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Short-Term Rental and Vacation Rental News

Find news stories, highlighting the latest trends, developments, and opportunities in the vacation and short-term rental markets. Read stories about property management, regulation changes, and the impact of technology on the guest experience. News stories in the archive also analyze the role of major players in the industry, such as Airbnb, Vrbo, and Booking.com, and how their strategies and innovations are influencing the overall market.

Announcements

TripAdvisor acquires Spanish vacation rental site and dramatically boosts portfolio

If you see TripAdvisor walking in your direction, don't make eye contact unless you want your company to be acquired.

Hotels

The Germans snapping up vacation homes in Italy that Italians can’t afford

Considering the high rate of home ownership in Italy, the situation is not as dire as it may seem, and definitely as dire as years of political apathy and corruption would lead one to believe the situation could be.

The Germans snapping up vacation homes in Italy that Italians can’t afford

Hotels

Spain may restrict vacation rentals for non-licensed properties

Considering Spain's trouble with corruption, it's hard to imagine that the un-registered properties are paying the proper taxes, especially the second homes owned by the Telegraph's readers. This is likely the major point of concern among owners.

Hotels

Airbnb wants to see your ID: Users will need to confirm real-world identities

The successful apartment sharing and rental service will definitely see a drop in users, both because of privacy fears and worries that the tax man or city regulatory agencies will find it easier to crack down on non-payment or illegal rentals.

Hotels

NYC’s largest development reminds residents they can be evicted for vacation rentals

PCVST may have a ton of potential customers, but the complex's management is the 800-pound gorilla of New York City rentals and an enemy that's better avoided than attacked head on.

NYC’s largest development reminds residents they can be evicted for vacation rentals

Hotels

The vacation home market continues to do quite well, according to Marriott

We're not back to 2008 with consumers taking out home equity lines of credit to dig deep on a home purchase, but they're good enough to remind watchers how bad the last few years have been.

Hotels

HomeAway and Gogobot team up, create guides for vacation rental customers

These Insider Guides can be a nice add-on for vacation rental owners and their customers. A nicely created guide, with neighborhood attractions, could be a selling point for the rentals.

HomeAway and Gogobot team up, create guides for vacation rental customers

Hotels

Why online vacation rental listings are still stuck in the past

Vacation rentals aren't much of a bother to the hotel industry at this juncture and won't be for awhile unless the pace of online booking quickens dramatically.

Why online vacation rental listings are still stuck in the past

Hotels

Banks now more cautious and strict about financing vacation homes

The second home boom of the mid-2000s was fueled by second mortgages taken out on primary residences. This time around banks are taking things slow.

Hotels

Analyst: HomeAway’s new business model could be big revenue boost

HomeAway has become the largest vacation rental site in the world by charging subscription fees for listings. Owners will still have that option, but the new pay-per-booking model could really take off.