Short-term rentals can be categorized, at least at a surface level, as the “easiest” investments of 2021 and 2022. With low interest rates and a surge of post-pandemic tourism, new hosts were buying homes for cheap monthly payments, throwing some furniture in them, and making a six-figure return within a year of owning just one property. Naturally, this led more and more hosts to start building bigger vacation rental empires, buying as many properties as possible and inflating prices as a result.
But, the boom in BnBs caught on quickly, and more investors began tackling the same strategy. Before long, there were more short-term rentals than ever, but the same number of guests occupied them. Now, short-term rental hosts are facing lower occupancy as they struggle to compete over which properties will get which guests. So, is this the end of the short-term rental industry, or is the data showing something completely different? We brought on Jamie Lane, Vice President of Research at AirDNA, to give us a glimmer of hope.
Jamie knows short-term rental data better than anyone else. He knows which markets are growing, which are declining, which amenities get you the highest ROI, and why last-minute bookings aren’t a bad thing. He gives us a deep dive into what’s affecting the short-term rental market as a whole, whether it’s on a decline, and what hosts can do to beat out the competition when trying to fill their listings.
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