I recently read your article about bogus websites for vacation rentals. Is there anyway to find legit sites, trying to contact a real estate agent in Manhattan or London or a Pacific Island is not easy. Is there a trade association or something?
Terry Craft, St. Petersburg
There are associations that establish a standard of ethics for vacation rental businesses. You always can check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there are complaints against a particular company and search online complaint boards.
Here are some sites for the vacation rental industry:
Vacation Rental Industry Association at www.vria.org, U.S. Vacation Rental Association at www.usvacationrentalassociation.com, Vacation Rental Managers Association at www.vrma.com, and the Florida Vacation Rental Managers Association at www.fvrma.org.