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Top Vacation Rental Companies

By Jennifer Decker

We have compiled a list of the ten most popular vacation rental websites according to Alexa traffic, reader response, and expert industry analysis. While the vacation rental industry varies tremendously between simple listing sites to more robust vacation rental reservation services, this list is meant to provide a quick look into this rapidly growing industry and to provide readers a basis for future research into this industry. Please note that this list is not in any particular order and is meant merely as a guide.

HomeAway – We couldn’t start our analysis of the vacation rental industry without acknowlegding the parent company that owns nearly all of the larger ones? Based upon their information listed in Crunch Base, “The HomeAway portfolio of sites includes HomeAway.com, Vacation Rentals By Owner and VacationRentals.com in the United States; HomeAway.co.uk and OwnersDirect.co.uk in the United Kingdom; HomeAway.de in Germany; Abritel.fr and Homelidays.com in France; HomeAway.es in Spain; and AlugueTemporada.com.br in Brazil. The company’s portfolio also includes HomeAwayRealEstate.com, which offers unique real estate information that highlights a vacation home’s rental income potential and destination-specific characteristics. In addition, HomeAway operates BedandBreakfast.com, a global site dedicated to finding bed-and-breakfast properties, which provides travelers with another source for unique lodging alternatives to chain hotels.” HomeAway will certainly be at the heart of the vacation rental industry for quite some time.

HomeAway – We couldn’t mention a few of the most popular vacation rental websites without mentioning the parent company that owns them now can we? Based upon their information listed in Crunch Base, “The HomeAway portfolio of sites includes HomeAway.com, Vacation Rentals By Owner and VacationRentals.com in the United States; HomeAway.co.uk and OwnersDirect.co.uk in the United Kingdom; HomeAway.de in Germany; Abritel.fr and Homelidays.com in France; HomeAway.es in Spain; and AlugueTemporada.com.br in Brazil. The company’s portfolio also includes HomeAwayRealEstate.com, which offers unique real estate information that highlights a vacation home’s rental income potential and destination-specific characteristics. In addition, HomeAway operates BedandBreakfast.com, a global site dedicated to finding bed-and-breakfast properties, which provides travelers with another source for unique lodging alternatives to chain hotels.” Whatever is to be said about the future of the vacation industry it’s a safe bet that HomeAway will be in the middle of it.

Vacation-Renter – We call this the underdog. Vacation-Renter focuses on offering market-specific websites aimed at achieving high Google rankings and within under-served international markets. While they don’t have nearly the inventory or financial backing behind them as the others do, they do offer online reservations and live telephone customer support with their market-specific websites and appear to have been growing steadily over the past few years. They also offer of the only industry indexes available to vacation rental industry insiders. Time will tell if they sink or swim with the big fish.

AlwaysOnVacation – AlwaysOnVacation is an advertising service that offers small commission payments for rentals. They offer owners an advertising guarantee stating that “if you do not receive a 10 times return on your investment during the first 12 months of your initial subscription, we will extend your subscription an additional 6 months free of charge!” Although yet another listing site amongst thousands of listings sites, AlwaysOnVacation does have a rather large database of property listings.

AlwaysOnVacation – AlwaysOnVacation is a listing service that offers click-thru payments for rentals. They offer owners an advertising guarantee stating that “if you do not receive a 10 times return on your investment during the first 12 months of your initial subscription, we will extend your subscription an additional 6 months free of charge!” Although yet another listing site amongst thousands of listings sites, AlwaysOnVacation does have a rather large database of property listings.

Vacation Rentals By Owner – Maybe one of the best acknowledged originators of the online vacation rental listing business, Vacation Rentals By Owner has a huge database of individual owner property listings. Now owned by the behemoth mega-company, HomeAway.com, this is one of their many property rental brand websites. While best-known and extremely popular, the website is not without its faults. Constant critical analysis over property legitimacy is the primary concern regarding this company.

Vacation-Renter, Inc. – We call this one the little engine that could. Extremely out-gunned on almost all levels, Vacation-Renter, Inc. has opted for a guerilla-style approach when trying to attack the vacation rental market. They do this by offering market-specific websites aimed at achieving high Google rankings and international markets. While they don’t have nearly the inventory or operating capital behind them as the others do, they do offer online booking and live telephone reservation support with their market-specific websites and appear to have been growing steadily over the past 5 years. They also offer the only industry index available to vacation rental industry insiders. Here’s rooting for the little guy!

FlipKey – One of the newest additions to the online vacation rental industry vacation rental website that has popped up on the web, FlipKey offers a nice user interface and the power of being part of the Trip Advisor marketing team. FlipKey has quickly asserted itself as an emerging industry leaders and appears to be gaining some major leverage on the industry.

CyberRentals – This is another HomeAway-owned company and falls along the same lines as the others. CyberRentals provides yet another avenue for rental owners to list their property and to manage inventory. A clean website which follows the same patterns and guidelines as their predecessors.

VacationRentals411 – One of a few of the larger websites that is not currently owed by HomeAway, VacationRentals411 is another advertising site that offers vacation rentals world-wide. Not quite as visually appealing as some of the other sites mentioned it still offers decent owner online support and an extensive inventory. This website is a good place to search for quality vacation listings.

Although this list cannot do the total vacation rental industry absolute justice, it does render an interesting approach towards examining the various size and kinds of organizations presently existing in today’s market. While it does appear that certain companies clearly hold an advantage when it comes to investment dollars and absolute size, there are a few a couple of prime sites that offer a different approach to renting short-term rentals. Wherever you resolve to jaunt, try doing some initial research on some of these websites and see for yourself.

Want to find out more about San Francisco vacation rentals, then visit Jennifer Decker’s site on how to choose the best vacation rental for your needs.

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