113. Start Your STR Business with an Investment Tribe with Travis Smith, Founder & CEO of Tribevest

Uncategorized May 20, 2021

You’re all here because you want to learn more about the short term rental industry. Maybe you want to get involved, but don’t know how to get started. Turns out, it might be that the best way to get into the world of short-term rentals isn’t to own, but to invest.


Travis Smith is the founder and CEO of Tribevest, which solves a major problem in the world of group investing by making it simple to create and manage your own investment group. Travis and his brothers were looking for ways to be less dependent on their incomes. During the Great Recession, they saw people all around them losing their jobs, and they identified real estate as a way to hack wealth without derailing their careers. They had no experience or education in the field at that time, but their biggest problem was a lack of upfront capital. By going in together as an investor tribe, they secured a future they could never have dreamed of.


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#STRShareSunday: Camp Caribou Yurt

strsharesunday May 16, 2021

Leigh is onto something amazing here... she has a yurt that she built right outside Glacier National Park. You NEED to go check this place out because we can't do it justice. The design and layout is incredible, full of natural light, decked out with stainless steel appliances.

The best part about this place is the location. A lot of people are itching to travel this summer and will want to go visit the National Parks.

Fun fact: Netty once worked at a resort at Glacier National Park. Looks like we'll have to come back to visit and stay here! Go give Leigh a like and a follow to check out her beautiful space!

Camp Caribou Yurt on Instagram

Camp Caribou Yurt on AirBnB

We would love to feature YOU, so don’t forget to use the #STRShareSunday to get your chance!

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112. How FemmeBnb Helps Women Travel Safe & Comfortably with Yaa Birago

Uncategorized May 13, 2021

Solo travel is a rising trend, but it can be dangerous — especially for women.

Yaa Birago is a tech entrepreneur, philanthropist, mentor, and the co-founder and CEO of FemmeBnb, the first social networking vacation and STR platform for women, by women. FemmeBnb allows women to rent their spaces to other women in the hopes of maximizing safety, peace-of-mind, and comfort. It also provides users with an AI-powered travel companion, to help plan their trip from start to finish.

We discuss how FemmeBnb brought the idea of creating a secure space for women that alleviates travel-anxieties to fruition, and the company’s pay-it-forward initiative which provides menstrual products to girls in Africa in an effort to help eradicate poverty.




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#STR Share Sunday: Honey Be Beach Houses

strsharesunday May 09, 2021

It's time for #strsharesunday and today we are featuring Honey Be Beach Houses!

These two houses (the Honey Be Beach House and the Be by the Sea) are hosted by a husband and wife design team who have literally put their world into their properties. They host classes and events at their property in addition to hosting guests.

We really want to show that a short-term rental or vacation rental doesn't have to stop there! These two have been able to weave everything about their lives into their properties.

Go give them a like and a follow and give them some love and you'll see how creative they are.

Honey Be Beach Houses on Instagram

Honey Be Farm Website

We would love to feature YOU, so don’t forget to use the #STRShareSunday to get your chance!

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111. Giving a Historic Home New Life with James Gray

Uncategorized May 06, 2021

If you had the opportunity to purchase a historic home, what would you do with it? James and Jacob, created an Airbnb rental, a country retreat, and a hub for fine dining, photoshoots, weddings, and more.


The two now own Farrand Hall, a historic estate built by Henry K. Farrand in the magic capital of the world: Colon, Michigan. Farrand Hall was added to Michigan State Preservation Office’s List of Historic Sites in 1971 and The National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Both James and Jacob live and work in Chicago, but expect to make Farrand Hall their full-time jobs very soon.


We’re passionate about hosting on Thanks for Visiting, but James takes it to a whole new level. He talks about how he and Jacob grew Farrand Hall into a multi-faceted business with rentals, events, and more. Hear the details of how he hires professional chefs to host unique dinner events at the property, the challenges with turnover after, and the secret behind their signature...

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#STRShareSunday: Duck Pond A-Frame

strsharesunday May 02, 2021

It's time for #strsharesunday and today we are featuring Duck Pond A-Frame!

Yes... this is as interesting as it sounds! Hosted by our friend Wendy, this Dutch a-frame isn't something you'd think you would find in Arizona. Wendy does an amazing job with furniture curation and has a lot of eclectic spaces, but this one really catches your eye (we LOVE the rainbow of glassware)!

This one-of-a-kind stay has a lot of visual interest. Remember: how you take your photos is how you sell someone on booking with you. Check out her IG and her AirBnB listing, and you'll find that not only are her photos amazing, but you really need to go through and read about her space, line-by-line. Wendy really lets you know what she has in every room, what you can enjoy. Her copy is top-notch and she is also SUPER clear with her rules.

Duck Pond A-Frame on Instagram

Duck Pond A-Frame on AirBnB

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110. 7 Tips to Ensure Pool & Spa Safety with Justin Ford

Uncategorized Apr 29, 2021


Safety is such an important component of the rental industry. You’re inviting people who aren’t familiar with the space and carry responsibility for their safety while they stay. We’re talking to our Safety Captain, Justin Ford, once again to discuss safety when it comes to pools and spas.

With summer just around the corner and the world opening up after the pandemic, people are itching to get out there, relax, and cool off. Before they do, Justin has seven tips for hosts and owners to keep their pools and spas safe for guests.

Note that we are discussing how to keep your pools, hot tubs, and spas safe. We are not trying to discourage you from having one of these amenities at your property. These are just the key considerations to keep in mind to ensure applicable short term rentals are as safe as possible.


Electrical Inspection

In Palm Springs, California, this is actually a legal requirement. If you want to list your property with a pool there, you...

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#STRShareSunday: Stay In Crozet

strsharesunday Apr 25, 2021

It's time for #strsharesunday and today we are featuring Stay in Crozet!

They have 4 properties, which include two lofts and a cottage, so we love the variety of properties you can stay at.

What really stuck out to us immediately is their direct booking site, and you can facebook message them FROM their site! We have not seen that! If you don't use a site like AirBnB to book, Facebook is a great way to communicate with your guests, and having it as a plugin (maybe that's not the right terminology here... but we're trying !) right on your website makes it super easy!

We love their tagline: "Never underestimate the joy of relaxation" and how it's front and center on their site. (psst... We TOTALLY agree!)

Go check out their site, give them a follow on IG, and stay with them the next time you are in Virginia!

Stay in Crozet

Stay in Crozet on Instagram

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109. Using Rental Property to Fund Your Vacation Home with Larry Nettles

Uncategorized Apr 22, 2021

 Who wouldn’t want to vacation on a Caribbean island for free?

That was the goal for Larry Nettles, a short term rental property owner in St. Croix. He bought one property as an investment with no experience but he is bringing the dream to life. His story is relatable for anyone looking to start their own STR journey and shows what’s possible in just a few years.

He talks about some of the challenges that come from furnishing a property on an island, accepting that you have to give up control, finding a team you can trust, and how his investment is shaking out nearly four years in.






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#STRShareSunday: Dusty Rose

strsharesunday Apr 18, 2021

It's time for #strsharesunday and today we are featuring Dusty Rose!

Let's cut to the chase here... where did their name come from? Your hosts are Dustin (aka Dusty) and Anna Rose (aka Rose). Clever, right!? This rental is located in St. Mary, Georgia.

Anna is an environmental historian, so she has taken that and made sure it's infused in their rental to make sure it's as sustainable as possible.

Here are a few things they're doing:

Bamboo cutting board (did you know bamboo can grow 3 feet in 24 hours? Woah!)

Organic linens dyed with pomegranate

Nest thermostats with eco mode

Providing reusable bags with their logo (double points for branding)

Dryer balls instead of dryer sheets

Makeup washcloths

Public Goods reusable shampoo, conditioner, and body wash bottles (healthy ingredients with nothing to hide)

They have a fire pit in their backyard, and they have positioned a movie screen on their shed. Who wouldn't want to relax by the fire and throw on their favorite movie!?...

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