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208. BIG Airbnb Updates For 2023

Uncategorized Dec 01, 2022

Today we’re reviewing Airbnb’s new winter updates as we move into 2023. If you have Airbnb listings, we always recommend logging into your account regularly to see what’s new on the platform, and be sure your listings are up to date with Airbnb’s requirements and able to perform well in the search algorithm.

Here’s what’s new:

  • Total price display for guests (nightly rate + all fees), and Airbnb is now prioritizing total price over nightly price in search results
  • Pricing tools for hosts to help them understand pricing and fees and how to set competitive prices
  • Improvements to guest checkout, and requiring that checkout requests are visible during booking. (And, guests should not have to do unreasonable checkout tasks like stripping the beds or doing the laundry).
  • Guest identity verification is becoming stronger
  • $3 million in damage protection for Airbnb to reimburse hosts, now including art and “invaluables”
  • $1 million in liability...
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#STRShareSunday: La Khabine

strsharesunday Nov 27, 2022

It’s time for #strsharesunday! Today we are sharing La Khabine

There are three things we want to highlight about this beautiful Canadian property:

1. Their electric car changing station. They're located in a ski community, and if people are driving there with electric cars, we're guessing there aren't many places with that amenity, so what a way to stand out in the crowd!

2. An outdoor sauna. After a long day of skiing... yes please! ‍

3. A glass deck. The deck itself is wooden, but the railing is glass, so that when you're standing on it, it just kind of flows into the amazing surrounding woods. The cabin itself almost all glass, so if you're sitting on the couch, relaxing in bed, drinking your coffee, etc., it really helps you feel at one with the beautiful surrounding scenery.

This property is such a stunner, and will definitely put you into the cozy winter spirit! Well done!

La Khabine on Instagram

La Khabine on AirBnB

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207. Building Wealth + Growing An STR Business With Your Partner

Uncategorized Nov 25, 2022

Kacia & Seena are brand new to STRs and real estate investing, but they have a BIG vision of where they want to take this, and how they are going to use the power of community to build out an STR brand. After 13 years together and three months into their marriage, they are taking a deep dive into real estate investing.

Kacia has 9 years experience as an entrepreneur, and Seena left his career as a dentist one year ago when he realized that career path was no longer aligned with their shared vision. They are both big dreamers who are driven by creating legacy for their future families, as well as long-term generation wealth.

They have a huge vision of where they want to take their goals with STRs, and feel it's so important to keep people looped in every step of the way to teach and inspire others who might have similar goals.

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#STRShareSunday: East Atlanta Studio

strsharesunday Nov 21, 2022

It’s time for #strsharesunday! Today we are sharing East Atlanta Studio

We talk about digital real estate a lot inside our membership and on our workshop, and this is a cool STR share because they have converted their short-term rental into a creative space for photography and videography!

They were hosting strictly short-term rental overnight stays and then they've transitioned to a studio, and there's multiple ways that you can do this!

Remember, you don't need to transfer your whole entire space into hourly, but we always want to make you aware of all the different ways that you can earn income off of your property, and we think @east_atl_studio is crushing it.

We love what you're doing for your community by giving creatives a space and love how you pivoted your short-term rental into super short-term rental by making it hourly!

East Atlanta Studio on Instagram

EastAtlantaStudio.com

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206. Decoding the Best Cleaning Products & Techniques for Your STR

Uncategorized Nov 17, 2022

Sean Kemper, founder of ETI Solutions, helps educate people on cleaning best practices. Their parent company, Ecolab, manufactures quality cleaning products that are both safe AND effective, bringing innovative equipment, cleaning, and disinfecting products to the industry.

Sean has served on the Vacation Rental Housing Professional's (VRHP) board for the past four years, focusing his efforts on vacation and short-term rental businesses. With his background and expertise, Sean helps STR owners understand the risks of using off-the-shelf cleaning products vs. commercial grade chemicals, the importance of using concentrates, and how smell remains an important factor for your guest’s comfort and sense of cleanliness.

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205. Converting A Church Into An STR (AMA)

ama Nov 14, 2022

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.

Lindsey asks:

Our most recent STR purchase came with an old church built on the property. We’ve been booking it as a wedding venue, but if we wanted to turn it into its own rental unit, what’s the best setup for this? Would it be a draw as a unique STR listing?

Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah & Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMA

Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.

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#STRShareSunday: Stay Villa Mila

strsharesunday Nov 13, 2022

It’s time for #strsharesunday! Today we are sharing Stay Villa Mila

Not to be confused with Stay Milli Vanilli... girl you know it's true, we want to stay at your short-term rental!

What we really want people to pay attention to is the amazing nook that they've turned into a gaming, puzzle, and book area. We love the way they've built it into the home and how they've organized the space. It's such a nice thing to offer to their guests... I mean who doesn't love a board game or a puzzle, especially on a rainy day!?

They also have an amazing use of color in this home. The colors are bright and vibrant with such nice attention to detail. We love to see it!

Stay Villa Mila on Instagram

Stay Villa Mila on AirBnB

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204. The Harder You Work, the Luckier You Get

Uncategorized Nov 10, 2022

Alex Sabio is a married father of four from Southern California. He has been in healthcare for over 20 years, and focuses on helping other healthcare workers become financially free through investing in STRs.

Alex had a rocky start in real estate investing, including bankruptcy, builder issues, and even a Ponzi scheme. But through it all, he always had an innate feeling that he was making the right moves, and continued to persevere through these struggles. Today, he’s thriving with multiple properties, and always networking with partners and fellow hosts to find new opportunities.

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Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.

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203. How To Safely Provide Alcohol For Your Guests (AMA)

ama Nov 07, 2022

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.

Meg asks:

Are there restrictions around offering alcohol to your guests, whether as a check-in gift or as an upsell to “stock the bar?” 

Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah & Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMA

Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.

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#STRShareSunday: Happy Camper Chalet

strsharesunday Nov 06, 2022

It’s time for #strsharesunday! Today we are sharing Happy Camper Chalet

Annette may have botched the pronunciation of their location (but gold star for trying, right?) on the pod, but these hosts are celebrating the classic Canadian getaway, and it is SO gorgeous.

What we want to talk about with this particular property, and this is something we talked about in our live event, is bringing the history of a brand to continue the legacy. We love how Happy Camper Chalet has brought the history of their property through old black and white photos of the Chalet, a vintage radio and record player, old signs, thrifted hats, tennis rackets, and lamps, and their grandma's old binoculars. They've done an amazing job weaving nostalgia into their property and their brand!

How can you tie in history to your property?

The Happy Camper Chalet on Instagram

The Happy Camper Chalet on AirBnB

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