The holiday rental market was taken onto a new level earlier when CompareAway.co.uk launched a ‘GoCompare for agent managed self-catering lets’.
The business began when Chris Bradley (co-founder), his family and friends stood outside a villa in a resort in Costa Dorada, Spain back in 2007.
Rented direct from the owner through the internet, everything seemed fine until they pulled up outside the villa in their hire cars only to find the villa already occupied.
Bradley, an IT Manager for a FTSE 100 bank, had been scammed by a very convincing and professional fraudster.
Local police confirmed this happens several times per week in their resort alone. Back home, a quick Google search showed hundreds of other people who’d been scammed in the same way.
Bradley knew there must be many people who wanted the ability to find self catering holiday rentals with the safety and security of being backed by a real, trusted, proven agent.
Later that week over a beer with a friend, the idea behind CompareAway.co.uk was sketched out on the back of a beer mat!
CompareAway.co.uk brings together the leading holiday rental agents onto one site and allow users to quickly and easily find the best deals on holiday rentals in a similar manner to that of booking rooms for the hotel industry.
Andrew Gibson, co-Founder, commented: “We only show properties available on your dates of travel, along with their actual price. It means you can find the cheapest deals quickly and easily.”
Of course, the biggest benefit is CompareAway.co.uk eradicates any chance of falling victim to the self catering holiday rental scams that are affecting so many UK based listing sites.
Bradley added: “We completely remove the issue of being caught out by a rental scam as you deal directly with our pre-approved and vetted agents.
“You can even choose to book selected properties that are protected by ABTA. Gone are the days when you had to search several different sites and then email the owner to ask if their property was available, wondering whether you were talking to the actual owner!”
CompareAway.co.uk now list 150,000 agent managed holiday rentals in 11,239 cities in the top 50 holiday countries of the world.
All properties listed are backed by leading agents offering services like ABTA approval, 24 hour help lines, property inspection and, crucially, your family holiday is guaranteed!