Neighbors Joust Over Vacation Rentals

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Looks like vacation rental opponents have won the latest battle in Seal Beach, California.   Continue reading


[VIDEO] Airbnb VS. Everyone Who Doesn’t Like Vacation Rentals


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Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb, appeared on CBSNews earlier this month to address the (il)legality of vacation rentals in New York City. Continue reading

Celebrity Digs: Lindsay Lohan’s Rental Mansion[Alvin Brickman for Metrosetter Wire]

Rent Lindsay Lohan’s former rental dig for only… $10,450 a month.  Maybe after her difficult experience filming The Canyons, she decided she’d had it with Los Angeles? Continue reading

Zillow Expands Rental Database Through Acquisition of HotPads

Hotpads Rental Inventory Acquired by Zillow

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Another real estate search site is moving into the rental field! Last week, Trulia announced its partnership with Primedia, parent of, and now Zillow is following suit. Zillow has announced that it has bought for $16 million in an effort to expand its rental database. Continue reading

Austin City Council to Alter the Conditions of Short-Term Rentals Ordinance

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UPDATE (10/19/2012): The Austin City Council has officially reduced the notification fee to $50. Read more here.

As reported by Wells Dunbar of, the Austin City Council is considering returning to the lawbooks to alter the conditions of the ordinance on short-term rentals that went into effect only two weeks ago on October 1 (2012).  Since then, only 19 licenses have been issued in the city, which means that the vast majority of people who rented their property during the Austin City Limits Music Festival, which ended on October 14, were breaking the law. Continue reading