On September 9, our Homeaway subscription expires and will not be renewing for another year. We are accepting reservations through October 31, 2016. If you are a previous guest or have referred our rental to someone, please contact us to see if we can accommodate reservations after November 1.
Until our subscription expires, guests can book through Homeaway and pay their service fee which based on our rates, is at their highest percentage, near 10%. Guests have the option to pay us directly from Paypal, by credit card, or personal check, with no service fee included.
We’ve felt forced into this decision after the sale of Homeaway/VRBO by Expedia and the service fee added in February, which has been disastrous for vacation home owners. Hundreds of us have experienced a drastic drop in inquiries, and a significant decrease in bookings from prior years. Constant changes to their policies and homeowner management website, implemented without advance notice, has been a frustrating, time-wasting effort.
Vacation rental owners receive no benefit or financial gain from this new service fee paid directly by our guests to Homeaway. To list on Homeaway, owners pay an annual subscription or a 10% commission, and now guests are expected to help contribute as well.
Homeaway/VRBO, without owner’s knowledge, allowed our listings to appear on the website, transler.com , an auction website like Priceline, to offer our homes at drastically reduced rates.
We have homes in communities, with neighbors, and may be subject to home association or municipal regulations. We cannot, and will not, consider our home part of a commercial inventory to be reserved like a hotel room.