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Fast Facts
What is HomeAway, Inc.?

HomeAway, Inc. based in Austin, Texas, is the world's leading online marketplace for the vacation rental industry, with sites representing over one million paid listings of vacation rental homes in 190 countries. HomeAway® offers an extensive selection of vacation rental homes that provide travelers with memorable experiences and benefits, especially more room to relax, for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. The company also makes it easy for vacation rental owners and property managers to advertise their properties and manage bookings online. 

How was HomeAway founded?

Over the years, HomeAway CEO Brian Sharples and his family rented a variety of ski and beach homes, enjoying the space, availability of a kitchen and flexibility to invite others on vacation. However, he found that finding and booking a property online in the highly fragmented vacation rental industry was not as easy as reserving a hotel.  It was out of this frustration, that he realized the opportunity to transform the vacation rental industry and build the world's leading marketplace for online vacation rentals. Sharples and Carl Shepherd founded HomeAway, Inc. in February 2005.

How big is HomeAway?

HomeAway has nearly 2,000 employees in 20 different offices worldwide. In 2014, total revenue increased 28.9% to $446.8 million from $346.5 million in 2013.

Why rent a vacation home?
 Spend less but get more room than a hotel
 More space – the average vacation rental home is 1850 sq. ft. versus the average hotel room that is 325 sq. ft.
 More Privacy – plenty of space, comfort and little disturbance; perfect for family time
 Kitchen – prepare a quick meal; save from having to eat out
 Authentic experience in your travel destination
 More opportunities to create lasting memories with family and friends
 Easy to find a pet-friendly accommodation in most destinations

Why list your vacation home?
According to the HomeAway® Vacation Rental Report: Owner Edition, more than half (54%) of owners generate enough rental income to cover at least three quarters of their mortgage payment. And according to HomeAway's 2013 Customer Satisfaction Survey, second home owners rent their properties to travelers 18 weeks a year at an average weekly rental rate of $1,500 and earn more than $28,000 in annual rental income. Meanwhile, subscriptions start at $349.
For more information, please contact media@homeaway.com.

How it works

How to upgrade to a whole vacation ?

It’s as easy as : SEARCH BOOK STAY

Your whole vacation starts here

More than 65 million travelers visit our family of sites each month to discover more than 1 million homes in over 190 countries.

HomeAway has the perfect whole home waiting —no matter your destination, occasion or budget.

Here’s how easy it is to find and book your next whole vacation rental


Enter the city, state or country where you want to go

Enter travel dates to get rental availability

Use filters and maps to narrow results

Don’t forget to create a free account

Save vacation rentals to your favorites list and easily share them with friends and family

Track all of your messages to/from owners

Manage booking information in one spot



Once you find the perfect vacation property, you can Book and Pay or Ask Questions

Ready to book your stay?

Once you find that perfect vacation rental, it’s easy to book and pay securely online. Listings that have a “Request to book” button allow you to immediately submit a booking request—and owners / managers have 24 hours to accept your request. When booking and paying online, always be sure to pay through HomeAway checkout so that your payment is covered by our Book with Confidence Guarantee™.

Here are some helpful tips to ensure your payment is protected:

Look for listings with a “request to book” button—these listings are ready to book and will confirm your booking within 24 hours

Look for listings with credit card logos, as these listings accept credit card payments through the HomeAway checkout process

If a listing doesn’t offer either of the options above, look for a “birdhouse shield” icon on the listing page, as that icon indicates that the listing offers an approved payment option through HomeAway. In this case, just ask the property owner or manager to send you a payment request and instructions through HomeAway. When you do complete a payment through our checkout process, this will ensure your payment is protected.

Have questions about a property?


Now that you’ve successfully booked your stay, you can easily manage and track the details of your stay by logging into your online account or by using the free HomeAway mobile app to:

Manage communication with the property owner / manager

Access important details about your stay such as maps, directions, security and Wi-Fi codes

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