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Avoiding Rental Scams

Rental scams are an unfortunate part of the vacation rental industry. Any time money changes hands without the two parties meeting in person, there is the opportunity for one of the two parties to take advantage of the other. Most times, vacation rental scams end up affecting the property owner rather than the renter, but there are some rare instances where renters are scammed by supposed property owners who are not who they claim to be.

You can protect yourself from rental scams by gathering as much information as possible about a rental property before sending a property owner any money. Talk with the property owner of any rental you are interested in both on the phone and via email multiple times if necessary to ensure that the property owner, and the property, are legitimate. Be wary of any property owner who says that they cannot speak to you directly, or seems confused about contact information or property location. Use the Internet to Google the rental property location to be sure that it exists, and the property owner’s name to make sure he or she is an actual person.

You can also gauge whether a property and a property owner are legitimate by the listing itself. If something seems too good to be true, it most likely is. For example, something is probably fishy if you see a 5-bedroom private beachfront home in the Hamptons renting for $500 per week. Also check for reviews from previous renters, and look at the availability calendar. If the house has never been rented out before, and has no reviews, these might be considered red flags. Ask for references from past renters or additional pictures of the property in order to determine the validity of the listing.

When sending money to a property owner for a rental deposit or security deposit, always try to pay with credit card or PayPal. Avoid using Western Union or MoneyGram services that are often used by scammers to collect money. Always err on the side of caution if you suspect that something might not be right.

New York Scenic Road Trip

New York is the perfect place to plan for a scenic road trip. Best in the spring, summer and fall, road trips throughout New York offer unparalleled sweeping mountain views, beautiful lake views and bucolic countryside. New York has such a wealth of natural beauty that it’s almost a shame to limit yourself to just one area when visiting. Why not take a multi-city road trip, or at least set out on daytrips while staying in one location. Continue reading

Luxury New York Spa Vacation

If you’re yearning for a vacation that is as much about relaxation as it is about getting away from your everyday life, a luxury New York spa vacation might just be the trip you’re looking for. New York is home to a number of great luxury spas that will pamper you and leave you feeling like a million bucks when you return home. Spa services come in varied price ranges, so there is sure to be a spa service to fit every budget. Continue reading

Adventure Lovers Vacation to New York

New York is an outdoor and adventure lover’s paradise, with plenty of opportunities to explore the wilder side of life throughout the state. From New York City to the Adirondacks, no matter where you go in New York, you’re sure to find an adventure waiting to happen. Continue reading

New York Wine Trails Trip

New York’s lush and fertile landscape provides the perfect growing conditions for grapes, making some regions idyllic for wineries to flourish. New York has the third largest grape production in the country, right behind California and Washington. Because of this, it’s no wonder that visitors flock to New York’s wine regions to partake in fun wine trail tours and tastings. Continue reading