you come up with.

Good Luck!


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Old Dec 6th, 2005, 03:48 AM
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I've rented thorugh VRBO twice - once in Mont Tremblant and once in Paris. Both experiences were fine.

BUT -- you are dealing with individual owners, so that is like me telling you I have two good neighbors so you will too in your next move.

One tip -- ask if the unit is professionally cleaned. Look for references on line (try slowtrav.com for Europe) for specific units.
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Old Dec 6th, 2005, 05:12 AM
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I advertise a rental on vrbo, also through vacationrentals.com.

The photos are your best "proof". I've had a few people book in advance for the snowbird season then show up to do a walk-through when they were in town. I've also had someone send a friend to check out my place.

But once you pay, you are at that old adage of possession being 9/10s of the law. It will be hard to get your money back. So tread cautiously.
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Old Dec 6th, 2005, 07:26 AM
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I topped a couple of threads for you. I've had great luck all over the country and in France and have gotten great savings. Its fun to shop for an apartment or condo on the website.
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Old Dec 6th, 2005, 06:57 PM
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thank you...special thanks to amwosu.
 
Old Dec 6th, 2005, 07:20 PM
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One more yes vote for VRBO. Great site. We have rented in Paris, London, Nova Scotia, and Alabama. All rentals were wonderful, and the savings were outstanding. Tracee
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Old Dec 6th, 2005, 10:26 PM
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I've used vrbo to rent houses in mountain towns in Colorado, and condos in Maui and Hilton Head. Have not ever been disappointed.
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Old Dec 7th, 2005, 05:06 AM
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We used it to rent a condo in Vail and was very happy. Now we are renting a condo in Deer Valley for January through the site.
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Used it to rent a condo in Maui and all was well.

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Old Dec 7th, 2005, 07:08 AM
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We got burned for the first time this past summer. Thing is I could smell the burn coming but sister was so excited with the location on Kauai she refused to hear the warnings. She financed this trip and it was her first time so I backed off.

I think this was an unusual experience, stove did not work, AC did not work and there was mold all things we were told over the phone were fine. We inquired verbally about mold and told owner that we had two kids with chronic asthma. The guy still lied to us!!!! What an absolute looser. We found out he was not well liked on the property from long term neighbors.

You always run the risk of this sort of thing but I think your chances are less likely if you just pay attention to owner behavior. This guy wanted us to send our security before before we had our lease in our hands. HUGE RED FLAG FOR ANYBODY But my Kauai happy sister LOL.

Our experience was unusual and I am sure that this guy will be dumped from VRBO. Will check and see if he is still on there. We were asked by the management of the complex to report him in writing because the guy was violating policy of the complex by renting with a consistantly broken stove.

Will this experience keep me of vrbo, no. As I said we have rented other properties that we loved that were also listed on VRBO. For the most part in Hawaii these rentals survive by word of mouth. People that treat you like you are making your one and only trip to Hawaii suffer in revenue return.
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Old Dec 9th, 2005, 01:21 PM
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I too used VRBO for vacation rentals and would highly recommend them and other for-rent-by-owner sites. We have since purchased our own vacation rental and list our place on VRBO, as well as on vacationrentals.com, stayinnc.com, and other sites. Many listings will have a rentors.org guestbook where you can see what past guests had to say. Negative remarks will also be noted, but not necessarily shown. Many prior guests leave their email address, etc., so you could contact those prior guests to find more information on the rental. VRBO is a huge site, many, many listings, so you should be able to find something where you can check with prior guests. Best of luck to you!
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Old Dec 9th, 2005, 01:42 PM
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The General Manager of VRBO replied to a thread on this forum last year. It was someone who was asking about what to look for when you rent through a site like VRBO. He gave a great tip list of dos and don'ts to having a good rental experience w/these kids of sites. I think his name was Marvin but I can't recall the last name. I think the thread was on the "Other" forum. I'll look for it and see if I can find it to top it for you.
BTW, I have rented from online rental sites (not just VRBO but also www.vacationhomes.com and several others) at least 8 times and used most of the same tips and tactics the VRBO General Manager mentioned and I have not been burned. I probably should add a "yet" to that sentence as it is always a possibility that even though you use all the reference checks and tips, as in most other things in life where you are careful, you can still get burned. But you reduce your chances if you are smart and careful. Let me try to find that post for you...
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Old Dec 9th, 2005, 01:45 PM
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frannieb: Well, that was easy. I found the post immediately - it was by Marvin Floyd, GM of VRBO. Go to the "Other" forum and chekc as I topped the posting for you. VRBO is right in the title, you can't miss it.
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frannieb: I used VRBO for Maui with success. The lady sent to me comments from recent guests. She had many pictures of the condo.

Sarah: The best thing you can do is write your experience on tripadvisor.com to warn others about this guy. If it's a condo, you can finds the complex on trip advisor and tell which condo number you stayed in and how the owner lied to you. You'll be potentially saving at least one person a lot of grief.

emd: What and where in the heck is the "other" forum?????
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Old Dec 9th, 2005, 02:25 PM
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On the left side of the screen, where it says Change Forums, click then scroll down until you see "Other Topics".
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Old Dec 9th, 2005, 02:26 PM
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Go to the little "change forum" box on the upper left of the screen - click and the additional forums besides the US forum come up. Go down the list and you'll see the "Other" forum. It is kind of a miscellaneous place for postings not really categorized well in the other forums. Click on "Other" and there you are...
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Old Dec 9th, 2005, 02:27 PM
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Actually, it is "Other Topics"
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Old Dec 9th, 2005, 02:29 PM
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and amwosu, I see that when you replied to that post where Marvin Floyd posted, you said you were looking for a place to rent in Phoenix in Spring 2006. My, how things change!
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