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Do you want to grow your short-term rental side hustle into a full-time gig?Steve Trover is an expert at scaling businesses. He got into the vacation rental industry in 1997, where he started helping others manage their own properties. He eventually went on to scaling his own management business, eventually managing over 350 properties and 100 employees. He now helps vacation rental companies identify, hire, and retain the right people for the right seats. If you’re interested in scaling your STR business, what do you need to keep in mind? That’s what we’re here to talk about!To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.meResources:Steve’s LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/vacationrentalconsultant#STRShareSunday: @thehoneybearcabinThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
We know adulting is hard but trust us: proper insurance is essential! It is going to benefit you, your guest, and your property (whether you own it or not). Darren Pettyjohn is a co-founder at Proper Insurance Services, which offers a custom insurance product designed for vacation rental and short-term rental owners. Darren is here to answer all of our questions about insurance as it relates to you and your short-term or vacation rental, wherever it is you fall in the process.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.meResources:Learn more about Proper Insurance here.House Fire Prompts $1 Million Dispute With AirbnbMan says short-term rental policy cost him thousands of dollars#STRShareSunday: @thebrasscactusazDisclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links. At no additional cost to you, we will earn a commission on any purchases made using those links.Thanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
A few weeks ago, Kelly Rauch taught us about how we can utilize Instagram and Facebook to market your short-term rental — go check that episode out if you haven’t already — and today she’s back to share how you can leverage a personal website to grow your short-term rental businessTo learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/Resources:Connect with Kelly on IG: @kellykrauchCheck out the website for the property that Kelly is managing: www.casapalmar.comCheck out the property on IG: @casapalmarsayulitaLearn more about Local Everywhere: www.golocaleverywhere.comThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
Cody Boyce and his wife recently started listing their home on Airbnb while they’re travelling for business, and Cody’s already automated this thing up — for free! So, we’re going to learn all about the Zapier automation that Cody is using to make his life easier and what it’s like when you’re listing your personal space.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/Resources:Learn more at crate.mediaInstagram: instagram.com/codydboyceThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
Have you ever said to yourself, “Our weekends are rocking, but how do I get that weekday occupancy up?”We are all about the guest experience, but we are still trying to run a profitable business. Unless you’re in a big vacation spot, you’ve probably got some work to do to take advantage of those weekdays and make yourself some more money.We’ve got some great strategies you can use to keep your property booked all week long!To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.meResources:Thanksforvisiting.meWant to open your own short-term rental? Then get your FREE copy of 7 Steps to Your First Guest at thanksforvisiting.me!#STRShareSunday: @thecoconutcasitaThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
We met today’s guest, Kelly Rauch, at our most recent local Airbnb meetup — so, let that me a lesson to you: go to your local meetups, or if one doesn’t exist, start one. You can meet some really cool people there... and then, a week or two later, you might even be on their podcast!Kelly is a marketing expert who just blew us away when she told us how she used social media to launch a new high-end rental in Mexico, and how she’s been getting repeat guests to up their occupancy rate and bring in more income. These are FREE tools that can completely transform your short-term rental business — so if you aren’t taking advantage of social media marketing yet, take good notes and get ready to blow up your business and brand!Want to see what’s working for other people? Check out some of these popular Airbnb influencers: @flippinwendy, @thebeachlodge, @thegranvillebarn, @theboxhop.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/Resources:Connect with Kelly on IG: @kellykrauchCheck out Kelly’s property on IG: @casapalmarsayulitaLearn more about Local Everywhere: www.golocaleverywhere.comCasa Palmar: www.casapalmar.comLink Tree: linktr.eeThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
Is mid-term the new short-term? The typical length of stay, at this point in time, is drastically changing. How is your business going to adapt and pivot in order to have the best chance of surviving and thriving, now and into the future? Mid-term rentals are a great opportunity, so let’s talk about what they are and how you can take advantage of them.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.meResources:AirbnbHomeAwayVrboHousingAnywhereHouseStayNestpick2nd AddressHomelikeSpotahomeRoomster31 | InnTown Stays: A Unique Short-Term Rental Business That Helps People Recovering from a Disaster | with BJ Allmon#STRShareSunday: @the_hillside_houseThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
Ashley Cordray and Michael Cordray own a real estate renovation company that specializes in restoring homes from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They are working with homes near the brink of destruction in their home town of Galveston, Texas, with hopes of restoring the island’s history and architectural styles. We recorded this episode from what is soon to be their first Airbnb, The Kettle House, which is a local landmark (it’s so famous that it’s a square in the local version of Monopoly).   But here’s what makes the Cordrays two even cooler: their incredible story!!   They met in 2010, at work, and then started dating in 2011. Two months later, they decided to move in together and purchase a fixer-upper in Galveston. In 2015, they were approached by a production company who knew they had the right stuff for a TV show – and Big Texas Fix is about to start airing its first season on the HGTV in June 2019 (you can already watch it on Amazon, though)!   To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/   Resources: Learn more at https://save1900.com Watch Big Texas Fix: https://www.hgtv.com/shows/big-texas-fix S1E7, “The Kettle House”: https://www.amazon.com/Big-Texas-Fix-Season-1/dp/B07QDGZ4NQ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/SAVE1900/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SAVE1900 Stay in The Kettle House: https://abnb.me/2IHrWKi1YW Thanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
You don’t even have to own property to make Airbnb your side hustle or be part of the short-term rental industry – there are so many roles that need to be filled, and that means there are lots of opportunities and options!   Whether you are interested in photography, turnover, co-hosting, staging, creating experiences, or hosting your own space, we have got you covered!   To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/   Resources: Thanksforvisiting.me Want to open your own short-term rental? Then get your FREE copy of 7 Steps to Your First Guest at thanksforvisiting.me! Haven conference: https://www.havenconference.com Thanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
Today, we walk you through a real listing, step by step. We cover what you need to have to start the process, what you need to know about the prompts that come up, and share the answers to some questions that have come up in our own short-term rental businesses.   To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/   Resources: Have any questions, comments, or concerns? Email us at hi@thanksforvisiting.me! Learn more at https://thanksforvisiting.me/ Connect on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thanksforvisiting_/ Get a free smoke and carbon monoxide detector: https://www.airbnb.com/trust/home-safety Airbnb Plus home checklist: https://www.airbnb.com/b/plushomechecklist   Thanks for Visiting is produced by Podcast Masters
We believe that true superhosts should endeavor to serve all guests, but sometimes, you just don’t know what you don’t know – so, today, we are going to learn about how to make a short-term rental space accessible to people of all abilities!   Our guest is LeAnne Lavender, who herself learned so much about renovating or redesigning your space to be ADA compliant after her husband experienced an accident that left him paralyzed. Now, they share their journey with others to inspire and educate their audience on everything from renovation to food to healing.   To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/   Resources: Learn more at lavenderslongshot.com Instagram: instagram.com/lavenderslongshot Read: “How can I make my space more accessible for guests with disabilities?" Get a Gymax Adjustable Non-skid Loading Wheelchair Telescoping Track Ramp Thanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
Is there something you know now that you wish you had known months or years ago that would have made you much more money?Well, why not learn from the paths of others who have done this work? We may not be able to turn back time, but we can pass on that knowledge to help others speed up their journey! Enter Ashley Wilson. Ashley’s blog is At Home with Ashley, where she writes about home decor, DIY, and decorating on a budget. She has a short-term rental in Florida called Pink Palm Hideaway, and another coming up this fall in Utah called Fairview Cottage. We’re going to give her some coaching on how she can increase her earnings for her property, which should help all of you figure out what questions you need to ask and where you might need to start tweaking things.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.meResources:athomewithashley.com@athomewithashley@pinkpalmhideawayAshley’s Airbnb: Pink Palm Hideaway + Fairview Cottagesmartbnb.io#STRShareSunday: @lacasitacacaoThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
Whether you are on the management side of a short term rental or you have your own short term rental and hope to hire a manager someday, understanding rental management agreement contracts is essential. We’re going to discuss five often overlooked points of a management agreement that apply equally to both owners and managers. While no two businesses are the same in this industry, it’s important to pause and take the time to set yourself up for success.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.meResources:#STRShareSunday: @sedgwick_chaletThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
People travelling for business make great guests: they almost never wreck your place, they’re often more concerned about convenience than saving a few bucks, and best of all, they can become repeat guests! Today, we talk about how you can make your space more attractive for business and corporate guests, what you NEED to be business class, how you can find out more about potential repeat guests, and what goes into negotiating corporate/business pricing.   To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/   Resources: How to make your space "work ready": https://www.airbnb.com/help/article/1185/what-type-of-listings-appear-under-the--for-work--filter AirDNA: https://www.airdna.co/   Thanks for Visiting is produced by Podcast Masters
Superhost Christine Kimball owns The Corner House in Columbus, and today, we talk about why she pivoted from long-term rentals to short-term rentals – and why she loves it!   To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/   Resources: Stay with Christine: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/32061778?s=51 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecornerhouse_columbus/ Thanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
Annette and Sarah just came back from a road trip, and we had the opportunity to sit in Pittsburgh’s only tiny home! So today, we talk to superhost Casey Smith about how the tiny home became his first Airbnb listing (and his future plans for a house boat), creating memorable experiences for your guests, and differentiating yourself from other hosts.   Resources: Stay with Casey: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/15870125?s=51
When people talk about starting a new business, one topic that doesn’t get enough attention is choosing your customers — but this is imperative to running a successful business. Co-hosting is one of the biggest opportunities out there for building a business, and you can start making money right away, but your success depends greatly on which hosting clients you choose to work with. Every property you add to your portfolio is essentially another business in itself. You need to be intentional, thoughtful, and cautious when taking on new clients. Trust your gut, and only work with people who have the same goals you do. That is the quickest way to growth and success.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.meResources:#STRShareSunday: @caserockcabinThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
What if you could simplify the way you run your short-term rental business? Margot Schmorak is the CEO and co-founder of Hostfully, a property management software company that services thousands of properties worldwide and helps you do just that. Hostfully helps to automate guest communications, distribution across multiple platforms, and integrates with other companies in the vacation rental space. They empower property managers with an essential platform to be able to make choices about how they run their business. Whether you’re big or small, Hostfully can help you get your properties in front of as many guests as possible and make your life and your business easier.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.meResources:www.hostfully.comHostfully Guidebooks: hostfully.com/guidebooks-feature-overviewHostfully Reports: reports.hostfully.com/dataHostfully Maturity Model#STRShareSunday: @sunriversiestaThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
How do you juggle owning two businesses, starting your first short term rental, and filming a TV show at the same time? That’s what Brad and Heather Fox, a married couple who own Fox Homes & Realty and Foxwell Design, ended up doing. They share the story of how this all happened, what factored into their decision when buying a property, and tips to stand out from other listings.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.meResources:Learn more: www.eichlerpalms.comInstagram: @foxhomesmn#STRShareSunday: @vinn_montenegroThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
Pricing is a multifaceted subject that is always changing and evolving, and it’s something you need to be paying attention to constantly. So, today, we’re going to offer an introduction to pricing short-term rentals – but you can be sure we’ll talk about the subject more in the future.   To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/   Resources: Have any questions, comments, or concerns? Email us at hi@thanksforvisiting.me! Learn more at https://thanksforvisiting.me/ Connect on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thanksforvisiting_/ Airbnb’s pricing estimate calculator: https://www.airbnb.com/host/homes 3rd Party Pricing App: https://beyondpricing.com/   Thanks for Visiting is produced by Podcast Masters
Hello, and welcome to Thanks for Visiting! We are your hosts Annette Grant and Sarah Karakaian, and we are here to encourage you to share your space and live your dreams! But first, we want to share our stories so that you can get to know a little bit more about who we are and how we got into the wonderful world of (both short-term rental and podcast) hosting.   Resources: Learn more at https://thanksforvisiting.me Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thanksforvisiting_/ Get in touch with us: hi@thanksforvisiting.me   Thanks for Visiting is produced by Podcast Masters
Even if you don’t own property, you can still be part of the short-term rental industry by managing properties for other people who want to take advantage of platforms like Airbnb but don’t have the time. It’s been a really successful part of Sarah’s business, but she needed some help keeping all of those properties up to her high cleanliness standards – so she turned to Properly (which also happens to be a great side gig if you also happen to be a detail-oriented person and want another foot into the short-term rental industry)!   And, today, we are so excited to learn more about Properly and how it can help all of us by sitting down with Tammi Sims, VP of Customer Experience at Properly. But not only has Tammi been with Properly since the beginning, she’s also a bonafide Airbnb Superhost and frequent short-term rental user herself! So she knows first-hand how much this service is needed and she has some great tips for making the most out of it.   To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/   Resources: Learn more at getproperly.com/nestrs Want to open your own short-term rental? Then get your FREE copy of 7 Steps to Your First Guest at thanksforvisiting.me! Thanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
If you are in a relationship, you can’t just start letting strangers stay at your house – even if they’re helping you pay your rent or mortgage! You have to make sure it’s cool with your partner, first (and your landlord!).   So, today, Sarah invited her husband, Nick, to join us and talk about his initial apprehension to let strangers stay in their place, why he ultimately decided to join Sarah in the short-term rental game, and what he thinks of the industry today.   To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/   Resources: Learn more at https://thanksforvisiting.me/ Follow Nick + Sarah: https://www.instagram.com/nestrs/ Connect on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thanksforvisiting_/ Check out our favorite mattress: https://rstyle.me/cz-n/cxvic3cek4x Thanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
We are in a very weird time, and we don’t know exactly what the other side of it will look like.We’re going to go over nine ways you can pivot your short-term listing, whether that’s during a slow season, a huge event comes to your area, or any unexpected circumstance occurs. These tips are meant to be timeless and apply to any rapid change in direction.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.meResources:#STRShareSunday: @208studioThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
Everyone wants their property to stand out from the crowd, and one way to do that is through experiential properties. These properties take their guest experience to the extreme. Bryndee Barton, the designer at Loma Homes, has an incredible Star Wars-themed rental that you can experience right now. She started in the more traditional real estate realm and now she focuses on managing Airbnbs that take their guests’ stay to the next level. We dive into all of the work that goes into creating these themes and properties, finding investors for your Airbnb rental, finding trustworthy people, and the extra staging that goes into a property as special as this.To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.meResources:Learn more: loma-homes.comInstagram: @lomahomesFacebook:facebook.com/lomavacationrentals#STRShareSunday: @themuldrowhouseThanks for Visiting is a production of Crate Media
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Started
Feb 8th, 2019
Latest Episode
Aug 13th, 2020
Release Period
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No. of Episodes
79
Avg. Episode Length
38 minutes
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