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148. Behind the Scenes on Our First Real Estate Deal

Uncategorized Jan 27, 2022

Not long ago, we announced that the two of us were partnering for our first joint real estate deal. Picking up on that conversation, we wanted to let you know how everything is going so far, what progress has been made, how we structured the deal, what level of investment we each brought to the table, and how we made this happen in the first place – getting a loan without W2s is not easy! 

We also go over all of the improvements we’re planning to make to the property and how those fit into our overall strategy. We’re excited to continue updating you on these important developments and provide an inside look at first-time real estate owners figuring it all out as they go.

 

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#STRShareSunday: @island_in_this_dream

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#STRShareSunday: Pines Edge

strsharesunday Jan 24, 2022

It's time for #strsharesunday! Today we are sharing Pines Edge!

Last week we went down south, this week we're heading north to Ontario, Canada! Get ready for some super cozy vibes! This gorgeous space features not one, but two fireplaces, and they do an amazing job highlighting them in their listing.

They use the term, "Rustic Luxury" in their listing, and what a perfect way to capture the essence of their space and let potential guests know exactly what to expect! Be intentional in your copywriting!

We also love how they toggle between interior and exterior shots on their instagram to really show people the entirety of the property and what they can expect by staying there!

We can't wait to snuggle up by the fire at Pines Edge!

Pines Edge on Instagram

Pines Edge on AirBnB

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147. Back to the Basics: Refocusing on Guest Experience

Uncategorized Jan 20, 2022

Following up on last week’s episode covering the basic steps you can take as a host to make sure you have all the simple things dialed in, we look at ways to step back and reconsider your guest experience. The customer is always right, after all.

We’ve stayed at at least twenty hotels and short-term rentals over the past year and we always come away with new takeaways each time. Today, we share those insights with you. Most of them are simple, immediately actionable, and affordable to implement. Let’s not overthink it!

Nobody wants to feel like they’re intruding on someone else’s space when they’re staying somewhere. Knowing this, you should do everything you can to make sure every guest feels like they’re the first person to stay there. You don’t want half-empty shampoo bottles, stray hairs, or any other lingering signs of the previous guests to be around reminding people that this isn’t their own personal space, one where they...

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#STRShareSunday: Las Terrazas

strsharesunday Jan 17, 2022

It's time for #strsharesunday! Today we are sharing Las Terrazas! Andrea and her wife live in NYC and they are the hosts of this beautiful property in their native Puerto Rico.

There is so much to look at in their listing. They've done an amazing job in their copy (and this is something we haven't talked about in a long time. Maybe we can do an episode on it, what do you think?)... so much so that we are ready to pack up and go visit RIGHT NOW. Read through the way they describe every magical part of their property and the way they explain their neighborhood and what to expect.

Their photos tell such a beautiful story of all the unique nooks and crannies of their home. They show people eating at the table, working on a laptop at the desk, sitting in the hot tub, and reading in the reading nook to help you envision your own stay there. The custom paint is beautiful and the way they have styled the photos with guests in them is so well done and so unique! We'd love to be able to...

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146: Back to the Basics: 7 Things to Review in the New Year

Uncategorized Jan 13, 2022

Even if you’ve been renting and managing for years, we all need to go back to the basics from time to time. What better time than a new year? In this episode, we share seven things you can do, that you probably haven’t been thinking about, to make sure you’re starting off the year on solid footing, literally and figuratively.

  1. Update listing copy and amenities
  2. Update photos
  3. Update digital guidebook and welcome book
  4. Review pricing
  5. Deep clean and inventory
  6. Review safety
  7. Stay at your place

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#STRShareSunday: Sanbis Retreats

#strsharesunday Jan 10, 2022

It's time for #strsharesunday! Today we are sharing Aussie hosts Sanbis Retreats!

 Go check out their feed... it is GORGEOUS and so cohesive!

They offer content shoots at their property too, and it's easy to see why. It's gorgeous on the inside and out. From the exterior paint color to the porch to each and every room, it's all on brand. They are really telling a story and it's all so cohesive throughout the property.

Every single detail has been thought out and they really cater to what brands would want in a photoshoot. If you are thinking about renting your space out for shoots, take a look at their space and get some inspo on some of their color palettes and what they have in their space!

Sanbis Retreats on Instagram

Sanbis Retreats on AirBnB

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

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145. Real Estate Investing & the Power of Communities with Stacey St. John

Uncategorized Jan 06, 2022

Stacey St. John is a boss babe who was bitten by the STR bug and never looked back. While working for a global consulting firm, she fell into the real estate game by accident. After a few short months of renting out that “accidental” investment, Stacey quickly realized that she had an appreciating asset on her hands, all while someone else paid her mortgage, grew her bank account, and earned her tax benefits.

Seeing first-hand the power of real estate as a wealth-building tool, Stacey decided to take the leap and invest in more properties. Fast forward to today, Stacey has a seven-figure investment portfolio and was able to successfully pivot her approach when the global pandemic hit. When eviction moratoriums started popping up due to COVID-19, Stacey shifted her focus from long-term rentals to STRs.

In just over a year Stacey bought and rehabbed eight beachfront properties – turning them from “ugly ducklings” to beautiful, relaxing vacation retreats....

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#STRShareSunday: The Poffs

strsharesunday Jan 03, 2022

Happy *belated* #strsharesunday (#strsharemonday?)

Today we are sharing the Poffs !

This week is a little different than the others. We get a lot of questions on how to have multiple instagram accounts if you have multiple properties and/or your own instagram for yourself or another business. Take a look at what they've done! Danielle and Adam are AirBnb hosts and influencers, and they've done a really nice job on their page giving some love to their properties.

Here are their properties:

If you're wondering if you should create multiple instagrams for your properties, how you can keep up with that, take a look at their pages for inspiration and see how they're doing it and how they differentiate their properties.

As we head into the new year, you're planning your social media and marketing strategy, and we know how tricky it can be! But it CAN be done, so check them out for some inspo!

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144. Our Best Episodes of 2021

Uncategorized Dec 31, 2021

We’ve reached the end of the year! 2021 felt like we were finding our way again, but we have high hopes for 2022. As a way of looking back over how far we’ve come during the past 365 days, we want to run down the top 10 episodes from the year to give us a better idea of what you want to hear more of and share what you should go back and listen to if you missed it the first time around. 

 

These are the 10 episodes that received the most traffic in 2021:

  1.  1. Your First Investments in Starting an Airbnb 101
  2.  121. Hiring a Team That Works with You with Taylor Arbaugh
  3.  123. Our Mistakes Making Property Offers and How to Avoid Them
  4.  100. Hospitality Tips from an Airbnb Legend with Chip Conley
  5.  122. Going All In on Short-Term Rentals with A-Frame Ranch Owner Callie Withce
  6.  118. Hidden Expenses of Your Airbnb
  7.  124. Buying Land & Property Using Creative Financing Options with Mike Hicks
  8.  117. Start Boosting your direct...
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#STRShareSunday: Who You're With

strsharesunday Dec 26, 2021

It’s time for #strsharesunday and today we are sharing Who You're With! Their tagline is, "the vacation rentals that remind you what matters most is who you're with," which is painted in their mural in their space and could not be more fitting for the holiday season.

We're starting to see more and more that people are really paying attention to amenities. This space has a peloton (perfect for people who are working and working out from home) which was highlighted in all of their reviews. They also cater to bachelorette parties and they have "makeup bars" in the home: multiple places to get ready for a night on the town! And if that wasn't enough, there are multiple "instagrammable" areas in the home with gorgeous murals, both inside and outside.

They know who their ideal client is and they've really nailed it! We love to see hosts stepping it up a notch. Give them a follow to get a taste of the great work they're doing! Well done!

Who You're With on Instagram

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