As of 2015, the fastest and most comprehensive method of looking for rental homes is through the Internet. Several websites, including HomeAway.com and Rent.com, allow you to browse rental homes according to your needs.
Different websites cater to certain types of renters. If you want a winter vacation home for the holidays, consider using a website from the HomeAway.com group, which caters to renters with high budgets. HomeAway.com features luxury vacation homes and allows you to book homes by the night. VacationRentalsByOwner.com is another site by the HomeAway.com company that allows you to correspond directly with the home owner, and users can book many of the homes both by the day and by the week.
If you have a smaller budget or hope to rent for longer than a month, try Rent.com. Most of the listed properties have lease agreements for monthly rent pay, and they are usually cheaper and less luxurious than the properties featured on HomeAway.com or VRBO. If you have a very small budget or want to avoid contracts though leasing companies, use Craigslist or another broad search site. While the properties might not be as extravagant, you have more freedom to negotiate terms, prices and lease agreements.