WHY NOT TO BOOK THROUGH VRBO/HOMEAWAY
Great realistic Article on why vacationers should not utilize VRBO/HOMEAWAY
DRAFT: 01/22/2021. MY OWN PERSPECTIVE REGARDING VACATION ENGINE/PLATFORM/PORTAL "VALUE"
To me it's all about the real "value " to the consumer and owner alike for these platforms. The true value stems from the relationship and verifiable communications " Trust" dialogue between the Owner and Vacationer alike. None of the existing platforms in the vacation rentals market offer this experience. In fact , they do their best to fully prevent it with background software application screening/sensoring software. They are all about the commissions and maximizing their margins on both sides of the relationship.they don't really care about your vacation or even the property.
Most owners relinquish to them as they look at it as marketing leverage and calendar/bookings tools support. Both of these can be acheived on your own with "full" controls and little time needed for maintenance after it is all setup.
I have no issue with providing an overview roadmap to owners of how to accomplish that along with the basic scalable marketing strategies on your own.. I have been fully 100% booked since the day I booted the platforms out.
Your vacation experience is at risk when paying high commissions to an Internet based rental platform that is not even fully transparent and does it best in background Software processing to fully PREVENT interaction with the owner of the property . They do this as they understand the actual true value to the consumer is in this relationship and dialogue.
The same argument applies to the Owners... The annual subscription fees( some don't even charge an annual fee but you are placed at bottom of their search engine algorithms. There is no value and your property may be placed at risk since you have no knowledge of who, how many, the guests are. The level or ability to develop two-way trust is totally removed.
For any property owners that want to eliminate their dependence on these platforms feel free to contact me and I can provide you free experience guidance on how to do just that. I still do maintain my free airbnb platform but I only use that platform for what I call additional "Straggler" or shoulder season reservations in my OFF-SEASON.
All of the rental platforms do their best with behind the scenes processing to prevent this owner/vacationer relationship. You , and the owners are not allowed any dialogue with each other whatsoever. As such , your experience with the property owner and your vacation is a total roll of the die.
Here are my own reasons with 21 years experience as an owner and an original customer in 2001 , when they were a startup and also the first portal in the Internet vacation rentals industry . I was Beta tester for them and provided them feedback into feature functionality sets needed for customers and owners alike.
Note that got absorbed by HomeAway in 2017 . At that time , due to significant price increases and removal of functionality I researched and decided to build my own functional site with my own controls .
Also note that listing costs went up from $50.00( full functions) in 2002 to $500.00( restricted functions) in 2017 for a single listing. My current annual costs which include ownership of my own domain name is about $275.00 but I can have as many listings as I wish and unlimited photos/videos/galleries, etc. with complete controls. Most importantly I can interact and communicate freely and directly with with my customers. This communication is what the newer companies totally RESTRICT for both parties. The experience is now totally impersonable and because of that there is also considerable "quality risk" with that removal of the human experience. .