Silicon Valley: Uh Oh for Web 2.0-- Some startups still lure investors - Spencer E. Ante
“Digg is just one of the tech ventures that has been able to raise money during the last few tumultuous months. Here are some of the promisisng companies that have scared up capital since early September…
“HomeAway: Became the world’s largest Internet vacation-home service through the acquisition of 10 online vacation-rental sites.
Amount of Funding: $250 million
Investors: Institutional Venture Partners, Technology Crossover Ventures, and Redpoint Ventures
Date of Funding, 2008: Nov. 11”

Wall Street Journal

2009 Resolutions - Nicholas Dawidoff
“For the New Year, The Wall Street Journal asked some influential people three questions: What professional project do you plan to complete in 2009? What personal resolution do you finally hope to keep next year? And what problem should your industry or professional community tackle more effectively?...
Brian Sharples, 48
CEO of HomeAway, Austin, Texas
PROFESSIONAL: If you take all our traffic it is the eighth largest online travel destination in the world, but it's still a conglomeration of sites. We want to achieve the full technical integration of all of our companies.
PERSONAL: To turn off my Blackberry and to stop thinking about work 24 hours a day.
INDUSTRY: Making it as easy to find and book vacation properties as easy as it is to do in hotels.”

Austin American Statesman

- Lori Hawkins
“...I set out to survey Austin venture capitalists and entrepreneurs about their predictions for 2009...
“...Brian Sharples, whose company HomeAway Inc. raised a record $250 million in November:
‘Biggest hope: Austin has always been powered by creativity and optimism. I hope we all keep a positive attitude — and everyone will be just fine.’
‘Biggest fear: That the less optimistic people from other parts of the country decide to move here.’”

San Francisco Chronicle

Cheaper alternatives for staying in Europe - Arthur Frommer
“Americans of all ages and conditions are reducing their European costs by scheduling stays of at least a week in each of the cities they visit, and then proceeding to rent an apartment in place of a hotel. A large industry has emerged of companies that make short-term apartments available to tourists in every major city:,,...and many others. All seem to be thriving, as cost-conscious Americans turn decisively to alternative accommodations for their holidays abroad.”

San Francisco Chronicle

- Ed Perkins
“HomeAway (; (512) 493-0382), the largest online vacation rental site, also posts a deals page, which links to dozens of special offers in California, Florida, Hawaii and Mexico. Some are short-term deals for just the month; others go through the relatively slow January season, and some go into early spring. The individual listings do not claim any specific discounts, but some of the prices look very good.”

Majestic Montserrat: A Caribbean Esacpe for Less - Charis Atlas Heelan
“Inis Ealu (tel. 664/491-5270; offer guests a secluded island oasis with panoramic views of the island's surrounding ocean and lush tropical rainforest. The villa is equipped with a well-appointed gourmet kitchen that includes dishwasher, granite counters and a poolside mahogany bar for those cozy al fresco moonlit dinners. The master-suite features a king-size bed, walk-in closet, en suite bath with shower and a private balcony. Rates range from $1,000 to $1,500 per week for a maximum of six persons.”

Business Journal of Milwaukee

Vacations homes: An investment option? - Pete Millard
“Lastly, popular destinations like Door County can be attractive to European travelers who are familiar with the concept of renting vacation homes, according to, an internatioal Web site.”

USA Today

Some companies (like Wal-Mart) thrive despite recession - Edward Iwata
“While many businesses struggle during the recession, a handful of U.S. and global companies... are riding out the financial storm in good shape...
“HomeAway isn't growing recklessly, though, like start-ups during the dot-com boom and crash almost a decade ago. The firm just paid down $100 million in debt, and it will slow hiring and acquisitions if the economy keeps tanking.”

Seattle Times

Finding vacation rentals - and offseason bargains - Kristin Jackson
“...check the Web sites of HomeAway ( and Vacation Rentals By Owner ( They're major clearinghouses with vacation rentals throughout Washington.”


New York Times

Obama and You? A Strategy for the Big Day - Michelle Higgins
“Vacation rental sites like and still have some availability for the inaugural week and offer a $5,000 guarantee if the listing does not exist or you are wrongfully denied access to a vacation rental property for your stay. ”

New Orleans Times-Picayune

Vacation rentals, road food, Zagat on airlines and other Trip Tips - Millie Ball
“Vacation Rentals. I've long been a fan of (vacation rentals by owner), but those looking to save money or have more space by renting a house or condo might also check Within the site, which claims to have 118,000 listings, look at "Travel Deals" and "Top 10 Big City Vacation Rental Deals." It's also easy to search for places that accept pets. ”

Regis and Kelly

Season of Savings: Budget Travel
“HomeAway, Inc., an online vacation rental marketplace, has selected Publicis in the West and Digitas as its agencies of record. The new relationship begins immediately, with work hitting in early 2009.”

Los Angeles Times is ready to give Rentalo some competition - Jen Leo
“ is taking over the online vacation home rental market. A new round of $250 million in financing and the acquisition of 11 vacation rental websites make it a serious competitor. For those who haven't been to the site -- it's attractive, has more than 120,000 listings and is user-friendly to boot. ”

Villa Rentals Under the Tuscan Sun
"Le Miccine sleeps six, from $2,475 per week, available through Home Away, 512/493-0382, Photos 1 of 4 • Villa owners recommend: Ristoro di Lamole”

Holiday Travel Bargains? It's a Christmas Miracle! - Kate Hamman
“The one area where I know you can really save is on lodging. I recommend a vacation rental close to the beach or all of the attractions. With a company like, I was able to find a six-bedroom home that sleeps up to 18 people for $3,995 per week. The grand total for 10 nights comes to $5,707, or about $570 per night. That's a good value when you consider how many hotel rooms (even 10 people would probably require five rooms) you would have to rent each night. ”

2008 InfoWorld 100 Awards
“ HomeAway
Data Distribution Framework Project Lead: Ross Buhrdorf, CTO
Project Description: To efficiently manage multiple Web sites and applications written in a variety of programming languages, HomeAway developed AtomServer, tapping Abdera from Apache and incorporating ideas from the Atom community. The data distribution framework has since been open-sourced under the Apache Software License.
Industry: Hospitality ”

Travel Magazine Offers Advice on Rental Properties - Associated Press
“The magazine also recommends the best vacation rental websites, including… and ”

Conference FYI - Douglas Quinby
“ PhoCusWright will host a Workshop on the new dynamics of the vacation rental industry at The PhoCusWright Conference on Tuesday, November 18 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel. Presented by six leaders in the space (Endless Vacation Rentals, Flipkey, HomeAway, LeisureLink, and, this Workshop will delve deep into the powerful changes and new opportunities in the long understudied—and underestimated—vacation rental marketplace. ”

HomeAway: A Find in Online Vacation Rentals - Spencer E. Ante
“There's no place like a second home. Or so the backers of vacation-rental startup HomeAway believe. Venture capitalists are so enamored of the three-year-old Austin (Tex.) company, in fact, that they're plowing a staggering $250 million into HomeAway—the biggest investment in an Internet outfit since the height of the dot-com bubble in 2000…
“Like eBay (EBAY)or (AMZN), HomeAway is trying to create a simple yet efficient consumer experience on the Web in a highly fragmented market.”

Wall Street Journal: Deal Journal

Internet Company Raises $250 Million. In This Market? - Heidi N. Moore
“Enter TCV[Technology Crossover Ventures], IVP [Institutional Venture Partners] and Redpoint [Ventures]. Sharples called the three firms to raise $250 million, the amount that the company needed to help employees cash out, pay back its debt and have enough left over for acquisitions…
“TCV, for its part, wanted to invest in HomeAway because the company was similar to its previous Internet-based portfolio companies: and Travelocity, as well as Netflix and eHarmony. In those cases, TCV bet on companies that could succeed in a “fragmented” market full of competitors, filled with customers that had multiple options in finding what they needed. ” Tech Blog

HomeAway Makes $250m VC Round Splash - Chris Nuttall
“There is no valuation available based on the new investment round but the size of the commitment from Redpoint, Institutional Venture Partners and Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) suggests the VCs view HomeAway as eventually being in the same league as another TCV investment, Expedia, which currently has a market capitalization of $2.4bn and forecast revenues this year of $3bn. ”

New York Times: Bits Blog

Vacation Rental Site Raises $250 Million - Claire Cain Miller
“ HomeAway, based in Austin, Tex., is profitable and will bring in just under $100 million in sales this year, Mr. Sharples said. In addition to acquisitions, it will spend its new money on marketing. So far, most customers have learned about the site from friends, but HomeAway has just hired its first chief marketing officer and advertising agency.”

AOL Money & Finance

- Rachel Metz, Associated Press
“Even as the sinking economy is making many people think about turning their vacations into "staycations," an online vacation rental service recently managed to raise $250 million to fund its growth.
“The listing service, HomeAway Inc., said Tuesday that with its latest round of private financing, it has raised $405 million since it launched in 2005.”

Rent Out Your Vacation Home for Extra Income - Adrian Sainz, Associated Press
“ 'People who have second homes have found the price of operating and maintaining their home have gone up,' Justin Halloran, vice president of, which operates a series of Web sites that lists vacation homes for rent. 'Other expenses in their lives have also gone up, so they have less money to spend on their second home.' ”

Wall Street Journal

Renting a Villa, Not a Dump - Sarah Nassauer
“ Now, hospitality companies are trying to find ways to make booking a vacation rental less mysterious and more reliable, to compete more directly with the familiar brand-name hotel experience.
“Homeaway Inc., the world's largest vacation rental booking company by the number of properties listed, is moving to increase reliable user reviews on its Web sites, so potential renters can have more confidence in their choices.”


Venture Capital Journal

- Joanna Glasner
“HomeAway, a network of websites that specializes in vacation rentals has been particularly acquisitive. The Austin, Texas based company, founded by Austin Ventures Executive-in-Residence, Brian Sharples, set out to buy the largest and fastest growing sites in the market. To do that, the company has raised $231 million since 2004, most of it in the last two years, from VCs including Austin Ventures, American Capital, Institutional Venture Partners, Redpoint Ventures and Trident Capital. ”

Online Media Daily

HomeAway Chooses Agencies of Record
“HomeAway, Inc., an online vacation rental marketplace, has selected Publicis in the West and Digitas as its agencies of record. The new relationship begins immediately, with work hitting in early 2009.”

HomeAway Taps Publicis, Digitas - Gregory Solman
“Mike Butler, client chief commercial officer, said in a statement, ‘Digitas and Publicis in the West create a best-of-breed global agency for HomeAway. We are excited to expand our marketing capabilities worldwide and look forward to making HomeAway a household name in travel and the most trusted brand in the industry for vacation rental homeowners and property managers.’”

Austin American-Statesman

- Lori Hawkins
“HomeAway, Inc., a fast-growing Austin Web company, is expanding again, becoming the anchor tenant at a new office and retail development at West Fifth Street and Lamar Boulevard.”

Austin Business Journal

HomeAway Moving Downtown
“Founded in 2005 with just six employees, Austin-based HomeAway has grown to 354 employees in four countries. The company employs 150 people here in Austin. To cope with the significant growth, HomeAway tapped commercial development firm Southwest Strategies Group to find a centrally located office space within walking distance to many retail services.”

VacationRoost: A New Site for Vacation Rentals - Ed Perkins
“The 800-pound gorilla of the industry is HomeAway Inc., an umbrella company that operates 10 online vacation sites around the world with more than 300,000 listings. Among its top individual sites:

    * HomeAway is the largest, with 118,000 listings in 118 countries.
    * VRBO (Vacation Rentals by Owner) is the oldest (1992), with more than 100,000 listings, 85 percent of them in the U.S.
    * VacationRentals lists more than 34,000 units concentrated in Florida, the Caribbean, and Mexico.
    * Holiday-Rentals provides the best coverage for rentals in Europe and the Middle East.”

Los Angeles Times

Reader tips: trail mix, B&Bs and other budget stretchers
“Stay in privately owned apartment rentals instead of hotels. Websites such as or www.homeaway.comoffer a treasure box of reasonably priced apartment rentals with excellent amenities. Many include daily or midweek maid service. And preparing your own meals and picnics saves a lot of money.”

Austin Business Journal

Study finds vacation rental market is a $24 billion industry
“Travelers looking for alternatives to hotels have helped grow the vacation rental market to a $24.3 billion industry, according to a new study [by PhoCusWright Inc.]…
"Brian Sharples, CEO of HomeAway, says the report helps validate the potential of the vacation rental market. He adds that in the current economy, vacation rentals may prove more attractive because of their relative value.”

Travels With Brian: Seattle Times Travel blog

Hawaii for $50 a day (the final tally, and more tips) - Brian Cantwell
“Finding the condo was a good deal, in a good location. See, my favorite Web site to search for by-owner rentals, which can be a bargain (if you're a careful shopper). Ask for references, including proof that the rental agent has rights to rent the property. The Web site includes good tips on consumer protection.”

New York Daily News

Nice Wallet-Friendly Travel Tips You’ll Want to Save - Robyn Moreno
“ Get a home away from home. If you want to see a city through the eyes of a native, renting an apartment is a great option. Check out … for cool accommodations.”

USA Today

Budget travel sites to keep you out of the red - Laura Bly
“ Part of the network, this 'vacation rentals by owner' site concentrates on U.S. properties, from mountain cabins to oceanfront villas. Listings include availability calendars, but owners can choose not to post negative reviews.”

Leisure Living: Prices Holding Up in Ski Areas - Adrian Sainz, Associated Press
“Other sites for vacation home listings and real estate agents who specialize in second homes include and”


Making the Most of Hotel Alternatives - Chris Elliott
“Condos and vacation rentals aren't sterile hotel buildings with daily maid service. They're real homes owned by real people. The charming cabin in Lake Arrowhead, California, that I recently reserved through HomeAway certainly belonged to someone…”


How to save money with a vacation rental - Laura T. Coffey
“There are vacation homes all over the United States...A quick Internet search for “vacation rentals” will lead you to numerous Web sites where you can shop around and check availability, including HomeAway,,,,,”


“An Austin visitor will have to go as far as Round Rock or San Marcos if they are just now booking rooms for ACL Festival or for the UT versus Arkansas game...
...another option is renting out another person's home for the weekend...
You can do it either through the Internet or you can do it Halbert's way, through the rental company HomeAway.”

USA Today

'Beware' of short-term rentals in NYC - Laura Bly
“Tips for renting a short-term apartment in the Big Apple: ...Consider booking through a professional management company that screens listings, or use a site that offers reviews and safeguards. HomeAway, for example, reimburses renters up to $5,000 if a listing isn't legit. ”


Final 100 Tickets for Grassroots Roundtable and Austin Meetup
“Next week is our MeetUp in Austin, Texas...
Some new panelists joining me will be:
Mike Butler, Chief marketing officer HomeAway (formerly CMO of T-Mobile USA).”


The Vacation-Home Dilemma
“You'd hate to sell your vacation getaway, but keeping up two homes has gotten too pricey for comfort. Is there a solution?
'Absolutely yes,' says Christine Karpinski, director of Owner Community for and author of How to Rent Vacation Properties by Owner.'Renting out your vacation home allows you to have your cake and eat it, too.  And the good news is it's easy to do yourself, not to mention, surprisingly lucrative.' "


Hotel alternatives that could save you big bucks - Christopher Elliott
“More travelers are bunking down in nontraditional accommodations, including timeshares, condos and vacation rentals, as I pointed out last year.
The trend seems to be accelerating. The vacation rental industry grew by 17 percent last year... ”

New York Times

Bright Spot in a Bad Economy - Billie Cohen
“'Vacation rentals as a category are growing well in the U.S.,' said Justin Halloran, managing director of United States brands for HomeAway, a group of vacation-rental Web sites. 'They are taking shares from hotels because they give more space, freedom and amenities than hotels' — like kitchens, private pools and more bedrooms for less money.”

New York Times

Designed to Rent - Samantha Storey
“The number of vacation homes in Savannah listed on, a vacation rentals Web site, increased 120 percent in the first two quarters of 2008 from the similar period last year, said Eileen Buesing, the site’s director of public relations.
Inventory has gone up around the country, Ms. Buesing said, partly because the economic downturn has caused many vacation-home owners to postpone selling their properties and to rent them out, instead — often to supplement income. In addition, some travelers are forgoing hotels and choosing vacation-home rentals as a more economical alternative.”

JULY 2008

New York Times

Pfffffffffft! There Goes the Vacation - Alex Williams
“Compared with last year, growth in inquiries for rental properties in Mexico and Europe between April and June was modest, but interest in many so-called 'drive destinations' spiked dramatically — 114 percent in Ocean City, Md., not far from Washington and Baltimore; 44 percent in the Hamptons.”


Renting A Little R&R
“’All our sites are growing fast and demand, reservation requests, are especially growing faster than supply across most markets,’ says Justin Halloran, vice president of HomeAway.”

Travel Tips to Combat Fuel Cost
“[Tim] Leffel also suggests looking into cabin rentals, one-week apartment rentals, or renting directly from an owner instead of staying at a hotel. is a good place to start. Don't forget to always ask for a discount!”

JUNE 2008

Good Morning America

Clip Your Way to a Cheaper Vacation
"Rent from an owner.  Check out, (vacation rental by owner), and, which lists timeshares for rent. Because you're dealing directly with the property owner, these sites offer big savings on accommodations."

Los Angeles Times

Vacation Rental Homes Offer a Unique Experience - Christopher Reynolds
"About 115,000 homes, cabins, cottages and condos in the US and abroad (50% US, 43% Europe) are listed on, which consolidates information from smaller sites."

The Wall Street Journal

The Five-Star Beach Rental - June Fletcher
" says the supply in popular destinations rose significantly during the prime February-though-April renting season over the same 2007 period.  The number of properties was up 57% in Miami, 42% in California's wine country, 32% in New York's Hamptons and 31% on Cape Code in Massachusetts, the Web site says."

Arthur Frommer's Travel Blog

As air travel within the United States grows costlier... there remain seven or eight basic tactics for reducing your overall travel costs - Arthur Frommer
"6) You will cut your total travel costs by renting an apartment or vacation home at the destination instead of a standard hotel. You will turn to Vacation Rentals by Owner (, HomeAway ("

Miami Herald

- James H. Burnett III and Jane Wooldridge
"But as a vacationer, how do you know the condo or home you're renting will suit your needs? [Justin] Halloran says to look at the pictures- his sites allow an owner to post up to a dozen of them- and read travel reviews."


"If you're headed for the beach or mountains, skip the hotels and motels and rent a house where you can save money nightly and fix your own meals and snacks in the kitchen... Rent directly from owners via sites such as,"

Austin Business Journal

EscapeHomes latest buy for fast-growing HomeAway
"The purchase of EscapeHomes was a natural next step for our business,  says Brian Sharples, CEO of HomeAway.  He adds that the company is 'excited to applly our expertise in and commitment to providing owners the best and most trusted resources to the second home real estate markets."

MAY 2008

USA Today

Renting out your vacation home can have tax advantages - Sandra Block
“Demand for vacation rentals is strong in many parts of the country, despite a large supply of second homes and rising gas prices, says Justin Halloran of Many families that can't afford to fly or stay in a hotel, he says, are opting to rent a vacation home a couple of hours from where they live.”

Contra Costa Times

- Eve Mitchell
“When booking a rental, check to see if the Web site offers some type of guarantee that the listing does indeed exist, said [Sarah] Schlichter. “For example, offers a 'rent with confidence guarantee' for properties booked through the Web site or its network of other vacation rental Web sites.”

The Wall Street Journal

Rent a Vacation Home and Save - Amy Hoak
“Last year, 16 million adult Americans rented a vacation home or villa and 29% of those travelers reserved it online,’ [Mr. Harteveldt of Forrester Research] says. He expects the online segment to grow…“Renters have a variety of sites to consider when looking for a rental. HomeAway owns and operates many of the Web sites…."

Baltimore Sun

- Ellen Uzelac
“Rent, don't reserve. Check out house or apartment rentals, especially in Europe. They're often less expensive than hotels, particularly if it's a group travel situation. is a good place to start. It has worldwide listings ranging from a villa in Honolulu to a farmhouse in Tuscany to a beachfront home in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.”

San Francisco Chronicle

- Carol Lloyd
“’There's a huge demand,’ says Justin Halloran, vice president for HomeAway… ‘The areas where we see the most demand are urban areas like San Francisco, New York and Las Vegas, where hotel prices are high and there's a relative lack of supply,’ said Halloran.”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

- Joanne Cleaver
“This year, HomeAway lists 200 rentals in Wisconsin, 32% more than last year at this point. Those rentals have generated 69% more inquiries. As a rule of thumb, every 10 inquiries translates to one booking…“The increase in owners looking for income from their houses is as much about the slow housing market as it is about the ease of finding renters through online booking sites, says Justin Halloran, vice president of”

Boston Globe

- Nicole C. Wong
“This money-saving shift has boosted business at some New England destinations…
“Cape Cod also is benefiting., a website that lists more than 2,800 homes available for vacation rental on the Cape, has seen inquiries during the last 90 days jump 31 percent compared with the same time last year.”

Reports of Hawaii's demise as an affordable vacation destination have been greatly exaggerated - Pauline Frommer
"A key factor that AAA seemed to miss is that a good one-third (if not more) of visitors to Hawaii no longer patronize hotels. Condos are the kudzu of the Hawaiian Isles…Maui may be the most condo-happy of the bunch and consequently, it's not all that unusual to find studio apartments there going for between $65-$125 a night, through such websites as,…"


- Aimee Fitzpatrick Martin
“For some people, however, it takes a leap of faith to rent a house online. What if you show up at 1313 Mockingbird Lane and find an empty parking lot? “There are ways to lower your risks, however.  The following Web sites offer a 'HomeAway Rent with Confidence Guarantee,' which reimburses renters up to $5,000 for unrefunded payments if the listing is determined to not be legitimate.”

Secrets to a Great Summer Share: Here's the lowdown on how to have a killer summer vacation with friends - Margaret O'Malley
“Find the perfect place.  The Internet is by far the easiest way to find a vacation home. Check out these resources to find a rental that fits your style and budget… or… When you log on, you can compare all the different prices, amenities, and locations.”

Everett Potter's Travel Report

Affordable Paris Apartment Rentals - Everett Potter
“There are hundreds of apartments for rent all over the city, from diminutive studios to spacious three bedrooms…“…Here are some good bets for Paris rentals: “HomeAway has hundreds of Paris listings, including a one-bedroom in the 6th Arrondisement for $1,100 per week.”

New York Times

Wiggle Room - Julia Lawlor
“On, the number of properties listed for rent in the Hamptons, the Jersey Shore, the Catskills and the Hudson Valley was up an average of 23 percent in the first quarter from the comparable period of 2007, according to… the world's largest vacation-rental Web site.”

APRIL 2008

Islands Magazine

A Family Affair: Unforgettable Moments - Kim Carmel
"Justin Halloran of vacation rental network HomeAway Inc. says 'Hands down, the best tip I can offer when traveling with kids is to stay at a vacation rental instead of a hotel'... Vacation rentals offer the convenience of your own kitchen, laundry, dining room, etc., so you really can feel right at home, only better."

USA Today

- Jayne Clark
"Consider vacation rental property listed on websites such as 'It used to be a pain to find a house, condo or apartment to rent, but the Internet has made the process so much easier. Renting is one of the very best values out there right now for groups."

Woman's Day

Theme Parks on a Budget - Arrica Elin SanSone
"Rent a house. 'For our last Disney vacation, we rented a four-bedroom home with pool, just minutes from the gate,' says Vicki Inman, a U.S. Army spouse stationed in Vicenza, Italy. 'We stayed for a week and saved hundreds because we split the rent with another family. Plus we had a washer, dryer and kitchen.' Check sites like "

Arizona Republic

- Sonja Haller
"Rent a home. If swapping homes sounds too out there, consider renting one. Travelers may be wary of cost or the rental process, but Eileen Ogintz says home rentals often are cheaper than hotels and may offer hot tubs, pools and access to transportation. Try,"

How to Plan a Bachelorette Party - Lisbeth Levine
"Beachhouse rental. Sand, surf and a setup that allows you to make your own mojitos are just a few of the draws of a weekend at a beach. If there's no beachhouse in your extended circle of family and friends that you can tap for the weekend, try an online vacation rental service like..."

MARCH 2008

Des Moines Register

- Tom Perry
"The increasing popularity of the Internet as a travel-research tool has dramatically increased vacation rental activity, said Eileen Buesing, Director of Public Relations for, one of the Internet's largest vacation rental sites."

New York Times

Landlord of the Manor - Steve Bailey
"The cabin, which is two miles from Lake Champlain and less than an hour from several ski areas, is listed at, a vacation home Web site. It goes for $1299 to $2000 per week, bringing extra income and good cheer."


- Chuck Stogel
"Opportunity is the word that Mike Butler uses most when asked to describe both the new industry he's now involved in and the new company for which he works. Former chief marketer at T-Mobile USA, and before that a top exec at Capital One, Kraft General Foods and Kellogg, Butler las month joined HomeAway... as CMO, a newly created position at the company."

San Mercury News

- Michael Martinez
"Q: My husband and I would like to rent a beach house in Redondo Beach.  How can I find an affordable place?
A: One good spot to start: did a search of homes in Los Angeles County located on or near the beach and said you can expect to pay about $1800 for a one-week rental of a two-bedroom home this summer. Prices vary depending on the property, number of bedrooms and distance to the beach."

Arthur Frommer's Travel Blog

- Arthur Frommer
"#6 The growing trend towards the rental of vacation homes and apartments. A giant movement. More and more Americans have learned that a vacation home or apartment can cost considerably less than an equivalent hotel room or rooms. Try HomeAway-, among others, for obtaining such a lodging."

Sleeping Around - Pavia Rosati
"Lone Ranger with your Tonto in an Alberta tipi. You get 350 square feet of solar-heated water and electricity. But what are you doing inside with those amazing plains right outside?"

All Aboard the White Elephant - Chandra Williams
"Who needs to travel all the way to a jungle or crowded public park when the city has its very own White Elephant anchored at India Wharf Marina on Boston's historic waterfornt? The 'elephant' in question happens to be the stunning rental houseboat The White Elephant Floating Inn, which placed fourth on HomeAway's recent list of the Top Ten  Most Unique Vacation Rentals."


AARP the magazine

- Laura Daily
"Skip the intermediary. Online firms such as or let you rent directly from an owner. HomeAway, for example, posts photos, descriptions, and renters' experiences."

Travel + Leisure

Villa Values
"BAHIA: Clusters of villas are cropping up in this northeastern state of Brazil. Texas-based HomeAway ( lists 30 properties along hte coconut grove-lined coast, and its 'rent with confidence' guarantee refunds unsatisfied guests up to $5,000 per booking. TOP PROPERTY: Number 77813.  A one-bedroom chalet in the village of Transcoso, furnished with banana-fiber chairs and tatajuba-wood floors."

Slide Show of Top 10 Most Unique Vacation Rentals - Jennifer Chait
"As you likely guessed the slides are of the top 10 odd vacation rentals. It's a slick slide show (say that 10 times fast), covering different areas of the world. You'll really enjoy it."

Closet Canuck

Top Ten Unique Getaways: Alberta's on the list - Sue Frause
"Many of them take alternative accommodations way outside the box, while the more traditional vacation rentals provide a unique travel experience not found in hotels."

Save Money on Travel
"GET A HOME AWAY FROM HOME: Condo or house rentals can be a nice alternative to hotels. Vacation rentals generally offer more room and amenities fo rthe same price as hotel rooms. Plus, their kitchens can spare you from having to dine out for every meal. One of the best sites we've found for rental lodgings is at"

Vacation Home Insider

Shell, Tipi, Yurt: Yours to Rent - Grace Lichtenstein
"I'm bored with hotel rooms, condos and the like. Next time, I head toward Litchfield, Connecticut, I want to stay in the geodesic dome featured by, a major vacation rental site in its gathering of 'Top Ten Most Unique Vacation Rentals.'

Hotel too expensive? Try a rental. - Ed Perkins
"Dealing direct: All of the really big online vacation rental websites act as bulletins that bring individual renters and owners together. The 800-pound gorilla in this marketplace is HomeAway, which has acquired a bunch of individual sites with an aggregate of more than 250,000 worldwide listings..."

Capital Area Food Bank Newsletter

CAFB Profiles: HomeAway
"As local food banks across the country face food shortages, employees at an Austin start-up put its entrepreneurial spirit in overdrive during its first Food & Fund Drive, ultimately providing more than 41,000 meals for hungry Central Texans in need... HomeAway employees collected more than 13,350 pounds of food- nearly 125 pounds raised per employee."

The Wall Street Journal

Getting a Start on Summer Rentals - Christina S.N. Lewis and Sarah Lin
"Such resilience is surprising, housing experts say, given low consumer confidence and the economy's loss of jobs last month.  It's possible some renters signed early at 2007 rates.  And many people may see renting in a "drive-to" market as a bargain compared with a stay at a hotel or vacationing abroad, says Justin Halloran, vice president of US operations for HomeAWay, a paid classifieds Web site."

The Wall Street Journal

Renting Out a Second Home While Keeping Your Sanity - Terri Cullen
"Finally, the couple can check the fees on comparable rentals nearby on vacation rental Web sites such as,... and"

"Arizona may not have Paris, but it does have one city that made's list of the top 10 most romantic spots to rent a vacation home... A Paris rental with a balcony overlooking the Eiffel Tower came in at No. 1.  Sedona, however, landed No. 6 for its Girlfriend Getaway, a six-bedroom house with a gourmet kitchen, private one-bedroom space, art studio and pool."


Coastal Living

Guestbook: Wish You Were Here - Kelly Brown Tomas
"Contact Info:  Visit homeaway property #317020."

Breaking Travel News

November 18, 2008
Interview with Brian Sharples, HomeAway CEO, from the PhoCusWright Conference

K-ABC 7 Los Angeles

July 25, 2008
“Rent a Home Away From Home”

The Today Show

May 29, 2008
"Travel with family on the cheap"