Our Story

Welcome to Alabama Vacation Home Rentals!  We are not a faceless national corporation or a subsidiary of a conglomerate giant. We are local, independently owned and operated, and located right here in Alabama. My name is Susan Forson, co-founder of ALAVHR, I would like to personally welcome you to our website.  My husband, Roy, and I bought our first vacation rental in Gulf Shores four years ago. Like many of you, we had a dream. We wanted to provide financial security and independence for our family while building relationships with the families that stayed with us. After having great success with three condos and hosting over 500 families, we began to worry about our dreams. We don’t need to tell you how much the industry has changed. The large websites are getting more and more greedy – withholding contact information and even payments from rental owners, while forcing our guests to pay booking or service fees that we cannot control. Our rentals are very personal to us and we take pride in offering our guests an exceptional experience. All of that is being threatened by the changes in the industry.

About Alabama Vacation Home Rentals


We are committed to providing a way for vacation rental owners throughout Alabama and travelers to connect in a meaningful way that benefits both, without unnecessary restrictions or fees. Through Alabama Vacation Home Rentals, travelers have access to quality vacation homes while avoiding service fees charged by HomeAway, VRBO, AirBNB and other large vacation rental websites.

We connect homeowners and property managers with travelers who want an easy-to-use interface when booking their vacation rental. We are excited to serve the Alabama communities by providing a growing database of homes from Northern Alabama to the Gulf Coast! We seek to provide a world-class vacation rental platform without the hassle or fees found in other websites.

Our Pledge to Owners

  • Complete and immediate access to renter information throughout the booking process
  • Your house, your rules – You control the booking process, payments, etc.
  • National and regional advertising to promote your properties
  • Get started for free - no credit card needed to start building your listing
  • Low annual subscription rate with no commissions or booking fees collected by our site

Our Pledge to Guests

  • NO BOOKING FEES – not now, not ever
  • Verified owners
  • Easy to use website for finding great rental properties

We Need Your Help 

Our goal is to become the number one source for vacation properties by owners in Alabama. We can only do that with quality listings, from trusted owners, like you. As we grow in listings, so will the number of travelers that use our site. That is why you can get started for free and enjoy a low annual subscription rate - click here for more information.

Like you, we have been searching for an effective, affordable solution. There are many regional sites to choose from and the prices and terms vary greatly. That is why we are so excited to be part of the Vacation Home Rental Network! When you list with us, you will get the personal attention you deserve and local advertising to showcase everything that Alabama has to offer. Our travelers get the convenience of working with an exclusive network of regional sites that they can find easily and trust – with NO BOOKING FEES.

Together, we can take our industry back!