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Vacation Rentals by Owner are Rapidly Becoming the Destination of Choice
According to recent reports, a full 53% of vacationers said that they expect to stay in a vacation rental condo or villa within the next 12 months. Add to that, a full 25% of Florida Vacation Travelers who were surveyed had already stayed in one, and nearly one third of owners said that during 2009-2010 they had seen more bookings.
There is little doubt about why this phenomena is happening. Vacation Rentals by Owner have a lot to offer. And where it comes to cost effective travel, vacation rentals are hard to beat. With a vacation rental a family can often get a nicely furnished living room, one or more bedrooms, a fully furnished kitchen, and often private balcony and sometimes a private pool.
Families will find whatever suits their needs, from a one or two-bedroom condo to a six-bedroom villa with grounds and a pool. Odds are, there's a prefect Vacation Rental just for you.
Saving money for other things with a vacation rental from owner.
No matter what the size of your party, a unit containing several bedrooms and bathrooms allows you to split your accommodation costs with other friends or family members. And the savings from just eating in a few days really adds up.
There's also more convenience with your own kitchen. Gone are the days of running out to beat the dinner crowd. You can really relax, and have your morning coffee out seaside for a lot less than the cost in a hotel restaurant. Most rentals have a coffee maker. Some even have espresso machines and other amenities like waffle Irons.
Your kitchen will also include all the tools you'll need to make dinner, midday snacks, or a late night snack. In Beach destinations, blenders are a must for margaritas, rum runners and other beachy beverages.
Know the minimums. Many rentals do not have flexibility in rental terms, some are fourteen day minimum rentals but the majority are for seven night minimums. Because of the 7 day minimum, many owners select one day as the turnaround day usually Saturday. When they're not fully booked, you may be able to stay fewer nights or check in mid week, this is really a matter of convenience and planning for the owner. Where there's lots of competition you'll find more flexible terms.
Usually a 30-50% deposit of is required to book the unit, with the balance due 30 days to 60 days before your trip. You may also have to pay a security deposit, which is always refundable.
Every owner has different guidelines but most owners will refund your deposit if they can book the unit if you cancel. But if they can't, you'll probably be out your deposit. If it's large, consider buying travel insurance as protection.
For your next trip, look into staying in a vacation rental instead of a hotel. You'll likely be happy you did.
The author is the Founder and Operating Manager of Florida Gulf Vacation LLC which offers Affordable Beach Rentals by owner along the Florida Gulf Coast from the Keys to St Pete Beach up to the Panhandle beaches as well as Disney Rentals in the Kissimmee Orlando area
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