Vacation Home Sales Drop in 2016, Down 21.6% from 2015

Last year’s strongest pace of home sales in a decade included a sizeable drop in activity from vacation buyers and a jump from individual investors, according to an annual second-home survey released today by the National Association of Realtors®. The survey additionally found that vacation and investment buyers in 2016 were more likely to take […]

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Intrawest acquired for $1.5 billion by Aspen Skiing and private equity firm KSL Capital Partners

Ski resorts operator Aspen Skiing and private equity firm KSL Capital Partners will buy Intrawest Resorts Holdings for about $1.5 billion, including debt, Intrawest said on Monday. Aspen Skiing and KSL Capital’s offer of $23.75 per share in cash, represents a discount of 6.1 percent to Intrawest’s Friday close. Intrawest’s shares were down 8 percent […]

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Tansler suspends operations for its reverse auction marketplace for vacation rentals

Tansler, one of the vacation rental industry’s most promising startups has suspended operations. TANSLER, an anagram of RENTALS, was the closest to succeeding with a vacation rental bid-based marketplace allowing renters to “name their price” for vacation rentals. Property managers participate in a 24-hour Reverse Auction, and the first manager to accept the offer ends the […]

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Use Airbnb and VRBO.com to Look – but Not to Book – a Vacation Home

One in three US vacationers are choosing vacation rentals over hotels for their leisure travel, up from one in ten just five years ago, according to a recent study released by travel research authority Phocuswright. However, while increasing numbers of travelers are choosing vacation homes, shopping for a vacation rental isn’t easy. Unlike hotels, each […]

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Is HomeAway Quietly Increasing Their “Service Fee” for Travelers?

Homeowners and managers are reporting that HomeAway has been quietly inching up the service fee, in some cases over 12%. “Since price is an important factor in determining whether a traveler books a property, it’s natural to optimize and adjust the exact amount of the service fee,” stated HomeAway’s Community Forum. “This means the service […]

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