US vacation rentals website rentalspot.com is now available in public beta, pitching itself as an alternative to established vacation rentals websites.
rentalspot.com, which is free-to-list, describes itself as a "more targeted alternative to expensive vacation home rental by owner sites like HomeAway and VRBO." It currently lists properties in a number of US locations and other destinations such as Thailand and Tuscany.
“We developed rentalspot.com because we are owners of vacation rental properties who believed we should not have to pay $400 or more just to list and advertise our homes on leading vacation home rental websites,” said website founder Tobias Dengel. “We understand that owning and maintaining vacation homes is expensive enough without having to pay listing fees. The new beta version of rentalspot.com will better serve and embrace the growing community of users who appreciate and profit from our free online resource.”
Along with a free-to-list advertising model, rentalspot.com offers users a map-based search option, along with the ability to collaborate with friends when choosing a listing.
The website promises that it will "always be free," however there are plans for a future revenue generation model. "At some future point we may sell premium services such as getting properties listed at the top of search results, or adding premium content (e.g a link to a website or a video)," rentalspot.com explains.
rentalspot.com adds that it may market certain products to owners, agencies and those users who have opted into receiving marketing materials, and provide additional tools or services to property owners or agencies, such as credit card processing.