What Is VRBO?

In the vacation rental market, V.R.B.O. is the abbreviation for the term Vacation Rentals by Owner. In today’s era, travel agencies no longer the only source of booking a quality vacation. Most vacation condominiums are privately owned, meaning that each door in a Beach Resort is owned by a separate individual person or entity. Before the internet came along, property owners relied on travel agencies or real estate companies to fill these rental properties with vacationers. Property owners and travelers, alike, were in need of a direct medium for doing business. The internet now makes it possible for property owners to be contacted directly by the perspective property user, thus eliminating the “middle man,” and resulting in a win-win for both parties. This method of reserving vacation or business accommodations does not come without risk, however; but if one is willing to take the chance, it could pay off in big savings.

Two decades ago, if you wanted to re

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St George Island – Happy on Vacation

There’s the sand, the sea, the tranquil atmosphere and the ambiance of a serene life near the beach. For me, there’s no place like St. George Island. I had packed for a week’s vacation and yet when I got there, I wanted to stay longer. What makes this island irresistible? The life you find in this place is a picture of simplicity. Everywhere you will notice an unhurried type of existence that you know you can’t afford to live for now -because your home is in the city.

St. George Island is surrounded by clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Apalachicola Bay. It’s not very often that you get a chance to dip into charming beaches or eat plenty of oyster dishes. Yes, it can be a dream come true, but this scenario is very real. You surely will obtain a great time with several activities that will amuse you while on vacation.

For many visitors of this place, fishing is one of the most exciting thing you can do here. Charter boat companies a

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6 Benefits Of A Luxury Villa Vacation

After months of hard work and sleepless nights, it’s a good idea to on a vacation for a change. Spending your holiday at your favorite destination is a great idea, as this will recharge your batteries once again. If you can afford, we suggest that you consider staying at a luxury villa during your holiday. Given below are a few great benefits of a luxury villa vacation.

1. Increased confidence level

Going on a vacation and spending time at a luxurious place will give you a break from your tiresome routine. This happiness gives you a refreshment that will even after you have got back from your vacation. And you will be better equipped to deal with the challenges of life. Luxury travel is not challenging; however, exploring different destinations and cultures can help you get out of your comfort zone and build your confidence.

2. Changed perspective on life

With a villa vacation, you can unwind and spend time in an

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Looking For a Reasonable Toronto Vacation Rental For a Family? Consider Luxury Furnished Condos!

With the economy still trying to recover, we are all trying to find ways to save. Many families both in the USA and in Canada are deciding to postpone a family vacation or to choose a staycation (a vacation closer to home) instead. We are wiser now then we used to be before the recession. We pay attention to sales and special offers, we try to spend within our means and try to avoid maxing out our credit cards. At the same time we want to still enjoy life and treat ourselves!

We need to get the best value for our money. And that is exactly what corporate housing/furnished rental providers can help us with. Those companies offer fully furnished condo apartments in upscale condo buildings in some of the best areas of the city at a fraction of of a typical hotel room cost.

You can rent spacious designer decorated condo apartments that are more than double in size than typical 350 square feet hotel rooms and offer two separate bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a pull-out sofa b

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What to Look for in a Rental Cottage

Are you planning on a cottage rental next summer for your vacation? Do you know when and where you want to go? Do you know how to find the rental cottage that will provide the best experience for your family? Some of the key considerations are location, the quality of the cottages and the quality of the other facilities – such as the beach and swimming area.

Location is generally the most important consideration for most people who are considering spending a week or weekend at a rented cottage. Most people will usually want to rent a cottage that is not too far from where they live. Most people are willing to drive a maximum of 4 hours to get to their rental cottage. Any more than that and it starts to become a driving vacation as opposed to a cottage vacation. If you are planning on activities such as fishing and boating, you will need to ensure that the location you are considering permit this and whether or not they have fishing boats or other watercraft available to

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Pets and Your Vacation Homes and Condos – The Real Truth

So you purchased a vacation home or condo and now you are trying to decide if you should allow pets. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Will I get more bookings if I allow pets at my vacation home?
  • Will renters not want to rent my vacation home because I allow pets at my home?
  • Do pets really damage vacation rentals?
  • If I say No Pets Allowed, can I really enforce that rule?
  • What type of pets should I allow if I decide to allow them?
  • How many pets should I allow?
  • Am I trying to rent my vacation home to guests with pet allergies?
  • If I decide to allow pets what should I do to minimize any associated risks?
  • After all is considered should I allow pets?

Here is my advice and suggestions based on 8 years of experience and owning 7 vacation rentals.

Will I get more bookings if I allow pets at my vacation home?

It has been our experience that allowing pets has increased our renta

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Vacation Rental 1031 Exchange

We are often asked whether tax liability from the sale of a vacation home can be deferred using the procedures of IRC section 1031. The answer to this question is found in Revenue Procedure 2008-16.

The general rule for ALL 1031 exchanges is that the property must be held for primarily for investment of use in trade or business. In order to prove that your vacation home is held primarily for investment, and is therefore 1031 eligible, rather than for your own personal use the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) set out specific parameters for you to follow. This is known as a “safe harbor.” Those parameters are:

For the Relinquished or Old Vacation Property you must have:

Owned the property for at least two years, and;

In each of those two years, the property must have been rented for 14 days or more at fair market rent.

For the Replacement or New Vacation Property

Owned the property for at least two years, and;

In each of thos

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Renting Vacation Homes for Newbies

For a more cozy and warm ambiance while on a vacation, try to rent vacation homes instead of lodging in hotels. Whether you will be travelling with the whole family or travelling alone, whether you will be travelling for pleasure or for business, vacation homes can make you feel more comfortable and at home. If you are a newbie in renting vacation homes, here are some tips that you might want to follow.

Plan as early as possible.

Once you have decided where to go and what to do, jumpstart your search for a vacation home to rent. Avoid last minute reservations since they will cost you more and may strain your budget. If possible, plan and make a reservation as early as six months from your vacation date.

Look around and ask for referrals.

In these days, you can rely on the internet to look for vacation homes to rent. There will be a lot of online postings of homes that you can rent from different places. Aside from this, you will also be able to read feedb

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Conventioneers Choosing Vacation Homes Over Hotels/Motels

Today’s busy conventioneers are discovering an alternative to staying in motels and even pricier hotels. While traditional hotels/motels offer nice rooms and some amenities, they lack the personal charm and at-home feeling of a vacation home. Many of these large single-family homes combine both luxury and close-in convenience today’s conventioneers are looking for. They also allow guests to enjoy things one simply can’t find in a hotel/motel.

Location, Location, Location

As an example, some of these homes situated in the heart of Anaheim are conveniently located just minutes from Anaheim Convention Center. This is one attribute busy conventioneers can really appreciate, for it allows guests close proximity to where they need to be on a daily basis. It also enables small business groups/teams to stay in one residence-instead of being scattered across various hotel/motel suites or even different hotels. A home in Anaheim also means guests are just minut

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Central Florida the Vacation Capital of the World

The largest cities in Central Florida are Orlando, Kissimmee, Sanford and Daytona Beach. The most popular of these being the Orlando / Kissimmee area. Orlando is the most visited city in all of Florida. The main reason is because there is so much fun to have in this city that you can’t possibly do it all! Orlando is home to Walt Disney World including The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, MGM Studios, Typhoon Lagoon and River Country. You can also visit downtown Disney which has great shopping, animated dining and a great nightlife including Pleasure Island. Outside of the Disney gates you will also find International Drive and other great shopping locations. Filled with outlet and retail stores, hotels and dinner shows, you could have an entire vacation on this one street! You will not want to miss Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. The two amusement parks bring the magic of movies and special effects to life. Universal Studios is also home to Ha

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