Welcome to Derby Home Rental! I’m Zach Everson, the owner and operator of the site (I’m the guy on the right).
When my wife and I moved to Louisville from Washington, DC, in November 2008, our real estate agent suggested advertising our home for rent on Derby weekend. When I contacted the local Realtor who seemed to have a monopoly on Derby rentals though, I was astounded at her cost: 30 percent of the rental fee! It wasn’t worth it. While it was too late for me to create a website on my own for Derby 2009 (I picked up some web skills as part of my job as a freelance travel writer), I created this site in time to list our home for the 2010 Run for the Roses.
Our house rented quickly in 2010, but I kept getting calls and e-mails from both travelers looking to rent homes on Derby weekend and Louisville homeowners looking to rent out their homes. My wife and I joked that we should transition the site to include other for-rent-by-owner listings, but with a new baby and a hectic work schedule, we never acted on it.
Our experience renting out our home was a positive one: the renters were excellent and it gave us a good excuse to give the home a thorough spring cleaning. So renting it out again in 2011 was a no-brainer!
2011 worked in a similar fashion to 2010: our home was booked early in the year, but the calls from would-be renters and local homeowners kept coming. Not that a 1-year-old is much easier to take care of than a newborn, but that year we decided to retool the site to help other Louisville homeowners rent out their houses for Derby weekend without having to pay a ridiculous percentage to a real estate agent. Travelers to Louisville benefit too: staying in a home when traveling often provides a much better—and more affordable—experience than staying in a hotel, especially in Louisville on Derby weekend. And Derby is one of those rare events that’s actually better than expected. In 2013, I incorporated the website under the business name Derby Home Rental, LLC.
USA Today’s travel section mentioned this website as a good place to find last-minute Derby accommodations in “At Derby time, Louisville’s hospitality hits its stride.” Aol also suggested Derby Home Rental in “What to do in Louisville during the Kentucky Derby.” Locally, the Louisville Courier-Journal, Louisville.com, and WHAS 11 have profiled Derby Home Rental.
For more background, read this article I wrote about my experience renting and advertising homes for Derby in Louisville Magazine‘s April 2012 issue: “What’s Mine Is Theirs.”
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at 502.526.5217 or firstname.lastname@example.org.