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70 | How Hostfully Can Help You Reach More Customers & Guarantee a Great Guest Experience | with Margot Schmorak
Jul 2 • 56 min
Margot Schmorak, CEO and co-founder of Hostfully, talks about the benefits of her platform for property managers of all levels and types.
69 | Co-Hosting From Part-Time to Full-Time Salary & Beyond
Jun 25 • 27 min
Annette and Sarah break down the numbers for co-hosting a basic property: how much you can expect to make, how much time you would spend, and how you can scale that to replace your full-time income.
68 | Why Aligning with Your Clients is Essential to Your Business
Jun 18 • 32 min
We talk about the importance of finding the right people to partner with in your short term rental business.
67 | What if We Get Another Stay-at-Home Order This Fall? How to Prepare | with Steve Trover
Jun 11 • 32 min
Steve Trover joins us to share how we can prepare for a potential second wave of the pandemic.
66 | The Hosts of HGTV’s “Stay or Sell” Open Their First Short-Term Rental | with Brad & Heather Fox
Jun 4 • 53 min
Brad and Heather Fox, realtors, designers, and TV hosts, share the story of starting their first short term rental while filming the first season of their show.
65 | Short-Term Rental Tips from a Superhost + Design Influencer | with Catherine Williamson
May 28 • 54 min
Catherine Williamson, co-runner of the design blog Beginning in the Middle, shares her tips for starting and scaling a short-term rental business.
64 | 5 Ways to Pivot Your Airbnb During Downtime
May 21 • 34 min
If your short-term rental is experiencing some downtime, take advantage of that moment using these 5 tips to fine-tune the experience so it’s better than ever.
63 | Cleaning is Now Safety | with Safety Captain Justin Ford
May 14 • 48 min
Justin Ford of Breezeway talks about why cleaning is now one of the most important factors of safety for our guests, how to address short-term rental guest fears in a COVID-19 world, and how to clean effectively.
62 | Creating an Unforgettable Airbnb Experience: Star Wars Edition | with Bryndee Barton
May 7 • 59 min
Bryndee Barton of Loma Homes talks about what it was like building a Star Wars-inspired rental, unlike anything you’ve seen before.
61 | Building an Epic Short-Term Rental Business | with Steph Utterback
Apr 30 • 68 min
Steph Utterback talks about what it takes to run an epic short-term rental business.
60 | Is Mid-Term the New Short-Term?
Apr 23 • 35 min
We talk about the pros and cons of mid-term rentals, what they are, and how you can pivot into attracting more mid-term guests.
59 | 9 Ways to Pivot Your Short-Term Rental
Apr 16 • 37 min
We have 9 tips you can use to pivot your listing during uncertain times to take advantage of opportunities.
58 | Airbnb Gets Back to Its Roots: Resources for Hosts during the Pandemic
Apr 9 • 36 min
We update you on the resources provided by Airbnb to hosts affected by the pandemic.
57 | How to Properly Insure your Short-Term Rental or Business | with Darren Pettyjohn
Apr 2 • 65 min
Darren Pettyjohn, co-founder at Proper Insurance Services, answers all of our questions about insurance as it applies to your Airbnb, short-term rental, or vacation property.
56 | Dryer Safety in Your Short Term Rental | with Justin Ford
Mar 26 • 34 min
Justin Ford, the director of safety and certification programs at Breezeway, shares why dryer safety is so important and how easy it can be to stay on top of it.
55 | Tactical Things You Can Do Tomorrow To Raise Revenue | with Sharon Keefe
Mar 19 • 32 min
Sharon Keefe joins us to talk about how we can make more revenue in our rental properties.
BONUS | COVID-19 and Your Airbnb
Mar 16 • 47 min
Annette and Sarah address your concerns regarding the coronavirus or COVID-19 and how to handle any issues with your short term rentals.
54 | Scaling Your Short-Term Rental Business | with Steve Trover
Mar 12 • 56 min
Steve Trover, a vacation rental consultant, gives us the ins-and-outs of scaling your short-term rental business.
53 | An interview with an Airbnb Photographer | with Matthew Garsky
Mar 5 • 39 min
Professional photographer Matthew Garsky shares what opportunities you may have as a photographer to get hired, the types of creative shots you could take for your property, and the things people keep getting wrong in their photography.
52 | From Flipper to Short Term Rentals | with Becky Rhey
Feb 27 • 47 min
We are on the road this week for a short term rental sponsored SLEEPOVER! And we are visiting Becky Rhey, a fabulous host with an impeccable sense of style. She talks about what the transition from flipping to rental was like, how she finds decor for her…
51 | Why Raising the Bar Matters | with Sharon Keefe
Feb 20 • 43 min
Sharon Keefe has spent the last 7 years conducting knowledge management in the vacation rental space and coaching others on how to run their rentals better and make more money. No matter where you are renting, we all have the same mission, and we all need…
50 | The REAL Challenges of Hosting… Are you up for it?
Feb 13 • 36 min
Hosting is a challenge, and we want to know if you’re up for it! We want to prepare you for what we call “hosting fatigue.” There are going to be challenges to deal with, but if you know they’re going to come, you can prepare for them.
49 | 8 Danger Zones in a Short Term Rental and How to Avoid Them | with Justin Ford
Feb 6 • 48 min
As promised, Justin Ford is back to talk about all things safety! We’re going to keep him on as a recurring guest all year, and today he’s going to talk about 8 danger zones in a short term rental.
48 | 7 Ways to Make Money in the STR Industry if You’re a Stager or Designer
Jan 23 • 34 min
We share how to make more money and diversify your income using staging or designing skills applied to the short term rental industry.
47 | Different Worlds, Same Mission: Airbnb Advice from a Vacation Rental Expert | with Sharon Keefe
Jan 16 • 46 min
Sharon Keefe is a vacation rental management expert, and she shares the similarities and differences between that world and short term rentals.
46 | How to Make Your Rental as Safe as Possible | with Justin Ford
Jan 9 • 44 min
Justin Ford, Director of Safety at Breezeway, talks about the importance of making your Airbnb or short term rental as safe as possible.
45 | How to Bounce Back When You Let Your Guests Down
Jan 2 • 41 min
Our hosts, Annette Grant and Sarah Karakaian, share some of the mistakes that have happened during their short term rental history, how they bounced back, and how you can learn from them.
44 | What Is Rental Arbitrage & Should You Do It?
Dec 25, 2019 • 28 min
Annette Grant and Sarah Karakaian explain what retail arbitrage is in terms of short term rentals, and why it might be a good option to grow your Airbnb business.
43 | Advice From a Prior Airbnb Employee | with Danny Rusteen
Dec 18, 2019 • 53 min
Danny Rusteen, a former Airbnb employee, teaches us some of the lessons he learned from optimizing lessons for hosts.
42 | The “What If” Episode | with Jesse Gross
Dec 11, 2019 • 40 min
Jesse Gross, CEO and co-founder of Makomi, answers our questions about potential issues that could occur with short term rentals or Airbnb and how to handle them.
41 | Capturing Email Addresses for Your Airbnb Guests | with Kelly Rauch
Dec 4, 2019 • 22 min
How do you keep up high occupancy rates? You have to market!
40 | Airbnb & the Future of Hospitality | with Joseph Michelli
Nov 27, 2019 • 33 min
We are big believers in hospitality when it comes to being a host. That’s why we were so excited to read about our guest, Joseph Michelli, on the Airbnb blog. He’s an internationally sought after speaker, author, and organizational consultant who…
39 | Everybody’s Booking for the Weekday: How to Get Your Airbnb Booked All Week Long
Nov 20, 2019 • 23 min
We’ve got some great strategies you can use to keep your property booked all week long!
38 | Why You Should Keep All Bookings on the App (Even Your Mom)
Nov 13, 2019 • 30 min
This episode is all about the importance of booking all guests — including your mom, your grandma, and regular corporate clients — through the app, whether that’s with Airbnb or another platform.
37 | Creating a Website (in Addition to Airbnb) for your Short Term Rental | with Kelly Rauch of Local Anywhere
Nov 6, 2019 • 23 min
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…
36 | Hiring A Co-Host + Sharing Your Vacation Rental with the World | with Jennifer and Jamey Ratcliff
Oct 30, 2019 • 51 min
Jennifer and Jamey Ratcliff are an incredible couple — and an incredible couple of entrepreneurs in the Columbus area! They own a local restaurant, Arch & Eddie’s, and a local brewery, Sixth Sense, in addition to an adorable condo that they rent out using…
35 | Airbnb 101: How to Handle Damages Caused by Guests
Oct 23, 2019 • 28 min
When people start hosting short-term rentals, especially if they’re sharing their own home, they are usually worried about two things: damaged/stolen property and parties (which can lead to damaged or stolen property)! Unfortunately, things do happen,…
BONUS | Airbnb 101: Making a Hosting Business Plan + An Exciting Announcement!
Oct 17, 2019 • 39 min
We have an exciting announcement that we just could not wait until next week to share with you: Sarah and her husband Nick were chosen by Airbnb to be the feature of a new program they’re launching called How to Host! So Nick joins us once again to talk…
34 | Airbnb 101: What the Heck is a Co-Host?!
Oct 16, 2019 • 35 min
There’s a question we get asked all the time: What the heck is a co-host?! At its core, a co-host is just a joint host — which means the role is open for interpretation! One of the reasons we think so many people find the idea of being a co-host so…
33 | Do I Need an Instagram or Facebook Account For My Airbnb or Short-Term Rental? | with Kelly Rauch of Local Anywhere
Oct 9, 2019 • 42 min
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…
32 | Best & Worst Cities for Airbnb: Making Money & Paying Your Mortgage with Short-Term Rentals | with Gillian Luce
Oct 2, 2019 • 33 min
We often talk about strategies for hosts who are already in the game (how to welcome guests, how to set pricing, etc.), but we’ve missed an important step: getting the property you can use as an Airbnb! We also know that a lot of your are listening…
31 | InnTown Stays: A Unique Short-Term Rental Business That Helps People Recovering from a Disaster | with BJ Allmon
Sep 25, 2019 • 55 min
We host an Airbnb meetup here in Columbus, and at our most recent one, we heard about BJ Allmon, co-founder of InnTown Stays — and we knew we had to talk to him! Because BJ is staking a unique niche in the short-term industry, and he’s solving a big need…
30 | How to Automate Your Airbnb & What it’s Like to Airbnb Your Home When You Travel | with Cody Boyce
Sep 18, 2019 • 35 min
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…
29 | Funding Your Airbnb Investment Property | with Marc Kade of PrimeLending
Sep 11, 2019 • 43 min
We met Marc Kade at a real estate investor meetup about a year ago — and, oh boy, this is the guy to talk to about all things lending! He’s a branch manager for PrimeLending and a real estate investor himself, and we brought him on because we know a lot…
28 | Coffee, Robes, Phone Chargers, Flowers, & Other Details That Will Make Your Airbnb Stand Out | with Tiffany Caliva of The Beach Lodge
Sep 4, 2019 • 47 min
We are so excited to share our conversation with Tiffany Caliva, host of The Beach Lodge in Hollywood, Airbnb Superhost, and one of our Instagram Super Heroes! Tiffany tells us about her journey from new host to Superhost, how her account blew up on Insta…
27 | Flipping Houses, Hosting on Airbnb, & Everything in Between | with Wendy Doris of FlippinWendy Design
Aug 29, 2019 • 49 min
Today we’re talking to a flippin’ Instagram celebratory in the real estate world, Wendy Doris, AKA @FlippinWendy! To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/ Resources: Learn more at (http://flippinwendy.design/)…
26 | How to Be Wheelchair & Handicap Compliant in a Short-Term Rental: ADA Compliance & Design | with LeAnne Lavender
Aug 15, 2019 • 40 min
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…
25 | All the Ways to Make Airbnb Your Side Hustle
Aug 8, 2019 • 29 min
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…
24 | Short-Term Renting Your RV or Travel Trailer | with Nick Karakaian
Aug 1, 2019 • 28 min
We’ve spent most of our show up to this point talking about Airbnb – but, today, we want to introduce you to some other short-term rental platforms that cater to a very specific niche: rentinting out your RV! So, Sarah’s husband Nick returns to discuss…
23 | Convincing Your Partner to Airbnb | with Nick Karakaian
Jul 25, 2019 • 29 min
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…
22 | Holiday Tips for Airbnb & Short-Term Rental Hosts (& Holiday Horror Stories)
Jul 18, 2019 • 21 min
With Summer in full swing, we wanted to touch on something that all Airbnb and short-term rental hosts need to consider: holidays! So, today, we’re going to share our tips for both taking a holiday for yourself and giving your guests that are on vacation…
21 | Properly: A Turnover Solution for Small Co-Hosts & Big Property Managers | with Tammi Sims
Jul 11, 2019 • 38 min
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…
20 | What it Takes to be a Superhosting Power Couple | with Tia Brown and Kyle Brown
Jul 4, 2019 • 39 min
We met two amazing young entrepreneurs, Tia Brown and Kyle Brown, at a local Airbnb meetup recently – and they probably didn’t even get two sentences out of their mouths before we fell head over heels for these two! So, today, we want to introduce you to…
19 | Hosting an Airbnb Experience: Why it’s a Great Opportunity & How to Host like a Boss | with Ria Greiff
Jun 27, 2019 • 37 min
Ria Greiff is a radio personality, podcast host, and Airbnb Experience host expert! So she doesn’t just talk the talk – she walks the walk, and she has some great advice to help you walk it too. So why is hosting an Airbnb Experience such an incredible…
18 | The Box Hop: A Container Airbnb | with Emily Britt & Seth Britt
Jun 20, 2019 • 55 min
We’ve been spying on today’s guests on Instagram for a long time (@theboxhop – check it out), and we are so excited to finally be able to chat with them!! Emily and Seth Britt live in Columbus, and they love it, but they also yearn for a space where they…
17 | Restoring The Kettle House in Galveston & Hosting DIY/HGTV’s Big Texas Fix | with Ashley Cordray & Michael Cordray
May 30, 2019 • 34 min
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…
16 | Keep it Tidy: Laundry, Cleaning Supplies, & Residential Vs. Short-Term Cleaners | with Chris Carlone
May 23, 2019 • 45 min
We’re talking to Chris Carlone from TidyHost, an automated housekeeping solution exclusively for short-term rentals. We’ve talked about it on the show before, but keeping your rental spaces clean is a non-negotiable – no exceptions! To learn more, and for…
15 | 5 Simple Things We Wish We Had Known When We Started Hosting on Airbnb
May 16, 2019 • 24 min
Together, we’ve hosted more than 2,000 guests throughout our careers – and we’ve learned a lot, but let us tell you, we definitely stumbled a few times along the way! So, today, we’re going to share the five things we WISH we had known when we started…
14 | Pivoting from Long-Term Rentals to Short-Term Rentals | with Superhost Christine Kimball
May 2, 2019 • 24 min
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:…
13 | From 1 to 100+ Short-Term Rentals | with Charles Hawkins
Apr 25, 2019 • 29 min
Do you ever wonder what it would be like to have more than one listing? Have you ever wanted to be an Airbnb host… but you don’t own any real estate? Want to know what it’s like to manage over ONE HUNDRED properties? Well, you’re in luck! Because, today,…
12 | How to Attract Business Guests to Your Airbnb: A Great Opportunity for Repeat Guests
Apr 18, 2019 • 23 min
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…
11 | What Hosts Can Learn from a World Traveller & Frequent Airbnb Guest - with Hayden Lee
Apr 11, 2019 • 25 min
Today, instead of talking to a Super Host about what they’ve done to create an incredible experience on Airbnb, we’re talking to a Super Guest! Hayden Lee is the host of Travel Stories Podcast, and he’s been travelling pretty much full-time since 2013. He…
10 | Renovating an Old Space & Marketing it on Instagram: The 100-Year-Old Granville Barn | with Elliott May
Apr 4, 2019 • 55 min
We recently had the opportunity to check out Elliott and Lauren May’s renovated 100-year-old barn. We talk all about why they decided to renovate the space, what went into doing that„ how they’re making money off of the space in addition to renting it out…
9 | Leaving a Career to be an Airbnb Host | with Superhost Patti Whalen
Mar 28, 2019 • 37 min
We hit the road again, and we came back with some great memories and a great conversation with Superhost Patti Whalen!
8 | The Pittsburgh Tiny House | with Superhost Casey Smith
Mar 21, 2019 • 20 min
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…
7 | Listing Your Space on Airbnb: Starting an Airbnb 101
Feb 21, 2019 • 40 min
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…
6 | Cleaning: Starting an Airbnb 101
Feb 21, 2019 • 33 min
We’re passionate about cleanliness in our short-term rental spaces because we KNOW this is a difference-maker. When we talk with other people about Airbnb, the two topics that come up most often are, one, it didn’t look like the pictures and, two, it…
5 | Professional Photography: Starting an Airbnb 101
Feb 21, 2019 • 20 min
Photography is probably the most important thing you put out there when you start to list on Airbnb, so today, we’re going to offer our tips and tricks for what to shoot and where to find a photographer. To learn more, and for the complete show notes,…
4 | Thinking Like a Guest: Starting an Airbnb 101
Feb 21, 2019 • 25 min
When you’re operating a short-term rental business, you’re part of the hospitality business. Just like a luxury hotel, the most successful short-term rentals sell their guests more than just a space to stay – they offer unique experiences. This is a lot…
3 | An Introduction to Pricing: Starting an Airbnb 101
Feb 21, 2019 • 29 min
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…
2 | Market Research & Area Regulations: Starting an Airbnb 101
Feb 21, 2019 • 18 min
One of the biggest obstacles you might run into when starting an Airbnb is area regulations, and we actually first met at a city council meeting when our city was trying to regulate Airbnb. We think that the sharing economy is (not so slowly) becoming the…
1 | Your First Investments: Starting an Airbnb 101
Feb 21, 2019 • 17 min
Airbnb can be a tremendously profitable side hustle, or even a full-on business, but it can also be daunting figuring out where to start. The very first step is considering what you want to invest, and that really comes down to three things: time, money,…
Trailer | Thanks for Visiting!
Feb 7, 2019 • 11 min
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…