At Houfy, we are creating a worldwide platform for vacation rentals, where people can connect directly with each other without paying booking or service fees.
Our platform is inspired by the success of Airbnb, and we aim to offer a simple and modern user experience that appeals to the 21st century. We believe that traditional vacation rental websites are outdated and only Airbnb has managed to appeal to the next generation of vacation rental seekers.
We've chosen to focus on the travel industry because of the high fees charged by online travel agencies (OTA) such as Booking.com, Airbnb, VRBO, and TripAdvisor. When you search for a place to stay in Breckenridge, Colorado, you're likely to end up on one of these sites, and you'll pay 12-20% in fees for the privilege of booking "instantaneously". We think that's too much, and we want to give guests a choice to pay hosts directly without paying such high commissions.
We've also created a social site to make it easy for members to share local information and travel tips, and to invite their friends and clients to join. Each post on our social site is indexed by Google, which helps us to be found by prospective users who are searching for local information. Our community is a place where people can learn from each other and share their experiences.
In summary, Houfy's "just cause" is to create a platform that helps property owners, managers, and agents share their vacation rentals and connect with their clients and guests without paying any service fees. We believe that online middlemen fees are too high, and we're building a movement of like-minded individuals who want to change the way the vacation rental market works. As of the end of 2022, we've grown to be the largest book direct vacation rental platform in the world, with over 55,000 listings globally. Join our community and help Houfy make a difference.
Houfy is the leading advertising platform for book-direct vacation rentals, with over 55,000 properties worldwide. From cozy homes to spacious apartments, you'll find the perfect vacation rental on Houfy. Plus, our platform allows you to book directly with hosts, saving you money on fees. Explore our extensive selection of vacation rentals and find your dream home away from home. Book with confidence on Houfy and enjoy a stress-free vacation.
Thijs H. Aaftink (Creator and Owner), originally from the Netherlands, born in the US, known as T or Tice, started the Houfy project in 2014 with the idea to share local information connected to a direct booking marketplace for vacation rentals.
Swapnil Chavan (Lead Programmer)studied computer science and has been working for Houfy since 2015. Swapnil lives with his wife and child in Pune, India.
This facebook group is the tech support/customer service group for Houfy. If you see people reporting any errors, feedback, suggestions, etc. - it is because that is the PURPOSE of this group. Imagine if you had a front row seat to Airbnb and Vrbo's tech support/customer service depts. You'd probably run away!