June 15, 2012
"The average vacation home rents for 19 weeks a year, according to HomeAway. That doesn't mean yours will. Ask a real estate agent or property manager for a history of rental dates and rates for the property itself or comparable places.
Close to tourist attractions? You're likely to command a premium rate, says HomeAway vice president Jon Gray."
June 14, 2012
Investor's Business Daily
"She's not alone. Vacation home rental listings are up at the website HomeAway (AWAY). It had 433,000 in 2009 and has 700,0000 now, says its vice president, Jon Gray.
Home prices are recovering in many markets, but still falling in neighborhoods that are predominately vacation homes, Kolko says.
U.S. vacation home asking prices dropped 1.7% year over year in the 12 months ending in April as overall listing prices fell 0.2%, he notes."
June 12, 2012
Orange County Register
"According to Jon Gray, North American business vice president for HomeAway, VRBO has about 87 listings in the Disney area alone. HomeAway has 72, although many overlap.
Most are single-family homes with three or four bedrooms and yards (and sometimes pools). Others are condos.
The average rent for an Anaheim home is $240 per night, or $1,680 per week – cheap when you consider that they can accommodate large groups that often need multiple hotel rooms. Compare that to the Disney hotels, where standard rooms cost anywhere from $200 to $600 a night, and up."
June 11, 2012
"I’m pretty sure people would be a whole lot happier if they were able to come to a space like this to work. The worldwide vacation rental company, HomeAway, has grown so much they had to create a new office space. Since the company is all about vacations, they created a headquarters in Austin, Texas that more than reflects that, all while achieving LEED Gold Certification. If only we could all work in a place like this…"
June 08, 2012
Austin Business Journal
"Brian Sharples co-founded HomeAway Inc. with Carl Shepherd in February 2005 and has since led it to become a global online marketplace for vacation rentals, with sites representing nearly 700,000 vacation rental homes in 168 countries.
He also led HomeAway on its path to becoming a publicly traded company, completing a $216 million initial public offering of stock in June 2011. And the company’s brand has been elevated in large part to its television commercials that aired during two Super Bowls."
June 08, 2012
New York Times
"The vacation rental company HomeAway joins with Priceline this week to allow customers to book plane tickets and car rentals in addition to homes.
The partnership allows travelers who book a vacation rental through HomeAway.com or VRBO.com, part of the company’s portfolio of Web sites, to complete their vacation planning on one site, using a search powered by Priceline Partner Network."
June 06, 2012
"Booking your flight during your baby’s nap time can make for an easier trip. If your destination is in a different time zone, experts suggest immediately adapting to the new time zone. If your baby is tired when you land, let him nap but keep it short. If you’re able to get your baby to bed at his regular bed time on the first day, chances are naps will fall into place for the rest of the trip. “The great thing about kids is that they’re really resilient and they’re really sensitive to light and dark,” said Diana Heather, author of ParentingsATrip.com and The Family Travel Guide blog on community.homeaway.com."
June 05, 2012
"Here’s their advice:
Brian Sharples, 51, CEO of HomeAway
(Colby College class of 1982)
Q. What’s the one piece of advice you’d give college graduates today?
A. If you want to be truly happy in life then pursue a career that is aligned with your passion. If you're lucky enough to understand what it is then get started early. Don't focus on money or what other people might think. In the long run, if you do what you love then great rewards, financial or otherwise, will arrive."