NBC 40"Despite many skeptics avoiding New Jersey this summer, a recent poll of vacation rental owners taken by HomeAway.com shows Brigantine (25%), Wildwood (17%), and Cape May (14%) all experienced positive traveler inquiry growth as compared to last summer."
The Huffington Post"Do not fear, HomeAway has you covered. The popular vacation rental site has published an infographic that clues you in to Disney World's "hidden treasures" and provides you with the insider knowledge you need to make a trip to the Orlando amusement park exceptional."
The Wall Street Journal"The most important thing for founders to remember is to focus on building equity value first and salary second. This means founders pay themselves a minimum amount that enables them to maintain a reasonable standard of living."
Skift"The cost of feeding yourself and your family while traveling adds up quickly thanks to restaurant meals, room service, and tips. In an effort to persuade travelers to take another look at a vacation rental, HomeAway turned to the hamburger to illustrate the savings travelers can find if they have a place to cook their own meals."
MarketWatch"Also, it might be a good idea to discuss the idea of renting out the home when it’s not in use. A recent report from HomeAway, an online marketplace for vacation rentals, found that vacation rental owners were able to make, on average, $1,778 for a weekly rental over this summer."
The Columbus Dispatch"Owners of vacation homes enjoyed a bright summer, according to a report released last week by the online vacation rental company HomeAway. The average vacation rental was occupied 77 percent of the summer, with an average weekly rent of $1,778 — a 19 percent increase over 2012."
Austin American-Statesman"People are always asking Ross Buhrdorf when he’s going to quit his day job as chief technology officer of HomeAway to focus on his side interest — investing in startups. But Buhrdorf, who arrived in Austin from Lincoln, Neb. in 1985 to study engineering at the University of Texas, says he has no desire to leave HomeAway, which he joined in 2005, when it was five months old."
Nashville Ledger"On average, vacation rentals are at least 50 percent less expensive per square foot than hotels, according to HomeAway. About 43 percent of owners use the income generated from their vacation rental almost like they would a salary, for everyday living expenses, discretionary spending and saving for the future. Tashian says time spent as a HomeAway.com host brings a “fantastic” return on investment."
San Antonio Express-News"The Flores' are among many San Antonians who supplement their income by leasing their homes. HomeAway.com, a leading vacation rental site, lists 146 vacation homes available in San Antonio."
Investor's Business Daily"The online marketplace for vacation rental homes says the new features include the ability to narrow search results by specific amenities such as wheelchair accessibility and pet-friendly options. Travelers using the updated app will also be able to search across more than 575,000 properties on company websites HomeAway.com, VRBO.com, HomeAway.co.uk (Britain), Abritel.fr (France) and HomeAway.de (Germany)."
U.S. News & World Report"Instead of leaving your home sitting idle while you're away, use a service like VRBO to rent it to another traveler. Not only will you earn some money on the side, but you'll avoid the potential risk of your home sitting unoccupied."
Fox Business"Gray says the average owner who finds renters via HomeAway leases the property for 19 weeks a year and brings in around $26,000 in rental income. "That's not an insignificant amount of money," says Gray. Of course, that rental income is taxable. But you also can deduct many costs associated with your rented second home."
Staten Island Advance"Pick a rental over a hotel. Condos typically are the go-to accommodation for family beach vacations, but don’t overlook rentals for trips to other locales. You’ll likely pay less than you would for a hotel room and you’ll get more space if you rent a condo, apartment or house through sites such as HomeAway.com and VRBO.com."
The Tampa Tribune"'Two types of people rent vacation homes - families and groups,' said Jon Gray, senior vice president of the Americas for HomeAway. Luna prefers families; comments from those renters on the HomeAway.com site were positive."
Fodor's"Summer vacation is halfway behind us (sorry), but that doesn't preclude you from a bit of daydreaming. Taking an aspirational scroll through the often incredibly luxurious vacation rentals found online is a great way to take a getaway without really going away—even if it might leave you a bit disenchanted with your own abode. HomeAway is here with ten of their most dreamy vacation rentals to fuel the fire of your most decadent vacation fantasy. Dream on, globetrotters."
Investor's Business Daily"HomeAway already lists vacation rentals from around the world. Its Tujia.com listings aim to appeal most to mainland Chinese traveling to the U.S., Australia, Western Europe and Southeast Asia."
TechCrunch"HomeAway announced today that it acquired a majority stake of 63 percent in Travelmob in an undisclosed, all-cash deal. For now, Travelmob’s team of 16 will continue to operate as an independent brand out of Singapore."
US News & World Report"Renting a large beach house with a group of friends can be more affordable than traveling with just immediate family. Since beach (and lake) houses can often accommodate multiple families, this method often reduces the cost significantly. Sites such as HomeAway.com and VRBO.com make it easy to rent larger homes."
Kiplinger"Condos typically are the go-to accommodation for family beach vacations. But don't overlook rentals for trips to other locales. You'll likely pay less than you would for a hotel room and you'll get more space if you rent a condo, apartment or house through sites such as HomeAway.com and VRBO.com."
Investor's Business Daily"Co-founder and CEO Brian Sharples, a former Bain & Co. consultant, knew that one way to outdo rivals was to swallow up smaller competitors to gain market share. In fact, HomeAway has acquired nine leading vacation rental websites including Vacationrentals.com, Owners Direct and VRBO.com, an acronym for Vacation Rentals by Owner."
KVUE"Online vacation rental giant HomeAway is expanding to The Domain. In the eight years since HomeAway started, it has grown to more than 1,300 employees in 18 different offices."
Examiner"There are a lot of different options in terms of ski house rentals. Many websites offer users the options to seek out specific regions of the world, specific resorts, and specific amenities associated with renting a home. Many different postings will offer weekly rates at a discount for people looking for a lengthy ski house rental. Among one of the premier websites to help people interested in locating a ski house rental is VRBO."
Investor's Business Daily"By aggregating a vast amount of rental properties (hundreds of thousands of listings in 171 countries) with screening capabilities, customers seeking a vacation getaway won't have to peck endlessly through Craigslist or the New York Times classifieds. The customer enjoys an easy search with almost limitless options; the renter is listed on a website that draws far more enquiries than a newspaper ad — and HomeAway collects a listing fee."
Silicon Hills News"Ross Buhrdorf, Chief Technology Officer with HomeAway, brought the nonprofit organization to Austin to talk about innovation to an invitation-only crowd made up of about 100 artists, musicians, technology and business executives, entrepreneurs, academics, investors, media and more."
Yahoo! Voices"If you live in New York City or San Francisco it may be impossible to enter the real-estate market when a starter home starts at a million dollars. So buy a vacation house in the Poconos or a weekend retreat in St. Helena buy property for rental income in another city like a beach condo and place it with a rental management company or if you're brave rent it out yourself on VRBO.com."
Yahoo! Finance"Summer rentals are the budget solution with a national nightly rate of $225, which comes out to be much less than what a family might spend in June to stay at a three-star hotel in Las Vegas. And with a rental you can get more space and amenities like a full kitchen and private pool.
For vacation rental properties near you, check out Flipkey.com, HomeAway.com, and VRBO.com, where you can also see guest reviews and ratings."
Smarter Travel"So how does a peak-season summer renter move to the front of the pack to find his perfect property? Here are seven tips for seeking out a superior seaside rental, including when to book, where to book, and what to look for in a temporary beach home."
Fox News"And thanks to trade winds, temperatures aren't too much warmer than in winter. Take your pick of deals -- privately staffed villas, all-inclusives where kids stay free, resorts with free babysitting or packages with resort credits that can cover your spa or fancy dinner. HomeAway has a variety of affordable houses for rent in Costa Rica , for example, where you could gather the entire extended family."
U-T San Diego"In San Diego County, the number of listings on HomeAway grew 15 percent in the first quarter this year vs. the first quarter of 2012, said a HomeAway spokesperson. Demand — represented by inquiries from travelers who want to stay in San Diego County homes listed on HomeAway — increased by 18 percent for the same period."
Money"Though 60% of buyers think rents will cover most of their mortgage, plan for additional expenses. Property-management fees, for example, average 21% of rental income, according to a new survey by vacation rental company HomeAway."
The Columbus Dispatch"Summer season is officially here, so pack up the station wagon and head to that perfect vacation getaway in beautiful, fun-filled . . . Columbus. A growing number of central Ohio listings are showing up on websites such as VRBO.com and HomeAway.com, which allow homeowners to rent their properties to vacationers. Perhaps more surprising: Interest in the properties is rising. But who rents a two-bedroom split-level on the Northwest Side for a vacation?"
MyFoxPhoenix"A new trend is sweeping the valley and the country -- people are skipping hotels and resorts, choosing to rent vacation homes instead. 'You have the half bath here and the full washer and dryer.' Sacha Blanchet owns five homes in the valley he uses as vacation rentals."
Web in Travel"HomeAway’s expansion has largely been driven by acquisitions. Yeoh Siew Hoon catches up with Carl Shepherd, co-founder & chief strategy and development officer of the world’s largest vacations rental site, to find out more about its plans for Asia."
Silicon Hills"He took the company public in 1999 and stayed on for a few years and then he joined Austin Ventures. That’s where he met Brian Sharples. They had coffee at Starbucks, the one that’s across the street from what’s now HomeAway’s headquarters. At that Starbucks, they started brainstorming ideas for businesses. They came up with one for selling information on outsourcing. But they both settled on addressing the pain in the vacation rental market. They both had families who liked to stay in rental homes instead of hotels when they travelled."
Patch"In 2012, approximately 80 percent of vacation home purchasers cited rental income as the main reason for their buy, according to HomeAway Senior Vice President Jon Gray. The Internet vacation rental website lists approximately 711,000 properties across 171 countries—and about half of HomeAway’s clients cover more than 75 percent of their home's mortgage with rental income."
Newsroom Jersey"Come winter the state of New Jersey may see a lot of residents offering their home space up for a short-term football fanatic. Although the idea of making some easy cash for incoming fans seems genius, it also carries risks. Homeowners need to take insurance precautions in case of damage to their homes and injuries to their temporary tenants, as well as making sure they are properly and securely paid."
Associated Press"Vacation-rentals provider HomeAway Inc. said Thursday that it added Southwest Airlines Co.'s chief marketing officer to its board. Kevin Krone, who is also a vice president at the airline, replaces Phil Siegel of Austin Ventures on the HomeAway board."
Austin American-Statesman"Whether he’s globetrotting and setting up desk across the ocean or sitting in his glass-walled office nestled within HomeAway Inc.’s downtown Austin world headquarters, Charles Wagner loves his job."
Financial Times"Where to stay: Oheka Castle Hotel (rooms from $395) and Glen Cove Mansion Hotel (from $199) both deliver when it comes to Gatsby-era grandeur, but for maximum authenticity you’ll need to hire a seaside cottage like Carraway’s. There’s a good selection on www.vrbo.com and www.homeaway.com, with rates from $2,000 per week for a clapboard cottage with a pool overlooking Long Island Sound (www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p938865)."
Family Circle"Vacation rentals can save you up to 30% in total trip costs, says Frommer. You also get more space as well as amenities, like a kitchen. Search on VRBO.com and HomeAway.com."
The Wall Street Journal"The most important “aha” moment wasn’t the idea to build the biggest vacation rental marketplace, but rather the realization of how to do it. And that took a deep understanding of the market we were trying to enter. And thankfully, the vision for the how turned out to be a winning strategy."
Entrepreneur"Vacation-rental giant HomeAway has partnered with vacation recommendation site Gogobot to launch "Insider Guides," a new feature that allows rental-property owners to provide localized tips and recommendations to prospective renters."
Chicago Tribune"Online vacation rental marketplaces offer a far wider range of properties. The industry's giant, HomeAway.com, posts almost a half million rentals, and other big websites, including FlipKey.com, Rentalo.com and Orbitz display immense rental lists. These lists include lots of budget-priced accommodations as well as upmarket options."
Fodors"Rental properties are abundant and diverse. A quick search on leading sites VRBO.com and HomeAway.com will return plenty of inventory beyond the typical ski cabins and beachside bungalows. As long as you plan ahead, you can rent just about anywhere. For this spring break, my family booked a three-bedroom waterfront home in the Florida Keys. It came with WiFi, a dock, two decks, a pool, and a hot tub, and it was half the price of a week in a hotel."
Entrepreneur"Vacation-rental company HomeAway has set up a web page to connect those who need a place to stay in Boston with property owners. It is also hosting a spreadsheet where those seeking shelter can explain their needs and provide contact information. HomeAway currently has 184 vacation homes listed for rent in Boston, and owners typically offer a discounted rate or a free stay in disaster recovery situations."
Austin Business Journal"Austin-based HomeAway Inc. has formed partnerships with three companies in the timeshare industry in an effort to let vacant and unsold inventory as vacation rentals. Timeshare properties from Island One Resorts, Welk Resorts and ResorTime.com will be listed on HomeAway's website as the companies seek to reach more travelers, company officials said in a press release."
Austin American-Statesman"But the younger, up-and-coming technology names are boosting the region’s standing overseas as well. When HomeAway acquired VRBO in 2006, it added — and simultaneously became — one of the top global brands for online vacation rentals. It now has about 500 employees outside the U.S., including at offices in Europe, Brazil and Australia."
The Wall Street Journal"The lure of rental income is a big driver for vacation-home purchases, said Jon Gray, senior vice president of HomeAway, a company that provides online listings for vacation-home rentals... Beyond a second income source, many older buyers who are approaching retirement age are taking the opportunity to purchase a high-end second home at a more affordable price now and rent it out until their retirement, Mr. Gray said."
The Street"A partner in the survey, HomeAway (AWAY), operator of online rental sites such as Vacation Rentals By Owner, noted that 38% of vacation homebuyers said they were motivated primarily by low prices. Another 28% cited the desire for a family retreat."
Forbes"For trips lasting more than three nights, a couple can save 40 to 60 percent booking an empty apartment or a condo with a kitchen, instead of a hotel room. That’s why VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) is a site I’ve grown fond of over the past few years. I’ve booked apartments in places ranging from Annecy, France to Florida’s Siesta Key through VRBO and have never been disappointed."
Forbes"A full two-thirds of the 24 publicly traded U.S. Internet companies worth more than $1 billion are digital transaction firms. The billion-dollar club includes a heavy dose of travel, local and real estate businesses. The list includes Priceline, Expedia, TripAdvisor, HomeAway, Groupon, OpenTable, Yelp and Zillow."
Austin Business Journal"Bands made of employees from Austin companies such as Cirrus Logic Inc., HomeAway Inc., St. David’s Foundation and Seton Healthcare will compete in the sixth annual Corporate Battle of the Bands, benefiting the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians."
CultureMap Austin"April 2 marks World Autism Awareness Day, and landmarks including the Empire State Building and the Sydney Opera House have lit up in previous years. Local businesses and buildings in Austin join those landmarks and thousands of others this year in making a statement for autism awareness. One of those local Austin businesses is HomeAway, and company co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer Carl Shepherd is proud to support those who need help."
ABQ Journal"These are just some of the benefits made available by homeowners for the growing number of travelers who choose to access short-term vacation rental homes through various listing agencies. It’s a growing trend among travelers desiring to add a bit of pizzazz to their accommodations and perhaps even save some money as well, particularly if they share costs with other family members or friends."
"If you're vacationing on a budget, there are some smart ways to save money, said Farnoosh Torabi at Yahoo. First, time your vacation right — try to arrive before or after high season to take advantage of lower rates. Skip the hotel and rent a condo or home instead. Check out sites like VRBO.com, HomeAway.com, and VacationRentals.com to deal with property owners directly."
The Next Web
"According to the deal, Travelmob’s listings will show in searches when a visitor to the HomeAway site browses for properties in Asia Pacific. A spokesperson confirmed that both sides are working to make the experience more seamless going forward, which could see Travelmob listings include in the site with more visibility."
"In summary, Shepherd advises entrepreneurs to be clear and strategic about the type of company they’re seeking. He notes that HomeAway sought the market leaders in each country within a very tight range of business models to select the 18 acquisitions (so far) they’ve pursued."
Bloomberg Businessweek"Brian Sharples, a Kayak board member, is mimicking Priceline’s search strategy at HomeAway Inc. (AWAY), the vacation- rental company he co-founded in 2005. Sharples said his Austin, Texas-based company has been spending about $10 million in offline advertising, including a controversial Super Bowl commercial in 2011, and is bringing all of that online."
Investor's Business Daily"Now 52, Sharples learned from that experience "to invest in better people" to round out his entrepreneurial skills. At the time, he figured he could do everything himself. But his abortive startup taught him to recruit an executive team with wide-ranging expertise."
Skift"He goes so far as to say that tablets almost shouldn’t be considered mobile devices when it comes to vacation rentals because customer behavior on tablets so mirrors desktop behavior, while advanced booking of vacation rentals at this point may be too complex on incongruous for smartphone use."
Bloomberg"HomeAway CEO Brian Sharples discusses the company's new subscription model and competition with Airbnb. He speaks with Emily Chang on Bloomberg Television's
'Bloomberg West.' [VIDEO]"
Kiplinger"Consider a home rental for your vacation, especially when traveling with a big group. Such rentals often offer more space and amenities for prices similar to or less than hotels. HomeAway.com offers the biggest selection of rentals, with more than 325,000 listings worldwide."
Austin Business Journal"The Short Term Rental Advocacy Center was formed by Austin-based HomeAway, California-based Airbnb Inc., Boston-based TripAdvisor Inc. and FlipKey Inc. following requests from users and local policymakers nationally, officials said."
MarketWatch"Among recent vacation home buyers, one in three bought because of the good deals on real estate, according to a 2012 study by vacation rental site HomeAway.com.
'There’s definitely been an increase in interest [in buying second homes] because people know there are great deals right now,' says Karyn Glubis, a real-estate broker in Tampa."
CNN"And the financial savings of renting a "flat" can be significant. Many elegant, wonderfully furnished apartments will cost you less per person, per night than even an average hotel room in world-class cities. You're likely to be able to afford a much nicer rental apartment than you can per night at a four-or five-star hotel. So why not trade up when you're on vacation?"
ABC News"Urbaczewski says renting a big house and splitting the costs with a group of friends or family is much cheaper than renting separate hotel rooms or condos. He recommends visiting sites such as Vrbo.com or HomeAway.com to find individual homeowners who live near a ski resort. '(The homeowners) are often willing to negotiate, particularly the further in advance you inquire,' he says."
CNBC"Less than four months after super storm Sandy tore through prime vacation destinations at the Jersey shore, homeowners are advertising their seasonal rental properties in record numbers, according to HomeAway.com CEO Brian Sharples."
Examiner"Most individuals do not even consider apartments to be a feasible accommodation while on a trip or vacation. However, if you plan on being in a destination for four nights or more, an apartment can truly be a home away from home, and a huge money saver. Generally, apartments can be rented through sites such as HomeAway and can be significantly less expensive than area hotels. The best part? Being able to cook! You will be able to save a ton of money on food alone just by going to the local grocery store and eating meals in. Most apartments also come equipped with washer and dryer (meaning you can pack less) and wireless internet."
The Desert Sun"HomeAway, a national online listing and booking site for vacation rentals, found that 35 percent of travelers booking vacation rentals in 2012 were doing it for the first time, according to the company’s customer satisfaction survey.
HomeAway lists more than 3,000 homes in the California desert with some 1,100 of those in Palm Springs."