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."


OCTOBER 2013

Yahoo! Travel

HomeAway joins the luxury-rental fray by offering high-end private homes - Bekah Wright
"HomeAway consistently noticed a demand for luxury rentals, executive Jon Gray told Yahoo Travel. 'We identified the luxury market as the fastest growing segment in the travel industry overall, which produces over a trillion dollars in annual sales in North America alone,' said Gray, the company’s senior vice president, Americas."

Business Insider

How To Manage Employees Who Are Older Than You - Jenna Goudreau
"Jon Gray, 30, was the third employee of publicly traded HomeAway, an online vacation rental marketplace, when it was founded in 2004. From the very beginning, when he was a marketing analyst, to his current role as senior vice president of the Americas, he has mostly managed people older than him. His direct reports have ranged in age from their early 20s to their mid 50s."

tnooz

Expedia to add HomeAway vacation rentals to its travel search results - Sean O'Neill
"The plan is to include roughly 10,000 US and Mexican standalone vacation rentals on expedia.com from HomeAway, the largest marketplace for holiday stays. The move follows in the wake of a prior agreement to include B&B listings from HomeAway sub-brand BedandBreakfast.com."

Investor's Business Daily

HomeAway Unveils New Pay-Per-Booking Model, Network - Doug Tsuruoka
"HomeAway says pay per booking is also targeted at those renting six weeks or less, including owners in seasonal destinations or cities that host popular events such as the Super Bowl, soccer World Cup and South by Southwest Music Festival. The company believes the service will also benefit large property management firms that usually list only a subset of properties due to cash constraints that stop them from paying subscription fees in advance for all of their properties."

NJ.com

Jersey Shore summer rentals took a hit months after Hurricane Sandy - Tom De Poto
"HomeAway, the leader in online rentals, saw an overall increase in inquiries for Shore rentals despite the news coverage Sandy had generated months earlier. ... By summer, 77 percent said the damage was reclassified as 'slight or none.' As a result, 71 percent of the HomeAway rentals were able to book about 75 percent of their available time."

USA Today

It's becoming a breeze to rent Caribbean villas - Candyce H. Stapen
"HomeAway and VRBO (Vacation Rentals by Owner), the older company, post essentially the same inventory, with some exceptions. VRBO has fewer filters to sort material. About 15% of HomeAway and VRBO's inventory is bookable online. Instead of concierge services, the sites encourage renters to contact owners for local information. Rental insurance is available for a fee."

Skift

What HomeAway Can Teach Airbnb About Getting Along With Cities - Jason Clampet
"HomeAway approaches the situation by giving local residents information to advocate for rentals. It partnered with Airbnb and FlipKey on the Short Term Rental Advocacy Center, which tells people effective methods for lobbying local and state officials. But it doesn’t believe the lobbying is HomeAway’s responsibility."

About.com

Vacation Homes In Haunted Destinations - Kim Fredericks
"While checking in to a haunted hotel is one way to experience a destination's past, staying at a historic home provides a more intimate and spacious alternative. Here's a look at a few historic homes for rent from HomeAway.com in some of the most haunted places in the United States, although not all come with resident ghosts."

Huffington Post

Business Tips From 7 Highly Successful Entrepreneurs - Jamilah Corbitt
"I asked a few self-made millionaire entrepreneurs to share their advice for being successful in business. Here's what they had to say: 1) Choose something that is in line with your own personal interest and passion, then it never seems like work. 2) Don't be afraid to fail. ..."

The Huffington Post

Ways to Avoid Apartment Rental Scams - Ann Rivall
"And as HomeAway's Senior Vice President for the Americas Jon Gray explained, "You're getting a memory of where you stay versus a memory of where you go." But while choosing to rent a room or crash on someone's couch lends an unconventional element to your trip, renting doesn't necessarily guarantee the same security as a hotel. Though fraud is rare, the vacation rental industry's online platform and anonymous user community makes travelers inherently vulnerable to Internet scammers."


SEPTEMBER 2013

NBC 40

Despite Sandy, some shore towns see increased traveler demand - Matt Alba
"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

A Guide To Disney World's 'Hidden Treasures' - Lisa Miller
"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

Brian Sharples: Be Scrappy But Make Enough to Pay the Bills
"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

HomeAway Uses Hamburgers to Make a Case for Vacation Rentals - Jason Clampet
"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

How to hand down family vacation homes - Amy Hoak
"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

Vacation rentals hot
"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

Plugged In: Austin seeing a ‘renaissance of startups,’ mentor says - Lori Hawkins
"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

HomeAway offers an alternative to Airbnb - Linda Bryant
"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."


AUGUST 2013

San Antonio Express-News

Homes away from home - Richard Webner
"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

HomeAway Updates Vacation Rental App With Features - Doug Tsuruoka
"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

5 Tips to Save on Last-Minute Summer Trips - Anisha Sekar
"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

Tax Rules on Renting Your Vacation Home - Kay Bell
"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

Here and there: Keep down costs of traveling with kids
"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

Vacation home rentals gaining momentum - Ted Jackovics
"'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."


JULY 2013

Fodor's

10 Ultra-Luxe European Villa Rentals - Maggie Gorman
"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 China Partner Seen As Key To Growth - Doug Tsuruoka
"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 Buys Singapore Startup Travelmob To Enter Asia-Pacific - Victoria Ho
"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

How to Plan a Cheaper Summer Vacation - Kimberly Palmer
"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

5 Ways to Cut the Cost of Traveling With Kids - Cameron Huddleston
"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

Acquiring Rivals Is The Key To Growth At HomeAway - Gary M. Stern
"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

Austin original expands to The Domain - Tyler Sieswerda
"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

How to Get the Best Deal on Ski House Rentals - Andrew West
"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."


JUNE 2013

Investor's Business Daily

HomeAway's Niche: Find Vacation Home Away From Home - Donald H. Gold
"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

Pondering Innovation with the Santa Fe Institute in Austin - Laura Lorek
"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

6 Easy Steps to 6 Figures - Kristine Hanchar
"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

A Summer Vacation Home Isn't as Out of Reach as You Think - Lauren Lyster
"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

How to Book the Perfect Beach Rental - Caroline Costello
"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

Taking the Kids -- to the Caribbean in summer - Eileen Ogintz
"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

Homemade vacation rentals - Hang Nguyen
"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."


MAY 2013

Money

Vacation home prices continue to soar - Sarah Max
"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

Vacation-rental market grows in central Ohio - Jim Weiker
"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

Many turning to vacation homes rather than hotels when traveling - Ty Brennan
"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

One day, vacation rentals will supplant hotels in leisure segment - that's HomeAway's ambition - Yeoh Siew Hoon
"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

Startup Advice from Serial Entrepreneurs in Austin - Laura Lorek
"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

Renting Out Your Home: Tips and Strategies for Homeowners in Los Al-Seal Beach - Paige Austin
"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

Looking to Rent Out your Home For the Super Bowl? - Rebecca Sheehan
"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

Southwest Airlines executive joins HomeAway board
"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

I love my Austin job: HomeAway’s Charles Wagner - Mauri Elbel
"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

On location: ‘The Great Gatsby’ - Joanne O'Connor
"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

10 Ways to Save on Family Travel - Stacey L. Bradford
"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."



APRIL 2013

The Wall Street Journal

Brian Sharples: A Good Business Idea Is Just the Beginning - Brian Sharples
"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

HomeAway Partners With Gogobot to Gain a New Edge in Vacation Rentals - Brian Patrick Eha
"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

Seniors on the Go: Summer trip planning: Vacation rentals - Ed Perkins
"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

Tips for Surviving a Multigenerational Vacation - Aaron Starmer
"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

Startups Offer Aid After Boston Marathon Attack - Brian Patrick Eha
"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

HomeAway boosts timeshare ties - Sarah Drake
"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

Zehr: Austin’s international presence on the rise - Dan Zehr
"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

Before Becoming a Landlord, Add Up Costs - Anya Martin
"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

Suddenly, We're Shopping for Vacation Homes Again - Jeff Brown
"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

6 Money-Saving Travel Secrets - Kerry Hannon
"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

The Surest Way To Build A Billion-Dollar Internet Company - Bruce Upbin
"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

Cirrus Logic, HomeAway employees to rock for HAAM - Chad Swiatecki
"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."


MARCH 2013

CultureMap Austin

Downtown Austin will Light It Up Blue for autism awareness - Ryan Lakich
"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

Comforts of home for vacationers - Jane Mahoney
"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."

The Week

Making money: Tricks for working from home, and more - Sergio Hernandez
"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

US holiday site HomeAway partners with Travelmob to list rentals in Southeast Asia - Jon Russell
"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."

Forbes

The Good, The Bad and The Tragic: Stories of Acquisition for Growth - Cheryl Conner
"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

Google Benefits as Priceline Outspends Expedia on Web Ads: Tech - Ari Levy, Brian Womack
"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

HomeAway's Success Stems From An Early Failure - Morey Stettner
"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

How HomeAway’s CEO tapped into Kayak’s mobile “genius” - Dennis Schaal
"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."


FEBRUARY 2013

Bloomberg

We Don't Consider Airbnb Competition: HomeAway CEO - Emily Chang
"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

21 Secrets to Save on Travel - Stacy Rapacon
"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

HomeAway part of national coalition - Christopher Calnan
"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

The hidden costs of being a snowbird - Catey Hill
"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

Amazing apartment rentals -- and some budget options, too - Maureen Jenkins
"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

6 Tips to Save Money on Your Ski Vacation
"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

Jersey Shore Rental Listings Surge to Record - Stephanie Landsman
"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

Uncommon accommodations: Looking beyond the hotel room - Emily Friess
"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

Luxury for rent: Vacation properties mean savings for travelers, tax money for cities - Skip Descant
"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."


JANUARY 2013

LandLopers

Staying Local with HomeAway - Matt Long
"I’ve used HomeAway Vacation Rentals a couple of times, and each time I’ve been surprised about the experience. Unlike a hotel, staying in an apartment or condo automatically draws you in to the local culture in a way that’s hard to duplicate."

ABC News

Plenty of Room at the Inns for 2013 Inauguration - Genevieve Shaw Brown
"Homeowners, too, are hoping to cash in on the crowds that do make the trip for Inauguration 2013. HomeAway.com said the average price of a two-bedroom home is about $600 per night. A two-bedroom would go for about $280 per night on a weekend without a special event."


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."


OCTOBER 2013

Yahoo! Travel

HomeAway joins the luxury-rental fray by offering high-end private homes - Bekah Wright
"HomeAway consistently noticed a demand for luxury rentals, executive Jon Gray told Yahoo Travel. 'We identified the luxury market as the fastest growing segment in the travel industry overall, which produces over a trillion dollars in annual sales in North America alone,' said Gray, the company’s senior vice president, Americas."

Business Insider

How To Manage Employees Who Are Older Than You - Jenna Goudreau
"Jon Gray, 30, was the third employee of publicly traded HomeAway, an online vacation rental marketplace, when it was founded in 2004. From the very beginning, when he was a marketing analyst, to his current role as senior vice president of the Americas, he has mostly managed people older than him. His direct reports have ranged in age from their early 20s to their mid 50s."

tnooz

Expedia to add HomeAway vacation rentals to its travel search results - Sean O'Neill
"The plan is to include roughly 10,000 US and Mexican standalone vacation rentals on expedia.com from HomeAway, the largest marketplace for holiday stays. The move follows in the wake of a prior agreement to include B&B listings from HomeAway sub-brand BedandBreakfast.com."

Investor's Business Daily

HomeAway Unveils New Pay-Per-Booking Model, Network - Doug Tsuruoka
"HomeAway says pay per booking is also targeted at those renting six weeks or less, including owners in seasonal destinations or cities that host popular events such as the Super Bowl, soccer World Cup and South by Southwest Music Festival. The company believes the service will also benefit large property management firms that usually list only a subset of properties due to cash constraints that stop them from paying subscription fees in advance for all of their properties."

NJ.com

Jersey Shore summer rentals took a hit months after Hurricane Sandy - Tom De Poto
"HomeAway, the leader in online rentals, saw an overall increase in inquiries for Shore rentals despite the news coverage Sandy had generated months earlier. ... By summer, 77 percent said the damage was reclassified as 'slight or none.' As a result, 71 percent of the HomeAway rentals were able to book about 75 percent of their available time."

USA Today

It's becoming a breeze to rent Caribbean villas - Candyce H. Stapen
"HomeAway and VRBO (Vacation Rentals by Owner), the older company, post essentially the same inventory, with some exceptions. VRBO has fewer filters to sort material. About 15% of HomeAway and VRBO's inventory is bookable online. Instead of concierge services, the sites encourage renters to contact owners for local information. Rental insurance is available for a fee."

Skift

What HomeAway Can Teach Airbnb About Getting Along With Cities - Jason Clampet
"HomeAway approaches the situation by giving local residents information to advocate for rentals. It partnered with Airbnb and FlipKey on the Short Term Rental Advocacy Center, which tells people effective methods for lobbying local and state officials. But it doesn’t believe the lobbying is HomeAway’s responsibility."

About.com

Vacation Homes In Haunted Destinations - Kim Fredericks
"While checking in to a haunted hotel is one way to experience a destination's past, staying at a historic home provides a more intimate and spacious alternative. Here's a look at a few historic homes for rent from HomeAway.com in some of the most haunted places in the United States, although not all come with resident ghosts."

Huffington Post

Business Tips From 7 Highly Successful Entrepreneurs - Jamilah Corbitt
"I asked a few self-made millionaire entrepreneurs to share their advice for being successful in business. Here's what they had to say: 1) Choose something that is in line with your own personal interest and passion, then it never seems like work. 2) Don't be afraid to fail. ..."

The Huffington Post

Ways to Avoid Apartment Rental Scams - Ann Rivall
"And as HomeAway's Senior Vice President for the Americas Jon Gray explained, "You're getting a memory of where you stay versus a memory of where you go." But while choosing to rent a room or crash on someone's couch lends an unconventional element to your trip, renting doesn't necessarily guarantee the same security as a hotel. Though fraud is rare, the vacation rental industry's online platform and anonymous user community makes travelers inherently vulnerable to Internet scammers."


SEPTEMBER 2013

NBC 40

Despite Sandy, some shore towns see increased traveler demand - Matt Alba
"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

A Guide To Disney World's 'Hidden Treasures' - Lisa Miller
"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

Brian Sharples: Be Scrappy But Make Enough to Pay the Bills
"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

HomeAway Uses Hamburgers to Make a Case for Vacation Rentals - Jason Clampet
"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

How to hand down family vacation homes - Amy Hoak
"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

Vacation rentals hot
"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

Plugged In: Austin seeing a ‘renaissance of startups,’ mentor says - Lori Hawkins
"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

HomeAway offers an alternative to Airbnb - Linda Bryant
"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."


AUGUST 2013

ABC News

6 Jaw-Dropping Castles for Rent - Genevieve Shaw Brown
"With that in mind, we're on the lookout for some of the world's most fantastic rental properties (check out our story on vacation homes with amazing infinity pools). HomeAway.com, a leading vacation rental home site, tracked down several castles available for rent. One has 43 bedrooms and can sleep you plus 119 of your closest friends."

San Antonio Express-News

Homes away from home - Richard Webner
"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

HomeAway Updates Vacation Rental App With Features - Doug Tsuruoka
"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

5 Tips to Save on Last-Minute Summer Trips - Anisha Sekar
"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

Tax Rules on Renting Your Vacation Home - Kay Bell
"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

Here and there: Keep down costs of traveling with kids
"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

Vacation home rentals gaining momentum - Ted Jackovics
"'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."


JULY 2013

Fodor's

10 Ultra-Luxe European Villa Rentals - Maggie Gorman
"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 China Partner Seen As Key To Growth - Doug Tsuruoka
"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 Buys Singapore Startup Travelmob To Enter Asia-Pacific - Victoria Ho
"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

How to Plan a Cheaper Summer Vacation - Kimberly Palmer
"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

5 Ways to Cut the Cost of Traveling With Kids - Cameron Huddleston
"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

Acquiring Rivals Is The Key To Growth At HomeAway - Gary M. Stern
"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

Austin original expands to The Domain - Tyler Sieswerda
"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

How to Get the Best Deal on Ski House Rentals - Andrew West
"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."


JUNE 2013

Investor's Business Daily

HomeAway's Niche: Find Vacation Home Away From Home - Donald H. Gold
"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

Pondering Innovation with the Santa Fe Institute in Austin - Laura Lorek
"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

6 Easy Steps to 6 Figures - Kristine Hanchar
"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

A Summer Vacation Home Isn't as Out of Reach as You Think - Lauren Lyster
"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

How to Book the Perfect Beach Rental - Caroline Costello
"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

Taking the Kids -- to the Caribbean in summer - Eileen Ogintz
"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

Homemade vacation rentals - Hang Nguyen
"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."


MAY 2013

Money

Vacation home prices continue to soar - Sarah Max
"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

Vacation-rental market grows in central Ohio - Jim Weiker
"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

Many turning to vacation homes rather than hotels when traveling - Ty Brennan
"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

One day, vacation rentals will supplant hotels in leisure segment - that's HomeAway's ambition - Yeoh Siew Hoon
"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

Startup Advice from Serial Entrepreneurs in Austin - Laura Lorek
"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

Renting Out Your Home: Tips and Strategies for Homeowners in Los Al-Seal Beach - Paige Austin
"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

Looking to Rent Out your Home For the Super Bowl? - Rebecca Sheehan
"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

Southwest Airlines executive joins HomeAway board
"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

I love my Austin job: HomeAway’s Charles Wagner - Mauri Elbel
"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

On location: ‘The Great Gatsby’ - Joanne O'Connor
"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

10 Ways to Save on Family Travel - Stacey L. Bradford
"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."



APRIL 2013

The Wall Street Journal

Brian Sharples: A Good Business Idea Is Just the Beginning - Brian Sharples
"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

HomeAway Partners With Gogobot to Gain a New Edge in Vacation Rentals - Brian Patrick Eha
"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

Seniors on the Go: Summer trip planning: Vacation rentals - Ed Perkins
"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

Tips for Surviving a Multigenerational Vacation - Aaron Starmer
"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

Startups Offer Aid After Boston Marathon Attack - Brian Patrick Eha
"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

HomeAway boosts timeshare ties - Sarah Drake
"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

Zehr: Austin’s international presence on the rise - Dan Zehr
"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

Before Becoming a Landlord, Add Up Costs - Anya Martin
"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

Suddenly, We're Shopping for Vacation Homes Again - Jeff Brown
"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

6 Money-Saving Travel Secrets - Kerry Hannon
"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

The Surest Way To Build A Billion-Dollar Internet Company - Bruce Upbin
"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

Cirrus Logic, HomeAway employees to rock for HAAM - Chad Swiatecki
"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."


MARCH 2013

CultureMap Austin

Downtown Austin will Light It Up Blue for autism awareness - Ryan Lakich
"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

Comforts of home for vacationers - Jane Mahoney
"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."

The Week

Making money: Tricks for working from home, and more - Sergio Hernandez
"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

US holiday site HomeAway partners with Travelmob to list rentals in Southeast Asia - Jon Russell
"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."

Forbes

The Good, The Bad and The Tragic: Stories of Acquisition for Growth - Cheryl Conner
"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

Google Benefits as Priceline Outspends Expedia on Web Ads: Tech - Ari Levy, Brian Womack
"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

HomeAway's Success Stems From An Early Failure - Morey Stettner
"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

How HomeAway’s CEO tapped into Kayak’s mobile “genius” - Dennis Schaal
"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."