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Get actionable advice and the essential fundamentals of running a profitable 5-star Airbnb side-hustle or full on business. Annette’s extensive background in business operations and Sarah’s experience in high-end hospitality management and interior design make them a powerhouse duo that will deliver high impact content. With almost a decade of combined hosting experience they will not only share their own stories welcoming thousands of guests from around the world but also those of other Superhosts to deliver you a wide array of stories, insights, and profitable and creative ideas to make your listing rise to the top. Whether you’re experienced, new, or nervous to start your own Airbnb this podcast promises to be informative, fun, and from the heart.

Thanks For Visiting Airbnb Superhosts Annette Grant & Sarah Karakaian

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

Get actionable advice and the essential fundamentals of running a profitable 5-star Airbnb side-hustle or full on business. Annette’s extensive background in business operations and Sarah’s experience in high-end hospitality management and interior design make them a powerhouse duo that will deliver high impact content. With almost a decade of combined hosting experience they will not only share their own stories welcoming thousands of guests from around the world but also those of other Superhosts to deliver you a wide array of stories, insights, and profitable and creative ideas to make your listing rise to the top. Whether you’re experienced, new, or nervous to start your own Airbnb this podcast promises to be informative, fun, and from the heart.

    Scaling a Hospitality Empire: Motel, Wedding Venue, Co-Hosted STRs & a Boutique Hotel

    Scaling a Hospitality Empire: Motel, Wedding Venue, Co-Hosted STRs & a Boutique Hotel

    Today’s expert guests are Austin and Karlee Phippen, operators of an expanding portfolio of hospitality brands and businesses in scenic Northern New Mexico. Starting in just 2019, they’ve already built an empire in Chama – from boutique hotel rooms, a 16-room motel, a dozen co-hosted properties, and a sprawling ranch wedding venue.
    With Austin’s background in construction, and Karlee’s formal education and experience in the hospitality industry, magic was bound to be made when these two teamed up. We hear all about how they took on the motel project, detail the fairytale love story behind their wedding venue, unpack how they collected a dozen co-hosting deals, and explain how they keep it all together – in their hearts, minds, and in their paperwork.
    As members of our Hosting Business Mastery Method membership, we’ve had front-row seats to Austin and Karlee’s growth (and many challenges) along the way. We’re so excited to bring that story to the larger hosting community today.
    (00:01:29) #STRShareSunday: @bluebirddaycottagemarin
    (00:03:12) Thanks For Visiting Content Announcements
    (00:06:14) Pairing a Wedding Venue with a Motel
    (00:15:32) Renovating, Repairing, Remodeling & Running a Remote Motel
    (00:21:55) Detailing Their Expanding Business Model
    (00:30:45) Current-Day Operations at Chama Trails Motel
    (00:38:31) A Classic Love Story at Log River Ranch
    (00:41:10) Division of Time, Labor & Profits
    Resources:
    • #STRShareSunday: @bluebirddaycottagemarin
    • Chama Trails Motel: chamatrailsmotel.com
    • Instagram: @chamatrailsmotel
    • Sterling & Sage Lofts: sterlingandsagechama.com
    • Turquoise Antler Co-Hosting: turquoiseantler.com
    • Log River Ranch Wedding Venue: logriverranch.com
    • Instagram: @logriverranch
    • Video: How to Become an Airbnb Co-Host
    • Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.com
    Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!
    Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!
    Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!
    Hostfully | Go to https://www.hostfully.com/influencers/thanks-for-visiting/ and use TFV100 to get $100 off your subscription.

    • 56 min
    Hosting Hotline: Managing Guest Expectations for Airbnbs in Revitalized Neighborhoods

    Hosting Hotline: Managing Guest Expectations for Airbnbs in Revitalized Neighborhoods

    Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.
    Bri asks:
    How do I prepare guests for nuisance neighbors? I have a neighbor who lives two houses down and he is senile. He does get really chatty and he has doomsday stories.
    The other day, my guest engaged in conversation with him, and the story is always the same about wanting to get rid of the drug dealers in the neighborhood, and the prostitution, and all of these sorts of things. It made my guest so uncomfortable that she sent me a message.
    It used to be a rough neighborhood. Now, it's an up-and-coming neighborhood, but it still looks rough around the edges. There's nothing to be afraid of. I'm not sure how to relay that to my guests. Thanks for your wisdom.
    (00:02:08) Dealing with Chatty Neighbors at Your Short-Term Rental
    (00:04:05) Your Guest’s Experience is Most Important
    (00:08:49) Impress Airbnb Guests with Transparency & Honesty
    Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.
    Resources:
    • Relevant Video: How to Improve Check-In Experience for Airbnb Guests
    • Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!
    • Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.com
    Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!
    StayFi | Go to www.stayfi.com and enter TFV to get 50% off your first three months.

    • 12 min
    We Bought Land (Part 1): Laying a Foundation for Long-Term Partnership

    We Bought Land (Part 1): Laying a Foundation for Long-Term Partnership

    Today’s expert guest (and one of our new business partners!) is Mike Navarro of Columbus, Ohio. Mike and his wife Ingrid entered the residential market as first-time homebuyers and have since expanded into multi-family housing, constructing single-family homes ranging from 400 sqft to 4500 sq ft. Their diverse portfolio comprises over 20 units, including single-family homes, multi-units, and condos, with a total real estate holding value of $10 million.
    We chat with Mike today to lay the groundwork for a series of episodes in which we’ll be detailing our newfound property partnership together – the plan, the preparation, and everything in between – in as much detail as we possibly can.
    In this one, you get the skinny on Mike and his wife, as we cover the background of their incredible scalability and unlimited energy. We get vulnerable about our own thought processes before, during, and after the deal closed only a few short weeks ago, and we get excited (well, most of us) about the next steps – surveys, utilities, operations, branding, marketing, oh my!
    So many of you ask us about partnerships – consider this episode just the tip of the iceberg on a deeply personal case study illustrating our take on the process, and how we go about our decision making challenges along the way.
    (00:01:26) #STRShareSunday: @timbercovehideaway
    (00:02:54) Introducing Columbus STR Expert: Mike Navarro
    (00:14:00) What Made Them Switch to STRs?
    (00:22:28) How Sarah, Annette & Mike First Crossed Paths
    (00:25:24) Mike Navarro’s New-Build Property Experience
    (00:32:36) Deal Maker: How (and Why) We Became STR Partners
    (00:47:39) Reviewing Our Final Land Acquisition Deal
    Resources:
    • #STRShareSunday: @timbercovehideaway
    • Website: rowehouserentals.com
    • Instagram: @rowerentals
    • Thanks For Visiting Org Chart: Free Download
    • Relevant Video: We Bought Our First Airbnb Together: Part 1
    • Relevant Video: We Bought Our First Airbnb Together: Part 2 - Renovation & Updates
    • Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!
    • Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.com
    Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!
    Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!
    Hostfully | Go to https://www.hostfully.com/influencers/thanks-for-visiting/ and use TFV100 to get $100 off your subscription.
    Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Hosting Hotline: Bedding & Laundry Tips for Your Short-Term Rental Business

    Hosting Hotline: Bedding & Laundry Tips for Your Short-Term Rental Business

    Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.
    A listener asks:
    We are about ready to launch our first short-term rental on the beach. I've been vetting cleaning companies and have been a little surprised to learn of common standard practices related to washing (or not) the top layer of bedding.
    It seems like most cleaners don't wash that regularly, which to be honest, gave me the heebie-jeebies. Is that standard practice in the industry? To me, that needs to be turned over between each guest. Do I need to wash them myself?
    Any other wisdom that you have on bedding, number of layers, quilts vs duvets – really providing a high quality, comfortable, luxury experience for the guests – would be appreciated.
    (00:01:51) When Do Airbnb Hosts Wash the Top Layer of Bedding?
    (00:03:53) Training Your Turnover Team to Your Cleaning Standards
    (00:05:27) Pro Bedding Tips for Successful Airbnb Hosts
    (00:09:30) How To Protect Your Pillows in a Short-Term Rental
    (00:10:08) Sarah’s Tried-and-True Airbnb Blanket & Sheet Strategy
    (00:11:25) White Bedding?! Yes, White Bedding
    Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.
    Resources:
    • Shop our recommendations at HostGPO
    • Video: How to Clean Your Airbnb - A Walkthrough for New Airbnb Hosts
    • Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!
    • Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.com
    Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    StayFi | Go to www.stayfi.com and enter TFV to get 50% off your first three months.
    Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!

    • 15 min
    How to Optimize Your Supply Inventory as an Airbnb Co-Host in 2024

    How to Optimize Your Supply Inventory as an Airbnb Co-Host in 2024

    Today’s expert guest is Wendy Doris. Experienced house flipper, host, co-host, and Hosting Business Mastery Method (HBMM) coach, Wendy loves the details, especially when it comes to the operations of her business. We lean into that expertise in this episode, jumping into the deep end on supplies as they relate to short-term rental listings.
    Managing more than a dozen properties in the Phoenix area, Wendy set out to reimagine her supply chain operations – where, who, why, when, and how. We won’t spoil her story, but to let you know that she gets very detailed with the specific calculations she ran, hiccups and highlights, and of course, the bottom line financial results of what she’s implemented.
    Her approach is a great example of why we run numbers in our industry – and how to avoid being paralyzed by them.
    The funny thing about the work it takes to set up efficient systems is that, if done effectively – they disappear from your to-do list! Wendy explains that she ideated on the program for six months before taking the leap and putting it into action. The results, as they say, speak for themselves.
    Big thanks to Wendy for taking the time to share this super niche but super valuable insight with the community today. We hope inspires you to take a closer look at some of the more mundane, ongoing costs in your business to see if a creative solution like Wendy’s might apply.
    (00:01:24) #STRShareSunday: @CandyCabinsofBrokenBow
    (00:02:51) (Re)Introducing STR Co-Hosting Expert Wendy Doris
    (00:08:05) Managing Stock of Supplies for an STR Business
    (00:17:41) Supply Program Results & Reactions: One Year Later
    (00:38:13) Other Tips & Tools for Your STR Supply Inventory
    Resources:
    • Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!
    • Co-hosting website: mostess.host
    • Video: Airbnb Hosts: A Simple Supply System
    • Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.com
    • #STRShareSunday: @CandyCabinsofBrokenBow
    Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Hostfully | Go to https://www.hostfully.com/influencers/thanks-for-visiting/ and use TFV100 to get $100 off your subscription.
    Host Checklist | Grab our Airbnb Essentials Checklist and make stocking your Airbnb a breeze – we've got all your hosting needs covered!
    Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!
    Visit MinoanExperience.com and tell them TFV sent you!

    • 52 min
    Hosting Hotline: Short-Term Rental Dreams vs. Mid-Term Rental Demand

    Hosting Hotline: Short-Term Rental Dreams vs. Mid-Term Rental Demand

    Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.
    Katelyn asks:
    My husband and I own Stay Old Town Road in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It's four small, super charming historic houses on one property in the best tourist location in town. We got into hosting because we love travel and hospitality. We've always envisioned our guest avatar as a vacationer.
    Then, we had a very different guest type fall into our laps, so we pivoted to host midterm stays for the film industry.
    At first, it just felt like a smart strategy to fill our slow season. We thought we could use the time we were saving while not hosting traditional guests to build up our social media and our website. We were finally going to start telling the brand story that we've been dreaming up. Now that we know how great these film industry guests can be, we're wondering… Do we even need a brand?
    Should we lean into developing relationships with production companies instead? Is it a waste of our time and money to market these houses as the vacation rentals that we always thought they were? We have 100% occupancy for months at a time and leases signed and paid by big companies like Netflix. It seems like a no-brainer, but we feel our hospitality dreams slipping away.
    Should we keep building our brand as a backup to fill time between productions knowing that we'll be marketing nights that are few and far between? Or will that just make potential guests feel frustrated that we have such limited availability? What should we do?
    (00:01:24) Do We Need a Brand as a Mid-Term Rental Business?
    (00:04:06) As a Short-Term Rental: You Are Your Brand
    (00:06:11) Creative Ideas for Leveraging Your Circumstance
    Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. To hear your voice on the show and send a question to Sarah and Annette, submit your burning hosting questions at: hostinghotline.com.
    Resources:
    • Video: Airbnb Market Shift | Thrive as a Host
    • Visit thanksforvisiting.com/workshop to watch our Hosting Business Mastery Method workshop!
    • Airbnb Essentials Checklist: hostchecklist.com
    Thanks for Visiting is produced by Crate Media.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    StayFi | Go to www.stayfi.com and enter TFV to get 50% off your first three months.
    Quiz | Take our quiz to reveal your hosting personality style!

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

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NJ Fernando ,

Loving this podcast!

Excellent podcast! I’m so glad I found it. Annette and Sarah did a really good job interviewing their guests and getting useful info from them. Worth listening to and so I highly recommend it!

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Love Annette 🥰

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