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Old 01-09-2017, 05:13 PM
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Anyone have experience with either? Looking to rent places for vacation.

I was a little turned off by AirBnB b/c they ask for too much personal info such as including SSN, two forms of photo id, photos, etc.... I understand they need proof of who you are but I feel they are wanting too much. Did not bother looking at VRBO yet.

Any issues? Any thoughts? EIther one better/worse?

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Old 01-09-2017, 05:22 PM
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My cousin does AirBNB and loves it. He rents just a room and lives there. He said you just san your potential clients, accept the ones you feel ok with, and decline the ones you don't want. Said he's met some really cool people and they've all been respectful. Been doing it a year or so and says it pays almost his mortgage every month.
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Have had good luck with VRBO/HomeAway.
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Vrbo is great. We've used it successfully many times
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Seems like Airbnb is bigger internationally and Vrbo is more popular domestically. I've used both as a renter and would not hesitate to do so again.
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I have used Airbnb many times all over the world ... Its great ....

Rented this huge Condo in St.Moritz that was used by Dolce & Gabbana for parties !!!
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We've used AirBnB extensively, mostly in Europe. Love it, but ya gotta read the reviews carefully, as well as the description, etc. MUCH cheaper than a hotel, and in Croatia we stayed waterfront every night for roughly $50 using AirBnB.

The thing you have watch out for is the "extra" charges, and to be sure your host is following proper procedures. We've had them ask for a"cleaning fee" in cash upon arrival, which is a huge no-no and we reported to AirBnB. There should be no money changing hands directly, similar to Uber.

Also make sure they are on the up and up with the city/state/country laws. We had a pretty scary morning in Venice one time when the tourist police showed up at 7 am at our door asking for passports, how we got the place, why we were there, etc. They asked if the host had told us about the Venice hospitality tax (they hadn't), and said it was against the law. They were very nice to us about it, and mainly just trying to get an idea of how tourists were using the service in Italy, but as you can imagine it's very unsettling to be in a foreign country and find out the police somehow found out you were staying in illegal accommodations (still not sure how they found out).

That however was the exception to the rule. We've probably spent 20 nights in an AirBnB in Europe and that was the only issue. The rest couldn't have been any better, and often times the host will pick you up, tell you where the best restaurants are, and help you arrange anything you need. We've also used it in Savannah and New Orleans and I doubt we ever use a hotel again unless we have to.
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VRBO. I love it!
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VRBO started charging a fee to renters last year. On a $1500 weekly rental it's around $125 so that stinks as it was always free. I imagine they are making a fortune with that. I have a condo on the beach in Fort Walton we use VRBO. Other than the new fee it's great.
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Glad I saw this thread, I was going to start one asking about AirBnB!

My wife are considering AirBnB in New England this summer. To the person that said too much personal info was asked. I created a profile last night and did not have to put my social anywhere. I have not uploaded my DL either though I did put my contact info, profile photo and a short description of myself. I agree though, I won't enter my social.

I have used VRBO in Waynesville, NC and loved it. The owner of the cottage lived on the property and was a great guy. Gave local suggestions and was all around helpful. Still friends with him on Facebook, over two years later.

If we decide to do AirBnB we will rent the whole house. I prefer not to stay in just a room where the owner of the home is also there. I just don't feel comfortable doing that. I don't even like staying with family or them staying at my house. I prefer my own space.
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Originally Posted by creditcardguy View Post
VRBO started charging a fee to renters last year. On a $1500 weekly rental it's around $125 so that stinks as it was always free. I imagine they are making a fortune with that. I have a condo on the beach in Fort Walton we use VRBO. Other than the new fee it's great.
Truth. We rent our house in Hatteras and have always used VRBO so very familiar with this. You can avoid the fee by paying by check, VRBO tries to make renters nervous by doing so saying they lose protections and services. Truth is they dont have to worry about it, still covered by VRBO.
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Originally Posted by EAGLEOCNJ View Post
Truth. We rent our house in Hatteras and have always used VRBO so very familiar with this. You can avoid the fee by paying by check, VRBO tries to make renters nervous by doing so saying they lose protections and services. Truth is they dont have to worry about it, still covered by VRBO.
Good news I'm new to this. If they pay by check how does this avoid the fee?
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Are you the renter or rentee? If you are just looking to rent a place to go on vacation for a week you should not have to give any of that info. If you are looking to list a place for rent then maybe you do, I have never done that side of it but we rent from Homeaway all the time and it's great.
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Originally Posted by creditcardguy View Post
Good news I'm new to this. If they pay by check how does this avoid the fee?
The credit card is processed through the site,a check is sent to the owner directly. Saves people over 100 bucks on our place, but they are often nervous about it because of the jargon in print. All they have to do is read the many reviews that we are good to deal with!

My wife handles this stuff but I have become familiar. They charged us 500 or 600 per year to subscribe then decided to pile it on bigtime.

The amount of fees we have now is embarassing to me sometimes but none of it actually goes to us.

BTW: Home Away = VRBO for those that dont know, same company.
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I used Airbnb in NYC and it was great. Just used it to book a house in Wilmington for a family reunion this summer as well.
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Both are fine, used them both domestically and internationally plenty of times.
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So, I am looking to book a house for a few days in December for my daughters college graduation.

Do I have to pay in full now? It's 11 months away?

The property I am interested in has the listed price as $333 per night average fee for the days I am looking at (3 nights). Should I expect to be paying more than $999 for any additional fees to either the companies or the person renting the property?

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So, I am looking to book a house for a few days in December for my daughters college graduation.

Do I have to pay in full now? It's 11 months away?

The property I am interested in has the listed price as $333 per night average fee for the days I am looking at (3 nights). Should I expect to be paying more than $999 for any additional fees to either the companies or the person renting the property?

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Yes, taxes and cleaning will be extra. If you put in the exact dates it should be able to tell you the exact amount for those 3 days. Read the cancellation policy some will refund your money in full or some wont. I only had to pay half up front for when we go to CA in February but every owner is different.
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Originally Posted by EAGLEOCNJ View Post
The credit card is processed through the site,a check is sent to the owner directly. Saves people over 100 bucks on our place, but they are often nervous about it because of the jargon in print. All they have to do is read the many reviews that we are good to deal with!

My wife handles this stuff but I have become familiar. They charged us 500 or 600 per year to subscribe then decided to pile it on bigtime.

The amount of fees we have now is embarassing to me sometimes but none of it actually goes to us.

BTW: Home Away = VRBO for those that dont know, same company.
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