#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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108. Recognizing the Lifetime Value of Your Guests

Uncategorized Apr 15, 2021

What if we told you that the actual reservation is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the true value your guests represent?

We’ve been in a reflection mood lately. Part of looking back on our hosting journey is recognizing how much we’ve grown while looking closely at the mistakes that we’ve made along the way. There are three giant missteps that we’ve made that we can’t stop thinking about. One of the biggest ones is this: Underestimating the lifetime value of your guest.

Automation is great, but if you limit interaction with your guest just to “turn and burn” you’re going to leave money on the table. You can get so much more value out of each guest beyond the actual reservation. Here are some examples:

  • Repeat bookings
  • Referrals
  • Added services

We had to learn this lesson the hard way, but now you can learn from our mistakes and get things right the first time. To learn about the other two mistakes we made and how to avoid...

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STR Share Sunday: Kettle House Galveston

strsharesunday Apr 11, 2021

It's time for #strsharesunday and today we are featuring the Kettle House!

How the HECK do you turn a steel tank into a house? Clearly, anything is possible if you dream BIG and have a vision. Hosts Ashley and Michael and their one-of-a-kind STR home were featured on episode 17 of the TFV podcast and on DIY Network show Big Texas Fix.

We LOVE how well-designed every square inch of this unique space is. And that Smeg refrigerator! LOVE!

Be sure to check out the before and after pictures on their page and give them a like and a follow

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the Kettle House on AirBnB

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STR Share Sunday: Broad River Cabin

strsharesunday Apr 05, 2021

It's time for #strsharesunday and today we are featuring Broad River Cabin!

Charlotte and Ryan are your hosts of this charming cabin in Black Mountain, NC. This cabin is so well-designed and we say this a lot, but we love their honesty (yes! Honesty IS the best policy). They let you know right out of the gate that their cabin is small, the wifi might be slower than you're used to, you might hear cars going by, and you might see some bugs. Sometimes stating the obvious (bugs in the mountains, who knew?) is really helpful to have in your listing.

We love their brand, logo, and their gorgeous space so be sure to give them a like and a follow!

Broad River Cabin on Instagram

Broad River Cabin on AirBnb

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107. Focusing on Preventative Maintenance, with Andrew Kaiser

Uncategorized Apr 02, 2021

 Being a successful host requires more than being reactive to issues — you have to be proactive and preventative.

MendBnb is a service that helps vacation rental property owners and managers save money and time while offering unlimited service calls for maintenance and repair. Andrew Kaiser is the Head of Sales and Growth at MendBnb, and he started his own Airbnb, which turned into three, then five. After being headhunted to run operations for various property management companies, he now spearheads disruptive growth for MendBnb. He’s going to share with us the top five maintenance tasks that all hosts should focus on to improve the guest experience.

  1. Everything has to work. If you have an appliance or anything else that doesn’t work, repair and replace it immediately.
  2. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Get into the habit of changing batteries out once a year. Use high-quality batteries, and don’t wait for the chirping to warn you. No guest wants to...
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STR Share Sunday: The Riley House

strsharesunday Mar 28, 2021

It's time for #strsharesunday and today we are featuring The Riley House!

Bill and Tammie are your hosts and we love their story. They bought the home, lived in it, jazzed it up, all the while knowing it would one day function as a Short Term Rental. Once they made the home beautiful, they moved out and started renting it out, and the remnants of the love and care they put into is while they lived in it do not go unnoticed.

This is a large 4 bedroom home, but it's listed in 2 different ways! It's listed as a 4 bedroom first, and THEN as a 2 bedroom, and the calendars sync and talk with each other. Now why is that? As a date gets closer and it isn't booked as a 4 bedroom, then it's released as a 2 bedroom. Profit margins are higher for a 4 bedroom, but if that isn't booked, the ability for someone to book it as a 2 bedroom exists also.

Bill and Tammie leave a bottle of wine and amenity list for guests, and their soaking tub is to die for! Go show Bill and Tammie some love!

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106. Following the Journey from Idea to Income Property (Part 2), with Shannon Leyh

Uncategorized Mar 25, 2021

 

In Part One of this interview with Shannon Leyh, we heard how she wanted to get into the short-term rental game and purchased a rental in Snowshoe, West Virginia. Thanks to some recording magic, you don't have to wait months to hear how that story ends — we have the answers for you right now!

First things first: She closed on the property she had been looking at. Only, it took much longer than she originally anticipated. Her original goal was to have the property closed by the end of 2020, but she didn't follow her own advice of working with a local lender. They ended up hitting delays, she switched to a local lender and started the process over, and she didn't end up closing until February 5th.

Shannon's first key takeaway once the property was hers: Stay at your own property. They caught so many things that they would never have otherwise, such as the knives' quality, the number of dishes, how comfortable the furniture was. It also helped her realize what she wanted...

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STR Share Sunday: Heaven Cent Cabin

strsharesunday Mar 21, 2021

It's time for #strsharesunday and today we are featuring Heaven Cent Cabin!

This cabin is hosted by Judy and located in Clayton, Georgia. There are so many things to love about her listing! She has great photography, a cozy space, and does a wonderful job of showcasing all the wonderful things in the area around her cabin.

But what we love most about her listing is that there are things to note about her cabin... just like there are things to note in every urban rental, every beach house, every lodge, you name it. Judy makes sure to note that children are allowed, but it's not a kid-friendly home due to the stairs, that it's on a dead-end road and only has room for 3 vehicles, and our favorite: that the seventh guest space can only be entered through the master suite (so if you're not into that... consider her cabin made for 6 and not 7!).

We love that there are NO surprises when guests show up. As a host, you have to be honest and forthcoming and you have to give as much...

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