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#STRShareSunday: Coastal Cedar Sanctuary

strsharesunday Mar 13, 2022

It's time for #strsharesunday! Today we are sharing Coastal Cedar Sanctuary!

We never knew how much we wanted to go to Rockaway Beach, Oregon until checking out this space. A few things that caught our eye...

Their outdoor sauna! We're seeing more and more of these, and they're not as expensive as you might think! A hot tub is kind of an old school amenity, but it seems like the sauna is the new kid on the block.

We also love that in their listing, they used four different perspectives of why someone may be visiting: whether you're visiting with your girls for a girls-only getaway, a romantic getaway with your special someone, a fishing trip with the guys, or a family trip with the kids, they painted such a wonderful picture and showed how their space is perfect for anyone. Well done! Go give them some love on the 'gram!

Coastal Cedar Sanctuary on Instagram

Coastal Cedar Sanctuary on AirBnb

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154. Keeping Your STR Business Legally Protected with Scott Brown

Uncategorized Mar 10, 2022

Look, we get it – legal talk isn’t usually the most exciting thing in the world, but I’ll bet before our Safety Captain, Justin Ford, joined us on the show, you’d have said the same thing about safety inspections! Place your trust in us once again; we promise this conversation is a fun one.

And by “we,” I mean Scott Brown, an attorney out of Columbus, Ohio who specializes in intellectual property law for startups and entrepreneurs. He’s been working with us to make sure our business is legally covered and he’s familiar with the greater real estate industry as well.

We talk about having your rental terms worked out and drafted clearly, general corporate structure for buying property for commercial use, partnership agreements for co-investments or starting a business with others, and how your legal support needs to work in tandem with property insurance and a good accountant for best long term business results of any kind.

 

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#STRShareSunday: Far Out Cottage

strsharesunday Mar 07, 2022

It's time for #strsharesunday! Today we are sharing Far Out Cottage.

This rental is aptly named because it is indeed Far Out! Check out their instagram and their airbnb listing! This 1940s cottage is located right outside of Portland and has kept a lot of that historic charm. The tile in the bathroom is pink and mint green, the kitchen is like stepping into a 1950s time capsule, the furniture is from the 1960s... we just love the vintage charm!

But what we really love is that host Annie is upfront and transparent about it being a vintage space. Her guests know before they book what to expect.

This is such a cute, colorful, unique space!

Remember listeners: if you buy that property that has a ton of historic charm, don't fight it! Don't think you have to modernize it all the time, and Far Out Cottage is a perfect example of how!

Far Out Cottage on Instagram

Far Out Cottage on AirBnb 

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153. Creating a Time-Traveling Summer Camp Destination with Tereasa Surratt

Uncategorized Mar 03, 2022

Finding ways to stand out in the rental industry is key. What better way to stand out than running a massive summer camp out of a historical 1920s speakeasy? Tereasa Surratt is a creative director in Chicago who rescued a century-old 25-acre summer camp that she then renovated with her husband. 

She shares how they balance running the, now, 60-person capacity Airbnb summer camp while juggling day jobs in marketing, the benefits of putting passion ahead of profit, and the virtuous cycle of shining a spotlight on your competitors.

 

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#STRShareSunday: Stay with Sebrell

strsharesunday Feb 27, 2022

It's time for #strsharesunday! Today we are sharing Stay with Sebrell!

This adorable cottage has amazing color throughout. We love the cool wall hangings in the property that actually recommend places to go for brunch, lunch, dinner, etc. These round, beaded chalkboards are such a fun way to incorporate recommendations into the decor!

Sebrell is also a realtor and she has it right there in her bio. We're starting to see this more and more, and we love it. if you have your full-time job, whatever that may be, and you're also a host, there are so many ways to incorporate that into your listing. Whether a photographer, stager, interior designer, realtor, massage therapist, whatever! Your guest might want to know what else it is you do and may want to work with you!

Stay with Sebrell on AirBnB

Stay with Sebrell on Instagram

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152. Pets & Your Rental Property: What You Need to Know with Heather Kazmark

Uncategorized Feb 24, 2022

One topic we hear again and again when it comes to short-term rentals: What do we do about pets? Today’s guest is an expert when it comes to incorporating pets into rental properties.

Heather Kazmark is a co-host that works alongside her family at Kradel's Kabins. They have three cabins nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. She loves animals and nature and planned to work in landscaping design after getting her associate’s degree in Horticulture Technology. After becoming disabled, she shifted her focus to sharing the beautiful nature of the Blue Ridge Mountains with guests from around the world.

In this episode, listeners will hear all about how to decide whether to list your property as pet-friendly or not, what dog owners appreciate most at these rentals, and what your obligations are to the ADA and FHA in this context.

 

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#STRShareSunday: Getaway Upstate

strsharesunday Feb 21, 2022

It's time for #strsharesunday! Today we are sharing Getaway Upstate.

We really want to highlight the digital real estate here! Be sure to check out their direct booking site... especially their blog! They have a lot of great information on their blog for potential guests: best restaurants, best wine shops, best local grocery stores, best local hikes, best local breakfast spots, etc!

We love how they have all of that valuable info on their site, and they also link to all the places where you can book and follow them online. You can book directly, but you can also book on AirBnB an VRBO. Most of all.... they have a place where you can sign up for their newsletter! Crucial!

All of this might seem overwhelming, but you don't have to do it all at once. Try to improve your digital real estate a little bit each month, and if you don't know what to do, Getaway Upstate is a superb example! Oh and... their space is gorgeous! How about that green accent wall!?

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151. How to Build a Foolproof Inspection Checklist

Uncategorized Feb 17, 2022

We are big fans of checklists here at Thanks For Visiting. What better way to ensure that the basics always get handled consistently? In this episode, we share an inspector checklist detailing everything you need to do after the cleaning team does their work. 

Trust, but verify. That’s what we always say! Cleaning teams don’t have it easy. When they come into a property, their job is to turn things from upside down to rightside up. Occasionally, that might mean missing the forest for the trees, understandably! There are also maintenance tasks that we want to be more preventative about rather than reactive. 

Even if you’re doing the cleaning yourself, it’s important to put on your inspector hat. We know, it’s exhausting to try and remember everything you need to check, but that’s exactly where checklists come in handy! Let’s get to work!

 

Exterior

  • Litter
  • Stage exterior furniture (Give reference photos!)
  • Outdoor plants
  • Grill
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#STRShareSunday: the Winona House

strsharesunday Feb 13, 2022

It's time for #strsharesunday! Today we are sharing the Winona House! This beautiful space is located in Roanoke, Virginia.

Here's what we love about them: it's a full home that is listed as a boutique hotel. You can rent the home in its entirety or rent one of the 4 units. This is a great reminder that you don't have to think of a property as one unit. You can diversify or break it down and remix it if it seems too large. Go check out their listings to get some inspo on how they've done it!

They've kept a lot of the old-world charm in this historic home while keeping up with modern conveniences and we would love to come stay (let's rent the whole dang thing!)

The Winona House on Instagram

Rent at the Winona House

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150. Breaking Down Our Sales Blitz Strategy

Uncategorized Feb 10, 2022

Nearly every travel destination is going to experience off seasons at certain times of the year (if you don’t, let us just say — lucky you!). During lean times, it’s essential that you take booking into your own hands, rather than relying on OTAs to bring new guests in. You want to be connecting with the community and becoming a part of it. We call our method of bringing in guests directly our Sales Blitz method, and we’re going to teach it to you today.

Even if you don’t have a direct booking site yet, we’re all about taking baby steps. And that first baby step is to create a “slug” for your listing. For example, on Airbnb you can make your listing link directly to airbnb.com/h/YourPropertyName. Not only does this make it easier to direct someone to your listing verbally, it also makes your property more likely to show up in search results.

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