There may be no place like home, but that doesn’t mean you should settle for sterile hotel accommodations when you’re on vacation or away for extended periods on business. With the launch of Furnished Housing By Owner (www.FHBO.com), travelers have a resource to search and secure furnished housing and rentals directly with the property owners – at much lower rates than an extended stay in a hotel.
FHBO.com allows property searchers to filter properties by location, keywords, # bedrooms, # beds, Internet availability and availability dates. For each property, you can view photos, rates, reviews and a map of the exact property location. It’s free to search FHBO’s property listings and visitors to the site can save a link to a specific property for future reference.
“Many times business travelers or vacationers just assume they have to stay in a hotel and absorb the cost. Unlike a hotel room, a furnished property offers the amenities of home such as a full kitchen and comfortable living space,” said David Alex-Barton, founder of FHBO.com. “With our global online service, travelers have multiple options literally at their finger tips–whether they are looking for a furnished New York studio, a self-catered London flat, or a tropical island vacation villa.”
In addition to being an invaluable resource for travelers, FHBO.com is a boon for property owners in an economy when many travelers have cut back. For a low annual fee of $99, each property listing is highlighted with large photos, concise property details, an availability calendar, a Google map, rates, reviews and direct owner contact including a direct link to the owner’s Web site.
FHBO.com offers an easy-to-use interface so owners can add properties quickly and easily. For even greater exposure, FHBO.com promotes individual rental listings on several online services such as Craigslist, Ebay, Facebook , Twitter, and YouTube. In addition, FHBO.com will also feature select properties on its home page.
Here is a sampling of furnished housing listings on FHBO.com with direct links:
- New York City – Fully Furnished 1 Bedroom Apartments at The NY Towers, 330 East 39th Street New York/Midtown East , NY 10016, United States – FHBO #1360 http://www.fhbo.com/?prop=1360
- Mountain Cabin Rentals – Lazy Bear Lodge, Buck Mountain Rd. Roan Mountain, TN 37687, United States – FHBO #1493 http://www.fhbo.com/?prop=1493
- Beach Getaway – Martha’s Vineyard, 68 Bayview Ave Edgartown, MA 02539, United States – FHBO #1127 http://www.fhbo.com/?prop=1127
- Villa in Italy – Elegant 18th-Cent. Villa Apts. w/Pool, Via XX Settembre, No. 7 Odalengo Grande, Alessandria 15020, Italy – FHBO #1441, http://www.fhbo.com/?prop=1441
- Corporate Housing – Economical, Furnished 1 Bedroom Apartments in Dupont Circle, 1711 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington DC, DC 200036, United States – FHBO #1332 http://www.fhbo.com/?prop=1332
“What makes FHBO.com different than other furnished housing sites is that we’re furnished housing owners [Back Bay Suites – Boston] as well being furnished rental experts,” said Alex-Barton. “We know that what is most important to every property owner is customer inquiries and keeping their property booked. On FHBO, we feature properties, not advertisements and we put our focus on promoting each individual property listing.”
To celebrate the launch of the site, FHBO.com is offering a two-month free listing with coupon code “FHBO2010”
For additional information on FHBO.COM, you can visit www.fhbo.com or call 617-262-0099.