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Episode 032 – Prostitutes and Drug Dealers and Bachelor Parties! Oh, my!

 

 

SHOW NOTES & LESSONS

First, a lesson on Capitalism.  What is Compassionate Capitalism?

A wonderful book by Rich DeVos that describes how True Capitalism promotes growth through competition. 

Donut Shop #1                  Donut Shop #2                  Donut Shop #3

Amazing Taste                     Average Taste                     Lousy Taste

Priced Higher                       Priced Lower                       Priced Higher

First, Capitalism allows competition by allowing anyone to own a business.

Second, products and service determine whether or not a business survives and thrives.

Third, the consumer is allowed to shop anywhere they desire.  They can pay more for a better product or save money by going for a less expensive product.

Fourth, if a product cost more than the value of the product given, fewer people will shop there.  The business must change their product or their price or both in order to stay in business.

 

In a Socialistic Model...

The government runs businesses.  They provide one service for all.  There is no competition but everyone has access to that product or service.

One Donut Shop              No competition

No incentive to make a great product because there is no one to compete with

Price determined and set by government but even if it’s free, do you want a crappy tasting donut and no choice?

As an STR owner, you get to run your own business.

Subsidies and Loopholes are meant to help the economy by rewarding business owners for providing products and services that society needs, ie. Businesses create jobs and an STR provides rooms and promote tourism, boosting the economy.  Yay!  You’re a Capitalist!  Welcome to the Dark Side.  We have cookies!

 

Can you spot a Drug Dealer or a Human Trafficker?

Not really, they can be and look like anyone and even be women.

What clues can they give you?

  • Many times, they are from the same city or around the same location as the STR that they are renting.
  • They may have many reviews from STRs in the same location.
  • They make LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS. Always a RED FLAG!!
  • Don’t want to answer questions.
  • Traveling with Muscle.
  • Lots of people entering and leaving your property.

 

What can we do to deter them from choosing our locations?

  • Don’t accept last minute bookings.
  • Don’t accept bookings from the same area as your STR.
  • Check potential guests’ reviews and where they stayed.
  • Make it clear that your property has cameras OUTSIDE to record those coming and going on your property.
  • You can join a neighborhood watch and state it clearly in your listing.
  • Again, state clearly in your listing that you are committed to preventing human trafficking and other illegal activities in your neighborhood.  You may even state that you allow access to local authorities without notification.  Whatever it takes to let them know your property is monitored and that criminals and criminal activities are unwelcome on or around your property.
  • If you think something illegal is going on, don’t say or do anything that may put you or your family in danger.  Simply call the police immediately and let them handle it.

 

When it comes to Parties...

The #1 Rule is “Keep your neighbors happy!”

  • State clearly in your listing whether or not you allow parties of any kind. If you do, state clearly what deposit you require and what extra cleaning fee is expected if the DO NOT clean up after themselves. 
  • State clearly Quiet Hours.
  • State clearly Parking.
  • State the consequences of breaking any rules.
  • Don’t allow parties and have a noise monitoring device? State that clearly, as well.  Use verbiage like, “While we respect and honor your privacy, our home is equipped with a Noise Level Monitoring Device.  While it in no way uses any type of video and it does not monitor or record sound, IT DOES measure the sound level inside the house and notifies us if the sound level gets too high.”

 

Rule of Thumb

Teach your guests to be a good neighbor and you be a good neighbor.

Print in your handbook how your guests should behave.  How do you expect them to be good neighbors?  Make sure you tell them where to park.  Hours to keep quiet.  Where to place garbage if they are staying for more than a few days.  TELL THEM exactly what to do and what NOT to do in order to keep the peace between you and your neighbor.

 

WHAT BOOKS, PRODUCTS, SERVICES, OR LINKS WERE MENTIONED...

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Noise Aware - https://noiseaware.io/

 Minut - https://minut.com/ 

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Show Transcript

[00:01] Over the last two centuries, nearly 90 percent of the world's millionaires have created their wealth through real estate. Here to tell you how you can ride this wave with less risk and less capital while creating greater income, is your host, best selling author and Speaker, Michelle Russell.

[00:21] Hi, this is Michelle, the Master of Money Mindset, and you are listening to the Short Term Rental Revenue Podcast...

and in today's episode, Speaker 2: (00:29)
we are going to be talking about prostitutes, drug dealers and bachelor parties. Oh my. So if you have any little ones in the room, please put their headphones on them. And if you're underage, go listen to some Drake or play some video games because this is for mature audiences only. But first I'd like to thank Jake Bowman. Jake left a five star review on iTunes that said amazing advice from a great mind. Thanks for all the excellent content. Thank you Jake. Thank you for listening and thank you for taking the time to leave me a five star review. I love that. I love that you took the time and I love that you listen. If there is anything else you need, please feel free to go on our Facebook page and leave us a message with your question and we will get to you as soon as we possibly can, which is usually within a day or two.

Speaker 2: (01:22)
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Speaker 2: (02:33)
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Speaker 2: (03:26)
They have over 180,000 titles that you guys can choose from. So you can learn all the time. What's great about audible is you can just download it onto any MP, three player, or you can use the app on your phones and take it with you wherever you go. So when you're driving in a car, when you're working out at the gym, when you're cleaning the house, when you're taking a shower, you can be listening to a book. Readers are leaders and I challenge you to read a book a week. And I cheat because I put my books on two speed. I've increased the speed, increased the speed until now I can listen to almost every podcast. And every book I listened to, I do it on a faster speed, which is probably why I talk fast. And sometimes my words will garbled together because I'm so used to hearing garbled, fast speed language.

Speaker 2: (04:18)
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Speaker 2: (05:20)
It might sound as if I'm giving some political statements or something and I'm really trying hard not to do that. I want to be very clear about my belief system to you guys, but I truly am passionate because of all the experiences that I've had in my life. And so I want you guys to know that when I was doing the background for this episode I, I mean I got into one of those, what do you call them? The rabbit holes, you know, from Alison Wonderland where you just fell in deeper and deeper and deeper. I ended up taking a course with project underground railroad and you take this course and you get a certificate learning how to recognize signs of human trafficking. And I'm telling you, it was so eye opening, not just the fact that human trafficking is going on, but that it's such a big business and we are in the United States, the number one consumer of this human trafficking and it's really sad.

Speaker 2: (06:25)
Nobody wants to talk about it, right? Everybody wants to blame somebody or do something else, but nobody's really getting down to the nitty gritty about preventing this from happening, so we're going to touch on subjects that might seem political but they're not meant to be and please know that. I don't care what party you stand with. I know that if you listen to me long enough, you're going to find out that everybody in America who owns their own business will be become a true capitalist in their heart because not the capital is that you think capitalists are, but a compassionate capitalist. That was one of my favorite books when I was younger was compassionate capitalism and it was an amazing, amazing book because it talked about what true capitalism is in the United States and how it worked for so many years now. What we have right now is a very, very corrupt system.

Speaker 2: (07:21)
And so there are a ton of monopolies and the lobbyists and everybody else that, you know, we've got a big companies and corporations pushing the agendas of our government. That's not capitalism, okay? Simply because people have a business or there's large corporations, that's not capitalism. Capitalism just means that people are free to create businesses like you are with your short term rental, right? Let's say that I have a donut shop and another lady down the street has a donut shop and my donuts are cheaper but not as good, and her donuts are better but more expensive. So the, the capitalist portion of that is anybody can choose. They decide whether they want something cheap but not as good or they decided to spend a little bit more and get something better. Right? A capitalist society allows businesses to fail or change. That's what promotes growth in our society and it keeps the middleclass alive.

Speaker 2: (08:23)
And it also sparks all kinds of inventive ideas is capitalism. But in a society where you have, let's say, major car corporations or major banks failing, where they should just go bankrupt, uh, government coming in and bailing them out. That's not capitalism. That actually upsets the balance. And that creates monopolies because they save one bank and not another, or they save one car company and not another. And they use the people's money in places where it should not be used. But government taxes should be used on the people that our government should be of the people, by the people, for the people. And it's no longer that way. So what you believe a lot of times you don't know is really capitalistic beliefs when you believe that people should have a little businesses, things get lost and they get a little shaky and scary when companies start to get too big.

Speaker 2: (09:22)
So the whole deal with Amazon right now is that that company is getting a little big, just like Google is starting to be a monopoly. They're starting to own everything. And you know, Facebook and these are really powerful, powerful forms of media where lots of information is going, but there's not a lot of government, um, sensor. You know, they, they're not telling them, hey, this information shouldn't be able to be sold. This is private information. So that stuff, that's where the lines start to get blurred. Okay. But what's really cool about a company like Amazon, when they started out, guys, they were just a little book company and they were really good at their customer service. And so when people blame them for other bookstores, for going out of business, that's not necessarily correct. That just means that capitalism was at work, meaning you change and go with the flow or you die.

Speaker 2: (10:20)
So businesses like toys r us, those businesses didn't change quickly enough and they should have toys r us should have gone more online because more and more people were buying online. And so they were slow to start and therefore they failed. And that's what happens in a capitalistic society. You keep up, you change, you change your, you know, your strategies, your marketing, your products all the time, or you die. And that's what should happen because that sparks new businesses and new ideas and new change. Now, if you look at Amazon, believe it or not, there are tens of thousands of little business owners making their living off of Amazon. And how do you know that when you go online, guys, look at all the different sellers. Amazon made that possible for tens of thousands of people to have their little home businesses where they could make money themselves and promote their own products and have their own little storefronts and sell their own items online.

Speaker 2: (11:31)
And so there are millions of people out there and all over the world, right? Millions of people out there all over the world are making money because of Amazon. So that's capitalism. That's true capitalism. Now are they getting too big for their Britches? That's where some people are saying, but here's the deal. They don't go into the United States post office and get a big, because they're Amazon, they're paying the same as every other business out there. So tell me how that's not fair. Just because a company is prospering and doing well, why does America want to condemn them instead? Create another business like Amazon. Create your own business in your own marketing, right? But no, we've got to be this jealous society and it's really kind of sad because we don't understand what true capitalism is. So guys, for your homework, I would love for you, even if you don't believe in capitalism and you watch that Michael Moore movie or something, I want you to go read compassionate capitalism because that book, even as old as it is, explains a lot, a lot, a lot.

Speaker 2: (12:44)
And it explains exactly what goes on in real estate guys. Because what goes on in real estate, what happens when we invest and we become investors, is we create what the, what the government needs. We create the things that our government is asking us to create. That means we're creating places for people to live and stay. And so in the state of Arizona, the reason why our governor worked with Airbnb and we were one of the first was he realized how important tourism was for the state of Arizona. And because our state depends on tourism, airbnb and having little short term rentals all over the state really, really was a great idea for our state. And so he embraced that idea because it was creating something we needed. We didn't necessarily have all the new hotels popping up or all the new places to say, but these short term rentals, we're filling a need that we had a place for all these visitors, these winter visitors who come here and the visitors who come here for spring training and all these other different things.

Speaker 2: (13:54)
It gives them a place to stay. And so the government, when you do something they want or they need, provide jobs, provide housing. When you do those things, that's when you find that there's going to be more subsidies, right? And more loopholes, what they call loopholes and taxes, but they're not really loopholes. They're there to push you towards doing things that are going to help the economy and most of the time that the economy in your state. So that's the way the things are. But they're that way for a reason. So start providing those types of things. Start providing housing, start providing short term rentals for the visitors in your state so that they have someplace to go and they have someplace to stay. So that's my little rant on capitalism because yes, you got it. I am a capitalist. I love capitalism, but like I said, we've moved away from the true capitalism, but read that book and you'll see how and why.

Speaker 2: (14:52)
You'll see what's going on and what's preventing us. But nothing, nothing works as well as that in the United States because at anybody, if you have a bad product, okay, so let's say a third donut shop shop opened up and their product was just as expensive as the good ones, but their donut sucked, right? What's going to happen to that business? It's going to fail because nobody's going to want to pay more for a lesser product. And so either they're going to have to change their price point correct or they're going to have to change their product and that's up to them. That's what capitalism is. If you had socialism, there would be one doughnut shop and everybody got the same doughnut and paid the same price and that would be it. It would be like the lines in Russia when they were, you know, waiting for shoes and waiting for bread and stuff like that.

Speaker 2: (15:45)
There's no competition. And when there's no competition, guess what? There's no growth and everything goes stagnant and it's really, really sad. So that's why it doesn't flourish like it does. Capitalism is a wonderful, wonderful thing that breeds inventiveness and creativity and quality. Because you know, if there's only one doughnut shop, those guys, they didn't give a shit. If they make them good or bad, everybody's got to go there. And so the quality goes down because they don't care. And you've got to realize that that capitalism, that little bit of competition makes for better products or cheaper products. And you remember what I said? You never want to compete for last place. Why? Because they'll just keep cutting you, undercutting you, undercutting you. You want to have a quality product and that's what you're BNB is. Believe it or not, if you're running a BNB, if you're having your own short term rental, you're a capitalist.

Speaker 2: (16:48)
Hate to tell you, I hate to break it to, but that's what you are. You're actually your own business owner and if you don't believe in capitalism, you are now the enemy. Sorry to tell you. So welcome the enemy of my enemy. Right. Okay. So I was telling you that my life and my family, we've been affected by drug and drug trafficking here in Arizona, which is what got me looking up some of the dangers of what was going on. We had B and B's. I saw this headline of a bnb. Somebody had, I don't believe it was on Airbnb, but it was on one of 'em vacation rental by owner or one of the other platforms, and they found out that there were prostitutes running inside this bnb. So I started looking that up and I was like, oh my gosh, this is actually a huge problem.

Speaker 2: (17:36)
It's occurred in a bunch of different states and they are kind of trying to sweep it under the rug because we are now a target for these many groups, right? For prostitutes, drug dealers, and human traffickers. And let me explain why. Okay, so let's say you're a drug dealer or a human trafficker or you have a bunch of prostitutes and you want them to have a place to do their business, right? You need a place and hotels now have you load of security and they've got cameras everywhere and they can see people going in and out. And that just doesn't, that doesn't do it for your business. And the same with little mom and pop places. Those guys, you might be able to pay them a little bit of money and they might be able to cover up for you for a while. But not everybody would, not everybody on every shift, even people passing by would see all these cars and these people coming and going.

Speaker 2: (18:35)
And it would look strange and they would realize that, oh, something's up. They must be doing something illegal. So police officers watched those little, you know, lodges and stuff. So we are now this target because we've got this great opportunity, this great location for people who are doing illegal things because where we have our locations, right? We're going to be in usually in neighborhoods and a lot of times we'll be in touristy areas where there's going to be a lot of traffic. But what are they looking for? What are the bad guys? We'll just call them the bad guys. What are the bad guys looking for? The bad guys are looking for no one to notice who they are, what they're doing right or no one to care. They want you not to care. They want the people around them not to care or they want no cameras because they don't want to be caught and they want no cups, right?

Speaker 2: (19:35)
So basically they would like to be invisible and what better place than a short term rental because we either blend in with other people who are on vacation and there's buisiness around, or there's people who realize that, oh yeah, that's just the Jones's house. Of course there's going to be strange cars there because they have a short term rental there. So it's very easy for them to blend in. So I really quick want to tell you the top three ways to make money illegally in this world. The top three moneymakers, if you're a bad guy, are going to be drugs, arms, and then human trafficking. And that is sad and scary. It's actually a billion dollar industry almost hitting $1 trillion. But they don't really know. I mean it's kind of funny because they put these price tags on everything, but nobody has a real tangible number because there's no accountants going, gosh, this and this industry we're making this much.

Speaker 2: (20:36)
It's in the legal industry. So these are all ballparks and they're all guesses, but it's, there's a lot of money into it. There's a lot of lot of money that goes into it. Every seconds someone is taken into human trafficking and that is sinful, but the most sinful part of that is the United States, is the number one consumer of that human trafficking. So for instance, they were talking about the tens of thousands of workers that they brought into the state of Arizona when they had the super bowl. We've had the Superbowl here a couple of times and it's a big, big draw, right? Lots of people come in from all over the country to watch the teams play. We've had the pro bowl, we always have the fiesta bowl, but we also have spring training for the baseball teams. And believe it or not, this state hosts a ton of human trafficking prostitutes.

Speaker 2: (21:34)
And they bring them in by the thousands, by the tens of thousands actually so that they can service the men who come to watch these games. And maybe there's some women too, but the majority of them are men. So if there weren't people out there demanding the product, you wouldn't have to have the product. And so we do. We have the highest demand and not just in our country, believe it or not, United States citizens will travel to other countries to use these women and children who are being held against their will and forced into prostitution through human trafficking. They'll have them in other countries like India, Indonesia, the Philippines, these kind of places. And their number one client is an American citizen who comes from overseas and is there on business or there on pleasure. And they are the number one client overseas as well. We are the ones who create this demand and it's sickening.

Speaker 2: (22:35)
If you go through the whole course, which I do recommend you do if you are interested, it's quite eyeopening. But you'll see it's a very, it's a very big problem and it's way bigger than our news media gives attention to. And there's a lot that we can do about it as short term rental owners because it's our job to make sure that our property doesn't look good to these guys, that we are not attractive for them, that our property is one that they want to pass on. And let me explain that. So if a burglar goes into a neighborhood and every house in that neighborhood has some kind of security sign on it, like ADT sign, right. You know this house was protected by the security system, but then there's one house that doesn't have that sign. Which house do you think they would attempt to rob first?

Speaker 2: (23:28)
It's going to be the one without the sign. The one without the security system. Why? Because it's easier. It's just easier. They want to do the one that's easy. If there's a car in a parking lot that's locked and a car that's unlocked, which one are they going to try to steal? The one that's unlocked. If there's a person he none the front seat of one of those cars right unlocked and locked. Which one will they go for? The one that's easiest, the one that they can quickly grab and make a lot of money and get away with the least amount of focus on, you know, eyes on them. That's what they want. And the same holds true for these short term rentals. They want a location where they think they're not going to be bothered and they think they're not going to be watched.

Speaker 2: (24:15)
So it's our job to deter them from staying at our properties. And I'm going to give you some ideas on how to do that. But first I want to ask you a question. How do you think you can spot a human trafficker or a drug dealer? Do you think they have any specific look about them? We want to think they do. Don't we? We want that Hollywood look. Oh Dude, that guy's a drug dealer. Look at him. He's totally a drug dealer. We would want to believe that. But in actuality, there's no specific color. There's no specific race. There's no specific anything. Not even a sex. It's there are male, um, drug dealers out there, but there are also female drug dealers. And the same with human traffickers. Believe it or not, there are female human traffickers out there and not as many. Right? But there are, so there's no one way to look at somebody and say, Oh yeah, this guy is, or this gal is.

Speaker 2: (25:13)
There's, there's no way we can tell. But what do we do? What, what kind of things can we look for that will help us out when we're looking at drug trafficking, how do they traffic their drugs? What things can we look for? Well, look at the amount of traffic that's going into your property, right? If there's a bunch of people pulling up to your property and stopping and somebody's coming out to the window and handing them something and then they get something else and they go back in, people lining up. There's literally been pictures of people lining up outside properties, men lining up to have sex with a women inside properties. But it doesn't have to necessarily be a line like you know, they're at a hot dog stand or something. But definitely people leaving and then coming and going in quick concession people. You don't know people who aren't registered there and staying there, right?

Speaker 2: (26:09)
So just one after the other. But how are you going to know this if you're not at your property? Well, we're going to discuss ways to prevent this from happening and that might include cameras on the outside of your property because we know that camera's on the inside of your property just are not going to work. And actually there's a bunch of security measures right there on the airbnb website talking about security. And they detour you from having cameras inside your property and I do too. Nobody wants their privacy invaded on the inside of a property, but what can you have on the of your property? Well, there are little devices that you can put up on the wall way up high and they measure the decibels so the sound of the noise in the room, so if somebody is having a party, somebody screaming and something's going on, it triggers a sort of alarm that goes onto the Internet and let you know that something's going on and you can call and find out what's going on.

Speaker 2: (27:06)
Those are really, really great for the Bachelor parties that we're going to talk about in a second, but there is a lot of things we can do. I'm totally because of this, I'm totally into the camera thing, but there are quick ways to avoid even booking these people and we've talked about these ways before. Remember when we did the episode about the people who are most likely to steal your furniture and your electronics and blah, blah, blah. Those are the last minute bookers. I don't know what it is about the people who book really quickly late at night, you know? Yeah, I want to stay. And they s they live in town. That right there is a key signal. If somebody is booking last minute and they live within your town boundaries, why are they doing that? There should be no reason. I mean unless there was a fire, but why there they would probably have friends or family and if they had a home fire then their insurance company would put them up.

Speaker 2: (28:08)
So there's a million reasons why this red flag should go up when somebody is booking last minute. That is a dangerous signal for us. And when somebody is staying at our short term rental who lives in town, that's another signal. That's another signal. And then if you go to check on them, another thing that you can look at is where are their reviews from our, the reviews from all over the place, right? Or are they also from all in town? That's kind of strange because a lot of people may have been used and they didn't realize was what was going on. So they left a good review and there they are. Let's just say they're all in, you know, Detroit or someplace and every single person in Detroit has left them a review. Oh, thanks for saying that are BNB. And you could see it was Detroit, Detroit, Detroit, and there was a guy from, oh, he's from Detroit.

Speaker 2: (29:02)
And you're like, what the heck? Why is this guy even renting short term rentals? If he lives in Detroit, I don't get it. The reason why is he could be one of those people who's using your property for illegal activities. That's why. So look for those things and remember that when you're talking to them, they'll be very friendly and nice, but they'll want to make it quick. They don't want to stay on the phone. Time is money. They're wasting time. So they're not going to want to talk to you and they're not going to like a lot of questions. So if you're like me, when somebody signs up, I've got automatic questions that go to them. It's like, hi, this is Michelle. Thanks for saying Blah, blah, blah. And why are you coming in town? You know, if you don't mind me asking who are you here with me and that they need to answer because I want to know how many people are staying on my property.

Speaker 2: (29:51)
So I ask a series of questions and if they come back with something that sounds weird, then you know my spidey senses go up and I want to know more. So I may call them and try to find out and if these people are, you know, not quick to respond or they are very elusive, then again spidey senses up. Really, really take count with your, your, your internal knowingness. Okay. They also could be traveling with muscle and I would say traveling with muscle. Have you ever gone into a bar and the card people and they've got somebody standing at the door who's standing at the door? The bouncers, right? The bouncers, we call them muscle now. They don't necessarily have to look like the rock or something, but it's just somebody else with them that almost looks like not like their boyfriend or girlfriend or not like maybe their partners cause it could be two men, but they're the ones protecting the other ones.

Speaker 2: (30:50)
Sometimes they even have animals, but the thing is these people are their muscle. They're making sure that their back is covered because when you're dealing with drugs or even human trafficking, when you're dealing with prostitutes, there's going to be an exchange of money. Drugs are worth money, money is worth money and human flesh is definitely worth money. So they have to protect their assets and their money. So there's going to be a lot of protection and you'll be able to recognize those signals. But the number one way to prevent anybody from staying at your place is to put in your listing some kind of verbiage that lets them know that you're watching, that you are looking out for these types of things. And even if you have security, you could say, my name is Jane, welcome to Texas, my little BNB here in Austin. I just want you to know that we are a safe haven location.

Speaker 2: (31:49)
Therefore we have cameras on the parking garage and in the front for security, but not just for your security to make sure that in our neighborhood there's never any drug deals or human trafficking that would ever go on without us knowing and being able to notify the police. Now, if you saw that in a listing, you may or may not feel safe and maybe there's a way to relist it, but I would feel safer. Oh, it'd be like, oh, this is like a neighborhood watch. They make sure that no drug trafficking is going on. They make sure that no human trafficking is going on. That's nice. But what does a drug dealer or a human trafficker think next? That's what they think. They think next. They don't want to go to that place. They don't want to stay there. So let me tell you, I took psychology because for a long while I thought I was going to be a psychologist and then I realized that I would make the worst psychologist, one of these studies inside this class of round about way of talking about this, one of the studies was about rapists and they interviewed all these convicted rapist, showed them videos of women walking out of a mall into a parking lot and said, okay, which of these women would you rape?

Speaker 2: (33:08)
Which would you choose to be a victim and get this? The rapist always, always chose the same woman that when they showed the videos to everybody, they can put them in any order that they wanted, but when they showed them the videos, the rapist always chose the same woman. Now why do you think that is? Because they could tell the confidence level of the other women, how they walked, how they stood. You know, the woman who was the one that they would choose for their victim looked down, she looked distracted. She didn't really know what was going on in the surroundings and she looked feeble like maybe she wouldn't struggle. Whereas the other women held themself in a way that they said, nope, that one would give me too much trouble. This one would give me too much trouble. I mean they knew right away just by looking at them.

Speaker 2: (34:02)
So that's what we want to do with our properties. We want them to know just by looking at this property just by looking at this listing that this is a strong listing, a strong meaning that our listing, we are the type of hose that are going to report any kind of wrong doing and that we are actually watching out for it. That's what we want to relay to them. That's the message we want the drug dealers to get. So to our real life guests, the ones who are, they're legitimately, we want them to see security and safety in what we're doing, but to our potential drug dealer guess or potential human trafficker guests. We want to portray the fact that we are going to find you and rat on your ass and the police will be arresting you if you stay at our place. So we want to make that very, very clear right away and how we do that, how we word that.

Speaker 2: (35:06)
I actually put a message in with project underground railroad to see what kind of verbiage maybe they would recommend that we had because this is becoming a very big problem. This is the next challenge that we are going to face as airbnb hosts and not a lot of people are talking about it because maybe they don't know about it. Maybe people have had drug dealers or a mobile brothel stay in their unit. You wouldn't know unless you had some kind of proof or some kind of videos or some kind of neighbors telling you about the traffic that was going in and out of there. You would have absolutely no clue. But we need to have a clue. We need to be proactive in this and make sure that we are doing our best to protect people because every 30 seconds on my watch, that's, that's just not acceptable.

Speaker 2: (36:01)
I cannot accept that. I can not accept the fact that children are being taken and teenagers and when you watch that human trafficking videos that they have for the training, you'll see that there are victims as young as just a few months old being taken and used on the Internet for terrible, terrible things that we won't even discuss here. But it is our job to protect everyone we can and we can do that just by being more proactive. It's not that difficult right now. If you do bump into these guys, I don't recommend it. If you think something's up, do not tell them that you think something's up. Because if they really are drug dealers, it's not going to be like, hey, I really don't want you guys smoking pot in my house kind of deal. And then the guys are like, oh, sorry, we'll just put this out. We're not talking about those kinds of people in this episode.

Speaker 2: (36:58)
Right? We all have had people like that who've done things in your, you can just tell them but you don't go to a drug dealer or somebody who has uh, a brothel and has been human trafficking people like keeping people for the rest of their life under duress who don't want to be there. You don't want to go to those people and say, Hey, I think you guys are dealing drugs and I really wish you would put those away and not do that in my house. That's not going to work guys. And it's actually going to put you in a lot of danger. So if you think any of this is happening, if you see something, you know how they say, if you see something, say something. If you see something like that inside your property, Dang straight, you are going to get on the phone.

Speaker 2: (37:43)
You're going to nine one one and you're going to call the police and let the police handle it because those guys are dangerous, right? They are really, really dangerous and you don't want to be there. So if a neighbor calls you and something's going on, don't feel like you have to handle this personally. Even if it turns out to be something different. Any reasonable person would understand if they found out later what you thought it was. So let's just say, worst case scenario is you call the police, the police knock on the door and it's somebody watching a movie or maybe it was a pizza guy delivering stuff, but right before that it was the Amazon delivery guy or whatever, and they had several deliveries in a row, whatever made somebody think that it was a brothel or whatever, it might have been very, very clear.

Speaker 2: (38:35)
Right. Might have had all these things. Well, no, we just had, first the Amazon guy came and then, oh, the cable guy came to fix something and then this happened and this happened and um, no, we're just sitting here and the police look in there and everything is fine. Then if they wondered who called the police, first of all, they wouldn't know. But second of all, if they said something to you, you could say, you know what guys? I'm so sorry. We've had these warnings. We took this course about human trafficking and we saw all these people leaving and uh, you know, I called, I called because I was really afraid and they might get a laugh out of it and they might go, well that's kind of weird. Maybe you should have called us. And you're like, really? I thought you were a human trafficker with a gun and you're holding people against their will and I should call you.

Speaker 2: (39:19)
And they would go, oh my gosh. Yeah, that is true. Yeah. So most people won't get upset with that. And again, if you don't feel like telling him, then don't tell them because the police aren't going to tell them who called either. But the thing is better safe than sorry, because what if it was, what if you called the police? And sure enough, there is some young girl who's been being held against her will for weeks and months, who's being forced into sex with older men, with people she doesn't know, made to believe that she was worthless and she's being held in your property and because you were scared to make a phone call because you didn't want to make a mistake. Then she's going to be doing this again and again and maybe for the rest of her life. So what would you rather do?

Speaker 2: (40:09)
Make that mistake and laugh about it, that it was just a pizza guy and all these delivery people? Would you rather take that chance and save a life? Right? Take the chance and saved the life. That's what you want to do. So don't be afraid. So afraid of making mistakes, but don't put yourself in danger or anybody in your family. Make sure if anything is going down like that, that you use the police. They're the ones who are trained for this, not you. So do not confront these people. So let people know how you feel about everything. And the same goes for Bachelor parties. Okay? So now the big deal is bachelor parties and Bachelorette parties and people renting these big houses and sometimes even small units and having big parties and trashing the place. You've got to let people know that you're serious if you don't allow parties.

Speaker 2: (41:05)
And if you do, you've got to let people know that you're serious when you have a deposit for the party that they're having in your unit because there will be damage someday you need to be covered. You need to be covered. So if you're allowing parties, you want to make sure you get a deposit guys, because things happen. My cousin has a huge party at my aunt's house in Scottsdale one time so big when she was out of town so big that they threw her grill into the pool and somebody came in, they stole her stereo equipment and I mean the house was trashed. It was amazing the damage that was done to her house and she was ticked off. Oh my God. And rightfully so. Now imagine that being your property because you said, well, hey, you said we could have a party. Well I didn't say you could trash my place.

Speaker 2: (41:57)
So who's cleaning up after the party? Who's making sure that everything's in the right spot, that there's no equipment missing, especially TVS and stereos that my pool is still clean. Now Maria Giordano, a friend of mine, she has a short term rental in Scottsdale and there was feces in the hot tub and I forget what they dumped in the pool Koolaid or something. I mean it took her forever to clean stuff out. I mean the cost of cleaning those things is incredible. So you want to make sure that you are covered if you do allow parties and if you don't then you got to make it very, very clear what the consequences are for having a part in this unit. Say we do not allow parties and if we come into the unit and there's been any signs of parties, you will be asked to leave and your money will not be refunded.

Speaker 2: (42:54)
And you can tell if somebody is having a party in your unit by using one of those little devices. I'm going to have the link for you on the website. But they're devices that literally measure the decibels. So it's not a recording device, it's not interfering with them or imposing on their privacy and is simply a device that lets you know that there's some loud noises going down there. Probably love music, maybe laughter and giggling and maybe a grill being thrown into a pool. So it just lets you know what's up and it's a really good device to have if you don't allow parties and your place is a party haven. So we've never had a lot of trouble. We just let people know that we have an exit clean fee of this and if there's excess, you know, garbage to pick up or anything else that they will be charged for that.

Speaker 2: (43:48)
So you can do that too. It just needs to be clearly stated. Everything should be clearly stated in your description, not just in your house rule book because if somebody is looking for a party area and they go in there and one of the first things is no smoking, no parties though, there'll be like oh no parties. And then if they see we have, you know this device that tells us that there are any decibels, blah, blah, blah. That can be in your handbook or way farther down the line. But the deal is you want them to know that this is not the place. So they're going to go next. We need another place next. This one allows no parties and they have a way to find out. So you want that in there. Why? What's the number one reason you don't want to have parties in your place?

Speaker 2: (44:38)
Well, the number one reason might be because of damage, but the number two reason should be your neighbors. Your job as a short term rental owner is to keep your neighbors happy. It's to serve your clients, serve your guests, right? But actually you got to keep your neighbors happy because if they're not happy, they're going to make your life hell. They're going to be the ones calling the police on your guests or bitching about where your guests are parking or bitching about the hours that your guests are keeping. So you want your guest books too. Always. Always include, please be a good neighbor. Make sure that you quiet down before 10:00 PM make sure that you park in our designated parking spaces only. Don't park in front of our neighbor's house. Don't use their driveway. Don't put garbage in their garbage can. Just neighborly, neighborly advice because the happier your neighbors are, the better they will treat you.

Speaker 2: (45:39)
And the more they'll just let you run your business without giving you hell. So I am a total brown knows when it comes to being a neighbor. So if you're not an American, Brown nose is a slang term. That means kiss ass. Get it. If you kiss someone's ass, her nose turns Brown. That's what that means. So I'm a total brown nose with my neighbors because I want my neighbors to like me and I want them to allow my business to prosper. And so I'm constantly talking to my neighbors, making sure that everybody is being nice, being kind, being considerate of them. No one's parking in their spaces, I'm bringing them over gifts, cookies. Hey, I just made some cookies and I had an extra does and I thought I dropped these off for you. I mean come on guys, treat these people with kit gloves because these people are the ones who go to town hall meetings and Bitch about short term rentals.

Speaker 2: (46:33)
So you need to be proactive when it comes to your neighbors and that's denying parties and your home unless you've got some acreage. Now I have property that has, you know, sitting on two and a half acres and no one next to him would know or even care if there was a big party and that's fine. But when they're right next to each other, think about your neighbors. Make sure that they know if you do allow anything to go on, that there's a certain time. Make sure you give your neighbor's a heads up or maybe even ask them permission, hey, would it be okay? We've got some people who are renting our house and they want to know if they can have a small bachelorette party on x date and let them know or even ask their permission. And that will make them feel more empowered as if they've got some kind of sense.

Speaker 2: (47:17)
You know that you care, they'll know that you care and those are your neighbors that you want to keep for a long term. You want to make them happy, especially in areas where you're making some money, keep your neighbors happy. So we've gone over the prostitution rings and the human trafficking, which is really, really sad. But I'm doing it in a business sense so I'm not going to go deep and heavy into that. But again, I want to remind you guys, if you're so inclined, please go to project underground railroad. And if you want to just take that course so that you can recognize the signs of human trafficking more so that we can potentially, you know, just nip it in the bud and do our fair share to stop this from happening with our short term rentals. I don't want to see any child taken advantage of, and I know you don't either. And success doesn't taste as sweet without some failures along the way and at the end wall, sit and celebrate. So I really, really appreciate you listening. If you feel so inclined, please go to iTunes and leave us a five star review and click that subscribe button.

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Thank you so much. Have a great day. God bless you. Go and grow.

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