By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: We're thinking of renting an apartment in France, but aren't too sure how to do it. Can you refer us to a web site?

A: The Consumer Reports Buying Guide on Best Travel Deals recommends that people interested in finding a homelike setting during holidays, visit

With more than 30,000 vacation rental properties listed worldwide, the site has a good search engine that allows you to search by region, special interest or by property type. For example, when I clicked on Europe and selected France, I queried a selection for two adults and any price range. Voila - over 100 vacation properties were found. Photos, prices and accommodation details can be viewed.

Many vacation rentals require a minimum one-week stay. Many also require advance payment or an up front registration fee of $50. This fee usually can be applied to the total cost of rental.

If it's an unfamiliar destination, consider staying in a hotel for a few days. Once you've had a chance to scope out the location, you'll be in a better state to strike a deal with a local realtor.


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