The New York Times“‘We help people afford their dream second home, and we help people afford their dream vacation, especially in these popular destinations where the rooms get booked up,’ said Jon Gray, a senior vice president at HomeAway. Since 2010, the number of Hamptons listings on the site has doubled, to 2,061, with inquiries more than doubling as well.”
Boston Globe“The Martins were in Boston recently to promote Lynne’s book at the AARP convention. They set up shop in a booth run by HomeAway Inc., the company they use to book their long-term rentals. The couple said people seemed intrigued by their story and had many questions — one of the most frequent being about affordability. 'Because we travel so much, it may appear that we’re wealthy folks, but that’s not the case,' said Lynne... 'We save so much money by not staying in hotels.'”
Boston Globe“HomeAway Inc. is the world’s largest online vacation rental site, with more than a million rental listings in 190 countries. The average vacation rental home is 1,850 square feet, which is almost six times the size of an average hotel room of 325 square feet. This is a great deal for families and groups, said Jon Gray, senior vice president of HomeAway Inc., as the average HomeAway vacation rental costs $1,520 a week, or $217 a night — with no booking fee. ‘Bottom line, when it comes to family or group travel, nothing beats a vacation rental,’ Gray said. ‘They offer twice the space at half the cost of a hotel room, making them perfect for not only stretching your legs, but also your budget.’”
ABC News“As of today, HomeAway.com officially houses a landmark one million vacation rental listings. But while the company touts itself as a provider of alternative accommodations, some of its lodgings are especially eccentric. Those searching for a traditional turn-down service may want to check in elsewhere, but the adventure-seeking among us can settle in as we tour 10 of the travel destinations bound to impress your family and Instagram followers alike."
Sherman’s Travel“It’s no surprise that vacation rentals have stolen the hearts of savvy travelers everywhere. Great savings, extra amenities, even the chance to get some local advice…what’s not to love? The fact that HomeAway has hit one million listings — making its inventory almost twice the size of other similar companies — just comes to show how this once-alternative means of accommodation is going mainstream. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up five affordable rentals that you can book this summer and beyond, for a taste of something different.”
Condé Nast“Just how big have vacation rentals gotten? HomeAway announced last week that it now has 1 million listings worldwide, more than any other vacation rental site… Among the million places to stay are some truly odd choices—a caboose, a former one-room school, a ‘spaceship house’—as well as these eight amazing tree houses, as described by HomeAway.”
About.com“The vacation rental site HomeAway just hit a landmark one million listings, which makes it nearly twice the size of any other vacation rental company. Options run the gamut from conventional houses and cottages to truly unusual properties that are guaranteed to make your vacation a memorable experience.”
MSN Money"A vacation rental works well for large groups because it offers more space per person, with separate bedrooms for the kids and room to lounge, cook and relax. In popular markets, you’ll find home rentals with pools, patios, scenic views and other vacation-friendly amenities. Plus, using the kitchen instead of dining out can save money. Check out VRBO.com or Homeaway.com, which has more than 950,000 paid listings of vacation rental homes in 190 countries. You’ll typically find a description of the home, photos and reviews."
Austin American-Statesman“To understand the dramatic growth in the vacation rental industry, take a look at the numbers from Austin-based HomeAway. At the end of 2008, HomeAway had 324,933 paid listings. Today, that number has grown to more than 952,000. That means lots of folks are venturing into this brave new world of travel for the first time, whether as guests or as owners renting their properties. It’s a world with its own rules and etiquette for both sides. Here are some tips for property owners to earn rave reviews and for guests to make the most of their stays.”
Sherman's Travel“In the northern part of the island, Paradise Bay is secluded and known for its snorkeling, while the appropriately named Golden Bay is where many tourists head first. There are several hotels in the area, including the Radisson Blu where nightly rates start at €180 ($244). For a less expensive option, vacation rental sites such as Homeaway feature three-bedroom villas for as little as $76 per night.”
Austin American-Statesman"With hotel room rates rising, there's no shortage of travelers seeking to rent or even share their homes domestically and abroad. And that's where a new type of retirement plan emerges: funding your golden years and mortgage through the real estate sharing economy. The average owner listing his real estate on HomeAway.com books his property 18 weeks out of the year and grosses more than $26,000 in rental income annually, according to Homeaway's 2014 Vacation Rental Report survey.”
The 10 Best Travel Companies To Work For“To determine the best travel companies to work for, Forbes consulted with job search and company comparison site Glassdoor.com, which developed this ranking of companies based on company reviews and CEO approval ratings shared by employees between June 2013 and June 2014.” HomeAway is recognized as a top 3 travel company to work for."
Yahoo! Finance“Jon Gray, senior vice president at online vacation-home rental marketplace HomeAway, says the ‘outlook is bright’ for vacation-home buying, with two trends ‘very favorable’ to his company. ‘We're seeing increasing growth in vacation-home sales in the last couple of years. And we're very excited about the 90% of vacation-home buyers (in a NAR survey) who said they are planning to rent their (vacation) homes within the next 12 months. That helps up build on the selection of homes available.’”
The Los Angeles Times“Rent a cottage and live like a local. Rates for houses and rustic cabins from VRBO vary, and a two-night minimum is often required. Some properties are easily accessible from Highway 1; others are tucked along dirt roads in the back of beyond..."
About.com“Dozens of websites provide this service. Vacation Rentals by Owner is a worldwide site where a few clicks connects you to real-life owners offering a ‘home away from home’, with photos and comments from previous visitors.”
The Huffington Post“Take your family on an amazing vacation. Make it a place your kids and grandkids want to go. Pay for it all. In the end, life boils down to a series of moments. This could be one of the best moments of your life and the life of your family. Go to VRBO.com and rent the house on Captiva Island. Fly everyone to Playa Del Carmen or rent a big cabin on Moosehead Lake.”
The Washington Post“Rentals can be found on sites such as HomeAway (www.homeaway.com). Summer rates start at around $700 a week for one-bedroom apartments or cottages in the Lincolnville area.”
People“Getting the royal treatment isn't just for Kate Middleton or Disney movies anymore. Here are five locations where guests can live like kings – or at least princesses.”
Northwest Herald“Jon Gray, the senior vice president of HomeAway, a website that lists vacation rental properties, said bogus listings are rare and that '99.99% of instances go off without a hitch.' HomeAway and its associated websites list more than 950,000 vacation rental properties around the world.”
TechCrunch“Perhaps no firm has the depth, or breadth of experience, in the Austin community as the synonymously named Austin Ventures. One of the oldest venture firms in the region, Austin Ventures has backed several of the most successful startups coming from Texas including many of the recent winners like HomeAway and RetailMeNot.”
Main Street“Book a vacation rental as early as possible. Ninety days in advance gives you more options to perfectly accommodate your family or group. For last minute deals, check out HomeAway.com's Special Deals & Offers filter.”
Yahoo! Finance“Fortunately, the Internet has created easy access to an entirely different lodging solution that is available nearly anywhere in the world. I’m talking about renting a vacation home, apartment or condo, directly from the owner through websites such as VRBO.com, HomeAway.com, FlipKey.com and Airbnb.com. These sites, and others, provide a platform where property owners and potential renters can meet to negotiate an agreement that truly benefits all parties involved.”
Buzzfeed"Live like Anna and Elsa in Ft. Lauderdale: this mansion could be mistaken for Arendelle, but instead of a mountain village it’s in sunny Florida, so you’ll never be truly frozen! Schedule your trip here."
E! Online“HomeAway.com, the world's leading vacation rental website, is doing their part to make your childhood fantasy a reality with their Disney princess-inspired rental locations. So if you ever wanted to live like Cinderella, Belle or Snow White, even for just a couple of days, then check out these destinations that are basically Disney movies come to life, except with a reasonable price tag (starting at $105 a night!).”
ABC News“Where are people headed this summer? According to HomeAway.com, travelers are searching for rental home options in hot -- both literally and figuratively -- destinations. Four of the top five most popular are in Florida, and the other is Las Vegas. But whether you're headed to Sin City or the Sunshine state, there's the chore of finding a place to stay. HomeAway has identified one 'splurge' options (think concierge service and more) and one 'save' option, where travelers won't get all the bells and whistles, but won't sacrifice on location.”
Bloomberg Businessweek“In many cases, listing the house as a rental property can help meet a large portion of the mortgage—and sometimes all of it, HomeAway’s Brent Bellm says. ‘People are realizing you can do this and make money,’ says Bellm, who bought a vacation home last year in the Great Smoky Mountains, near Knoxville, Tenn. He predicts his family will use it a month or so annually and hopes to rent it as much as possible the rest of the time.”
Crain's Wealth“Vacationers are flocking to lesser-known beach towns as the economy picks up. Can you make the most of the movement by purchasing a vacation rental in an emerging vacation spot? The markets listed here were those that showed the most growth between 2013 and 2014 in traveler demand on HomeAway.com. “
Kiplinger“Renting a condo, apartment or home when traveling typically will give you more space than a hotel at a lower price. For example, the average nightly rate for a vacation rental in New York City listed on Vacation Rentals By Owner (VRBO.com) is about $219; whereas, the average nightly rate for a hotel is $350. Plus, you’ll have access to a kitchen where you can cook your own meals to keep food costs down while on vacation.”
About.com“VRBO can also prove quite useful in large cities. I once rented a small apartment through VRBO in Panama City for about $60/night in a nice area of the city. A nearby chain hotel was charging about four times that amount for rooms that probably were smaller, offered the same view and the same neighborhood advantages. HomeAway.com owns VRBO and offers travel insurance for VRBO stays that starts at $39. HomeAway is the largest dealer in vacation rentals.”
The Huffington Post“Consider vacation rentals listed on sites like Airbnb, Vacation Rentals by Owner and HomeAway.com. You can often find cheaper accommodations with more space and amenities than hotels offer.”
The Hollywood Reporter“Among the best private home rentals in the area is a 850,000-square-foot stone-built Provencal estate which has been favored by directors and celebrities alike thanks to a private pool and tennis courts, spa with Moroccan hammam, cinema room and private gardens with a small lake. The 9-bedroom/8-bathroom private home is available with HomeAway, a vacation-rental marketplace that recently launched a microsite offering luxury homes approved by travel company Andrew Harper.”
Chicago Tribune“Buyers of vacation properties are looking more youthful. HomeAway, which operates vacation-home rental sites HomeAway.com and VRBO.com, among others, recently announced that the average vacation-rental owner purchased his or her getaway property at the age of 47, six years younger than the average age in 2012.”
The Los Angeles Times“We rented the Rancho Mojave casita through VRBO.com, a home rental site. The hideaway (rates from $195 a night for two), on a dirt road in the Rimrock area, had a kitchen and two beds: one queen, squeezed into an alcove inside the front door, and a king in a room just off the kitchen. The bedroom offered desert views through sliding patio doors. With the morning sun warming our bones, I found it an inviting spot to lounge.”
Austin Business Journal“Lynn Atchison, the CFO of vacation rental listing service HomeAway Inc. (Nasdaq: AWAY), is arguably the most influential female CFO in town. ‘The pace of technology can move so fast and the level of decision-making around opportunities is enormous,” she said. “I find it energizing to have to look forward. I like the balance of the discipline and I like things to run smoothly. But it still has that dynamic decision making.’”
Business Insider“In November, I stayed at a HomeAway vacation apartment in Dalston. Our apartment was a brisk 10-minute walk from the Dalston-Kingsland Overground stop, which I quickly learned is a hipster hub. The overground station sits at the end of an everyday food market (the Ridley Road Market) where we bought fresh fruit & vegetables so we could cook some meals in our apartment (though the empanada stand also got plenty of my business!).”
Yahoo! Finance“The second factor working in favor of the second home market is the efficiency in placing rental properties. Services like AirBnB or HomeAway.com make it easier for owners to keep their properties filled. That reduces the risk of your second home asset sitting idle and thus drives up the price.”
CNN Money“After being pummeled by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, New Jersey's shore towns are back. There's still work to be done, but most tourist areas are projected to be ready for visitors by bathing-suit season… LBI hotels are pricey, so try a rental. Recently, VRBO.com had more than 600 listings for early June, including a two-bedroom in Ship Bottom for $875 a week.”
Bloomberg Businessweek“Jon Gray, vice president of Americas for HomeAway.com, said the best way to prevent fraud is booking through a reputable site with an abundant inventory of properties. Location matters: you might be scouring sites for a home right on the ocean or close to other popular attractions. But that'll cost you, Gray said. The farther you get from the shore, the more you'll be able to spend on upgrades like hot tubs, porches and more room in general. ‘With a vacation rental, often times you're making just as many memories in the house you're staying at,’ Gray said.”
Austin Chronicle“No need to utter that classic dream-crushing quip, ‘Don’t quit your day job,’ at tonight’s Corporate Battle of the Bands, where groups of gainfully employed musical hobbyists compete for amateur rock dominance. Acts aren’t slugging it out for record deals and instant stardom. They’re raising money for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians…Last year, vacation rental magnates HomeAway brought home top honors with their workforce band the Slakes.”
Kiplinger“Book rentals as early as possible. The best-priced rentals tend to go first, says Gray of HomeAway.com. On average, rentals are booked 90 days in advance of stays, but the sooner you can get started, the more options you’ll have, he says.”
Forbes“If you don’t think you can save any more money, try to reassess your travel expenses… Avoid school holidays and instantly score cheaper airfare. Check out house-sharing sites like Airbnb or HomeAway to skip the hotels and save on lodging.”
Examiner“Websites such as as Homeaway.com and VRBO.com make it easy for property owners to advertise and manage their own vacation rentals. These websites are very popular among vacationers, and advertising property on these websites costs a few hundred dollars per year. The websites are also user-friendly, and even allow property owners to collect Mastercard and Visa payments.”
Yahoo! Finance“For accommodations, thanks to competitive DIY sites, more affordable options exist now than ever before. One smart option is to stay in private homes booked with AirBnB.com, VRBO.com (Vacation Rental and Owner) and VacationRentals.com… Veteran budget travelers to Hawaii typically save big by booking a multi-room condo, cooking at home with supplies from the local Costco, and sharing costs with friends and family.”
Smarter Travel“Switch up your usual beach-cabin routine this summer with a stay in a completely different type of property. These 10 summer rentals give you a chance to wake up in places you never expected, from a shipping container in Seattle to an ancient cave in Italy. And all but two are affordable, running about $200 or less per night.”
The Wall Street Journal“In recent years a new option has become available for art aficionados: renting a room or apartment in the very buildings where great artists once set up their easels. These properties—mostly in Europe, and available through booking sites like Airbnb or HomeAway- offer varying degrees of period authenticity. Some, like a Paris apartment inhabited by Vincent van Gogh in the 1870s, retain little—apart from views—from the time when the artists lived there. Others, like a Florentine salon once owned by the Renaissance sculptor Giambologna, are filled with evocative details, including ornate ceiling frescoes.”
People“Chosen because it sounds like "May the Force," May 4 has become an unofficial fan holiday with viewing parties and events around the globe. But for those who wish to celebrate the day with more than just Princess Leia-inspired buns, here are four real-life locations for Jedis in training who wish to take their fandom to the next level.”
USA Today“Whether or not you know a Jedi from a Sith, we bring you these photos of dwellings that resemble settings from a galaxy far, far away. They're courtesy of HomeAway.com, an online vacation rental site. May the fourth be with you!”
Chicago Tribune“If you're going solo, ask friends if they'd be willing to share a hotel room. Or, if there's a group of you traveling, consider booking a vacation home or apartment through websites such as Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway.
Metro“Star Wars” fans can now vacation like the cuddly warriors made famous in “Return of the Jedi” – but they won’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to do it. This luxe treehouse deep in the Costa Rican jungle is perfect for tree-loving Ewoks and human travelers alike.”
Examiner“Stay in a tree house just like Endor, or spend some time in a glass home sure to remind you of Cloud City. There are quite a few different places to rent that will make your dreams of living in the Star Wars universe one step closer to reality. The folks over at HomeAway.com have offered up a few suggestions of Star Wars-inspired homes just perfect for May the fourth, just don’t forget to pack your light saber.”
Yahoo! Finance“On several recent “girlfriend trips,” I heard my friends bragging to folks we met about the deals we got for our trips. We used vacation rental sites Luxury Link and VRBO to book owner-operated hotel suites at Canyon Ranch in Miami, instead of paying the hotel rates. In both instances, we saved more than 50 percent off of the “rack rates.” No surprise here — the Internet is awesome for travelers.”
USA Today“The largest number of rental offerings can be found on the giant 'bulletin board' websites that post listings submitted by owners. They cover the entire world, they usually have a much wider selection of properties than the curated-list agencies, and they include lots of budget options. Although they provide some renter protections, they're not actually party to any rental transactions. The 800-pound gorilla of rental billboards is HomeAway, an umbrella corporation that operates three different North American websites—HomeAway, VRBO, and VacationRentals—plus 11 others in Europe, South America, Asia, and the Pacific.”
Huffington Post“Tiffany Keeton, a recruiter for HomeAway, recommends a quick blurb about the coursework, not listing your full curriculum. ‘The coursework should be summarized in the form or projects and skills,’ she says. Experiences like study abroad can show an employer that you're good at adapting to new environments, and it's even better if you learned a language while you were there. ‘Outside-the-norm activities show initiative and the desire for greatness.’”
Yahoo! Finance"Use a reputable listing site such as FlipKey, which conducts landlord background checks and authenticates properties, or HomeAway and VRBO, which provide a $10,000 rental guarantee (for $39) that protects you against Internet fraud."
Yahoo! News"With a housing budget of around $2,400 a month, they don’t have room for pricey hotels. They use Homeaway.com and VRBO.com to rent apartments, condos and sometimes houses. To stretch their dollar and have time to settle in to new places, they stay in countries for several weeks at a time."
Yahoo! Finance“If you're traveling with a family or planning a longer stay, look into renting an apartment or house. You can find listings at HomeAway, FlipKey and VRBO, among other services. Many of these lodgings charge a cleaning fee, so keep that in mind when you're calculating total costs. But with a kitchen you may save on food because you can cook some meals.”
The Muse"HomeAway is changing the game in the online vacation rental marketplace. With a mission to make every vacation rental in the world available to every traveler, HomeAway has offices in the U.S., the U.K., Germany, France, Spain, Brazil, Switzerland, Australia, and New Zealand. The company is currently hiring swaths of people across all departments, so whatever your specialty, it is probably looking for someone just like you."
Yahoo! Finance"Is your ex-roommate from New York coming to the bay area for your wedding? Let her stay at your place after the ceremony while you take a trip to hers. Ask your Facebook friends (the real ones) if they have vacation plans and need a free house sitter. If you can’t find someone you know to swap with, try websites like Intervac.com for a trade or Homeaway.com for a house you can use without giving up your own."
Forbes"Rather than spending $1500 on something you’d probably like to forget, though, invest that $1500 making lasting memories for you and your family. You won’t get far on $1500 with a family of four, but there’s probably a Six Flags somewhere within weekend-trip driving distance. Or, check out VRBO and choose a destination. Depending on the time of year, you could stay in a beachside condo overlooking the ocean for a week for that money."
Business Insider"This five-bedroom house is located on a hilltop in Studio City, Calif., a neighborhood just outside Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley. The home is visually stunning, but the technology inside is equally impressive. It can be rented on HomeAway for $2,995 a night."
Forbes"HomeAway.com, one of the biggest online booking sites for homes and villas, recently launched a more upscale site, Luxury Rentals From HomeAway, and hired Harper’s firm to provide objective, third party screening. 'The rental home market is vast,' said HomeAway co-founder and CEO Brian Sharples. 'It’s everything from Richard Branson’s private island in the Caribbean to a home in the Smoky Mountains for a hundred dollars a night. It’s a very non-homogenous product. I’ve stayed in some houses that it’s impossible to replicate in even the most luxurious hotels, with private chefs and a swimming pool you don’t have to share.'
USA Today"Tim says he enjoys doing all the travel planning, including finding their one-bedroom apartments on homeaway.com. An apartment on the beach in Portugal costs less than $1,800 a month, Lynne says.‘We have never spent one more dime than we did when we lived in California,’ Lynne says. ‘If you take the amount that it costs you in overhead to live in a house with insurance, taxes, upkeep, repairs — for us it has come out the same.’"
CNBC“Vacation rental sites say their early bird users tend to book about 90 days out, meaning summer spaces are already starting to fill up. On HomeAway.com, 'a little over half of owners are already half-booked,' said Jon Gray, senior vice president of HomeAway Americas."
Today"Jon Gray, a vice president for HomeAway, says the vacation-rental company has seen a doubling of demand for castles over last year.
'We think a ton of that has to do with the popularity of medieval sites and shows, like 'Game of Thrones,'' he said. 'You can take what you’re watching on TV and that fantasy life and take that into your vacation.' HomeAway now has 565 castles available for rent, an increase of 23 percent over last year. Castles also work well for group trips, such as family reunions or weddings, he said. “HomeAway caters to groups and families,” he said. “Getting married in a castle is really cool.”
USA Today“Calling all Stark, Tyrell and Lannister wannabes. You can live out your Game of Thrones fantasies in real-life rental castles that resemble the five remaining Great Houses in the Seven Kingdoms. Just in time for Season Four of Game of Thrones, which airs on HBO on Sunday, you can rent one of these spectacular estates via HomeAway.com.”
CNBC"Many vacation homebuyers are also seeking rental returns, and so far this year they are doing well. Fifty-two percent of vacation rental owners are already booked for at least half the summer season, according to a new report from HomeAway, a vacation rental website.
'The demand we saw was pretty consistent, if anything it was more aggressive because there were people sitting at home in bad weather thinking about summer vacation,' said Jon Gray, senior vice president of HomeAway, Americas."