2. Go back to the twenties on art deco Ocean Drive
Tans may seem beautiful, but they're temporary; take a stroll past the art deco buildings in South Beach to admire architecture's more permamanent golden era. The glamorous hotels were born when a theatrical style swept the design world in the ’20s, and the best of these giddy individuals are crowded along Ocean Drive. Park Central Hotel and the Imperial, designed by New Yorkers Henry Hohauser and L Murray Dixon, feature bold bands of colour and window 'eyebrows', which are characteristic of this flamboyant style. This is the ideal place to start off exploring the Art Deco District, which contains over 800 buildings from the 1930s and '40s. Visit the Art Deco District Welcome Center for self-guided audio tours.
3. Make your home more Miami in the Design District
If your home is crying out for a facelift, then the Design District is the answer to your makeover prayers. Once a pineapple grove, the area evolved into Decorators Row during the building boom of the 1920s, when home-design stores occupied this space. Among the high-end showrooms is Holly Hunt, with deluxe furniture and interior designs by Rose Tarlow, Christian Liaigre and Wendell Castle. And European kitchen-cabinet maker Bulthaup sells reproductions of mid-century modern classics here. Making the most of the Design Art trend are a number of galleries. Established names include Daniel Azoulay (3900A NE 1st Avenue, at NE 39th Street, 305 576 1977) and Barbara Gillman (414 NE 2nd Avenue, at NE 41st Street, 305 573 1920), which show internationally acclaimed artists.
4. Kick back with a Cuban in Little Havana
Visit Little Havana for a taste of Cuba. Miami Cubans are incredibly proud of this neighborhood, even if they don't live there. Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street) and the surrounding area are testimony to the American dream followed by the hundreds of thousands of Cubans who fled to Miami after Fidel Castro came to power in 1959. Here, you'll find many restaurants and shops that are replicas of the ones they'd left behind. Mediterranean-style houses with rocking chairs on the porch, fragrant tobacco scents wafting from cigar stores and the hum of Latin music from record shops all help to make this feel like their home away from home.
VIA TIMEOUT MIAMI
Owning a vacation rental can be a great way investment, and the less effort you have to spend, the more time you have to engage in other activities. In order to figure out what your hourly rate is on your Airbnb rental:
1) First, choose the date range you would like to look at. You may want to choose a start date based on when your rental has become "established."
2) Add up your revenue from your Airbnb payouts, which is the total rents collected minus any refunds and the Airbnb fee.
3) Then, calculate all the expenses for the same unit, for your chosen time period, and this will include your mortage, utilities and any replaceable supplies you need to purchase like soap, paper towels, etc. If you have everything on the same credit card this will be much easier.
4) Take time out for one week to really track how many hours you spend each day working on anything related to your property and try to be as precise as possible. If it has been much more or much less busy, you can compare it to past weeks and adjust as needed.
5) Multiply that weekly number by the number of weeks within your time frame, to give your total number of hours hosting.
6) Subtract the total expenses from the net rents and divide by total hours hosting.
average hourly rate = (net rents – total expenses ) / total hours hosting
This will give you an estimate for your hosting hourly rate!
What is your hourly rate? Share in the comments. :-)
At Easy Air Rentals, we are always looking to highlight useful tools to help our hosts better manage their Airbnb rentals. One tool we have been using lately is called AirDna.
"By analyzing over 400,000 listings, AirDna has determined the optimal reservation settings to maximize your property's earning potential. Learn the effects of enabling instant booking, what additional fees are recommended, and minimum night stay requirements that generate the highest value bookings."
The content provided is extremely useful and we would highly recommend looking into it for the most optimized listing possible.
This chart shows some stats about listings in Miami Beach. Most major cities also have data on AirDna. Lots of great free information is provided about a range of different statistics on the behavior of both hosts and guests, and for an additional price, even more information on is available on pricing and other factors.
This chart shows the most common property amenities.
Lots more you can check out, we recommend it! :)
Here are a few of our favorite Airbnbs from around the world! Enjoy!
Check out this excellent, and very helpful article from LearnAirbnb.com:
Hosting on Airbnb is not half as hard as you may think it is.
There are a few key Airbnb tips for you to learn how to be a good Airbnb host.
Find a place to rent out on Airbnb
Whether it is your entire apartment or house, bedroom, or simply your couch…you will need to have a place that people can rent from you.
To be really successful on Airbnb as a host and build trust within the community, you need to accurately describe and represent the accommodations. When guests’ expectation are met or exceeded, you will get a 5 star review. On the other hand, when guests receive less than they expect, you can expect a bad review and a refund request from the guests.
Being truthful and transparent means telling prospective guests EXACTLY what they will get when booking your place…including, but not limited to:
A question we get asked often is…
Can you Airbnb if you rent?
Can I Airbnb my apartment?
The simple answer is check with your landlord. We give you some great tips on how to have the Airbnb permission talk with your landlord.
Access to Internet
Airbnb is a web-based business, so you will need Internet access to create a profile, create an Airbnb listing, take Airbnb bookings, and to stay in contact with your guests. Duh…that’s obvious…hopefully.
To be a great Airbnb host, you need 24/7 Internet access. All the best hosts have the Airbnb app on their phone, so make sure you get it too. The faster you can take care of a guest issue or need, the better a review you will get…and a better experience the guest will have.
Pro Airbnb Tip: Your Airbnb search rank can be affected by how fast you respond to guest booking inquiries. You will see that the fastest response time it shows on host profile/listing is “within an hour”. Trust me, they calculate it to the minute…maybe even seconds. Be sure you respond as quickly as possible to all booking inquiries. That’s where the Airbnb App comes in handy.
Price your Airbnb for Success
Many new Airbnb hosts don’t know a darn thing about how to price their rental unit. And that’s okay. We have a ton of articles for you to read about concerning your Airbnb pricing strategy.
But to be a good Airbnb host, it’s not hard, you just need to remember:
Find the right Airbnb price
The quick and dirty way to find a fair Airbnb price is to scope out your competition directly on Airbnb. Here is a longer way and a more detailed way.
Here is a quick process to scope out your Airbnb competition:
Be helpful and be rewarded
Becoming a good Airbnb host is recognizing that you are in the hospitality business.
The definition of hospitality is: “the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.”
Make sure you are taking care of your guests to the best of your ability. That doesn’t mean wait on the hand and foot (or maybe it does if that’s an amenity you offer)…it simply means making sure they feel safe and taken care of.
Pro Airbnb Tip: Leave the guests a little gift from somewhere local. Wine and chocolate always work! This can help start their trip off on a good note.
Also, leave your Airbnb guests all of the essentials such as the wi-fi password, instructions on how to use the TV and maybe even a list of your favorite restaurants in the area.
It doesn’t hurt to leave a copy of the house rules out for them to review, too.
Pro Airbnb Tip: Don’t forget to leave them your cell phone number in case of emergencies. The Airbnb app works, but having a direct line to you makes them feel even more taken care of.
Particiapte in the Airbnb review system
Last, to be a good Airbnb host, make sure you are leaving reviews for EVERY guest.
By leaving honest reviews, you are helping to strengthen the trust within the Airbnb community. You only have 14 days to leave a review; so don’t let it slip away.
Pro Airbnb Tip: Leave a review as soon as you can with every guest. This can come in handy when something bad happens with one of your guests. Be cool about it…say, “yes we had a few issues, but we worked together to resolve them quickly”. People find it harder to be mean or talk bad about someone if they just received a compliment.
Secret to Airbnb hosting success
To be a good Airbnb host, you need to be open to new ideas and learning as much as you can. Every month there is a new service provider or an update to the Airbnb system. Learn, learn, learn. Talk with other hosts.
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