A few people were talking about house rentals in the 2010 dates thread, and I had a few more questions, but instead of going further off topic, I'm starting a new thread.
While I was looking at the VRBO.com site, I noticed that some of the houses had a huge security deposit, one in particular was $1000. Is that common?
Also, have any of you tried negotiating rates with the owners? How did it work out?