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posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@monique1218:  yeah it’s super legit.  My parents travel a lot on the cheap (retirement! so jealous!) and do a lot of it through VRBO.  Granted, there may be a few sketchy people on there since it’s all user-based, but the site and all of their experiences have been really professional and great.

ETA: I don’t mean sketchy SKETCHY, just not quite up to par with how a vacation rental ideally would be.  But if you look at reviews for the houses, etc you should be fine!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yes absolutely. I’ve rented quite a few houses trough vrbo and other various rental sites. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Yep! We rented out a house for my DH and his groomsmen through it for the wedding, and have booked my mother’s 60th birthday trip to Hawaii through VRBO as well.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I rented a house for my bachelorette party through VRBO. it was great. House was amazing and pretty affordable compared to a hotel for that many people. Only thing I will say, houses are not maintained as well as a hotel is. We had to call the owner a couple times over the course of two days because we would find things that weren’t working properly. 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Yes! My husband and I used it to go on a vacation to Clearwater Beach, FL it was a gorgeous townhouse and we had no issues! 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Yeah, we’ve booked condos in Tahoe on two separate occasions and were very pleased each time.  Totally worth it, make sure to read all the reviews for the units you’re interested in!

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

My aunt and uncle rent houses in Phoenix all the time and love it. We arranged a condo in Hawaii for our honeymoon as well. It’s so much cheaper than hotels, and way better and bigger. 

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

VRBO is fairly new on the Vacation Rental scene.  Before it came along, people listed their own properties in Local Newspapers (so if you wanted to stay in WDW Area, you’d get yourself a copy of the Orlando paper) – or they listed their property with a Real Estate Co that dealt with Rental – or they used a Property Management Co. to do all the paperwork etc.

VRBO (and by extension other Companies like AirBnB) have Owners being their own Leasing Agents.

For the most part they work out ok… altho there can be times when one will End Up with Something didn’t plan on… an Outright Scam Artist (took the money & ran) – A Property that looks NOTHING like the Photos – or worse, a Property that isn’t legal to rent.

The latter is the latest thing on this front.

Many Towns, Cities, States, Provinces, Countries… are now deeming these short term rentals to be ILLEGAL.  Because there is nothing to protect the Consumer… No Health & Safety Standards adhered to like a Hotel.

So in some cities self-renting is ILLEGAL unless the Owner has a Permit as a Short Term Rental Property… this is true for as I say many places… 3 of the most notable are:

New York City – Paris – and the whole Province of Quebec.

So my best advice there is KNOW BEFORE YOU SEND ANY MONEY…

In that regard a lot of great info can be found on TripAdvisor, the Internet’s Leader in Trip Planning info… you can always check in with their Destination Forums for the Place you are interested in to discover more about a place… and post Questions / chat with TA Destination Experts & Locals. 

Mr TTR & I travel a lot… we never go even on a weekend getaway anymore without consulting TA first… Travel Guides – Reviews (Accommodations – Restaurants – Attractions) – and the Travel Forums

On that note…

A few years back we did a Weekend Rental in the Mountains… we got it thru a company called FlipKey (which is like TA a Division of the Expedia Family).  We chose FlipKey cause they are 100% Guaranteed, and you can read Reviews on TripAdvisor for these Vacation Rentals.  It was a great experience… everything was exactly as it was presented… and the process was easy (our particular Cottage had a Property Management Company that handled all the details, and who we picked up the keys from etc).  No Regrets… we would absolutely do it again.

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve used it…it was great!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@monique1218:  Yep, Had my wedding at a cabin I found on VRBO

It was an easy and wonderful experience 🙂

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

0I’ve never used VRBO but I was going to suggest AirBnb like This Time Round 🙂

Post # 14
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Helper bee

I would check out airbnb as well I use them all the time and love it!

Post # 15
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235 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We used VRBO for a condo in Hawaii and it was amazing. Great deal, very easy to work with. Read the reviews and you should be fine!

Post # 16
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559 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

We used it in 2012 for a condo rental in Puerto Rico. The condo was gorgeous and the owners were super friendly and willing to answer all of our questions. I actually used the site BC my father used it before also. I would definitely use it again

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