Housetrip - Swiss Entrepreneur's Alternative to AirBnB
If you can read German you'll get a kick out of this interview with the founder of Housetrip.com:
If you can't, go there anyway and copy/paste the text into Google translate.
I hadn't heard about Housetrip but it seems to be well under way, a few years old, and hot on the heels of AirBnB - 200 employees, growing rapidly - I'm curious why in the US it has such a low profile. Have not seen it mentioned on Frommers, ever. I think it might not have taken off in the US - yet; when I search, at random, for > Denver CO < it doesn't even list it among many other obscure places by the name Denver.
However, as I enter > Dordogne < a whole lot of attractive looking places come up, many with very reasonable pricing.
Anyhow - read and see for yourself, they seem to be onto something.
- It is now a day later and I have heard back from Housetrip (I contacted them about Denver, CO not even being listed...). The reply is "In den USA haben wir durch die örtlichen sehr strengen Gesetze was die Vermietung und Untervermietung angeht, nicht so viele Gastgeber die eine Wohnung/Haus zur Ferienvermietung anbieten können. In Denver Colorado USA sind momentan tatsächlich leider keine Appartements/Häuser verfügbar" which translates (loosely) as "due to the very restrictive local laws in the US about renting out and subletting we don't have as many hosts who can offer an apartment or a house as a vacation rental, and unfortunately in Denver, Colorado there are indeed currently no apartments or vacation homes available".