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HalloCasa Real Estate Show

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The International Real Estate Marketplace Show with Realtors and Brokers from all around the world hosted by Michael


#79 Short-term rentals in the center of London and Covid-19´s impact on London as a a travel destination the international real estate marketplace

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This time, I talked to James Swift from London, United Kingdom. 

James is originally from the US, grew up in Seattle and studied in Perugia, Italy, attended the University of Washington and lived as a Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan and received his MBA in Nice France.

In London, he founded UrbanStay ( with his partner after raising significant capital and are now operating high-end serviced apartments in the heart of the City focusing on serving the corporate temporary accommodation market.

Together they grew UrbanStay from 0 to £3.6m turnover in first three years

and won "Best Operator 51 - 200 Apartments" by Serviced Apartment News twice in just six years

0:00 Introduction

1:20 Starting UrbanStay

5:20 Moving to London

7:10 Overview of London from a resident´s perspective

9:30 Interesting neighborhoods for business travellers in London

11:30 The DNA of a successful short-term rental founder and business team

13:40 Overview of the real estate market in London

18:15 Overview of real estate market prices in London

22:20 UrbanStay´s unique value proposition and reason why it is ahead of the competition and short-term rental ceritifications in the UK

26:00 The current situation of business travel in London during Covid-19 and its impact on the london short-term rental market

29:45 Showing of listings of UrbanStay in London

36:33 When to go for short-term rental and when to choose a hotel room

37:30 Service Offering of UrbanStay

41:45 Final tips by James Swift for listeners

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James, it was a real pleasure to have you on the show!

I hope you like the interview as much as I did!

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