Look out, Rentalo -

HomeAway.com

is taking over the online vacation-home rental market. The acquisition of 11 vacation-rental Web sites makes it a serious competitor. It's attractive, has more than 120,000 listings, and is user-friendly.

What's hot:

In the "Travel Deals" section, I found Florida properties for $30 a day, tropical hideaways on Kauai, Hawaii, for $85 per night, and condos in Puerto Vallarta and Cancun, Mexico, for less than $100 per night. Check the Top 10 Most Unique Vacation Rentals, which included an igloo in Connecticut.

What's not:

Pickings are slim for Asia and Australia.

- Jen Leo, Los Angeles Times