Everything you need to do before becoming an Airbnb host

With more and more people booking their spring and summer getaways, they’re turning to Airbnb for rentals over traditional hotels. If you live or have a home in a touristy city or a small vacation destination, you may have already considered becoming a host or even already signed up. Either way, before welcoming guests with open arms, you need to critically consider the unique opportunities and risks of operating [...]

By |2020-03-18T08:11:59-06:00March 16th, 2020|Home Sharing|

How to prepare for your short-term rental Superbowl guests – top claims continued

Last week we dove into the details of 'sewer back-up' claims and had such a great response we decided to take a look at another of our most popular claims from 2019 - and given that the Super Bowl is this weekend, this one couldn’t be more appropriate.  Many of you are already booked for televisions biggest weekend, and while major events can be an easy opportunity to fill [...]

By |2020-03-04T17:04:13-07:00January 31st, 2020|General, Home Sharing|

4 Steps to Becoming a Professional Short-Term Rental Host

With each new listing added online, the Short Term Rental industry grows increasingly competitive. To set yourself apart from the amateur operators, you need to understand which opportunities to jump on and which to avoid. This can be a huge challenge, especially when you’re just starting out. To offer some guidance, we have put together four tips on how to become a professional Short Term Rental host. Let’s make [...]

By |2020-03-05T10:33:53-07:00January 2nd, 2020|Home Sharing|

Despite Regulations, Miami Beach is #1 for Most Short Term Rentals Per Capita

The Miami Beach Times recently released results to a survey completed by AirDNA and IPX 1031 regarding the top cities for Short Term Rentals. “Florida is home to seven of the top ten cities with the most Airbnbs per capita. Kissimmee, FL comes in at No. 2 with Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Studios next door, Daytona Beach comes in at No. 4, while Miami, Fort Lauderdale, [...]

By |2020-03-05T11:45:39-07:00November 5th, 2019|Home Sharing, Regulations|

It’s ok to say no: turning down potential short-term renters

Surely, you’ve had at least one. If you list your property for short-term rental on sites such as Airbnb, VRBO or HomeAway, you’ve likely come across a request that just seems a little bit off. Spam inquiries are usually easy to spot, especially after you’ve seen one. They all have similar red flags: odd or famous names, the email doesn’t match with the name, multiple mistakes and grammatical errors. [...]

By |2020-03-18T16:08:05-06:00October 25th, 2019|Home Sharing|

Short-term renting is a good money-making strategy

If you are already in the short-term rental business, or thinking about it, certainly one of the main draws was to make income off your property. A recent poll of 1000 people by real estate company Clever found that 84% of respondents think listing a home on sites such as Airbnb is a good way to make money. However, it’s not as simple as “list the home, and the [...]

By |2020-03-18T16:08:42-06:00September 9th, 2019|Home Sharing|

Coffee makers can help your guests feel at home

Part of providing an excellent guest experience when renting your home to vacationers are the simple hospitality items that you’d find in a normal hotel room. For instance, fresh linens, small toiletry items, a small supply of paper products, etc. are common items vacation renters expect to find in their dwelling. Another such item is a coffee maker – 64% of Americans enjoy a cup of coffee daily, and [...]

By |2020-03-18T16:11:08-06:00July 22nd, 2019|Home Sharing, Property Managers|

Do you know who is staying in your vacation rental?

If you’ve been listing your home on Airbnb, VRBO or Homeaway for any length of time, you’ve surely run into inquiries on your property that look completely bogus. Or maybe you just get the sense that something isn’t entirely on the up-and-up. Perhaps they are asking you for your contact information because they want to circumvent the booking process, or, perhaps the language just seems like its boilerplate, or [...]

By |2020-03-18T16:14:05-06:00July 8th, 2019|Home Sharing|

Keep in touch with your short-term rental guests – and keep them coming back

You’ve had guests stay in your vacation rental property and they had a great experience. Now, it’s a year later and those same guests are thinking of coming back to your area on their next vacation. Will your short-term rental be their first choice for lodging on their trip? Or, if their friends or family are coming to stay in your city, will your guests recommend your property? Why [...]

By |2020-03-18T16:16:45-06:00June 24th, 2019|General, Home Sharing|

What hospitality expectations do short-term rental guests have?

Short-term rental guests expect some of the basics when they’re staying at your rental property. Remember, you are competing with Hilton Hotels with your short term vacation rental - it makes sense that if your guests are traveling on vacation, they aren’t going to haul their kitchen items with them, or a set of extra sheets for the bed. But for those who opt not to stay in a [...]

By |2020-03-18T16:19:51-06:00June 10th, 2019|Home Sharing|