Cape Cod Vacation Rentals is a niche rental site available to those with homes in the Cape Cod area
Expected pay: You set it
Commissions & fees: $99 annually
Where: Cape Cod
Requirements: A vacation home for rent in the Cape Cod area
Cape Cod Vacation Rentals Review:
Cape Cod Vacation Rentals is a niche home rental site that charges a $99 annual flat fee to list your residence. Unlike Airbnb, there are no other fees — for homeowner or renter — which can be a win-win for everyone.
How it works
To explain, there are two ways to pay for advertising your property for rent — a flat fee that’s charged up-front to advertise; or a commission that’s charged against each booking.
Flat fees are sometimes criticized because they’re levied before the homeowner earns any money. However, for those who end up renting their homes for more than a few nights, they tend to be the less-costly option for the homeowner.
Flat fees vs. commissions
Consider someone who secures a $5,000 one-month rental of their property. If you pay a 20% commission on that rental, you give up a $1,000 commission, netting just $4,000. If, however, you paid just $99 to advertise, your net is $4,901 — $901 less.
The challenge, of course, is that the fee is a sure thing. Rentals are not. Thus, before paying a flat fee, you need to feel confident that the site where you are listing your rental draws enough traffic to secure you a few bookings.
This is our one concern about Cape Cod Vacation Rentals. This site is relatively new and unlikely to get a ton of traffic. However, the site’s CEO Paul Buonopane formerly worked with FlipKey and TripAdvisor. And he says that Cape Cod Vacation Rentals is already ranking well in appropriate Google searches. He’s also willing to spend on paid search to make sure customers find the site.
When we Google-searched for cape cod rentals in February of 2023, the site was already showing up at the top of organic search — right next to another highly-rated rental site called WeNeedAVacation. Recommendations
Cape Cod Vacation Rentals is worth a try. However, if you’re looking to rent your home as much as possible, we’d also recommend that you list with Airbnb. The site simply gets better web traffic than all of its competitors and charges homeowners the most reasonable fees. (Homeowners pay a 3% site commission; renters pay about 15%.)
Also consider WeNeedaVacation, another fee-only advertising site that specializes in Cape Cod rentals.