VRBO, or Vacation Rental By Owner, was established in 1995 by David and Lynn Clouse. They created the brand after struggling to advertise the fact that their ski condo was available for hire. They wanted to create a platform where an owner could showcase their property to potential clients. Since its simple beginning VRBO has expanded dramatically. This was helped by the purchase of VRBO by HomeAway in 2006. At that time there were 65,000 active listings, which has since grown to over 540,000 active listings and 12 million hits per month. Customers and property owners can both benefit from a VRBO discount code. These will offer discounts on advertising and renting properties.
Booking with VRBO
It is very simple to book with VRBO. Customers can simply search properties using a destination and/or travel dates. They can also search using a map, they simply select from the United States, Europe or a World map. Once the map is displayed customers can then select more detail, for example on a particular state or a country. From this section properties are listed for the customer to choose from. Customers then contact a few property owners, to discuss rates and amenities. Once they have found a suitable property they can confirm dates and costs, and pay via HomeAway payments – a safe and secure system.
VRBO offers several schemes that protects customers;
Reviews on VRBO are provided by the VRBO bear. This bear ‘stays’ with company employees and helps them to write reviews. They also contribute pictures of the resort, with the VRBO bear superimposed into the pictures.
Listing a property with VRBO
It is quick and simple to list a property for rent with VRBO. Property owners can choose between annual fees, starting at $349, which is ideal for those who rent all year round or they can pay no fee but 10% of all bookings made is paid to VRBO. This payment method is recommended for those who rent for less than 6 weeks per year.
For 13% per booking VRBO customers listing their property have the option to have their listing created by a professional. This takes away all the stress of managing a property, as the listing and all inquiries and bookings are looked after.
However customers decide to list their property, or wherever they choose to stay they can benefit from a VRBO coupon, which provides discounts on bookings and listings.