When you are searching for a vacation rental for your hard-earned vacation, it is imperative that you are educated about what is happening in the VR World.
In February of 2016 Expedia purchased Home Away, which had purchased Vacation Rentals by Owner, commonly known as vrbo. They then quietly implemented a service fee for renters. Up until this point, they had operated on a system where we, the owners, purchased so-called "metal" subscriptions on an annual basis. These subscriptions were ranged from $299 to $1399 per year, and the more you paid, the more photos you were able to upload. The amount of your annual sub also determined your placement on the pages for your local area.
We turned our beloved home into a VR after we were relocated to Washington State in December, 2006 for my husband's career. We put the house on the market briefly but we were heading into winter and the market had flattened. After two nightmare long-term rental experiences (first party froze the hot tub solid; second froze one of the three heat zones) we decided to turn it into a vacation rental.
We furnished the four-bedroom, 2.5-bath home from scratch and put it on vrbo in November of 2008.
Since that time we have grown the Cliffs Ridge Family to include many repeat customers including some who deem it their own family ski lodge. We were #1, 2 or 3 in the vrbo listing for the Marquette area for a seven-and-a-half-year run.