Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) August 13, 2008
It's happened to all of us. The "beach view" that would have required the neck of a giraffe to see it or the "big lake" that would only have loomed large to one of the numerous tadpoles swimming in it. With a bad experience or two, how could a would-be traveler possibly take advantage of the convenience of booking an online vacation rental, without risking the hazards of online fraud?
Vacation-Rentals.com thinks it has the answer. The start-up verifies properties through public records and owner identity checks. Properties can earn silver and gold verification seals based on the level of security checks completed. When users see one of these seals online, they can rest assured they are backed by a background check.
According to Sam Harry, founder of Vacation-Rentals.com. "This process gives travelers an 'easy way out.' They can quickly and easily choose from hundreds of properties around the country online, without feeling like they are taking a huge leap of faith. Finally, some checks and balances are in place."
According to Harry, this process is also a major plus for those who rent their properties. The owners have a unique opportunity to fully disclose their offerings, not only through verifications, but also through "what you see is what you get" online applications, including up to a dozen photos and YouTube video.
"Our goal," said Harry, "is that everyone wins. Travelers have a great vacation. Owners earn trust, become favorites and get more bookings. And even I can pick a vacation rental at random without fear of getting the worst dad and husband of the year award."
While Harry points out no process is guaranteed to be 100% perfect, this latest innovation in online vacation rentals is a huge step forward for travelers who prefer the "home-away-from-home" environment that only private properties can truly offer.
For more information about Vacation-Rentals.com and its Verified Vacation Rental Seal, visit:http://www.vacation-rentals.com/verified.html