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Agency Fees

I just noticed that some rental agencies have an additional 5% service charge. Is that a standard charge or is it possible to find agencies that don’t charge it?

Are most villas represented by multiple agencies?

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1. Re: Agency Fees

I think Caribbean Villas is the only agency that charges the 5% service fee. I try to avoid them for that reason, but sometimes we just have to suck it up and pay it if we want a particular villa. Some villas are offered by more than one agency, as well as on VRBO, but not all of them. Do you have a villa in mind?

Edited: 6:18 pm, August 07, 2013
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3. Re: Agency Fees

I disagree, not all agencies do charge a fee... Destination St John has never charged anything except the USVI hotel tax of 10%... no service fees..., upfront or otherwise.

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5. Re: Agency Fees

Renting through VRBO doesn't mean you won't pay a service fee. VRBO doesn't charge a fee, but many of the properties on VRBO are managed by agencies, and some of those agencies charge a 5% fee. Read the Rates section on VRBO very carefully - they are supposed to disclose all fees there, whether they are agency service fees, rental application fees or "non-refundable damage deposits."

Also, watch out for the reverse issue. The vast majority of properties do not include the local hotel tax (currently 10%) in their rates. However, a few of them do (apparently determined to shoot themselves in the foot, because at first glance it makes their properties appear more expensive than they actually are. You have to divide the rate by 1.1 for comparison purposes).

So if you want to realistically compare rates at different properties, you really need a spreadsheet.

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