Renting the right vacation home

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Summer vacation is here, and it’s time to decide on where to go and where to stay. I’m Rose Raymond with’s Personal Finance Minute and some tips on finding a home, sweet vacation home.

Before selecting a house, think about the location. If it’s a beach town, is it important the house be right on the beach? Are there certain attractions you want to be near? Do you want a short drive to the airport?

Don’t be afraid to call the home’s owner. He can tell you if the home is in a remote location or down the street from a McDonald’s.

Most houses list the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, but you should ask how many people the house sleeps, the size of the rooms and what amenities are available.

Make a list of vacation home must-haves. A dishwasher, cable channels and Internet connection may be vital, a hot tub not so much. And find out if you must bring your own linens.

When you’re ready to sign a contract and make a deposit, first review the paperwork. It may include payment, cancellation and deposit provisions.

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