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Find Your Next Vacation Rental Home With Home Away Today! A vacation rental is a term used by the travel industry that refers to renting a furnished apartment, condo or home for a temporary basis. Rentals can range from an inexpensive one bedroom economy apartment to a lavish 6 bedroom home on a golf course overlooking the ocean.

These vacation rental properties are generally owned by individuals who generate income by renting while they're not being used. Other properties may be owned by management companies and run more like a hotel. Either way, a vacation rental property is an excellent way to save costs and have more privacy. Vacation rental properties are also great for holding a large group of family or friends in a quaint, relaxed setting.

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5 stars
Home Away

HOME Best-In-Class Blue Ribbon Award

Home Away leads the pack in vacation rental websites with superior search functionality, one of the largest property listings, and global vacation spots to meet anyone's needs. If you're considering a vacation rental for your next trip, Home Away should be your first stop. Read More... Visit

4.5 stars


With the most listings of any vacation rental site, Airbnb is sure to have accommodations that meet your needs - from New York to New Delhi. You'll also find a fun array of "Experiences" to choose from, to enhance your travel and discover some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities at your destination. Read More... Visit

4 stars
Vacation Home Rentals


Vacation Home Rentals is a straightforward, no frills website with thousands of rental proprieties available for your vacation needs. Search results feature nice pictures of homes, condos, cabins, apartments and more along with detailed information about the property, local entertainment and any reviews left by prior renters. Read More... Visit

3.5 stars
Vacation Rentals By Owner


Vacation Rentals by Owner or VRBO is a website specializing in private vacation homes that are for rent. With 150,000 vacation homes spanning the globe you can count on finding the right vacation rental anywhere in the world. But, based on some of the search challenges this might take you longer than those companies ranked higher.
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3 stars
Direct Vacation Rentals


Direct Vacation Rentals has the potential for a good vacation rental site but lacked rental listings and a clean clear website. It took us longer at Direct Vacation Rentals to get our baring and learn how to navigate the site. Some search efforts brought up bad results and many listings had missing pictures and information. Read More... Visit

2.5 stars
Home Exchange


If you're ready to think outside of the box and let someone stay in your home while you stay in theirs, you might want to take a look at Home Exchange. With more than 65,000 members around the world, there are many possibilities. But if you're looking for a traditional vacation rental - on your own schedule, with no obligation to open your own home to a stranger in return - this may not be the right choice for you. Read More... Visit

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Many owners are making their homes available for rent through vacation rental websites that allow vacationers the opportunity to see pictures and learn about the property, location, and dates available. You may also contact the property owner through the website and discuss the terms of the agreement and payment arrangements.

However, not all vacation rental websites are the same. Using one with the specific qualities you want will save you lots of time and energy. Some of the important attributes you should look for before finding your next vacation rental property include:

  • Search. How easy is it to search vacation rental properties and find exactly what you're looking for?
  • Properties. How broad is the listing of vacation rental properties? For example, if you're looking to stay in Fort Myers Beach will you have 2 or 25 homes to choose from?
  • Locations. Where are the vacation rental properties located? If a website has limited listings in certain regions, knowing that in advance will you save time and frustration. has reviewed and ranked the best Vacation Rentals available today. We hope this information helps you find the perfect vacation home that meets your needs!

5 Simple (and Cheap) Tricks to Make Your Vacation Home Look Expensive

Vacation homes offer a strange paradox: A calming oasis away from the daily grind often accompanied by a sad trombone sound effect as soon as you unlock the front door. "The biggest mistake I see with vacation homes is that they look outdated," she says.

Published:  Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:46:00 GMT

Vacation Home Markets Have Yet to Rebound From Housing Bust

Homes in vacation markets saw an exaggerated boom and bust over the past decade and have been slower to recover than homes in other markets. As the appeal of vacation homes has steadily eroded over the past decade, markets with the highest densities of ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Jun 2018 12:34:00 GMT

Phoenix vacation rentals: Pros and cons of renting your home

PHOENIX - Home rentals are becoming the premier choice for those trying to vacation on a budget. Some can cost half the price of a traditional hotel. But renters beware, there are things to know before you click 'agree.' Airbnb does impose a service fee ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Jun 2018 06:50:00 GMT

Vacation Home Markets Haven't Yet Regained All Their Lost Value

Markets with the highest concentrations of vacation homes saw a more exaggerated bubble and bust cycle than the rest of the housing market - Markets with the highest densities of vacation homes remain 9 percent below their pre-crisis peak value, while ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Jun 2018 05:34:00 GMT

Dream Vacation Homes: Tour the incredible 'Ever After Estate' private island getaway

Travel season is in full swing, with many putting the final touches on their upcoming summer vacations. The flights may be booked, but finding that perfect rental can pull it all together. In the newest episode of AOL's Dream Vacation Homes, viewers step ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Jun 2018 09:30:35 GMT

A glimpse into North Shore getaways: Lundie, vacation home tour opens doors to guests

Dave and Pam Lemon started going to the the North Shore as children back in the 1960s. Both grew up in Illinois and would visit the North Shore on family vacations. After Dave and Pam married, they would go there together, then as a family after their son ...

Published:  Sat, 09 Jun 2018 04:35:00 GMT

South Lake Tahoe residents to vote on fate of vacation rental homes


Published:  Wed, 13 Jun 2018 09:13:00 GMT

Many Vacation Homes Have Yet to Recover from the Housing Crash

Zillow is out with an analysis today that reports that in places where vacation homes are most common, the housing crisis still shows a noticeable effect on the market. Scattered across the country, vacation home markets experienced a steeper run up in ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Jun 2018 11:19:00 GMT

The Plight of Vacation Home Values

In almost every market in the country, the housing bust is over. Residential properties waylaid by the recession are back to their original values and higher, thanks to a strong economy and low numbers of homes on the market. But one sector of properties ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Jun 2018 15:31:00 GMT

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