When booking directly with an owner, read reviews. Look for the owner's name in the reviews. We have over 4 years of reviews for this property on all our advertisements including VRBO, Facebook, Airbnb, ECBYO.com and our website here. If an owner is new it is completely acceptable to ask for a utility bill, business license, or tax assessment to prove ownership. Hope you find your perfect vacation spot, or check ours out on any of our online listings!