House and apartment - typical pros and cons, a short reminder

21.02.2011 In: Vacation rental news

From growing families to space concerns to parking, these are all things to consider when making the decision between renting a house and an apartment. For a breakdown of the benefits and disadvantages of both rental arrangements, keep reading.

The Benefits of Renting a House:

1. More space, including outdoor space. Typically, a house is going to provide you with more room inside as well as outdoor space like a yard. If you’ve got pets, children or a lot of stuff, this could be a huge incentive.

2. Parking. While many apartments come with a parking spot, a large number of urban apartments, particularly older buildings, don’t. If you have a vehicle or two, you may want to look at renting a home with parking.

3. Privacy. Typically, a house is going to afford you a lot more privacy. With no neighbors listening through the walls or complaining about your footsteps in the morning, you have a lot more freedom in a home.

The Benefits of Renting an Apartment:

1. Low maintenance. Depending on your rental agreement, renting a house may also mean taking on shoveling the walkway, mowing the lawn, maintaining the garden and general upkeep of the house. In an apartment, the grounds and outdoor maintenance are all taken care of for you.

2. Professional management. Typically, homes are rented by individual property owners while apartments are managed by a building supervisor and a property management firm. This means you have on-call support that’s professional, business-minded and knows and follows the tenancy laws.

3. Location. If you’re looking for a prime location right in the downtown, in the heart of the city, you’re most likely going to be looking at an apartment. Single-family dwellings are usually found in more suburban or outer-city regions.

The Disadvantages of Renting a House:

1. Landlords. As mentioned earlier, houses tend to be rented by individual owners and while you may know your rights as a tenant, they may not.

2. Maintenance. Along with the space and size of a house comes additional maintenance. There are more windows to clean, more floors to vacuum, more lawns to mow and more gardens to tend.

The Disadvantages of Renting an Apartment:

1. Neighbors. If you’re a loud person or someone who needs a quiet environment, apartment living may not be for you. Remember, in many apartments, there are people and families living on all sides of you.

2. Space. From available closets to cramped storage units, apartments don’t usually offer a lot of storage space.

3. Infestation. Though you may be a clean individual and maintain your home similarly, that is not necessarily the case with neighbors in an apartment complex. If, for example, others in the complex have roaches or ants invading their abode, those same pests are likely to eventually find their way into your home as well.

Additional Considerations for Either

Before you sign a lease for a house or an apartment, make sure you understand what is and isn’t included in the space. Some include heat and power in the rental agreement, while others don’t. Others include cable television and grounds maintenance, while others don’t. It’s important to know exactly what you can expect from your landlord and what they expect of you before you sign.

You should also ask about pets, children and roommates before committing to a space. Make sure you understand whether animals, kids, or even extended house guests are permitted on the property before you sign the lease.

Make a choice from the finest Jamaica villas for your vacation

07.02.2011 In: Vacation rental news

Renting Jamaica Villas can give a carefree holiday as visitors then have absolute freedom to do whatever they want while enjoying luxurious surroundings. Jamaica is a lovely island to visit and is enjoyed by more than 1 million visitors each year. Most visitors will choose to go to Montego Bay which is a pretty big city on the island but it’s also very pretty and it’s right in the bay and is surrounded by mountains.

It’s the ideal place to do a spot of shopping and to find great restaurants.Visitors venturing from their Caribbean villa can also see Rose Hall Great House which was home to Annie Palmer who was known as the White Which of Jamaica. She was married several times and is reported to have killed her husbands and to have treated her slaves extremely badly until she...

Some useful tips on starting your vacation rental business

17.01.2011 In: Vacation rental news

As investors speculate whether the real estate market is about to make a turnaround, some are considering offering second homes as vacation rentals, which can supplement operating expenses incurred when the property isn't in use. But before you sign closing documents expecting it's as simple as creating an account with any of the popular vacation-rentals-by-owner sites, here are a few tips to make sure you know what to expect and are investing in a home people really want to rent.

Do your homework
You've likely watched endless episodes of House Hunters in which buyers swoop in for 24 hours in St. John and buy one $1 million property from among three homes. That's not how it works in the real world. If you're planning to buy a second home for use as a vacation rental, do yourself a...

Vacation rentals - available and popular under any conditions

20.09.2010 In: Vacation rental news

For years, we've been advising our readers to rent short-term apartments whenever they plan to spend more than a few days in expensive cities like Paris and New York. Short-term apartment rentals can help travelers save money on both lodging and meals, while providing a more authentic experience.
Regardless of recent headlines concerning new rules — or supposed new efforts to enforce old rules — for short-term rentals, we still endorse the option as a smart, fun, and safe way to stay. While there may be new implications for owners seeking to rent out their properties in these cities, renters themselves face no possibility of fines or problems of any kind with the local authorities. "There's nothing illegal that the traveler is doing when staying in a vacation rental," says Carl...

The solitude of small Australian islands - one step from heaven!

09.08.2010 In: Vacation rental news

Did you ever wish you could just escape to an island for a while? Have you ever craved the peace and serenity of being castaway on a desert island in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean ? Well, if these situations sound like paradise for you and you are heading to the Tropical North Queensland region of Australia, then you really should give some thought to looking into some of the more isolated accommodations positioned on the islands just off the Great Barrier Reef.
If you happen to be looking for an island that’s about as close to desolate as they come, then look at a stay on the wonderful Bedarra Island. Located approximately 2 hours by boat or about a half hour by helicopter off mainland Australia you can find that this spot features a mere 16 isolated villas. Privacy is...

Vacation rental owners may get compensation for lost revenue

13.07.2010 In: Vacation rental news

The administrator of the $20-billion fund to compensate victims of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico says owners of rental properties along the Gulf Coast should apply for lost vacation rental revenue.

Kenneth Feinberg, appointed by President Barack Obama as the pay czar after performing the same job for family victims in the 9/11 attack in New York City, says owners of vacation rental properties losing income as a result of the disaster could be compensated — although he acknowledged that determining whether to pay those that didn't suffer direct damage is among the most difficult issues he faces.

An estimated 3 million vacation rental condominiums, homes and other residential dwellings fall within the guidelines set out by Feinberg in the four states affected by the...

The Top 10 cities to visit in 2010

06.05.2010 In: Vacation rental news

Guidebook publisher Dorling Kindersley reveals the hip, hot and happening city breaks for the coming year


One of the greatest cities the world has ever known, nowhere does the cliché of East meets West, old meets new, apply more aptly.

The last few years have seen Istanbul thrive with boutique hotels, uber-trendy bars and gourmet restaurants adding to its already intoxicating mix of historic and cultural sites. Watch it ramp up another notch as the city becomes a European Capital of Culture in 2010.


Feted as the world’s most livable city, this West Coast gem has a lively cultural scene with superb restaurants and hotels. A beautiful city where glass towers and skyscrapers are set against a backdrop of coastal mountains, in 2010 it will...

World Travel Awards unveils 2010 Grand Tour destinations

25.03.2010 In: Vacation rental news

After a rigorous selection procedure, Dubai (UAE), Johannesburg (South Africa), Orlando (Florida, USA), Antalya (Turkey), New Delhi (India) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) have all emerged victorious.

Each will stage one of the six World Travel Awards regional ceremonies, with victors progressing to the Grand Final in London (UK) in November.

Celebrating its 17th anniversary, the World Travel Awards has grown into a global search for the very best travel and tourism brands, and is heralded by the Wall Street Journal as the "Oscars of the travel industry".

The growth of sport tourism - a sector now worth US$600 billion annually - is reflected strongly in the choice of this year's WTA host venues.

Johannesburg – playing host to 2010 FIFA World Cup – will hold the Africa Ceremony...

Travelling this Year

16.03.2010 In: Vacation rental news

Consider the costs. Airfares have gone up approximately 9 percent in the last year and are likely to continue a progression toward higher prices as fewer people spend the money to travel and certain flights are at far less than capacity. The problem is only partially due to the airlines themselves. Taxes and fees account for approximately 25 percent of the price of a ticket. Luckily, as taxes have increased over the last ten years (from 11 percent to 16 percent), airlines have been able to reduce certain fees so that passengers have been able to avoid feeling the pinch. However, that is all likely to change.

Current domestic travel taxes are $10.70 per segment plus an additional 7.5 percent of the fare price. There are currently several bills on the table that would raise the taxes and...

Zimbabwe hopes to offer haven for the World Cup-weary

01.03.2010 In: Vacation rental news

Zimbabwe's ailing tourist industry is hoping to restore its health by luring South African holidaymakers eager to escape the football madness of the World Cup.

The world-famous Victoria Falls and rich game parks once made Zimbabwe among Africa's top holiday destinations.

A decade of political unrest and economic chaos scared off most tourists, with arrivals plunging from 1.4 million in 2000 to 223,000 in 2008.

Over the last year, Zimbabwe has begun clawing its back toward normality, abandoning the local currency left worthless by galloping hyperinflation and forming a unity government that has curbed the political violence.

Now the government and private companies are pinning their hopes on South Africa's hosting of the football World Cup to change the country's fortunes, with...

Congress tries to attract foreign tourists to US

01.03.2010 In: Vacation rental news

Millions of foreign tourists are shying away from U.S. destinations, a trend that Congress hopes to reverse in a travel promotion act it passed Thursday.

The Senate voted 78-18 for the legislation, which sets up a nonprofit corporation for travel promotion tasked with assuring potential visitors that they will be welcomed, helping them with paperwork and informing them of the many American places of interest outside the usual tourist destinations. It now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Obama voiced support for the bill during a recent trip to one of those tourist destinations, Las Vegas, to show solidarity with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who faces a tough re-election campaign. Reid has been a chief backer of the legislation.

Costs for the program...

Valentine's Day across the world

04.02.2010 In: Vacation rental news

Valentine's Day across the world

Now that we know a little bit about how Valentine’s Day celebrations came to be, let us take a look at how Valentine’s Day is celebrated across the world. Different cultures and nations across the globe celebrate Valentine’s Day in different ways. In America, we are familiar with the exchange of cards and gifts between loved ones. Roses and chocolates are the most commonly exchanged Valentine’s Day gifts and they were usually given by man to the woman. Around 1980’s, fine jewelery became a very popular gifting choice for men. In Canada, the festival is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm. Valentine’s Day balls and parties are organized all over the country where people express their love for their spouses and sweethearts and there is always...

Saint Valentine's Gala dinner and show at the Benidorm Palace!

04.02.2010 In: Vacation rental news

In the times we are living in, it is easy to get caught up in routine, thinking mostly about work and money, especially when they are hard to come by. But we mustn’t allow this to let us forget about the nicer and more important things in life, like doing something special for the ones we love. If you want to do so in style this year, then look no further, on Saturday February 13, the spectacular Benidorm Palace offers you their Special Saint Valentine’s Gala dinner and show.

Benidorm Palace opened in July 1977 and since than, has gone from strength to strength to become the well known nightclub in the Costa Blanca, and probably Spain.

They introduced the whole idea of 'dinner and a show' to residents in the area and by serving only the best food, they have turned Benidorm...

A Tale of St. Valentine's Day

04.02.2010 In: Vacation rental news

Every year, on February 14th, people everywhere send flowers, candies, and cards to their love-interests or “Valentines“. Ironically, it is not really known for sure where this ritual of love began. There are three saints, by the name of “Valentine” which are recognized by the Catholic Church, and all of them have been martyred.

One story tells us that Valentine, who was a priest in Rome during the Third Century, gave his life in the name of love and romance. Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for young males, because he felt that being single made a soldier better able to focus on victory than having a wife and family. Since only single men were expected to fight in wars, the Emperor felt that men were getting married to avoid going to war. Valentine felt the law was...

Winter 2010 forecast for Europe

06.01.2010 In: Vacation rental news

Summary. During the winter of 2010, mean seasonal temperatures in Europe are forecast to be close to the 1971-2000 average; however, a strong month-to-month variability is expected. In December, the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) will be in the positive phase, and unseasonably warm temperatures will dominate much of Europe, with the strongest positive anomalies in Scandinavia. Colder than normal temperatures are forecast for the Mediterranean region. In January, the westerly winds will start weakening, and the outbreaks of cold arctic air will become more frequent. As a result temperatures in Europe will be more seasonal. In February, the NAO index will turn negative and the temperature anomaly pattern will be almost opposite to that in December. It will be the coldest month of the...