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Thanks For Visiting

86 EpisodesProduced by Airbnb Superhosts Annette Grant & Sarah KarakaianWebsite

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… read more

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83 | Never Stop Experimenting | with Sarah Nie and Karen Gleason of POP Rentals

October 8th, 2020

54:14

Never stop experimenting — that’s the theme of this conversation with the people behind POP Rentals.

Sarah Nie is a professional vacation rental manager and director of guest experiences at POP Rentals, a company she …

82 | The Role of the Inspector

October 1st, 2020

29:59

The turnover process is the foundation of a thriving rental business. If you’re not ready for that next guest, they are going to let you know.

One …

81 | Stage to Rent Q&A

September 24th, 2020

34:54

We are in the process of launching our Stage to Rent Academy course for anyone who wants to create a living furnishing and designing short-term rentals. So, we wanted to go over some of the questions we have received …

80 | How to Price Your Properties for Success | with Meg Park

September 17th, 2020

51:52

Ready for a healthy dose of practical pricing education?

Meg Park has been working in the vacation rental industry since 2007. She answered an online employment ad for a vacation rental company in Hilton Head Island and …

79 | Attracting Influencers to Your Short Term Rental | with Levi Kelly

September 10th, 2020

46:07

Is your short term rental fit for stardom?

Levi Kelly is a YouTuber with over 150k subscribers—which he gained in just one year—with some videos reaching millions of views! He specializes with touring unique Airbnbs from …

78 | What to Consider When Hosting Photo Shoots in Your Rental

September 3rd, 2020

32:04

You may have entered this business with short-term rentals in mind, but there are SO many ways to make money off of your property. Why limit yourself to just one?

In our last episode with Brett and Ashley Nobles, we …

77 | Pivot From the Overnight Short-Term Rental Strategy to the Niche of Hourly Location Rentals | with Ashley & Brett Nobles

August 27th, 2020

51:16

We want you to make money in all sorts of different ways—and that can mean more than just nightly stays!

Our guests Ashley and Bretty Nobles are going to introduce you to a great way to diversify your rental business: …

76 | How to Close Down Listings Efficiently and Ethically Without the Overwhelm | with Tracey Northcott

August 20th, 2020

42:59

Naturally, every host is concerned with starting and running their listings. But what do you do to efficiently—and ethically—close down a listing without all the overwhelm?

Tracey Northcott has been an Airbnb Superhost …

75 | Live Airbnb Coaching! | Ashley Wilson

August 13th, 2020

59:23

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 …

74 | How to Market & Brand Your Short Term Rental Business | with Tayler Smith

August 6th, 2020

33:26

From planes to trains to automobiles, the Smith family has turned their one-of-a-kind getaway into a family business. A rusted, empty World War 2 train car sitting on the edge of the family’s property sparked the …

73 | 5 Overlooked Aspects of a Management Contract

July 30th, 2020

22:57

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 …

72 | The Benefits of Cleaning Training & Certification | with Jill Mason

July 16th, 2020

31:23

We’re getting down and dirty with cleaning with Jill Mason, the founder and CEO of VRScheduler.com. She’s been working with property managers and …

71 | Offering Concierge Services | with Meghan Alfonso

July 9th, 2020

41:54

We’re always looking for great ways to elevate our guest experience, and one easy way to do that (and make more money!) is by offering concierge services. Meghan Alfonso is the CEO and founder of GAT, otherwise known as …

70 | How Hostfully Can Help You Reach More Customers & Guarantee a Great Guest Experience | with Margot Schmorak

July 2nd, 2020

56:40

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 …

69 | Co-Hosting From Part-Time to Full-Time Salary & Beyond

June 25th, 2020

27:47

Are you interested in hopping into the rental world full time but unsure of where to start or how the numbers will shake out?

The world of co-hosting …

68 | Why Aligning with Your Clients is Essential to Your Business

June 18th, 2020

32:15

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 …

67 | What if We Get Another Stay-at-Home Order This Fall? How to Prepare | with Steve Trover

June 11th, 2020

32:53

Things are opening back up in the US! While we all take a moment for a collective sigh of relief, remember that COVID-19 hasn’t gone anywhere just …

66 | The Hosts of HGTV’s “Stay or Sell” Open Their First Short-Term Rental | with Brad & Heather Fox

June 4th, 2020

53:45

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 …

65 | Short-Term Rental Tips from a Superhost + Design Influencer | with Catherine Williamson

May 28th, 2020

54:55

Catherine Williamson is one half of the very popular blog Beginning in the Middle. She and her husband are designers, renovators, and Airbnb …

64 | 5 Ways to Pivot Your Airbnb During Downtime

May 21st, 2020

34:20

Is downtime in your business leaving you feeling down? Don’t worry! We’re going to outline 5 things you can do during a downtime — whether it’s a slow season, you need to take a break from hosting, or for any other …

63 | Cleaning is Now Safety | with Safety Captain Justin Ford

May 14th, 2020

48:02

We’ve talked about safety before, and we’ve talked about cleaning, but one thing is now clear in a COVID-19 world: Cleaning is safety. We have our safety expert, Justin Ford, back on the show this week to talk about how …

62 | Creating an Unforgettable Airbnb Experience: Star Wars Edition | with Bryndee Barton

May 7th, 2020

59:03

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 …

61 | Building an Epic Short-Term Rental Business | with Steph Utterback

April 30th, 2020

1:08:31

It’s totally possible to build an epic rental business! Steph, the owner of EpicBnb — a Nashville-based hospitality company specializing in design, …

60 | Is Mid-Term the New Short-Term?

April 23rd, 2020

35:15

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 …

59 | 9 Ways to Pivot Your Short-Term Rental

April 16th, 2020

37:34

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 …

58 | Airbnb Gets Back to Its Roots: Resources for Hosts during the Pandemic

April 9th, 2020

36:43

We are dealing with a virus that has taken the world by storm. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been alive, there hasn’t been anything quite like …

57 | How to Properly Insure your Short-Term Rental or Business | with Darren Pettyjohn

April 2nd, 2020

1:05:08

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 …

56 | Dryer Safety in Your Short Term Rental | with Justin Ford

March 26th, 2020

34:18

There’s one area of safety that pretty much everyone in the short-term rental game has to consider: dryer safety. To give us all the details, we are once again joined by our resident safety captain, Justin Ford!

Justin …

55 | Tactical Things You Can Do Tomorrow To Raise Revenue | with Sharon Keefe

March 19th, 2020

32:58

Whatever your mission is in this journey of short-term rentals, revenue is going to be a common driving factor. One of the common shortcomings when it comes to vacation rentals is not properly compensating yourself for …

BONUS | COVID-19 and Your Airbnb

March 16th, 2020

47:35

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about the coronavirus disease. We wanted to address some of the questions and concerns hosts may be facing, including cancellations, cleaning questions, and how to …

54 | Scaling Your Short-Term Rental Business | with Steve Trover

March 12th, 2020

56:09

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 …

53 | An interview with an Airbnb Photographer | with Matthew Garsky

March 5th, 2020

39:45

We’ve talked about this topic a TON, but we’ve yet to have a professional photographer on the show. That’s why we’re so excited to have Matthew Garsky, who has been photographing Airbnb properties for several years now …

52 | From Flipper to Short Term Rentals | with Becky Rhey

February 27th, 2020

47:14

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 …

51 | Why Raising the Bar Matters | with Sharon Keefe

February 20th, 2020

43:11

Sharon Keefe is back on the show! As a reminder, Sharon 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. …

50 | The REAL Challenges of Hosting… Are you up for it?

February 13th, 2020

36:42

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 …

49 | 8 Danger Zones in a Short Term Rental and How to Avoid Them | with Justin Ford

February 6th, 2020

48:30

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.

In case you missed the …

48 | 7 Ways to Make Money in the STR Industry if You're a Stager or Designer

January 23rd, 2020

34:37

We are all about education here on the show, and when we are really experts on something, we want to share it with you. One of those things we want to share with you today is how to make more money and diversify your …

47 | Different Worlds, Same Mission: Airbnb Advice from a Vacation Rental Expert | with Sharon Keefe

January 16th, 2020

46:38

Sharon Keefe has spent the last 7 years conducting knowledge management in the vacation rental space. She is a vacation rental property management pro, and we’re so excited to chat with her. She coaches other vacation …

46 | How to Make Your Rental as Safe as Possible | with Justin Ford

January 9th, 2020

44:47

It is your responsibility to make sure your property is safe for your guests! To drive home the importance of safety, we talk with Justin Ford, Director of Safety at Breezeway, a software company that makes it easier to …

45 | How to Bounce Back When You Let Your Guests Down

January 2nd, 2020

41:00

Mistakes are going to happen when you have an Airbnb, and that can be kind of scary. We’re going to share the experiences we’ve had and how we bounced back in hopes of alleviating some of that fear. You are not alone if …

44 | What Is Rental Arbitrage & Should You Do It?

December 25th, 2019

28:06

We’re going to talk about a lesser-known strategy for growing your short term rental business: rental arbitrage. What exactly is it, what benefits …

43 | Advice From a Prior Airbnb Employee | with Danny Rusteen

December 18th, 2019

53:21

What kinds of things could you learn from chatting with a former Airbnb employee?

Well, Danny Rusteen is a former Airbnb employee, and this has opened …

42 | The “What If” Episode | with Jesse Gross

December 11th, 2019

40:03

Do you have burning questions about starting up your first short term rental? What if your tenants throw a big party? What if someone gets hurt? The questions are endless!

We had the pleasure of meeting Jesse Gross, CEO …

41 | Capturing Email Addresses for Your Airbnb Guests | with Kelly Rauch

December 4th, 2019

22:14

How do you keep up high occupancy rates? You have to market!

Kelly Rauch is a marketing expert. We want your short term rental to be the best that it can be, and offer the best guest experience it can, and for you to …

40 | Airbnb & the Future of Hospitality | with Joseph Michelli

November 27th, 2019

33:55

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 …

39 | Everybody’s Booking for the Weekday: How to Get Your Airbnb Booked All Week Long

November 20th, 2019

23:12

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 …

38 | Why You Should Keep All Bookings on the App (Even Your Mom)

November 13th, 2019

30:47

This episode is all about the importance of booking all guests — including your mom, your grandma, and regular corporate clients — through the app, …

37 | Creating a Website (in Addition to Airbnb) for your Short Term Rental | with Kelly Rauch of Local Anywhere

November 6th, 2019

23:10

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 …

36 | Hiring A Co-Host + Sharing Your Vacation Rental with the World | with Jennifer and Jamey Ratcliff

October 30th, 2019

51:31

Jennifer and Jamey Ratcliff are an incredible couple — and an incredible couple of entrepreneurs in the Columbus area! They own a local restaurant, …

35 | Airbnb 101: How to Handle Damages Caused by Guests

October 23rd, 2019

28:05

When people start hosting short-term rentals, especially if they’re sharing their own home, they are usually worried about two things: damaged/stolen …

BONUS | Airbnb 101: Making a Hosting Business Plan + An Exciting Announcement!

October 17th, 2019

39:41

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 …

34 | Airbnb 101: What the Heck is a Co-Host?!

October 16th, 2019

35:36

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 …

33 | Do I Need an Instagram or Facebook Account For My Airbnb or Short-Term Rental? | with Kelly Rauch of Local Anywhere

October 9th, 2019

42:44

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 …

32 | Best & Worst Cities for Airbnb: Making Money & Paying Your Mortgage with Short-Term Rentals | with Gillian Luce

October 2nd, 2019

33:48

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 …

31 | InnTown Stays: A Unique Short-Term Rental Business That Helps People Recovering from a Disaster | with BJ Allmon

September 25th, 2019

55:34

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 …

30 | How to Automate Your Airbnb & What it's Like to Airbnb Your Home When You Travel | with Cody Boyce

September 18th, 2019

35:35

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 …

29 | Funding Your Airbnb Investment Property | with Marc Kade of PrimeLending

September 11th, 2019

43:45

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 …

28 | Coffee, Robes, Phone Chargers, Flowers, & Other Details That Will Make Your Airbnb Stand Out | with Tiffany Caliva of The Beach Lodge

September 4th, 2019

47:39

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 …

27 | Flipping Houses, Hosting on Airbnb, & Everything in Between | with Wendy Doris of FlippinWendy Design

August 29th, 2019

49:12

Today we’re talking to a flippin’ Instagram celebratory in the real estate world, Wendy Doris, AKA @FlippinWendy!

 

To learn more, and for the …

26 | How to Be Wheelchair & Handicap Compliant in a Short-Term Rental: ADA Compliance & Design | with LeAnne Lavender

August 15th, 2019

40:38

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 …

25 | All the Ways to Make Airbnb Your Side Hustle

August 8th, 2019

29:06

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 …

24 | Short-Term Renting Your RV or Travel Trailer | with Nick Karakaian

August 1st, 2019

28:40

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, …

23 | Convincing Your Partner to Airbnb | with Nick Karakaian

July 25th, 2019

29:17

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 …

22 | Holiday Tips for Airbnb & Short-Term Rental Hosts (& Holiday Horror Stories)

July 18th, 2019

21:16

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 …

21 | Properly: A Turnover Solution for Small Co-Hosts & Big Property Managers | with Tammi Sims

July 11th, 2019

38:13

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 …

20 | What it Takes to be a Superhosting Power Couple | with Tia Brown and Kyle Brown

July 4th, 2019

39:12

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!

 

19 | Hosting an Airbnb Experience: Why it’s a Great Opportunity & How to Host like a Boss | with Ria Greiff

June 27th, 2019

37:34

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 …

18 | The Box Hop: A Container Airbnb | with Emily Britt & Seth Britt

June 20th, 2019

55:38

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 …

17 | Restoring The Kettle House in Galveston & Hosting DIY/HGTV's Big Texas Fix | with Ashley Cordray & Michael Cordray

May 30th, 2019

34:46

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 …

16 | Keep it Tidy: Laundry, Cleaning Supplies, & Residential Vs. Short-Term Cleaners | with Chris Carlone

May 23rd, 2019

45:55

We’re talking to Chris Carlone from TidyHost, an automated housekeeping solution exclusively for short-term rentals. We’ve talked about it on the …

15 | 5 Simple Things We Wish We Had Known When We Started Hosting on Airbnb

May 16th, 2019

24:55

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 …

14 | Pivoting from Long-Term Rentals to Short-Term Rentals | with Superhost Christine Kimball

May 2nd, 2019

24:27

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 …

13 | From 1 to 100+ Short-Term Rentals | with Charles Hawkins

April 25th, 2019

29:34

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 …

12 | How to Attract Business Guests to Your Airbnb: A Great Opportunity for Repeat Guests

April 18th, 2019

23:55

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 …

11 | What Hosts Can Learn from a World Traveller & Frequent Airbnb Guest - with Hayden Lee

April 11th, 2019

25:52

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 …

10 | Renovating an Old Space & Marketing it on Instagram: The 100-Year-Old Granville Barn | with Elliott May

April 4th, 2019

55:21

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 …

9 | Leaving a Career to be an Airbnb Host | with Superhost Patti Whalen

March 28th, 2019

37:27

We hit the road again, and we came back with some great memories and a great conversation with Superhost Patti Whalen!

We discuss Patti’s fact-finding expeditions to Airbnbs in Europe, the long history between women and …

8 | The Pittsburgh Tiny House | with Superhost Casey Smith

March 21st, 2019

20:37

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 …

7 | Listing Your Space on Airbnb: Starting an Airbnb 101

February 21st, 2019

40:37

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 …

6 | Cleaning: Starting an Airbnb 101

February 21st, 2019

33:40

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 …

5 | Professional Photography: Starting an Airbnb 101

February 21st, 2019

20:04

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 …

4 | Thinking Like a Guest: Starting an Airbnb 101

February 21st, 2019

25:52

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 …

3 | An Introduction to Pricing: Starting an Airbnb 101

February 21st, 2019

29:34

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, …

2 | Market Research & Area Regulations: Starting an Airbnb 101

February 21st, 2019

18:46

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 …

1 | Your First Investments: Starting an Airbnb 101

February 21st, 2019

17:44

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 …

Trailer | Thanks for Visiting!

February 8th, 2019

11:48

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 …

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