Fun + Unique Airbnb News, October ’16

Fun + Unique Airbnb News, October '16

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.

The home of the Audi R8

“Don’t forget to update your bucket list” reads the ad. Click the link to check out a unique listing! Neat Audi and Airbnb promotion.

Calm Down, People: Data Shows Airbnb Isn’t Really Driving Up Rent

Calm Down, People: Data Shows Airbnb Isn't Really Driving Up Rent Click To Tweet

I’ve been following this type of news for over a year now, and just recently I’m starting to see articles written on how Airbnb is NOT impacting rental prices. If you step back and take a look at the numbers, even if 100% of Airbnb rentals were taking otherwise long-term housing off the market (actually, it’s 10% according to this article), it still would have almost no impact. But, even if it was, why don’t we focus on increasing the housing stock instead of tormenting Airbnbs? When did it become a bad thing to live in a desirable city?

Airbnb Lets Trusted Hosts Manage Others’ Home-Rental Listings

So. Many. Questions. I’m all for this, but is it property management? Or, consulting? And, are potential hosts not hosting because of time, which this would solve for, or because of other reasons like perceived security issues, etc.? I think the latter.

As an Airbnb property manager, I wonder who will take care of the guest who can’t figure out the lockbox at 11pm on Friday night. Or, who will call the plumber when guest says the toilet is clogged at 7am on a Sunday. Fingers crossed that this works because I think it will bring many more hosts.

Buffett Says Airbnb Founders to Top Him in Championing Charity

Buffett Says Airbnb Founders to Top Him in Championing Charity Click To Tweet

“Every one of them is worth about 10 of me” says Buffet. I don’t know where his math is coming from seeing as he’s worth $65B and Airbnb is worth $30B in total.

Earlier this year, Brian, Nate, and Joe decided to sign The Giving Pledge and donate most of their net worth. How much? Who cares? Likely, more than you or I give in our lifetimes times one hundred or more.

The drive to kill Airbnb is a war on the future

“The drive to put Airbnb out of business in New York is a classic example of vested interests trying to use state power to stop the future” and it’s all due to “the Hotel and Motel Trades Council, a labor union that seems obsessed with the idea that the ‘sharing economy’ is a threat to it’s members’ jobs.”

This ‘Super Mario’-themed Airbnb is every Nintendo nerd’s dream

This 'Super Mario'-themed Airbnb is every Nintendo nerd's dream Click To Tweet

Here is the hosts profile. He also has a Star Wars themed room.