Fast Facts

What is HomeAway, Inc.?

HomeAway, based in Austin, Texas, is the world leader in vacation rentals with more than 2 million unique places to stay in 190 countries, and is a part of the Expedia, Inc. family of brands. Through HomeAway, owners and property managers offer an extensive selection of vacation homes that provide travelers with memorable experiences and benefits, including more room to relax and added privacy, often for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. The company also makes it easy for vacation rental owners and property managers to advertise their properties and manage bookings online. 

How was HomeAway founded?

Over the years, HomeAway co-founder Brian Sharples and his family rented a variety of ski and beach homes, enjoying the space, availability of a kitchen and flexibility to invite others on vacation. However, he found that finding and booking a property online in the highly fragmented vacation rental industry was not as easy as reserving a hotel.  It was out of this frustration, that he realized the opportunity to transform the vacation rental industry and build the world's leading marketplace for online vacation rentals. Sharples and Carl Shepherd founded HomeAway, Inc. in February 2005.

Why rent a vacation home?

 Spend less but get more room than a hotel
 More space – the average vacation rental home is 1850 sq. ft. versus the average hotel room that is 325 sq. ft.
 More Privacy – plenty of space, comfort and little disturbance; perfect for family time
 Kitchen – prepare a quick meal; save from having to eat out
 Authentic experience in your travel destination
 More opportunities to create lasting memories with family and friends
 Easy to find a pet-friendly accommodation in most destinations


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