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Indigo Dyeing in Portland

I lived in Portland over the summer of 2017 and was looking for ways to meet people and experience something unique when I stumbled across AirBnB's brand new concept - the AirBnB Experience.  I'd been staying in quite a few AirBnBs and while playing around on the site I activated the Experience feature and sifted through hiking experiences, honey making and lavender picking un [...]

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Spooky Halloween Travel!

Happy Halloween!  We thought this week we'd bring you a super SPOOKY post about three of the most haunted places on Earth...  Buckle in! The first stop on our tour of the most haunted places on Earth is probably one of the most well-known and Iconic murder-houses of all time.  The Amityville Horror House in Amityville, NY was built in the 1920s by John Moynahan in the [...]

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My Worst Flight

I settled into my seat on the last leg of my journey back from a summer teaching English in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I wasn’t too tired as I’d spent a few days in Istanbul slept for a few hours on my previous flight. I was now 2.5 hours from my soft bed in Austin. A handsome young man sat in the seat next to me and we began swapping travel stories. The [...]

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A Weekend in South Lake Tahoe

In January of this year I embarked on a cross-country road trip, one that took me from San Francisco to New York City.  I loved every moment of the drive and of encountering our beautiful country from behind the wheel of my little Honda HRV.  I decided to go a bit out of my way to stop in one of my favorite places on earth, South Lake Tahoe. I began my drive early in the m [...]

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Indigo Dyeing in Portland

I lived in Portland over the summer of 2017 and was looking for ways to meet people and experience something unique when I stumbled across AirBnB's brand new concept - the AirBnB Experience.  I'd been staying in quite a few AirBnBs and while playing around on the site I activated the Experience feature and sifted through hiking experiences, honey making and lavender picking un [...]

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How to create an account

At FRBO.com there are two types of people that create accounts: Owners and Renters.  We don’t actually differentiate between the two.  When you create an account you can use it to rent other properties, or list your own property for rent, or both.   1. Click on Log In or List Your Property, you are taken to the Log In page.     2. If you already have [...]

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How to reset your password

If you are having issues logging in with the email address and password you used to register, you can request to reset your password.   1. On the Log In page click Forgot Password?     2. Enter the email address you used to register and click Email Link.     3. Locate the email titled, Action Required: Create your new password.  Click the Reset Y [...]

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How to travel with kids and not lose your mind.

For those who are inclined to travel, it might come as a shock when a new child enters the picture.  Our family loves to travel and it was always so easy, but a lot has happened in the last few months.  We've gone from infant seat to convertible car seat, taken our first international flight, and flown without Daddy.  Here are some tips I came up with after we traveled, just [...]

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Indigo Dyeing in Portland

I lived in Portland over the summer of 2017 and was looking for ways to meet people and experience something unique when I stumbled across AirBnB's brand new concept - the AirBnB Experience.  I'd been staying in quite a few AirBnBs and while playing around on the site I activated the Experience feature and sifted through hiking experiences, honey making and lavender picking un [...]

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Spooky Halloween Travel!

Happy Halloween!  We thought this week we'd bring you a super SPOOKY post about three of the most haunted places on Earth...  Buckle in! The first stop on our tour of the most haunted places on Earth is probably one of the most well-known and Iconic murder-houses of all time.  The Amityville Horror House in Amityville, NY was built in the 1920s by John Moynahan in the [...]

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My Worst Flight

I settled into my seat on the last leg of my journey back from a summer teaching English in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I wasn’t too tired as I’d spent a few days in Istanbul slept for a few hours on my previous flight. I was now 2.5 hours from my soft bed in Austin. A handsome young man sat in the seat next to me and we began swapping travel stories. The [...]

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A Weekend in South Lake Tahoe

In January of this year I embarked on a cross-country road trip, one that took me from San Francisco to New York City.  I loved every moment of the drive and of encountering our beautiful country from behind the wheel of my little Honda HRV.  I decided to go a bit out of my way to stop in one of my favorite places on earth, South Lake Tahoe. I began my drive early in the m [...]

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Review: SFO Centurion Lounge

Thanks to my American Express Platinum OPEN card, a luxury business card, I receive access to Centurion lounges all over the country.  These lounges range in services, from pedicures and massages to high-end dining and drinks you won't find in any other lounge (at least not for free).  I've always found these lounges to be less crowded and feature much nicer amenities and hig [...]

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Flight Review: United Airlines First Class AUS to SFO

After failing to wake up for my early morning flight on Sunday, July 22nd, I switched to a flight that departed around noon and landed in San Francisco at 1:30 PM.  I'd been planning to meet friends at Washington Park in Burlingame for birthday celebrations.  I knew changing to the later flight would cause me to arrive halfway through the festivities, but I figured I'd still [...]

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Cool off like a local in Austin, TX

Texans are used to the house to car to air-conditioned building dash, to driving with their finger tips and getting sunburned through a window.  We know that walking outside at 10 PM still means walking back inside covered in sweat due to unbearable humidity even in the 80-85 degree weather.  We've compiled a list of ways to cool off during the infamous Texas summer heat.  W [...]

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Top 5 Things to do in Newport, Oregon

This adorable seaside town on the central coast of Oregon is definitely worth a visit. Oregon Coast Aquarium - From the adorable sea otter exhibit to the eerie octopus cave, this place has everything!  Experience 360 views of sea life in the underwater tube where sharks, manta rays and exotic fish will swim beside you and above your head.  Watch seals and sea lions play, [...]

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Welcome to the new FRBO Blog

Welcome to the FRBO Blog!  Visit our page for travel tips and inspiration.  We're here to help you make the most of your vacation.  We'll show you the hottest spots in town for cocktails, dinner, activities and then where to wind down and watch the sunset before heading back to your vacation rental.  Trying to stay in budget?  We'll show you how to book your vacation on po [...]

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How You Can Prevent Fraudulent Bookings

Featured Image: Courtesy of Wikipedia. It is the goal of every vacation rental owner to accrue bookings. Owners endure the troubles of carefully wording their listings, and uploading professional-grade photo portfolios showing off the best that their respective listings offer. Nevertheless, a crucial step in the formation of any acclaimed vacation rental is the careful watch [...]

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Could a Home Remodel Make Your Rental More Desirable?

By Kaitlin Krull When it comes to home ownership, there are always things that can be done to make your house better. While some homeowners choose to undertake large scale home renovations all at once, others tackle smaller jobs as they come up in order to bring their homes up to date. Our friends at Home Improvement Leads are committed to helping you make your home as b [...]

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Know Your Choices: Different House Rental Types From Which to Choose

The housing and rental market is full of choices that cater to different needs and locations. Before choosing a house for rent from the different sizes and types of rentals available to you, make sure to scout for different portals to find a reliable source. Once you get the process started, you have to decide which kind of rental you prefer. There are many positive and nega [...]

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Know Your Responsibilities: Important Aspects to Consider Before Signing a Lease Agreement

When it comes to listing properties and houses for rent, tenants and owners have certain responsibilities. Finding reliable tenants can be tricky sometimes and the same goes for finding a good house for rent in a market that’s flooded with choices. The tenant and landlord should understand their rights and responsibilities accurately and communicate their expectations with ea [...]

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How to market your Vacation Rental

The vacation rental market has become saturated with not only vacation rental properties, but also the tools to help you market those properties.  For Rent By Owner (FRBO) has been in business for 12 years offering short-term (vacation) rentals and long-term (residential) rentals, so we’ve learned a thing or two over the years. If you’re serious about getting into the [...]

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4 Key Factors to Consider Before Handing Over the House Keys to a Tenant

You have a functional and beautiful property that you are finally ready to put up for rent, what is the logical next step? Before you scout the market for a tenant, make sure your property has all the basic amenities and requirements to draw in the best tenants. Some tenants are willing to pay extra for a well-maintained property. Every tenant undergoes a screening by the prope [...]

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3 Vital Tips to Find the Most Perfect Vacation Rental for Your Next Trip

One of the most critical aspects of planning a vacation is finding a good place to stay. Finding a place that meets your budget requirements and other necessities, makes the trip more memorable. But, if you get stuck in a mediocre place, it can ruin your entire travel experience. There are numerous ways to find the perfect place to stay at your travel destination. Depending on [...]

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