Fun + Unique Airbnb News, September ’18

Airbnb news september 2018

In this monthly piece, I’m going to focus on the fun and interesting news coming out about Airbnb. I’ll mostly be ignoring news from governments and special-interest groups about regulation, litigation, taxes, housing crisis, etc. This post is Airbnb news September 2018.

 

Equity for hosts; weed-friendly Airbnb service; 25 interior design tips; Airbnb for long-term rentals; unique homes sell better for Airbnb rentals Click To Tweet

 

How Airbnb structures its data to help users find relevant search results

 

A rather technical article I’ve read but provides some useful insight on how search works.

 

 

The Top 10 Things Guests Want in an Airbnb

 

A whirlpool in your bathroom is #8. This would be very unique, thus a highly sellable item. Vacation = relaxation.

 

 

Airbnb wants to give its hosts equity in its business

 

What do you all think? I think that 100% this will not happen. Here’s why: It will piss off more hosts than it will make happy. Not every host will receive equity, but every host will feel entitled. Even those hosts who would receive equity, I’m sure they’ll receive less than they expect. Additionally, the most profitable hosts are likely those with many homes available for rent where receiving equity is less appetizing then the Airbnb host renting out their extra room at $50/night. If that weren’t enough, they’ll need to work on how to offer equity to hosts of 191 countries all while fighting/working with many more countries in legalizing Airbnb.

 

It’s a nice idea, but one that won’t work out. However, in exchange, they’ll create a host only festival or something of the sort in exchange for this hopeful strategy.

 

At the very least, it gives Airbnb some credit from the hosts simply by asking for a rule change.

 

Here is the official letter they wrote to the SEC.

 

Airbnb asked the SEC for a rule change to grant loyal hosts equity. Here's why it won't work. Click To Tweet

 

25 Design Tips to Make Your Airbnb Listing Stand Out

 

Worth the read! Really well laid out and concise. Some of the tips are more useful if you do not yet have a home (for example, moving the physical location of doors).

 

 

13 Secrets Airbnb Hosts Will Never Tell You

 

These tips are geared towards guests, but still it’s useful for us hosts to know what’s being distributed out there to help the guests.

 

 

Zumper Raises $46M To Be Airbnb For Long-Term Rentals

 

With all the frivolous restrictions on what homeowners can do with their own property, this is promising as an alternative to Airbnb.

 

Have you heard of this Airbnb rental service designed specifically for long-term rentals? Click To Tweet

 

Airbnb for Work is getting bigger

 

Now you can book a team experience on Airbnb.

 

 

Airbnb announces program for medical treatment travel

 

Geared towards US veterans in the Open Homes program. I think an international medical travel program could bring in quite a bit of money, especially as it becomes more popular with common procedures much less than 50% of the cost in the US.

 

 

The Airbnb bonanza: How quirky homes with rental potential are the new hot sellers

 

Quirky = sellable, so this makes sense, right? What’s your ‘surprise+delight’ feature? If not, reach out to me to help you figure it out.

 

 

BUD & BREAKFAST There’s now a CANNABIS-themed version of Airbnb – where you can search for B and Bs that will let you smoke weed

 

Not enough reservations? Try the weed-friendly Airbnb! Though most guests seem to think this is allowed in regular Airbnbs, anyways.

 

Not enough reservations? Try this weed-friendly Airbnb alternative. Click To Tweet

 

I would love to read your comments about this news or new stuff not covered! This was Airbnb news September 2018.


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The Airbnb Pro, Danny has been connected to Airbnb since 2012 as an Airbnb employee, Superhost, and Airbnb property manager. In 2018, Danny passed 500 nights in an Airbnb as a guest. Danny has traveled to over 25 countries with Airbnb and sifted through thousands of Airbnb listings, so he knows what makes a listing stand out and how to offer a world-class experience to your guest.