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Cape Cod Vacation Rental Agency vs Online Travel Agency

Online Travel Agency sites offer some flexibility and reviews of properties and hosts, but Cape Cod Oceanview Realty, a traditional rental management company, offers a trusted and established reputation and vetted rental properties. Both rental options could easily appeal to different types of travelers and different price points. A traveler who knows the exact destination, dates and type of property desired may choose a traditional rental management company while a traveler who likes to take risks and wants more of a unique rental experience may choose an OTA,  .

We’ve compared both rental property options to help you make your decision.

How It Works
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A traveler chooses a Cape Cod town or geographic location. Barnstable, Yarmouth and Dennis are considered Mid-Cape. Brewster, Harwich, Chatham and Orleans comprise the Lower Cape area and the Outer Cape includes the towns of Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown. The traveler does not deal with the property owner directly. The rental agent will typically answer any questions or be the middleman between the traveler and property owner.
The traveler can search properties online or may have the opportunity to tour the property in-person with a CCOR rental agent, if the location is within close proximity. Many traditional vacation properties are restricted on the specific timeframe of travel dates, like allowing only weekly bookings.

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Hosts rent out rooms and entire homes and travelers rent from the property owner directly. The traveler searches cities, host profiles and properties and reviews. After creating a profile, the traveler can then contact a host and request a booking.
Some hosts prefer to have a conversation or email exchange with travelers before accepting or declining a request, while others will do instant bookings. Travelers are also welcome to ask questions of the host and work out any details regarding dates or special requests.

Payment
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Cape Cod Oceanview vacation rental agency requires a deposit upon booking and the balance is due as the travel date approaches. Check-in and check-out times are predetermined by the agency and are strictly enforced to allow for cleaning time at turnover. Details regarding the key are also predetermined by the agency and usually require the traveler to pick up and drop off the key at the rental management company’s office. A welcome packet is provided to travelers with details about the rental, too. Travelers are reminded to be respectful of the home and considerate of neighbors (but mostly encouraged to have fun, of course).

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Once the booking is accepted, payment is processed in full. As the travel date approaches, arrangements are made between the traveler and host, regarding check-in and check-out, house rules and policies and how to pick up the key. The host’s contact information is also provided.

Refunds
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Reservations made prior to May 1 require a 50% deposit within 7 days of booking a reservation.  After May 1, full payment is required within 7 days of booking a reservation.  If the reservation must be cancelled, the tenant must notify us by phone and in writing.  Deposits shall be refunded only if premises are re-rented by CCOR for the reservation period at no loss to the Owner or Agent and cancellation is subject to a 20% cancellation fee payable to the Agent. Tenants should consult with their personal insurance agent to purchase travel insurance to protect against unexpected cancellations.

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If a tenant experiences a “travel issue,” or the vacation home rental does not meet the standards by not matching the online description, a refund can be requested if the issue meets the OTA’s Guest Refund Policy. If the vacation home is not in the described location, does not have the described amenities, is not generally clean or is not the described size, the guest may be granted a refund at the OTA’s discretion.

Reviews
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Cape Cod Oceanview tenants are encouraged to review the property and agency on Google+, Facebook, and Yelp, which may help the next visitor when making travel plans. The agency will take any complaints into consideration and relay them to the property owner directly.

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After a visit, travelers are allowed to post reviews. The host can also review the renter, too, which could help or hinder your next rental request, so make sure to be a welcomed guest.
If scouring through listings and contacting homeowners sounds like too much effort, consider going through a rental agency such as Cape Cod Oceanview Realty. Using Cape Cod Oceanview is convenient, the places we list have been prescreened, and our staff will work with you to find an appropriate accommodation. For instance, if you have a larger family or you’re not sure what neighborhood you want to be in, it might be easier to talk to our rental agency, convey your needs, and see what our agents come up with.

Call or click now to learn more about Cape Cod Oceanview vacation rental listings and always book early!