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STR Share Sunday: Big Blue Haven

strsharesunday Mar 07, 2021

It's time for #strsharesunday and today we are featuring Big Blue Haven!

This gorgeous rental is hosted by Janet and Grace and located in Michigan.

There are two things that really stood out to us when we checked them out...

1. They have a 7 night minimum in the summer and a 2-3 night minimum in the other seasons, and they explain this and the reasons behind it to their potential guests!

2. They also have TWO master suites on the first floor.... WOW! If you have the luxury of designing your space or are currently renovating, you should definitely consider having two master suites!

Go give Janet and Grace a follow, and send them a DM to let them know you love what they're doing!

Big Blue Haven on Instagram

Big Blue Haven on AirBnB

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103 | The Long Short: Renting Short & Long Term | with Julie Gates

Uncategorized Mar 04, 2021

Should you be focused on short-term or long-term rentals?

Julie Gates is a real estate investor, and while she enjoys the complex world of short-term rentals, she specializes in stays of 30 days or more. She’s been in the long-term rental industry for a while now, renting out a guest home on her property, but making Airbnb a part of her business allowed her to grow tremendously — to over 30 properties owned and managed.

Eventually, Julie transitioned her business to focus on what she calls “long shorts.” What that means is that she approaches it similarly to a short-term rental — she’s not looking to lease out her property and become a landlord — but she does focus on stays of 30 days or more.

There are a few considerations when it comes to this: Some counties don’t allow short-term rentals but a stay of more than 30 days does not count as a short-term stay. It also pushes you into a long-term rental tax rate. There are also concerns...

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STR Share Sunday: Birmingham Tree House

strsharesunday Feb 28, 2021

Time for #STRsharesunday and today we're sharing Birmingham Tree House!

Another unique space! This "tree house community center" is so cute and so special. Rather than a bed and breakfast, it's a bed and yoga ‍ and it's not actually a tree house, but a mansion.

Here's a description straight from the website: "Birmingham Tree House is a unique concept in the heart of the Magic City... a vivacious blend of hospitality and healing. 1898 Victorian mansion newly renovated into a colorful and contemporary wonderland. An artistic oasis..."

What an amazing and creative space with 5 guest rooms, yoga, and therapy/counseling! We love host Renny's boldness in her pursuit of what she wants her property to be. Check her out... you will be inspired for SURE!

If you build it, they will come!

Birmingham Tree House on Instagram

Birmingham Tree House Website

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102 | How STRs Can Get a Leg Up on the Hotel Industry | with Wil Slickers

Uncategorized Feb 25, 2021

We’ve talked about what the short-term rental industry can learn from the hotel industry… but what can Airbnb and other short-term rentals do even better than big chain hotels?

Wil Slickers is the creator of hospitality podcasts Slick Talk and Good Morning Hospitality and co-founder of Recreation Rentals, a boutique rental management company. He always had a love for people but didn’t know where to channel that passion until he discovered the hospitality industry. He started his podcast to interview people who had an extensive background in the industry and great stories that people could learn from.

What can short-term rentals learn from the hotel industry?

Hotels have done a good job of remaining consistent with their standards. If you go to two hotels in the same chain, you’re largely going to get the same experience. That consistency doesn’t exist in the short-term rental world, but we are starting to see hosts turn into managers that create...

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#STRShareSunday: Rock Ridge Casita

strsharesunday Feb 21, 2021

Time for #STRsharesunday and today we're sharing Rock Ridge Casita!

Located in Oakland, California, this adorable casita is situated in the backyard of veteran host Diana, who has over 10 years of experience! If you're looking for more content on how to be a great host (other than us of course), head on over to this account where Diana has a link for some free hosting tips, a way for you to work with her, and more! She loves connecting with other guests, so be sure to give her a like and a follow!

Rock Ridge Casita on Instagram

Rock Ridge Casita Website

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101 | Creating a Stronger STR Industry Together | with Merilee Karr

Uncategorized Feb 18, 2021

Merilee Karr is the founder and CEO of UnderTheDoormat and chairperson of the UK Short Term Accommodation Association. She went all-in on the short-term rental world when she saw an opportunity to start her own business. She believed that, in order for the home rental market to blow up, it needed to be treated professionally.

She made the decision to take that leap and enter that market, serving what she knew was an underserved and upcoming market. Merilee talks about making that transition, starting the Short Term Accommodation Association, staying ahead of government regulation, building a business that can grow, and creating a great guest experience.

Over the years of hosting and managing properties, these are the tips Merilee has for creating a great and consistent guest experience:

  • Know where you want to sit in the market. If you only take 4-5 star properties, stick to that, and if there’s anything wrong with a property, try and fix it.
  • Personally greet your guest when...
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#STRShareSunday: Abide Stays

strsharesunday Feb 14, 2021

We're mixing it up a little today! Today we are sharing Abide Stays!

Justine and Mary Ellen run Abide Stays, a hosting business that hosts multiple properties and helps co-host your properties for you. Their properties are in the mountains, on the water, in the city... even on a flower farm!


These ladies are AMAZING at what they do. Follow them on instagram because their feed is beautiful.

Our favorite thing about them is that each of their properties donates to a charity, how amazing is that? What a beautiful thing to add to their ethos and mission!

Abide Stays on Instagram

Abide Stays Website


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100 | Hospitality Tips from an Airbnb Legend | with Chip Conley

Uncategorized Feb 11, 2021

 

What would you do if you could pick the brain of one of the people responsible for Airbnb’s success? Well, you just might have that chance!

New York Times best-selling author Chip Conley is the boutique hotel entrepreneur who is largely responsible for Airbnb becoming the global hospitality brand that it is today while serving as their Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy, and today he acts as the Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership. He’s also the founder of the Modern Elder Academy, where a new roadmap for midlife is offered to all.

We dig into what made him so successful in the hotel industry, what he brought to the table at Airbnb, and how to be a lifelong learner.

Great entrepreneurs and great hosts meet unrecognized needs.”

In his book, “Peak: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow,” Chip applied Maslow’s iconic hierarchy of needs to organizations and the customer experience. The base of the pyramid is...

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#STRShareSunday: Adohi Cabin

strsharesunday Feb 07, 2021

Time for #STRsharesunday and this week we are featuring Adohi Cabin!

This is a DARLING 528 sq. foot cabin in the north Georgia mountains hosted by Andrea, and it's SO adorable, we just want to jump in our cars and go RIGHT NOW.

Andrea truly found a way to capture the exact amount of character. There is so much care put into this cabin, with every nook and cranny designed to ensure that their guests have a wonderful stay. With 5 stars across the board, you know it's a great place to be!

TIP: if you have renovated your space or are planning on doing so, people LOVE a before and after, so make an instagram highlight to show the progress and tell that story!

They *used to* have a heart-shaped tub, but they got rid of it. So if ANYONE knows where this tub is... Annette wants to make you an offer

Adohi Cabin on Instagram

Adohi Cabin on AirBnB

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99 | Leveraging Passive Income for Financial & Time Freedom | with Amanda Williams

Uncategorized Feb 04, 2021

How would you like to replace your full-time income, be location independent, and make money passively — without any daily tasks to keep things going?

Amanda Williams is known as “The Traveling Realtor” because she runs all of her businesses remotely, including a 15-property Airbnb portfolio, and is currently living in Cabo. She helps other real estate agents create multiple streams of income, focusing on passive income streams that give you more time and freedom.

She shares how she came to be The Traveling Realtor, what she’s currently up to, some tips for getting bookings outside of the Airbnb platform, and her strategy for creating passive income off of your properties.

 

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