Alright, we’ve got you thinking about Spring Break and going to the beach. Let’s talk about HOW to find a place to stay.
I’ve used Craigslist AND gone through vacation rental websites (VRWs) and both have their advantages and disadvantages.
VRW Advantages – Credibility. The owner, whether family or realty owned, has paid the fees and gone through the processes that provide a sense of security to the renter.
VRW Disadvantages – Price. The renter pays a premium for this sense of security! There are SO MANY sites out there, so in order to ensure maximum occupancy, the owner has probably paid to be on a number of listing sites. This expense is simply passed on to the renter…
Craigslist Advantages – Cheap and Personal. Craigslist’s vacation rental postings are made up of both amateur owners, and rental agencies looking to increase exposure. Your best bet is to find the bargain rental from an owner who personally uses the property. They are local and willing to sacrifice top dollar pricing for quality renters, but do not plan on renting their place full-time. You can find some amazing last minute deals on Craigslist, believe me!
Craigslist Disadvantages – Am I going to get ripped off? Warnings about frauds, scams, wiring money, etc. can get you a little nervous. For some users this risk is not worth taking.
WRAP UP – Use Vacation Rental Websites to do your homework. Find a location that is best for you, then scour the internet for the best deal… which may be from a mom and pop owner on craigslist with a low mortgage and reasonable rates.