Like all smart businesses, we keep our eyes on the competition.
Today, HomeAway announced the completion of $250 million in private financing, leveraging its footing in the world of vacation home rentals. But that’s good news for us, too.
The business model is here to stay especially as more Americans turn to renting their homes as a way to ride out the recession. Don’t lose your equity: Rent.
Before you go signing up at the competition, keep in mind that VacationHomeRentals.com gets more traffic per listing than any other site: 12.7 visits per listing, according to October data from Compete.com. Our listing fee offers more value, too–just $99 for the year against $299 a year at HomeAway. Most important: VacationHomeRentals.com boasts 11,200 properties, while the big guys have 118,000 listings.
The fewer properties for would-be renters to browse, the more exposure for your own.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.