How Are Airbnb And Vrbo Different

As a short-term rental management company, we’re often asked which online rental platform is best. Well, that depends on your particular property and hosting situation. If you are renting individual rooms in a hosted property, Airbnb is your best option as a primary rental platform. If you are renting out your entire house un-hosted, both Airbnb and Vrbo are good options. But are they both the same? There are key differences between the two top

Trends From 2020 That Will Continue in 2021

The year 2020 saw changes for the travel industry and travelers worldwide. As a worldwide pandemic and mandatory lockdowns closed borders and cities, new rules and regulations changed the way we travel. And the most significant change can in where we stay when we travel. Lobbies, crowded elevators, shared dining spaces – few hotel aspects lend themselves to a global pandemic. Throughout 2020, alternative accommodations gained a significant leg up on traditional lodging. Mid-city apartments

California is Open for Business, What Can Airbnb Hosts Expect?

(HostWell CEO and Founder Keith Freedman shares his thoughts on the state's recent suspension of the CDC's Covid 19 restrictions.) California has officially reopened so, what does this mean for hosts? There are still Covid related health orders in effect for the state, and many cities have additional precautions that continue. The cities serviced by HostWell in California are all open for business. Before June 15th, "hosted" short-term rentals, hosting in a part of the

The Long, Slow Road to Revenue Recovery

Short-term Rentals, Present and Future Even though 2020 is winding down, COVID-19 hasn’t taken a break. The entire travel industry is still reeling from the pandemic. And the month of October began with airlines laying off thousands of employees. However, travel is a resilient industry and recovery will happen in time. Recently TSA clocked one million passengers in a single day of flying. That’s the most people flying since the start of the pandemic.  Leisure

Which Corona Will Dominate Your Summer?

In 2019, the only Corona affecting your travel plans came in a bottle. Countries all over the world instituted shelter-in place, travel restrictionist and even bans on short-term renting.  Most cities in the US are starting to relax restrictions.   Some think it’s too soon while others think we’ve overreacted and infringed upon basic freedoms. According to an article from Vox, it took Wuhan nearly 3 months of intense lockdown to achieve an R0 value

1 Jun 2020

Summer 2020: what can vacation rentals expect?

Summer 2020 is here! Instead of a flood of guests filling our booking calendars, our hearts are filled with a certain amount of dread, and our heads brim with questions about what this summer will mean for our small businesses. A worldwide pandemic has taken a giant bite out of our summer dreams and brought the entire travel industry to its knees. Airbnb has delayed its much-anticipated IPO and laid off 25,000 employees worldwide. In

1 Jun 2020

Is It Safe to Host in My Home?

Sharing your home with guests. These hosts truly put the “share” in home-sharing, but they are the most vulnerable of the short-term rental industry. Airbnb hosts who share space in a home they also occupy face many tough questions as they reopen in the wake of the pandemic. This sector of the short-term rental market has been particularly hard hit by Covid-19. Keith Freedman is the owner and founder of HostWell and an Airbnb superhost