How does VRBO work?


Quick Answer

VRBO, short for "Vacation Rentals by Owner," is a vacation rental listing site that is somewhat similar to Airbnb. Property owners can list their rentals directly by paying a fee, and travelers can search and book these properties for free.

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VRBO allows owners to list vacation properties in various countries. Owners create their own listings and advertise their properties through the site. There are also various services for buying and selling vacation properties in the United States, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean.

Owners can choose to either pay an annual subscription fee or to give VRBO a percentage of each booking. As of May 2015, the annual subscription fee is $349 with no added fees for bookings. The percentage per booking option is 10 percent, but no annual fee is charged. Owners with properties in the United States can also opt to pay 13 percent per booking and get professional services from VRBO such as listing creation, management of inquiries and booking, and on-site management assistance. Each listing includes a property headline, description, up to 24 photos, guest reviews, an interactive map and a calendar. The fee structure can be switched from pay-per-booking to an annual subscription at any time.

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