#STRShareSunday: Bella Cresta Broken Bow

strsharesunday Aug 15, 2022

It's time for #strsharesunday! Today we are sharing Bella Cresta Broken Bow.

We're gonna hit you with something we've never seen before. Right when you go to their instagram, they have post that directs to their YouTube channel, and it's a full tour of their property. We cannot wait until video is a bigger part of the booking process, but Bella Cresta Broken Bow has kind of done that!

Take some inspiration from them. Video as a medium is hot hot hot right now in social media land, so take advantage of it. Record a video tour of your property and put it out there. You don't even have to show your face! How awesome would it be if potential guests could really see your property through video this way?

Also... YouTube is free

Well done!

By the way... check out their website too. Their branding is *on point*

Bella Cresta Broken Bow on Instagram

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179. Managing Luxury Listings Is All About the Details

Uncategorized Aug 11, 2022

Scott Graden is a passionate Real Estate and Hospitality expert with over 25 years of experience in Development and Sales and Marketing of for sale and for rent real estate. His visionary company, GoodNight Stay, has been setting the standard for the new breed of build to rent short term rentals that are seen in today's market.


- Over $3B in real estate sales

- Over $1B in assets managed 

- Over $500M in rents collected 

- Over 1M guests hosted


GoodNight Stay is all about the details, which keeps them thriving through the ups and downs of economic recessions and changes in the real estate market. Scott’s prior experience in the Chicago real estate market set him up for success and allowed him to pivot into short-term rentals, servicing couples, families, and corporate retreats.




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178. The Top 3 Things That Impact Your STR’s Neighborhood

ama Aug 08, 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.

Susi from @WellDressedHome asks:

I missed you at RESA con and came looking to see where I could purchase the course that you do (referring to the Stage To Rent Academy, vs. Hosting Business Mastery)

Jessica asks:

My husband and I recently bought one acre of mountain view property in east Tennessee that we plan to build three separate cabins on, but there’s only one acre of property, so the amenities such as the fire pit, grill and hot tub will have to be a shared space among guests. Would you suggest renting the cabins out separately with shared amenities, or renting all three cabins out to larger groups only?

Marianne asks:

I'm getting started on my second Airbnb property and would love to hear your tips for vetting guests and preventing large parties and major damages to a property. So far we've been pretty lucky,...

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#STRShareSunday: Guest House 71

strsharesunday Aug 08, 2022

It's time for #strsharesunday! Today we are sharing Guest House 71!

This beautiful Alberta, Canada rental has something we've never seen before... hosts Darrell and Dawna bought a 600 sq. foot guest house on a piece of property and moved it do a different place that they thought would be a better spot! They have pictures of it on their feed on a truck being moved.

It might only be 600 sq. feet, but every inch of this space has been designed with the guest in mind. It's beautiful! If you have a dream, if you have a vision, you can make it come true! (That includes seeing a house somewhere, wanting to buy it, and moving it to an entirely different property)

Thank you Guest House 71 for showing us that!

Guest House 71 on Instagram

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177. Small Changes That Have BIG Impact for Your Guest

Uncategorized Aug 04, 2022

Deborah Labi is a retired property manager with her fingers in many pies, sharing her experience via her consultancy, a podcast, a soon-to-launch second podcast, and co-director of The Book Direct Show. She likes to keep as busy as her brain; an OCC – or obsessive compulsive creative – she’s an ideas fountain. 

Through The Guest Inn-Spector, Deborah has keyed in on the small details that have a large impact on your guests. She believes property owners should stay in their own rentals in order to experience them as a guest would, and envision the guest’s journey from check-in to check-out. But at the very least, have a friend or family member stay and offer their feedback (or, hire Deborah!).

Essential things to audit and optimize in your rental, courtesy of The Guest Inn-Spector:

  • Live chat availability while guests are browsing your booking site
  • Ease of booking - how many steps does it take a guest to pay and confirm the booking?
  • Check-in email...
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176. Building Nostalgia Into Your Unique STR Property (AMA)

ama Aug 01, 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.

Jennifer from @PepinForestRetreat asks:

Building unique properties that aren't typically “houses” is my passion, but we've found that funding and building codes and other restrictions can be really difficult to get for something that isn't a traditional building. Do you have any experience with (or any podcast guests that have talked about) building something out of the norm?

(Thanks to Mike from @wanderchatt & @findyourrepurpose for the guest answer!)

Helen from @BrookledgeNY asks:

I own an old girls camp, and one of the things that's unique about the property is the cabins don't come with bathrooms because the campers used to use shared bathhouses; how can I make this a unique feature on my listing instead of an inconvenience? Also, what should I include as a welcome gift or unique amenity in the cabin, as...

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#STRShareSunday: Adohi Cabin

strsharesunday Jul 31, 2022

It's time for #strsharesunday! Today we are sharing Adohi Cabin.

These two intimate and restful tiny cabins in the woods are cute as a button. But here's something we want to bring up, which we have never brought to y'all's attention before (shoutout to Adohi Cabin for being the first STR to inspire us to talk about this). They also list their units on Hipcamp.

What is Hipcamp? Hipcamp is another OTA like AirBnB or VRBO. It started out with predominately camping sites but they have *really* expanded. We encourage all of you land, tent, yurt, RV, and cabin owners to check out Hipcamp to see if your property qualifies. Even if you just have a piece land and you're still in the building process, you may still qualify to list your property on Hipcamp!

Well done Adohi Cabin in diversifying where you are listing!

Also I mean... come on... these cabins are to die for! especially those tubs!

Adohi Cabin on Instagram

Adohi Cabin on AirBnB

Adohi Cabin on Hipcamp


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175. Grow Your Inventory: Unlocking Riches in the Niches with D. Brooke Pfautz

Uncategorized Jul 28, 2022

Brooke Pfautz (Fouts) is one of the industry's foremost experts in growing vacation rental inventory. He literally wrote the book on inventory growth – and it’s already a three-category Amazon bestseller. Brooke got his start in the industry in 2007 when he co-founded Vantage Resort Realty in Ocean City, MD and took an idea on a napkin to more than 500 properties in just five years.

After a successful exit, he went on to grow inventory for other major vacation rental brands as a Chief Business Development Officer in multiple destinations. Most recently, as an executive at a leading vacation rental software company, he saw first-hand through MasterMind groups that he launched and facilitated what worked and what didn’t for the 20 largest and most successful companies in the country.

Today, Brooke leads Vintory, the first and only CRM & Sales and Marketing Automation Platform designed exclusively for Vacation Rental Managers to grow their inventory. At Vintory,...

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174. How To Optimize A Three-In-One Property Listing (AMA)

ama Jul 25, 2022

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


Paige asks:

With a pending recession, does it still make sense to invest in short term rentals, if I'm financially able to.


Troy asks:

What data do you recommend using or filtering through when looking at short term rental data (for example, AirDNA), and also, what quantitative components and criteria are most useful when you're acquiring a new property?


Matt asks:

I have just purchased a home which I believe is a three for one: the entire house is a four bedroom, one of those bedrooms could be considered a mother-in-law suite, and it's got a beautiful outdoor backyard area. What is the best way to list this, and to explain to guests that this is a shared property and that each listing is separate?


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#STRShareSunday: Bayview Bigfoot

strsharesunday Jul 25, 2022

It's time for #strsharesunday! Today we are sharing Bayview Bigfoot

Guys... WE FOUND BIGFOOT. Turns out, Bigfoot loves a short-term rental. Who knew?

Bigfoot is even in the listing photos of this Sasquatch-themed rental!

We love this space and how it's tastefully designed and decorated while still weaving Bigfoot throughout. What a fun spot for a family vacation. Well done with the theme and creating such a great space for your guests!

This space is proof that whatever is in alignment with what you want to do, no matter how kitschy or out-there your idea may be, go for it!

Bayview Bigfoot on Instagram

Bayview Bigfoot on AirBnB

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