BUSINESS
07/19/2010 04:04 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Rental Websites Help Homeowners Stave Off Foreclosure

For Airbnb -- along with Craigslist and rival rental sites like HomeAway.com Inc. -- the threat of foreclosures is bringing a surge of listings. Local entrepreneurs Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia didn't have that in mind when they conceived of Airbnb. They just wanted to take the hassle out of renting out a house, a spare room, or even just a couch.

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