11 episodes

As an Airbnb host, interior design consultant and house flipper Wendy Doris, aka @flippinwendy knows how to make a “property not suck” in the world of short term rentals.
Join in on the weekly podcast as Wendy and her guests reveal and discuss the processes for searching, funding, decorating and operating short term rentals, without losing your sh*t.
Be a part of a community of those that like to obsess about the smallest of details.

FlippinWendy Podcast Flippin' Wendy

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As an Airbnb host, interior design consultant and house flipper Wendy Doris, aka @flippinwendy knows how to make a “property not suck” in the world of short term rentals.
Join in on the weekly podcast as Wendy and her guests reveal and discuss the processes for searching, funding, decorating and operating short term rentals, without losing your sh*t.
Be a part of a community of those that like to obsess about the smallest of details.

    Things I Wish I Knew Before Hosting My Airbnbs - Ep. 10

    Things I Wish I Knew Before Hosting My Airbnbs - Ep. 10

    A lot of you remember the journey of the 'Comfy Cactus' and how it changed my life forever: I loved turning this property into my first Airbnb rental and look at me now as I host 17 properties! Well, let me correct that - I co-host these properties with my sisters Ashley and Erica and even though we've learned a lot in the process... we wish there was a manual on how to reduce the learning curve.

    With that in mind, we've decided to sit down to talk about the journey of scaling from 3 to 17 properties, discuss how we've saved time by implementing more smart processes, and share our best tips to turn an average Airbnb experience into a 5-star raving review!

    Takeaways from this episode:
    -You can get your property listed on Short Term Rental websites even before the space is ready to be used.
    -Tech is more important than you think when you're managing properties.
    -Keep and update property guides on digital and print form.
    -Coordinating supplies for multiple properties isn't a small task - use technology!
    -Create templates for bookers' FAQ's to help create consistency (and save you time!).
    -Have a roster that looks like an 'army of cleaners' as life happens and you'll need different availabilities at different times.
    -Ensure that you also provide ample cleaning supplies for the guest.
    -Have good quality amenities (including 3 ply sheet toilet paper)
    -Have a 24-hour assistance people in case of emergencies.

    Resources
    -Breezeway app:
    https://www.breezeway.io/
    -Who Gives A Crap
    https://us.whogivesacrap.org/

    For show notes and Wendy's Airbnb properties visit:
    http://flippinwendy.design/blog/podcast-episode-10

    Sheets: https://rstyle.me/+RnZ6QeqE8RFf-FEyO7BNpg
    Towels: https://rstyle.me/+6ywfml9IrtZbTvQLzMfn3Q

    • 47 min
    Elevating Airbnb Hospitality, with Dustin Abney of D. Alexander - Ep. 9

    Elevating Airbnb Hospitality, with Dustin Abney of D. Alexander - Ep. 9

    You guys know how I'm all about trying things that have never been done before (hello Shiplap Shower?) and looking for properties with unique stories! In this episode, I'm interviewing Dustin Abney from D. Alexander, which is the first owner-operated Home Hotel Collection. Dustin learned that group travelers like families and friends were being underserved in the short term rental market, and that's when he realized that he had a unique opportunity to elevate the experience of single family homes.

    We talk about how the heck one raises a lot of capital to buy over 17 houses from coast to coast, how to operate them and how to create a consistent yet unique decor style in different parts of the country. Dustin explains in more detail how you can get this type of investment off the ground, how he was able to pivot during the pandemic, and how he picked the right markets for his investment.

    Takeaways from this episode:
    -Study your ideal customer before you make your investment: think about their habits, what they're looking for in a property and how they spend their vacation time.
    -Big cities aren't great for group destination seekers (low ROI) because these cities have a low short season and real estate is expensive. Small cities tend to have very long low seasons and loose rental guidelines.
    -Looking for new vacation locations every year is hard! If families or big groups like a destination, they tend to come back and book a year in advance, which is great for planning.
    -If you're looking to follow Dustin's footsteps consider amenities that are unique and upscale!
    -Provide a great sleep experience and elevate their experience by providing activities or amenities that most guests wouldn't have at home.
    -In a time of a pandemic or economic disruption, don't wait for 'sh*t to hit the fan': reach out to your guests before they reach out to you, that way you can avoid a cancellation or listen to their concerns and try to accommodate their needs.
    -Consider adding 'experiences' or products that increase the property's value like grills and outdoor seating areas.

    For show notes and Wendy's Airbnb properties visit:
    http://flippinwendy.design/blog/podcast-episode-9

    To learn more about Dustin and D. Alexander please visit:
    https://www.staydalexander.com/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/dustinabney/
    https://www.instagram.com/staydalexander/
    https://www.facebook.com/StayDAlexander

    • 38 min
    How to become a Master Thrifter, with Grace Carpenter - Ep. 8

    How to become a Master Thrifter, with Grace Carpenter - Ep. 8

    Thrift stores, flea markets, Estate Sales, Goodwills - they're my Kryptonite.

    I can't stop myself from getting a good bargain at these places, neither can my friend Grace Carpenter. You've heard me talk about Grace multiples times before: she's an interior designer, fellow house flipper, Airbnb owner, the founder of Grace Carpenter Designs, and just like myself, loves the thrill of the thrift.

    In this episode you'll hear all about the adventures of two thrifters looking for lost treasures, the different types of shoppers, and how we've become friends and 'Master Thrifters'. We discuss the tips and tricks of bargaining with sellers, how to spot good pieces and the best way to negotiate.

    Also, learn how you can get pieces restored and reupholstered on a budget, the best spots to thrift in Phoenix and Scottsdale, and all the shenanigans we got ourselves into because 'the item was so worth it'!

    Grace reveals her home staging and vacation rentals decor tips, how to perfectly integrate vintage with new and secondhand, and the joys of dumpster diving.

    Key takeaways from this episode:
    -Train your eye to spot good items.
    -After you've thrifted great deals is hard to pay full price for things!
    -Thrift consistently and on different days to find the best patterns.
    -Good design is all about mixing and matching old with new.
    -You can be a seasoned thrifter and still not being sure what items are super valuable.
    -Stay open-minded: an item may not fit your home (now) but could be a great talking piece for your home rental!
    -Ask your local Auto Shop if they Lacquer furniture: the finish looks very high end and it's a service that many shops take on during weekends (as a side job).
    -Think outside the box when thrifting abroad: review luggage allowance prices and consider shipping items via shipping containers!
    -Store-bought cushions never fit right in vintage pieces, so you'll always have to get them custom-made.

    Where to find the best deals in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Arizona:
    Goodwill, Humane Society, Craigslist, Savers, Offer Up, Facebook Marketplace, Online Auctions and Dumpster diving.

    Connect with Grace:
    https://www.instagram.com/gracecarpenterdesigns/
    https://www.gracecarpenterdesigns.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BpSNrL_lsQU/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

    For show notes and Wendy's properties please visit:
    http://flippinwendy.design/blog/podcast-episode-8

    • 1 hr
    The Shiplap Shower 2.0 with Joe Wood from All Around Joe - Ep.7

    The Shiplap Shower 2.0 with Joe Wood from All Around Joe - Ep.7

    How to hire the right contractor was such a huge hit with you guys that I had to bring him back.
    My Cincinnati contractor Joe Wood, from All Round Joe is back on the podcast to talk about the most popular shower on the internet...or what Apartment Therapy named "The World’s First Shiplap Shower"!

    Joe and I created this bathroom project over four years ago and believe or not, 50% of my website traffic is still coming from this project! People REALLY want to know how to make a Shiplap Shower, so on this episode we decided to explain the creative process and how we executed it, the lessons learned, and obviously, the products that we used to create 'the masterpiece of the century'.

    During our conversation, we also discuss the 'Does and Don'ts' of product matching, why you should always follow the manufacturer's directions (shout out to the reps at Sherwin Williams!) and the one thing that you need to know to make this a full waterproof system!

    Also stay tuned to hear about Shiplap Shower 2.0!

    Takeaways from this episode:
    -Be empowered to try concepts no one has tried before and be creative with materials!
    -Knowledge is key: if you're unsure of how a product will react with another one, don't be afraid to pick up a phone to get some answers from the manufacturer!
    -How you 'Prep' can make or break a project.
    -Using our Shiplap Shower method, you'll never have to clean grout ever again!
    -Take the time to experiment and test the materials before you apply it, don't rush the process.
    -If you have an idea, find a contractor who is willing to do the research to make it happen.

    Check out the blog for the 'How To' and the list of materials that we used for the Shiplap Shower project:
    http://flippinwendy.design/blog/2016/5/18/shiplap-shower

    Get connected to Joe:
    https://myallaroundjoe.net/
    https://www.instagram.com/all_around_joe
    https://www.facebook.com/allaroundjoellc/

    For show notes please visit:
    http://flippinwendy.design/blog/podcast-episode-7

    • 35 min
    What to do when the HOA shuts down your Airbnb, with Joe Ballard of @constructedmatter - Ep. 6

    What to do when the HOA shuts down your Airbnb, with Joe Ballard of @constructedmatter - Ep. 6

    You pour your blood, sweat, and tears into this awesome rental you just purchased, and then suddenly, the HOA wants to shut down your Airbnb. What do you do?

    Most people don't like to talk about the deals gone wrong, but I want to because I think that it's important to talk about an exit strategy when it all goes to sh*t. In this episode, real estate investor, project manager, and designer Joe Ballard joins me to talk about his experiences in the flipping and STR markets, the 'swirliness' factor, and how even an experienced property investor can make 'rookie mistakes'.

    Joe started in the flipping business back in Minnesota, and made a whopping $146K profit in his first flip, erasing all of his and his wife's student debt! As a successful house flipper, he explains his strategy to 'sniff' good properties and how to get a buyer's offer above asking price in just one hour.

    Joe is also a talented designer and Airbnb host, and so I asked him to share his tips on how to create a property that 'pops', when it's time to splurge, and when to do the job yourself. We got to discuss the importance of researching and doing your due diligence, even if you know 'everyone is doing short term rentals' in the complex, and what to consider when the HOA is doing everything in their power to shut down YOUR Airbnb.

    In short, ALWAYS read the HOA's fine print to assess if a short term rental is legal or not in that complex!

    Key takeaways from this episode:
    -Do your due diligence when you're buying a property, and never take someone's word for something even if it's your own realtor.
    -House flipping is about appeasing the market, following the trends, but Airbnb is all about adding character, and uniqueness to catch people's attention. It's about creating an environment that they would never do in their own home, but that grabs their attention.
    -Consider creating 'impact factors' to wow potential buyers when you're working on a flip.
    -Consider if the money is worth the stress: you should enjoy the process of owning an Airbnb, not dread all that comes with it.
    -Enjoy the process of renovating and using free tools like Youtube: even if you don't make a profit on a property, you developed more skills that you can always use in your next investment!

    State Eye Charts:
    https://www.instagram.com/constructedmatter/
    https://www.constructedmatter.com/products/petite-eye-charts

    Joe Ballard's uniquely designed properties:
    https://www.constructedmatter.com/work

    For show notes please visit:
    http://flippinwendy.design/blog/podcast-episode-6

    • 30 min
    How to pivot in a pandemic market, with Danny Brown host of the Danny Brown Talks Phoenix - Ep. 5

    How to pivot in a pandemic market, with Danny Brown host of the Danny Brown Talks Phoenix - Ep. 5

    Danny Brown is a Realtor and Host of the Danny Brown Talks Phoenix podcast. In this special episode, Wendy and Danny Brown sit down again to talk about what the Real Estate market looks like in a pandemic mode and how property owners can overcome any pandemic limitations in short-term rentals.

    Wendy and Danny talk about how she turned short term rentals cancellations into longer stays by staying creative and how sometimes you have to be strategic about investment and being ok with the feeling of losing money to get money.

    In this episode, you can get more tips on how to manage cancellations gracefully without hurting your score and how to target a new type of traveler.

    Key takeaways from this interview:
    -"Panicky sellers" are temporarily transforming the market.
    -Think creatively about short term rental and consider the new traveler type (stranded college students and healthcare professionals).
    -When purchasing a new property make sure that your expenses are under control and that you won't be in trouble in a slower economy.
    -Local and suburb living is a trend that has been fast-tracked by the pandemic.
    -How this market may be a good time to negotiate a property that can become a flip.
    -Make sure that you have a way out even when you're considering buying a flip or another property.
    -This recession isn't going to be like the previous ones, and this one will be short-lived.
    -Homeowners have more equity than ever before.
    -The luxury market is taking the biggest hit in this market.
    -Danny thinks that the housing market is actually going to pull us forward in the new economy.


    Follow Danny online:
    https://www.instagram.com/dannybrownaz/
    https://www.instagram.com/myriadaz_/
    https://www.myriadaz.com/

    For show notes please visit:
    http://flippinwendy.design/blog/podcast-episode-5

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

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Actually helpful information!

Raw, honest, real, and PRACTICAL information for all things real estate.
I look forward to many more!

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Can’t wait to hear ALL of the stories Wendy has up her sleeve. She is a superstar and can’t wait to learn from her.

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Super Excited for the FlippinWendy Podcast

I’ve been following Flippin Wendy on Instagram, as I have a short term vacation rental in South Florida (@cabanacarioca), and I am super excited for her new podcast. The intro sounds like it will be super informative and it is going to be a fun show.

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