Rent My Vacation Home dot com insures every Home and Vacation made on its travel site.
Los Angeles , California (PRWEB) December 09, 2011
For vacationers, there's an affordable, comfortable and convenient alternative to booking a hotel room. It's renting a whole house with Rent My Vacation Home dot com new technology.
And for owners of those vacation homes, the logistics of renting their excess weeks out for profit have never been easier then it is now. The updated Homeowners offer credit card check out and travelers insurance that does away with deposits.
Ideally, it's a win-win for both parties; owners make money and can pay mortgages, utilities, taxes and HOA and vacationers get more for their money, often surprisingly more.
Jay Kalin, author of "Rent My Vacation Home" and a director of Rent My Vacation Home dot com, an online market place for vacation home rentals, says, "The average traveler thinks that vacation homes are expensive to rent and they have to wait on a key and leave deposits with strangers, but the vast majority of the homes available are reasonable and require no deposit or a key." Reasonable means within the $100 to $300 a night peak season range. Off peak, a nice place might be $100 to $200 a night.
As for the owner, Kalin says a recent poll of clients revealed that the average weekly rate they received in rentals came to $1,978 and nearly half the respondents said their homes are occupied about 21 weeks per year. That suggests that an average owner could expect to bring in more than $39,000 in revenue a year.
During the past decade millions of Americans bought vacation homes as second homes. Most were bought primarily as investments but about a third of the purchases were as vacation homes. When the market tanked in 2008 they had to rent all of them as selling was no longer an option.
Hundreds of thousands of vacation properties are available for short-term rentals. Rent My Vacation Home dot com alone has more than 70,000 properties available worldwide. These often are bargains for cost-conscious consumers.
Here's an example:
A beautiful Two-bedroom, three-bath 1,378 square foot Condo in Orlando with one king-size bed and one queen, cable television , stereo, fireplace, barbecue and more costs all of $1,100 a week, any season.
Compare that with a decent hotel in town, which will cost at least $150 a night per room with 1 Bed - $1,050 a week. And hotel rooms don't have the extras that make a home rental even more of a deal like privacy in the bedroom and that adds to the pleasure of vacationing.
For instance, these homes boast full kitchens and often barbecue grills; families save big money by eating in and most of the time they can bring family pets.
Plus, there are often things to do around the house itself. In a hotel room, Vacationers in a Hotel have 2 beds one for them and the other for the kids just 3 feet away. This does not make for a romantic trip at all.
"I've found that people who stay in private homes don't feel like an outsider but a local. Says Kalin. "They hang out more and relax, which is what a vacation should be about."
But for some vacationers it takes a leap of faith to rent a house on line, sight otherwise unseen.
"Does the property really exist? Is it as represented? These are some of the questions vacationers ask themselves," Kalin says.
Kalin advises the faint of heart to take several steps to reassure themselves that the rental will go off as planned with the new technology :
- Vacationers only use credit card to pay. That will establish the home owner as responsive owners and you get a warranty with Rent My Vacation Home dot com that protects the vacationer against fraud.
- Get Travelers Insurance. Vacationers get protection from the weather and unforeseen.
- Examine the photos. Only consider rentals where you can see pictures of all the important rooms - each bedroom, kitchen and living room. Ask where and when the photos were taken and whether a zoom was used. That can make it look like the house in on the beach, rather than a block away.
- Use Rent My vacation Home Dot Com where everything is built into the listing and verified.
Kalin's organization has a strict policy, After a property is listed, it is investigated by our 83 local offices and then put on the web site. Even one complaint, if blatant enough, can be grounds for removal.
What owners should know
For owners who want to rent out properties there are many places to list properties. The general rule is the more exposure you have for your vacation home the more demand you create and the more profit.
Kalin has more advice for owners as well:
- Put lots of photos on your web page and complete, accurate information; don't exaggerate. That will help avoid disappointment from renters who expect more than there is. "I, as a consumer, would not rent a place without seeing photos of each bedroom and the living room," Kalin says.
- Replace the furniture often. The normal wear and tear on upholstery and linens can prove a turn-off for vacationers. They're much more satisfied when everything is more crisp and new.
- Hire a Maid .It is best to get one that is also a handy man just ask around..
According to Kalin, who rents out a couple of vacation homes, owners have few problems renting out their properties to strangers. He says that most guests are very respectful of the properties.
Rent My Vacation Home dot com is having a special for home owners to list their home for 1 year for 99.00 and 2 weeks featured listing included on all 83 website.
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