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10 cities where vacation rental listings are booming

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Heading to the beach isn't your only inexpensive vacation option this summer.

While Miami, Orlando and the Gulf Shores remain some of the most in-demand markets for vacation rentals, HomeAway.com data shows listings have been booming in some less-expected spots over the past year.

The general allure of vacation rentals over hotels is price. "The savings can be substantial, especially for bigger groups," said George Hobica, founder of deal sites AirfareWatchdog.com and Tingo.com. Rates vary by property and market, but the average rental is $1,500 per week or $217 per night for a home with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, said Jon Gray, chief revenue officer of HomeAway Americas.

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Rentals also offer travelers savings opportunities in the form of cheaper meals thanks to a full kitchen, and more privacy than a hotel, said Hobica. But scrutinize listings and any previous visitor reviews carefully before booking, to make sure you understand what is and isn't included. There can be extra fees for housekeeping, for example, and certain household supplies like linens may not be provided.

According to HomeAway.com data, listings are booming in these 10 markets.

By CNBC.com's Kelli B. Grant
Posted 7 June 2015

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