Monthly Archives: May 2016

Vacation Rental Founder’s Net Worth

Brian Chesky, co-founder of Airbnb is valued to be worth $3,300,000,000 according to Wikipedia. Joe Gebbia, the other co-founder is estimated to be worth $1,900,000,000. Airbnb was founded in late 2007.

Brian H. Sharples, founder of HomeAway and VRBO doesn’t have a billion dollar net worth, its more in the $30,000,000 range, but he does pull down a cool $6,000,000 a year in salary and bonus’s by some estimates, HomeAway.com was founded in February 2005.

Jeffrey Hock, CEO of Free-Rentals.com, the leading free vacation rental platform founded in 2004, congratulates the late-coming vacation rental platform founders for their success.

That said, since Free-Rentals is not a publically traded company, Mr. Jeffrey Hock is under no obligation to disclose his net worth.

Yet, one brave investigative journalist managed to obtain a photograph Mr. Hock’s walk-in-closet while lost in the South wing of his mansion looking for a bathroom. This picture is the only known indication of the Free-Rentals founders net worth. Godspeed Mr. Hock.

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Link To Your Personal Vacation Rental Website

Free-Rentals.com is against the notion of walled gardens, keeping vacation rental listings locked up in a dungeon and tightly holding the keys to exploit the resulting bottleneck that exists between rental owners seeking guests and guests seeking rental units.

Free-Rentals.com is a site built and managed by vacation rental owners for vacation rental owners. We believe in the sharing economy, we believe in providing value to both vacation rental owners as well as guests seeking a holiday rental, rather than exploiting both parties.

Therefore, all listings on free-rentals.com will be able to post a link to their own personal website that showcases their vacation rental unit or complex. We not only help market and promote your vacation rental, but also your website.

Free doesn’t just mean no money involved, it also means…. Free.

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Post a Video Of Your Vacation Rental

Free-Rentals.com is pleased to announce we have added the ability for vacation rental owners to post videos of their holiday rental into their listing page at free-rentals. All for free of course. Here is a sample of a video from one of our happy members based in Siesta Key Florida, their private website is http://www.siestakeybeachrentals.com/.

Video and Link to website posted with permission of owner.

HomeAway VRBO Alternative?

HomeAway owned VRBO has hit an all time low in customer satisfaction. Consumer Affairs website has given VRBO a 1 star rating, which is the lowest they can go. Customers are certainly not happy, and it shows if you read through the 850 or so reviews. Sitejabber users posted 450 reviews gives both HomeAway and VRBO just 1.5 stars.

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Here is a sample of some of the reviews…

This reminds me of the time Netflix tried to raise their prices for mail-in and streaming subscribers. I completely agree with everyone else’s comments on this site… Really, It’s just a terrible business decision from VRBO.

Just awful and THEY PUT YOU AT THE BACK OF THE SEARCH LIST IF YOU DO NOT GO WITH THEIR PLANS, and now that I have signed up, I have not gotten one inquiry and it is over a month. I paid in excess of $2000 for my two homes for 2016 and feel I have just been **.

I join the masses of owners who have expressed their concerns over changes in Homeaway/VRBO. I am happy to see I am not the only one that is saying “What the hell is going on”. I have been happy for 6 years and now went from happy to zero with them. Just got off the phone with them, so far EVERYTHING they told me is not true.

The February 2016 traveler fee is a disingenuous move on the part of HomeAway thus making potential clients suspicious of property owners, creating a loss of business for property owners because it increases the rate by a significant percentage.

Clearly, sentiment has turned sharply negative in the past 6 months, and it will be interesting to see if HomeAway / VRBO can pull out of their nosedive and regain the trust of their core customers.

For those seeking an alternative to VRBO, check out www.free-rentals.com. Free-Rentals.com is 100% FREE! No yearly fees, No commissions, No hidden costs.