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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
First off, if you have never used VRBO before, i recommend it, i have received some good deals for various locations.

My question is, has anyone ever got a "last minute deal" from the site. If so, what was the discount. Just wondering if folks will rent for next to nothing or will they leave it empty.....
post #2 of 13
I think it depends on the owner. We rented a 3 bd ski in/out condo over Thanksgiving weekend on a 2 day notice and lowballed the owners. They accepted it to at least make some money that weekend.
post #3 of 13
I got a steal on a 1 bdrm condo at Whistler 2 years ago on a one week notice, e-mailed the owner direct. Price came in about $50 less than normally advertised on the site.

I agree VRBO is a great way to go. Have used them at PCMR, Hawaii, and Whistler w/o problems.
post #4 of 13
The way the economy is you might get a better selection. But don't expect rates slashed during President's week or Spring Break. It depends on hard it would be to get to the locations in the 1st place; i.e. flying and rental car for destination resorts to me are going to take a hit more than say, Front Range/ SLC area resorts.
post #5 of 13

VRBO Landlord

You must remember that VRBO is simply a spot to advertise. All the properties are individually owned.

Your ability to get a last minute discount truely depends on how last minute your are talking and how hungry the property owner is.

As the owner of a beach house in Prince Edward Island, I can tell you that I have granted deep discounts on last minute deals (7 and under days out). At the same time, don't hold your breath for that deal in July or August.

On the flip side, I have negotiated discounts on numerous VRBO rentals, both because I was booking last minute or booking a low period.

As an example, I am going to Big White next week and negotiated 30% off the posted January value rate. The trick was I was going for a low period (5 nights midweek - 3rd week in Jan) and I was taking 2 units and was prepared to pay in pull at the time of booking.

Last year I booked a condo mid-week in March in North Conway. The place normally rents for $450 a night. It was a very nice palce. I paid $800 for 5 nights. I booked 1 week out for a slow week and it was a Sun to Frday rental. I asked for the best deal at 4 different units. I made clear that I was looking for a deal on a last minute mid-week rental. 2 of the 4 offered me good deals.

A landlord will offer a deep discount if they believe the alternative is being empty. The trick is to ask.

Hope this helps.
post #6 of 13
I have a condo in Park City on VRBO. As others have stated, given the economy this year, I am willing to make deals. Obviously, it depends on the factors identified such as short notice, popularity of time period, etc. However, there are limits. At least for me. I've gotten offers that were not much above breaking even. At that point, it's not worth the hassle and wear and tear.
post #7 of 13

Best approach?

I'm looking at going skiing in Vermont mid March, Sunday to Friday. Seems to be alot of open places right now. Very few units show much booked between Jan-Mar.

How do you ask the owners without offending them? Do you just make an offer of 25-30% off posted rates?

BTW: cyberrentals.com is another good site I have used in the past.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by soundrulz View Post
I'm looking at going skiing in Vermont mid March, Sunday to Friday. Seems to be alot of open places right now. Very few units show much booked between Jan-Mar.

How do you ask the owners without offending them? Do you just make an offer of 25-30% off posted rates?

BTW: cyberrentals.com is another good site I have used in the past.
Don't make an offer, just ask the property owner if they are willing to offer a discount for last minute booking, and see what they come back with. And negotiate from there. It helps to have multiple options.
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Maui Steve View Post
I have a condo in Park City on VRBO. As others have stated, given the economy this year, I am willing to make deals. Obviously, it depends on the factors identified such as short notice, popularity of time period, etc. However, there are limits. At least for me. I've gotten offers that were not much above breaking even. At that point, it's not worth the hassle and wear and tear.
THANKS for all the replies.....

MAUI STEVE
Not trying to be a smart***, i truly am curious. How do you determine "break even" with your condo when unrented means getting zero dollars....is it because of cleaning fees, other fees?? It just seems to me that getting something is better than getting nothing.
post #10 of 13

I guess you have a point. However,there are cleaning fees, and utility costs. More intangible are wear and tear costs. Although somewhat vague, if you've ever had a rental, you realize they are real. Also, the hassle costs of setting everything up. In my mind, the people trying to "steal it from you" may also be the ones not to give a rip about your place. But I could be wrong. In any event, there is some vague number in my head that is a combo of what people seem like, my desperation, how dead the period is, how likely it is I might still get someone, etc. I have heard of people that got burned by people trashing the place. Not common, but you hear enuf stories to be a bit wary.  

post #11 of 13

The latest trend these days is EVERYBODY is booking last minute and trying to turn a deal.  As a condo manager put it to me yesterday, "they are all calling at the last second and trying to get something for nothing".

 

I think last second really means last second this year.  I would think that most owners may offer a deep discount on a slow period but there are some that won't.  Having done all the maintance and repair work on several oceanfront units when I lived in NC.  There are owners that don't want to risk any damage to their unit that the cheap rental for the week may not cover. 

 

It's a hit and miss thing.  It costs nothing to ask.

 

 

post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 

Maui

Thanks for the info.  I certainly understand where your coming from...Sometimes it's easier to just say no rather than deal with some folks who are potentially more trouble than if you had rented at full price!!

 

I've never been to Park City and always wanted to go.  Maybe we can work something out one of these years.  We go to Summit County because of familiarity.  My youngest son just turned seven so we are waiting until he is a little older before trying other spots. 

Thanks!!

post #13 of 13

FWIW, I've been skiing with a friend of mine for last 28 years. We used to stay in Dillon every trip. Until we went to Utah. The Park City resorts are pretty similar to Summit County resorts except park City is 1/2 an hour from airport and altitude is 2500 feet less. Snow is pretty similar. However, you also have access to Cottonwood Canyons and Ogden areas. Of course, in Summit County, you also have access to Loveland, Vail and Beaver Creek. But, hard to beat Cottonwoods on powder day. Anyway, that's my sales job for the day.

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