Hi there. I'm a first time poster and frequent traveler. I have used vrbo in the past and never had any issues. Have always traveled to the Central Florida area.
This time around, I am visiting the Ft. Walton area. About 6 weeks ago, I found a condo I liked. Checked the calendar to make sure our dates were available and emailed the owner. Five weeks went by and I never heard anything back. Last week I repeated the process, checking our dates and emailing the owner (and noticing the owner had updated the page within the prior 2 weeks). Never got a response. Two days ago, I email the owner a third time and explain I have been trying to contact them. Owner updated the page on the 16th which was a few days after I sent the 3rd email. As a last resort, I called the owner. Got a voice mail and left a message. Has been 24 hours and no response. Though I realize 24 hours isnt much time, with its coupled with 3 non returned emails I just don't get it.
Whats more concerning is that I have emailed no less than 7 other owners all over a week ago and not one single owner has responded to me. We are renting 2 condo's. I'm beginning to wonder if I stink or something. I have -never- had an issue like this on VRBO. I have always gotten timely responses, though we were renting in a different locale when that happened.
I don't know what else to do except to try to rent in a different area or something. Is there something Im doing wrong here? Something Im missing? I'd like to think my money spends as good as anyone else's but apparently owners don't want it. Would be nice if there was some kind of feedback one could leave regarding the timeliness of a response from an owner. Its so frustrating when they won't respond to at least say "Im sorry but your dates aren't available". You know?
I'm not trying to come off as sour. I have met many good owners and am so thankful they share their homes/condos with us. But in this particular locale I can't get a response to save me life lol.
EDIT: Thank you Carol and Sage for your responses. I tried to reply to your messages but no matter what I did, I couldn't 'click' on the reply links, so I'm adding in the info here. My apologies for not thinking to include this information earlier. I have copied from the auto-responder in my email so you can see what it says.
Arrival Date Mar 1, 2013
Departure Date Mar 4, 2013
of nights 3
in party 2 adults 0 children in party
Name Carolyn Huskey
Comments: Hi. Would like to find out about deposit and payment information for our dates along with your cancellation policy in case an emergency comes up. Also, can you give me an inclusive total? I think I came up with $712.62.
Maybe I went wrong with figuring the price myself? I do this so that the owners can see that I do read their ads and all the information in it. I figure if I can determine their set cost, they will see I am serious about renting because they know I have read over their ad. All inquiries I've sent out have been pretty much the same, with the exception of the cost, of course, because it varies. As far as my reasons for renting the particular home or going to a certain area (as Carol asked) I've honestly never thought thats something an owner needed to know? I guess I always just assumed it was known that the reasons were to vacation/get away somewhere.
As I said, we are renting 2 condos. There are only 2 of us but we each want to stay in our own condo. Just checked my email again and no responses from anyone. No phone call from the one I called either. And if it makes a diff, regarding the scammer/IP thing....I have sent inquiries from my desk top and my lap top.
Thanks again for reading!
Message was edited by: carolynhuskey