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Episode 064 - Interview with Napa Valley Chris (Young) on His $6k Airbnb Settlement - Part One

 
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Episode 063 - Seven Things You Can Do to Prevent Parties in Your Short Term Rental

 

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Here are Seven Things you can do to prevent parties in your Short Term Rental:

 

  • In your listing and in your House Rules, make it very clear that NO PARTIES ARE ALLOWED EVER. Be so clear as to add that those who break the rules will be responsible for any damages, all repairs, all fines, and fees, including but not limited to all legal fees by you and the owner to recover costs, lawsuits, fines, and fees you incurred.

 

  • Use tools like Noise Aware: a noise detector that measures the sound in decibels without infringing on a guests’ privacy. When the level rises above your set amount, you will be notified by text and email.  You should then notify guests by message THROUGH PLATFORM and by a quick phone call right away.  Document everything.

 

  • Party Squasher (please use our affiliate link below) can be purchased on Amazon for the same price as on their website. This device allows you to monitor the number of devices...
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Episode 057 - Insurance: Why You Don't Wait for a Hurricane Before Buying It

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Insurance Companies Are in Business to Make Money

 

Every "Business" is in business to make money. Non-Profits may give money away but they still want to raise money for their charity.

 

Insurance companies do a Cost Analysis based on a variety of factors but mostly LOCATION. They make sure that more money is coming in than going out. They invest the "extra" income further to make more money, The riskier the location, the greater the cost of insurance.

 

Can you get Hurricane Insurance when a hurricane is nearly at your doorstep? Not likely. And if you can, you are going to pay DEARLY for it. If the smoke from a brush fire is creeping up the mountain towards your house, the time to get the insurance coverage you need is already gone. The Door of opportunity has most likely closed.

 

A loss of income policy may not be cheap but it is nice to have, especially when the Governor declares a...

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Episode 051 – Outdoor Spaces That Create Repeat Guests

 

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Outdoor spaces in a property, whether it is in a mountainous region or near a beach, allow guests to have more fun during their stay.  You can score more bookings by adding these outdoor amenities to your property.

 

What type of Outdoor Areas can attract Guests?

Swimming Pools in warm areas.

Jacuzzi and hot tubs in both, warmer and cooler climates.

Gardens, like a zen garden or just some chairs to chill.

Outdoor playgrounds for children or lots of toys for the pool.

A place for our four-legged furry friends.  If you allow pets, have a space outside (and in!) just for them!

An eating area is fantastic and if you can add a grill, it's even better.

 

Also, place these features prominently in your listings!  You want things in your title and on that first picture so you can get potential guests to look deeper into your property. 

 

NOTE:  Don't allow fear to dictate whether or not...

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Outdoor Amenities That Will Help Attract Guests

 

Summer season is in full swing and tourists are out there enjoying warm weather and beaches. As a Short-Term Rental or Vacation Rental Owner, you know to take advantage of the season your region is known for to maximize your profits.  When you’re in a sunny area, like Florida, this is it.  When you’re in skiing country, it’s the winter.  But what attracts guests to other Areas?  What attracts them to the mountains?  More importantly, what will attract them to your property?

 

You can attract more guests to your property if you offer some exciting outdoor amenities to them.  Outdoor spaces in a property, whether it is in a mountainous region or near a beach, allow guests to have more fun during their stay.  You can score more bookings by adding these outdoor amenities to your property.

 

A Swimming Pool

 

Whether it belongs to your community or is in your back yard, a pool equals fun in warm destinations.  It...

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How to Launch Your Vacation Rental Business

Running a vacation rental business seems attractive and easy but it is not a cakewalk for most owners. You must be prepared to face stiff competition from not just hotels and hostels in your area but other vacation rental owners in attracting guests to your property. You must spruce up your property and provide amenities that appear attractive to potential guests.  

 

Here are some useful tips to keep in mind when launching your vacation rental business.

 

Use More Than One Platform

 

I use two platforms for my properties.  One is great in the west and the other is better in the southeast.  The success of your vacation rental business depends upon whether you can reach your target group of guests or not. By using different platforms, one at a time or more, you can make sure that your property becomes visible to all tourists coming to your area whenever they conduct a search online. In addition to listing your property on Airbnb and other short-term...

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How to Deal with Bookings Cancellations

When you are running a vacation rental business, your aim is to get maximum bookings for maximum profit.  Whether you focus on a high nightly rate or on high occupancy, you want a good return on your investment.  If you start to experience cancellation problems or lower booking frequency, it can be a blow to your business.  Cancellations are even tougher because not only do you lose out on the income you would have made but, depending on the timing, it may be more difficult to refill that spot.  You may now find that bookings have slowed down considerably during that time frame.  Ouch. Here are some tips to anticipate and prevent these types of booking cancellations.

 

Look at Your Cancellation Policy

 

Is it too easy for guests to book a reservation and then cancel their reservation with just a few clicks later on?  If yes, then you need to make changes to your Cancellation Policy.  We have ours set to “Strict” for a good...

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Episode 026 - Real Life Horror Stories and How to Avoid Them

 

 

WHAT WERE THE LESSONS?

Here are the stories and the takeaways...

Story One: Having your STR guests steal your furniture and electronics from you. Yikes! Imagine walking in and finding your place empty. How long before your unit is up and running again?

Takeaway: Only accept Guests with Government IDs and Good Reviews. Even then, there's always a chance this can happen, so make sure you have umbrella coverage to fill the gaps from Airbnb and Business Income Insurance to cover your lost revenue.

Story Two: You move into a place with really scary neighbors.

Takeaway: Real Estate Investors often talk to the neighbors before buying a property - at least two. You want to know what they know about the property AND the neighborhood. They'll tell you things that the Seller and the Agent won't.

Story Three: Troubled Young Man gets stoned and poops on your bed... gross!

Takeaway: Run a background check and take extra security measures for anyone staying in your home. It's not...

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