VRBO is one of my main advertising outlets. They
are an excellent way to gain exposure in the growing
vacation rental market. I only wish I would have thought
about it first! Like all things in life, there are ups
and downs. Some months I generate a great deal of
traffic and others it is quiet. I have no complaints
|Been with VRBO quite a while maybe even 10 years.
Best listing I have anywhere and I have tried most
vacation rental sites
|Our cabin is a fairly new vacation rental. We
started renting it over Thanksgiving. So far we have had
all of our renters come from VRBO (3 of them)
|Overall, I still think VRBO is the best site for our
property. It has the highest number of owner listings
which brings more interested renters to the site, I
believe. My only complaint is that VRBO segmented the
market too much by moving to condo complexes within a
town, rather than just segmenting by town. This has
tended to diminish the number of potential renters
because some buildings within our complex are becoming
dated, while ours is renovated.
|VRBO Ė VRBO gets a lot of good press, has a lot of
listings, and even accounts for a reasonable amount of
my business and yes Iíll continue to list with them for
now. Truth is however, that itís like keeping your
friends close and enemies closer Ė I canít stand this
site as an owner or as a vacationer!
Why do I dislike vrbo? Let me count the ways:
1. Pay for placement by number of pictures you have.
2. Pay for changing photos.
3. Listing placement is not rotated randomly even when
you have 12 photos.
4. Viewing the listings initially without photos is a
waste of guestís time. I canít even find my own listing
in the mess most of the time.
5. Listings are grouped only by city, not by
area/complex within the city, making this site lousy for
guest who know where they want to be.
6. No real search or efficient sort features.
In short, Iíd NEVER use vrbo to find a place to vacation
myself, and if I did, Iíd give up almost instantly.
Their interface is doing a dis-service to the whole
business. As an owner, I will stay with vrbo as
long as they perform reasonably. VRBO are by no means my top
|VRBO gives me some good inquiries, but I am ticked
off that while I pay for
my listing, they won't let me post my URL on it because
I have google ads on
my pages (which pay for my server fees...). They want me
to put a link to
the VRBO listing on it in order to have my own Web site
show up. I should
probably just go for that.
|I have been happy with the performance of VRBO
think it's very important
to see who the performers are in the specific area of
There's clearly a wide range for performance of the
depending on where you're located. Something to review
on a regular basis.
|VRBO has not been a great producer for me. Here are
my stats along with the other sites that I have gotten
inquiries from. I am listed on many sites, these are the
only ones that have produced anything for me.
VBRO 3 inq. 1 booking (for one night)
VacationRentals.com 7 inq 3 bookings
PerfectPlaces.com 2 inquiries 2 bookings.
VacationHomeRentals.com 1 inq
VacationRentals411 1 inq
PetFriendlyTravel 1 inq
Hotstays 1 inq
VacationValley 1 inq
I have not written them off yet :)
|We feel that VRBO is an excellent site location for
our rental homes on Paradox Lake,Adirondacks, N.Y.
|Had no bookings this year at all - VRBO have become
too big even though
i have 12 photos up. I will not use VRBO next
used to be
much better other years but have grown too popular.
|We have been very happy with vrbo
|I am concerned about the set up on VRBO. Since it is
listed alphabetically renters looking for a place in the
Caribbean would need to scroll to the bottom of the page
to find me under Turks and Caicos Islands. Therefore I
feel I get less traffic to my site
|I have been with VRBO for 2 years now and
will definitely NOT renew. I
have had much, much better results through other
vacation rental sites.
My best producing site provided 70 direct inquiries and
4 bookings last
year. VRBO provided only 11 inquiries and no
bookings. And this is for
the same location, same listing, same pictures. In
addition to the lack
of results, I feel that the VRBO interface is not
attractive, is not
easy for renters to use, and does not provide search
results based on
specific criteria. It's more expensive than other,
sites. And up until recently, VRBO charged for
photo updates and claimed
copyright to all submitted photos. The photo issue
really bothered me
because it's completely unlawful to modify someone's
submitted photo and
then claim the copyright as your own. However, I'm told
recently ammended that policy.
|As a homeowner who lists my property on VRBO,
among others, I can honestly say that I receive far more
inquiries and confirmations from the VRBO site
than any others that I use (Owner in Yorke, Maine)
|VRBO generated many more visits and inquiries than
other sites, but not more bookings, though it does
generate bookings about as well as any site I use. I
suspect it has a lot of window-shoppers, since it's so
well known. (Owner in France, Florida)
|Two years with VRBO and not one single
booking. That pretty much sums it up. We stay fairly
full throughout the year, and most of our bookings come
from a $23 sign in the front lawn. I've reached the
point where I don't even bother to update the calandar
on VRBO any more when I take guests reservations.
(Owner in Central Florida, East Coast)
|This is our second full year utilizing VRBO
since we purchased an ocean view condo on Hilton Head.
The first year, we booked 95% during the season and got
a 6 month renter for the off-season. Very happy with the
ease of the VRBO website. This year...a little
different and I expressed my dissatisfaction as VRBO
had segmented the location of Hilton Head Beach & Tennis
and combined the location with other sites on the
Island, which actually moved our slot (we have 12
pictures listed too, which is the most expensive to
post) down on the list -so much so that our inquiries
had cut dramatically. We have ended up renting about 85%
during the season but we didn't rent to anyone in March
and last year we booked all four weeks - we don't know
if we'll sign up again next year-we haven't decided. The
site is easy to navigate and we have a link to our own
personal VRBO website from the home page. (Owner
in Hilton Head Beach and Tennis)
|I've used VRBO for several years and have had
at least one rental per year. This more than pays for
the listing. Curiously enough, I receive fewer inquiries
from VRBO than CyberRentals, but I book
more renters. I don't know why that is. (Owner in
|Plenty of inquiries from this site, however they
have dried up right now as I expect they have for
If there are punters around they seem to find their way
to VRBO (Owner in Spain)
|I think VRBO's website is great -- it's
comprehensive & offers good pictures. However, the house
we rented in Hilton Head was misrepresented. Things that
were listed as being in the house were either not there
and/or broken. (Owner in Hilton Head Isliand)
|I sent a letter to VBRO and they NEVER
answered me. WHY????
|As a very timid lister of our property, I found
vrbo.com ; 1) Very gracious and helpful, 2) Provides
excellent guidance and educational material, 3) Made our
listing both beautiful and professionally described. We
have had excellent inquirities; and I am clear about
ways to update and simplify our own information, as well
as streamline our paperwork. We are extremely
appreciative of this site.
|I am a new owerner with VRBO and I'm very
disappointed in the location that they have listed my
condo. I cannot find my listing at times, and when I
do, it's so far down the list and listed in the wrong
area. Instead of listing me under my condo name
"Splash" they listed me under "other Panama City Beach
properties." I cannot find out any contact information
to these people to express my concerns. I am regretting
going to this site because of this and because the
website account set up is very hard to manipulate
through. If you are not consistant, sit there
throughout the entire procedure and do it really fast,
it times out and closeS out.
When you log back into the site and try to resume, you
can't make any changes or corrections.
|We have had a listing on VRBO for nearly two years,
and over that time have been quite pleased with the
service. However, over the past two or three months, we
have detected some odd behaviour by VRBO, in that they
suddenly just took the step of deactivating our listing.
We were advised that they were not happy with the
level of complaints received from renters that their
emails were not being answered quickly enough, although
we have a policy of answering emails within 24 hours and
keet to that.
Furthermore, they want us to hand
over management to their management company instead of
handling enquiries ourselves, again very strangely as
the site is meant to be for owners to rent out by
themselves, via VRBO. Its a step in the direction of
making the whole set up commercialised.
at their website (help section), we noticed that VRBO
are to open a management section, so it could be a
policy of theirs that they are slowly to persuade owners
to give up their properties over to VRBO!
noticed a tendency now not to answer emails from owners
to their admin dept, or when they do anwer, they are
very slow i.e. renters are more important to VRBO than
the owners of the properties.
|I used VRBO for a year with good results, however
when I tried to renew my membership it was almost
impossible. I called repeatedly explaining that I was
unable to renew online, I kept getting answers that
someone would call me and no one ever did. The only
contact I had is when I initiated it. To date I have not
been able to renew my membership and no expanation as to