JUNE 2014

Austin American-Statesman

A guide to vacation rentals - Sarah Beckham
“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

Malta: A European Island Vacation Without the Sticker Shock - Charu Suri
“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.”

The Los Angeles Times

Big Sur. On a budget. It can be done. - Susan Spano
“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

Vacation Home Rental - Teresa Plowright
“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

Spend It! You Earned It. 5 Great Ways to Begin Spending Your Kids' Inheritance Today - Jerry Patterson
“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

If you go: Islesboro, Maine - Mimi Kirk
“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

See 5 Real-Life Disney Castles You Can Rent - Patrick Gomez
“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

Experts offer advice for travelers booking rental properties - Joseph Bustons
“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

Venture Capital Keeps Austin Startups Flush - Jonathan Shieber
“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

How to sustain retirement savings while traveling abroad - Juliette Fairley
“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

5 Tips for Booking a Dream Vacation Home - Holly Johnson, U.S. News and World Report
“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

13 Disney Princess Castles You Can Actually Stay In - Jessica Probus
"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

13 Vacation Spots That Are Basically Disney Movies Come to Life - Jenna Mullins
“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

Splurge or Save? Rental Home Options in Summer's Hottest Destinations - Genevieve Shaw Brown
“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.”


MAY 2014

Bloomberg Businessweek

Bringing Million-Dollar Vacation Homes Into the Sharing Economy - Justin Bachman
“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

8 Places To Buy A Vacation Home - 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

How to Save Money on Family Travel - Cameron Huddleston
“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

Booking budget travel with Airbnb.com and VRBO.com - Mark Kahler
“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

Keep a Lid on Vacation Costs - Jason Alderman
“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

How to Spend a Million Dollars at Cannes Film Festival - Jimmy Im
“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

Brand-new house? If the price is right - Mary Umberger
“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

Weekend Escape Old West lives in Pioneertown - Vani Rangachar
“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

C-suite standouts: Four female CFOs of technology companies share their success stories - Christopher Calnan
“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

10 Reasons To Visit East London - Adam Groffman
“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 'luxury' investment even the middle class should consider - Jeff Macke
“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

8 great summer vacation deals - Valerie Rains and Stirling Kelso
“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

Six rules for choosing the right vacation rental - Laura Newberry, Reading Eagle
“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

HAAM’s Corporate Battle of the Bands - Kevin Curtin
“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

How to Save Money on Vacation Rental Properties - Cameron Huddleston
“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

How To Save Serious Money For Travel - Alexandra Talty
“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

Investing in northern Michigan vacation income properties - Donna Gundle-Krieg
“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

Summertime Travel: Experience an Affordable Vacation in Hawaii - Lisa Alcalay Klug - Manilla.com
“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

10 Unique Vacation Homes Perfect for Summer - Jamie Moore
“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

Famous Artists' Homes You Can Rent - Sarah Gold
“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

May the Fourth Be with You: 4 Places Where Star Wars Fans Can Embrace Their Inner Jedi - Patrick Gomez
“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

These earthbound dwellings are right out of Star Wars - Jayne Clark
“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!”


APRIL 2014

Chicago Tribune

Wallet Tips for Wedding Season - Carolyn Bigda
“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

Now renting on HomeAway.com: This house for Star Wars fans - 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

May the fourth be with you: Vacation in a Star Wars lookalike home - Deb Flomberg
“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

Go-To Websites and Apps for When You Want to Go (and Get a Great Deal) - Erica Agran – Manilla.com
“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

Tips to keep your vacation rental from going wrong - Ed Perkins
“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

What Employers Really Want to See on Your Resume - Her Campus
“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

Don’t get Scammed on a Summer Vacation Rental - Consumer Reports
"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

'Home Sweet Anywhere': Why these retirees traded their home for life around the world - Mandi Woodruff
"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

13 Tips for Sniffing Out the Best Deals on Hotel Rooms - Teresa Mears, U.S. News & World Report
“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

10 Companies that are Hiring Like Crazy in April - The Daily Muse Editor
"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

7 Ways to Save Money on Your Honeymoon - Manilla.com
"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

Don't Waste Your Money On Google Glass: 10 Better Ways To Spend $1500 - Tony Bradley
"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

Rent This Futuristic Smart Home In Los Angeles For $2,995 A Night - Madeline Stone
"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

New Quality Ratings For B&Bs, Villa Rentals Can Help Travelers Avoid Surprises - Larry Olmstead
"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

How to travel the world in retirement and not go broke - Nanci Hellmich
"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

How to find the best vacation rental bargains - Kelli B. Grant
“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

Tourism brings fantasy world of 'Game of Thrones' to life - Joy Jernigan
"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

Live your 'Game of Thrones' fantasy in a rental castle - Veronica Stoddart
“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

So long, winter! Vacation homes heating up - Diana Olick
"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."

People

Live Like King Joffrey: 5 Real-Life Game of Thrones Castles You Can Rent - Patrick Gomez
“Game of Thrones fanatics have always had the lengthy source material of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series to help them bide their time between seasons, but there are actual locations around the world that can serve as playgrounds to live in just like Ned Stark or Robert Baratheon ... except, well, for those who are still alive. Here are 5 real-life estates that could serve as the next vacation spot for you and your sun and stars.”

E! Online

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin: Inside Their $10,500 Hideaway Rental in the Bahamas - Alyssa Toomey
"The four-bedroom, five-bathroom home which sits on three-acre estate also boasts a number of outdoor amenities including a deck, gazebo, balcony, and grill, as well as two kayaks and paddleboards for all your water activities… In addition, the home features three separate direct beachfront pavilions, including the main, master and guest pavilion, and according to rental company, 'HomeAway is the world's leading online marketplace for vacation rentals.'"


MARCH 2014

Forbes

How To Follow Your Dream And Spend Your Retirement Traveling The World - Deborah L. Jacobs
"Many avid travelers fantasize about ditching all their possessions and hitting the road during retirement. Lynne and Tim Martin have actually done it… For the Martins that has meant renting apartments or houses in various locations, mostly in Europe, for two or three months at a time and going native… He books rentals far in advance through vrbo.com and homeaway.com, both of which have local representatives who can help them get oriented in unfamiliar lodgings."

Business Insider

Rent This Beautiful 'Smart Home' In Thailand For $630 A Night - Madeline Stone
"Homes now have the potential to be smarter than ever before, but that doesn't mean they have to be any less beautiful. This three-bedroom house in Koh Samui, Thailand is not only gorgeous — it also has a high-tech home automation system in place. The house can be rented on HomeAway for $630 a night."

The Huffington Post

Pack a Spice Rack in Your Suitcase! - Lynne Martin
"The first few minutes after we enter a vacation rental unit we are usually happy, finding unexpected qualities that delight us… We rent most of our apartments through HomeAway.com, and since they are usually meant for short-term vacationers, not for people who stay for months at a time, we can hardly expect them to be set up like full-time home kitchens. We have learned to take along a few things that help us feel more comfortable."

Refinery 29

Live Like A Westeros Highborn In These Game Of Thrones- Style Castles - Daniel Barna
"It would appear that the fine folks at HomeAway, the online vacation rental marketplace agree. They've put together their top five Castle vacation rental homes and matched them with five castles in the Seven Kingdoms that best match their features and descriptions. These castles span the entire globe and are good for both romantic getaways and boozy blowouts. And, if you really want to get into the spirit, costume parties are not only welcome, they're encouraged."

Forbes

America's 100 Most Trustworthy Companies - Kathryn Dill
HomeAway is recognized by Forbes and investment adviser GMI Ratings as one of America’s top 100 most trustworthy companies based on the strength of its accounting and governance-related behaviors.

The Motley Fool

How Airbnb, VRBO, and HomeAway Could Kill Timeshares - Amanda Miller
"I wondered why anyone would buy a timeshare when they can just logon to Airbnb, VRBO, or HomeAway and book even better accommodations anywhere they want without much advanced planning and usually for less than the annual fees on a timeshare package - all without that $6,000 to $30,000 upfront expense."

Los Angeles Times

Coachella: Home rentals near music festival are averaging $650 a night - Hugo Martin
"With the first weekend of the festival less than a month away, Homeaway.com said it has already booked about 70% of its listings of 4,467 vacation homes in the communities close to the festival. The demand for vacation rentals is up 12% over the same period last year, with demand especially high in Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and Cathedral City, while the supply of rental properties has remained flat."

CNN Money

A Foodie’s Travel Guide to 4 Cities - Stirling Kelso
“Save up to 60% by booking one of the 625 Playa del Carmen-area properties available on HomeAway.com; double-occupancy rates start at just $55 per night. Some rentals offer a splurgeworthy perk: Private chef services are available for an extra fee.”

The Huffington Post

The Check-In List: Don't Leave Home Without It! - Lynne Martin
"We never dreamed that one day we'd be living full-time internationally in short-term vacation rentals without a home base, and that we would be able to make the arrangements on the Internet, dealing with property owners worldwide through outfits like VRBO and HomeAway."

Metro

The dos and donts of vacation rentals - Emily Laurence
"Most of us have heard the pros of staying in a rental home on vacation instead of booking a hotel: You get a lot more space for a better price, you feel like a local, it’s more personal, etc. But what exactly are the rules? We got the lowdown on everything you need to know from Jon Gray, the SVP of North American operations at HomeAway, plus tips on putting your own apartment out there for vacationers."

The Austin American Statesman

Allens Boots, HomeAway among 10 Statesman Social Media Award winners - Nancy Flores
“The Austin-based travel site HomeAway has become an online destination for anyone searching for rest and relaxation. “HomeAway has blossomed online with its smart use of services such as Pinterest and its strong focus on customer care,” says Statesman tech culture writer and Social Media Awards judge Omar L. Gallaga. “Lots of service-based companies work to please customers, but HomeAway has done it in elegant ways that are consistent with its brand and business.”

VentureBeat

HomeAway acquires vacation rental management service ‘Glad to Have You’ - Tom Cheredar
"HomeAway, the platform that lets you rent out your home as a vacation property, announced today that it has purchased enterprise-level rental management startup Glad to Have You (Glad). Glad’s mobile apps give vacation rental companies, hotels, and resorts an easy way to communicate and keep track of guests during their stay. Glad also provides guests with all necessary information prior to checking in as well as a local venue recommendation service to enhance their experience."

CNBC

SXSW means big money for Austin property owners - Cadie Thompson
“In some cases, yes, but remember that vacation rentals have been around a long time,” said CEO Brian Sharples to a reporter at Hotel News Now. “As renting vacation rental homes gets easier, certainly more families and groups will choose this option… Our research indicates vacation rental travelers, predominantly families and groups, are seeking togetherness with the ones they love.”


FEBRUARY 2014

the Huffington Post

7 Places You Should Visit in 2014 - Budget Travel
"This year, the city of Porto Alegre will play host to the 2014 FIFA World Cup from June 12th thru July 13th, an event that vacation rentals guru HomeAway says has already brought a 41 percent increase in vacation rentals to the country -- check out HomeAway's FIFA World Cup '14 Brazil Guide for more information on things to do and other attractions you shouldn't miss while you're in town for the event."

SXSW

Alternative Austin Lodging Ideas for SXSW Interactive? Check Out All Your Options Here - Hugh Forrest
“Austin residents have been enthusiastic about offering their homes as short-term rentals -- so a little legwork on sites like HomeAway.com, VRBO.com or FlipKey.com might get you the perfect bungalow or condominium."

Metro

The perfect house for SXSW - Metro
"South By Southwest brings more than 150,000 visitors to the Austin area, and HomeAway is the perfect option for housing during the festival. Check out this stylish mid-century townhome located in Travis Heights, one of Austin’s most desired and unique neighborhoods."

Hotel News Now

Do alternative accommodations affect hotels? - Samantha Worgull
“In some cases, yes, but remember that vacation rentals have been around a long time,” said CEO Brian Sharples to a reporter at Hotel News Now. “As renting vacation rental homes gets easier, certainly more families and groups will choose this option… Our research indicates vacation rental travelers, predominantly families and groups, are seeking togetherness with the ones they love.”


JANUARY 2014

Today.com

To go or not to go: Countries to enjoy - or avoid - this year - Kaeli Conforti
“This year, Brazil hosts the 2014 FIFA World Cup from June 12-July 13, an event that vacation rentals guru HomeAway says has already brought a 41 percent increase in vacation rentals to the country — check out HomeAway's FIFA World Cup '14 Brazil Guide for more information on things to do and other attractions you shouldn't miss while you're in town for the event.”

The New York Times

Dreaming About a Summer Rental? Act Soon - Stephanie Rosenbloom
“There may be snow on the ground but if you want to rent a summer house in some of the most competitive markets in the northeast — the Hamptons, Cape Cod, the Jersey Shore — it’s time to put down your shovel and pick up your checkbook. Novice renter? Not to worry. Here’s a primer. Begin with an Internet connection. Sites like FlipKey, Airbnb, HomeAway and a subsidiary, VRBO (Vacation Rentals by Owner), list rentals in destinations including New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey.”

Bloomberg Businessweek

Super Bowl Homes Command $1,600 a Night as Listings Jump - Craig Giammona
“’Super Bowls generally drive a very large increase in supply from owners and demand from travelers,’ said SVP Jon Gray to a Bloomberg reporter. “We expect bookings to be pretty strong right up until the last minute.” In the three days after the conference championship games there was a surge in travelers from Seattle and Denver contacting homeowners in the New York area, Gray said. Seattle traffic was up 92 percent over the prior week and inquiries from Denver jumped 69 percent, according to HomeAway.”

Forbes

For a Great Vacation Try a House Instead of a Hotel - Larry Olmsted
“‘When you go to a branded luxury hotel you know what you are going to get, but ours is an experience that is hard to replicate even in the most luxurious hotels – having a private chef and your own swimming pool you don’t have to share’ said CEO Brian Sharples. In late 2013, the company launched Luxury Rentals from HomeAway™, with its own website featuring a curated collection of about a thousand properties that are all vetted by a third-party rating.”

Travel + Leisure

How to Find Affordable Ski Lodging - Amy Farley
“Ski resorts are full of vacation properties, many of which are available for rent at cut-rate prices. Another bonus: having a built-in kitchen helps save money on meals. Rent-by-owner sites VRBO and HomeAway have more than 95,000 ski properties between them, including residences that are attached to major resorts.”

Fox News

The 17 most influential people in travel of 2013 - Skift
“Airbnb may get all the attention, but HomeAway’s Brian Sharples is happier running a profitable public company... HomeAway has also become the adult in the room when it comes to negotiating with municipalities over the growth of vacation rentals in newer, more restrictive markets.”


DECEMBER 2013

MediaPost

Finding a Luxurious Home Away From Home - Aaron Baar
“HomeAway, an online marketplace for the vacation rental industry, has released its FIFA World Cup ’14 Brazil Guide to provide an overview of the cities, venues and options for the entire tournament. ‘One of the things we've seen is that when people book vacation rentals, they book them 100 days ahead of time. When you have a big event like this, the selection heats up pretty quick,’ Jon Gray, SVP of HomeAway, tells Marketing Daily.

MarketWatch

How to save on a ski vacation - Catey Hill
“When it comes to home rentals, it often pays to go a little bit off the beaten path — to, for example, ‘feeder’ towns in Colorado, Utah or California that offer up nearly the same quality skiing as Aspen or Vail but for significantly less. Home rental site HomeAway.com finds some of the more affordable rentals are in Keystone, Colo., Estes Park, Colo. and Big Bear, Calif. Other relatively low-priced spots for home rentals include Breckenridge, Colo., Park City, Utah, and South Lake Tahoe, Calif., because these areas have a lot of inventory, which helps depress prices, says Jon Gray, the senior vice president of HomeAway in America.”

Metro

Rent this Hobbit House on HomeAway.com
"Attention Tolkienites, Ringers and Middle Earth enthusiasts! If you’re in need of a magical, mystical getaway, look no further than the Genuine Hobbit House featured on HomeAway.com. This two-bedroom, one-bath cottage sleeps two to three and is located in beautiful Thompson Falls, Montana."

Forbes

The 20 Most Expensive Seasonal Rentals For Christmas And New Year's - Erin Carlyle
"Hacienda Santa Ines, up for rent on HomeAway.com, is the priciest property available on the four vacation rental sites we surveyed (HomeAway.com, FlipKey.com, Airbnb, and VacationHomeRentals.com) in our search for this year’s most expensive holiday rentals. The high price is, in part, due to the fact that the hacienda hits that warm weather sweet spot that people seem to crave this time of year."

Fox News

Why you should stay in a house that isn't your home for the holidays - Eileen Ogintz
"It may be cheaper than you think, especially if you split costs with extended family and steer clear of top tourist destinations, according to HomeAway.com with more than 775,000 listings in 171 countries. Consider a lesser-known destination, they suggest, to get the best deals."

Skift

HomeAway Has a Plan To Take Vacation Rentals Mainstream - Dennis Schaal
"The company’s COO, Brent Bellm, said during a presentation at Credit Suisse’s 17th Annual Technology Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona earlier this week that HomeAway’s priorities haven’t changed since its 2011 IPO, but the company is newly emphasizing e-commerce adoption by vacation rental owners, and pushing to make vacation rentals as ubiquitous as possible."

TechCrunch

HomeAway Acquires Australian Vacation Rentals Site Stayz For $198 Million Cash - Sarah Perez
"NASDAQ-listed vacation rental site HomeAway has acquired Stayz, an Australia-based vacation rental service and market leader in the region, for approximately $198 million in an all-cash transaction, the company is announcing today. The move includes Stayz Group sites Stayz.com.au, Rentahome.com.au, TakeABreak.com.au, and YesBookIt, and brings an additional 33,000 Australian vacation rental properties to HomeAway."

TheStreet

5 Places To Stick Unwanted Holiday Houseguests - Jason Notte
"While the percentage of HomeAway users who'll stay at a vacation rental is roughly even with those who'll stay at hotels during the Thanksgiving holiday, a whopping 31% will pick a rental house or apartment for their Christmas vacation destination of choice. They can be a great value if you fit enough people into multiple bedrooms, they have kitchens that won't force you to eat out or with the whole clan for every meal."


NOVEMBER 2013

CNBC

Homeowners cashing in on the Super Bowl - Jessica Golden
"'With an influx of fans coming to the area, many people feel opportunistically that they can make some money during the Super Bowl,' said HomeAway CEO Brian Sharples. HomeAway, a vacation rental marketplace, is seeing a 40 percent increase in the number of properties listed in the region. This number is expected to grow as football's biggest event approaches. 'We typically see the demand for travelers doesn't really spike until we see what teams are in the Super Bowl,' Sharples added."

The New York Times

Finding a Luxurious Home Away From Home - Stephanie Rosenbloom
"Jon Gray, HomeAway’s senior vice president of the Americas, said the new site is something of a response to research showing that luxury travel is one of the fastest-rising segments of the industry. He also cited a PhoCusWright report that asked travelers about the leisure travel accommodations they used in the last year and found that more chose to stay in upscale hotels in 2012 compared with 2011. And, he said, HomeAway’s internal studies show that travelers consider that 'the most important element of making a vacation luxurious is the accommodation.'"

Benzinga

HomeAway Announces Partnership with Interhome - Charles Gross
"HomeAway (NASDAQ: AWAY) has expanded its distribution partnership with Europe's leading professionally managed vacation rental company, Interhome
AG, to add new listings to HomeAway's network via its pay-per-booking product."

Fodor's

8 Ski Resorts for All Types of Travelers - Erin Gifford
"If you're looking to keep costs down without sacrificing fantastic skiing, head to Northstar in the Lake Tahoe area. Throughout the season, you can buy a lift ticket at Northstar, then use the same ticket to ski at nearby Heavenly and Kirkwood, a fabulous deal for avid skiers in search of varied terrain. You'll also find loads of affordable vacation rentals in central Truckee on sites like HomeAway.com, enabling you to save even more cash on a ski getaway."

NorthJersey.com

For North Jersey homeowners, rentals may be ticket to Super Bowl windfall - Kathleen Lynn
"Short-term rental prices for homes typically soar when a Super Bowl or another special event comes to town, according to Internet companies that list these properties. During the New Orleans Super Bowl earlier this year, for example, the average short-term rental price soared from $450 to $1,200 a night, according to Jon Gray, a senior vice president for HomeAway.com, parent company of Vacation Rentals by Owner, or vrbo.com. So far in North Jersey, the average asking rent for Super Bowl weekend listed on HomeAway is $760 a night, up from the region’s usual average of $260 a night, Gray said."

Smarter Travel

What's New in Accommodations on the Web? - Ed Perkins
"HomeAway says that all of its luxury listings have been vetted by the Andrew Harper folks—something you'd expect in the luxury range—so you aren't likely to face any unpleasant surprises. But as with all listings, HomeAway is just an "online marketplace": Your deal is with the property owner, not with HomeAway."

Chicago Tribune

Taking the Kids: Opting for gathering the gang and serving a holiday feast at a villa - Eileen Ogintz
"You can save even more if you head to less crowded destinations, according to HomeAway.com (http://www.homeaway.com), which offers more than 775,000 listings in 171 countries. For example, Sevierville, Tenn., is only 20 minutes outside of Gatlinburg (one of the top destinations they're seeing for Thanksgiving), but it's on average around $50 less per night."

Skift

HomeAway Takes a Controlling Stake in its 21st Vacation Rental Company - Dennis Schaal
"Add another one to the list: HomeAway has taken a 55% stake in New Zealand vacation rental site Bookabach for an undisclosed amount of cash."

The New York Times

Rentals That Are Local, and Luxurious - Rachel Harris
"Luxury Rentals from HomeAway, like the company’s original site, will provide customers with high-end homes, mansions, villas, estates and other specialty properties to rent, all of them vetted by the editors of Andrew Harper, the elite travel publisher and creator of Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, a monthly newsletter about luxury travel."


CNBC


HomeAway Focused on its Customers
HomeAway COO and President Brent Bellm chats with the Street Signs team.

Today Show


Perfect vacation rentals for families
Rene Syler of the TV show “Sweet Retreats” suggests some budget-friendly vacation rentals for your summer trips.

CNBC



Vacation homes heating up
Vacation home sales jumped nearly 30 percent in 2013 from 2012
according to data from HomeAway and the National Association of Realtors. CNBC's Diana Olick reports.

CNBC



How to find the best vacation rental bargains
CNBC's Kelli Grant shares her secrets for a fun and affordable family vacation.

Bloomberg West



Executive Shuffle
HomeAway CEO Brian Sharples catches up with the Bloomberg West team (36:30)

Fox 7 Austin

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SXSW Rentals
HomeAway SVP Jon Gray on the high demand and short supply of lodgings during large events like SXSW, and how increasing numbers of visitors to Austin are using short-term rentals.

Fox Business

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HomeAway's valuation and market-leading position
COO Brent Bellm provides insight into the incredible growth of the vacation rental industry and HomeAway's role within it.

CNBC



Super Bowl Rental Boom
HomeAway COO Brent Bellm on the demand for vacation rentals during the Super Bowl.

KVUE

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HomeAway employees participate in Habitat for Humanity build
Austin families receive new homes for the holidays.

Bloomberg TV



Demand for Second Homes Up Sharply
HomeAway CEO HomeAway CEO Brian Sharples discusses the vacation home rental market with Deirdre Bolton on Bloomberg Television's "Money Moves."

Fox Business

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Renting a $5,000 home for the Super Bowl
HomeAway CEO & co-founder Brian Sharples on renting homes during the Super Bowl weekend.

Bloomberg TV



What's New in the Home Sharing Market?
HomeAway CEO Brian Sharples discusses the future of home sharing, Airbnb's legal battles and the company's acquisition strategy with Emily Chang on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West."

 

Fox Business

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NY AG probing rent-by-owner industry
HomeAway chief strategy officer Carl Shepherd on NY AG Schneiderman subpoenaing his business asking for clients' info.

Bloomberg West



What's next for HomeAway?
Brian Sharples, CEO of HomeAway, discusses the company's vacation rental ideas and expansion plans with Emily Chang on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West."

CNBC: Mad Money



Pay-Per-Booking
Brian Sharples, CEO of HomeAway, discusses the company's process of rolling out a pay-per-booking model of its vacation rental websites.

TODAY


Summer rentals: Skip hotels, stay in a house If you've waited until the last minute to plan your summer vacation, real estate analyst Dani Babb can help. She explains why renting a house might be a better choice than staying in a hotel and shares some of her favorite destinations.

Fox Business