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Villa Rentals: Ask for extra perks

Renting a villa is a terrific value proposition right now. Given the
current economy, many second-home owners are offering their properties
for the first time, and the increased supply means better deals. A large
family can stay in a beautifully restored Tuscan farmhouse for less
than the cost of an equivalent number of hotel rooms. According to homeaway.com, which rents more than
185,000 accommodations online<!--- (for more on their offerings, head to <a href="http://www.TravelandLeisure.com/" mce_href="http://www.TravelandLeisure.com/">TravelandLeisure.com</a>) -->,
55 percent of all owners intend to give discounts and other perks this
year, including free nights and relaxed minimum-stay requirements. You
can get a sense of the market by doing a preliminary search on one of
the multi-destination villa agencies’ websites<!--- (see page 64) -->.

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