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168. Increase Your STR Wealth with These Takeaways
Episode 16816th June 2022 • Thanks For Visiting • Airbnb Superhosts Annette Grant & Sarah Karakaian
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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 estate

Sergio, @JungleHouse.Airbnb

  • He 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, @LaCroixCovington

  • Make 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, Boostly

  • Ask 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, @HomeGrownStays

  • If 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 with

Lori, @GoldenDeerEscapes

  • Remind 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.


Thanks for Visiting is produced and published by Crate Media.

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