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English, Finance, 1 season, 379 episodes, 2 days, 13 hours, 28 minutes
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Get actionable advice and the essential fundamentals of running a profitable 5-star Airbnb side-hustle or full on business. Annette’s extensive background in business operations and Sarah’s experience in high-end hospitality management and interior design make them a powerhouse duo that will deliver high impact content. With almost a decade of combined hosting experience they will not only share their own stories welcoming thousands of guests from around the world but also those of other Superhosts to deliver you a wide array of stories, insights, and profitable and creative ideas to make your listing rise to the top. Whether you’re experienced, new, or nervous to start your own Airbnb this podcast promises to be informative, fun, and from the heart.
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359. Why Dynamic Pricing Should Be Your #1 Priority as an Airbnb Host

Welcome back to the officially unofficial Money Making May, where we have a full month’s worth of content all around pricing profitable properties with PriceLabs!Today’s expert guest is our very own Chief Operating Officer, Colleen Prochaska! Colleen brings over ten years of hospitality experience as a hotel General Manager for Marriott and Hilton brands to Thanks for Visiting. Her passion lies in supporting guests' experiences and mentoring associates throughout her career. Her philosophy entails equipping the team with tools, providing clear communication, and ensuring success for all.She’s here today to walk us through a lightning-fast masterclass on revenue management for short-term rentals – highlighting the mind blowing features and money-making capability of our dynamic pricing partner, PriceLabs, along the way.PriceLabs helps you make more money than you would without it. It's a rare piece of operational software that brings with it an immediate ROI – the holy grail of any business investment, especially when you’re operating on a tight budget or just starting out.Come for the money-making tips, but stay as Sarah and Colleen air out some dirty laundry on a big mistake we made in Q1 of this year. We are, if nothing else, open and honest in our mission to make you more money on your STR journey!(00:01:21) #STRShareSunday: @trimbellecottage(00:03:15) Colleen’s Revenue Management Tips via PriceLabs(00:20:00) Bigger Picture: Monthly & Annual Pricing Adjustments (00:27:05) Practical Example of STR Revenue Management Concepts(00:33:12) We Made This STR Pricing Mistake So You Don’t Have ToResources:• Click here for full show notes• #STRShareSunday: @trimbellecottage• Check out PriceLabs: Start your 30-day free trial• Taking Calculated Risks in the STR Industry with Our Chief Operations Officer #271• Video: Dynamic Pricing Software for Airbnb & Short Term Rentals• Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!Minoan | Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!IMN | Go to events.imn.org/strsummer and use code: TFV for an exclusive 10% off your new registration.Hostfully | Go to https://www.hostfully.com/influencers/thanks-for-visiting/ and use TFV100 to get $100 off your subscription.
5/16/202446 minutes
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358. Hosting Hotline: Summer Grilling Safety Tips for Airbnb Hosts & Co-Hosts

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Samantha asks:What's your take on grills at a short-term rental? I always wanted to stay away because I'm terrified someone will burn down our brand new houses. But we recently had an upcoming guest ask if we had a grill, and they were pretty bummed out that we didn't offer that. Then, they asked us if we could provide one for them. Are we missing out on potential clients? Is it worth it? We would love your insight on this. (00:01:48) Intro to Grilling at Vacation Homes (Yes, You Need One)(00:03:10) BTS of Sarah’s Gulf Shores HGTV Experience (00:05:04) Recommendations for an Airbnb Grill Amenity (00:06:02) Safety First! How to Encourage Safe GrillingThanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:• Click here for full show notes• Check out Breezeway • HGTV: Sarah and Nick on Beach Flip• Video: How To Create An Airbnb Audit - Inspector Checklist• Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!
5/14/202410 minutes, 53 seconds
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357. My Airbnb Burnt Down! AirCover vs. STR Insurance Spotlight

Today it’s time to get serious – as serious as a catastrophic house fire. With no exaggeration, it is essential that any short-term rental host, or aspiring host, listen into this entire episode.This week’s expert guest is Nicholas Libertin. He and his wife live in the Cleveland area and host a vacation rental in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His area of expertise, unfortunately, lies in his experience with a second listing – a mountain cabin – which tragically burnt down in January of this year.No one was hurt. But the entire home was lost to the fire.Nick is incredibly gracious and, in an effort to better educate the STR community, came ready and willing to detail his entire experience with this worst-case scenario come true. He walks us through that fateful day, how he was informed, who he called first, and all of the important roles played – from his insurance (proper.insure) and mortgage providers, to Airbnb and AirCover.So, what happens when the worst possible thing you can imagine, as an Airbnb host, interrupts your weekday Zoom meeting?Nick walks us through the painful emotions, the disappointing community fallout, and the difficult decisions that he and his wife were forced into as a result of the fire – providing an invaluable service to all of us in this industry. Be sure to stick around for his well-earned takeaway tips and required homework assignments.(00:01:22) #STRShareSunday: @cancast_seaside(00:02:50) Nicholas Libertin: Getting Started in Vacation Rentals(00:09:27) Intro to Nick’s Blue Ridge Short-Term Rental Project(00:13:17) A Catastrophic House Fire: January 4th, 2024 (00:24:23) What To Do With a Burned Down Airbnb?(00:37:20) AirCover for Hosts: Nick’s First-Hand Experience(00:43:50) Now What? Next Steps at the PropertyResources:• #STRShareSunday: @cancast_seaside• Direct Booking: villaatvictoriapark.lodgify.com• Email: [email protected]• Photos: See the post-fire property• Proper Insurance: proper.insure• Read: Long-Distance Real Estate Investing by David Greene• Video: Damage Claims: Airbnb Hosting Hot Tips!• Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!Hostfully | Go to https://www.hostfully.com/influencers/thanks-for-visiting/ and use TFV100 to get $100 off your subscription.Quiz | Take our quiz to...
5/9/202457 minutes, 51 seconds
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356. Hosting Hotline: Quick Tips for Using PriceLabs Dynamic Pricing Software

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.A listener asks:I already use dynamic pricing strategies in my business right now. I see that Airbnb is making some changes to their fees. The host fee for me is going up from 3% to 15% and the guest is paying nothing. With that in mind, does it still make sense for me to use dynamic pricing tools?(00:01:16) Airbnb Hosting Fees vs. Dynamic Pricing Tools(00:02:26) Make Thorough Bookkeeping a Priority for Your STR Business(00:04:05) Why We Recommend PriceLabs Dynamic Pricing Software Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:• Check out PriceLabs: Start your 30-day free trial• Video: Dynamic Pricing Software for Airbnb & Short Term Rentals• Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!
5/7/202411 minutes, 2 seconds
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355. What Are Typical Seller Financing Terms? (And Is It Worth It?)

Welcome to the officially unofficial Money Making May, where we have a full month’s worth of content all around pricing profitable properties with PriceLabs!Today’s expert guest is Michael Lacalle, a teacher, husband, and father of two who stumbled into house hacking as a means to afford living on the Central Coast of California. From there, he got the real estate bug and now owns five short-term rental listings on three separate properties (HINT: He is looking to partner with like-minded investors and scale his portfolio!)We chat with Michael about his inspiring three-tiered story – launching a studio STR space attached to his first home purchase, rolling the dice on a wait-and-see vacation rental project in Joshua Tree, and partnering up for a sprawling cabin escape in New York. We also touch on a few important niche STR subjects, like how he’s leveraged dynamic pricing to get the most out of his listings and seller financing – who, what, where, when, and why it makes so much sense for both the seller and the buyer.We met Michael in a moment of cosmic fate, in an airport of all places, and were enthralled with his willingness to share the nitty gritty details of his various deals, processes, and plans. He’s another great example of a real life person, just like you, out there doing his thing and having great success in this industry through passion and purpose. (00:01:28) #STRShareSunday: @treebonesresort(00:07:08) Launching a Short-Term Rental in Central California(00:22:03) Expanding His Portfolio of Investment Properties(00:29:53) Understanding Seller-Financed Deals (00:36:59) Prepping Operations for a Cross-Country STR Listing(00:52:48) Michael’s Top Short-Term Rental Hosting Hot TipsResources:• #STRShareSunday: @treebonesresort• Instagram: @michael_lacalle_real_estate• Check out PriceLabs: Start your 30-day free trial• Video: Funding Your NEXT Airbnb or Real Estate Property• Recommended Short-Term Rental Training Tools & Software #338• Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!Hostfully | Go to https://www.hostfully.com/influencers/thanks-for-visiting/ and use TFV100 to get $100 off your subscription.
5/2/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 44 seconds
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354. Hosting Hotline: Details on Airbnb’s New Indoor Camera Policy (Starting TODAY)

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Russell asks:Hosts are seeing so much out there right now about cameras and Airbnb. I have one on my front porch. Is this still okay? Can you guys cut through all the noise and tell us exactly what we need to know about the cameras? Can we have them? Should we have them?(00:01:10) What’s the Deal with Cameras & Airbnb? (00:02:27) Exact Verbiage of Airbnb’s New Camera Policy(00:05:55) Combatting Public Concern Over Hidden STR Cameras(00:07:31) Other Useful (and Legal) Airbnb Monitoring Sensors(00:09:39) How to Get Camera Compliant on Your Airbnb ListingThanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:• Important: Airbnb Camera Policy• NoiseAware | The Indoor and Outdoor Sensors monitor noise levels at your property and will alert you through your Dashboard or Mobile App when the noise levels go over your set thresholds. Use code TFVNA20 for 20% off ($144/year including 1 free indoor sensor) and 20% off any additional indoor or outdoor sensors.• Video: Noise Aware - for Noisy Airbnb Guests• Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!
4/30/202413 minutes, 19 seconds
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353. Kristie Wolfe: How I Launched The Big Idaho Potato Hotel (and More!)

This week’s expert guest is Kristie Wolfe, creative off-grid builder and short-term rental superstar. With her one-of-a-kind projects, her focus is on creating unforgettable guest experiences, not just accommodations.Kristie is not only the builder in her business, she is also the designer, and she crafts some of Airbnb's most sought-after wishlist stays. She has several tree houses, a hobbit hole, a cocoon cottage, a shipwreck, and even a potato hotel – properties which have earned thousands of five-star reviews as the main attraction to niche travelers from all over the world.Our chat with Kristie is one of the most entertaining and educational we’ve ever had! We get all the juicy details about her first treehouse build in the Hawaiian jungle, that time she bought a shipwreck on Craigslist, touring the country to promote Idaho Potatoes, and so many other memorable and meaningful stories from across her accomplished career.The creative nuggets in this one are uber inspiring – packed with a zest for life and artistic expression that you’ll hear in Kristie’s voice. But she doesn’t stop there! About halfway through this one, she drops the mic with several solid gold operational tidbits that will change how you think about running your short-term rental business.For years, we’ve had Kristie Wolfe atop our list of dream podcast guests – and, dear listeners, she delivered in a major way. We’re so thankful for her spending her valuable time with us today and look forward to following along with her latest treehouse museum project.(00:01:27) #STRShareSunday: @ae.premiumrentals(00:03:35) Introducing: Creative Builder, Kristie Wolfe(00:12:35) Building a Short-Term Rental in the Jungle(00:19:32) Kristie Wolfe’s Eclectic Portfolio of Rental Properties (00:26:54) Pro Tips on Juggling Hosting While Completing Builds (00:41:45) One-of-a-Kind Listings: Cocoon Cottage & Shipwreck House(00:50:47) Kristie’s Advice for STR Hosts & Aspiring BuildersResources:• #STRShareSunday: @ae.premiumrentals• Instagram: @kristiemaewolfe• Website: kristiewolfe.com• LinkTree: linktr.ee/kristiemaewolfe• Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.com• Video: How to Design Your First Airbnb - EssentialsThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Hostfully | Go to https://www.hostfully.com/influencers/thanks-for-visiting/ and use TFV100 to get $100 off your subscription.Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!
4/25/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 15 seconds
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352. Hosting Hotline: Pros & Cons of Converting From STR to MTR Bookings

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Kendra asks:We purchased a property, my husband's pipe dream, in western Wisconsin on the trout streams where he grew up fishing. We launched it on Airbnb and VRBO in March. It's called the Trimbelle Cottage and we've had good success with consistent bookings and buzz in the area since that time.We had someone reach out asking to book it as a mid-term rental from November through March of next year. I believe those would be our slower months anyway. But it's hard to know because we haven't had it on the market for a whole year yet.We're trying to decide if it's best for us to go for what seems to be a safer mid-term route. Do we risk losing ground in the STR market, on the algorithm, Instagram, or word of mouth? We would love to hear your thoughts on the pros and cons of taking a mid-term rental vs. keeping it on the STR market through the down season. Thank you so much.(00:03:01) Should We Convert to Mid-Term for Our Slow Rental Season?(00:04:34) Understanding Risk & Knowing Your Why(00:05:14) The (Harsh) Realities of Today’s Mid-Term Rental Market(00:06:21) Prioritize Running Your Numbers with PriceLabs(00:07:39) Nurture Existing Guest Leads: All of Them!(00:10:19) Specific Prep & Comms for a Mid-Term Pivot Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:• PriceLabs Free Trial• Video: 3 Analytics Airbnb Hosts Need to be Tracking• Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:StayFi | Go to www.stayfi.com and enter TFV to get 50% off your first three months.Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!
4/23/202415 minutes, 20 seconds
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351. Scaling a Hospitality Empire: Motel, Wedding Venue, Co-Hosted STRs & a Boutique Hotel

Today’s expert guests are Austin and Karlee Phippen, operators of an expanding portfolio of hospitality brands and businesses in scenic Northern New Mexico. Starting in just 2019, they’ve already built an empire in Chama – from boutique hotel rooms, a 16-room motel, a dozen co-hosted properties, and a sprawling ranch wedding venue.With Austin’s background in construction, and Karlee’s formal education and experience in the hospitality industry, magic was bound to be made when these two teamed up. We hear all about how they took on the motel project, detail the fairytale love story behind their wedding venue, unpack how they collected a dozen co-hosting deals, and explain how they keep it all together – in their hearts, minds, and in their paperwork. As members of our Hosting Business Mastery Method membership, we’ve had front-row seats to Austin and Karlee’s growth (and many challenges) along the way. We’re so excited to bring that story to the larger hosting community today. (00:01:29) #STRShareSunday: @bluebirddaycottagemarin(00:03:12) Thanks For Visiting Content Announcements(00:06:14) Pairing a Wedding Venue with a Motel(00:15:32) Renovating, Repairing, Remodeling & Running a Remote Motel(00:21:55) Detailing Their Expanding Business Model(00:30:45) Current-Day Operations at Chama Trails Motel(00:38:31) A Classic Love Story at Log River Ranch(00:41:10) Division of Time, Labor & ProfitsResources:• #STRShareSunday: @bluebirddaycottagemarin• Chama Trails Motel: chamatrailsmotel.com• Instagram: @chamatrailsmotel• Sterling & Sage Lofts: sterlingandsagechama.com• Turquoise Antler Co-Hosting: turquoiseantler.com• Log River Ranch Wedding Venue: logriverranch.com• Instagram: @logriverranch• Video: How to Become an Airbnb Co-Host• Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!Hostfully | Go to https://www.hostfully.com/influencers/thanks-for-visiting/ and use TFV100 to get $100 off your subscription.
4/18/202456 minutes, 57 seconds
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350. Hosting Hotline: Managing Guest Expectations for Airbnbs in Revitalized Neighborhoods

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Bri asks:How do I prepare guests for nuisance neighbors? I have a neighbor who lives two houses down and he is senile. He does get really chatty and he has doomsday stories.The other day, my guest engaged in conversation with him, and the story is always the same about wanting to get rid of the drug dealers in the neighborhood, and the prostitution, and all of these sorts of things. It made my guest so uncomfortable that she sent me a message.It used to be a rough neighborhood. Now, it's an up-and-coming neighborhood, but it still looks rough around the edges. There's nothing to be afraid of. I'm not sure how to relay that to my guests. Thanks for your wisdom.(00:02:08) Dealing with Chatty Neighbors at Your Short-Term Rental(00:04:05) Your Guest’s Experience is Most Important(00:08:49) Impress Airbnb Guests with Transparency & Honesty Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:• Relevant Video: How to Improve Check-In Experience for Airbnb Guests• Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!• Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!StayFi | Go to www.stayfi.com and enter TFV to get 50% off your first three months.
4/16/202412 minutes, 8 seconds
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349. We Bought Land (Part 1): Laying a Foundation for Long-Term Partnership

Today’s expert guest (and one of our new business partners!) is Mike Navarro of Columbus, Ohio. Mike and his wife Ingrid entered the residential market as first-time homebuyers and have since expanded into multi-family housing, constructing single-family homes ranging from 400 sqft to 4500 sq ft. Their diverse portfolio comprises over 20 units, including single-family homes, multi-units, and condos, with a total real estate holding value of $10 million. We chat with Mike today to lay the groundwork for a series of episodes in which we’ll be detailing our newfound property partnership together – the plan, the preparation, and everything in between – in as much detail as we possibly can. In this one, you get the skinny on Mike and his wife, as we cover the background of their incredible scalability and unlimited energy. We get vulnerable about our own thought processes before, during, and after the deal closed only a few short weeks ago, and we get excited (well, most of us) about the next steps – surveys, utilities, operations, branding, marketing, oh my!So many of you ask us about partnerships – consider this episode just the tip of the iceberg on a deeply personal case study illustrating our take on the process, and how we go about our decision making challenges along the way.(00:01:26) #STRShareSunday: @timbercovehideaway(00:02:54) Introducing Columbus STR Expert: Mike Navarro(00:14:00) What Made Them Switch to STRs?(00:22:28) How Sarah, Annette & Mike First Crossed Paths(00:25:24) Mike Navarro’s New-Build Property Experience(00:32:36) Deal Maker: How (and Why) We Became STR Partners (00:47:39) Reviewing Our Final Land Acquisition Deal Resources:• #STRShareSunday: @timbercovehideaway• Website: rowehouserentals.com• Instagram: @rowerentals• Thanks For Visiting Org Chart: Free Download • Relevant Video: We Bought Our First Airbnb Together: Part 1• Relevant Video: We Bought Our First Airbnb Together: Part 2 - Renovation & Updates • Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!• Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!Hostfully | Go to https://www.hostfully.com/influencers/thanks-for-visiting/ and use TFV100 to get $100 off your subscription.Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!
4/11/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 45 seconds
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348. Hosting Hotline: Bedding & Laundry Tips for Your Short-Term Rental Business

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.A listener asks:We are about ready to launch our first short-term rental on the beach. I've been vetting cleaning companies and have been a little surprised to learn of common standard practices related to washing (or not) the top layer of bedding.It seems like most cleaners don't wash that regularly, which to be honest, gave me the heebie-jeebies. Is that standard practice in the industry? To me, that needs to be turned over between each guest. Do I need to wash them myself?Any other wisdom that you have on bedding, number of layers, quilts vs duvets – really providing a high quality, comfortable, luxury experience for the guests – would be appreciated. (00:01:51) When Do Airbnb Hosts Wash the Top Layer of Bedding?(00:03:53) Training Your Turnover Team to Your Cleaning Standards (00:05:27) Pro Bedding Tips for Successful Airbnb Hosts (00:09:30) How To Protect Your Pillows in a Short-Term Rental(00:10:08) Sarah’s Tried-and-True Airbnb Blanket & Sheet Strategy(00:11:25) White Bedding?! Yes, White BeddingThanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:• Shop our recommendations at HostGPO• Video: How to Clean Your Airbnb - A Walkthrough for New Airbnb Hosts• Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!• Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:StayFi | Go to www.stayfi.com and enter TFV to get 50% off your first three months.Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!
4/9/202415 minutes, 39 seconds
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347. How to Optimize Your Supply Inventory as an Airbnb Co-Host in 2024

Today’s expert guest is Wendy Doris. Experienced house flipper, host, co-host, and Hosting Business Mastery Method (HBMM) coach, Wendy loves the details, especially when it comes to the operations of her business. We lean into that expertise in this episode, jumping into the deep end on supplies as they relate to short-term rental listings.Managing more than a dozen properties in the Phoenix area, Wendy set out to reimagine her supply chain operations – where, who, why, when, and how. We won’t spoil her story, but to let you know that she gets very detailed with the specific calculations she ran, hiccups and highlights, and of course, the bottom line financial results of what she’s implemented.Her approach is a great example of why we run numbers in our industry – and how to avoid being paralyzed by them. The funny thing about the work it takes to set up efficient systems is that, if done effectively – they disappear from your to-do list! Wendy explains that she ideated on the program for six months before taking the leap and putting it into action. The results, as they say, speak for themselves. Big thanks to Wendy for taking the time to share this super niche but super valuable insight with the community today. We hope inspires you to take a closer look at some of the more mundane, ongoing costs in your business to see if a creative solution like Wendy’s might apply.(00:01:24) #STRShareSunday: @CandyCabinsofBrokenBow(00:02:51) (Re)Introducing STR Co-Hosting Expert Wendy Doris(00:08:05) Managing Stock of Supplies for an STR Business (00:17:41) Supply Program Results & Reactions: One Year Later (00:38:13) Other Tips & Tools for Your STR Supply InventoryResources:• Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!• Co-hosting website: mostess.host• Video: Airbnb Hosts: A Simple Supply System• Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.com• #STRShareSunday: @CandyCabinsofBrokenBowThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Hostfully | Go to https://www.hostfully.com/influencers/thanks-for-visiting/ and use TFV100 to get $100 off your subscription.Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!
4/4/202452 minutes, 34 seconds
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346. Hosting Hotline: Short-Term Rental Dreams vs. Mid-Term Rental Demand

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Katelyn asks:My husband and I own Stay Old Town Road in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It's four small, super charming historic houses on one property in the best tourist location in town. We got into hosting because we love travel and hospitality. We've always envisioned our guest avatar as a vacationer.Then, we had a very different guest type fall into our laps, so we pivoted to host midterm stays for the film industry. At first, it just felt like a smart strategy to fill our slow season. We thought we could use the time we were saving while not hosting traditional guests to build up our social media and our website. We were finally going to start telling the brand story that we've been dreaming up. Now that we know how great these film industry guests can be, we're wondering… Do we even need a brand?Should we lean into developing relationships with production companies instead? Is it a waste of our time and money to market these houses as the vacation rentals that we always thought they were? We have 100% occupancy for months at a time and leases signed and paid by big companies like Netflix. It seems like a no-brainer, but we feel our hospitality dreams slipping away. Should we keep building our brand as a backup to fill time between productions knowing that we'll be marketing nights that are few and far between? Or will that just make potential guests feel frustrated that we have such limited availability? What should we do?(00:01:24) Do We Need a Brand as a Mid-Term Rental Business?(00:04:06) As a Short-Term Rental: You Are Your Brand(00:06:11) Creative Ideas for Leveraging Your CircumstanceThanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:• Video: Airbnb Market Shift | Thrive as a Host• Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!• Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:StayFi | Go to www.stayfi.com and enter TFV to get 50% off your first three months.Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!
4/2/202412 minutes, 24 seconds
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345. STR Safety in 2024: The Latest on Regulations, Technology & Trends with Justin Ford

Today’s expert guest is Justin Ford, an international safety superstar when it comes to short-term rentals. Returning for his record thirteenth appearance on the show, the wisdom just never stops with Justin, as he’s become a close friend of the show – and hopefully, a trusted advisor to all of our listeners.Justin updates us on his latest travels, taking us from a safety survey in a $40k/night Colorado mansion listing to affecting permanent and positive change in Cancun’s STR regulations. We go from the details – touching on carbon monoxide detectors and loose rugs – to looking at safety from a wider perspective – insurance liability, communication, and industry trends. We can’t thank Justin enough for being such a huge part of our own educational programming, and for fighting the good fight for honest, safety-minded hosts all over the world. His advice continues to be invaluable to us, and to this community. We encourage you to show him some love on social media when you get the chance!(00:01:26) #STRShareSunday: @staynplay_branson(00:04:30) The State of Short-Term Rental Safety(00:09:16) The Global Travels of an STR Safety Expert(00:13:27) Importance of Gas Detectors in Your Listing(00:15:14) What Makes a Safe Bedroom in a Vacation Rental?(00:17:44) How to Effectively Sell Your Commitment to Safety (00:21:55) Safety Steps to Remember as an STR Co-Host(00:26:25) Defending Your Certifiably Safe Short-Term Rental (00:34:18) Quick & Easy Steps to a Safer Airbnb Listing(00:44:05) What’s Next for Justin Ford?Resources:• Website: justinford.expert• LinkedIn: Justin Ford• Blog: Breezeway Blog• Facebook: Short Term Rental Safety• Video: Damage Claims: Airbnb Hosting Hot Tips!• Shop: Thanks for Visiting safety products• Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!• Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.com• #STRShareSunday: @StayNPlayBransonThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!Hostfully | Go to https://www.hostfully.com/influencers/thanks-for-visiting/ and use TFV100 to get $100 off your subscription.
3/28/202455 minutes, 1 second
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344. Hosting Hotline: Tips & Tricks for Avoiding Pet Smells in Your Short-Term Rental

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Samantha asks:We recently started our short-term rental business and we currently have two rentals down at the beach. We are allowing pets at both of them because we're dog lovers ourselves. Our first guest had two dogs, and when we went in afterward, we noticed the scent of a dog. Do you recommend using any products, or staying away from scented products?(00:01:31) Should I Worry if My Vacation Rental Smells Like a Dog?(00:03:15) Pet-Friendly STR Hosting Tips (00:04:56) Training Your Turnover Team for Pet IssuesThanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:• ETI Solutions: etisolutions.co (email: [email protected])• Breezeway Pet-Friendly Checklist: breezeway.io/pet-checklist• Video: Pet Friendly Airbnbs - How to Charge• Pet Product Recommendations: amazon.com/shop/thanksforvisiting• Pet-Friendly STR? Don’t Miss These Tips for Cleaning, Communication & Couch Covers #335• Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!• Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:StayFi | Go to www.stayfi.com and enter TFV to get 50% off your first three months.Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!
3/26/202410 minutes, 58 seconds
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343. What’s an Insurance Adjuster? Why Knowing One Might Save Your Vacation Rental

Today’s expert guest is Gwynne Beatty, a specialist in property damage claims, water restoration, mold remediation, maximizing your claim, and managing the repair process for residential and commercial properties. She's here to pull back the curtain on the claims process and give you the knowledge and tools you need if (and when) you find yourself with property damage. She’s a public adjuster (don’t worry, we learn all about what that means) and has tons of secrets to share today as she answers critically misunderstood questions like… Should your insurance agent make your claim? What words should you use, and avoid, when inquiring about damage? Who gets paid – when, why, and how much?Insurance may seem like a dry topic, but you will be blown away by what you learn from this conversation. Gwynne is truly the kind of collaborator, professionally and personally, you want to have in your corner when the time comes to lace up your gloves vs. an insurance giant. (00:01:24) #STRShareSunday: @StayOldTownRoad(00:03:02) Gwynne Drops Truth Bombs About STR Damage Claims(00:07:29) Learn the Basics of Vacation Rental Insurance Claims(00:17:39) Understanding Insurance & Your STR Business(00:27:15) Example STR Damage Claim Scenario (00:40:36) Can You Reopen an Old (Unfair) Insurance Settlement?Resources:• Text Gwynne: (954) 648-9258• Email Gwynne: [email protected]• Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!• Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.com• #STRShareSunday: @StayOldTownRoadThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!Hostfully | Go to https://www.hostfully.com/influencers/thanks-for-visiting/ and use TFV100 to get $100 off your subscription.Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
3/21/202453 minutes, 49 seconds
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342. Hosting Hotline: Creative Ideas for Concierge Services to Differentiate Your STR

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Francesca asks:I am looking for ways to enhance the guest experience through concierge services. As an example, I saw someone post that they'll put away Instacart groceries for guests before they arrive. I'm looking for unique and creative concierge services to offer guests and differentiate from competitors. If you have any suggestions, that would be awesome. We are in a beach market.(00:01:20) Question About Concierge Services at Vacation Rental (00:02:19) Getting Your Strategy Straight: Revenue Driver vs. Free Gift(00:03:14) Recommended Creative Concierge Services for Your STR Listing(00:07:17) Market Research & Generative Brainstorming for HostsThanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:• Crack the Guest Code: Use Quizzes to Figure Out the Perfect Vacation Rental Stay (with Special Guest Linda Sidhu) #287• Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!• Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:StayFi | Go to www.stayfi.com and enter TFV to get 50% off your first three months.Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!
3/19/202413 minutes, 5 seconds
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341. Problem Solving Hacks for Beginner Short-Term Rental Hosts & Co-Hosts

Today’s expert guest is Lynn Smith, a short-term rental host and co-host for properties in Oklahoma City and the surrounding area. Informed by a mixed background in public health, event planning, and sales, Lynn started her hosting journey in 2020. She’s a star member of our Hosting Business Mastery Method and has actually taught us so much over the years, that it came time to feature her unique perspective and approach on the podcast.Specifically, she’s a master at turning hardships into opportunities. We talk about the technology she’s used to manage her business, hard lessons she’s learned to effectively manage a team, and how she maintains healthy boundaries to keep it all running smoothly. (00:01:23) #STRShareSunday: @ThatLittleLodge(00:03:02) Lynn’s Initial Short-Term Rental Experience(00:10:58) Stop Losing Sleep Over Guest Satisfaction(00:21:53) Overcoming Roadblocks with STR Tech(00:28:22) Tips for Dealing with Unique Vacation Rental Guests(00:37:05) Operations Team Structure for a Hosting Business (00:46:34) Finding Clients as a Professional STR Co-HostResources:• Lynn’s co-hosting business: stayprofamilia.com• Instagram: @profamilia_homes• Check out Breezeway Assist • Check out PriceLabs• #STRShareSunday: @ThatLittleLodge• Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!• Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Hostfully | Go to https://www.hostfully.com/influencers/thanks-for-visiting/ and use TFV100 to get $100 off your subscription.Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!
3/14/202457 minutes, 46 seconds
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340. Hosting Hotline: How Much is Too Much Communication With STR Guests?

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Sandrine asks:I have a few questions regarding guest communication. How much is too much and how exactly do you handle communicating the rental agreement? Do you send the rental agreement right through the booking platform, like Airbnb, or ask for a personal email? What do you do if they don't respond or sign it by the time that they book? I know each guest is different in how much interaction they want with their hosts, so I'm just wondering what the consensus seems to be on this topic.(00:01:24) Appropriate Frequency of Communication with STR Guests (00:03:01) Tips for Communicating Your Rental Agreement(00:06:46) Suggested Cadence for Vacation Rental Guest Communications(00:09:35) Benefits to Asking for a Review Upon CheckoutThanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:• Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!• Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:StayFi | Go to www.stayfi.com and enter TFV to get 50% off your first three months.Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!
3/12/202414 minutes, 10 seconds
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339. We Fought Restrictive Local Hosting Laws (and Won): Lessons in Short-Term Rental Advocacy

Today’s expert guests are Bob and Callie Karlen. A husband-and-wife investing team, they currently house hack their primary residence near Minneapolis, own and operate Bigwater Cove – their STR cabin in Northern MN – and are hoping to scale their portfolio in 2024 in the commercial boutique motel space in the near future. Following last week’s informative discussion covering a painful acquisition process that didn’t quite work out, we talk to Bob and Callie about their own emotionally charged short-term rental rollercoaster – only this time, we get a (mostly) happy ending. Off and running with their new Minnesota-based vacation rental cabin, Bob and Callie received the kind of letter that sends shivers up your spine. They were operating without a license. To complicate things further, they learned their address was located in a township, not the city in the sale listing that they’d done deep STR homework on.They didn’t give up. In fact, they teamed up to bring their case to the planning commission and, over months and months, affect positive change in their community. We can’t wait for you to hear this riveting success story, and hope it inspires other hosts to fight for their own right to rent responsibly. (00:01:28) #STRShareSunday: @thewanderstay(00:03:41) Doing Their Homework to Purchase a Vacation Cabin(00:09:45) STR Licensing Issues: A Letter From the Planning Commision(00:17:18) Now What? Amending the Ordinance (00:26:38) Callie’s Vacation Rental PowerPoint Presentation to the Township(00:29:25) The Painstaking Process of Changing STR Legislation (00:43:54) Successfully Lobbying for Your Right to Rent(00:46:45) Update on Required Noise Monitoring Technology (00:48:22) Mindset Tips for Overcoming Restrictive STR LegislationResources:• Website: bigwatercove.com• Airbnb: Bigwater Cove - Lakefront cabin near Brainerd• Instagram: @bigwater_cove• Noise Aware: Indoor and Outdoor Sensors monitor noise levels at your property and will alert you through your Dashboard or Mobile App when the noise levels go over your set thresholds. Use code TFVNA20 for 20% off ($144/year including 1 free indoor sensor) and 20% off any additional indoor or outdoor sensor: noiseaware.com• #STRShareSunday: @thewanderstay• Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!• Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!Hostfully | Go to https://www.hostfully.com/influencers/thanks-for-visiting/ and use TFV100 to get $100 off your subscription.Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!Join us for our...
3/7/20241 hour, 57 seconds
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338. Hosting Hotline: Recommended Training Tools & Software for Your STR Business

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Holly asks:What systems and processes do you use to train virtual assistants and other staff members? Where do you store them, how do you build them, and on what platforms? We are trying to systemize every single process so that we can control everything we can.(00:01:23) Question About Training STR Systems & Processes (00:02:15) Using Zoom & Loom to Stay Connected to Your Team(00:04:59) Recommend Asana for Training Management (00:09:11) Building Personalized Trained Protocol (00:10:36) Other Enterprise Tools & Suggested Software (00:11:40) Breezeway for Maintenance, Inspections & Cleaning(00:13:28) 3 Hot Tips for Operational Efficiency Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:• Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!• Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.com• Asana Training: Paul Minors YouTube Channel• Software Tools: Asana, Notion, Trello, Hubspot, Slack, and VoxerThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:StayFi | Go to www.stayfi.com and enter TFV to get 50% off your first three months.Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!
3/5/202418 minutes, 23 seconds
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337. Broken Motel Dreams: Behind the Scenes of a Failed Real Estate Deal

Today’s export guest is Tanya Rooney, a creative real estate seeker, life guide and owner of BAFS Real Estate + Yay You’re Here Properties. We’re thrilled that she’s taken the time to join us today to talk about a very important, and very on-trend, topic in our industry: motels and mid-term rentals.She gives us the low down on a painstaking deal that did NOT go through, sharing important lessons so you can better understand and take action on your own real estate opportunities in the future. We’re talking underwriting, we’re talking numbers, we’re talking inspections – all the juicy behind-the-scenes nuance that you won’t see on TikTok or in YouTube comment sections. Tanya joined our membership years ago and has always been a champion of masterminds, really leveraging the power of networking. She’s a great resource for other hosts and a perfect example of how, even when things don’t go exactly as planned, they can be of benefit to our end goals.(00:01:26) #STRShareSunday: @elylogcabin(00:05:42) BTS of Tanya Rooney’s Short-Term Rental Business(00:12:34) Setting Up an Exciting New Real Estate Deal (00:24:36) Inspecting a Potential Motel Acquisition (00:26:58) Leveraging Her Network to Underwrite the Deal (00:35:29) Interior Design on a New STR Space(00:37:53) When (and How) a Motel Deal Breaks Down(00:44:37) Important Lessons &amp; Tough Takeaways (00:50:28) Making the Magic Happen Through NetworkingResources:• Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!• Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.com• #STRShareSunday: @elylogcabin• Sign up for STRInsights: app.strinsights.com• Instagram: @tanyarooneymn• Get ahold of Tanya: tanyarooney.com• Yay You’re Here Minnesota: yyhmn.com• Read: Hospitable Hosts 3• Mike Hicks: Instagram and TikTokThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!Breezeway | Go to breezeway.io/tfv to claim your free implementation when you start a Breezeway account.Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!Hostfully | Go to https://www.hostfully.com/influencers/thanks-for-visiting/ and use TFV100 to get $100 off your subscription.Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at <a href="https://www.hostmasterclass.com"...
2/29/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 16 seconds
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336. Hosting Hotline: Beginner Steps to Host a Parent-Child STR Listing

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Whitney asks:Can I create a parent-child listing for two homes that are next door to each other? I own one of them and my neighbors own the other. I'm the co-host for their house. I would like to create a parent-child listing to accept large groups that can stay in both homes, but I'm also aware that there may be tax consequences or other complications I may be missing by accepting a booking for both homes at once.I'm wondering if there's a way to create a parent-child listing and accept inquiries – and then when they do visit the page to book both – direct them to each individual listing. Any insight would be really helpful.(00:01:21) Question About Listing Neighboring STR Properties Together(00:03:00) What is a Parent-Child Short-Term Rental Listing?(00:05:38) Pro Tips for Hosting a Unique Parent-Child Vacation Rental(00:08:27) Leverage Data to Make Better STR Decisions Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:• Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!• Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.com• Hosting Hotline: Listing Your Airbnb As A Parent-Child Setup #232• Parent Child Listings for Airbnb Properties - How To Create• Sign up for Relay • Recommended STR analytics tools: PriceLabs, AirDNA, and KeyDataThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:StayFi | Go to www.stayfi.com and enter TFV to get 50% off your first three months.Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!
2/27/202414 minutes, 15 seconds
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335. Tips for Effectively Welcoming Dogs to Your Short-Term Rental

Today’s expert guest is Sara Sokol. Sarah is the creator of the Dogs Welcome Facebook group and vacation rental listing website as well as owner/operator of her own very pet-friendly, and award winning, vacation rental on the coast of Maine.She created the Dogs Welcome community as a place to connect dog friendly STR hosts with humans who travel with their dogs as a place to advertise her own property and has watched the community explode with growth over the past year and a half. Its website now features sortable listings to make it even easier for travelers with their pets to find appropriate lodging.We detail her journey from dog training into dog hosting, reveal her incredible communication style for conveying house rules as they relate to pet behavior, and spend a healthy chunk of time on cleaning recommendations, pet fees, and the all-important couch covers.If there’s one thing we know about people, it’s that they love (and travel) with their furry friends. Opening up your listing to pets is a surefire way to expand your audience and supercharge your bookings – as long as you have the right plans and policies in place to make it work.(00:01:24) #STRShareSunday: @hillsideamble(00:05:06) Sarah Sokol: Pet Vacation Expert(00:08:41) Defining Pet-Friendly vs. Pet Welcoming(00:16:37) Being a Good Neighbor as a Pet-Friendly STR(00:22:18) Managing Damage &amp; Special Cleanings(00:41:37) Dogs Welcome Facebook GroupResources:• Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!• Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.com• Website: dogs-welcome.net• Sara's favorite things: dogs-welcome.net/my-favorite-things• Breezeway pet-friendly checklist: breezeway.io/pet-checklistThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Get on the waitlist now at thanksforvisiting.com/waitlistJoin us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Hostfully | Go to https://www.hostfully.com/influencers/thanks-for-visiting/ and use TFV100 to get $100 off your subscription.Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!Breezeway | Go to breezeway.io/tfv to claim your free implementation when you start a Breezeway account.
2/22/202455 minutes, 22 seconds
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334. Hosting Hotline: What’s the Secret to Scaling a Short-Term Rental Business?

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Jennifer asks:I run Pepin Forest Treehouse in Wisconsin. How does growth become exponential and how do people tend to do it so quickly? What does that look like with debt-to-income ratios? How are people growing their businesses on such short timelines? What's the secret that I'm missing? (00:01:23) What’s the Secret for Exponential STR Business Growth?(00:02:59) FOMO &amp; Unpacking Social Media Growth Narratives(00:06:08) Unexpected Ways Someone Might Finance Real Estate Deals(00:07:49) Reframing Your Mindset: Total Doors vs. Profit MarginThanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Get on the waitlist now at thanksforvisiting.com/waitlistStayFi | Go to www.stayfi.com and enter TFV to get 50% off your first three months.
2/20/202413 minutes, 46 seconds
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333. How To Make Facebook & Instagram Ads That Drive Bookings for Your Short-Term Rental

Today’s expert guest is Tara Zirker. Tara is the owner and founder of Successful Ads Club, a high-touch support training platform where she teaches thousands of business owners how to rapidly scale their small businesses through the power of Facebook and Instagram Ads with tiny budgets (and has received over 1,000 positive student reviews!).She’s worked on ad campaigns with people like Marianne Williamson (New York Times bestselling author), Jordan Lee Dooley (multiple 7-figure lifestyle entrepreneur), and Hilary Rushford (multiple 7-figure style guru), and has spoken at large conferences like Social Media Marketing World &amp; Traffic and Conversions.In this episode, Tara shares how to get started with Facebook ads, even on a tiny budget – you can start with as little as $10 a day! We also discuss the most common mistakes people make, what metrics to watch to ensure you never pay too much for a lead, and how to avoid wasting money on Facebook Ads.Join us live with Tara! www.thanksforvisitingads.com(00:01:07) #STRShareSunday: @lil.desert.cabin(00:03:37) How Tara Got Into Digital Advertising(00:08:14) Campaign Budgets : Big &amp; Small(00:11:09) Most Common Mistakes People Make(00:19:21) Audience Retargeting &amp; How To Do It Effectively(00:23:02) What You Need: Platform, Financial &amp; Time Commitments(00:30:03) Tips for Measuring the Efficacy of Your Facebook Ads(00:32:44) Top Tools for Generating Click-Worthy Creative(00:38:09) Frequent Frustrations &amp; Roadblocks to AvoidResources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comSuccessful Ads Club: successfuladsclub.comWebsite: tarazirker.comInstagram: @tarazirkerLinkedin: Tara Zirker#STRShareSunday: @lil.desert.cabinThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Hostfully | Go to https://www.hostfully.com/influencers/thanks-for-visiting/ and use TFV100 to get $100 off your subscription.Get on the waitlist now at thanksforvisiting.com/waitlistSuccessful Ads Club | Join us Thursday, February 22nd at 1:00pm ET. Save your spot at thanksforvisitingads.comBreezeway | Go to breezeway.io/tfv to claim your free implementation when you start a Breezeway account.Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!
2/15/202454 minutes, 23 seconds
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332. Hosting Hotline: Hosting Short-Term Rental Guests vs. Mid-Term Rental Tenants

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Caitlyn asks:Midterm rentals are a really great option for a lot of us hosts. What do we need to be looking out for when looking for great tenants?(00:01:47) Guests vs. Tenants: 28 Days Later(00:05:13) Building Rental Processes in Zillow(00:07:13) List Your Property as BOTH an STR &amp; Midterm Rental(00:12:39) How Do I Collect Rent from Mid-Term Rental Tenants?(00:16:25) Preview of an Upcoming Episode ThemeThanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comHow To Use The BRRRR Method for Short-Term Rental Financing #313Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Get on the waitlist now at thanksforvisiting.com/waitlistStayFi | Go to www.stayfi.com and enter TFV to get 50% off your first three months.
2/13/202421 minutes, 37 seconds
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331. Use Data to Increase Profits in Your Short-Term Rental Business

Today’s expert guest is Kenny Bedwell, in a session recorded at TFVCON2023 in Columbus, Ohio. Kenny founded STR Insights in 2021 as a tool to help investors find the most advantageous STR markets for their unique circumstances using advanced data analytics.We pulled Kenny aside to have a side chat – between his immensely popular educational sessions at the conference – to dig in a little deeper on what he had been presententing to attendees: How to use data to inform good decision making. He shares the top mistakes people are making when researching and buying rental property and sheds some light on a few positive trends he’s seeing across the industry. We also touch on the idea of tagging along with the creation of new National Parks and share a few recommended analytics tools.It’s 2024, people! Data analytics is table stakes to running any optimized business, especially in a space like ours, where so much personalized information is collected on a daily basis.(00:01:27) #STRShareSunday: @eclipse_poconos(00:07:29) Most Common Mistakes Made in Real Estate Prospecting(00:12:28) Kenny Bedwell on the Future of the Short-Term Rental Industry(00:14:55) Sarah &amp; Annette Comment on Kenny’s TipsResources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.com#STRShareSunday: @eclipse_poconosSTR Insights: app.STRinsights.comVisit rentresponsibly.org for information on what’s going on in your marketRecommended STR analytics tools: PriceLabs, AirDNA, and KeyDataThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Successful Ads Club | Join us Thursday, February 22nd at 1:00pm ET. Save your spot at thanksforvisitingads.comGet on the waitlist now at thanksforvisiting.com/waitlistHostfully | Go to https://www.hostfully.com/influencers/thanks-for-visiting/ and use TFV100 to get $100 off your subscription.Relay | Go to https://relayfi.com/?referralcode=ThanksForVisiting for your FREE business banking account.Breezeway | Go to breezeway.io/tfv to claim your free implementation when you start a Breezeway account.Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!
2/8/202427 minutes, 48 seconds
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330. Hosting Hotline: Tips for Starting a Co-Hosting Business

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Claire asks:My name is Claire and I have started managing a number of other Airbnbs on the island that I live on. I made the mistake of having the listings under my Airbnb account. I really need support on how to run this (co-hosting) business from an admin/legal point of view. What do I need to get in place so that I can grow? (00:01:27) How Should I Expand My Airbnb Hosting Business?(00:03:14) Finding the Perfect (Licensed) Co-Hosting Partner(00:05:35) Understand the Nuances of Longer Term Listings(00:08:26) Benefits to Being a Licensed Host or Co-Host(00:09:23) Sarah’s Advice from Personal Experience (00:12:38) Pros &amp; Cons to Owners Keeping Their STR Listings(00:14:40) Take Home Tips for Managing Rapid STR Business GrowthThanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Successful Ads Club | Join us Thursday, February 22nd at 1:00pm ET. Save your spot at thanksforvisitingads.comGet on the waitlist now at thanksforvisiting.com/waitlistStayFi | Go to www.stayfi.com and enter TFV to get 50% off your first three months.
2/6/202426 minutes, 47 seconds
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329. How to Identify Warning Signs of Human Trafficking in the STR Industry

Today’s expert guest is Catherine Ratcliffe. A vacation rental owner and host since 2018, she’s pivoted from a successful HR career to run a consulting business where she takes on tough subjects for employers and hosts – including today’s heavy topic, the global human trafficking crisis.Catherine shares subtle details to look out for and security protocols to implement in your business to combat this horrific invisible threat. You will leave this episode with a list of new methods to root this evil out from where it lurks, to identify issues in your organization or that of your partners and vendors, and to act on what you see.In the United States, we are the largest consumer of our own people. Host, guest, interested in our industry or not – if you are a member of society, this conversation applies to you. This is going to take everybody, globally, elevating our awareness and being on board with the mission of ending human trafficking.(00:01:25) #STRShareSunday: @yyhminnesota(00:06:20) Catherine Ratcliffe’s Mission &amp; Inspirations(00:13:59) Recommended Step-by-Step Training Protocol (00:22:08) What Can STR Hosts Do to Combat Human Trafficking?(00:31:45) How to Address Trafficking Issues That You NoticeResources:Linkedin: Catherine RatcliffePolaris ProjectThe NO MORE ProjectAlliance to End Human TraffickingFlorida Alliance To End Human Trafficking Training CourseVisit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.com#STRShareSunday: @yyhminnesotaThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Successful Ads Club | Join us Thursday, February 22nd at 1:00pm ET. Save your spot at thanksforvisitingads.comGet on the waitlist now at thanksforvisiting.com/waitlistMinoanVisit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!Breezeway | Go to breezeway.io/tfv to claim your free implementation when you start a Breezeway account.Relay | Go to https://relayfi.com/?referralcode=ThanksForVisiting for your FREE business banking account.Hostfully | Go to https://www.hostfully.com/influencers/thanks-for-visiting/ and use TFV100 to get $100 off your subscription.
2/1/202454 minutes, 31 seconds
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328. Hosting Hotline: Tips for Prioritizing Your Vacation Rental Offseason

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Samantha asks:We are super slow right now. With the exception of trying to figure out how to fill my units, is there anything else you recommend that I can do to better prepare my space for when we are busy? Do you have suggested preventative maintenance? Do you use that time to update your listing? What do you recommend? (00:01:32) Samantha Asks About Recommended Offseason Protocol(00:02:35) Pressure Testing &amp; Deep Cleaning (00:03:41) Review Subscription Costs &amp; Optimize Revenue (00:06:16) Work on Your Business in the Slow SeasonThanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comBreezeway preloaded checklists: https://hubs.la/Q01hkVLX0Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!StayFi | Go to www.stayfi.com and enter TFV to get 50% off your first three months.
1/30/202412 minutes, 12 seconds
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327. How To “Ask for Money” and Access Financing with Bill Allen

Today’s expert guest is Bill Allen in an interview conducted during TFVCON2023. Bill’s informative presentation inspired and empowered attendees to seek out creative financing outside of the typical bank structure. It may sound scary, but the logic behind this shift will surprise you!Amid the buzz and bustle of the conference atmosphere, Bill gets tactical with tools to shift your mindset from lender to partner, from building a transaction to building a relationship. He also shares wisdom on what to do when it goes wrong, and how to hack your process to avoid failure (at least in the traditional sense) altogether.It’s an eye opening perspective, to be sure. Check out the below linked related episodes for more information on these concepts, and keep an eye out for upcoming episodes in this area as more and more short-term hosts look to pull the plug on their short-term rental dreams. (00:01:23) #STRShareSunday: @theadamsfarmhousevt(00:04:11) Exploring the Idea of Family/Friendly Financing(00:06:52) Mastering the Mindset of Creative STR Financing(00:10:39) What Happens When an STR Deal Doesn’t Work Out?(00:15:52) Changing How We View &amp; Use BanksResources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.com#STRShareSunday: @theadamsfarmhousevtTips for Establishing a Private Lending Partnership #281Buying Land &amp; Property Using Creative Financing Options with Mike Hicks #124Read: Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for SuccessThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Breezeway | Go to breezeway.io/tfv to claim your free implementation when you start a Breezeway account.Relay | Go to https://relayfi.com/?referralcode=ThanksForVisiting for your FREE business banking account.
1/25/202427 minutes, 33 seconds
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326. Hosting Hotline: Where to Find Unique & Affordable Decor Upgrades for Your STR

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Daisy asks:I'm looking to refresh my property and I want to stay on a budget. I also want to add some personality and interest to my rental. I'm thinking of an accent wall, maybe a mural or wallpaper. How do I add some unique decor, with some personality, that can feel special to my place rather than what you see everywhere?(00:01:29) Daisy Asks for Help Bringing Some Personality to Her Rental(00:02:22) Look for Uniquely Crafted Items on Etsy(00:02:50) Strategizing Your STR’s Visual Update(00:04:56) Good Examples of Unique Decor in Short-Term RentalsThanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comHospitality Tips from an Airbnb Legend- with Chip Conley #100How to Design A Scroll-Stopping Listing with Bridgette Whitney #241Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:StayFi | Go to www.stayfi.com and enter TFV to get 50% off your first three months.Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!
1/23/202412 minutes, 46 seconds
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325. Is Airbnb Banned in New York City? How to Host in the Big City in 2024

Today’s expert guests, James and Laureta, are Superhosts with nine years of multimarket hosting experience. They started their short-term rental journey by renting out a bedroom in the apartment Laureta was living at the time – in Brooklyn – and together, they soon discovered their love of restoring historic buildings and dynamic properties.Of course, we ask Laureta about that first risky listing – two rooms in her own apartment in the early days of Airbnb – about launching and scaling their hosting business, and more, but the crux of our conversation falls on the harsh reality of New York City's newly implemented STR ban. Now, is it a total ban? No. James and Laureta still operate their listings as short-term rentals in New York City. It can be done, but you have to know your stuff (and be in the right building) to make it happen. James and Laureta show us the way.Tune in to get the skinny on hosting in the city, pre- and post- regulations, and how these two brilliant entrepreneurs have leveraged their ability to think ahead of the game on their way to building a short-term empire down the east coast.(00:01:29) #STRShareSunday: @hyggesonoma(00:06:00) Getting Into the New York (Hosting) State of Mind(00:15:57) Reimagining an Abandoned Bed-Stuy Space(00:24:43) The Community of Hosts &amp; Hosting in NYC(00:29:21) Is This the End of Short-Term Rentals in New York?(00:32:19) Team Structure &amp; Future Plans(00:40:59) NYC Housing Crisis vs. STR RegulationsResources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comInstagram: @jamesandlauretaAirbnb Profile: About James And Laureta#STRShareSunday: @hyggesonoma Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Relay | Go to https://relayfi.com/?referralcode=ThanksForVisiting for your FREE business banking account.Breezeway | Go to breezeway.io/tfv to claim your free implementation when you start a Breezeway account.Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!
1/18/202456 minutes, 9 seconds
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324. Hosting Hotline: 7 Tips for First-Time Airbnb Hosts

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Sandrine asks:My partners and I are finally set to launch our first STR next month. We will certainly diversify our OTAs, but I would love to know any hot tips that you may have for newbies like us. As we do set up our Airbnb listing, what things do we definitely want to make sure are turned on, or off? Can you share any tips that will make us more appealing on the platform? Thanks so much.(00:02:00) Any Hot Tips for Hosts Just Getting Started?(00:02:56) Importance of Professional Photography &amp; Image Arrangement (00:04:18) Covering All the Details During Listing Set-Up(00:05:47) Establish a Dynamic Pricing Strategy (00:07:02) Dialing in Your House Rules Before You Need Them(00:08:01) Pressure Test, Pressure Test, Pressure Test(00:09:29) Prioritizing Safety &amp; Security for Everyone Involved Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:Recommended dynamic pricing partner: PriceLabsRecommended STR insurance partner: Proper InsuranceYou’re invited to earn money as an Airbnb host: Get started on AirbnbVisit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comAirbnb Link: https://www.airbnb.com/r/sarahk1481?s=6&amp;t=061n0gThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.StayFi | Go to www.stayfi.com and enter TFV to get 50% off your first three months.Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!
1/16/202415 minutes, 5 seconds
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323. Pro Tips for Remote Hosting a Mid-Term Rental Portfolio with Sarah Weaver

Today’s expert guest is Sarah Weaver, co-author of the new MTR management book, 30 Day Stay. She joins the show to detail her amazing journey – around the world and back again – to Omaha, where she's now grown roots as a trusted MTR hosting mentor, real estate investor, business coach, speaker, and global workshop leader.Sarah is financially free and has leveraged mid-term rentals to design a life she loves. In this episode, we hear all about the beginning of her travels – managing her first property from Argentina and buying her second from Mexico – all the way through to her burgeoning empire in the American midwest (with a pandemic pitstop in New Zealand, of course).Her wealth of experience and wisdom goes so much deeper than midterm rentals; steeped in the low-grade pressure cooker of solo female global travel and through work with her own mentors, her perspective on the world gives us so much to learn from.Grab Sarah's book, 30 Day Stay, published by Bigger Pockets here: https://amzn.to/3RjlpUo(00:01:13) #STRShareSunday: @40th.and.fruit(00:06:49) Sarah Weaver’s Worldwide Hosting Journey(00:17:10) Managing Rapid Growth in 2020/21(00:27:05) Shifting Strategy to Mid-Term Rentals&nbsp;(00:46:58) Growing Roots in Omaha, NebraskaResources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comRead: 30 Day Stay by Sarah Weaver &amp; Zeona McIntyreInstagram: @sarahdweaverFurnishing services: Arya Design ServicesInvestor retreats: Invested Adventures#STRShareSunday: @40th.and.fruitThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Breezeway | Go to breezeway.io/tfv to claim your free implementation when you start a Breezeway account.Relay | Go to https://relayfi.com/?referralcode=ThanksForVisiting for your FREE business banking account.Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
1/11/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 18 seconds
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322. Hosting Hotline: Our Favorite Coffee Cups (Amazon Link in Notes!)

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Danielle asks:I've heard you guys talk about to-go coffee cups. Are they disposable cups? I think it's a great idea, but I'm not sure what you mean. I'd love your advice. Thank you.(01:28) Danielle Asks About Recommended To-Go Coffee Cups(02:07) Paper Cups with Sleeve &amp; Lid (Recyclable Version!)&nbsp;(03:07) Benefits of Providing Branded At-Home Coffee Mugs&nbsp;(04:22) How Many Coffee Cups Should You Provide to Rental Guests?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:16 oz Paper Coffee Cups, Disposable Paper Coffee Cup with Lids, Sleeves &amp; StirrersVisit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!StayFi | Go to www.stayfi.com and enter TFV to get 50% off your first three months.
1/9/20249 minutes, 14 seconds
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321. PriceLabs Dynamic Pricing vs. Airbnb Cleaning Fees

Today’s expert guest is Monique DeLorenzo, a host who was eager to dive deeper into the financials of our great industry. In addition to hosting her cute Vermont a-frame property, she’s also a solutions consultant with PriceLabs, a revenue management tool for hosts and property managers that provides users with dynamic pricing and market insights.We use PriceLabs and were inspired to email Monique as soon as the Airbnb winter release became public, to see if she had any insight on the cleaning fee changes and how one might best leverage our new parameters in that area to maintain, or even boost, revenue.She covers that and so much more in this super deep dive on dynamic pricing. You don’t want to miss this one as you set your goals and expectations for the new year and beyond.&nbsp;(00:01:22) #STRShareSunday:@littlecoveaframe(00:03:37) (Re)Introducing Monique DeLorenzo&nbsp;(00:16:34) Singing the Praises of Dynamic Pricing(00:19:55) Update on Airbnb Platform Changes(00:27:29) Common Pricing Mistakes that Hosts Make(00:34:14) PriceLabs vs. Airbnb Smart Pricing(00:40:50) Final Word on Airbnb Cleaning FeesResources:PriceLabs: Revenue Management for Vacation RentalsVisit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.com#STRShareSunday: @littlecoveaframeConnect with Monique: @thevermontaframeThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Breezeway | Go to breezeway.io/tfv to claim your free implementation when you start a Breezeway account.Hostfully | Go to https://www.hostfully.com/influencers/thanks-for-visiting/ and use TFV100 to get $100 off your subscription.Relay | Go to https://relayfi.com/?referralcode=ThanksForVisiting for your FREE business banking account.Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!
1/4/202450 minutes, 37 seconds
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Co-Hosting Confidential 005. Pro Tips for Remote Co-Hosting (Success Unlocked Season 1)

Welcome back to Success Unlocked, where our hosting business master membership coaches discuss operations, social media, unique builds, co-hosting strategies, and so much more. This week’s episode is Co-Hosting Confidential, hosted by Amy Corbett.Amy speaks with Lori Lusk – an experienced co-host living in Washington but operating rentals in Georgia, Arkansas, and Seattle – about what it takes to manage remote properties. They cover the pros and cons, do’s and don’ts, best practices, mistakes to avoid, and so much more.Critical questions to ask during onboarding, roles to prioritize, and whether or not you should tour a prospective property in person – you’ll get answers to some important questions as a beginner co-host or someone who’s looking to learn more about the space.&nbsp;(00:02:10) Tips for Getting Into Co-Hosting(00:11:05) Establishing Effective Expectations(00:16:41) Coordinating Remote Vacation Properties&nbsp;(00:23:31) Co-Hosting Best Practices: Time Zones &amp; Travel(00:28:51) Expanding to Brand New MarketsResources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comWebsite: goldendeerescapes.comRemote Host Hub: remotehosthub.comInstagram: @goldendeerescapes and @remotehosthubWebsite: allbelong.coInstagram: @allbelong.coTik Tok: @allbelongcoFacebook: allbelong.coThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!
1/3/202439 minutes, 40 seconds
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320. Hosting Hotline: Use Targeted Marketing to Reach Your Ideal Guests

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Ryan asks:I converted an LTR to an STR last year with stellar results. I just went live with my second listing, an executive lake home minutes from downtown Minneapolis with epic views over the water and downtown skyline. It has a game room, a hot tub, boathouse, all the bells and whistles.&nbsp;What I need is some guidance and information with respect to marketing, pitfalls to avoid, and the safety of the home and its guests. I can find reference information about lake homes further away from the metropolitan area, but not so close.&nbsp;The suburb it’s located in just passed a six-guest cap on all STRs. This works great for our 3,400 square foot home since it only has three mammoth bedrooms. Any and all information you could help me out with would be so appreciated.&nbsp;(00:01:34) Ryan Asks About His New Lake View Listing(00:03:17) Targeted Marketing to Match Your Needs(00:04:46) Recommended Tech: NoiseAware &amp; Know Your Guest&nbsp;(00:07:22) Clear House Rules &amp; Communications&nbsp;Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comNoiseAware, Noise Monitoring System: Use code TFVNA20 to get 20% off your purchase!Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.StayFi | Go to www.stayfi.com and enter TFV to get 50% off your first three months.
1/2/202412 minutes, 47 seconds
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319. Top 10 Episodes of 2023: Hard Lessons, Updated Listings & Valuable Learnings

Sarah and Annette celebrate ten of the most impactful, educational, and memorable episodes of the year. Seven fantastic (female-led) guest episodes, three editions of Hosting Hotline, and one bonus release make the cut in this recap of 2023, before we look ahead at 2024 and beyond.Direct booking, legislation and regulation, and making the decision to buy/sell are just a few trending STR topics going into the new year. If you are in the midst of one, or another tricky situation, and are willing to be open and vulnerable in a conversation for our audience, we’d love to have you on the show. Email [email protected] to get things started!(00:01:44) #STRShareSunday: @foxtailcabin(00:04:42) 2023: Recapping a Hard Pivot for Hosts(00:06:42) Celebrating our Top 7 Guest Episodes of 2023(00:21:27) Hosting Hotline: Top Host Inquiries of 2023Resources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.com#STRShareSunday: @foxtailcabinThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Breezeway | Go to breezeway.io/tfv to claim your free implementation when you start a Breezeway account.Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!Hostfully | Go to https://www.hostfully.com/influencers/thanks-for-visiting/ and use TFV100 to get $100 off your subscription.Relay | Go to https://relayfi.com/?referralcode=ThanksForVisiting for your FREE business banking account.
12/28/202333 minutes, 28 seconds
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Systems Shakedown 005. Unlock More 5-Star Reviews Through Proactive Hospitality (Success Unlocked Season 1)

Welcome back to Success Unlocked, where our hosting business master membership coaches discuss operations, social media, unique builds, co-hosting strategies, and much more. This week’s episode is Systems Shakedown, hosted by Wendy Doris.Wendy is joined by co-hosting champions, Colleen Prochaska and Amy Corbett, of Stay Awhile Hosting Co. and All Belong Co., respectively. Both women bring a wealth of knowledge and hospitality experience to this roundtable-style conversation on best practices, mistakes to avoid, and of course, systems to implement as you smooth it all out.(00:02:13) (Re)Introducing Colleen &amp; Amy(00:03:46) Easy Tips to Boost Guest Satisfaction(00:15:29) The Power of a Phone Call&nbsp;&nbsp;(00:27:14) Knowing When to Make a Change(00:32:14) Prioritize the Check-In Experience&nbsp;(00:38:48) Converting 4-Star Reviews to 5-Star ReviewsResources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comWebsites: mostess.host, stayawhilehostingco.com, allbelong.coInstagram: @mostess.host, @stayawhilehostingco, @allbelong.coThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!
12/27/202353 minutes, 35 seconds
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318. Hosting Hotline: How Early (or Late) Should You Share Your Rental’s Address?

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Katrina asks:What’s your opinion on giving out the address of the house to guests? Recently, I've been having guests contact me through VRBO, asking for the address in advance of their stay. Some of these guests are asking for that information so they can check it out before they book, months ahead.In other cases, they're booking, paying the initial deposit, and then asking for the physical address about two months before they're even going to be staying there.I personally am a little uncomfortable giving out my address that early on. I'd like to get your thoughts. What are best practices right now?&nbsp;(00:01:31) How Early (or Late) Should You Share Your Rental’s Address?(00:02:55) Recent Rumblings of Questionable Bookings on VRBO(00:04:23) Honor Your Own Comfort Level with Standardization&nbsp;(00:06:02) Sarah Recommends Appropriate Timing for Sharing Your Address&nbsp;Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.StayFi | Go to www.stayfi.com and enter TFV to get 50% off your first three months.
12/26/202311 minutes, 45 seconds
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317. Free Org Chart Download: Follow These Steps to Structure Your STR Business

Sarah and Annette drop in for a holiday season solo to reinforce the importance of establishing a well-organized structure to run your short-term rental business, from branding, SEO, and social/print/email marketing to bookings, guest management, maintenance, housekeeping, inspections, and so much more.Get a pro rundown on what roles and responsibilities to prioritize in three main areas of your business: Marketing/Sales, Operations, and Admin/Finance. And don’t miss Sarah’s recommendation for which order to follow when hiring for these positions, at the end of the episode.To follow along, listeners are invited to download our FREE org chart template: thanksforvisiting.com/org-chart.(00:01:22) #STRShareSunday: @blissfulburrow(00:04:20) Why You Should Organize Your STR Business(00:08:32) Empower Your Sales &amp; Marketing Department&nbsp;(00:14:15) Short-Term Rental Operations Department(00:22:17) What Makes a Good Finance &amp; Admin Department?(00:27:10) Sarah &amp; Annette Recommend a Short-Term Rental Org ChartResources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comDownload our org chart: thanksforvisiting.com/org-chart#STRShareSunday: @blissfulburrowThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Breezeway | Go to breezeway.io/tfv to claim your free implementation when you start a Breezeway account.Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!Hostfully | Go to https://www.hostfully.com/influencers/thanks-for-visiting/ and use TFV100 to get $100 off your subscription.Relay | Go to https://relayfi.com/?referralcode=ThanksForVisiting for your FREE business banking account.Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
12/21/202341 minutes, 23 seconds
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Vacation Ventures 005. Pro Tips for Scouting STR Land Purchases (Success Unlocked Season 1)

Welcome back to Success Unlocked, where our hosting business master membership coaches discuss operations, social media, unique builds, co-hosting strategies, and so much more. This week’s episode is Vacation Ventures, hosted by Michael Hicks.In this episode, Mike helps Annette work through her recent experience scouting two 100+ acre properties for potential STR development. From septic to signing – there are hundreds of things to keep your eye on in this process, and Mike’s just the guy to help us put a method to the madness.&nbsp;His vast building experience proves valuable in aligning early priorities with the city, county, and zoning commission; explaining how to make the math work; and avoiding beginner’s mistakes like overlooking natural water features, alarming nosy neighbors, and caving on your own preferred timetable for due diligence.(00:02:55) Existing Structures &amp; Utilities: Bonus or Burden?(00:09:41) First Steps &amp; Important Early Priorities&nbsp;(00:16:10) Common Roadblocks &amp; Beginner Mistakes&nbsp;(00:24:05) Dollars &amp; Sense: The Math Behind it All(00:31:32) Revisiting Annette’s Research &amp; Next StepsResources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comInstagram: @findyourrepurposeTikTok: @findyourrepurposeInstagram: @wanderchattWebsite: wanderchatt.comThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!
12/20/202349 minutes, 38 seconds
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316. Hosting Hotline: Using StayFi To Build Your Email List & Invite STR Guests Back

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Zach asks:I was wondering how you guys are collecting data, specifically emails from your guests that are staying in your Airbnbs?&nbsp; And then, what kinds of things are you doing to follow up with them to invite them back?(00:01:50) How Do You Collect Email Addresses &amp; Invite Guests Back?(00:02:17) Arthur Colker, StayFi Founder &amp; CEO(00:04:10) Tips for Effectively Following Up With STR Guests(00:07:24) Sarah &amp; Annette Recommend StayFiThanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comVisit stayfi.com/tfv to get 3 free months of StayFi and try it out for yourself!Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!StayFi | Go to www.stayfi.com and enter TFV to get 50% off your first three months.
12/19/202314 minutes, 19 seconds
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315. Diversify Your STR Business Through Direct Bookings with Mark Simpson of Boostly

Today’s expert guest, Mark Simpson, helps hosts get the tools, tactics, training – and most importantly – the confidence to boost their direct bookings. After working in hospitality for many years, he founded Boostly in 2016 in the UK and his mission there is to empower people to own their own bookings.Mark’s the poster child for direct booking, so in today's episode, we talk all about diversifying your process and leaning into the direct model – covering who direct booking most benefits, how to power through painful growth, and his new documentary!For the past year, Mark followed and coached two STR hosts, one in the US and one in the UK. They both navigate unique scenarios, painting an informative picture of what it takes to effectively scale in this industry. Don’t miss its premiere on December 26th on YouTube.(00:01:25) #STRShareSunday: @domehausholidays(00:08:18) Update on Mark Simpson’s Mission(00:15:13) Effective Ways to Communicate With Guests(00:28:44) Sharing the Hosting Experience on YouTube(00:36:25) Navigating the Ups &amp; Downs of Direct Booking(00:40:47) Airbnb’s Winter Update vs. Direct BookingsResources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.com#STRShareSunday: @domehausholidaysPodcast: The Boostly PodcastThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!Breezeway | Go to breezeway.io/tfv to claim your free implementation when you start a Breezeway account.Relay | Go to https://relayfi.com/?referralcode=ThanksForVisiting for your FREE business banking account.Hostfully | Go to https://www.hostfully.com/influencers/thanks-for-visiting/ and use TFV100 to get $100 off your subscription.
12/14/202356 minutes, 49 seconds
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Co-Hosting Confidential 004. Tips for Sensible Vacation Rental Scaling with Be Still Getaways (Success Unlocked Season 1)

Welcome back to Success Unlocked, where our hosting business master membership coaches discuss operations, social media, unique builds, co-hosting strategies, and so much more. This week’s episode is Co-Hosting Confidential, hosted by Amy Corbett.Amy is joined by Jamie Stark Inlow, owner and operator of Be Still Getaways, a boutique management and design company located in the Shenandoah Valley in the Central Virginia area. Beginning her career in higher education, Jaimie has translated her hospitality-focused approach to work and relationships into a quickly expanding business, managing a dedicated team of 60+.&nbsp;With concrete plans to double her doors in 2024, Jamie is a great resource for operations design and team building – sharing valuable takeaway advice for hiring from within and onboarding partners (and properties) that fit your long term vision.&nbsp;(00:02:20) Meeting Jaimie: Getting Her Start in Hosting(00:12:23) Tips for Vetting Potential Partnerships &amp; Properties(00:21:59) Building &amp; Managing a Team of 60+(00:39:04) Getting Started with Vacation Rental Co-Hosting(00:47:23) What’s Next for Be Still Getaways?Resources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comWebsite: bestillgetaways.comInstagram: @bestillgetawaysWebsite: allbelong.coInstagram: @allbelong.coTik Tok: @allbelongcoFacebook: allbelong.coThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!
12/13/202355 minutes, 53 seconds
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314. Hosting Hotline: Should You Decorate Your Vacation Rental for the Holidays?

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Nick asks:I really get into the holiday season and I wonder… Do you think there's any value in decorating for the holidays for guests? Are there any pieces that I'm missing as far as our cleaners or anything like that in terms of cost vs. reward?(00:01:52) Cost vs. Reward on Holiday Decorations?(00:02:30) Communicate With Cleaning Team About New Decor&nbsp;(00:03:05) Look for Tasteful, Non-Denominational Pieces&nbsp;(00:05:36) Positive Experiences &amp; Good Examples&nbsp;(00:06:44) Making Decor Choices Repeatable &amp; Replaceable&nbsp;Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:StayFi | Go to www.stayfi.com and enter TFV to get 50% off your first three months.Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
12/12/202312 minutes, 8 seconds
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313. BRRRR Method 101: Tips for Success in Long-Term Rentals with Jessie Lang

Today’s expert guest is Jessie Lang, a buy-and-hold investor with over 70 (!) rentals in Columbus Ohio – most of which she’s acquired since 2021. She has used the BRRRR method to acquire her portfolio with little to none of her own money left in the deals. Now, she’s committed to teaching others how to do the same – and we get a great outline of it today.Jessie walks us through the BRRRR Method, sharing the real-life math on an active project she’s working on right now to illustrate exactly how it works and why it’s been so successful for her. Of course, we also compare and contrast how this method applies to STRs, where it works and where you might need to tweak your approach.We also go over her process for qualifying residents, because if you are even considering mid-term rentals (let alone long-term), you need to understand that you are no longer hosting guests. You are hosting residents, and specific laws kick into place that you might not be used to.(00:01:44) #STRShareSunday: @lakearrowheadmanor&nbsp;(00:05:37) Jessie Lang’s Path to 70 Rentals(00:10:42) BRRRR Method 101(00:16:34) Success Tips &amp; Common Beginner Mistakes(00:27:18) BRRRR-bnb: Does it Work for STRs?(00:29:34) Effective Resident Communication Practices&nbsp;(00:35:34) How to Qualify Potential Renters(00:48:27) Jessie’s Long Term Plan for the FutureResources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comUnlocked Guide: Unlocked Guide#STRShareSunday: @lakearrowheadmanor&nbsp;Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Breezeway | Go to breezeway.io/tfv to claim your free implementation when you start a Breezeway account.Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!Relay | Go to https://relayfi.com/?referralcode=ThanksForVisiting for your FREE business banking account.Hostfully | Go to https://www.hostfully.com/influencers/thanks-for-visiting/ and use TFV100 to get $100 off your subscription.Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
12/7/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 13 seconds
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Systems Shakedown 004. How to Hack the Airbnb Algorithm with Effective Copy & Photography (Success Unlocked Season 1)

Welcome back to Success Unlocked, where our hosting business master membership coaches discuss operations, social media, unique builds, co-hosting strategies, and much more. This week’s episode is Systems Shakedown, hosted by Wendy Doris.Wendy welcomes our very own Sarah Karakaian to go deep on what makes effective copy and photography in vacation rental listings. They share the latest wisdom on hero images, aspect ratios, collages, and so much more – before delving into the power of the pen, and how to write bookings-boosting description copy.Wrapping up, they share their most important lessons learned from testing and tweaking their listings while singing the praises of constant experimentation, data-fueled insights, and keeping a sharp eye on the competition.&nbsp;(00:03:14) Quick Tips for Optimizing Photography(00:18:29) Writing Effective Copy to Describe Your Listing(00:25:26) Seeking Outside Opinions &amp; Checking for Updates(00:31:07) Tips for Testing &amp; ExperimentationResources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comWebsite: mostess.hostInstagram: @mostess.hostThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!
12/6/202346 minutes, 47 seconds
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312. Hosting Hotline: Tips for Strategizing Special Moments & Gifts in Your Vacation Rental

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Sarah asks:I'm wondering about the extras that you do for guests, the stuff that really wows them. Is there a rule for how much money you spend on this? How do you decide when to do something special? How do you organize it? All of the things.(00:01:38) How Do You Make Decisions About Wow-Factors?(00:02:24) Collect Data &amp; Know Your Numbers(00:04:44) Reusable Amenity Ideas for That Special Moment(00:05:22) Keep It All Organized With Asana(00:06:41) Don’t Forget: A Forgot-Something BasketThanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Welcome Basket Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.StayFi | Go to www.stayfi.com and enter TFV to get 50% off your first three months.Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!
12/5/202312 minutes, 35 seconds
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311. Pet-Friendly or Not? Weighing the Many Benefits of a Pet-Friendly STR

Don’t forget Fido for today’s special pet-themed episode of Thanks For Visiting as we unpack the immense power of the pet-friendly designation on Airbnb, recommended processes and platforms to smooth out your animal operations, and preview our brand new Pet-Friendly Essentials Checklist: breezeway.io/pet-checklist.That’s right, we’ve created the most comprehensive pet checklist that we could so that you can download it and use it to set up your rental to be pet friendly. In this episode, we spotlight Breezeway as our partner in data collection on this project – sharing a few eye-opening figures on how welcoming pets into your properties can impact your bottom line.We also touch on recommended cleaning supplies, offer up some ideas on homey pet-themed amenities, and do a deep dive on what your tech stack might look like when it’s all said and done. Make 2024 the year you check that box, invite furry family members into your homes, and watch as your booking and profitability metrics get a case of the zoomies.&nbsp;(01:29) #STRShareSunday: @cedarglengetaway(04:45) Breezeway Shares the Data on Pet-Friendly Rentals&nbsp;(08:19) Preview to Pet-Friendly Essentials Checklist(17:55) Recommended Cleaning Supplies &amp; Communicating Pet RulesResources:Pet-Friendly Essentials Checklist: breezeway.io/pet-checklistVisit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.com#STRShareSunday: @cedarglengetawayThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Relay | Go to https://relayfi.com/?referralcode=ThanksForVisiting for your FREE business banking account.Hostfully | Go to https://www.hostfully.com/influencers/thanks-for-visiting/ and use TFV100 to get $100 off your subscription.Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!Breezeway | Go to breezeway.io/tfv to claim your free implementation when you start a Breezeway account.Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
11/30/202329 minutes, 4 seconds
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Vacation Ventures 004. Becoming Unreasonably Hospitable with Charlie Eich (Success Unlocked Season 1)

Welcome back to Success Unlocked, where our hosting business master membership coaches discuss operations, social media, unique builds, co-hosting strategies, and so much more. This week’s episode is Vacation Ventures, hosted by Michael Hicks.Micheal chats with his friend and business partner, Charlie Eich, a restaurant owner and hospitality guru out of Chattanooga, Tennessee. They met four years ago as Mike sat down to eat in one of six restaurants he’s owned over the years.&nbsp;In this episode, they chat about crossover qualities in what it takes to be successful in both the food service industry and the vacation rental industry – telling the legendary tale of Cheeburger Cheeburger, exchanging tips for top-shelf customer service and experience building, and looking ahead at their shared future in the pizza business.&nbsp;(00:02:29) Charlie Eich’s Background in Hospitality(00:05:41) Goodbye, Cheeburger Cheeburger – Hello, River Drifters(00:13:10) Becoming Unreasonably Hospitable&nbsp;(00:25:22) Importance of People Skills &amp; Managing Personalities&nbsp;(00:40:39) Going the Extra Mile for GuestsResources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comInstagram: @river.driftersRiver Drifters: riverdrifterschatt.comRead: Unreasonable Hospitality by Will GuidaraInstagram: @findyourrepurposeTikTok: @findyourrepurposeInstagram: @wanderchattWebsite: wanderchatt.comThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!
11/29/202351 minutes, 42 seconds
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310. Hosting Hotline: Setting, Tracking & Reaching STR Goals for 2024

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Megan asks:My question relates to goals for next year. I'm working with my business partner to begin setting goals for our rental property, but we've never really done that before. What advice do you have on where to start or what should we be looking at to begin?(00:01:22) How Should I Formulate 2024 Goals for My SRT?(00:01:56) Making Your Goals Meeting a Top Priority&nbsp;(00:02:35) Focus on P&amp;L: Where Are You Winning?(00:04:20) Balancing Big Dreams With Realism&nbsp;(00:06:09) How To Track Success Over TimeThanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!StayFi | Go to www.stayfi.com and enter TFV to get 50% off your first three months.
11/28/202312 minutes, 30 seconds
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309. Guest Favorite vs. Super Host: Unpacking Airbnb’s Latest Platform Update

Today, we unpack Airbnb’s 2023 winter platform update, featuring: Guest Favorites, revamped reviews, a New Listings tab, enhanced pricing and payouts, expanded co-hosting support, smart lock integration, and much more.Plus, we touch on what it all means for the future for hosts, co-hosts, guests, and the short-term rental industry as a whole. What do you think of the updates? We’d love to hear from you by email at [email protected].(01:29) #STRShareSunday: @thepineconehouse(03:37) What’s New to Airbnb in Winter 2023?(09:32) Improvements &amp; Additions for Hosts&nbsp;(14:15) Consolidation of Communication: One-Stop Shop?(20:00) Changes to the Airbnb Earnings Dashboard&nbsp;Resources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.com#STRShareSunday: @thepineconehouseThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Hostfully | Go to https://www.hostfully.com/influencers/thanks-for-visiting/ and use TFV100 to get $100 off your subscription.Relay | Go to https://relayfi.com/?referralcode=ThanksForVisiting for your FREE business banking account.Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Breezeway | Go to breezeway.io/tfv to claim your free implementation when you start a Breezeway account.
11/23/202331 minutes, 37 seconds
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Co-Hosting Confidential 003. Sarah Karakaian Dishes on Optimizing Your Short-Term Rental Operations (Success Unlocked Season 1)

Welcome back to Success Unlocked, where our hosting business master membership coaches discuss operations, social media, unique builds, co-hosting strategies, and so much more. This week’s episode is Co-Hosting Confidential, hosted by Amy Corbett.In this episode, Amy turns the tables on our very own Sarah Karakaian to talk about her co-hosting business, Stay Awhile Hosting Co. – how she scaled up, why she decided to scale back down, and how she operates her various properties, physical and digital, in ways that speak directly to her mission and core values.We get a detailed look behind the scenes at Stay Awhile Hosting Co., how many people are on her team and what their roles are, how she interacts with those roles, and a hyperspeed masterclass on fine-tuned operations – from stocking supplies to her favorite apps and online tools.(00:02:38) How Sarah Got Started With Co-Hosting(00:08:08) Splitting Time Between Hosting &amp; Content Creation (00:14:14) Behind the Curtain at Stay Awhile Hosting Co.(00:25:49) Tips for Tightening Up Your Systems (00:28:49) Partnering With Like-Minded Owners(00:35:17) Sarah’s Biggest Challenges &amp; Best AdviceResources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comStay Awhile Hosting Co.: stayawhilehostingco.comLinkedin: Sarah KarakaianWebsite: allbelong.coInstagram: @allbelong.coTik Tok: @allbelongcoFacebook: allbelong.coThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!
11/22/202346 minutes, 21 seconds
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308. Hosting Hotline: What Supplies Do Your Guests Need Most?

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Russell asks:We just purchased our first property and we're wondering about stocking the kitchen. What supplies do rentals really need, in your experience? Is there anything that you've added to the property that maybe you didn't think of at first?(01:21) A Question From Russell About Supplies(01:48) Recommendations for Stocking the Kitchen&nbsp;(02:47) Official Airbnb Essentials ChecklistThanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.StayFi | Go to www.stayfi.com and enter TFV to get 50% off your first three months.
11/21/20239 minutes, 50 seconds
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307. Airbnbust: Is It All Over? Secrets to Sustained Rental Success with Marilynn Taylor

Today’s expert guest is Marilynn Taylor. Marilynn feels like an old friend but we met this year, as she flew all the way from California to grace that stage at TFVcon to educate our audience on building sustainable, heart-centered hospitality businesses.She’s been a short-term rental host since before 2004 (yes, that's pre-Airbnb), is a fellow HGTV alum, and now, as an Airbnb ambassador, dedicates her time and energy to helping hosts like you reach your potential in the space.&nbsp;We hear all about how she went from dancer and makeup artist to STR OG, get her informed POV on how online booking has changed over the years, learn how to build your own security blanket with direct booking, and determine once and for all, the fate of Airbnbust.(00:03:30) #STRShareSunday: @theblakshak(00:07:25) Marilynn Taylor’s Background in Hosting(00:16:59) Online Bookings: Then vs. Now(00:19:27) How Marilynn Got Kicked Removed From Airbnb(00:23:26) Working Without the Security Blanket of Airbnb (00:29:27) What To Watch for Dealing With Potential Guests(00:32:23) Why to Stage Vintage Furniture in Your Listings (00:41:12) Tips for Selling Your Vacation Rental Property(00:47:22) Airbnbust: Is It All Over?Resources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comInstagram: @marilynntaylorWebsite: marilynntaylor.com#STRShareSunday: @theblakshakThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!Hostfully | Go to https://www.hostfully.com/influencers/thanks-for-visiting/ and use TFV100 to get $100 off your subscription.Relay | Go to https://relayfi.com/?referralcode=ThanksForVisiting for your FREE business banking account.Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Breezeway | Go to breezeway.io/tfv to claim your free implementation when you start a Breezeway account.
11/16/202359 minutes, 39 seconds
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Systems Shakedown 003. Best Practices for Hosting Wedding Groups in Your Short-Term Rental (Success Unlocked Season 1)

Welcome back to Success Unlocked, where our hosting business master membership coaches discuss operations, social media, unique builds, co-hosting strategies, and much more. This week’s episode is Systems Shakedown, hosted by Wendy Doris.Stacey Rase, known as Miss Stacey by her guests, operates The Properties of Sleepy Lagoon in Covington, Louisiana. She specializes in full-on wedding experiences, from photoshoots to showers, engagements to 70-person receptions.&nbsp;Kylan Pimley’s hosting business, Go Gorge Getaways, is also heavily involved in the wedding industry, keyed in on hosting guests attending a major wedding venue in the area. Both women have sprawling spaces, hosting unique and memorable events in two corners of the country.Wendy weaves the conversation in such a way that we get valuable tips from both ends of the spectrum, covering when to break up an overzealous party, how to effectively communicate house rules, what wedding-specific items they keep in their listings, and so much more.&nbsp;(02:08) Meeting Kylan Pimley &amp; Stacey Rase(05:20) Getting Into the Wedding Group Business(11:10) Getting Your Property Ready to Host a Wedding Party(12:44) Concierge Services: Yes or No?(16:42) When To Break Up a Party&nbsp;(26:37) Partnerships &amp; Marketing Yourself(33:23) Would You Do It All Again?(38:47) Effectively Communicating With GuestsResources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comGo George Getaways: @gogorgegetawaysSleepy Lagoon: @sleepylagoonlaWebsite: mostess.hostInstagram: @mostess.hostThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
11/15/202347 minutes, 57 seconds
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306. Hosting Hotline: 3 Experts to Help You Launch Your First International STR Listing

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Zach Morris (not that one) asks:My wife, Jocelyn, and I bought a villa on the Costa Brava in Spain. We have a dream of turning it into a short-term rental, but there are a lot of new issues that come with being an international host, no doubt. I'm hoping you'll consider addressing this topic in a future episode with some sort of expert that knows a lot more than us.(01:33) A Question From Zach in Philadelphia About Hosting in Spain&nbsp;&nbsp;(02:58) 3 Past Episodes Featuring International Hosting Experts&nbsp;(07:38) Planning for the Future &amp; Building a Team Culture&nbsp;Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comInstagram: @casadegotisWebsite: casadegotis.comOperating an Overseas Vacation Rental Business with Lisa Byrne #143Making Vacation Rentals The Most Respected Travel Vertical #231Investing Abroad: A Guide to International Short-Term Rental Properties #245Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:StayFi | Go to www.stayfi.com and enter TFV to get 50% off your first three months.Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
11/14/202312 minutes, 55 seconds
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305. Holiday Safety Tips for Your STR

Breezeway’s Justin Ford is back sharing his top holiday safety tips and tricks for rental properties. He covers the most likely accidents that occur during the holidays; why the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas are so deadly in terms of fires and other accidents; why candles are a BIG no-no; why you might want to take a peek at your insurance before welcoming guests with a bottle of wine; the unexpected common accident that comes from holiday decorating; and finally, some cheap – even free – tips that could potentially save lives and property damage.Resources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.comGet your FREE Holiday Safety reminder at thanksforvisiting.com/holiday-safety-guide#STRShareSunday: @happycamperchaletThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Hostfully | Go to https://www.hostfully.com/influencers/thanks-for-visiting/ and use TFV100 to get $100 off your subscription.Relay | Go to https://relayfi.com/?referralcode=ThanksForVisiting for your FREE business banking account.Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Breezeway | Go to breezeway.io/tfv to claim your free implementation when you start a Breezeway account.
11/9/202341 minutes, 16 seconds
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Vacation Ventures 003. Designing Treehouses & Building the Unbuildable (Success Unlocked Season 1)

Welcome back to Success Unlocked, where our hosting business master membership coaches discuss operations, social media, unique builds, co-hosting strategies, and so much more. This week’s episode is Vacation Ventures, hosted by Michael Hicks, an STR host and creative builder with over twenty years of experience.In today’s episode, Micheal interviews creative (and community) builder, Enoch Elwell. These gents met as they crossed paths in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where Enoch put down deep roots as a leader in culture and small business cultivation.Realizing his outside work, while successful, was keeping him from living in his own truth alongside his family – he took a sharp turn into unconventional real estate, building and hosting his first treehouse build.We hear how he made the leap, how he picks plots and develops treehouse plans, how his builds honor the land, and all about the intricacies of hosting such unique spaces.&nbsp;Resources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Website: treetophideaways.comInstagram: @treetophideawaysInstagram: @findyourrepurposeTikTok: @findyourrepurposeInstagram: @wanderchattWebsite: wanderchatt.comWIN $100k IN CASH PRIZES | There’s a powerful why behind your business. The reason you keep up the hustle, inspire your team and trudge through the tough times. From now until November 12th, our partners at Relay are asking you to share your why with them.To compete for the Grand Prize, submit your entry here and complete all of the application steps before the deadline of November 12, 2023. To be eligible, you’ll also need to open a Relay account, as this step will help Relay verify your business. Learn more here. No purchase is necessary. Terms and conditions apply.Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!HBMM | Sign up today at hostmasterclass.com.Host...
11/8/202350 minutes, 20 seconds
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304. Hosting Hotline: Tips on Timely Tax Preparation for Your STR Hosting Business

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Cam asks:When do I need to worry about 1099s and who do I need to issue 1099s to as it relates to my hosting business?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
11/7/202310 minutes, 59 seconds
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303. Tips for Finding Success in the Mid-Term Rental Niche

Today’s expert guests are Jonathan and Heidi Love, superhosts, realtors, and mid-term rental specialists focused in San Diego and Scottsdale, Arizona. Jonathan is a Marine Corps officer with an MBA from Purdue and is nearing his military retirement; Heidi is a professional property manager. They help connect client families with temporary homes where, and for however long they need.In this episode, Heidi chats about renting multiple rooms in one home (while she was living in it!), Jonathan reveals the insights that got him hooked on hospitality, and we revel in what they have planned for the future after a first scintillating year in business together.&nbsp;Their winding and non-traditional paths to this landing in this field provide a great illustration of the many ways one can succeed as a host if they’re willing to take the leap – making your own schedule and controlling your own financial destiny like these two have.Resources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Website: lovelivingmanagement.com#STRShareSunday: @beathaurfarmWIN $100k IN CASH PRIZES | There’s a powerful why behind your business. The reason you keep up the hustle, inspire your team and trudge through the tough times. From now until November 12th, our partners at Relay are asking you to share your why with them.To compete for the Grand Prize, submit your entry here and complete all of the application steps before the deadline of November 12, 2023. To be eligible, you’ll also need to open a Relay account, as this step will help Relay verify your business. Learn more here. No purchase is necessary. Terms and conditions apply.Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Breezeway | Go to breezeway.io/tfv to claim your free implementation when you start a Breezeway account.Hostfully | Sign up today and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!Hostfully | Go to https://www.hostfully.com/influencers/thanks-for-visiting/ and use TFV100 to get $100 off your subscription.Relay | Go to https://relayfi.com/?referralcode=ThanksForVisiting for your FREE business banking account.Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.<a...
11/2/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 52 seconds
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Co-Hosting Confidential 002. SEO Tips to Boost Search Engine Visibility for Your STR Website (Success Unlocked S1)

Welcome back to Success Unlocked, where our hosting business master membership coaches discuss operations, social media, unique builds, co-hosting strategies, and so much more. This week’s episode is Co-Hosting Confidential, hosted by Amy Corbett.In this episode, Amy interviews Whitney Delaney, an SEO expert and web designer, about putting your best foot forward online. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is absolutely critical in our industry, so be sure to take notes on this important conversation.Whitney spills the tea with actionable tips, tools, apps, and adjustments to apply to your existing online content – and keep in mind for the future – in order to show up in search results for your perfect client demographic.&nbsp;They also unpack what makes a good website, how to prioritize your goals and design content to meet them, and finding the right web development partner – whether they’re local or not.Resources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Website: delaneyconsulting.co/tfvInstagram: @delaneyconsultingcoAnswer The Public: answerthepublic.comWebsite: allbelong.coInstagram: @allbelong.coTik Tok: @allbelongcoFacebook: allbelong.coWIN $100k IN CASH PRIZES | There’s a powerful why behind your business. The reason you keep up the hustle, inspire your team and trudge through the tough times. From now until November 12th, our partners at Relay are asking you to share your why with them.To compete for the Grand Prize, submit your entry here and complete all of the application steps before the deadline of November 12, 2023. To be eligible, you’ll also need to open a Relay account, as this step will help Relay verify your business. Learn more here. No purchase is necessary. Terms and conditions apply.Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!Quiz | Take our quiz to...
11/1/202338 minutes, 25 seconds
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302. Hosting Hotline: Tips To Create Two Seasonal Listings for One STR Property

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.John asks:I run Seaside Shacks in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where it's beautiful weather and strong tourism from May through October. However, November rolls around and we get local winds called Les Suêtes, 60 to 120 mph at least once a week from November through April. I’d like to avoid mixing our sunny summer reviews with windy winter reviews. How do I set up two different profiles with the same listing without getting removed from platforms?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Instagram: @seasideshacksWebsite: seasideshacks.lodgify.comThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:StayFi | Go to www.stayfi.com and enter TFV to get 50% off your first three months.Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
10/31/202313 minutes, 48 seconds
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301. True or False? Short-Term Rental Hosting As Passive Income

Today’s expert guest is Joelle Pittman Elliott – super host, premier host, and our very good friend.&nbsp; She has invested in real estate in Memphis, Tennessee, excelling with short-term rentals for three years and counting.&nbsp;We talk about how she was able to escape the golden handcuffs of her cushy corporate job to follow her dreams of managing short-term rentals – all with the mission to spend more time with her husband and kids. Her approach has allowed her to embrace the freedom of being self-employed, to create her own work schedule, enjoy her family at home, and reignite creativity in ways she hadn't experienced in yearsWe also talk about all the ways she has crushed a metro market like Memphis (hello, pet friendly), do some myth busting on passive income, and unpack some recent challenges she's been facing here in 2023 with her first co-hosting gig.Resources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @vistalunasanomaJoin our email list: Subscribe&nbsp;Website: hoteljoelle.comInstagram: @hoteljoelleWIN $100k IN CASH PRIZES | There’s a powerful why behind your business. The reason you keep up the hustle, inspire your team and trudge through the tough times. From now until November 12th, our partners at Relay are asking you to share your why with them.To compete for the Grand Prize, submit your entry here and complete all of the application steps before the deadline of November 12, 2023. To be eligible, you’ll also need to open a Relay account, as this step will help Relay verify your business. Learn more here. No purchase is necessary. Terms and conditions apply.Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Breezeway | Breezeway is our favorite all-in-one property operations and messaging app. We use Breezeway to standardize our cleaning, maintenance, and inspection processes and automate guest messaging to deliver a quality experience. Their photo checklists make it easy to verify detailed work in real-time and make sure nothing falls through the cracks. Best yet, TFV listeners get free implementation!Sign up today...
10/26/202343 minutes, 41 seconds
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Systems Shakedown 002. Tips for Healthy Business Deals With Family (Success Unlocked S1)

Welcome back to Success Unlocked, where our hosting business master membership coaches discuss operations, social media, unique builds, co-hosting strategies, and much more. This week’s episode is Systems Shakedown, hosted by Wendy Doris.Today’s episode is a family affair, as Wendy interviews her step-father on his vast experience in the private lending space – specifically as it relates to working with family. Although he’s at the helm of America’s biggest kids sports centers, he’s new to the STR space, giving us an enlightened outside perspective on an important financing lever available to us.For these two, it started with a $16k renovation loan and has blossomed into a wide portfolio of projects and successes which we hear about today. It all starts with a well-built plan, setting and managing expectations on both sides, ultimate trust, and having patience to see it through.Resources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Kids First Sports Center: kidsfirstsports.comWebsite: mostess.hostInstagram: @mostess.hostWIN $100k IN CASH PRIZES | There’s a powerful why behind your business. The reason you keep up the hustle, inspire your team and trudge through the tough times. From now until November 12th, our partners at Relay are asking you to share your why with them.To compete for the Grand Prize, submit your entry here and complete all of the application steps before the deadline of November 12, 2023. To be eligible, you’ll also need to open a Relay account, as this step will help Relay verify your business. Learn more here. No purchase is necessary. Terms and conditions apply.Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
10/25/202354 minutes, 23 seconds
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300. Hosting Hotline: Should Your Direct Booking Website Reveal Your Address?

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Pam asks:Do you recommend including the specific address or not including it on the direct booking website?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.Resources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Blue Hen Haven: bluehenhaven.comWIN $100k IN CASH PRIZES | There’s a powerful why behind your business. The reason you keep up the hustle, inspire your team and trudge through the tough times. From now until November 12th, our partners at Relay are asking you to share your why with them.To compete for the Grand Prize, submit your entry here and complete all of the application steps before the deadline of November 12, 2023. To be eligible, you’ll also need to open a Relay account, as this step will help Relay verify your business. Learn more here. No purchase is necessary. Terms and conditions apply.Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Get 50% off your first 3 months of StayFi with code 'TFV.'Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
10/24/202310 minutes, 9 seconds
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299. InvestHER: Building a Community to Empower Women to Thrive in Real Estate

Today’s expert guests, Andresa and Liz, are the co-founders of The Real Estate InvestHER® community, a platform to empower women to live a financially free and balanced life on their own terms. Combined, they have over 27 years of experience and a $130,000,000 portfolio – so it’s safe to say they know a thing or two about real estate investing.They also co-host the podcast, The Real Estate InvestHER, and are co-authors of the Amazon Bestseller, The Only Woman in the Room - Knowledge and Inspiration from 20 Successful Real Estate Women Investors!We spend this episode looking into the mirror at a powerful female duo in the space, bouncing questions and advice back and forth as we clear a path for others to travel (and succeed!) in our footsteps. It’s all about community building, facilitating ultimate trust, and sharing the wealth of knowledge and experience.Resources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @welcome2greenwoodPodcast: The Real Estate InvestHER ShowEvents: therealestateinvesther.com/eventsRead: Rocket Fuel by Gino Wickman and Mark C. WintersStudy: 2021 Women and Investing StudyWIN $100k IN CASH PRIZES | There’s a powerful why behind your business. The reason you keep up the hustle, inspire your team and trudge through the tough times. From now until November 12th, our partners at Relay are asking you to share your why with them.To compete for the Grand Prize, submit your entry here and complete all of the application steps before the deadline of November 12, 2023. To be eligible, you’ll also need to open a Relay account, as this step will help Relay verify your business. Learn more here. No purchase is necessary. Terms and conditions apply.Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Be on the money, all...
10/19/202346 minutes, 48 seconds
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Vacation Ventures 002. Creative Deal Structuring with Bill Cook (Success Unlocked S1)

Welcome back to Success Unlocked, where our hosting business master membership coaches discuss operations, social media, unique builds, co-hosting strategies, and so much more. This week’s episode is Vacation Ventures, hosted by Michael Hicks, an STR host and creative builder with over twenty years of experience.Mike talks to Bill Cook, an accomplished expert in real estate investing, to shed light on his iron-clad private funding techniques rooted in human connection and hard work. His story starts in a cinematically familiar place – excelling as a door-to-door vacuum salesman in the 1980s.The two swap stories of early inspiration and overcoming nay-sayers on their way to building unique and fulfilling careers in the rental space, going into deep detail on strategies which have proven out as effective, decade after decade.Resources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Website: billandkimcook.comInstagram: @findyourrepurposeTikTok: @findyourrepurposeInstagram: @wanderchattWebsite: wanderchatt.comWIN $100k IN CASH PRIZES | There’s a powerful why behind your business. The reason you keep up the hustle, inspire your team and trudge through the tough times. From now until November 12th, our partners at Relay are asking you to share your why with them.To compete for the Grand Prize, submit your entry here and complete all of the application steps before the deadline of November 12, 2023. To be eligible, you’ll also need to open a Relay account, as this step will help Relay verify your business. Learn more here. No purchase is necessary. Terms and conditions apply.Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
10/18/202346 minutes, 21 seconds
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298. Hosting Hotline: Taylor Swift Is Coming to Town! Strategizing Your STR for Marquee Events

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Steph asks:My question revolves around events like Taylor Swift coming to your city. She's coming to Indianapolis for three nights, November 1st, and tickets go on sale very soon. We are a five minute drive from where she will be performing. We're using PriceLabs for dynamic pricing and I don't feel like the pricing is accurate quite yet, as I am seeing similar homes listed for anywhere from $500 to $1,400 per night.Do you open up your calendar this far in advance? How do you determine pricing? Should we have a booking minimum? Just curious to hear what you recommend or how to handle those situations in the future.Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, visit hostinghotline.com.Resources:Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
10/17/202311 minutes, 5 seconds
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297. Build Relationships & Solve Problems: Breaking Into Mid-Term Rentals

Hello and welcome to another great episode of Thanks For Visiting. Today’s expert guest, Jesse Vasquez, draws from his knowledge, experience, and passion for the emerging business opportunity in the mid-term rental market when mentoring hundreds of real estate investors, homeowners, and STR enthusiasts. He left his high-earning 6-Figure W2 Healthcare Sales Management career last year to go all-in with AirVenture Hosting and AirVenture Academy.Based in Central Valley, California, he found his niche in operating unique rental homes specifically for traveling healthcare professionals. With solid foundations, ongoing process improvements, and a team now rallying behind him what started from two homes in 2020, he now has a growing owned and co-hosted portfolio of over twenty property listings all over California and Texas.&nbsp;We hear how a sweet nurse named Barbera changed his life forever, putting him on a course to specialize in serving nurses and doctors in the mid-term rental space. We also set the stakes on what a mid-term rental is and how to best operate one, or more, for sustained profitability.And get your notes out for today’s actionable theme – how Jesse identifies, connects with, and contracts with agencies and organizations (at higher rates) in need of the unique services he provides. It’s a masterclass in business best practices – find a niche and nail it.Resources:•&nbsp;Visit&nbsp;thanksforvisiting.com/workshop&nbsp;to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!•&nbsp;Instagram:&nbsp;@therealjessevasquez•&nbsp;YouTube:&nbsp;Jesse Vasquez•&nbsp;#STRShareSunday:&nbsp;@trahlyta_cabin•&nbsp;Masterclass:&nbsp;Accelerated MTR Blueprint Masterclass•&nbsp;Jesse on Bigger Pockets:&nbsp;$1M/Year with 9 Rental Properties by Cracking the Travel Nurse Code•&nbsp;Read:&nbsp;Unreasonable Hospitality by Will GuidaraWIN $100k IN CASH PRIZES | There’s a powerful why behind your business. The reason you keep up the hustle, inspire your team and trudge through the tough times. From now until November 12th, our partners at&nbsp;Relay&nbsp;are asking you to share your why with them.To compete for the Grand Prize,&nbsp;submit your entry here&nbsp;and complete all of the application steps before the deadline of November 12, 2023. To be eligible, you’ll also need to&nbsp;open a Relay account, as this step will help Relay verify your business.&nbsp;Learn more here. No purchase is necessary. Terms and conditions apply.Thanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate...
10/12/202352 minutes, 10 seconds
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Co-Hosting Confidential 001. Aces in Their Places: Tips for Team Building (Success Unlocked Season 1)

Welcome back to Success Unlocked, where our hosting business master membership coaches discuss operations, social media, unique builds, co-hosting strategies, and so much more. This week’s episode is Co-Hosting Confidential, hosted by Amy Corbett.Today, Amy chats with two important members of her All Belong Co. team – Lisa who is head of hospitality (AKA Conductor of the Symphony), and Micah, who’s the resident hospitality assistant (AKA The Inspector).Lisa explains how they developed the special details which now make All Belong Co.’s thirty listings stand out among other listings, rapidly scaling the company in her first year on the job, and growing a team of like-minded guest-centric team members.Micah walks us through her journey from being a solo host to helping operate such a large portfolio, the value of maintaining boundaries with respect to being on call, and the unique challenges that come with managing properties from a distance.&nbsp;Resources:•&nbsp;Visit&nbsp;thanksforvisiting.com/workshop&nbsp;to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!•&nbsp;Website:&nbsp;allbelong.co•&nbsp;Instagram:&nbsp;@allbelong.co•&nbsp;Tik Tok:&nbsp;@allbelongco•&nbsp;Facebook:&nbsp;allbelong.coWIN $100k IN CASH PRIZES | There’s a powerful why behind your business. The reason you keep up the hustle, inspire your team and trudge through the tough times. From now until November 12th, our partners at&nbsp;Relay&nbsp;are asking you to share your why with them.To compete for the Grand Prize,&nbsp;submit your entry here&nbsp;and complete all of the application steps before the deadline of November 12, 2023. To be eligible, you’ll also need to&nbsp;open a Relay account, as this step will help Relay verify your business.&nbsp;Learn more here. No purchase is necessary. Terms and conditions apply.Thanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
10/11/202349 minutes, 40 seconds
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296. Hosting Hotline: Informing Guests of Construction At Your Airbnb

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Elaine asks:We are getting ready to build our first short-term rental. We have one short-term rental as of now. But this is a new build, and it's on the back side of our five acres. I want to make sure that guests are aware that there may be some construction going on. Do you have any ideas or suggestions on wording to send to people that are planning to book the active listing?&nbsp;Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, visit&nbsp;hostinghotline.com.Resources:•&nbsp;Visit&nbsp;thanksforvisiting.com/workshop&nbsp;to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Thanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Get 50% off your first 3 months of StayFi with code 'TFV.'
10/10/202312 minutes, 37 seconds
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295. ChatGPT X Airbnb? Learn How To Utilize AI in Your STR Business

Hello and welcome to another episode of Thanks for Visiting. Our guest today, Amy Tang, is the founder and CEO of Folio, a platform used by professional hosts to create sleek digital guides that share rental information and local recommendations with guests.&nbsp;Before jumping into the hospitality space, she spent 5 years as a management consultant specializing in data science solutions, building AI-enabled tools for large Fortune 500 companies – so she’s the perfect dual-informed expert for us to learn from on this complicated subject.We talk to Amy about what AI is and how far it’s come in the last ten years, how we can leverage it while operating STR businesses, recommendation engines and how they can improve guest experience, what AI tools we’re already using (think, dynamic pricing and iMessage), and what the future holds for AI-enabled rentals.Her company, Folio, is filling this gap in the market – modernizing the way professional hosts run their businesses, starting by helping them deliver an exceptional guest experience. Hosts can create digital guides to proactively share information and offer additional services to guests, saving hosts time and making it easy for them to earn additional revenue. Get&nbsp;Folio&nbsp;today – use the code TFVFAM for 2 free months.Resources:•&nbsp;#STRShareSunday:&nbsp;@lakeviewlodgeny•&nbsp;Get Folio today:&nbsp;Use the code TFVFAM for 2 free monthsThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Be on the money, all the time, with Relay, a no-fee, online business banking and money management platform helps small businesses take control of their cash flow and get crystal clear on what they’re earning, spending and saving.Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Breezeway | Breezeway is our favorite all-in-one property operations and messaging app. We use Breezeway to standardize our cleaning, maintenance, and inspection processes and automate guest messaging to deliver a quality experience. Their photo checklists make it easy to verify detailed work in real-time and make sure nothing falls through the cracks. Best yet, TFV listeners get free implementation!Sign up today at Breezeway.io/TFV
10/5/202343 minutes, 7 seconds
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Systems Shakedown 001. Secrets of Bachelorette Party Houses (Success Unlocked Season 1)

Welcome back to Success Unlocked, where our hosting business master membership coaches discuss operations, social media, unique builds, co-hosting strategies, and so much more. This week’s episode is Systems Shakedown, hosted by Wendy Doris.On today's episode, Wendy speaks with Carissa Vivirito and Nicole Zopolos, successful realtors and Airbnb entrepreneurs based in Scottsdale, Arizona. They have become experts in transforming regular homes into wildly popular, Instagram-worthy bachelorette party houses.&nbsp;We hear how they strategically design, furnish, and manage glittering short-term rentals to attract their target guests, maximize bookings, and minimize problems.&nbsp;About Wendy:Wendy Doris supports a property management operation in Scottsdale, Arizona. With 10+ years of experience in the short-term rental space Wendy has had a tremendous amount of success in establishing efficient systems. By personally developing every aspect of her business model, she has created seamless operations to allow her the opportunity to focus on increasing revenue and profits. Specifically, Wendy has perfected the design of her listings. This isn’t limited to physical design in the space. She has studied listing design to optimize booking results. Wendy is a beloved coach in the Thanks for Visiting mastermind, Hosting Business Mastery Membership where she provides support fellow hosts.Resources:•&nbsp;The Pink Cactus:&nbsp;@pinkcactus.az•&nbsp;Carissa Vivirito:&nbsp;@carissaviv•&nbsp;Nicole Patton Zopolos:&nbsp;@nicolezbnb•&nbsp;Website:&nbsp;https://mostess.host•&nbsp;Instagram:&nbsp;@mostess.hostThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
10/4/202346 minutes, 45 seconds
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294. Hosting Hotline: Tips on Collaborating With a Stubborn Property Manager

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.A listener asks:I have a rental manager that's taking care of all the rentals for our studio condo and it seems like we're getting a few lower reviews because of things that maybe she could have done a better job communicating about. How do you handle a situation like this where you know it's better to proactively communicate, but the person who's in charge isn't actually doing that?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, visit&nbsp;Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Get 50% off your first 3 months of StayFi with code 'TFV.'Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
10/3/202312 minutes, 41 seconds
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293. 70% Direct Booking: Learn How Jenn Boyles Works Her Marketing Magic

Today’s conversation brings a vibrant worldly flavor to it thanks to Jenn Boyle’s sprawling global empire of STRs and invaluable hosting experiences. She is known as The Queen of Direct Booking, and we take this opportunity to get tactical about how she’s leveraged the practice for her own listings.Raised in a hospitality family on the west coast of Canada, she gained a real understanding of the industry through her father, a retired hotel general manager. After moving to England, she found success in short-term rentals. The business she created ultimately allowed her to harness the power of direct bookings with the freedom to operate on her own terms.In 2020, amidst the challenges of the pandemic, Jenn realized that what she was doing for her own business could help others in the hospitality industry succeed. She found her calling, coming full circle to her latest work, empowering fellow hospitality short-term rental property managers and owners to achieve more direct bookings through mindful marketing.We cover the beginner’s basics – website, social media, clear CTAs, even word-of-mouth advertising – as a means to establish awareness in your location, whether it’s remotely located or dense with other listings. We also delve into how she began her European STR adventures, a boat listing in Liverpool, and the chalet in Austria that turned the light bulb of branding on in her mind – a shift in her mindset that would change her business, and her life, forever.You can learn more about Jenn’s invaluable work and teachings at her (free!) online education summit, Direct Booking Success Summit, October 3-5, here:&nbsp;directbookingsuccesssummit.com.Resources:•&nbsp;#STRShareSunday:&nbsp;@sodacityshoebox•&nbsp;Website:&nbsp;directbookingsuccess.com•&nbsp;Direct Booking Success Summit:&nbsp;directbookingsuccesssummit.com•&nbsp;Linkedin:&nbsp;Jenn BoylesThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Hostfully | Sign up today and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!Sign up at Hostfully.comBe on the money, all the time, with Relay, a no-fee, online business banking and money management platform helps small businesses take control of their cash flow and get crystal clear on what they’re earning, spending and saving.Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Breezeway | Breezeway is our favorite all-in-one property operations and messaging app. We use Breezeway to standardize our cleaning, maintenance, and inspection processes and automate guest messaging to deliver a quality experience. Their photo checklists make it easy to verify detailed work in real-time and make sure nothing falls through the cracks. Best yet, TFV listeners get free implementation!Sign up today at Breezeway.io/TFV
9/28/202353 minutes, 25 seconds
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Vacation Ventures 001. Influencer Collab Secrets Revealed (Success Unlocked Season 1)

Welcome back to Success Unlocked, where our hosting business master membership coaches discuss operations, social media, unique builds, co-hosting strategies, and so much more. This week’s episode is Vacation Ventures, hosted by Michael Hicks, an STR host and creative builder with over twenty years of experience.On today's show, Michael speaks with the wonderful couple behind the travel blog, Journey More, Hayden and Nikki Hughes. With years of experience staying in unique Airbnbs and creating viral content, these two have invaluable insights for hosts looking to take their properties to the next level.We hear how Hayden and Nikki got their start, including some pro tips for up-and-coming content creators looking to work with hosts. They share what goes into crafting an exceptional guest experience through thoughtful communication and special touches. They also get their recommendations for properties wanting to improve, from small amenities to big picture experience creation.Throughout the conversation, Hayden and Nikki emphasize being flexible and finding win-win collaborations with hosts. Their passion for helping properties showcase their unique strengths shines through. Whether you're a new host or seasoned veteran, you're sure to pick up great tips from these world travelers.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.meResources:•&nbsp;Website:&nbsp;journeymore.com/about•&nbsp;Instagram:&nbsp;@journey.more•&nbsp;Facebook:&nbsp;Journey More•&nbsp;YouTube:&nbsp;Journey More•&nbsp;TikTok:&nbsp;@journey.more•&nbsp;Instagram:&nbsp;@findyourrepurpose•&nbsp;TikTok:&nbsp;@findyourrepurpose•&nbsp;Website:&nbsp;wanderchatt.com•&nbsp;Instagram:&nbsp;@wanderchattThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.
9/27/202351 minutes, 49 seconds
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292. Hosting Hotline: No Bathroom? No Problem! Getting Scrappy With a Brand New Listing

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Zach asks:Do you have any advice on what I should do to get started? I just bought this house and my original plan was to Airbnb the casita in the backyard, but there's no bathroom. It's going to cost over $40,000 to have one put in. I was wondering if you had any ideas on how to remedy the no-bathroom situation or on how to start up an Airbnb business with no money somewhere else.Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, visit&nbsp;Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAResources:•&nbsp;Raising Millions Without Asking: Bill Allen’s Method for Private Lending Partnerships #281Thanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:TFVCON | Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023!Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.Get 50% off your first 3 months of StayFi with code 'TFV.'Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
9/26/202311 minutes, 21 seconds
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291. Boardrooms to Bedrooms: How An NYC-Based Host Crushed Hospitality in the Hudson Valley

Hello listeners! We're thrilled to have Ray Vargas join us today. Ray left his corporate job in NYC to start a vacation rental business in New York's gorgeous Hudson Valley. With local roots and a background in hospitality, Ray has built an award-winning company managing over 50 luxury properties.He shares how Home Sweet Hudson was born out of necessity when he couldn't find help managing his vacation home, how he leveraged his local connections and hospitality skills to provide 5-star experiences for his guests, how he pressure tests homes before renting them, and his tips for hiring and retaining a top-notch team.Other topics covered include the importance of professional photography, developing company culture and core values, and transitioning to an entrepreneurial lifestyle. Ray's story proves that, with grit and passion, you can build a thriving business – even in rural areas!Resources:•&nbsp;#STRShareSunday:&nbsp;@retroretreatscincy•&nbsp;Website:&nbsp;homesweethudson.com•&nbsp;Instagram:&nbsp;@homesweethudsonco•&nbsp;Entrepreneur Operating System:&nbsp;eosworldwide.com•&nbsp;Read:&nbsp;Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino WickmanThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Breezeway | Breezeway is our favorite all-in-one property operations and messaging app. We use Breezeway to standardize our cleaning, maintenance, and inspection processes and automate guest messaging to deliver a quality experience. Their photo checklists make it easy to verify detailed work in real-time and make sure nothing falls through the cracks. Best yet, TFV listeners get free implementation!Sign up today at Breezeway.io/TFVHostfully | Sign up today and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!Sign up at Hostfully.comBe on the money, all the time, with Relay, a no-fee, online business banking and money management platform helps small businesses take control of their cash flow and get crystal clear on what they’re earning, spending and saving.TFVCON | Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023!Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.
9/21/202344 minutes, 26 seconds
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290. Combination Listing Strategies: Renting a Main House + Backyard Cottage on Airbnb

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Joanna Asks:I have an opportunity to pick up a property that has a 2-in-1 on it. Would I list both properties together or would people book those separately? I'm just not really sure how that would work out.Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, visit&nbsp;Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAResources:•&nbsp;Time is running out, buy your tickets today for&nbsp;TFVcon&nbsp;in Columbus, OHThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:TFVCON | Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023!Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Get 50% off your first 3 months of StayFi with code 'TFV.'
9/19/202313 minutes, 9 seconds
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289. Hosting Hacks: Our Favorite Tools for STR Success

Hello listeners! This week, we are highlighting preferred partners who help us operate our successful short-term rental businesses. From hospitality services to insurance providers and data analytics companies, we share behind-the-scenes stories of meeting founders and CEOs of top hosting brands like HostGPo, Hostfully, Breezeway, and PriceLabs.&nbsp;We explain how each partner solves key challenges for hosts whether you're just starting out with one property or managing a large portfolio. You'll learn how these solutions can help you book more, communicate better, keep properties running smoothly, and make data-driven decisions.Other topics covered include insurance, financing, marketing, and monitoring. Tune in to discover new tools to level up your rental business and buy you back some time!To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit:&nbsp;http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:•&nbsp;#STRShareSunday:&nbsp;@thechalaframe•&nbsp;Boostly•&nbsp;Breezeway•&nbsp;CanMonkey•&nbsp;ETI Solutions•&nbsp;Folio•&nbsp;Hospitable•&nbsp;HostGPO•&nbsp;Hostfully&nbsp;(use code TFV100)•&nbsp;Levinaia Estates (@levinaia_estates)•&nbsp;LFG Lending•&nbsp;Minoan•&nbsp;NoiseAware&nbsp;(use code TFVNA20)•&nbsp;PriceLabs•&nbsp;Proper Insurance•&nbsp;Relay•&nbsp;Rent Responsibly•&nbsp;Savvy STR Agents•&nbsp;StayFi&nbsp;(use code TFV)•&nbsp;STRInsights•&nbsp;Superhog•&nbsp;The Short Term Shop•&nbsp;WheelhouseThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Breezeway | Breezeway is our favorite all-in-one property operations and messaging app. We use Breezeway to standardize our...
9/14/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 2 seconds
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288. Hosting Hotline: STR Direct Booking Strategies

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Dori asks:&nbsp;I had a question about direct bookings and the tools that you use for that. I'm working on a website right now and was wondering if you had any recommendations on how to process online payments or what to use for that, as well as signing contracts electronically.Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, visit&nbsp;Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAResources:•&nbsp;Time is running out, buy your tickets today for&nbsp;TFVcon&nbsp;in Columbus, OHThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Get 50% off your first 3 months of StayFi with code 'TFV.'TFVCON | Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023!Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.
9/12/202310 minutes, 16 seconds
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287. Crack the Guest Code: Use Quizzes to Figure Out the Perfect Vacation Rental Stay

Hey there podcast listeners! We've got a fantastic show in store for you today with our special guest Linda Sidhu, the quiz queen who's here to help you turn simple personality quizzes into powerful list-building tools.With her background as a top pharmaceutical sales rep, Linda knows a thing or two about understanding personality types and crafting customized messaging that converts. She took these same skills and created a proven quiz framework that attracts floods of new subscribers on autopilot.On today's show, Linda shares clever quiz strategies to help vacation rental hosts like you learn more about your guests so you can tailor their stay for the ultimate 5-star experience. We cover all kinds of quiz mechanics, from crafting compelling titles to designing tailored results that entice visitors to opt-in. You'll also learn some common quiz mistakes to avoid, and how to follow up with quiz takers to build lasting relationships.Linda even spills the beans on her upcoming 3-day quiz challenge – so don't miss out! This episode is full of actionable tips to help you create memorable guest experiences. And you can get started today – reveal your unique, quiz-based path to your biggest launch yet. Take this 2-minute quiz and discover how to rock your next launch based on your strengths:&nbsp;lindasidhu.com/quiztocash.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit:&nbsp;http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:•&nbsp;Website:.lindasidhu.com•&nbsp;Instagram:&nbsp;@linda_sidhu_quizzes•&nbsp;Nail Your Quiz Idea 3-Day Challenge:&nbsp;FREE 3-Day Challenge•&nbsp;#STRShareSunday:&nbsp;@thelargolowThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Breezeway | Breezeway is our favorite all-in-one property operations and messaging app. We use Breezeway to standardize our cleaning, maintenance, and inspection processes and automate guest messaging to deliver a quality experience. Their photo checklists make it easy to verify detailed work in real-time and make sure nothing falls through the cracks. Best yet, TFV listeners get free implementation!Sign up today at Breezeway.io/TFVTFVCON | Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023!Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.Hostfully | Sign up today and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!Sign up at Hostfully.comMinoan | Minoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform.Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!
9/7/202351 minutes, 17 seconds
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286. Hosting Hotline: Can’t Beat ‘Em? Join ‘Em: Dealing with Your HOA as a Short-Term Host

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Julie asks:I own a beach condo. Do you have any tips for working with my HOA? I don’t have enough control, awareness, or communication to keep my guests informed of ongoing or future projects.Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, visit&nbsp;Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAResources:•&nbsp;Time is running out, buy your tickets today for&nbsp;TFVcon&nbsp;in Columbus, OHThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.TFVCON | Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023!Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.Get 50% off your first 3 months of StayFi with code 'TFV.'
9/5/20239 minutes, 45 seconds
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285. Profit First: The Secret to Making Real Money in Real Estate Investing

Hello listeners! This week we have real estate investor David Richter joining us, author of the book Profit First for Real Estate Investing. With over 10 years experience and 850 deals under his belt, David is an expert at helping real estate investors actually keep their profits instead of losing them to the endless deal-to-deal cycle. Many of us got into real estate to escape the rat race, but profit leakage can trap us right back in it if we aren't careful.In this episode, David will break down the fundamentals of profit &amp; loss statements, balance sheets, and implementing financial systems that lead to true profitability. We'll also discuss actionable steps you can start taking today to get your books in order and stop leaving money on the table. Whether you're new to real estate investing or a seasoned pro, David's advice will help transform your business.Let's dive in to unlock the secrets of maximizing your real estate profits!&nbsp;David Richter is an active real estate investor who has been essential in closing over 850 deals over the last 10 years. He has experience with wholesale, turnkey, BRRRR, owner finance, rentals, lease options, and any other exit strategy you can think of. While growing and building a real estate business from 5 to over 25 deals a month, he realized that as much money was coming in, it was all going right out the door. With the unique opportunity of being in every seat as a real estate investor, he found a calling in the company’s finance seat to help businesses see where their money really went.David has helped real estate companies completely turn around from going out of business to building cash reserves by using the Profit First cash flow system. He has been featured onBiggerpockets, Real Estate Disruptors with Steve Trang, and many other podcasts, shows, and stages.To help even more people, he wrote Profit First for Real Estate Investing - a derivative of the original Profit First by Mike Michalowicz that is tailored specifically to Real Estate Investors.His goal is to completely transform the Real Estate Investing industry by helping real estate investors make and KEEP more money in their businesses. As the founder and owner of SimpleCFO Solutions, he wants to bring investors true financial clarity and freedom and help every investor stop living deal to deal.Resources:•&nbsp;Website:&nbsp;simplecfo.com•&nbsp;Book:&nbsp;Profit First for Real Estate Investing by David Richter•&nbsp;LinkedIn:&nbsp;Simple CFO Solutions•&nbsp;Facebook:&nbsp;The Simple CFO•&nbsp;Exclusive Gift for TFV Listeners:&nbsp;simplecfo.com/gift&nbsp;•&nbsp;#STRShareSunday:&nbsp;@theidyllolhouseThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:TFVCON | Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023!Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.Breezeway | Breezeway is our favorite all-in-one property operations and messaging app. We use Breezeway to standardize our cleaning, maintenance, and inspection processes and automate guest messaging to deliver a quality experience. Their photo checklists make it easy to verify detailed work in...
8/31/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 1 second
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284. Hosting Hotline: Essential Cleaning Items for Your Airbnb

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.One listeners asks:Do you provide cleaning supplies such as a small vacuum? Do you recommend making cleaning products available for guests?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, visit&nbsp;Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAResources:•&nbsp;Time is running out, buy your tickets today for&nbsp;TFVcon&nbsp;in Columbus, OH•&nbsp;Don’t miss the opportunity to meet STR cleaning supply vendor&nbsp;ETI Solutions&nbsp;at&nbsp;TFVCon&nbsp;in Columbus, OHThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:TFVCON | Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023!Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.Get 50% off your first 3 months of StayFi with code 'TFV.'Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
8/29/202311 minutes, 35 seconds
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283. HGTV Star Mina Starsiak Hawk Comes To TFVCON!

With a keen real-estate acumen and strong sense of purpose, Mina Starsiak Hawk is dedicated to the art and the business of saving old homes — and to an overarching mission of revitalizing entire city neighborhoods, one house at a time. Mina and her mother Karen E Laine star in the HGTV series Good Bones. Daughter Mina, a real estate agent, and mom Karen, a former lawyer, own an Indianapolis-based home renovation business with a mission to revitalize their favorite neighborhoods one house at a time. The series follows the expert team as they buy homes in serious disrepair, sometimes gut them to the studs and transform them into stunning remodels. Mina has also appeared on HGTV's Rock the Block, and along with Karen, was a featured participant in the HGTV event-series, A Very Brady Renovation.Mina Starsiak Hawk is the TFVCON Celebrity Keynote speaker! All audience members will be able to participate in a Q&amp;A with Mina and then VIP ticket holders will have an opportunity for a meet and greet with Mina herself!Our Early Bird pricing is EXTENDED for TFVCON – get your tickets before August 27 at&nbsp;tfvcon.com.Resources:•&nbsp;Instagram:&nbsp;@mina_starsiak_hawk•&nbsp;Twitter:&nbsp;@minastarsiak•&nbsp;Mina on HGTV•&nbsp;TwoChicksAndAHammer.com•&nbsp;Podcast:&nbsp;Mina AF•&nbsp;Get your Early Bird tickets before August 27 at&nbsp;tfvcon.com•&nbsp;#STRShareSunday:&nbsp;@twochicksandahammerThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:TFVCON | Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023!Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.Hostfully | Sign up today and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!Sign up at Hostfully.comMinoan | Minoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform.Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Breezeway | Breezeway is our favorite all-in-one property operations and messaging app. We use Breezeway to standardize our cleaning, maintenance, and inspection processes and automate guest messaging to deliver a quality experience. Their photo checklists make it easy to verify detailed work in real-time and make sure nothing falls through the cracks. Best yet, TFV listeners get free implementation!Sign up today at Breezeway.io/TFV
8/24/202341 minutes, 42 seconds
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282. Hosting Hotline: Creating Trust With Your Property Manager

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Danielle asks:We discovered that our nightly rate has been set lower than we expected, because of a 10% discount our property management company has been running. How can we make sure if this is best practice, or if we should avoid this in the future?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, visit&nbsp;Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Get 50% off your first 3 months of StayFi with code 'TFV.'Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.TFVCON | Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023!Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.
8/22/202316 minutes, 11 seconds
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281. Raising Millions Without Asking: Bill Allen's Method for Private Lending Partnerships

Bill Allen is the CEO and Owner of 7 Figure Flipping a real estate organization based out of Nashville, TN. He and his team currently flip and wholesale 200+ deals per year in Tennessee and northern Florida, while leading the top house flipping and wholesaling mentoring groups in the nation.Bill began his career as a Naval Officer with 18 years of military experience and discovered through the avenue of real estate, that his calling is leading others by helping them find their own success through networking and accountability. This year, 2021, Bill released the book 7 Figure Flipping Underground.Bill shares his proven system for partnering with private lenders, overcoming limiting beliefs around asking for money, and highlighting the advantages of leveraging OPM (other people's money) rather than traditional bank loans. We discuss the fixed returns and benefits investors receive, building trust and confidence with new partners, and reframing "asking" to "presenting exciting opportunities."Bill emphasizes having a clear "why" for growth, pursuing the freedom financial security brings, and creating positive impact by empowering others. His high-energy approach will help listeners gain confidence in raising capital to fuel their entrepreneurial dreams.Resources:•&nbsp;Instagram:&nbsp;@7FigureFlipping•&nbsp;Instagram:&nbsp;@BillAllenRei&nbsp;•&nbsp;Podcast:&nbsp;7 Figure Flipping&nbsp;•&nbsp;Website:&nbsp;7FigureFlipping.com•&nbsp;YouTube:&nbsp;7 Figure Flipping•&nbsp;Facebook:&nbsp;7 Figure Flipping•&nbsp;#STRShareSunday:&nbsp;@TwinflowercabinkyThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:TFVCON | Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023!Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Breezeway | Breezeway is our favorite all-in-one property operations and messaging app. We use Breezeway to standardize our cleaning, maintenance, and inspection processes and automate guest messaging to deliver a quality experience. Their photo checklists make it easy to verify detailed work in real-time and make sure nothing falls through the cracks. Best yet, TFV listeners get free implementation!Sign up today at Breezeway.io/TFVMinoan | Minoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform.Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!Hostfully | Sign up today and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!Sign up at Hostfully.com
8/17/202350 minutes, 27 seconds
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280. TFVCON Spotlight with Keynote Speaker & Emcee, Ashley Nobles

Today, we’re pivoting the feed to spotlight one of our amazing TFVCON contributors, Ashley Nobles! Ashley is our emcee and keynote speaker, educating on all things location rentals.She’s also an interior designer, real estate investor, business coach, and short-term rental superstar.&nbsp;She and her husband, Brett, opened their very first short term rental property in downtown Los Angeles in 2015.&nbsp;What started as a simple little side hustle out of their one-bedroom studio loft has since exploded into seven-figure success, multiple properties and tens of thousands of happy guests thanks to Ashley’s magic touch, unique design eye, second-hand sourcing style and 5-star service philosophy.As a multi-passionate creative, Ashley is continuously seeking new, innovative ways to push boundaries, exceed expectations, and leave a beautiful, positive mark on the world through the power of creativity and community.Resources:•&nbsp;TFVCON 2023:&nbsp;Own Your Future•&nbsp;Pivot From the Overnight Short-Term Rental Strategy to the Niche of Hourly Location Rentals #77Thanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.TFVCON | Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023!Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.Get 50% off your first 3 months of StayFi with code 'TFV.'
8/15/202340 minutes, 36 seconds
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279. Make More Money, Honey: Hacking the STR Business Model with Rachel Richards

At the age of 27, Rachel Richards quit her job and retired. She is now living off $20,000 per month in passive income. Rachel is the bestselling author of “Money Honey” and “Passive Income, Aggressive Retirement.” She built a real estate portfolio of 38 rental units by the age of 26. She makes the topic of money management fun, entertaining, and simple for her 250,000+ millennial followers.&nbsp;We talk about the advantages of being an out-of-state landlord, her mental health journey during her busiest years, how she’s reframed failure, and making sacrifices while scaling up. Rachel also shares some incredible investment hacks, like operating a cash-efficient boarding house and leveraging a real estate license to better survey a market’s listings.Rachel helps women feel excited, capable, and confident about their financial futures. And listeners, just wait because Rachel is vulnerable, honest, and is going to help you just keep going right now, especially if you're going through something tough. This is the episode for you.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:•&nbsp;#STRShareSunday:&nbsp;@archhouse_wa•&nbsp;Passive Income: www.moneyhoneyrachel.com/passiveincome&nbsp;•&nbsp;Website: www.moneyhoneyrachel.com•&nbsp;Instagram: www.instagram.com/moneyhoneyrachel•&nbsp;Money Honey: https://amzn.to/3QhLVyH•&nbsp;Passive Investment, Aggressive Retirement: https://amzn.to/43E2OqhThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Hostfully | Sign up today and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!Sign up at Hostfully.comMinoan | Minoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform.Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.TFVCON | Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023!Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.Breezeway | Breezeway is our favorite all-in-one property operations and messaging app. We use Breezeway to standardize our cleaning, maintenance, and inspection processes and automate guest messaging to deliver a quality experience. Their photo checklists make it easy to verify detailed work in real-time and make sure nothing falls through the cracks. Best yet, TFV listeners get free implementation!Sign up today at Breezeway.io/TFV
8/10/202357 minutes, 57 seconds
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278. Hosting Hotline: Parent-Child Listing Strategies For Your Airbnb, Bathroom Edition

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Carolyn asks:We’re working on setting up a Parent-Child listing for our Airbnb; can you offer advice on how to arrange access to the bathrooms between 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom listings?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, visit&nbsp;Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAOther Episodes On Parent-Child Listings:•&nbsp;254. Hosting Hotline: How Should I Price my Parent-Child Listing?•&nbsp;248. Hosting Hotline: Parent-Child Listings for Neighboring Properties•&nbsp;232. Listing Your Airbnb As A Parent-Child Setup (AMA)Resources:•&nbsp;Our favorite door lock for parent-child listingsThanks For Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:TFVCON | Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023!Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Get 50% off your first 3 months of StayFi with code 'TFV.'
8/8/202313 minutes, 44 seconds
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277. Creating Spectrum-Friendly Vacations with Suzanne Hacker

Suzanne Hacker is a former banking executive turned business coach with a rich background in leadership and coaching. Throughout her banking career, she managed 17 locations and supervised 110+ direct/indirect reports, including 15-20 individuals reporting directly to her. Coaching her team members was an essential aspect of her role, and she excelled in overseeing consumer and small business lending, marketing, and training for the bank, showcasing a comprehensive understanding of various business facets crucial for successful growth. Suzanne's goal-oriented approach revolves around data analysis and keeping a close eye on ROI.Following the conclusion of her banking career due to an acquisition, Suzanne embraced the opportunity to invest in real estate and ventured into vacation rentals. This new journey rekindled her passion for remodeling, interior design, decorating, and the hospitality industry.As time passed and her experience expanded, Suzanne established "Spectrum Friendly Vacations," a venture aimed at creating safe and comfortable vacation rentals tailored to Families with children on the autism spectrum. Through this initiative, she envisions a world filled with Spectrum-Friendly Vacation rentals, allowing ASD families to travel more and enjoy well-suited accommodations for their unique needs.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:•&nbsp;Try out this Home Security Door Lock&nbsp;to make your short-term rental more safe•&nbsp;The Spectrum-Friendly Properties Training and Certification: use code TFV and we will forward any and all commissions to&nbsp;Vincent’s Clubhouse&nbsp;Autism research!•&nbsp;#STRShareSunday:&nbsp;@thehideawaymasonlakeThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Minoan | Minoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform.Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!Hostfully | Sign up today and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!Sign up at Hostfully.comTFVCON | Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023!Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.Breezeway | Breezeway is our favorite all-in-one property operations and messaging app. We use Breezeway to standardize our cleaning, maintenance, and inspection processes and automate guest messaging to deliver a quality experience. Their photo checklists make it easy to verify detailed work in real-time and make sure nothing falls through the cracks. Best yet, TFV listeners get free implementation!Sign up today at Breezeway.io/TFV
8/3/202343 minutes, 5 seconds
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276. Hosting Hotline: Maximizing Your Nightly Rate For Major Events

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Vanessa asks:We’re preparing for the total Solar Eclipse which will be visible next April, 2024. Early April is our off-season, but how can we take advantage of this once-in-a-decade event?&nbsp;Thanks to everyone who submitted questions – and thanks to Colleen, our Director Of Operations, for her expertise.To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, visit&nbsp;Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Get 50% off your first 3 months of StayFi with code 'TFV.'TFVCON | Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023!Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
8/1/202321 minutes
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275. Mastering Short-Term Rental Furnishings with Minoan: Free for Hosts

In this episode, we're thrilled to have Sage Nathan, a seasoned hospitality enthusiast and key player at Minoan, as our guest. Sage is a self-proclaimed “boutique geek” with a passion for hospitality. Sage started her career in eCommerce and retail and spent over two years as an omni-channel buyer at Jet.com (later acquired by Walmart in 2016 for $3.3B) where she worked alongside Minoan’s founder, Marc. She then left Jet.com/WMT and joined Minoan in 2020.&nbsp;Minoan, a platform we faithfully use for our short-term rentals, allows hosts to furnish their spaces with high-quality items from over 160 brands, all at amazing discounts. Minoan takes on the “unsexy” sides of ordering like tracking, customer service, etc. so hosts can focus on what they do best – hosting! And the best part is, it's completely free to use!&nbsp;In this episode Sage will be sharing insights on how to maximize the capabilities of Minoan and new features on the platform, revealing how cohosts and even short-term rental designers can use the platform to optimize their furnishing needs. We'll also dive deep into the current popular buys among hosts, like the best-selling mattresses, linens, and rugs. Whether you're a veteran host or just starting out, Sage's behind-the-scenes insight and hosting hot tips are sure to help you streamline your processes and create the best experience for guests. So, tune in as we explore how you can optimize your guest’s experience through smart furnishing with Sage from Minoan.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:•&nbsp;LinkedIn:&nbsp;Sage Nathan•&nbsp;Website:&nbsp;&nbsp;minoanexperience.com•&nbsp;#STRShareSunday:&nbsp;@pepinforesttreehouseThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.TFVCON | Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023!Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.Breezeway | Breezeway is our favorite all-in-one property operations and messaging app. We use Breezeway to standardize our cleaning, maintenance, and inspection processes and automate guest messaging to deliver a quality experience. Their photo checklists make it easy to verify detailed work in real-time and make sure nothing falls through the cracks. Best yet, TFV listeners get free implementation!Sign up today at Breezeway.io/TFVHostfully | Sign up today and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!Sign up at Hostfully.comMinoan | Minoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform.Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!
7/27/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 24 seconds
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274. Hosting Hotline: Keeping Your Airbnb Open & Your Guests Happy Through Construction

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Nicole asks:There is construction going on right near our two short-term rentals. What do you recommend we do to ensure guests continue to have a great stay even through the construction projects?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, visit&nbsp;Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:TFVCON | Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023!Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.Get 50% off your first 3 months of StayFi with code 'TFV.'Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
7/25/202315 minutes, 29 seconds
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273. From Lawyer to Hotelier: Build Your Portfolio with Diya Liu’s Real Estate Investing Strategies

We are thrilled to welcome former lawyer turned hotelier, Diya Liu, to the podcast. Diya is a true powerhouse in the real estate and hospitality industry. Drawing from her academic background in chemical engineering and biochemistry, she pursued a legal career in patent litigation. However, her incredible success in reaching $200,000 net rental income with short-term rentals led her to make the courageous decision to quit her job and fully immerse herself in the world of real estate investing. With her extensive portfolio, she owns four boutique hotels and around a dozen short-term rentals across the USA. As if that wasn't impressive enough, Diya is also the CEO of Welcome Capital, a remarkable $10 million STR and hotel fund.&nbsp;What sets Diya apart is her ability to leverage her legal background to teach others not only how to achieve financial independence through short-term rentals but also advanced techniques such as off-market acquisitions, creative financing with zero down payments, and innovative exit strategies like wrapped note transactions. She is passionate about sharing her expertise and empowering experienced short-term rental operators and owners to scale into hotel investing.We are honored to have Diya share her invaluable insights, experiences, and strategies with us on this podcast. Diya gives us the lowdown on where to find hotel acquisition opportunities in the best markets, unique marketing strategies for boutique hotels, optimizing operations with new technology, what’s in her buy box and why now is the golden era for boutique hotels. Get ready to be inspired and gain the knowledge you need to take your real estate and hospitality ventures to new heights.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:•&nbsp;Instagram:&nbsp;@DiyaESQ•&nbsp;Event:&nbsp;Western NC Hotel Bootcamp &amp; Market Tour August 22-26•&nbsp;Facebook:&nbsp;Airbnb Professional Hosts: Short Term Rentals, Mid Term Rentals, and Hotels•&nbsp;Website:&nbsp;diyaliu.com•&nbsp;Twitter:&nbsp;@diyaesq•&nbsp;Facebook:&nbsp;Diya ESQ•&nbsp;Welcome Capital:&nbsp;thewelcomefund.com•&nbsp;CoStar:&nbsp;costar.com•&nbsp;Cloudbeds:&nbsp;cloudbeds.com•&nbsp;LoopNet:&nbsp;loopnet.com•&nbsp;Crexi:&nbsp;crexi.com•&nbsp;Ten-X:&nbsp;ten-x.com•&nbsp;#STRShareSunday:&nbsp;@thebrooklyninnThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Breezeway | Breezeway is our favorite all-in-one property operations and messaging app. We use Breezeway to standardize our cleaning, maintenance, and inspection processes and automate...
7/20/202355 minutes, 41 seconds
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272. Hosting Hotline: How Airbnb Reviews Impact Your Listing

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Ashley asks:How can we be sure that a single bad review doesn’t highly impact our bookings?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, visit&nbsp;Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAResources:•&nbsp;IntelliHost: Use code TFV20&nbsp;- Intellihost measures your search performance on Airbnb against your competition and provides data driven recommendations to book more revenue.•&nbsp;Rankbreeze: Optimize your Airbnb rankings and search visibility. Start improving your Airbnb rankings immediately with the SEO tool. Gain rankings, improve your revenue, and defend your listing against competitors.Thanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:TFVCON | Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023!Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Get 50% off your first 3 months of StayFi with code 'TFV.'
7/18/202316 minutes, 6 seconds
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271. Taking Calculated Risks in the STR Industry with Our Chief Operations Officer

In this special episode, we wanted to give you an inside look at what goes on behind the scenes at Thanks for Visiting. We've received countless inquiries from our listeners, coaches, and members who are curious about not only our property management operations but also how we run Thanks for Visiting itself. That's why we're thrilled to introduce our newest team member, Colleen Prochaska, who recently joined us as our Chief Operations Officer. Colleen brings an impressive background in hospitality, with over 10 years of experience as a hotel General Manager for top brands like Marriott and Hilton. We were blown away by her accomplishments, including earning guest satisfaction accolades and delivering financial successes in her previous roles. We couldn't help but think how incredible it would be to have Colleen on our team, and thanks to the support of all of you, we were able to make it happen.As our Officer of Operations, Colleen is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of Thanks for Visiting, overseeing our content creation efforts and property management operations. She walks through how she has approached setting our rates based on our occupancy rate, and how her calculated risks pay off for our business. She shares her tips and tricks through lots of reps in revenue management for pricing and occupancy strategies. She’s always ten steps ahead to the left and right, and Colleen's expertise, creativity, and passion for enhancing guests' experiences will undoubtedly contribute to the continued success of our podcast and our business as a whole. We’re so grateful to have her on our team, so let's dive in and find out what it's like behind the scenes with Colleen at Thanks for Visiting!To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:•&nbsp;#STRShareSunday:&nbsp;@thevermontaframeThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Breezeway | Breezeway is our favorite all-in-one property operations and messaging app. We use Breezeway to standardize our cleaning, maintenance, and inspection processes and automate guest messaging to deliver a quality experience. Their photo checklists make it easy to verify detailed work in real-time and make sure nothing falls through the cracks. Best yet, TFV listeners get free implementation!Sign up today at Breezeway.io/TFVMinoan | Minoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform.Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!Hostfully | Sign up today and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!Sign up at Hostfully.comTFVCON | Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023!Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
7/13/202358 minutes, 32 seconds
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270. Hosting Hotline: Don’t Skimp On Your Space! Tips for Large Airbnb Groups

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Suzanne asks:I’m building a luxury short-term rental that sleeps 16 people. What tips do you have to make sure the entire space – not just the bedrooms – are ready for big groups of guests?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, visit&nbsp;Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAResources:•&nbsp;Use code TFV20 at&nbsp;IntelliHost.coThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:TFVCON | Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023!Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.Get 50% off your first 3 months of StayFi with code 'TFV.'Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
7/11/202311 minutes, 32 seconds
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269. Behind the Scenes: We’re Buying 175 Acres of Land

We have heard from you all that you would like a little bit more behind the scenes of what Annette and I get ourselves into, so we’re sharing about our current journey buying 175 acres of land out in Ohio. In this episode, we're going to go over the who, what, when, where, and why of this exciting new project. We share who we are collaborating with for this project and why we believe it’s a good partnership. We talk about our plan for the structures on the land, and how long it has taken us to find the right property. We also get into why we’ve chosen central Ohio as where we are investing in real estate, and the long list of “whys” we’re so excited about this next challenge.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:•&nbsp;BiggerPockets Podcast:&nbsp;biggerpockets.com•&nbsp;#STRShareSunday:&nbsp;@motojave1953Thanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Hostfully | Sign up today and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!Sign up at Hostfully.comMinoan | Minoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform.Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!TFVCON | Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023!Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.Breezeway | Breezeway is our favorite all-in-one property operations and messaging app. We use Breezeway to standardize our cleaning, maintenance, and inspection processes and automate guest messaging to deliver a quality experience. Their photo checklists make it easy to verify detailed work in real-time and make sure nothing falls through the cracks. Best yet, TFV listeners get free implementation!Sign up today at Breezeway.io/TFV
7/6/202332 minutes, 18 seconds
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268. Hosting Hotline: Should You Allow Bounce Houses At Your Airbnb?

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Ingrid from Columbus asks:What is your advice on guests wanting to bring rentals to our property, such as bounce houses and pop-up tents &amp; chairs? What safety issues should we be concerned with?Extra thanks to Justin Ford from Breezeway for his expertise on this question.Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, visit&nbsp;Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Get 50% off your first 3 months of StayFi with code 'TFV.'TFVCON | Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023!Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
7/4/202313 minutes, 12 seconds
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267. The Key to Direct Booking Success with Kerri Gibson

Today you’ll hear from a woman who left behind her corporate career for hosting. While it's hard to do, we've heard that story before. But here's a story you haven't heard; she made it her priority to get 70% direct booking, and in this episode, shares how she did it.Kerri Gibson is a CPA who spent the first 22 years of her career in international technology and development for tax and accounting firms. She has worked as an advisor to the Obama administration on tax legislation and was twice named one of the most influential CPAs under the age of 40 in the USA. After experiencing burnout, Kerri reevaluated her career and priorities. In 2017, she pivoted to the hospitality and real estate investment sector, including short-term rentals, and discovered her passion for entrepreneurship, hospitality, and design.&nbsp;Chalets Hygge, founded in 2017 by Kerri and her partner Philippe, has become a recognizable short-term rental brand in Quebec, Canada. They have built a brand that contributes to the local economy and culture by focusing on guest experience, passion for supporting sustainable and local businesses, and involvement in local government and tourism associations.&nbsp;Their success is evident in the numerous publications and television spots featuring their properties. By focusing on building a direct booking business, they have achieved an impressive 70% direct booking rate, allowing them to maintain control over the customer experience and build a loyal customer base. Kerri’s journey is definitely one to learn from and aspire to, and we know you’re going to learn so much from this conversation.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:•&nbsp;Website:&nbsp;chaletshygge.com•&nbsp;Instagram:&nbsp;@kerri_reinvented•&nbsp;Read:&nbsp;Start with Why by Simon Sinek•&nbsp;LinkedIn:&nbsp;Kerri Gibson•&nbsp;Read:&nbsp;The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman•&nbsp;Lodgify:&nbsp;lodgify.com•&nbsp;#STRShareSunday:&nbsp;@littlewolflodgeThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.TFVCON | Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023!Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.Minoan | Minoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform.Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!Hostfully | Sign up today and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!Sign up at Hostfully.comBreezeway | Breezeway is our favorite all-in-one property operations and messaging app. We use Breezeway to standardize our cleaning, maintenance, and inspection processes and automate guest...
6/29/202359 minutes, 36 seconds
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266. Hosting Hotline: Pawsome Hosts, Tips to Make Your Airbnb Pet-Friendly

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.This week’s question:What advice and information do you have for hosting pets; specifically dogs?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, visit&nbsp;Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAResources:•&nbsp;Pet Hair Dryer Sheets•&nbsp;Pet Microfiber TowelThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Hosting Business Mastery Method | Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate!Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.TFVCON | Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023!Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.Get 50% off your first 3 months of StayFi with code 'TFV.'
6/27/202316 minutes, 33 seconds
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265. Unlocking Airbnb Success: Maximize Revenue and Bookings with Intellihost

Who doesn’t want to book more guests? Jeff Brown is a self proclaimed data geek. He co-founded Loma Homes, a vacation rental company that focuses on unique experiences and themes. Jeff saw the need for better data to optimize his properties and therefore created IntelliHost as an internal tool to help him grow his STR business. IntelliHost is the first platform to show you the entire Airbnb search funnel and how you’re performing in each step. Their mission is to empower hosts to make data driven decisions that optimize their listings and earn more Airbnb revenue.This episode is juicy. You’ll learn how you can improve your Airbnb booking funnel by paying attention to four things that could be keeping people from booking your property. In this episode, Jeff breaks down the Airbnb search funnel and how to show up in results, how to optimize your property for Airbnb’s filter, Airbnb’s algorithm for determining relevance, tips for launching a brand new listing, optimizing your cover image and what’s scaring people away in your listing description. We’re excited for you to leverage data from IntelliHost to increase your bookings and revenue for your short term rental!To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:•&nbsp;Website:&nbsp;intellihost.co/TFV&nbsp;- use code TFV20 for 20% off•&nbsp;Instagram:&nbsp;@intellihost.co•&nbsp;YouTube:&nbsp;Intellihost•&nbsp;Loma Homes:&nbsp;loma-homes.com•&nbsp;#STRShareSunday:&nbsp;@cedarmountainviewThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Minoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!Sign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023! Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to take control of your hosting business and elevate your property care, operations & messaging.
6/22/202358 minutes, 22 seconds
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264. Hosting Hotline: Finding the Best Market For Your Airbnb

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Zach asks:What tools do you use when researching potential short-term rentals to help influence a purchasing decision on a new property?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit&nbsp;Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAResources:•&nbsp;STR Insights•&nbsp;PriceLabsThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Get 50% off your first 3 months of StayFi with code 'TFV.'Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023! Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.
6/20/202310 minutes, 53 seconds
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263. From Teardown to HGTV: Inside Andi Diamond’s 100-Day Beachfront Hotel Renovation

Andi Diamond Bennett is an on-the-go mom of two, wife, portrait photographer, co-owner of 10 STRs, and co-owner of Sunburst Inn which was just renovated and featured on HGTV's 100 Day Dream Home: Beachfront Hotel. She lives in Tampa, FL and her properties are all in Indian Shores and Indian Rocks Beach, FL.&nbsp;Today, Andi sits down with us to spill the beans about her whirlwind television journey, from her hotel being bought for teardown, to making over a million dollars in revenue this year. She’s living so many short-term rental hosts’ dream of being a television talent and hotelier, but the truth is that it’s not all fun and glamorous.&nbsp;We talk about the highs and lows of her journey, how she manages multiple properties and a full-time job, as well as how she got on HGTV’s 100-Day Dream Home. She also shares behind-the-scenes secrets of the entire process – including the benefits of being featured on the show, sharing the unique marketing strategies she’s employing to take advantage of HGTV’s valuable exposure. We know you’re going to learn a lot from Andi’s experience!To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:•&nbsp;#STRShareSunday:&nbsp;@riverside.retreat.yxh•&nbsp;LinkedIn:&nbsp;linkedin.com/in/andi-diamond-bennett•&nbsp;Instagram:&nbsp;@andidiamond•&nbsp;Sunburst Inn:&nbsp;sunburstinn.com•&nbsp;Indian Rocks Beach:&nbsp;book.indianrocksbeachvacationrental.com•&nbsp;PriceLabs:&nbsp;pricelabs.co•&nbsp;Read:&nbsp;Who Not Howvby Dan Sullivan and Dr. Benjamin HardyThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Minoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!Sign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to automate communications with your guests using Breezeway's Smart Messaging.Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023! Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
6/15/202357 minutes, 13 seconds
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262. Hosting Hotline: Listing A Charming (But Noisy!) Unit for Families

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Today’s question:I’m going to start listing my house’s mother-in-law suite on Airbnb. But, it’s a daylight basement, in an old house with quirks (and charm), and frequent noise from kids and pets. What is the best way to list this and disclose the negatives while highlighting the positives?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, visit&nbsp;Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAResources:•&nbsp;Noise Machine•&nbsp;Thanks for Visiting StorefrontThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023! Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.Get 50% off your first 3 months of StayFi with code 'TFV.'Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
6/13/202313 minutes, 19 seconds
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261. Navigating the Challenges of Letting Your Team Members Go

Letting go of team members is never easy, no matter how long you've been with them. It's always hard. In this episode, we're going to unpack a situation that we had recently when we had to part ways with some of our team members. We want to share as much as we can here on the podcast how you can prevent ending the partnership in the first place, and be proactive in training and communicating with your vendors. We share what we learned, what we did right, and what we didn't do well.&nbsp;We know you all care deeply about your properties, guests and teams, and as humans, parting ways with essential members of the team can be stressful, challenging and mentally tough. We know this is an uncomfortable, unfortunate inevitability of running a business, so we’re here to support you through it. Remember that ending a chapter can be scary and hard, but it’s okay, natural and, in many cases, ultimately for the best.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:•&nbsp;#STRShareSunday:&nbsp;@hillsidehouse_shenandoah•&nbsp;Hillside House:&nbsp;hillsidehouseshenandoah.comThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Sign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!Minoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023! Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to automate communications with your guests using Breezeway's Smart Messaging.
6/8/202336 minutes, 17 seconds
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260. Hosting Hotline: There is Suspicious Activity at my Neighbor’s House. What Can I Do?

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Kim asks:What should I do if the neighbor of my short-term rental property is a drug dealer? I’ve already involved the local police and they’re monitoring the situation, but I’m concerned about how this will affect my reviews and the overall safety of my guests and property. I’d appreciate any advice!Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, visit&nbsp;Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAResources:•&nbsp;#STRShareSunday:&nbsp;@queenstreetretreatThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023! Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.Get 50% off your first 3 months of StayFi with code 'TFV.'Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
6/6/202316 minutes, 53 seconds
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259. Stay Cool this Summer: 7 Tips for Preparing Your Property for The Season

Summer is around the corner, and it’s about to be a super busy season for not only your personal life, but for your rental business. Today, we're going over the Top 7 things you should think about to prepare for the busy season and things you could do this weekend to get your short-term rental ready for summer. Trust us, a little preparation will go a long way to having a stress-free, safe and fun summer.In this episode we talk about how to activate your outdoor space including safety checks and freshening it up. We recommend getting current, seasonal images of your property and strategically highlighting your listing and location with summer in mind. We also share safety check reminders and ideas that will keep everyone comfortable and protected this season. And don’t forget to take time for yourself!To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:#STRShareSunday: @waddingtonflatsWaddington Flats Listing: waddingtonflats.comBreezeway Summer Checklist: breezeway.io/blog/5-summer-safety-tips-for-your-vacation-rentalThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us September 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio for TFV CON 2023! Grab your spot now at tfvcon.com.BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to automate communications with your guests using Breezeway's Smart Messaging.Minoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!Join us for our live, free, host masterclass and learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
6/1/202328 minutes, 22 seconds
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258. Hosting Hotline: How Have You Had To Pivot In Your Airbnb Business?

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Latisha asks:My husband and I have a short term rental in Louisiana. We have had to pivot from a day-to-day rental into a 30-day rental due to the regulations in the county and city. What other ways in this process have you had to pivot and can you give some examples?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Noise AwareMonitor your property's noise levels and keep guest noise – and neighbor noise complaints – under control. Use code 'TFVNA20' for 20% and a FREE sensor, at noiseaware.com.
5/30/202310 minutes, 28 seconds
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257. Unveiling the Secrets of HGTV with Sarah Karakaian

Calling all HGTV lovers! If you’re obsessed with HGTV competition shows, or are hoping to be cast on one yourself, you’re going to love this episode. We’re switching things up as Annette interviews Sarah on what it was like to compete on HGTV’s show Beach Flip in 2015 and shed some light on what the process was like. We talk about why Sarah and her husband Nick wanted to be on the show and the application and auditioning process.&nbsp;We get into all the juicy behind the scenes details, like what the contract boundaries were, what to do with your job when you do a reality tv show, a few anecdotes from filming, their relationship with the other contestants, and if it was really real.As a former professional auditioner from her Broadway days, Sarah shares her tips for getting on this type of show and strategies that worked well and not so well: everything from being in front of the camera, to skillsets she wish she had before going on the show, to Sarah’s ugly crying Twitter hashtag, and the biggest mistakes she made. We hope you enjoy getting a peek behind the HGTV curtain!To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:HGTV Beach Flip: hgtv.com/shows/beach-flipInstagram: @thanksforvisiting_&nbsp;#STRShareSunday: @perchtreehouseTR Share Airbnb listing: airbnb.comThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to automate communications with your guests using Breezeway's Smart Messaging.
5/25/202351 minutes, 51 seconds
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256. Hosting Hotline: Mastering Dynamic Pricing and Modified Bookings

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Today’s question:We often have guests who will edit their booking to add an extra night, but because of dynamic pricing, Airbnb displays the added night at a different rate than their original booking (usually higher). How do you deal with this and keep guests happy?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAResources:Wheelhouse: Get 50% off your first two months: https://usewheelhouse.comPricelabs: https://pricelabs.coThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Noise AwareMonitor your property's noise levels and keep guest noise – and neighbor noise complaints – under control. Use code 'TFVNA20' for 20% and a FREE sensor, at noiseaware.com.
5/23/202312 minutes, 35 seconds
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255. The Real Estate Robinsons: Forging A Partnership In Business & In Life

Tony &amp; Sara Robinson are a husband and wife duo turned business partners and have built a presence on social media as STR experts. They went from climbing the corporate ladder to now managing a multi-million dollar STR portfolio in a span of two years.&nbsp;Tony J. Robinson is a Real Estate Investor, the co-host of The Real Estate Robinsons YouTube channel, and the co-host of the Bigger Pockets Real Estate Rookie Show. Tony has experience in long-distance real estate investing, the BRRRR strategy, real estate partnerships, and short term rentals. Tony has defied all odds as a young black male who became a father at 16, quickly scaled the corporate ladder at companies like Tesla, and has now become a full time real estate investor growing his portfolio to 30 short term rentals in the last 2 years.Sara Robinson is a Real Estate Investor and she and her husband, Tony J Robinson, co-host “The Real Estate Robinsons” YouTube channel where they share the behind the scenes work of their short term rental &amp; flipping business. She was initially disinterested in being a part of her husband's real estate journey, but got fully on-board when he decided to focus on STRs. Sara knew her natural people skills mixed with her experience in customer service and desire to design spaces were perfect qualities to help grow their STR portfolio TOGETHER as a team!&nbsp;To learn more, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:Instagram: @sararadrobinsonInstagram: @tonyjrobinsonFacebook: Tony J RobinsonYouTube: The Real Estate RobinsonsRelay Bank: https://relayfi.com/Real Estate Robinsons’ STR Summit#STRShareSunday: @the_sopris_view_houseThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to take control of your hosting business and elevate your property care, operations & messaging.
5/18/202347 minutes, 46 seconds
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254. Hosting Hotline: How Should I Price my Parent-Child Listing?

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Angela asks:How should I price parent-child listings? I have three specific questions: 1. Do I price the parent listing at the same price as the two child listings combined, or should I increase the price of the parent listings since it sleeps more? 2. Should I overprice the two child listings further out to encourage people to book the parent listings first? 3. Is there ever a good reason to do mostly flat pricing versus dynamic pricing?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Resources:#STRShareSunday: @lazy_pines_nmWheelhouse: 50% off the first two monthsPriceLabs: 30-day free trialThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Noise AwareMonitor your property's noise levels and keep guest noise – and neighbor noise complaints – under control. Use code 'TFVNA20' for 20% and a FREE sensor, at noiseaware.com.
5/16/202313 minutes, 55 seconds
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253. 7 Essential Apps For Your Airbnb

Today, we are going to share with you our top seven favorite apps that we use in our own hosting business. We’ll cover why we love this technology and how we’ve leveraged it for our own properties. And, each app is linked below with a special offer just for our TFV listeners.NoiseAware:The Indoor and Outdoor Sensors monitor noise levels at your property and will alert you through your Dashboard or Mobile App when the noise levels go over your set thresholds. Use code TFVNA20 for 20% off ($144/year including 1 free indoor sensor) and 20% off any additional indoor or outdoor sensors.Wheelhouse:Wheelhouse helps you manage your short-term rentals as professionally and efficiently as major hotels—from understanding performance to better nightly pricing. Use code TFV for 50% off your first two months.Breezeway:Breezeway's property care and operations platform helps coordinate, communicate, and verify detailed work, and deliver the best service experience to clients. Automate your operations and deliver an amazing rental experience. TFV listeners get free implementation!Stayfi:Brand WiFi, collect guest data, and increase direct bookings – all while providing a better WiFi experience for vacation rental guests. Create your own branded WiFi splash page that every guest uses to log into your rental’s WiFi. Use code THANKS for 50% your first 3 months of service.Hostfully:Hostfully's Property Management Platform helps you run and scale your business. Includes pipeline management, upselling tools, owner reporting, centralized calendar and platform for widespread channel distribution. Hostfully's digital and offline guidebooks up-level your professionalism and save you time. Provide travelers with property information and local recommendations, with a custom welcome message feature your unique brand. Use coupon code TFV100 to get $100 off your property management subscription!Superhog:Their Intelligent Guest Screening technology allows you to screen your guests pre-booking, helping prevent criminal activity, chargebacks, party bookings and unauthorised commercial activity at your properties. They also provide a simplified deposit solution and damage waiver, and financial protection against guest damage.To learn more, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:#STRShareSunday: @the.everwoodsThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Monday, May 15th at 1pm EST. Learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to automate communications with your guests using Breezeway's Smart Messaging.HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free...
5/11/202331 minutes, 32 seconds
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252. Hosting Hotline: Marketing Your Airbnb: Instagram 101

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Pam asks:We’re new in our hosting journey and need to start marketing. What kind of content should we be posting on our Instagram page?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Monday, May 15th at 1pm EST. Learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Noise AwareMonitor your property's noise levels and keep guest noise – and neighbor noise complaints – under control. Use code 'TFVNA20' for 20% and a FREE sensor, at noiseaware.com.
5/9/202313 minutes, 2 seconds
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251. Behind The Scenes Of A Large-Scale Property Management Company

Today we’re giving you an insider's view of a rockstar manager who is running a ton of rentals and has so much valuable experience and data to share. Whether you’re managing your own property, looking to partner with a management company or simply want to learn more about how it all works behind the scenes, today’s guest, Meaghan Moylan, is the perfect person to learn from when it comes to customer satisfaction and operational excellence.An industry leader with 8+ years of experience in the STR space, Meaghan leads a team of passionate and entrepreneurial-minded professionals at The Outpost Group, a private investment office based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The company's portfolio includes Outpost, Snake River Roasting Company, Terrain Landscaping and Snow Removal, O2 Cleaning, and Provisions Catering. Prior to her role with The Outpost Group, Meaghan held several leadership roles at 360 Blue, one of the largest luxury vacation rental businesses in the US. During her tenure with the company, Meaghan also assisted in the development of Key Data, a short-term rental data and benchmarking platform.In this episode we talk about what it was like to be a reservationist at a large vacation rental company and how the property management business has evolved. She shares advice for working through rate change mistakes and fixing those inevitable errors. She explains the benefits of having laborers work for you in house versus contracting out, why it’s so important to be able to unlearn and adapt to evolving industries, how to set and evaluate KPIs for different sides of your business, what situations warrant a refund, and how to provide an exceptional customer experience. She also provides insight into what she’s learned post-COVID, what the current landscape is for vacation rental management, how to communicate effectively and honestly with the property owners, and what to think through if you’re thinking about bringing on a property manager.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:LinkedIn: Meaghan Moylan&nbsp;Website: outpostjh.com#STRShareSunday: @sunsetinnvtThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Monday, May 15th at 1pm EST. Learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to take control of your hosting business and elevate your property care, operations & messaging.HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!
5/4/202356 minutes, 34 seconds
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250. Hosting Hotline: How To Hire Inspectors For Your Airbnb

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Greer asks:I'm looking to hire inspectors to help with the cleaning process and get some work off of my plate so I can focus on growing my business. What advice do you have on hiring: should they be employees or contractors? Should we pay hourly or per turnover? Should we charge different rates for different properties?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Noise AwareMonitor your property's noise levels and keep guest noise – and neighbor noise complaints – under control. Use code 'TFVNA20' for 20% and a FREE sensor, at noiseaware.com.Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Monday, May 15th at 1pm EST. Learn how to OWN your digital real estate! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
5/2/202313 minutes, 1 second
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249. Maximizing Revenue: Insights on Dynamic Pricing Strategies with Andrew Kitchell

We are so excited today to have Andrew Kitchell, the CEO and founder of Wheelhouse, a revenue management platform that serves leading professional operators in short-term rental, vacation rental, corporate rental&nbsp; &amp; boutique hotel spaces on the podcast today. Andrew has 10 years of experience in the accommodations space, having built multiple technology and operating companies. Prior to Wheelhouse, Andrew was the founder &amp; CEO at Beyond Pricing, the first data-driven pricing engine for the STR/VR space. Additionally, Andrew founded Lyric, a network of tech-enabled rentals designed for the modern business traveler that developed properties in 14 US markets. Collectively, Andrew has raised $100mm from investors such as Airbnb, NEA, FifthWall, Highgate, Certares, Tishman Speier, Barry Sternlicht, and other property/technology investors.&nbsp;&nbsp;In this episode we talk about Andrew’s first job in hospitality, what he loves about the industry, how he came to host his first guest on Airbnb in San Francisco, and the celebrity guest he hosted. He shares how he started and scaled his first businesses in the short term rental industry through arbitrage, why he decided to shut down his business during COVID and shares the pain points and learnings from that experience.Andrew gives his advice for how homeowners and hosts can look at revenue management data to come up with the correct pricing strategy and when this comes into play. He shares what to look for in a property management software, the benefits of implementing a dynamic pricing software and some ideas for how you can A/B test your property listings to increase revenue. Remember that as business owners, it’s important to try new strategies to see what will really move the needle in your business, and rely on data to help you make your decisions. We found this conversation to be so helpful, and hope you can take something from this episode and apply it to your property!To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:LinkedIn: Andrew KitchellInstagram: @andrewkitchell#STRShareSunday: @vtstaysQuora: Andrew KitchellCheckout Wheelhouse and use code TFV to get 50% off the first two months: usewheelhouse.com&nbsp;Wheelhouse: Checkout Andrew's Brian Chesky video1 hour Revenue Management How-To Video235. Permission to Pivot Your Airbnb ListingThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free...
4/27/202351 minutes, 56 seconds
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248. Hosting Hotline: Parent-Child Listings for Neighboring Properties

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Blue Sky Villas asks:What do you recommend for a parent-child listing strategy if my neighbor wants us to manage their rental property along with our own?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAResources:Minoan Experience: minoanexperience.com/join-us&nbsp;Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Noise AwareMonitor your property's noise levels and keep guest noise – and neighbor noise complaints – under control. Use code 'TFVNA20' for 20% and a FREE sensor, at noiseaware.com.
4/25/202310 minutes, 45 seconds
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247. The Ultimate Airbnb Spring Safety Guide with Justin Ford

We’re getting summer ready with our safety captain, Justin Ford. He's an international safety expert who works at Breezeway and he has an undying passion to make short-term rentals safer, which is good for you, the owner, the guest and our industry.&nbsp;After 13 years in the vacation rental industry as a Property Manager, 15 years as a firefighter and four years in the US Coast Guard, Justin combined his experiences to create a niche within the short-term rental industry that did not exist in 2013; short-term rental safety. In 2014, Justin created the first vacation rental safety checklist for the vacation rental industry, and in 2017 Justin created Dwell Safe®, a certification program devoted to the safety of vacation rentals, which he sold to Breezeway® in 2019.In this episode we talk about some recent accidents in rental properties that remind us of how important it is to be legally up to code in all properties, and have the right equipment, technology and instructions to keep our guests safe. We’re talking fire safety for grills and firepits, legal egress for windows, gas leaks, pool and hot tub safety and more. Justin shares common mistakes he sees in short term rental properties, offers quick and inexpensive solutions, and his spring cleaning checklist you can use today to make sure your property is up to date and ready for summer fun.Here is our amazon shop to find all the items Justin recommends in this episode:https://www.amazon.com/shop/thanksforvisiting_To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:Website: Justin FordLinkedIn: Justin FordBlog: Breezeway BlogFacebook: Short Term Rental Safety#STRShareSunday: @Chalets_HyggeGas leak detectors: First AlertGrill: BlackstonePrevious episodes with Justin:120. Make Deck Safety a Priority with Justin Ford159. Back to Basics: Fire Alarm 101 with Justin FordThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 25th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Hostfully<a...
4/20/202350 minutes, 51 seconds
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246. Hosting Hotline: The Power of Education in the Airbnb Industry

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Today’s Question:As someone just getting started in short-term rentals, can you tell us a bit more about how you two started hosting? Where’d you start; do you co-host; how long have you been doing it; and where do you see the industry going?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 25th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Noise AwareMonitor your property's noise levels and keep guest noise – and neighbor noise complaints – under control. Use code 'TFVNA20' for 20% and a FREE sensor, at noiseaware.com.
4/18/202313 minutes, 6 seconds
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245. Investing Abroad: A Guide to International Short-Term Rental Properties

Have you ever thought about investing in an international short term rental property? We've thought about investing in a property in Mexico, but since we’re unfamiliar with the culture and market, it’s intimidating to know where to start. So, we thought we would bring in one of our hosting Business Mastery members, Julie Ramsay, to tell her incredible journey of going from backpacking in Australia to owning in Costa Rica while calling Canada home.In 2019, Julie and her family sold almost everything they owned, including the house, downsized into a townhouse, and made their "someday" dreams come true when they moved to the southern pacific jungles of Costa Rica. They found the perfect one-bedroom apartment with a private rooftop deck, located on a long stretch of quiet beach, in the small village of Esterillos Oeste and two months later, Rocamar Cinco was launched on Airbnb. Within 6 months, Julie had achieved Superhost status. She loves creating a comfortable space for her guests, exceeding their expectations, and allowing them to relax and enjoy their stay the moment they arrive.We talk about how Julie and her family made these big life decisions to move abroad (with a teenager), the differences in the housing markets in the US, Canada and Costa Rica, and how Julie used the sale of their main home in Canada to fund three short-term rental properties. We also get insight from Julie about what she’s learned being an international host, and cultural differences to be aware of when working with international laborers. She also shares how they’re doing financially from these investments, and the exact changes she made that made the biggest impact on revenue at her property. We hope this conversation inspires you to consider expanding your short term rental boundaries!To learn more, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:AirBnB: airbnb.com/h/rocamarcinco&nbsp;VRBO: vrbo.comBooking.com: booking.com/hotel/cr/beach-getaway-ocean-view-private-rooftop-deck#STRShareSunday: @meetme_atmangoThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to automate communications with your guests using Breezeway's Smart Messaging.Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 25th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!
4/13/202353 minutes
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244. Hosting Hotline: Live in Your Own Airbnb Like a Pro

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Paul asks:My Toronto Airbnb cottage has a living space on the basement level, which can be rented separately from the 3-bedroom cottage above. What is the proper host etiquette if I decide to stay in the basement unit while the cottage is being rented to guests?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit&nbsp;Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 25th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.Noise AwareMonitor your property's noise levels and keep guest noise – and neighbor noise complaints – under control. Use code 'TFVNA20' for 20% and a FREE sensor, at noiseaware.com.
4/11/202311 minutes, 34 seconds
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243. Bug Off: Tips for Preventing & Dealing with Bed Bugs

If you’ve ever been a victim of this unfortunate infestation, you know it's both unpredictable and something you definitely want to avoid. No one wants to deal with this problem on your property, but it can happen to anyone. It has nothing to do with how clean you are or how well vetted your guests are, bed bugs are something many of us will come across at some point or another. Someone from our Business Mastery membership recently asked us how to handle this issue, so we’re sharing our tips for preventing this infestation and what to do if it happens to you.&nbsp;Resources:Products mentioned:VacuumProper Insurance Bed Bug CoverageMattress EncasementPillow Protectors#STRShareSunday: @frontrangeaframeTo learn more, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 25th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to take control of your hosting business and elevate your property care, operations & messaging.HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!
4/6/202337 minutes, 37 seconds
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242. Hosting Hotline: Listing Our Neighbor’s Property On Airbnb

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.Anna asks:Our neighbor has asked us to start managing their property as a vacation rental. It’s the same layout as our property, with the same amenities. What do you recommend as a marketing strategy to list both properties, and perhaps book them for one stay for larger groups?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit&nbsp;Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Noise AwareMonitor your property's noise levels and keep guest noise – and neighbor noise complaints – under control. Use code 'TFVNA20' for 20% and a FREE sensor, at noiseaware.com.
4/4/202310 minutes, 34 seconds
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241. How to Design A Scroll-Stopping Listing with Bridgette Whitney

Today’s guest Bridgette Whitney is a 24-year-old AirBnB host, interior designer/stylist, and content creator who runs her businesses with her boyfriend, Blue Delgado. In this episode, we are talking all about having a unique design strategy for your property to increase bookings and create an all around more positive experience for your guests. And we’re not just talking about any kind of design - but truly eye popping scroll, stopping creative designs that help your space stand out.Bridgette shares how she got started with AirBnB design through AirBnB arbitrage, to running her own design and styling business with her boyfriend, Blue. She gives great tips like how to find truly unique pieces and create photo opportunity moments in spaces she designs. Bridgette gives valuable insight into the unique things they do for clients to enhance the overall quality and attractiveness of the property, where she gets her inspiration from, and she even shares her pricing and social media strategy. We’re so excited to have Bridgette tell her story and share her experience with us on the show! Make sure to check out her one-of-a-kind properties and designs on her Instagram and Tik Tok.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:•&nbsp;Airbnb:&nbsp;The Funkin Spot•&nbsp;Instagram:&nbsp;@itsbridgettebitch•&nbsp;TikTok:&nbsp;@itsbridgettebitch•&nbsp;#STRShareSunday:&nbsp;@highlowstaysThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to automate communications with your guests using Breezeway's Smart Messaging.
3/30/202348 minutes, 46 seconds
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240. Hosting Hotline: The Surprising Way Airbnb Reviews Can Skyrocket Your Bookings

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Anonymous STR Owner asks:How do you manage to be so funny, beautiful, interesting, intelligent, and successful, all at the same time?Since this question ended being a bit ambiguous, we’re going to parlay this into how guests’ Airbnb reviews – positive or negative – can help you improve your STR game.Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit&nbsp;Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Noise AwareMonitor your property's noise levels and keep guest noise – and neighbor noise complaints – under control. Use code 'TFVNA20' for 20% and a FREE sensor, at noiseaware.com.
3/28/202310 minutes, 42 seconds
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239. Not Leaving These 5 Tools for Your Airbnb Guests Could Cost You Big-Time

Today we’re sharing five basic but essential cleaning tools that need to be available to not only your cleaning team, but to your guests. We chose these items because they are sneaky ones that we sometimes don’t see in properties, but highly recommend.Most of these items only need to be purchased once, and don’t cost a ton of money. Think of them as investments in your property that will help your guest and allow them to keep your asset clean. There are ways to keep them out of sight of the guest if they don’t ever need to deal with them as well. And of course, if you've got any of these items that you love, let us know and we will share it with the masses so everyone can learn from you.Remember, just because someone hasn’t mentioned it doesn't mean that they didn't think about it or want or need it during their stay. As always, learn from our mistakes!To learn more, visit:&nbsp;http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:•&nbsp;Microfibre Cloths•&nbsp;Zep Reusable Bottle•&nbsp;Multipurpose Cleaner•&nbsp;Broom and Dust Pan•&nbsp;Low Cost Vacuum•&nbsp;Investment Vacuum•&nbsp;Plunger•&nbsp;Thanks for Visiting Amazon Store•&nbsp;#STRShareSunday:&nbsp;@twobaystayThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to take control of your hosting business and elevate your property care, operations & messaging.
3/23/202319 minutes, 1 second
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238. When To Hire vs. When To Self-Manage Your Airbnb (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Carrie asks:We have 14 properties that we own, but a friend is managing. We’re trying to decide if we should take over management for them. What should we consider?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Noise AwareMonitor your property's noise levels and keep guest noise – and neighbor noise complaints – under control. Use code 'TFVNA20' for 20% and a FREE sensor, at noiseaware.com.
3/21/20238 minutes, 12 seconds
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237. 5 Quick Tips for Leveling Up Your Listing

In this #STRShareSunday remix, we’ve invited Hosting Business Mastery members to share some of their top takeaways from the recent Level Up Your Listing Summit. We had such great conversations at the event that we decided to share some of the top tips we all learned in this episode!Topics we cover include: how to increase engagement on social media, as well as plan and manage your social media posting schedule, action items for revamping your short-term listing and the benefits of making improvements, maximizing your efforts by delegating or automating tasks no matter what scale your operation is, and short-term rental insurance umbrella policy and tax deduction takeaways that, even though are not sexy topics to talk about, are so important to understand.This event reminded us that getting to live events and connecting with the hosting community is really important. We are working on bringing our live event back this year, so please be on the lookout for that.In the meantime, we encourage you to try to put something on your calendar where you can connect with other hosts. Meeting fellow hosts can not only uplevel your own listing, but it'll help uplevel the whole entire hosting community. Make sure to give these hosts and properties a follow on Instagram!To learn more, visit:&nbsp;http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:•&nbsp;@bigbucklemountainhomes&nbsp;on Instagram•&nbsp;@sleepylagoonla&nbsp;on Instagram•&nbsp;@lacroixcovington&nbsp;on Instagram•&nbsp;@thedigs.co&nbsp;on Instagram•&nbsp;@yyhminnesota&nbsp;on Instagram•&nbsp;Social Media Management Platform:&nbsp;Later.com•&nbsp;Shop:&nbsp;Minoan•&nbsp;Insurance:&nbsp;Proper Insurance•&nbsp;Level Up Your Listing 2024:&nbsp;levelupyourlistingsummit.com/2024waitlist•&nbsp;#STRShareSunday:&nbsp;@levelupyourlistingThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!ELEVATE SummitBreezeway is hosting a FREE live event March 22 & 23. ELEVATE is the only vacation rental conference dedicated to back-of-house property care, operations, communication, and safety. Register for FREE at <a...
3/16/202318 minutes, 26 seconds
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236. The Best Bedding For An Airbnb Wedding Venue (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Amelia (@EmersonFieldsVenue) asks:Our wedding venue is preparing to host overnight stays. What is your advice on bedding and linens: do we buy multiples of something cheap &amp; disposable to replace over time, or something durable that can be used repeatedly?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit&nbsp;Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by&nbsp;Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Noise AwareMonitor your property's noise levels and keep guest noise – and neighbor noise complaints – under control. Use code 'TFVNA20' for 20% and a FREE sensor, at noiseaware.com.
3/14/202311 minutes, 3 seconds
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235. Permission To Pivot Your Airbnb Business

We’ve experienced some changes in our business lately, and we’re here to discuss all the details of these recent pivots; and explain why you should NEVER be afraid to pivot in your business.Maybe you have a property that’s underperforming, or you’re managing properties for other owners with a difference of opinion on how things should be run. These small conflicts can add up and overtake your “mental mortgage,” which is something you absolutely need to protect.Some decisions are bigger than the spreadsheet; they’re about instinct. Profit does not – and should not – drive every single decision you make. If you get that gut feeling that something needs to change, don’t wait too long – great entrepreneurs make decisions fast.If you’re making changes in your business right now, please email us – we want to hear your pivoting story!To learn more, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:#STRShareSunday: @berrycreekbrokenbowThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:ELEVATE SummitBreezeway is hosting a FREE live event March 22 & 23. ELEVATE is the only vacation rental conference dedicated to back-of-house property care, operations, communication, and safety. Register for FREE at breezeway.io/elevate.HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!
3/9/202324 minutes, 26 seconds
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234. Division Of Labor for An Airbnb Partnership (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Christina asks:My team and I are just starting the concept of our STR business from scratch. There are 3 of us, and we all have other full-time jobs. How should we split up the division of labor for each of us?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
3/6/20238 minutes, 3 seconds
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235. Jump-Starting Your Airbnb Journey with Ellen Yin, Cubicle To CEO

Ellen Yin is the founder &amp; host of Cubicle to CEO®, a top 1% podcast and media platform creating financially transparent content, events, and education empowering entrepreneurs to pursue what's possible. Ellen quit her corporate job without a backup plan and bootstrapped her first $300 freelance project into over $2 million in revenue by age 28. Ellen has mentored more than 10,000 students through her online programs and also owns the Cubicle to CEO® Clubhouse, a women's coworking space in Salem, Oregon. Her work has been featured in Forbes, the Today Show, Yahoo Finance, and 100+ other publications.Ellen has been considering entering the hospitality industry, and today she joins the show “STR-curious,” turning the questions around on us. We talk through her goals with short-term rentals, the importance of location, achieving an STR license, the metrics to consider when purchasing a property, and why you should be thinking about your exit strategy from the very beginning.To learn more, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:https://cubicletoceo.co/https://www.instagram.com/cubicletoceo/?hl=enhttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cubicle-to-ceo/id1470966370https://www.youtube.com/@CubicletoCEOhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/ellen-yin#STRShareSunday: @PurvisionPropertiesThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to automate communications with your guests using Breezeway's Smart Messaging.HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!
3/2/202346 minutes, 13 seconds
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232. Listing Your Airbnb As A Parent-Child Setup (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Patty asks:My 3-bedroom property is targeted specifically for traveling nurses. What is the best way to set up a parent-child listing to make the best use of the space?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAResources:Review our first video parent-child listingsOur preferred bedroom door lockThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
2/28/202310 minutes, 33 seconds
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231. Making Vacation Rentals The Most Respected Travel Vertical

Simon Lehmann is one of the world’s foremost experts on short-term rental and vacation rentals. He leads AJL Atelier, a specialized vacation rental, and business consultancy, while also advising multiple companies as Board Member and Executive Chairman.A sought-after speaker, panelist, and moderator, Simon loves to broach high-level and technical topics alike, from the future trends of short-term rental to the specifics of online distribution in the top 5 OTAs. Previously, Simon was the Co-Founder &amp; Chairman of Vacasa Europe, former President of PhocusWright, and ex-Board member of HomeAway, to name but a few. He’s also an accomplished operator, having led Interhome as CEO, Hotelplan Group as Deputy CEO, and Swissport as EVP.Simon joins us today to discuss the vacation rental industry at large: why it’s primarily a human business, why tech is important but CAN’T replace the human touch, why you need to have consistency of product in your properties, and as always, the importance of direct booking and diversification.To learn more, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:AJL AtelierThe world’s largest ever published vacation rental technology visual landscapeExcellence Wins by Horst Schulze&nbsp;#STRShareSunday: @_homesweetdome_Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to take control of your hosting business and elevate your property care, operations & messaging.MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!
2/23/202348 minutes, 9 seconds
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230. How Your Cancellation Policy Affects Your Airbnb Listing (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Christine asks:Does our cancellation policy affect our listing’s visibility on Airbnb?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAResources:PriceLabs: use code TFV for an extended 30-day free trial—plus get a $10 credit!&nbsp;Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
2/21/20237 minutes, 51 seconds
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229. Investing for Financial Independence and Empowerment

Delyanne Barros is an investing coach and the founder of Delyanne The Money Coach LLC. Growing up poor and as a Brazilian-born immigrant, she believed that money was something extremely difficult to earn, manage, and grow. After paying off $150k in student loan debt and becoming a millionaire she now shares her knowledge with over 500K followers across all her social media platforms. Her signature program, Slay the Stock Market, teaches new investors how to become financially independent and retire early and has over 6,000 students enrolled. She has been named one of the most influential voices of money by Time and she was also the host of Diversifying, the first personal finance podcast produced by CNN.We’re going rogue today and for once, not talking about real estate. But Delyanne’s tactics for investing in the stock market make a perfect pair for real estate investors and Airbnb owners who are looking to either grow their portfolios, or put their profits to work and prepare for retirement. Delyanne focuses on index funds, and today she talks about all sides of investing in the stock market: why we were never taught this in school, scare tactics and complicated language to deter the average investor, and why you should think carefully about hiring a financial planner.To learn more, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:FREE Class: Invest For Independence.&nbsp;DelyanneTheMoneyCoach.comDelyanne’s Podcast, ‘Diversifying’Delyanne on Instagram @DelyanneTheMoneyCoach#STRShareSunday: @wooded.wanderlustThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to automate communications with your guests using Breezeway's Smart Messaging.MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!
2/16/202350 minutes, 53 seconds
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228. Yes Or No To Sleeper Sofas? (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Katie asks:My Airbnb’s bedroom is in a loft, accessible only by a ladder; should we get a sleeper sofa as an extra option for guests?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
2/14/202310 minutes, 25 seconds
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227. Converting A Summer Camp Into Overnight Stays And Event Venue

Helen Christopher is a former elementary teacher turned hospitable host, author, and event planner in Upstate New York. In 2021, she bought a former girls summer camp called Brookledge which offers guests 60 acres of cabins, glamping tents, and event space. As owner, she helps guests reconnect with nature and disconnect from their hectic lives. Helen has been featured in the Times Union, Ramble and Roam blog, and Connecting Roads. In 2023, look for her in the book Hospitable Hosts (second edition). She now lives with her family and two dogs in what was once the nurse’s office at Brookledge and enjoys camp life every day.&nbsp;Helen joins the show today to discuss how she came across Brookledge and what led her to buy the property, how she and her husband had to seriously downsize after moving into the Brookledge nurse’s office, and their proximity to Saratoga Springs, NY, a nearby tourist destination.To learn more, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:BrookledgeNY.com@BrookledgeNY on InstagramHelen’s Airbnb Listings: Brookledge Camp, Crook Brook Cabin, and Cottage Cozy#STRShareSunday: @glenairecottagesThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to take control of your hosting business and elevate your property care, operations & messaging.
2/9/202346 minutes, 43 seconds
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226. How To Generate Direct Booking Leads Without Airbnb (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Today’s Question:What suggestions do you have for generating direct booking leads?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
2/7/202310 minutes, 43 seconds
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225. Creating The Nerd’s Guide To Financial Independence

Sarah King has pivoted from the world of Dave Ramsey &amp; long term rentals, into the world of leverage and mid-term, furnished rentals. After accumulating piles of debt and seeing all of her money go straight to bills, Sarah decided it was time to make a change and claim financial independence. Beginning in 2020, Sarah has since rebuilt her entire portfolio from 0 units back up to 13 units after a divorce, all with a three year old in tow and while working full time!To learn more, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:Visit hostmasterclass.com to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Nerd's Guide To Financial Independence&nbsp;Nerd’s Guide To FI Podcast@NerdsGuideToFI on InstagramSarah’s Airbnbs:Flat On 8Casa VerdeCasita at Casa VerdeSinclair FlattsSpacious At Sinclair#STRShareSunday: @great_harbor_getawayThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to automate communications with your guests using Breezeway's Smart Messaging.
2/2/202355 minutes, 49 seconds
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224. Protecting Your Airbnb From Scams + Squatters (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Jasmine asks:How can you check if booking requests from brand new Airbnb users are valid? Specifically, if they are requesting a long-term stay but have just made an account and have zero reviews.Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAVisit https://www.hostmasterclass.com to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
1/30/20239 minutes, 52 seconds
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223. Firing A Property Manager To Take Back Control

Veronica Romney is a Dream Team Architect who helps online entrepreneurs build their dream teams and train their rainmaking marketing leaders. She’s a former Speaker and Trainer for Tony Robbins and Dean Graziosi, and the former Chief-of-Staff of mega-brand BossBabe. She’s no stranger to the stage and has been in the online marketing world for over 15 years, having been featured in places like Forbes, Inc, Huffpost, ABC News Radio, and more. When she’s not helping her visionary clients scale to 8-figures plus, you can find her wrangling her two man cubs in the beautiful oak trees of North Carolina.After purchasing a dream rental property in Surf City, NC, Veronica found herself tied up with an undesirable property management company; outdated, careless, and anti-Airbnb. But because of her business and marketing experience, Veronica willed the property back to life, changing out management teams, cleaning teams, and eventually booking out the property year-round with a combination of Airbnb and direct bookings.To learn more, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:Seaglass LookoutVeronicaRomney.com&nbsp;RainmakerResidency.com#STRShareSunday: @mirariverfrontgetawayThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to take control of your hosting business and elevate your property care, operations & messaging.MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!
1/26/202349 minutes, 34 seconds
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222. Leveraging Airbnb For Rental Arbitrage (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Celia asks:I’ve been researching and preparing to get into the STR business. How do you pitch a landlord on subletting a property to list on Airbnb (aka rental arbitrage)?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
1/24/20239 minutes, 52 seconds
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221. Taking Your Airbnb Business To the Next Level with Wendy Doris and Amy Corbett

Wendy Doris and Amy Corbett are two amazing STR owners who’re part of our membership group, Hosting Business Mastery Membership. They’re joining the podcast today (for the second time!) to discuss their hosting journeys, what led them to join HBMM, what’s changed for their businesses since then, and what they're planning for the future.Learn more about Hosting Business Mastery Membership and sign up here.Listen back to the origin stories for Wendy (Episode 27) and Amy (Episode 96) on the podcast.To learn more visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:Amy on Instagram @thosecrazycorbettsWendy on Instagram @mostess.host#STRShareSunday: @onwatersedgeThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to automate communications with your guests using Breezeway's Smart Messaging.HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!
1/19/202345 minutes, 20 seconds
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220. Set Up Direct Booking As A New Airbnb Host (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Kara asks:As a brand new host, what do I need to be aware of when setting up a direct booking site for my property?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
1/17/20238 minutes, 59 seconds
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219. Creating An Authentic Off-Grid Airbnb Experience

Addie Wales is a marketing professional and Airbnb Superhost. She has 8 years experience working in marketing and 2 years hosting guests at her off-grid cabins in northern Minnesota. Addie and her husband Ben are serial entrepreneurs. They also own and operate a coworking &amp; fitness space in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When Addie's not working, she loves to travel, hike, bike, and practice yoga.Their off-grid properties, the Ely Cabin Collective, provide guests with a range of nature-focused comforts, including all the desired “Glamping” amenities, while remaining fully off-grid with solar power, propane heat, and outdoor firepits. Situated on 40 private acres of Minnesota wilderness, guests have access to walking trails, nearby state parks, and watersports like kayaking and paddle boarding.Addie offers consulting for hosts that want to:Build from scratch on raw land,Set up an off-grid solar system, or&nbsp;Need help marketing and branding their rental to make it stand out from the rest&nbsp;To learn more, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:Ely Cabin Collective@ElyLogCabin on Instagram@ElyCabinCollective on InstagramEly Log Cabin Airbnb Listing#STRShareSunday: #TheTexasAFrameThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to take control of your hosting business and elevate your property care, operations & messaging.
1/12/202342 minutes, 5 seconds
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218. Our Airbnb Isn’t Booking, Should We Sell? (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Kitty asks:We have a great property, but because the town is extremely seasonal, it’s very difficult to rent. Should we sell?&nbsp;Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
1/10/202314 minutes, 53 seconds
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217. Making Your STR Accessibility Friendly Through Universal Design

Dr. Rosemarie Rossetti is an internationally acclaimed expert on accessible and universal design. She speaks and consults with people in the vacation rental industry to help make their properties more accessible, safe, and marketable. She is committed to teaching vacation rental homeowners how to attract guests of all abilities.As the author of the Universal Design Toolkit, her book is filled with time-saving ideas, resources, solutions, and guidance for making homes accessible. Rossetti and her husband led the design team, were the general contractors, and live in the Universal Design Living Laboratory, This is the top-rated universal design home in North America.Today, Rosemarie joins us to discuss the business opportunities of accessible homes, what is typically missing from homes to make them accessible, and features that already exist in your property that may qualify as accessibility options.To learn more visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:RosemarieSpeaks.comUDLL.comUniversal Design Toolkit#STRShareSunday: @becomingrentableThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to automate communications with your guests using Breezeway's Smart Messaging.MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!
1/5/202340 minutes, 20 seconds
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216. Our Top 10 Episodes Of 2022

To wrap up the year, we’re recapping our Top 10 episodes of 2022! Thank you to all of our amazing guests who’ve joined us on the show, and for our new AMA episodes, thanks to all you listeners for submitting questions throughout the year. See you in 2023!To learn more visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:165. Double Your Bookings with This STR Listing Strategy148. Behind the Scenes on Our First Real Estate Deal146: Back to the Basics: 7 Things to Review in the New Year158. Building Successful Digital Marketing Campaigns with Emily Miethner152. Pets &amp; Your Rental Property: What You Need to Know with Heather Kazmark151. How to Build a Foolproof Inspection Checklist147. Back to the Basics: Refocusing on Guest Experience155. Taking Your Short-Term Rental from Job to Business with Kylan Pimley161. Simplify Ordering &amp; Save on Furnishing Your STR with Minoan162. Less is More in Luxury Real Estate with Rachel Gainsbrugh#STRShareSunday: @lucky_bend_lookoutThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to take control of your hosting business and elevate your property care, operations & messaging.
12/29/202227 minutes, 52 seconds
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215. Direct Booking vs. OTAs (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Amy asks:Some guests tend to trust Airbnb because of perceived added security. How do I explain the benefits of direct booking to guests?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
12/27/202210 minutes, 16 seconds
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214. Your Top 10 Hosting Tips for 2022

Annette + Sarah share their Top 10 Hosting Tips for 2022. You can submit your top tips on Instagram @ThanksForVisiting_Free + Clear Laundry DetergentBackup Keys for Smart LocksTo-Go CupsChip ClipsExtra Wine Keys (+ Bottle Openers)Lighting for Evening Check-InsBlock Your Listing Calendar for Time OffA “Getting Ready” Area Outside of the BathroomCombine A Dresser with A TV StandExtra Supplies for Longer StaysTo learn more visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:Follow us on Instagram + Share your Hosting Hot Tips!#STRShareSunday: @TheBrookhouseVTThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to automate communications with your guests using Breezeway's Smart Messaging.HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!
12/22/202222 minutes, 57 seconds
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213. Pricing Your Property For Mid-Term Stays (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Sharon (@WindroseDestinations) asks:How do you suggest pricing for mid-term stays, especially coming into the slow winter season?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
12/20/202211 minutes, 6 seconds
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212. End-Of-Year Business Planning for STR Hosts

Sarah and Annette recap the 2022 business year, and discuss what they plan for 2023 (including the slow winter season in Ohio). They share their tips on switching from short-term to mid-term rentals, what you need to consider, and how to make sure you are ready for when the short-term rental season resumes.To learn more, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:#STRShareSunday: @homme_girlsThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to take control of your hosting business and elevate your property care, operations & messaging.
12/15/202222 minutes, 21 seconds
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211. Laundry Best Practices for Bedspreads (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Chris asks:What are best practices for washing bed linens? With a duvet cover, do you still wash the main bedspread after each guest?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
12/13/202210 minutes
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210. How To Become Recession-Proof with Real Estate

With a passion for researching and sharing the most important facts on real estate and economics, Kathy is a frequent guest expert on such media as CNN, CNBC, Fox News, NPR, CBS MarketWatch and the Wall Street Journal. She is the author of the #1 best seller, Retire Rich with Rentals, and host of two long-running RealWealth podcasts – “The Real Wealth Show” and “Real Estate News for Investors.” You’ll also find her on the recently launched BiggerPockets “On the Market” podcast as one of several co-hosts.&nbsp;"I just found millionaires and interviewed them, and it always came down to two things that made them wealthy: owning a business, or owning real estate. Then really it boiled down to one, which was business, because you've got to treat your real estate like a business."You will learn:How Kathy Fettke went from being a stay-at-home mom to becoming a real estate mogul, syndicating deals and owning a vast portfolio.What Kathy did to position herself and her portfolio for the upcoming recession, and how she is staying positive despite the current market conditions.How Kathy's short-term rental business has changed in the past few months, and what she is looking forward to in the future.To learn more, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:Book: Retire Rich with Rentals: https://amzn.to/3ARVNH8Book: Traction: https://amzn.to/3uqPIhfGrowDevelopments.com@KathyFettke on InstagramRealWealth.comKathyFettke.comKathy Fettke on LinkedIn#STRShareSunday: @thecatskillsmountainhouseThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to automate communications with your guests using Breezeway's Smart Messaging.
12/8/202249 minutes, 7 seconds
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Bringing Buying Group Power To All STR Hosts

Jeff Iloulian has been in the vacation rental industry for nearly a decade. He has set up, managed, and/or operated over 250+ vacation rental properties; from cozy cabins in the woods, to luxury mansions in Beverly Hills.Additionally, Jeff has successfully grown several businesses and has a passion for interdisciplinary problem solving in emerging industries. He firmly believes that the further you push outside of your comfort zone, the larger that zone becomes.With a background in Economics and Philosophy from Columbia University and a JD from UCLA School of law, Jeff spent three years as a lawyer practicing Business Litigation, Intellectual Property and Cybersecurity before becoming an entrepreneur.Jeff is now CEO of HostGPO, THE buying group for hosts, which helps all STR business owners get access to the industry’s best discounts on furniture, linens, and everything you need to create long-term growth for your short-term rental.Resources:Our listeners can get 3 MONTHS FREE by signing up at HostGPO.com.Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.
12/6/202254 minutes, 22 seconds
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209. The Best Accounting Software For Your STR Business (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Today’s Question:What do you recommend for accounting software for STR owners? Is there something specific for our industry or is Quickbooks still the gold standard?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAResources:StessaXeroWaveQuickbooks OnlineThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
12/5/20228 minutes, 46 seconds
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208. BIG Airbnb Updates For 2023

Today we’re reviewing Airbnb’s new winter updates as we move into 2023. If you have Airbnb listings, we always recommend logging into your account regularly to see what’s new on the platform, and be sure your listings are up to date with Airbnb’s requirements and able to perform well in the search algorithm.Here’s what’s new:Total price display for guests (nightly rate + all fees), and Airbnb is now prioritizing total price over nightly price in search resultsPricing tools for hosts to help them understand pricing and fees and how to set competitive pricesImprovements to guest checkout, and requiring that checkout requests are visible during booking. (And, guests should not have to do unreasonable checkout tasks like stripping the beds or doing the laundry).Guest identity verification is becoming stronger$3 million in damage protection for Airbnb to reimburse hosts, now including art and “invaluables”$1 million in liability insuranceProtection for income loss if you have to cancel future bookings because of prior guest damagesCoverage for pet damagesNew listing highlights for accessibility features at your propertyTo learn more, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:Read the full Airbnb announcement#STRShareSunday: @NorthwoodsAFrameThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to take control of your hosting business and elevate your property care, operations & messaging.
12/1/202229 minutes, 57 seconds
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207. Building Wealth + Growing An STR Business With Your Partner

Kacia &amp; Seena are brand new to STRs and real estate investing, but they have a BIG vision of where they want to take this, and how they are going to use the power of community to build out an STR brand. After 13 years together and three months into their marriage, they are taking a deep dive into real estate investing.Kacia has 9 years experience as an entrepreneur, and Seena left his career as a dentist one year ago when he realized that career path was no longer aligned with their shared vision. They are both big dreamers who are driven by creating legacy for their future families, as well as long-term generation wealth.They have a huge vision of where they want to take their goals with STRs, and feel it's so important to keep people looped in every step of the way to teach and inspire others who might have similar goals.To learn more, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:@Peachhouse.Denver on [email protected] on InstagramKaciaGhetmiri.com@KaciaGhetmiri on [email protected] on InstagramThe EmpowerHER PodcastGhet Investing Podcast#STRShareSunday: @lakhabineThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to take control of your hosting business and elevate your property care, operations & messaging.MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!
11/24/202248 minutes, 34 seconds
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206. Decoding the Best Cleaning Products & Techniques for Your STR

Sean Kemper, founder of ETI Solutions, helps educate people on cleaning best practices. Their parent company, Ecolab, manufactures quality cleaning products that are both safe AND effective, bringing innovative equipment, cleaning, and disinfecting products to the industry.Sean has served on the Vacation Rental Housing Professional's (VRHP) board for the past four years, focusing his efforts on vacation and short-term rental businesses. With his background and expertise, Sean helps STR owners understand the risks of using off-the-shelf cleaning products vs. commercial grade chemicals, the importance of using concentrates, and how smell remains an important factor for your guest’s comfort and sense of cleanliness.To learn more, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:ETISolutions.coSean on LinkedInEcolab.comVisit ThanksForVisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @East_ATL_StudioThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to automate communications with your guests using Breezeway's Smart Messaging.
11/17/202243 minutes, 4 seconds
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205. Converting A Church Into An STR (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Lindsey asks:Our most recent STR purchase came with an old church built on the property. We’ve been booking it as a wedding venue, but if we wanted to turn it into its own rental unit, what’s the best setup for this? Would it be a draw as a unique STR listing?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
11/14/202211 minutes, 17 seconds
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204. The Harder You Work, the Luckier You Get

Alex Sabio is a married father of four from Southern California. He has been in healthcare for over 20 years, and focuses on helping other healthcare workers become financially free through investing in STRs.Alex had a rocky start in real estate investing, including bankruptcy, builder issues, and even a Ponzi scheme. But through it all, he always had an innate feeling that he was making the right moves, and continued to persevere through these struggles. Today, he’s thriving with multiple properties, and always networking with partners and fellow hosts to find new opportunities.To learn more, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:#STRShareSunday: @StayVillaMilaThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to take control of your hosting business and elevate your property care, operations & messaging.
11/10/202241 minutes, 31 seconds
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203. How To Safely Provide Alcohol For Your Guests (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Meg asks:Are there restrictions around offering alcohol to your guests, whether as a check-in gift or as an upsell to “stock the bar?”&nbsp;Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
11/7/20229 minutes, 31 seconds
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202. Holiday Safety Tips for Your STR

Breezeway’s Justin Ford is back sharing his top holiday safety tips and tricks for rental properties. He covers the most likely accidents that occur during the holidays; why the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas are so deadly in terms of fires and other accidents; why candles are a BIG no-no; why you might want to take a peek at your insurance before welcoming guests with a bottle of wine; the unexpected common accident that comes from holiday decorating; and finally, some cheap – even free – tips that could potentially save lives and property damage.To learn more, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:Get your FREE Holiday Safety reminder at ThanksForVisiting.me/HolidaySafety&nbsp;#STRShareSunday: @happycamperchaletThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to automate communications with your guests using Breezeway's Smart Messaging.MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!
11/3/202237 minutes, 15 seconds
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201. Hot Tub Safety in your STR (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Kamala asks:I’m putting a hot tub on the deck at my property, and I’m wondering how high the railing surrounding the hot tub should be?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions; and thanks to Justin Ford from Breezeway for the guest answer. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
10/31/20226 minutes, 47 seconds
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200. The Best Highlights from TFV Live (Our First Event!)

To celebrate our 200th episode we’re recapping all the best moments from our very first live event: TFV Live! Experience at the Sahara Las Vegas.Real EstateKenny Bedwell from STR Insights – STR real estate deals are both emotional and logical. Don’t just chase the right returns; make sure you’re investing in towns and communities that you have a connection with and are passionate about.Creative Funding Panel – There are a myriad of ways to make a real estate deal happen. Don’t stop if you get turned down by one or two banks; keep asking, and keep pitching. (Or, be like Mike Hicks, and focus on private lenders over banks!)OperationsSean Kemper from Kemper Industries – Make sure you have the proper array of cleaning supplies for your STR (and your home). Not every solution works with every type of mess; whether it’s mold, pet messes, or salt &amp; snow from winter, you need the right product for each scenario.Justin Ford from Breezeway – Safety is the MOST important thing in any STR. Treat your property the same way that hotels are required to do by law, including smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and structural safety. Don’t assume that insurance has you covered! (And be sure to get your free safety certification from Breezeway).Kyle Stanley from Fearless Kyle – Don’t overthink hiring; leverage your network, take action, and hire before you’re ready. Try posting something like this on your social media of choice: “I’m looking for someone in [Your Area] who would like to make $400-500 per month, part-time, to help with some real estate tasks. So easy, anyone can do it. Please message me or tag someone you know who may be interested.”MarketingEmily Miethner from GetawayUpstate –&nbsp;Leverage social media to differentiate your listings and drive interest from guests. And don’t underestimate the power of influencer marketing: you can partner with local influencers and media outlets in your area to offer giveaways or promotions and drive new bookings.Arthur Colker from StayFi – It’s never too early to start gathering your guest’s information to build an email list. StayFi offers an integration for your property’s WiFi to automatically collect guest emails and begin cataloging them into your email marketing tool of choice.Direct Booking Panel – Don’t leave your success in the hands of Airbnb! You could go from 0–30% direct bookings (or more) just by taking quick action on simple items like creating your direct booking website, or starting a blog based on your property’s city or state.Thank you so much to all of our guests, speakers, and sponsors who made TFV Live possible!To learn more visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:Vacation Rental Manager's AssociationThanks to Breezeway for letting us record at their booth#STRShareSunday: @ThanksForVisiting_Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to take control of your hosting business and elevate your property care, operations & messaging.MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent
10/27/202225 minutes, 5 seconds
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199. Creating Exclusive Short-Term Rentals for Military and Government Travelers

Anthony Gantt is a retired Marine and Founder of atease. After experiencing complications with short-term rental stays during his many relocations in the military, Anthony identified a common problem with short-term rentals: they were often not compliant with the government’s high standards (the way hotels and motels were), and so the employees staying in them weren’t eligible for travel and lodging reimbursement.atease (at ease) is the new game in town that is helping hosts diversify their listing opportunities and earn more income by serving military and government personnel. atease helps to ensure that your property is in line with government standards, opening up your bookings to the constantly moving military and government employees. This means less vacancies year-round, regardless of seasonal travel or pending recessions.To learn more, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:PCSAtEase.com@At_Ease_Rentals on InstagramAt Ease on LinkedIn#STRShareSunday: @d.bdensThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to automate communications with your guests using Breezeway's Smart Messaging.
10/20/202247 minutes, 42 seconds
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198. Working Around Your City’s STR Restrictions (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Addie asks:Our township wants to impose their own licensing and taxes on short-term rentals, and while they deliberate, they’re proposing a one-year ban on all new STRs. This poses issues for our business and we’re just finishing up a new property and getting ready to list it. What can we do?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAResources:Go to rentresponsibly.org to get involved in your local community’s STR industry.Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
10/17/202210 minutes, 39 seconds
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197. Short-Term Rentals are an Emotional AND Logical Investment

While working for Citi Bank doing financial research and analytics four years ago, Kenny purchased his first short term rental. After deciding to grow his STR portfolio, he found it difficult to identify the best STR markets based on his budget.He founded STR Insights in 2021 as a tool to help investors find their best STR markets. He now has 6 STR's throughout New York. Kenny helps investors find the best STR markets using data and unique finding strategies based on their circumstances.To learn more, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:Get STR InsightsSTR Insights on Facebook@STRInsights on InstagramMeet Kenny at our very first LIVE event! Lean more and get your tickets at https://www.thanksforvisiting.me/vegas#STRShareSunday: @Yellowood_FarmThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to take control of your hosting business and elevate your property care, operations & messaging.HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!MinoanMinoan helps short-term rentals and boutique hotels enhance their appeal with their customizable, curated retail platform. Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!
10/13/202246 minutes, 10 seconds
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196. How To Manage an Out Of State Rental Property (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Jesse asks:We just purchased property in another state, which is zoned residential upstairs and commercial/office space downstairs. What tips do you have for managing a rental property from long-distance? And do you have any ideas for leveraging the commercial space on the first floor?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAResources:Courtney’s original question from Episode 190Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
10/10/202215 minutes
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195. Leveraging Medium-Term Rentals for Financial Freedom

Zeona McIntyre has been an Airbnb host since 2012. After 10 years of managing short-term rentals across the globe, she has transitioned to selling Real Estate to investors looking to house hack or live for free. She is an avid Real Estate Investor owning a double-digit portfolio of short and medium-term rentals.&nbsp;She has been featured on BiggerPockets, Mr. Money Mustache, NPR, Business Insider, and more than 50 podcasts. She spends half the year in Boulder, Colorado, and the other half traveling the world as an international pet sitter.Zeona has gone from $50K in debt to Financially Free in just 2 years with Airbnb. Now, her focus is on Medium-Term Rentals, highlighted in her new book, 30-Day Stay, where she covers the benefits of medium-length stays over constant turnovers and changing city regulations.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:Zeona’s Book, 30-Day Stay: On Amazon or BiggerPockets.com&nbsp;ZeonaMcIntyre.com@ZeonaMcIntyre on Instagram@ZeonaMcIntyre on TwitterEpisode 92: Remote Hosting, Real Estate, and House Hacking with Zeona McIntyre#STRShareSunday: @DunRavenRiverhouseThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to automate communications with your guests using Breezeway's Smart Messaging.HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!
10/6/202241 minutes, 15 seconds
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194. What You Need To Know Before Forming A Partnership (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Holly asks:Should I take on a partnership? How do I know if partnering up is the right move for my business, and once I decide, how do I know I’ve found the right partner?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
10/3/202214 minutes, 31 seconds
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193. Know Your Numbers and Empower Your Business with Quarterly Reports

Quarterly recaps are a MUST for your business. Whether you’re managing properties for clients, or self-operating your STR listings, regular quarterly reports can help provide a holistic, high-level view of your business’ performance.This real data puts a different spin on the day to day grind, especially in those moments where you feel like you’re having a slow week or your booking calendar is empty. Having oversight into your listings’ performance from month to month, and quarter to quarter, allows you to zoom out and keep you informed. Data over drama!Our 4 Key Metrics in the Quarterly Report:Occupancy rateAverage Daily Rate (ADR) = Total Rev / Nights SoldRevenue Per Available Room (RevPAR) = Total Rev / Available RoomsTotal RevenueTo learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:#STRShareSunday: @AllBelong.coThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to take control of your hosting business and elevate your property care, operations & messaging.Join us in Las Vegas!Thanks For Visiting is heading to the Sahara Las Vegas October 22 & 23. Learn from us and amazing guests from across the country at this actionable in-person workshop. Get your tickets at ThanksForVisiting.me/Vegas.
9/29/202223 minutes, 7 seconds
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192. How To Organize Your Work (and Life) As An STR Owner (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Kelsey (@StayJandK) asks:How do you set up your Workday or your work week? There’s so many things I know I could (or should) be doing, but some days it’s so much that I get analysis paralysis. How do you structure things on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis, and how do you know when it’s time to delegate tasks out to your team?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
9/26/202220 minutes, 18 seconds
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191. Hustle Is Not Enough: Attention to Detail and Creating Your Niche in STR

TJ Tijani immigrated from Nigeria, landed in Houston, and his story is a whirlwind of hustle and entrepreneurship. He grew up with a single mom who was raising 5 kids, and watching her tenacity and grit inspired TJ to be the first in my extended family to graduate college and get a job as an engineer.But he hated the 9-5 grind, and took matters into his own hands, walking away from his job and jumping head first into the short-term rental business. After lots of studying and trial &amp; error, TJ now runs a successful STR empire, and teaches others how to do the same.To learn more visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:STR Roadmap@TJTijani on InstagramTJ on LinkedInShort Term Rental Investing with TJ PodcastCheck out TJ’s Merch#STRShareSunday: @MagnoliaCottageFarmstayThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to automate communications with your guests using Breezeway's Smart Messaging.HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!Join us in Las Vegas!Thanks For Visiting is heading to the Sahara Las Vegas October 22 & 23. Learn from us and amazing guests from across the country at this actionable in-person workshop. Get your tickets at ThanksForVisiting.me/Vegas.
9/22/202245 minutes, 23 seconds
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190. Comparing Your STR House Rules with Airbnb’s Guest Policies (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Courtney asks:We recently had a situation with Airbnb in which a guest had not signed a rental agreement within 48 hours of booking, which is specified in our listing’s rules. Airbnb refused to uphold our rule, and stated that the guests had until the moment of check-in to meet our requirement of signing the rental agreement.Airbnb has very much sided with guests, claiming that they would not cancel the reservation on their end until that moment of check-in, and even going so far as to threaten me about canceling the reservation as a host because of their new policy (which just took effect in August).How do you go about ensuring that guests sign a rental agreement when Airbnb won't uphold your rules?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAResources:Thanks For Visiting is heading to the Sahara Las Vegas October 22 &amp; 23. Learn from us and amazing guests from across the country at this actionable in-person workshop. Get your tickets at ThanksForVisiting.me/Vegas.Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
9/19/202215 minutes, 22 seconds
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189. Fire Safety Comes First in Your STR

Safety is one of the first things to think about in short term rentals, and our favorite safety expert, Justin Ford, is back on the show to help make sure our guests go home only with great memories.Justin recently attended the National Fire Protection conference in Boston, and as no surprise, he’s brought back with him a slew of new products and recommendations for fire safety.To learn more, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:JustinFord.expertJustin on LinkedInLockabox One™ to hide hazardous chemicals from kidsKidde Smart Alarms with App for Air Quality TestsGoogle Nest with Features like Sound DetectionOval 10JABC Fire Extinguisher with Flat, Low-Profile DesignDenlar Range Hoods for Fire PreventionOutlet Covers from Wallplates.comEpisode 159: Back to Basics: Fire Alarm 101#STRShareSunday: @BayshoreBeachLodgeNJThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!Join us in Las Vegas!Thanks For Visiting is heading to the Sahara Las Vegas October 22 & 23. Learn from us and amazing guests from across the country at this actionable in-person workshop. Get your tickets at ThanksForVisiting.me/Vegas.BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to take control of your hosting business and elevate your property care, operations & messaging.
9/15/202239 minutes, 21 seconds
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Thanks For Visiting LIVE Comes to Las Vegas October 22-23

Join us for our first LIVE EVENT where you will meet other ambitious hosts just like you and connect with industry experts! We’ll cover the 3 pillars you need to master to level-up your hosting business.This is a LEARN &amp; DO workshop style event where you will be able to take action on the spot and apply what you learn directly to your business. Our all-day workshop will cover 3 major pillars: Real Estate, Operations, and Marketing. Not to mention, plenty of networking to help you make new connections that will truly change your business.Lean more and get your tickets at https://www.thanksforvisiting.me/vegas
9/13/202225 minutes, 45 seconds
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188. How To Offer Your Property’s Amenities to the Public (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Michelle (from @BirdHausFarms) asks:We have a large swimming hole on our vacation rental’s property, and are considering renting this out to the public (non-guests) to earn extra revenue. What’s the best way to do this to not interfere with the guest’s experience?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAResources:Join us in Las Vegas! Thanks For Visiting’s FIRST Live Event is October 22-23 at the Sahara Las Vegas. Visit ThanksForVisiting.me/Vegas for tickets &amp; more infoThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
9/12/202212 minutes, 36 seconds
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187. Fostering Support and Advocacy for Short-Term Rental Communities

David Krauss fell in love with short-term rental hosting in 2013. As a strong believer in the people of the short-term rental community, David cofounded Rent Responsibly in 2019 to help harness the innovation and solution-oriented energy of hosts. Rent Responsibly is a community building and education platform for local short-term rental alliances.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:RentResponsibly.orgDavid on LinkedIn&nbsp;#STRShareSunday: @Mostess.Host&nbsp;Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!Join us in Las Vegas!Thanks For Visiting is heading to the Sahara Las Vegas October 22 & 23. Learn from us and amazing guests from across the country at this actionable in-person workshop. Get your tickets at ThanksForVisiting.me/Vegas.BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to automate communications with your guests using Breezeway's Smart Messaging.
9/8/202250 minutes, 37 seconds
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186. Invest In Your Property by Hiring A Caretaker (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Calvin asks:You’ve talked about finding a caretaker for your property (or properties), who is more involved and invested in your rentals than just a turnover team or pool cleaner. Do you have any advice on finding a caretaker (also called a property coordinator, inspector, or detailer)?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
9/5/202211 minutes, 45 seconds
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185. Create An Abundance Mindset Through Collaboration, Not Competition

Kyle Stanley is an AirBnB operator out of Fresno, CA. Although he has been doing AirBnB since 2015, he didn't truly turn it into a business until May of 2019.When Kyle learned he could operate AirBnB's in homes that he didn't even own, he realized that he could scale the business quickly. In under 18 months, Kyle went from 1 listing to 25 listings, netting over $20K per month.Now 3 years into the business, Kyle has over 60 properties and nets an average of $60k per month while spending just 3 hours per week in his business. With the extra time, he now teaches others how to replicate his path. Kyle also has a Youtube and Podcast called "The Fearless Investor."&nbsp;To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:TheFearlessInvestor.comThe Fearless Investor PodcastFresno Short Term RentalsKyle on InstagramKyle on LinkedIn#STRShareSunday: @TheAcornCabiNCThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us in Las Vegas!Thanks For Visiting is heading to the Sahara Las Vegas October 22 & 23. Learn from us and amazing guests from across the country at this actionable in-person workshop. Get your tickets at ThanksForVisiting.me/Vegas.HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to take control of your hosting business and elevate your property care, operations & messaging.
9/1/202238 minutes, 15 seconds
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184. Airbnb Is NOT Going To Cover Your Insurance (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Andy asks:Regarding insurance, how do we as hosts assess if the 3% fee we save with direct booking is worth the cost of purchasing our own insurance for our STR?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
8/29/202212 minutes, 54 seconds
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183. House Hacking Your Way To Success in Real Estate

Danielle is a second generation real estate agent with a passion for helping others, investing and all things real estate. To say that she has been doing this career since she was in diapers is no metaphor. Danielle was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio where her family enjoyed taking advantage of the great lakes, the changing seasons and the opportunities in the glass city.Danielle received her MBA from the University of Toledo with a concentration in finance, so finding a good deal or making one of her own is definitely her thing. Danielle and her husband Bret moved to Wilmington when they decided it was time for a change and not living at the beach was no longer an option. They traveled their way along the east coast looking for a new city to call home. It was important to them that they find a community where they could become established and really make an impact. Once they stumbled upon Wilmington, there was no going back, they knew they had found their home where they could grow their roots deep and wide.She enjoys living the island life in Carolina Beach and taking their two doodles to the beach! Danielle enjoys traveling the world, trying new recipes and spending quality time at the gym. Her friends would say that she is driven, genuine, has a strong work ethic and likes to have a good time. Catch her on HGTV, Island Life!To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:DanielleGillespieHomes.comDanielle on Instagram#STRShareSunday: @LodgeNoirThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to automate communications with your guests using Breezeway's Smart Messaging.HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!Join us in Las Vegas!Thanks For Visiting is heading to the Sahara Las Vegas October 22 & 23. Learn from us and amazing guests from across the country at this actionable in-person workshop. Get your tickets at ThanksForVisiting.me/Vegas.
8/25/202252 minutes, 37 seconds
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182. Refinancing Options Using the BRRRR Method (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Leslie (@FoxandHenDen) asks:Can you advise on the refinancing options when using the BRRRR method (Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance, Repeat)?Keegan asks:Where is the best place to start researching the rules and regulations for short term rentals in your city?Thanks to Marc Kade from Princeton Mortgage for the guest answer! And thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAResources:RentResponsibly.orgThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
8/22/202216 minutes, 52 seconds
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181. Building True Generational Wealth Through Real Estate

Jameelah Jordan is a biochemist turned real estate investor, broker, and digital nomad. For over 6 years, Jameelah has been honing her real estate skills, growing her portfolio which has enabled her to pursue her dream of helping others build generational wealth through real estate.Jameelah teaches property owners how to be hosts – not just someone with a door – and believes in diversifying your listings by not relying solely on a single OTA like Airbnb or VRBO for your income.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:JameelahJordan.com@IAmJameelahJordan on InstagramJameelah on LinkedIn#STRShareSunday: @JamesStagingCoThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!Join us in Las Vegas!Thanks For Visiting is heading to the Sahara Las Vegas October 22 & 23. Learn from us and amazing guests from across the country at this actionable in-person workshop. Get your tickets at ThanksForVisiting.me/Vegas.BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to take control of your hosting business and elevate your property care, operations & messaging.
8/18/202237 minutes, 48 seconds
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180. Save Money and Avoid Hassles with Smart Locks (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Brandy asks a few questions:Do you have a favorite outdoor lock that operates on WiFi, Bluetooth, or Z-Wave?What lock do you recommend for indoors, if you wanted to section off part of the home?Is there any reason why you wouldn’t use the same lock both indoors and outdoors?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAResources:Yale Assure Lock TouchscreenSchlage BE365Schlage FE695Wall-mounted LockboxListen to Episode 165Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
8/15/202220 minutes, 1 second
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179. Managing Luxury Listings Is All About the Details

Scott Graden is a passionate Real Estate and Hospitality expert with over 25 years of experience in Development and Sales and Marketing of for sale and for rent real estate. His visionary company, GoodNight Stay, has been setting the standard for the new breed of build to rent short term rentals that are seen in today's market.- Over $3B in real estate sales- Over $1B in assets managed&nbsp;- Over $500M in rents collected&nbsp;- Over 1M guests hostedGoodNight Stay is all about the details, which keeps them thriving through the ups and downs of economic recessions and changes in the real estate market. Scott’s prior experience in the Chicago real estate market set him up for success and allowed him to pivot into short-term rentals, servicing couples, families, and corporate retreats.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:GoodnightStay.com@GoodnightStay on Instagram&nbsp;Scott Graden on LinkedIn#STRShareSunday: @bellacrestabrokenbowThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to automate communications with your guests using Breezeway's Smart Messaging.Join us in Las Vegas!Thanks For Visiting is heading to the Sahara Las Vegas October 22 & 23. Learn from us and amazing guests from across the country at this actionable in-person workshop. Get your tickets at ThanksForVisiting.me/Vegas.
8/11/202249 minutes, 47 seconds
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178. The Top 3 Things That Impact Your STR’s Neighborhood (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Susi from @WellDressedHome asks:I missed you at RESA con and came looking to see where I could purchase the course that you do (referring to the Stage To Rent Academy, vs. Hosting Business Mastery)Jessica asks:My husband and I recently bought one acre of mountain view property in east Tennessee that we plan to build three separate cabins on, but there’s only one acre of property, so the amenities such as the fire pit, gril,l and hot tub will have to be a shared space among guests. Would you suggest renting the cabins out separately with shared amenities, or renting all three cabins out to larger groups only?Marianne asks:I'm getting started on my second Airbnb property and would love to hear your tips for vetting guests and prevent large parties and major damages to a property. So far we've been pretty lucky, but I want to make sure that going into this next property, we are set up for success.Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAResources:Stage To Rent Academy&nbsp;Hosting Business MasteryRESA ConEpisode 165: Double Your Bookings with This STR Listing StrategyNoiseAware: TFV peeps can use code TFVNA20 for 20% offThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
8/8/202219 minutes, 10 seconds
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177. Small Changes That Have BIG Impact for Your Guests

Deborah Labi is a retired property manager with her fingers in many pies, sharing her experience via her consultancy, a podcast, a soon-to-launch second podcast, and co-director of The Book Direct Show. She likes to keep as busy as her brain; an OCC – or obsessive compulsive creative – she’s an ideas fountain.&nbsp;Through The Guest Inn-Spector, Deborah has keyed in on the small details that have a large impact on your guests. She believes property owners should stay in their own rentals in order to experience them as a guest would, and envision the guest’s journey from check-in to check-out. But at the very least, have a friend or family member stay and offer their feedback (or, hire Deborah!).Essential things to audit and optimize in your rental, courtesy of The Guest Inn-Spector:Live chat availability while guests are browsing your booking siteEase of booking - how many steps does it take a guest to pay and confirm the booking?Check-in email sequence - don’t spam, but also don’t ghostIf your listing incorporates third parties (e.g. smart lock notifications), ensure these are branded through your listing to avoid guest confusionArrival instructions - this may be your guest’s first time in a city (or country!) so avoid giving them too much work in order to get their key and check inFirst impressions after entering your space (think: WiFi access, coat hangers, etc.)General property design - simple, functional things that make guests feel like they’re in a home, not a hotel - for example, where do guests hang their towels after a shower?Check-out instructions - guests are now focusing on their travel plans and flight confirmations, so consider not adding too much extra work for themSend a review request to your guest on their last day of the stay, while they’re still in your space - don’t wait until after they check outTo learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:PDF: Top 5 Amenities You Should Provide at Your Short Term RentalThe Guest Inn-Spector&nbsp;The Techsplained Podcast&nbsp;The Book Direct Show&nbsp;Drift Live Chat#STRShareSunday: @guesthouse71Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to take control of your hosting business and elevate your property care, operations & messaging.HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!Join us in Las Vegas!Thanks For Visiting is heading to the Sahara Las Vegas October 22 & 23. Learn from us and amazing...
8/4/202244 minutes, 33 seconds
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176. Building Nostalgia Into Your Unique STR Property (AMA)

Welcome to another Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Jennifer from @PepinForestRetreat asks:Building unique properties that aren't typically “houses” is my passion, but we've found that funding and building codes and other restrictions can be really difficult to get for something that isn't a traditional building. Do you have any experience with (or any podcast guests that have talked about) building something out of the norm?(Thanks to Mike from @wanderchatt &amp; @findyourrepurpose for the guest answer!)Helen from @BrookledgeNY asks:I own an old girls camp, and one of the things that's unique about the property is the cabins don't come with bathrooms because the campers used to use shared bathhouses; how can I make this a unique feature on my listing instead of an inconvenience? Also, what should I include as a welcome gift or unique amenity in the cabin, as we’re trying to tap into the nostalgia of summer camp for our guests?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAResources:Episode 153 with Camp WandawegaEpisode 18 with The Box HopEpisode 88 with Bolt Farm Treehouse.Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
8/1/202216 minutes, 5 seconds
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175. Grow Your Inventory: Unlocking Riches in the Niches with D. Brooke Pfautz

D. Brooke Pfautz (Fouts) is one of the industry's foremost experts in growing vacation rental inventory. He literally wrote the book on inventory growth – and it’s already a three-category Amazon bestseller. Brooke got his start in the industry in 2007 when he co-founded Vantage Resort Realty in Ocean City, MD and took an idea on a napkin to more than 500 properties in just five years.After a successful exit, he went on to grow inventory for other major vacation rental brands as a Chief Business Development Officer in multiple destinations. Most recently, as an executive at a leading vacation rental software company, he saw first-hand through MasterMind groups that he launched and facilitated what worked and what didn’t for the 20 largest and most successful companies in the country.Today, Brooke leads Vintory, the first and only CRM &amp; Sales and Marketing Automation Platform designed exclusively for Vacation Rental Managers to grow their inventory. At Vintory, a team of over 60 growth experts are laser focused on one thing: helping Vacation Rental Managers hit or exceed their inventory growth goals.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.meResources:Brooke’s Book, ‘0 To 500 Properties In 5 Years’Follow Brooke on TwitterBrooke Pfautz on LinkedInVintory, the first and only platform designed exclusively to help Vacation Rental Managers grow their inventory#STRShareSunday: @adohi_cabinThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to automate communications with your guests using Breezeway's Smart Messaging.Join us in Las Vegas!Thanks For Visiting is heading to the Sahara Las Vegas October 22 & 23. Learn from us and amazing guests from across the country at this actionable in-person workshop. Get your tickets at ThanksForVisiting.me/Vegas.HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!
7/28/202256 minutes, 47 seconds
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174. How To Optimize A Three-In-One Property Listing (AMA)

Welcome to our very first Ask Me Anything (Ask Us Anything?) episode! Each week we’ll answer your questions on STR, real estate, OTAs, and everything in between.Paige asks:With a pending recession, does it still make sense to invest in short term rentals, if I'm financially able to.Troy asks:What data do you recommend using or filtering through when looking at short term rental data (for example, AirDNA), and also, what quantitative components and criteria are most useful when you're acquiring a new property?Matt asks:I have just purchased a home which I believe is a three for one: the entire house is a four bedroom, one of those bedrooms could be considered a mother-in-law suite, and it's got a beautiful outdoor backyard area. What is the best way to list this, and to explain to guests that this is a shared property and that each listing is separate?Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah &amp; Annette, visit Speakpipe.com/ThanksforvisitingAMAThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us for our live, free, host masterclass on Tuesday, March 28th at 1pm EST. Learn from the 3 big mistakes that were holding us back from running the 7-figure hosting business we have now! Sign up at hostmasterclass.com.
7/25/202218 minutes, 31 seconds
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173. Expanding Your Rental Portfolio for Long-Term Wealth

Avery Carl is the author of ShortTerm Rental, Long Term Wealth: Your Guide To Analyzing, Buying, and Managing Vacation Properties, and the host of "The Short Term Show" podcast. Avery went from a 37k salary to a real estate investment portfolio of 100 doors in 5 years through strategically investing in short-term and vacation rentals.This strategy allowed her to grow her portfolio much more quickly than starting off with traditional long-term rentals. The Short TermShop has helped over 4,500 families create generational wealth through real estate investing.To learn more, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me&nbsp;Resources:Avery’s Book, ‘Short-Term Rental, Long-Term Wealth’@TheShortTermShop on InstagramKeeping It Real PodcastThe Short Term Shop on YouTube#STRShareSunday: @bayview_bigfootThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us in Las Vegas!Thanks For Visiting is heading to the Sahara Las Vegas October 22 & 23. Learn from us and amazing guests from across the country at this actionable in-person workshop. Get your tickets at ThanksForVisiting.me/Vegas.HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to take control of your hosting business and elevate your property care, operations & messaging.
7/21/202242 minutes, 54 seconds
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172. Discover the Power To Pivot Your Business

Meredith Cowley is a passionate Social Worker turned Short Term Rental Entrepreneur. Following the birth of her son, then a diagnosis of breast cancer, Meredith re-evaluated her priorities and found a business that aligned with these.Meredith strives to keep a healthy balance between family life and a flourishing hospitality and real estate gig. Sometimes she gets it right, but it's always a work in progress. The important part is making decisions - even in business - that are centered around what’s best for your family, instead of the other way around.For Meredith this may look like keeping a 20-hour work week and delegating on-site work to her team, or balancing the business after her partners stepped away, or pivoting from areas like arbitrage to property management as her business continues to evolve.Based in sunny Australia, she has grown a boutique STR business where she helps guests and property owners create memories. She is also a contributing author in the international best selling book Hospitable Hosts.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.meResources:Custom BnBCash Flow Positive Facebook GroupHospitable Hosts BookMeredith on LinkedIn#STRShareSunday: @casa.cochectonThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to automate communications with your guests using Breezeway's Smart Messaging.
7/14/202241 minutes, 47 seconds
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171. When Will the STR Bubble Burst? with Alex & Annie

With more than 35 years of combined experience in vacation rentals, Alex Husner and Annie Holcombe have teamed up to connect the dots between inspiration and opportunity, seeking to find the one story, idea, strategy or decision that led to their guests' big A-HA moment.&nbsp;As legacy operators of vacation rentals, Alex and Annie believe in direct bookings, and rental owners who are currently only using OTAs like Airbnb or Vrbo can benefit from creating their own direct booking platform. In fact, they’re bullish on diversifying their properties to ensure they’re listed on multiple platforms and are flexible for different types of guests.We also discuss the real estate and rental bubble and when it might burst, consolidation amongst rental properties, and what legacy vacation rentals can learn from newer short-term rentals (and vice versa).To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: http://thanksforvisiting.meResources:AlexAndAnniePodcast.comListen to Alex &amp; Annie on Apple PodcastsFlip.to&nbsp;#STRShareSunday: @thechalaframeThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to take control of your hosting business and elevate your property care, operations & messaging.Join us in Las Vegas!Thanks For Visiting is heading to the Sahara Las Vegas October 22 & 23. Learn from us and amazing guests from across the country at this actionable in-person workshop. Get your tickets at ThanksForVisiting.me/Vegas.
7/7/202248 minutes, 24 seconds
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170. Maximize Your Listing By Taking Action Now

Rose and her husband Brian own Your Family's Place. Their properties specialize in hosting multigenerational families and groups traveling together. Featuring large sized properties on expansive private acreage, guests experience vacations that are "open and go" with onsite amenities designed with children and family in mind.She’s a true owner-operator for her rentals, handling turnovers herself (with the family’s help), managing her business with an organizational chart, and making up for gaps in listings by booking photo shoots on her properties.Rose says, “You’re either on vacation or you’re having a trip,” and she helps all of her guests to have a true vacation with all of the amenities at Your Family’s Place.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.meResources:YourFamilysPlace.comInstagram: @YourFamilysPlace_The importance of SEO and influencers on Episode 149 with Elise ArmitageOwnerRez PMS#STRShareSunday: @cali.villasThanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to automate communications with your guests using Breezeway's Smart Messaging.HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!
6/30/202248 minutes, 23 seconds
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169. Make Your STR Pop With Design, Decor & Staging

Good design is an example of “ONE thing” that will help your listing stand out. Implementing professional staging and unique decor in your short-term rental can lead directly to more bookings and higher revenue.Gone are the days of just throwing a rental together and hoping for listings. The industry is getting more competitive as boutique hotels and experience stays are gaining popularity. Focusing your short-term rental around good design principles is a near guarantee for success in the competitive STR landscape.Tips for design in your STR:Use wallpaper (temporary or not) to create a bold accent wallDon’t skimp on the often-overlooked elements like light fixtures and live plantsSave money on artwork by getting printables on Etsy and printing &amp; framing it yourselfCreate timeless backdrops like subway tile and white walls which give you freedom to adapt your listing over time without turning it into a construction projectAre you an aspiring designer, or know someone who is? Reach out to us on Instagram!To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.meResources:See us in Las Vegas for RESACON: Real Estate Staging Association, July 21-23Design Files: interior design business software#STRShareSunday: @EverwoodsGroupThanks for Visiting is produced and published by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to take control of your hosting business and elevate your property care, operations & messaging.Join us in Las Vegas!Thanks For Visiting is heading to the Sahara Las Vegas October 22 & 23. Learn from us and amazing guests from across the country at this actionable in-person workshop. Get your tickets at ThanksForVisiting.me/Vegas.
6/23/202228 minutes, 43 seconds
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168. Increase Your STR Wealth with These Takeaways

We recorded this episode right after getting off the plane from Nashville, where we attended STR Wealth Conference. It was so amazing seeing our friends, colleagues, and listeners face to face. On this episode we’re sharing some of our big insights from the conference, and some key takeaways that our members also shared from their conference experience.Setting your listing apart from the competition might not require an expensive refab; decor and interior design can help your listing pop and lead to more revenue.STRs are not passive income! Even if you create the minimal workload, you still have to check in on your assets, your team, and have some oversight on your property.Electric car charging stations are becoming more and more standard for rentals. You only need one per property (if you have multiple rentals on the same property); and, this is a lucrative addition as you can make extra money from travelers who may be looking for charging spots while on the road.Take advantage of local tentpole events: everything from small conferences all the way to the Superbowl create prime dates for bookings. Consider taking your listing off of OTAs for those dates and leverage your direct bookings instead.Hire a tax professional that specializes in short-term rentals, or at least one that’s experienced in real estateSergio, @JungleHouse.AirbnbHe has lots of live plants in his property, and to keep up with it, he has a service (aside from turnover team!) that comes in to care for the plants every other week, even while guests are staying. They’re made aware of this when booking, and often don’t mind because the plants themselves are a selling point for the property.Stacy, @LaCroixCovingtonMake your first impression with a guest within the first 10 minutes of them arriving. If they have any hiccups during their stay, they’ll typically be more forgiving if they had a great check-in experience.Mark, BoostlyAsk yourself this question – do you work for yourself, or do you work for Airbnb? If you don’t have a direct booking strategy, get one, and start keeping 100% of your rental earnings.Miranda, @HomeGrownStaysIf you do one thing after leaving this conference, it should be trying out Rankbreeze, which helps you A/B test and optimize your listing for rankings in Airbnb.Mike, @WanderChatt Network and align yourself with the right people; you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time withLori, @GoldenDeerEscapesRemind yourself why you’re putting in all this hard work with the power of visualization. Picture your perfect day and reverse engineer how your STR will help you achieve it.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:#STRShareSunday: <a href="https://www.instagram.com/woodyoustay/" rel="noopener noreferrer"...
6/16/202231 minutes, 6 seconds
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167. 3 Ways You’re Leaving Money on the Table in Your STR

This episode may be a bit controversial, but we’re here for it. There is extra work and extra costs associated with any short-term rental, and we believe this is work you should be charging for. After all, you’re not a hotel; if you’re running an STR, you don’t have the same flexibility as hotels do, and when extra requests lead to more work or put a strain on your team (or yourself), you should include fees to compensate for this.So, here are 3 ways you may be leaving money on the table with your STR:1. Early check-in and late check-out feesWhether you’re a solo operator with a small team or running a business with multiple properties and a larger team, early check-ins and late check-outs can interrupt your normal flow of business with your rental.If your property is ready and there’s no previous booking, absolutely accommodate your guest and let them in early. But–when you have back to back bookings and need to coordinate with your cleaning team to make early check-in (or late check-out) a possibility, you should charge for it.This comes down to your most valuable asset: your TIME. And not just your own time, but your team’s time as well, as this puts pressure on them to flip the same home in half the time. Be sure to present it in a professional manner and mention that you incentivize your turnover team, especially in situations like this. A common practice for fees is to charge by the hour, for every hour before/after the original allotted time.2. Pet feesEven well-behaved dogs and hypoallergenic pups will leave behind a bit of a mess, and takes a bit of extra cleaning to ensure your pet friendly environment doesn’t impact other guests who may not have pets.Compare your pet fee to the rate of a typical kennel or dog service at home, which are usually priced per pet, per day. For longer rentals, we suggest a monthly cap to keep the fee in check. And don’t forget to speak with your turnover team to best plan for pet cleaning, and what they might suggest charging for the extra work.3. Shipping fees for forgotten itemsIt’s a nice courtesy, but paying for shipping and packaging is still going to cost you, and can eat up your time as well. Even with clear check-out instructions for your guests, some things may get left behind, and it’s reasonable to charge a small fee to get these items back to your guest.We start with a flat $50 fee for shipping which then covers our team’s time, boxes and packaging, and the shipping costs with UPS, FedEx, or similar. If shipping was cheap and there’s money leftover from the fee, we send it right back to the guest. But, we aren’t fronting the money for sending the items back.Heart is at the center of every short-term rental, but NOT at the expense of bad business practices. The expenses associated with all of these extras add up over time. Remember: this isn’t gouging, this is you providing extra services for your guests. Including these fees in your STR will start to provide more liquidity to invest back in your properties, in your turnover team, and in your business.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:#STRShareSunday: @the_evergreencottageThanks for Visiting is produced and published by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!Join us in Las Vegas!Thanks For Visiting is...
6/9/202224 minutes, 38 seconds
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166. Tips for Managing Expected (and Unexpected) Maintenance

Maintenance is always a hot button issue in the STR world. Let’s face it, properties are living, breathing organisms. They are constantly changing and in need of our love and attention. Unfortunately, we can’t always predict when that love and attention is needed, forcing us to schedule service, at times, during a guest’s stay.Today’s episode is all about managing the super important communication around this particular quirk of STR life. We touch on trash pickup and drop off protocols, lawn care appointments, on-site technician visits, pool and spa repairs, and refund scenarios before running down a full list of other equipment and assets which you can schedule preventative maintenance for – all in hopes of avoiding disruptions to your bookings.The key here is communication. We recommend being open with these kinds of details on your listing page and in the rental agreement itself – even pushing alert messages to on-site guests when a service appointment is coming up, just to be extra sure everyone is informed and comfortable in your space.Special thanks to Breezeway, the expert STR hub where we pulled information for today’s episode. To find out more about their amazing property management tools, book a demo at: https://www.breezeway.io/TFV.Resources:Book a demo with Breezeway#STRShareSunday: @thegreenchickadeeThanks for Visiting is produced and published by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to automate communications with your guests using Breezeway's Smart Messaging.
6/2/202239 minutes, 39 seconds
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165. Double Your Bookings with This STR Listing Strategy

How can you ethically list your large rental twice to make the most of a bigger property?In Sarah’s example, we split a fourplex in two by installing quality door locks on the two upstairs bedrooms, and listing the property twice: one listing with 4 bedrooms for 8 guests, and the other with 2 bedrooms for 4 guests.With this setup, you can still make the most of your property based on the time of year and local events, by prioritizing the larger listing and making the smaller version unavailable. Then, open up the small listing on select dates or for last-minute bookings.To get the most out of this type of multiple listing (also called a parent-child listing):Offer a lower cleaning fee on the smaller listing versionAvoid automatically-locking door locksBe sure there aren’t major amenities behind the locked door(s), like a WiFi router or fire extinguisherLink your calendar for both listings in Airbnb so that when it gets booked, it automatically blocks off dates for the alternate listing*Flex your pricing based on booking traffic to get the most out of both listings and avoid orphan nightsSet expectations so that guests booking the smaller version of the listing are aware of the restricted areaBut, don’t forget to upsell the larger listing for guests that book and who may be interested in the extra spaceRemember: we’re not advising that you list your same home twice. Platforms like Airbnb use property addresses to help cut down on duplicate listings and prevent spam. Be sure that your two listings are unique and have different check-in instructions to avoid issues with Airbnb.*Note: things change, and Airbnb may change the calendar sync functionality in the futureResources:Our preferred Schlage lock for this setup: https://amzn.to/39zKIPR#STRShareSunday: https://instagram.com/twistedleafcabinThanks for Visiting is produced and published by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us in Las Vegas!Thanks For Visiting is heading to the Sahara Las Vegas October 22 & 23. Learn from us and amazing guests from across the country at this actionable in-person workshop. Get your tickets at ThanksForVisiting.me/Vegas.HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to take control of your hosting business and elevate your property care, operations & messaging.
5/26/202227 minutes, 23 seconds
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164. Getting Scrappy to Start Investing in Real Estate with Dr. Erin Hudson

Dr. Erin Hudson went from being in private practice to moving into single-family investment properties, short-term rentals, and then jumped into the multifamily space and is making big waves! She is one of five founding partners of Quattro Capital, which is an equity real estate firm that buys apartments ranging from 30 units to 250 units. Erin is also a licensed financial professional and helps others create their own family bank to fund their real estate transactions. She is on a mission to help women kick fear to the curb and step out in courage. We discuss how she got started in the early stages of investing, finding the grit and determination needed to be successful no matter the cost, and getting resourceful with what you have in order to get started.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:thequattroway.comLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/dr-erin-hudson-550904aFacebook: facebook.com/erin.c.hudson#STRShareSunday: @theblankfarmhouseThanks for Visiting is produced and published by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to automate communications with your guests using Breezeway's Smart Messaging.HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!
5/19/202251 minutes, 12 seconds
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163. Travel Hacking & Conscious Credit Card Use with Kara Greene

We’re all about giving a holistic approach to your short-term rental: looking at the whole picture, from safety, marketing, real estate, and more. And while we’ve touched on all of the things you need to buy for your properties, we haven’t discussed how you can best capitalize on the purchases you make to get the most out of them.Kara Greene is an influencer on Instagram with over 47 thousand followers. She shares tips and stories from her own personal finance successes over the last 27 years, including being debt free (yes, even her mortgage), saving up for both of her children’s college educations, and redeeming over $87k in travel points over the last ten years. She shares with us some of the simple ways to get started with travel hacking, how to avoid information overwhelm, and approaching credit cards without taking risks.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:auntkara.comInstagram: @aunt.karaGetting Started with Points and Miles Free Webinar (Replay): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0ONX-GKTLI#STRShareSunday: @stoneycreekhideawayThanks for Visiting is produced and published by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Join us in Las Vegas!Thanks For Visiting is heading to the Sahara Las Vegas October 22 & 23. Learn from us and amazing guests from across the country at this actionable in-person workshop. Get your tickets at ThanksForVisiting.me/Vegas.HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to take control of your hosting business and elevate your property care, operations & messaging.
5/12/202252 minutes, 3 seconds
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162. Less is More in Luxury Real Estate with Rachel Gainsbrugh

Rachel Gainsbrugh went from being a healthcare professional by day to real estate investor by night in the luxury and corporate short-term rental space to taking on real estate full time. Now, she’s passionate about teaching busy professionals how to create a life they won’t want to vacation from – all by investing in luxury vacation rental and ownership investment in the most profitable markets out there. We talk about what luxury means, how to create that luxury experience your guests are looking for, and how to get started purchasing and renting out luxury properties of your own.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:shorttermgems.comInstagram: @short.term.gemsGet a list of the top 75 most profitable cities in the US at 75gems.comVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @_theneoncactusretreat_Mentioned in this episode:BreezewayVisit Breezeway.io/TFV to automate communications with your guests using Breezeway's Smart Messaging.HostfullySign up today at Hostfully.com and use coupon code THANKSFORVISITING to get 2 Free Guidebooks!
5/5/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 31 seconds
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161. Simplify Ordering & Save on Furnishing Your STR with Minoan

Shopping for your property never gets old. It’s not just about doing it as quickly or cheaply as possible—it’s about putting a piece of yourself and your style into your short-term rental. But while the shopping experience might be fun, there are plenty of parts that aren’t—from seeing the price tag at the end of it all, to juggling tracking and deliveries across multiple brands, and more.Marc is a self-proclaimed boutique geek and is passionate about the future of retail. After spending nearly 6 years working at Jet.com (acquired by Walmart), he quickly realized that the best product experiences don't happen on screens or shelves—they happen in real moments of use “in the wild.”&nbsp;Marc founded Minoan to help hosts create, and capitalize on, rich moments in their homes, save money on everything they need to buy, and spend a fraction of the time on the unsexy things that come along with ordering. Minoan turns your properties into shoppable experiences where guests can order the items they love from your stay, and you make some extra income in the process. We discuss how using Minoan can turn the process of furnishing your rental into a win-win-win for everyone involved.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:minoanexperience.comClick here to apply to Minoan: minoanexperience.com/join-usInstagram: @minoanexperienceExample Minoan shoppable property: https://grun-meadow.minoanexperience.comExample Minoan shoppable property: https://villakuro.minoanexperience.com/single-space/spacesGraph: Airbnb vs. Hotel ChainsVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @rosehillcottagerappahannockThanks for Visiting is produced and published by Crate Media.
4/28/202249 minutes, 13 seconds
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160. Making the Short-Term Rental World More Accessible with Lorraine Woodward

In this episode, we break down the endless opportunities available by making your property as accessible as possible.Lorraine Woodward is founder and CEO of Becoming RentABLE, a new listing platform where she and her team are aiming to change the way the short-term industry looks and redefine what it means to have a truly accessible STR.We talk about what makes a property accessible (or not), how much money the industry is missing out on due to inaccessibility, and what it means to people to have access to amazing vacation rentals like yours.&nbsp;You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and your mind will be blown. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.me.Resources:BecomingRentABLE.comVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @welcomesloughfloatinghomeThanks for Visiting is produced and published by Crate Media.
4/20/202251 minutes, 6 seconds
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159. Back to Basics: Fire Alarm 101 with Justin Ford

It’s been far too long since Justin Ford has been on the show, but don’t worry, he’s going to make up for it. He’s been steeped in the short-term rental industry since his last appearance, and he’s going to share with us all of the trends and themes he’s noticed when it comes to safety. One issue in particular that he keeps seeing is that people still don’t have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their homes, and there’s no excuse for that. In this episode, he shares why fire alarms and CO detectors are so important and what you need to know about them to keep your guests safe.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:Ring Alarm Smoke &amp; CO Listenerjustinford.expertbreezeway.iobreezeway.io/safety-app120. Make Deck Safety a Priority with Justin Ford - Thanks For Visiting110. 7 Tips to Ensure Pool &amp; Spa Safety with Justin Ford - Thanks For VisitingCleaning is Now Safety56 | Dryer Safety in Your Short Term Rental | with Justin FordVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @lucky_bend_lookoutThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
4/14/202240 minutes, 28 seconds
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158. Building Successful Digital Marketing Campaigns with Emily Miethner

Emily Miethner, like many of you, is a serial entrepreneur with a focus on social media, community building, and digital marketing. She’s an award-winning speaker and adjunct professor with over 12 years of experience delivering engaging talks both online and off.Not only does she specialize in social media, but she’s decoded how it works with short-term rentals as well. In 2021, she opened her first rental property, Kin House, and launched a Catskills / Hudson Valley brand, Getaway Upstate. She’s also the co-founder of Travel Cat, a global seven-figure e-commerce brand.We talk about how to get started with digital marketing, the best platforms to be on, the campaigns Emily used to see results, and turning one-time guests into repeat customers.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:getawayupstate.comJoin the Getaway Upstate mailing list for inspirationInstagram: @getawayupstateVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @carolinawildwoodThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media.
4/7/202246 minutes, 47 seconds
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157. Learn How Your STR Can Make Dreams Come True with Kisa Heyer

Do you realize how important you are to your guests, to your community, to your family – and to people you don’t even know? Kisa Heyer, CEO of The Dream Foundation, joins us to talk about the organization's special relationship with Airbnb hosts across the country, the very important role business owners and hosts can play in making dreams come true, and how you can take part in the magic.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:dreamfoundation.orgTwitter: @dreamfoundFacebook: facebook.com/DreamfoundationInstagram: @dream_foundationReach out to Dream Foundation’s VP of Programs Barbara Schoch if you’re interested in supporting future dreams: [email protected] thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @thetrendytudorThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
3/31/202226 minutes, 59 seconds
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156. Scaling Your Business with Investor Capital with Jeff Brown

Jeff Brown is here to teach us how to dream big and scale our businesses with investor capital. He’s the co-founder of Loma Homes, a vacation rental brand that specializes in unique themed experiences. He talks about what you need to do to get started looking for investors, the way that will affect your approach to finding properties, his “20% rule” for ensuring revenue, and how to build a portfolio of properties that can be sold at a massive profit.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:loma-homes.comEmail: [email protected] thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @aframelakeozarkThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
3/24/202250 minutes, 25 seconds
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155. Taking Your Short-Term Rental from Job to Business with Kylan Pimley

One thing nobody tells you when you start your hosting journey is that you’re going to have to get really, really good at revenue management. Well, scratch that, because we’re going to tell you now – with a little help from a member of our Hosting Business Mastery group, Kylan Pimley! We talk about the moment she realized that this needed to be managed like a business, when they began making the shift from treating it like a job to a company, and how managing short-term rentals requires looking at things through a different lens than a landlord.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:linktr.ee/gogorgegetawaysVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @mihomeawayThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
3/17/202245 minutes, 11 seconds
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154. Keeping Your STR Business Legally Protected with Scott Brown

Look, we get it – legal talk isn’t usually the most exciting thing in the world, but Scott Brown, an attorney out of Columbus, Ohio who specializes in intellectual property law for startups and entrepreneurs, keeps things interesting.&nbsp;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 discuss what you need to know, and more importantly, do, to keep your STR business legally secure.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:anthonylawllc.comVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @coastalcedarsanctuaryThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
3/10/202244 minutes, 3 seconds
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153. Creating a Time-Traveling Summer Camp Destination with Tereasa Surratt

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.&nbsp;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.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:wandawega.comHow to Host with Camp WandawegaVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @faroutcottageThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
3/3/202249 minutes, 27 seconds
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152. Pets & Your Rental Property: What You Need to Know with Heather Kazmark

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.&nbsp;Heather Kazmark is a co-host that works alongside her family at Kradel's Kabins and loves animals and nature. 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.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:kradelskabins.comInstagram: @kradelskabinsVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @staywithsebrellThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
2/24/202251 minutes, 23 seconds
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151. How to Build a Foolproof Inspection Checklist

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.&nbsp;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.&nbsp;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!To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:Visit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @getawayupstateThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
2/17/202232 minutes, 15 seconds
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150. Breaking Down Our Sales Blitz Strategy

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.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:https://stayawhilehostingco.com/businessVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @thewinonahouseThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
2/10/202226 minutes, 47 seconds
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149. Working With Influencers To Showcase Your STR Listing with Elise Armitage

Elise Armitage had the good job and a fancy title at a big brand. Her future was laid out in clear steps, but something was missing. It took taking a month from her day job at Google to convince her to dive head first into her side hustle, What The Fab, a start-up fashion and beauty blog that’s grown into a full-on travel and lifestyle brand.She walks us through the steps she took on her way to leaving her day job (Hint: six months of extensive planning) before we tackle a subject that’s growing more complex by the day: STRs and social media influencers. What’s appropriate? What’s fair? Who pays whom? All that good stuff.Elise’s story mirrors that of so many hosts, swapping out her blog for STR properties. We obsess and nurture them in our spare time, nights, weekends, and daydreams. But when is the right time to go all in? We hope this conversation helps open your eyes to what might be possible if you did the work and invested yourself, full-time, in a keystone listing, a group of properties, a brand, or any other passion project.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:Best Sedona Airbnbs for an Incredible Sedona, AZ VacationWhat The Fab: websiteInstagram: @wtfabLinkedin: Elise ArmitageVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @lakeviewlandingThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
2/3/202249 minutes, 27 seconds
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148. Behind the Scenes on Our First Real Estate Deal

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, and what level of investment we each brought to the table. 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.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:Visit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @island_in_this_dreamThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
1/27/202229 minutes, 43 seconds
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147. Back to the Basics: Refocusing on Guest Experience

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!To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:BOTHSTAR Keypad Door KnobVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @pines.edgeThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
1/20/202228 minutes, 53 seconds
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146. Back to the Basics: 7 Things to Review in the New Year

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.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:Visit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @lasterrazasprThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
1/13/202224 minutes, 46 seconds
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145. Real Estate Investing & the Power of Communities with Stacey St. John

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.Now, she is passionate about helping other women turn their real estate goals into successful businesses without having to sacrifice their family, free time, or sanity. We talk about building communities and partnerships with people you know and trust, sharing information, and how we can build up the short-term rental community as a whole.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:Facebook Group: Female Short-Term Rental Investorsthanksforvisiting.me/summit2022Visit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @sanbis_retreatsThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
1/6/202243 minutes, 27 seconds
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144. Our Best Episodes of 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.&nbsp;These are the 10 episodes that received the most traffic in 2021:10. 1. Your First Investments in Starting an Airbnb 1019. 121. Hiring a Team That Works with You with Taylor Arbaugh8. 123. Our Mistakes Making Property Offers and How to Avoid Them7. 100. Hospitality Tips from an Airbnb Legend with Chip Conley6. 122. Going All In on Short-Term Rentals with A-Frame Ranch Owner Callie Withce5. 118. Hidden Expenses of Your Airbnb4. 124. Buying Land &amp; Property Using Creative Financing Options with Mike Hicks3. 117. Start Boosting your direct Bookings Today with Mark Simpson2. 130. Elevating Your STR with High Vibe Design with Moria Sedgwick1. 99. Leveraging Passive Income for Financial &amp; Time Freedom with Amanda WilliamsTo learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:Visit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @thepoffsThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
12/30/202134 minutes, 13 seconds
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143. Operating an Overseas Vacation Rental Business with Lisa Byrne

Managing vacation properties is hard work. Anticipating the needs of guests, taking care of things as issues arise, planning proactive and preventative work, there’s a lot to think about – even more so when you’re operating business from afar.&nbsp;In this episode, we hear from a successful industry pro living in North America and operating in Europe to learn how she keeps everything in order. Lisa Byrne is the General Manager of VacationPerfect.com which has been hosting travelers overseas for over twenty years. We talk about operating a business in another country, getting customers from OTAs to your personal website, and creating real connections with guests.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:vacationperfect.com&nbsp;parisperfect.comitalyperfect.comlondonperfect.comVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @whoyourewithThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
12/23/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 21 seconds
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142. Vacation Rental Women’s Summit Recap

Rental Women’s Summit. It was impossible to see everything there was to see, so we enlisted the help of our Hosting Business Mastery Method members to divide and conquer! In this episode, we share our biggest takeaways from the event.A massive thank you to each and every one of our Hosting Business Mastery Method members:@lacroixcovington@levinaia_estates@gogorgegetaways@[email protected]@[email protected] learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:Visit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @thepaloverdehouseThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
12/16/202132 minutes, 4 seconds
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141. Creating an Identity for Your STR Property with Stacey Rase

Stacey Rase is a Superhost from the New Orleans area who has found her passion in offering specialty stays at her short-term rentals. After raising four children, she is now an empty nester. She took on her first property three years ago on a gut feeling and has treated it like her fifth child! She's found a niche in the industry by catering to brides and bridal parties, helping to make their special weekend stays memorable and one of a kind. We dive deep into what happened when she decided to buy her first property and what makes her business so special.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:www.lacroixcovington.comSleepy Lagoon CottageVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @stylehousevacationrentalsThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
12/10/202152 minutes, 6 seconds
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140. Looking at Airbnb’s November 9, 2021 Update in Detail

In your short-term rental business, Airbnb is one of the biggest and best tools out there to get your spaces booked and busy. But as a small business owner, big platform updates can sneak past you, leaving you open for issues down the line. Don’t worry, we’ve got you, boo. Today, we take a deep dive into all of the recent Airbnb updates to keep you in the know and on top of your game.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:Sign up for Proper Insurance [affiliate link]Visit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @elkhartaframeThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
12/2/202132 minutes, 20 seconds
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139. Renting Responsibly: Playing a Role in Your Local Regulation

We’re continuing to bring our favorite speakers from the VRMA onto the show! This time, we’re joined by the wonderful Dana Lubner. As Head of Leadership Development at Rent Responsibly, Dana works closely with alliance leadership teams to build united voices at the local level. She also serves on Denver’s short-term rental advisory committee alongside members of the city council.&nbsp;In Fall of 2020, Dana and VRMB’s Matt Landau launched a 10-part educational podcast titled “How to Save Your Vacation Rental Business,” with a second season in the works bravely tackling the difficult question of “What is fair regulation?”&nbsp;We dive into those plans and much more during this discussion. She delivers actionable tips and tricks to get involved in making sure the rental industry remains accessible to those who know, use, and love it appropriately.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:rentresponsibly.orgHow to Save Your Vacation Rental Business - Hosted by Dana Lubnereffortlessrentalgroup.comrentresponsibly.org/resourcesDon't have a STR alliance in your location? Start one! Check out our ULTIMATE GUIDE: Building a Self-Sustainable Short-Term Rental AllianceVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @thejbbeachhouseThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
11/25/202148 minutes, 33 seconds
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138. Buying with the End in Mind

We are all about starting fast without overthinking things. You don’t have to have everything dialed in and figured out before you dive into your first short-term rental property. But one thing you should have some idea of at the very beginning, is the end. That is, what do you do with that property once your STR journey is over? You never know where life is going to take you, so it’s smart to have these things in mind as things change over time. We’re going to explore what you need to know when you buy so that you can plan out a successful exit strategy.&nbsp;To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:Visit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @black.barn.ranchThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
11/18/202135 minutes, 13 seconds
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137. Lessons for STR Hosts from a Digital Nomad

You can learn a lot from professional hosts, but what about a professional guest? In this episode, we reverse engineer what pulls at a potential guest’s heart strings when making a booking, and compare what we find to things we think or assume are their priorities.When COVID-19 hit, Zach Busekrus and his wife Gabby decided to break out of their 750-square foot apartment in Washington, DC and beta test the digital nomad lifestyle by hopping around to new Airbnbs every 2-4 weeks. They’ve spent countless hours on Airbnb’s platform and have learned a thing, or ten, about how to discern the wheat from the chaff, when to book (and when not to), and how to find the best deals. Now, they aim to share what they’ve learned with others hoping to do the same.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:sponstayneous.combehindthestays.comThe Sparrow's NestVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @thezinretreatThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
11/11/202158 minutes, 24 seconds
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136. Growing a Business While Giving Back with Coconut Condos’ Angie Leone

Continuing a series of interviews featuring our favorite speakers from the 2021 Vacation Rental Managers Association International Conference in San Antonio, Texas, we sit down with Angie Leong, owner and CEO of Coconut Condos, a vacation rental management company founded in 2011 on the beautiful island of Maui.&nbsp;We talk about recognizing the tipping point between running things part-time on your own and hiring people to turn your STR project into a full-time business. We also discuss his perspective on approaching rental growth, riding pandemic policies in Hawaii, and how you can participate in the Dream Foundation.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:coconutcondos.comTo contact Coconut Condos, call today at (808) 419-1000 to speak with one of their friendly vacation rental specialists or email the team at [email protected].&nbsp;dreamfoundation.orgVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @cozyescapesThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
11/4/202151 minutes, 55 seconds
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135. Revenue Management for the Rest of Us

Heather Richer is a revenue management and distribution expert with over a decade of experience. She and her team have done revenue management for hotels, resorts, casinos, restaurants, and have been focusing on short-term rentals for the last 3+ years. We'll discuss the fundamentals of revenue management for short-term rentals. Even if you don’t feel like a revenue expert, it's critical to understand so that you can steal market share and beat your competition. She’s going to help you feel more confident, regardless of what your hosting situation happens to be.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:richerlogic.comastrho.orgVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @wanderchattThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
10/28/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 26 seconds
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134. Our Experiences at the 2021 Vacation Rental Managers Association International Conference in San Antonio, Texas

We’re still reeling from our first in-person conference post COVID. It was great to spend time among so many great and like-minded people at the Vacation Rental Managers Association International Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Listen for a rundown of our time there, from tips on how to get what you want out of people more effectively to how to handle negative reviews.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:Rent ResponsiblyBreezewayHostGPOVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @mountainlakebungalowThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
10/21/202135 minutes, 48 seconds
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133. Leveraging Local Expertise to Successfully Run Your Rental Business with Victoria Hawley

Running multiple rental properties can be stressful… but managing them across multiple states? It’s still totally doable!Victoria is a Superhost who has been at it for over a year in her home city of Columbus, Ohio, and she and her husband recently expanded their hosting business to Nashville, Tennessee. Hosting has allowed her to blend her passion for real estate, hospitality, project management, and design into one industry while creating financial freedom for her and her family and enabling them to practice radical generosity.In this episode, listeners will hear a firsthand experience of what it’s like owning short-term rentals across multiple states and working with multiple management teams and vendors. We’ll discuss why it’s critical to have a boots on the ground management team that are experts in the area, how to maximize your property’s performance, as well as the local short-term rental laws and regulations! We’ll also discuss why it’s important to discuss your goals with your management company(s) to ensure all parties are aligned.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:Instagram: @vmhawleyColumbus properties: airbnb.com/users/show/257339160Nashville property: abnb.me/GQcDEp8LTjbVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @mouse.house.rentalsThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
10/14/202145 minutes, 29 seconds
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132. Take Your Property from Overlooked to Overbooked with Brian and Kati Green

The number one thing that communicates to your potential guests and turns them to booked guests is effective photography. Kati and Brian Greene are “Superguests” who, after searching thousands of listings around the world, utilized that experience to create a service that optimizes listings to magnetize guests. They share tips you can use right away to boost the impression your property makes to potential renters, including some very powerful ones we’ve never heard of before.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:overlooked2overbooked.comClick here to get Kati and Brian’s eyes on your listing: overlooked2overbooked.com/listing-reviewVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @sanctuary33cabinThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
10/7/20211 hour, 1 minute, 14 seconds
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131. What to Do When a Potential Guest is Sending Warning Flags

What can you do when your gut is sending you warning signs about a guest booking?While you don’t want to be individually vetting guests, you do want to make sure that they’re a good fit for your properties – especially if you have specific rules, guidelines, or qualifications. Airbnb is on your side when it comes to making sure guests stay honest.We’re going to outline some of the things Airbnb already does to help hosts (including identity verification), as well as some of the “do”s and “don’t”s to keep you safe.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:Safely: safely.comInsuraGuest: insuraguest.comAutohost: autohost.aiVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @bluejayhavenThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
9/30/202134 minutes, 33 seconds
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130. Elevating Your STR with High-Vibe Design with Moira Sedgwick

Moira Sedgwick is the James Beard Awards Director and founder of A Chalet Collective, a short term rental design, remote management, and consulting business. In this episode, listeners will hear about the convergence of hospitality and design. We will dive into why it's important to create a unique, elevated experience and how to level up the vibe when creating your space.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:The Lost Cabin, Portland Maine@dirtandglassRecommended photographers: @cfunk44 + @heypamcakes@[email protected]@away.house@campchicoryVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @gregoryhillbnbThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
9/23/202150 minutes, 12 seconds
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129. Give & Grow: How Philanthropic Hosting Helps Communities & Businesses Alike with Chelsea Dunckley

We all want to run a good business, but many of us want to do good in the world as well. Chelsea Dunckley of Digs Co. joins us as we explore how offering up your vacation rental in various philanthropic ways can create a cascade of positive ripple effects within your community, your town, your family, and your business.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:digs-co.comInstagram: @thedigs.coVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @thehouseonlawstreetThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
9/16/202147 minutes, 7 seconds
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128. A Wild Story: An Unorthodox Short-Term Rental Journey in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Dan Ferretti has spent most of his life acting, singing, and pursuing a career in theater. He supplements this unstable career choice by managing a rooftop baseball club at Wrigley Field in his hometown of Chicago, as well as working as a standardized patient at Rush University Medical College and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dan is also a Superhost of his vacation condo in Puerto Vallarta, and co-host of two other units his friend owns there. He shares the entire story of how he found his first property in Mexico, how he used his personal traveling experience to inform how he ran his rental, and the wild ride that came along with it.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:Instagram: @casa_pavo_real_pvFacebook: facebook.com/CasaPavoRealPVDan’s STR: Casa Pavo RealVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @greengateguesthousesThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
9/8/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 57 seconds
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127. How to End a Property/Manager Relationship That’s Out of Alignment

Last week we talked about how to find a property manager that’s a good fit for you. But what if you’re on the management side, you take a job and, down the line, you realize the property doesn’t align well with your brand? Whether you're co-hosting, you’re looking to bring a property into your portfolio, or you’re stop-and-go on getting started, we’re going to help you listen to that inner voice – and guide you with what to do when you’ve ignored it.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:Visit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @wildpinescabinThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
9/2/202131 minutes, 42 seconds
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126. 11 Things to Look for When Hiring a Co-Host

Even if you LOVE being a property manager, practically everyone hits a point where they realize “You know what? Maybe I don’t want to be managing all of my own properties forever.”When you get there, there’s only one thing to do: start hiring. But when it’s time to hire, how do you make sure you find a great property manager, co-host, or hosting company? We’ve narrowed it down to eleven things to look out for when you’re hiring help.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:Visit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @thedigs.coThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
8/26/202132 minutes, 39 seconds
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125. 3 Things a Property Manager Can Focus on Now to Help Them Achieve the Best Exit with Jacobie Olin

We’ve spent a lot of time focused on two phases of the property-owning process: buying and renting. But there’s another step we have had a chance to dive into yet, and that’s the selling process.Jacoby Olin has been involved in short-term vacation rentals, litigation consulting, food and beverage, and real estate for over a decade. He’s one of the preeminent M&amp;A consultants in the short-term rental industry. He specifically advised buy-side clients looking to expand into new markets through acquisitions and developer partnerships.We discuss why you would want to sell your property, define cap rates and capital gains, and the steps you can take right now to set you up for a successful sale down the line.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:[email protected] thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @the_hideaway_torquayThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
8/18/202155 minutes, 29 seconds
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124. Buying Land & Property Using Creative Financing Options with Mike Hicks

Mike Hicks is a real estate maverick. He’s been involved throughout the industry for over 20 years, beginning in new construction and working his way to long-term rentals, flips, and short-term rentals as well. When he converted a duplex to a STR in 2016, he was hooked. We talk about real estate, his journey into short-term renting, the pros and cons of short and long-term renting, and building a rental inside of a shipping container.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:wanderchatt.comInstagram: @wanderchattInstagram: @findyourrepurposeVisit www.thanksforvisiting.me/live to join us live next week #STRShareSunday: @theoliverokcThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
8/12/202150 minutes, 26 seconds
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123. Our Mistakes Making Property Offers & How to Avoid Them

We always try to be transparent about what is going on in our businesses in the hopes that doing so will serve you. We share our hopes, ideas, struggles, and more. And on that note, we’re going to share one of our most recent embarrassments because you can learn from it.As we’ve worked together, we have evolved from wanting to focus on education (don’t worry, we’ll still be doing that!) and into growing our own short-term rental empire together. In fact, we just took the first step by making an offer on a property! This has been a long time in the making, and – honestly – we made it take a LOT longer than it needed to. That’s what we’re going to discuss.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:Visit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @hiplandiaThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
8/5/202138 minutes, 31 seconds
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122. Going All In on Short-Term Rentals with A-Frame Ranch Owner Callie Witcher

Some people like to dip their toes into the short-term rental world. Others, like today’s guest, go all in from the beginning. Despite having no background in the market, Callie Witcher is a Superhost from Fredericksburg, TX in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, where she and her husband built three short-term rentals from the ground up. She shares why short-term rentals were right for her family, why they decided on Fredericksburg as the place to host, and how she manages to find balance and handle the stress of it all.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:aframeranch.comInstagram: @aframeranchVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @sprucewoodcottageThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
7/28/202143 minutes, 10 seconds
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121. Hiring a Team That Works with You with Taylor Arbaugh

One of the questions we get asked most often is: how do you hire a team that has the same ethos and attention to detail as you?Taylor Arbaugh is a property coordinator at The Cliffs Hocking Hills and a team member of Sarah's. She helps to host the property. She is a mom and local in the area where The Cliffs is located, in Hocking Hills, Ohio. She doesn’t come from a property management background, but she has been a great addition to the team. If you’re not in the industry yourself, that doesn’t mean you can’t learn what it takes to make a great project manager.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:Find Taylor on Instagram:&nbsp;Email: [email protected] the Property: @thecliffs_hockinghillsVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @thecovecabinThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
7/21/202155 minutes, 54 seconds
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120. Make Deck Safety a Priority with Justin Ford

When it comes to safety, it always feels like an accident will never happen with you – until it does.Justin Ford, our Safety Captain, is professionally trained by the coastguard, volunteers as a firefighter, and previously ran a 600-property vacation rental company. He has personally experienced tragedy at one of his own properties, so he speaks from a high level of experience.This time, we’re talking about deck safety. There is an epidemic of deck collapses in the United States, and we need to get it under control. Here are a couple of easy ways to address the problem.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:breezeway.io/safety-appVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @aqualuxe850Thanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
7/15/202147 minutes, 6 seconds
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119. Five Commonly Overlooked Cleaning Opportunities

There are so many things to clean within your short-term rental, so it’s worryingly easy to overlook something. We’re exploring the top five things that could save you a trip to your rental thanks to some smart, preventative cleaning.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:barkeepersfriend.combreezeway.io#STRShareSunday: @loosecreekcabinsThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
7/8/202127 minutes, 31 seconds
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118. The Hidden Expense of Your Airbnb

When you’re running a business, keeping track of your expenses is just as important as tracking income. But there are some costs that you’d never think of. We’re going to cover one hidden expense that’s going to give you a real gut check – and that’s your time.Most expenses are pretty straightforward: how much are linens, how much is WiFi? But when it comes to the cost of time, there’s far more involved. There’s a lot of emotion tied up in how we view our time and, as most of us know, hosting does not have a strict start or end. You’re on call all the time. It’s hard to nail down exactly how many hours you’ll be working.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:Visit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!#STRShareSunday: @magnoliawvThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
7/1/202122 minutes, 28 seconds
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117. Start Boosting Your Direct Bookings Today with Mark Simpson

So many hosts complain about the drawbacks of online travel agencies – but few actually do anything about them. Most don’t even know how!In an ever-competitive marketplace, Mark Simpson helps short-term rental hosts thrive. After successfully coaching over one thousand hospitality businesses to date, Mark’s current mission is to help one million hosts increase their direct bookings so they are no longer under the control of online travel agencies.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:boostly.co.ukboostly.co.uk/pmsVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to take your hosting to the next level!#STRShareSunday: @gastongetawayThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
6/16/202159 minutes, 46 seconds
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116. Cash Pad, TV Show Renovation & the Austin STR Market with Lauren Noble

Lauren Noble is a Superhost from Austin, Texas whose short-term rental was featured on the CNBC show “Cash Pad” with the Bachelorette's JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers in the fall of 2019. Hosting was supposed to be a fun part time project for her, but it has turned into a busy side gig that has jump started her desire to get more involved in real estate investing. She’s also an ICU nurse and first-time mom! She runs the Airbnb by herself, with the occasional help of her husband, a small business owner. She talks about her experience being on the show, what the rental market is like in Austin, and their plans for the future!To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:Airbnb: The Boho Bungalow in Great HillsFull Opening: The first seven minutes of the 'Austin Boho Bungalow' episodeInstagram: @atxbohobungalowVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to take your hosting to the next level!#STRShareSunday: @cozycoastalhpThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
6/10/202137 minutes, 5 seconds
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115. Outdoorsy Takes Short-Term Rentals on the Road with Matt Mitchell

Looking for a creative, fun, and accessible way to get into the short-term rental space? Look no further!Matt Mitchell is a digital nomad who turned his passion for campervan travel into a short-term rental business. Through each rental experience, he’s able to educate travelers about their investment in adventure and outdoor recreation. He spent a year traveling across the US &amp; Canada in his home on wheels, and the experience gave him more than he could possibly describe. Now, he wants to share the feeling and encourage others to get outside and live minimally – or at least get a taste of the lifestyle before making the leap. He talks about how he got started, the appeal of this kind of rental, the kinds of questions he regularly receives, and the hosting service he tries to provide for his guests.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:wevanwild.comInstagram: @wevanwild2006 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Camper Van Rental in Ashland, VA2013 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Camper Van Rental in Ashland, VAVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to take your hosting to the next level!#STRShareSunday: @barefootinsaubleThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
6/3/202150 minutes, 30 seconds
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114. Marketing Your Brand Through WiFi Portals with Arthur Colker

Marketing and branding are how you take your short-term rental business to the next level, but how do you introduce your brand to all of your guests - especially those that book through online travel agencies? And how do you capture email addresses during their stay?Arthur Colker is the Founder and CEO of StayFi, the #1 provider of WiFi marketing services for vacation rental companies. Vacation rental managers use StayFi to brand their WiFi, collect guest data, and increase direct bookings – all while providing a better online experience for vacationing rental guests. Getting direct bookings is only going to be more important as time goes on, so don’t make the same mistake we did; start collecting those emails now!To learn more and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:Try StayFi and use code THANKS for 50% off your first 3 months of serviceVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to take your hosting to the next level!#STRShareSunday: @thegingerbreckhouseThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
5/27/202149 minutes, 8 seconds
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113. Start Your STR Business with an Investment Tribe with Travis Smith, Founder & CEO of Tribevest

You’re all here because you want to learn more about the short term rental industry. Maybe you want to get involved, but don’t know how to get started. Turns out, it might be that the best way to get into the world of short-term rentals isn’t to own, but to invest. If you’re interested in getting a short-term rental started with an investment group, Tribevest makes it easy to get started. You can start investing in just a few days. We talk to Travis Smith, founder and CEO of Tribevest, about how his vision came together and how you can form your own investment tribe.Use promo code TFV50 and receive $50 when you start your tribe!To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:tribevest.comthanksforvisiting.me/investInstagram: @tribevestVisit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to take your hosting to the next level!#STRShareSunday: @awayframeThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
5/19/202152 minutes, 16 seconds
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112. How FemmeBnb Helps Women Travel Safe & Comfortably with Yaa Birago

Solo travel is a rising trend, but it can be dangerous — especially for women.Yaa Birago is a tech entrepreneur, philanthropist, mentor, and the co-founder and CEO of FemmeBnb, the first social networking vacation and STR platform for women, by women. FemmeBnb allows women to rent their spaces to other women in the hopes of maximizing safety, peace-of-mind, and comfort. It also provides users with an AI-powered travel companion, to help plan their trip from start to finish.We discuss how FemmeBnb brought the idea of creating a secure space for women that alleviates travel-anxieties to fruition, and the company’s pay-it-forward initiative which provides menstrual products to girls in Africa in an effort to help eradicate poverty.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:femmebnb.comInstagram: @yaa_birago | @femmebnbLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/yaa-priscilla-birago-b6b64754Visit thanksforvisiting.me/workshop to take your hosting to the next level!#STRShareSunday: @campcaribouyurtThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
5/13/202129 minutes, 49 seconds
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111. Giving a Historic Home New Life with James Gray

If you had the opportunity to purchase a historic home, what would you do with it? James and Jacob created an Airbnb rental, a country retreat, and a hub for fine dining, photoshoots, weddings, and more.The two now own Farrand Hall, a historic estate built by Henry K. Farrand in the magic capital of the world: Colon, Michigan. Farrand Hall was added to Michigan State Preservation Office’s List of Historic Sites in 1971 and The National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Both James and Jacob live and work in Chicago, but expect to make Farrand Hall their full-time jobs very soon.We’re passionate about hosting on Thanks for Visiting, but James takes it to a whole new level. He talks about how he and Jacob grew Farrand Hall into a multi-faceted business with rentals, events, and more. Hear the details of how he hires professional chefs to host unique dinner events at the property, the challenges with turnover, and the secret behind their signature pink door...To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:farrandhall.comInstagram: instagram.com/farrand1854#STRShareSunday: @honeybebeachhousesThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
5/6/20211 hour, 8 seconds
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110. 7 Tips to Ensure Pool & Spa Safety with Justin Ford

Safety is such an important component of the rental industry. You’re inviting people who aren’t familiar with the space and carry responsibility for their safety while they stay. We’re talking to our Safety Captain, Justin Ford, once again to discuss safety when it comes to pools and spas.With summer just around the corner and the world opening up after the pandemic, people are itching to get out there, relax, and cool off. Before they do, Justin has seven tips for hosts and owners to keep their pools and spas safe for guests.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:justinford.expertbreezeway.io$11.6 Million Verdict Against Short-Term Rental OwnerWater WatcherSafety Barrier GuidelinesCoral Manta: coraldrowningdetection.comJoin our on-demand training at thanksforvisiting.me/workshop#STRShareSunday: @duckpondaframeThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
4/29/202140 minutes, 56 seconds
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109. Using Rental Property to Fund Your Vacation Home with Larry Nettles

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.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:Larry’s Airbnb: abnb.me/25rfKNENofbEmail: [email protected]#STRShareSunday: @stayincrozetThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
4/22/202140 minutes, 18 seconds
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108. Recognizing the Lifetime Value of Your Guests

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.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: thanksforvisiting.meResources:thanksforvisiting.me/workshopJoin StayFi#STRShareSunday: @dustyrosegaThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
4/15/202128 minutes, 11 seconds
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107. Focusing on Preventative Maintenance, with Andrew Kaiser

Being a successful host requires more than being reactive to issues — you have to be proactive and preventative. Andrew Kaiser of MendBnb chats with us to cover the top five maintenance issues that all hosts can prevent to improve the guest experience.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.meResources:mendbnb.comVisit https://mendbnb.com/thanksforvisiting/mend/59/ for 50% off your first monthRequest MendBnb in your city: mendbnb.com/newcity#STRShareSunday: @broadrivercabin_____________________________________________&nbsp;Are you ready to master your hosting business without sacrificing guest experience?&nbsp;Click HERE for our free workshop!&nbsp;Thanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
4/2/202142 minutes, 57 seconds
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106. Following the Journey from Idea to Income Property (Part 2), with Shannon Leyh

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!To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.meResources:Shannonleyh.comInstagram: @shannon_realestate_life | @happyshamrock68&nbsp;__________________________________________________Are you ready to master your hosting business without sacrificing guest experience?&nbsp;Click HERE for our free workshop!&nbsp;Thanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
3/25/202137 minutes, 39 seconds
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105 | Following the Journey from Idea to Income Property (Part 1) | with Shannon Leyh

What if you could follow someone’s journey from hopeful host to burgeoning success and see what exactly it takes to make it in this business?Shannon Leyh reached out to us just as she decided to take part in this world and asked us to chronicle her experience — and we couldn’t say no! She’s vulnerable, honest, and shares all of the numbers behind what it takes.Don’t worry — you won’t have to wait months to find out how this all turned out! In part two of our discussion, we’ll dive deep into how all of this plays out. We can’t wait to share it with you.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.meResources:Shannonleyh.comInstagram: @shannon_realestate_life | @happyshamrock68#STRShareSunday: @heavencentcabin&nbsp;__________________________________________________Are you ready to master your hosting business without sacrificing guest experience?&nbsp;Click HERE for our free workshop!&nbsp;Thanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
3/18/202133 minutes, 15 seconds
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104 | How Joining a GPO Can Help Your Short-Term Rental | with Jeffrey Iloulian

Anyone who’s worked in the industry long enough begins to identify some of the pain points. Still, it takes a true entrepreneur to turn the solution into a business — one that’s going to make the lives of all rental property hosts and managers easier.Jeffrey Iloulian has been in the vacation rental industry for over a decade, setting up, managing, or operating over 250 vacation rental properties. Most recently, he created HostGPO, a Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) that helps short-term rental owners get supplies more easily and cheaper.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.meResources:hostGPO.com#STRShareSunday: @wildpinescabin&nbsp;__________________________________________________Are you ready to master your hosting business without sacrificing guest experience?&nbsp;Click HERE for our free workshop!&nbsp;Thanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
3/11/202145 minutes, 6 seconds
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103 | The Long Short: Renting Short & Long Term | with Julie Gates

Should you be focused on short-term or long-term rentals?Julie Gates is a real estate investor, and while she enjoys the complex world of short-term rentals, she specializes in stays of 30 days or more. She’s been in the long-term rental industry for a while now, renting out a guest home on her property, but making Airbnb a part of her business allowed her to grow tremendously — to over 30 properties owned and managed.She goes over all of the considerations when booking for longer term rentals, as well as where she finds her guests, booking for businesses, and more.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.meResources:sidwashere.com#STRShareSunday: @bigbluehaven&nbsp;__________________________________________________Are you ready to master your hosting business without sacrificing guest experience?&nbsp;Click HERE for our free workshop!&nbsp;Thanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
3/4/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 34 seconds
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102 | How STRs Can Get a Leg Up on the Hotel Industry | with Wil Slickers

We’ve talked about what the short-term rental industry can learn from the hotel industry… but what can Airbnb and other short-term rentals do even better than big chain hotels?Wil Slickers is the creator of hospitality podcasts Slick Talk and Good Morning Hospitality and co-founder of Recreation Rentals, a boutique rental management company. He always had a love for people but didn’t know where to channel that passion until he discovered the hospitality industry. He started his podcast to interview people who had an extensive background in the industry and great stories that people could learn from. We talk about what he’s learned from working in the hospitality industry and from the many guests he’s featured on his show, as well as what short-term rentals can do that hotels just can’t.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.meResources:slicktalkthepodcast.comdestinationaire.comInstagram: @slicktalkpodListen: Slick Talk Podcast with Merilee Karr#STRShareSunday: @birminghamtreehouse&nbsp;__________________________________________________Are you ready to master your hosting business without sacrificing guest experience?&nbsp;Click HERE for our free workshop!&nbsp;Thanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
2/25/202150 minutes, 15 seconds
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101 | Creating a Stronger STR Industry Together | with Merilee Karr

Merilee Karr is the founder and CEO of UnderTheDoormat and chairperson of the UK Short Term Accommodation Association. She went all-in on the short-term rental world when she saw an opportunity to start her own business. She believed that, in order for the home rental market to blow up, it needed to be treated professionally.She made the decision to take that leap and enter that market, serving what she knew was an underserved and upcoming market. Merilee talks about making that transition, starting the Short Term Accommodation Association, staying ahead of government regulation, building a business that can grow, and creating a great guest experience.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.meResources:underthedoormat.comuk.linkedin.com/in/merileekarrGet our hosting handbook at thanksforvisiting.me/hostinghandbook#STRShareSunday: @rockridgecasita&nbsp;__________________________________________________Are you ready to master your hosting business without sacrificing guest experience?&nbsp;Click HERE for our free workshop!&nbsp;Thanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
2/18/202148 minutes, 59 seconds
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100 | Hospitality Tips from an Airbnb Legend | with Chip Conley

What would you do if you could pick the brain of one of the people responsible for Airbnb’s success? Well, you just might have that chance!New York Times best-selling author Chip Conley is the boutique hotel entrepreneur who is largely responsible for Airbnb becoming the global hospitality brand that it is today while serving as their Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy, and today he acts as the Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership. He’s also the founder of the Modern Elder Academy, where a new roadmap for midlife is offered to all.We dig into what made him so successful in the hotel industry, what he brought to the table at Airbnb, and how to be a lifelong learner.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.meResources:chipconley.commodernelderacademy.comLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/chipconleysfRead: "Wisdom at Work"Read: "Peak"Other books: Chip Conley's books#STRShareSunday: @abide.stays&nbsp;__________________________________________________Are you ready to master your hosting business without sacrificing guest experience?&nbsp;Click HERE for our free workshop!&nbsp;Thanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
2/11/202150 minutes, 33 seconds
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99 | Leveraging Passive Income for Financial & Time Freedom | with Amanda Williams

Amanda Williams is known as “The Traveling Realtor” because she runs all of her businesses remotely, including a 15-property Airbnb portfolio, and is currently living in Cabo. She helps other real estate agents create multiple streams of income, focusing on passive income streams that give you more time and freedom. She shares her background, how she came to be The Traveling Realtor, and what she’s currently up to.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.meResources:amandathetravelingrealtor.comamandathetravelingrealtor.com/passiveInstagram: @amandathetravelingrealtor#STRShareSunday: @adohi_cabin&nbsp;__________________________________________________Are you ready to master your hosting business without sacrificing guest experience?&nbsp;Click HERE for our free workshop!&nbsp;Thanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
2/4/202146 minutes, 8 seconds
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98 | You Can Become a Million Dollar Host | with Julie George

Julie George is a celebrity in the Airbnb world. She’s the author of “Million Dollar Host” and now a consultant in the STR industry. She listed her first property on Airbnb in 2016 and, less than three years later, she was managing 130 properties on Airbnb for property owners,&nbsp; amassing an excess of $8 million in bookings. She sold her management business to a larger company, and now mentors other budding entrepreneurs on how to build a successful business in the sharing economy. She shares how she got started managing properties, how she scaled her business structure so quickly, what she might have done differently, and why she decided to sell.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.meResources:milliondollarhost.com.auRead: “Million Dollar Host”#STRShareSunday: @farrand1854&nbsp;__________________________________________________Are you ready to master your hosting business without sacrificing guest experience?&nbsp;Click HERE for our free workshop!&nbsp;Thanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
1/28/202148 minutes, 15 seconds
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97 | Short-Term Rentals are Not Just About Heads in Beds

Excuse us while we get on our soapbox: We are so anti heads-in-beds. We are not about getting as many people into a space as possible to make as much money as possible.We’ve consulted on properties before where it’s clear the owner’s goal is just to get people in, give them a place to sleep, and make some money—and we’ve had to get brutally honest about what they need to do to remain competitive. Whether you’re hosting a property yourself or helping to manage someone else’s, there are definitely some things that are non-negotiable.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.meResources:#STRShareSunday: @saguarowhisp