Vacation Rentals with John

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By: Vacation Rental & Airbnb Coach

Learn how to grow your airbnb or vacation rental business in just minutes a day with Coach John. Join John as he shares the latest insights, tools, and news about the rapidly growing short term rental industry. The episodes are short, sweet, and actionable. Whether you are an airbnb host or a seasoned vacation rental owner, this short term rental podcast is for you.

Dealing with the public without freaking out as an STR operator.
Yesterday at 8:36 PM

Just a couple of things I think about and do when dealing with guests who break house rules. Note: This episode is probably more suited to beginner hosts. Connect with Me: john@vacationhomehelp.comThis episode is brought to you by the Vacation Rentals with John Newsletter my very own email newsletter every Friday that features 4 bullet points highlighting cool things I found this week in the short term rental world including apps, books, tech, new hacks, tricks, articles, and other weird but interesting short term rental stuff of value that I stumbled upon. It's free and will always be free...


Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky's Post - 5 Updates From Our Top Suggestions.
Last Thursday at 10:41 PM

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky's X Tweet - https://twitter.com/bchesky/status/1704465615954584043Connect with Me: john@vacationhomehelp.comThis episode is brought to you by the Vacation Rentals with John Newsletter my very own email newsletter every Friday that features 4 bullet points highlighting cool things I found this week in the short term rental world including apps, books, tech, new hacks, tricks, articles, and other weird but interesting short term rental stuff of value that I stumbled upon. It's free and will always be free. You can subscribe here.


Last Minute Airbnb Deals with Zach Busekrus from Sponstayneous
Last Wednesday at 6:40 PM

Today, we have Zach Busekrus from Sponstayneous on to talk short term rentals.Connect with Zach on InstagramLast Minute Airbnb Deals on sponstayneous.comConnect with Me: john@vacationhomehelp.comThis episode is brought to you by the Vacation Rentals with John Newsletter my very own email newsletter every Friday that features 4 bullet points highlighting cool things I found this week in the short term rental world including apps, books, tech, new hacks, tricks, articles, and other weird but interesting short term rental stuff of value that I stumbled upon. It's free and will always be free. You can subscribe here.


Guest won't leave? What to do when a guest refuses to leave your short term rental on time.
Last Tuesday at 4:01 AM

If your guests won't leave your property in time, here are some practical steps you can take. Connect with Me: john@vacationhomehelp.comThis episode is brought to you by the Vacation Rentals with John Newsletter my very own email newsletter every Friday that features 4 bullet points highlighting cool things I found this week in the short term rental world including apps, books, tech, new hacks, tricks, articles, and other weird but interesting short term rental stuff of value that I stumbled upon. It's free and will always be free. You can subscribe here.


Reacting to "Airbnb Really Is Different Now" Article by The Atlantic
Last Monday at 6:30 PM

Read the article by The Atlantic 'Airbnb Really Is Different Now"https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2023/09/airbnb-hotel-hosting-cleaning-fees/675355/Connect with Me: john@vacationhomehelp.comThis episode is brought to you by the Vacation Rentals with John Newsletter my very own email newsletter every Friday that features 4 bullet points highlighting cool things I found this week in the short term rental world including apps, books, tech, new hacks, tricks, articles, and other weird but interesting short term rental stuff of value that I stumbled upon. It's free and will always be free. You can subscribe here.


More Airbnb Wishlist Saves Will Help You Rank Higher.
Last Sunday at 4:00 AM

A little neat trick to help you rank higher with the algorithm...Connect with Me: john@vacationhomehelp.comThis episode is brought to you by the Vacation Rentals with John Newsletter my very own email newsletter every Friday that features 4 bullet points highlighting cool things I found this week in the short term rental world including apps, books, tech, new hacks, tricks, articles, and other weird but interesting short term rental stuff of value that I stumbled upon. It's free and will always be free. You can subscribe here.


VRBO Updates Cancellaton Policy With...Penalties for Hosts?
09/16/2023

Big changes with VRBO's cancellation policy and Premier Host ProgramIf the host cancels a booking 48 hours before the stay, they will be charged 50% of gross booking value — that’s the most harsh penalty. If it is canceled between 30 days to 48 hours prior, the penalty is 25%; prior to 30 days, the penalty is 10% with a minimum of $50. Hosts can get a waiver for unavoidable cancellations, such as those attributable to natural disasters. Vrbo confirmed that, for now, only hosts in the U.S. will face the penalties. Updates to eligibility requirements for the Premier Host program will start January 2024. The new requirements aim...


How I do short term rental bookkeeping in under 30 minutes a week
09/15/2023

How I do short term rental bookkeeping in under 30 minutes a weekLinks to help with creating your chart of accounts (you do not need these softwares, these are just to reference to get your chart of accounts)https://blog.bnbtally.com/airbnb-costs-and-chart-of-accounts-to-considerhttps://www.doorloop.com/blog/property-management-chart-of-accountsConnect with Me: john@vacationhomehelp.comThis episode is brought to you by the Vacation Rentals with John Newsletter my very own email newsletter every Friday that features 4 bullet points highlighting cool things I found this week in the short term rental world including apps, books, tech, new hacks, tricks, articles, and other weird but...


Airbnb retires email aliases. What hosts need to know
09/14/2023

Airbnb retires email aliases. What hosts need to knowConnect with Me: john@vacationhomehelp.comThis episode is brought to you by the Vacation Rentals with John Newsletter my very own email newsletter every Friday that features 4 bullet points highlighting cool things I found this week in the short term rental world including apps, books, tech, new hacks, tricks, articles, and other weird but interesting short term rental stuff of value that I stumbled upon. It's free and will always be free. You can subscribe here.


We got a situation! How to handle a guest pressuring for a refund through complaints.
09/13/2023

We got a situation! How to handle a guest pressuring for a refund through complaints.Connect with Me: john@vacationhomehelp.comThis episode is brought to you by the Vacation Rentals with John Newsletter my very own email newsletter every Friday that features 4 bullet points highlighting cool things I found this week in the short term rental world including apps, books, tech, new hacks, tricks, articles, and other weird but interesting short term rental stuff of value that I stumbled upon. It's free and will always be free. You can subscribe here.


Airbnb Payout Math Explained
09/12/2023

Sometimes the numbers may be a bit confusing whether you are reading the transaction activity report (the airbnb spreadsheet download) or your reservation detail.I recommend checking the reservation detail to understand the numbers that go into your payout spreadsheet that you can download from Airbnb. This episode I am going over numbers from a reservation I had to explain how they show reservation details. Connect with Me: john@vacationhomehelp.comThis episode is brought to you by the Vacation Rentals with John Newsletter my very own email newsletter every Friday that features 4 bullet points highlighting cool things I found this...


Good, bad, and ugly of one night airbnb stays.
09/11/2023

Connect with Me: john@vacationhomehelp.comThis episode is brought to you by the Vacation Rentals with John Newsletter my very own email newsletter every Friday that features 4 bullet points highlighting cool things I found this week in the short term rental world including apps, books, tech, new hacks, tricks, articles, and other weird but interesting short term rental stuff of value that I stumbled upon. It's free and will always be free. You can subscribe here.


She got a double booking on both Airbnb and VRBO and is panicking. What's a host to do?
09/10/2023

Here are some strategies you can use if your short term rental gets a double booking.Connect with Me: john@vacationhomehelp.comThis episode is brought to you by the Vacation Rentals with John Newsletter my very own email newsletter every Friday that features 4 bullet points highlighting cool things I found this week in the short term rental world including apps, books, tech, new hacks, tricks, articles, and other weird but interesting short term rental stuff of value that I stumbled upon. It's free and will always be free. You can subscribe here.


How to deal with airbnb guests that check out late....
09/09/2023

How to deal with airbnb guests that check out late.Connect with Me: john@vacationhomehelp.comThis episode is brought to you by the Vacation Rentals with John Newsletter my very own email newsletter every Friday that features 4 bullet points highlighting cool things I found this week in the short term rental world including apps, books, tech, new hacks, tricks, articles, and other weird but interesting short term rental stuff of value that I stumbled upon. It's free and will always be free. You can subscribe here.


Airbnb Host Cancellation Policy Update Taking Effect On Or After October 9
09/08/2023

Policy lit here:https://www.airbnb.com/help/article/990Connect with Me: john@vacationhomehelp.comThis episode is brought to you by the Vacation Rentals with John Newsletter my very own email newsletter every Friday that features 4 bullet points highlighting cool things I found this week in the short term rental world including apps, books, tech, new hacks, tricks, articles, and other weird but interesting short term rental stuff of value that I stumbled upon. It's free and will always be free. You can subscribe here.


Airbnb Cancelled Long Term Booking (25 Nights) Because The Cleaner Entered As Planned?
09/07/2023

Airbnb Cancelled Long Term Booking (25 Nights) Because The Cleaner Entered As Planned?Tips to help you avoid cancellations because of mid-stay cleaning hiccupsWhy your airbnb cleaner or maintenance person should always knock twice and announce themselvesConnect with Me: john@vacationhomehelp.comThis episode is brought to you by the Vacation Rentals with John Newsletter my very own email newsletter every Friday that features 4 bullet points highlighting cool things I found this week in the short term rental world including apps, books, tech, new hacks, tricks, articles, and other weird but interesting short term rental stuff of value that I stumbled upon...


What to Know About New Airbnb Regulations in NYC
09/06/2023

What to Know About New Airbnb Regulations in NYCConnect with Me: john@vacationhomehelp.comThis episode is brought to you by the Vacation Rentals with John Newsletter my very own email newsletter every Friday that features 4 bullet points highlighting cool things I found this week in the short term rental world including apps, books, tech, new hacks, tricks, articles, and other weird but interesting short term rental stuff of value that I stumbled upon. It's free and will always be free. You can subscribe here.


How to Leverage Your Airbnb Host Profile to Increase Reservations
09/05/2023

How to Leverage Your Airbnb Host Profile to Increase ReservationsEpisode Notes:Think about this like online dating even if you have never done thisYou have limited space to describe your property and yourselfIn this episode I will dive into 2 host profiles that do an excellent job and one that does notAirbnb Host Profile Example 1 Airbnb Host Profile Example 2Airbnb Host Profile Example 3 Connect with Me: john@vacationhomehelp.comThis episode is brought to you by the Vacation Rentals with John Newsletter my very own email newsletter every Friday that features 4 bullet points highlighting cool things I found this week in the...


Should I provide baby gear, BBQ grills, and other extras to my airbnb guests?
09/04/2023

Should I provide baby gear, BBQ grills, and other extras to my airbnb guests?Outsourcing is an option with vacation rental equipment rental companiesIf you are going to offer it, the extras need to be maintainedConnect with Me: john@vacationhomehelp.comThis episode is brought to you by the Vacation Rentals with John Newsletter my very own email newsletter every Friday that features 4 bullet points highlighting cool things I found this week in the short term rental world including apps, books, tech, new hacks, tricks, articles, and other weird but interesting short term rental stuff of value that I stumbled upon...


VRBO Boost! Move your VRBO listing up in the search results.
09/03/2023

If you are a Premier Host on VRBO (similar to Airbnb Superhost status), you can leverage your boost powerups to appear higher in VRBO's search rankings. Using the powerup during slow periods or to close gaps in your calendar can help you boost your vacation rental's occupancy. Connect with Me: john@vacationhomehelp.comThis episode is brought to you by the Vacation Rentals with John Newsletter my very own email newsletter every Friday that features 4 bullet points highlighting cool things I found this week in the short term rental world including apps, books, tech, new hacks, tricks, articles, and other weird...


Don’t Waste Your Money on These Things During Short Term Rental Setup
09/02/2023

Don’t Waste Your Money on These Things During Short Term Rental Setup. In this episode, a list of things to avoid that will end up costing you time or money during setup. Already listed? Consider removing or replacing some of these time wasters.Connect with Me: john@vacationhomehelp.comThis episode is brought to you by the Vacation Rentals with John Newsletter my very own email newsletter every Friday that features 4 bullet points highlighting cool things I found this week in the short term rental world including apps, books, tech, new hacks, tricks, articles, and other weird but interesting short te...


How Hosts Can Avoid Getting Scammed on Airbnb.
09/01/2023

How to avoid getting scammed on Airbnb...these scams can cost you thousands, avoid losing to the bad guys.Payment scamsStolen credit cards Direct booking scamsRealtor scams and more.Avoid these common short term rental scams with this short episode highlighting what to be on the watch for.Connect with Me: john@vacationhomehelp.comThis episode is brought to you by the Vacation Rentals with John Newsletter my very own email newsletter every Friday that features 4 bullet points highlighting cool things I found this week in the short term rental world including apps, books, tech, new hacks, tricks, articles, and other...


Applying the rule of 100 to short term rentals.
08/31/2023

There are only four ways to get short term rental guests - warm outreach, cold outreach, paid ads (think Airbnb, VRBO), and content - and the rule of 100 suggests doing 100 of each every day to improve and get better results. Credit: Alex Hormozi.

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I got scammed by an Airbnb cleaner on Turno (Turnoverbnb). Avoid my fate.
08/30/2023

Learn how I got scammed on Turno by an Airbnb cleaner. Avoid my fate.

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This episode is brought to you by the Vacation Rentals with John Newsletter my very own email newsletter every Friday that features 4 bullet points highlighting cool things I found this week in the short term rental world including apps, books, tech, new hacks, tricks, articles, and other weird but interesting short term rental stuff of value that I stumbled upon. It's free and will always be free. You can subscribe here.


Do this today to rank higher on Airbnb.
08/29/2023

These two changes that take just seconds to implement may help you rank higher on Airbnb search. Try them for your vacation rental. Please let me know if they work for you. Connect with Me: john@vacationhomehelp.comThis episode is brought to you by the Vacation Rentals with John Newsletter my very own email newsletter every Friday that features 4 bullet points highlighting cool things I found this week in the short term rental world including apps, books, tech, new hacks, tricks, articles, and other weird but interesting short term rental stuff of value that I stumbled upon. It's free and...


Imagine not getting your payout! Booking.com fails to pay hosts on time?
08/28/2023

Booking.com has a hard time delivering payouts to vacation rental hostsEuropean hosts are hardest hitThis is on top of years of broken promises and instability with their payment infrastructureThey have had tons of technical difficulties, communication failsThey sent this message to hosts this summer… ​​“Payout for reservation check-outs between 28 June – 19 July will be processed by 24th July 2023 in one consolidated payment. Regular payout schedule is expected to resume by 27th July 2023.”“Payout for reservation check-outs between 28 June – 19 July will be processed by 24th July 2023 in one consolidated payment. Regular payout schedule is expected to resume by 27th July 2023.”Hosts actually voiced th...


Filling your calendar up with...Black Friday?
08/27/2023

Fill your vacation rental calendar with a Black Friday promotion. Why are I talking about this now? Because now is a great time to set up systems and start collecting emails from your previous airbnb guests. Want to support the show and help me create more vacation rental content? Please leave a rating or review wherever you are listening.Join our new Facebook groupConnect with Me: john@vacationhomehelp.comThis episode is brought to you by the Vacation Rentals with John Newsletter my very own email newsletter every Friday that features 4 bullet points highlighting cool things I found this week in...


Guest caught cheating...should the host tell his wife?
08/26/2023

2 different airbnb horror stories, we got a situation!Guest caught cheating...wife asked host about it - what should she do?Domestic violence happening at the vacation rental? What is a host to do?Domestic violence is not a joke, please report any incidence of domestic violence to the appropriate authorities and 911, you may save a life.Want to support the show and help me create more vacation rental content? Please leave a rating or review wherever you are listening.Join our new Facebook groupConnect with Me: john@vacationhomehelp.comThis episode is brought to you by the Vacation Rentals with...


Some thermostats suck...how to choose the right one for short term rental.
08/25/2023

I have used so many thermostats and many disappointed me...awful connectivity issues. You want one that works for your short term rental and does not make you work for it.Imagine losing connection every time you want to check it or change the temp...now I am not sponsored or affiliated with any company, but there are definitely some that I avoid because of these connectivity issues. Which thermostats worked for my airbnb Which thermostats to avoid in your vacation rentalReal life connectivity issues Want to support the show and help me create more vacation rental content? Please leave...


After an unpredictable summer, Airbnb and Vrbo operators are deciding if the headaches of hosting are worth it
08/24/2023

My reaction to the Business Insider Article "After an unpredictable summer, Airbnb and Vrbo operators are deciding if the headaches of hosting are worth it"Key highlights:Airbnb and Vrbo demand is strong this summer, but a glut of supply continues to pinch hosts. One host said he felt the need to find a niche, as an engagement destination, to stay competitive.But some hosts said, even with the demand, the headaches of hosting are no longer worth the money.Want to support the show and help me create more vacation rental content? Please leave a rating or review wherever...


ALWAYS Charge Your Airbnb Guests If They Damage Your Stuff
08/23/2023

My case for why you should always charge your airbnb guests if they damaged your stuff. The twist here is I will include a message template you can deploy to 'kindly' ask your guests without putting them on the defensive. Some customer service skills will make this whole awkward process - more comfortable.Topics discussed:When to use separate vacation rental insurance vs AirCoverAirbnb is paying out less than they used toHow to message your guests when damage happensTimeline for the resolution center process and the 14 day windowWhat to do if Airbnb denies your resolution center claimWant to support the...


Leveraging Cost Segregation and Bonus Depreciation to Save Thousands on Your Tax Bill
08/22/2023

How can you leverage cost segregation and bonus depreciation in your airbnb or short term rental business to save big time?

What is bonus depreciation

What is cost segregation

How to use depreciation to offset your ordinary income

Material participation rules

How much does a cost segregation study cost?

The PDF notes will be available in the facebook group.

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Should you get an LLC to protect your Airbnb?
08/21/2023

Should you get an LLC to protect your Airbnb? First off, I am not an attorney. Please consult you attorney or tax professional for your unique situation. These concepts will be basic - there are people who studied law for years, case law changes, and more to it than this podcast episode. This is to get you as a short term rental owner, started in the right direction and avoid a total loss, total wipe out scenario.

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Should I list my vacation rental on Hopper Homes?
08/20/2023

What is Hopper Homes? Should I list my vacation rental or airbnb on Hopper Homes?How the app worksHopper vs AirbnbHow much does Hopper charge? Hopper pricingHopper policies Hopper's guest experience Do you have an experience great or bad with Hopper Homes? P{ease share it with me by email, I would love to hear it!Want to support the show and help me create more vacation rental content? Please leave a rating or review wherever you are listening.Join our new Facebook groupConnect with Me: john@vacationhomehelp.comThis episode is brought to you by the Vacation Rentals with John...


Should I use VRBO.com for my vacation rental? A brief history of the platform plus things to know.
08/19/2023

In this episode of Vacation Rentals with John, you will learnBrief history of Vrbo.comHow Vrbo is different from airbnb John's take on Vrbo's customer serviceWhich is cheaper VRBO or AirbnbHow fast are payouts on VRBOCan you still sign up for the flat fee subscription model over pay per booking?Connect with JohnWant to support the show and help me create more vacation rental content? Please leave a rating or review wherever you are listening. Join our new facebook group ---> facebook.com/groups/vacationrentalswithjohnEmail me: john@vacationhomehelp.com if you want to connect or if you want to receive...


Why Base Price Is Important. How to Set Your Base Pricing.
08/18/2023

Base price is important in the short term rental game. This episode will walk you through how to set your base pricing.

Why base price is important on airbnb, vrbo, and booking.com

How to use base price to set your pricing strategy

Why having an affordable baseline price is king

A spreadsheet to help you find your base price available to all listeners...

I developed a spreadsheet that can help you find your baseprice. It will be available in the 'Files' area of the new facebook group that...


How to Check Your Airbnb Ranking
08/17/2023

How to Check Your Airbnb RankingFinding out where your vacation rental ranks depends on inputsWhat inputs drive your ranking There are infinite combinations of rankingsWhy ranking changes every dayDoes this apply to Booking.com and VRBO? Want to support the show and help me create more short term rental content? Please leave a rating or review wherever you are listening. Join our new facebook group ---> facebook.com/groups/vacationrentalswithjohnEmail me: john@vacationhomehelp.com if you want to connect or if you want to receive the newsletter, please email me here.


Cutting the Fat Out of Your Vacation Rental Cleaning Process.
08/16/2023

On this episode I will share how to cut the fat out of your airbnb cleaning process so you can save time and money. What items should I remove from my vacation rental to make turnover more efficientHow can I help my guests during their stay so checkout and turnover is smoother?Want to support the show and help me create more vacation rental content? Please leave a rating or review wherever you are listening. Join our new facebook group ---> facebook.com/groups/vacationrentalswithjohnEmail me: john@vacationhomehelp.com if you want to connect or if you want to receive...


Outsourcing Vacation Rental Responsibilities....Don't Lose the Human Touch.
08/15/2023

Today I will discuss outsourcing vacation rental responsibilities to save time without losing the soul of hospitality.

Outsourcing vacation rental maintenance to the right person

Outsourcing short term rental cleaning to the right person

Property management systems for vacation rentals

Outsourcing bookings to vacation rental managers

Why you need to be careful when setting up vacation rental automation tools

Food for thought when outsourcing to keep it real...

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Length of Stay Discounts to Boost Short Term Rental Income
#173
08/14/2023

Want to support the show and help me create more vacation rental content? Please leave a rating or review wherever you are listening. Join our new facebook group ---> facebook.com/groups/vacationrentalswithjohnEmail me: john@vacationhomehelp.com if you want to connect or if you want to receive the newsletter, please email me here.