Virtual, Youre right to be doing your reseach if you are new to the Vacation Renting process. In defense of VRBO/Homeaway I must say that these forums are one of their best features.
They (forums) allow anyone looking to advertise with them a window into the various experiences Owners are dealing with.
They aslo provide information to a Traveler, or investor looking to participate in the HA experience.
Owning & operating a VR is not for the faint of heart. There can be many pitfalls & certainly there are many UNexpected situations that arise, even for the seasoned.
It's hard to find an advertising company that offers full disclosure in this day and age. These forums offer you a taste of the probelms you may encounter.
Best of luck to you.