VRBO Rentals

VRBO Rentals




Hi All,

We are looking at a week long rental on the OBX for July 2022. I contacted one host and was told that the VRBO first payment was 2/3 of the total price! We have rented through VRBO numerous times for the OBX and other vacation areas and never had to pay this much in a first payment. Is this typical now?

Thanks!


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Hi All,

We are looking at a week long rental on the OBX for July 2022. I contacted one host and was told that the VRBO first payment was 2/3 of the total price! We have rented through VRBO numerous times for the OBX and other vacation areas and never had to pay this much in a first payment. Is this typical now?

Thanks!

prettypenny


We rent a month in the Florida Keys, they required 100% of the month rental.
I think it may depend on the owner


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Thanks, Whaler 9818. We are just surprised by such a large down payment required more than a year in advance. We did ask the owner if it could be split into thirds but have not heard back. The reason the owner gave us was that it used to be a 50/50 split but decided they wanted more up front. Odd...


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It is mostly up to the owner. I have a Vrbo rental and for next year's rental we just make the 1st payment cover the taxes and fees and a minimal extra, then divide the rest over the last 2 payments, one in Feb and the last one at 6 weeks before rental. People seem happy with that. Some pay early to get it done.
Hope you find the perfect place. Sun


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Thank you, OBX4wd. Your payment schedule is similar to what we were expecting. I was just curious to see if things in the rental world had changed since Covid-19. Sounds like the question we are having with this owner has more to do with their desire for a high down payment and not to do with VRBO or rentals on the OBX. I appreciate your comments!


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VRBO is all at the owners discretion. You haven’t heard back because they don’t really care to negotiate with terms they set. They have a year for someone to accept their terms. You could always look for another rental with different terms.


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I just checked, we paid 2/3rds for the down payment this year too. I think we used to pay 50%.


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We had to pay 100 percent for this summer.


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We reserveda house in Avon last Feb. and it was 50 % down on the rent but the insurance was tacked on top plus other fees


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We reserveda house in Avon last Feb. and it was 50 % down on the rent but the insurance was tacked on top plus other fees

beachbumz


The other 'FEES' are outrages,
Taxes,
Cleaning,
Addional owner fees,
Payment to VRBO
And then 'Optional insurance'



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We have been using Homeaway and VRBO for maybe 15 years? It's much nicer to deal directly with the owner and the prices are in line with PM companies. The homes are usually well equipped and taken better care of. Both owners and renters get reputation scores too.


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Greg MD, I totally agree with you about renting directly with owners. We, too, have used VRBO for more than 10 years and we've had good luck with great owners and houses that are typically very clean and well-cared for. We have found that owners also tend to be more responsive to questions and issues and getting any problems fixed quickly.

We've decided to go ahead with the rental and the 2/3 down payment, even though it's more than a year away. I really appreciate everyone's responses to my post. With many owners asking for more/all upfront, we decided to go ahead (and we buy travel insurance, too).

Thank you!



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Some aspects of the rental are up to the owner some are set by VRBO.
If the owner has agreed to the new plan( 2018 and later) VRBO sets the payment schedule and the fees as determined by the plan they picked. They can be 70-30% or 50-50% depending on the plan they choose., or when you rent it ( if it is within a certain time of the rental the entire payment can be due at the time of booking)
As far the poster comparing about the "outrageous fees" from VRBO you are paying more for a rental company to do the same thing ( and in most cases far less than a VRBO owner is doing) but the fees are all built into the "normal" price you see just deducted on the owners side when you pay and you just don't see them.


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Followup - I reserved my 2022 week in mid-summer when I saw complaints that the 2022 OBX rates were climbing already. At that time, VRBO gave me the 2021 rate, which I really liked. I didn't need to pay anything, the website said it was 'pending approval'. Ok, same thing as last year too and we had never rented from him before so no worries.

Today I got an email from the owner, he wants repeat renters like us so if we come back, he'll take $150 off and the dogs stay for free. That's $350 off (9%) from 2021, so that's a done deal.


RE: VRBO Rentals




Followup - I reserved my 2022 week in mid-summer when I saw complaints that the 2022 OBX rates were climbing already. At that time, VRBO gave me the 2021 rate, which I really liked. I didn't need to pay anything, the website said it was 'pending approval'. Ok, same thing as last year too and we had never rented from him before so no worries.

Today I got an email from the owner, he wants repeat renters like us so if we come back, he'll take $150 off and the dogs stay for free. That's $350 off (9%) from 2021, so that's a done deal.

Greg MD


Cannot go wrong with VRBO. Best deals out there. We do that when we are out of town as do our grown children. Have bff's with a vrbo in SW VA in the mountains and their deals are fantastic and a lot of attention paid. They stay packed at their perfect log cabin. So happy for you. You will get a ton of attention paid to your rental be it texting or phone calls.


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