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There are all types of houses, city apartments and country homes, and the prices vary greatly – from not too expensive to expensive luxury. It is just a question of how much you want to pay, where you wish to go and what type of home you want.

The site is user friendly, and one can easily sort the results by price, number of people the house sleeps etc. This lets you see quickly if the home will suit you or not. Then you simply contact the owner from the site by filling in your name and email and adding any questions. has “last minute deals”, “destination deals” and “travel interest deals”, and if you are interested you only need to fill in what you want and they will send you any relevant deals for your profile.

There is an information page that gives tips and advice, such as “dog friendly vacation spots” and luxury treat vacations.

Mykonos Villa Rental Picture What makes it different?

There are a number of reasons why stands out from other sites that rent holiday homes;

  • Ease of use of the site – not only is the site easy to use, but browsing is pleasant and both information and photographs are abundant, so this also makes it easy to choose your ideal house
  • Locations – many sites offer either USA and Canada, or Europe, or Australia, but this site has places all over the world. You can go to this web site and choose a holiday anywhere, based on the information about the place and not have to settle for a fixed destination
  • List your own home – as this site is ranked top in its field on Google, listing your own home is both easy and worthwhile. If you do not receive any bookings in the first year, even offers your money back. That means you are assured it is a good investment to advertise here.
  • Available dates shown - There is a calendar immediately visible that lets you know when each house is booked and when it is free. This lets you know if each home is free when you want it or not, and saves time and disappointment.
  • Price – As you can see below, this site is much cheaper that its rival sites.

Paris Apartment Rental Picture vs. primary competitors (sites similar to is not the only site offering vacation rentals and below are some of the others:


Although nice to look at, this site is not all it seems. There is a world map showing the countries they have rentals – except they don’t. if you click on a country instead of saying there is nothing available in this area, houses from another country show up, so be sure you are really looking at homes in the area you choose!

This site makes it sound as if you are getting value for your money, but if you look closely, the things they offer are free anyway, like a “free video space on YouTube” to show your home and surrounding area. You have to take the video yourself, so when it is ready you can simply upload it to YouTube for free, without having to pay the high price asked for on this site. offers your money back if you do not get bookings from the site within 12 months – VRBO offers you another 6 months listing free, but if you had no bookings in 12 months that is unlikely to change in the next 6 months, so again this feature is not worth the price asked.


Homeaway have a good number of listings all over the world to choose from, although there is a lack of photographic information on the main pages. Each house has a short description and price range, but there is no way of knowing what it looks like or where it is situated until you open the detailed description.

This site is easy to use, and once you choose a house to look at there are photos to show the interior and surrounding area. It is difficult to know which house you want to see without photos on the main page, and this makes a search slow to do. There is a map with most properties that shows where the house is located, and this is another useful feature.

Paris Apartment Rental Picture

Note: Homeaway bought a few years ago. Pricing & packages

Each site has so many houses at all sorts of different prices it is not possible to compare rental prices in a realistic way. It is possible to look at what the sites charge you for listing your property and what you get for your money.

Advertising your own home for rental is $99 and offers 8 free photos and 8 more you can add for a small additional sum


Advertising your home costs $299 a year and offers 5 the chance to put in photos


This costs $329 upwards for one year and gives you the chance of 24 photos to add

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Customers who have used have all found vacation rentals they loved, but some have had issues with the “cleaning contract”. The contract states you need to leave a $50 refundable deposit in case you leave the houses dirty. This will be returned if the house is left clean, but in different houses the deposit was not paid as the home was considered “not cleaned”.

This does not involve, but rather the owners of the homes, but is something to beware of when using this site.

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Excellent review Jill.

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