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What is Awning's mission?

Our mission is to make real estate investing more accessible. 90% of the world's wealth has been built through real estate, but the process has become increasingly harder and more time consuming for the individual investor. We want to help 100,000 people grow their net worth and achieve financial freedom by using one of the highest-yield and most stable methods to do so.

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Why real estate versus other investments?

A physical asset.

Real estate is a physical, tangible asset that is in scarce supply. The growth in house supply has decreased to record lows over the past 10 years, with no end in sight. Having physical assets in your portfolio is a hedge against economic uncertainty, as they typically (but not always) perform above market average in an economic recession.

Inflation-proof.

In periods of inflation, real estate has a tendency to hold up remarkably well opposed to fiat investments. Real estate prices rise, income generated from rents grows directly in line with CPI, and the debt used to secure the property depreciates in value. For example, a $10,000 mortgage payment during the first year of a mortgage will remain the same nominally but may well only be worth $8,000 in the tenth year, while the property may have appreciated in value 12%.

Major tax incentives.

Earning tax deductions through real estate investing is a powerful benefit that is rarely realized in other investment classes. Deductions include, but are not limited to:

  • Interest on mortgage payments
  • Property management fees
  • Property repairs
  • Property insurance
  • Property taxes
  • Property depreciation

To highlight a basic example, let's assume you purchase a rental property for $200,000 with a down payment of 20% ($40,000). The annual income of the property is $20,000 with $16,000 in expenses, which produces a net income of $3,000. The depreciation deduction allows you to deduct $7,272 ($200,000 / 27.5 years), leaving you with a net loss of $4,272. Because of this loss, you earn the entirety of the net income generated from the property without paying taxes on it.

Let's say you wish to then sell your property in 10 years for $250,000. Using a 1031 exchange, you can avoid having to recapture the depreciation amount and you can roll the $50,000 worth of capital gains into a new, higher-yield investment property without paying taxes on it.

All this together means that you have the possibility of paying little to no taxes, collected $30,000 in passive income, and rolled over the appreciation into a new investment class that yields a higher return.

You can borrow money to invest.

As opposed to other investments, you can borrow money to invest in real estate. Combined with the appreciation of real estate over time, this effectively allows you to leverage and monetize from low interest rates. This is not possible with fractional or market investing.

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Will my name be on the deed of the property?

Yes, the investor's name is on the deed according to how it was purchased. Once an investor purchases a property with Awning, it belongs to the investor. This means that the purchaser can sell, move into it, self-manage it, hire a property manager to lease it, or renovate it. 

This complete ownership also gives the investor advantages over fractional ownership and other real estate investment structures like, leveraged growth, tax deductions, and platform independence.


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What is Awning’s role before, during and after the transaction?

Before a transaction, an Awning client agent will work to understand an investor’s strategy and goals to find the best properties. 

Then the client agent sends properties to the investor that fit those goals, until a suitable property is found.

After an investor finds a property to purchase, the Awning agent will work to come up with a competitive price and terms, coordinate inspections and appraisals, and if the investor needs property management, an Awning certified property manager can be introduced.

The Awning agent then works with the investor all the way through closing. 

After closing, the Awning agent is available to help with any issues that arise and will work to keep the investor informed about the latest developments in the market.

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Do investors purchase properties remotely with Awning?

Yes. Almost all investors purchase remotely through Awning. 

The best real estate investments are all over the country in different markets and at different times.

Awning leveled the playing field between individual and institutional investors by putting the same level of data and analysis into the hands of its users on a national scale.

Awning agents act as local on-the-ground experts walking investors through different neighborhoods so they know what to expect when purchasing a property there. 

Awning agents also take care of coordinating title companies, inspections, property management, and other local parties. 

After an investor purchases a property remotely, they may choose to hire a management company. 

Awning can provide a certified Property Manager and manage the property handoff along with any information that will help the property manager get it repaired and leased. 

The property manager handles the property and the investor just gives occasional permissions, collects income and reviews statements.

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Can Awning connect me with inspectors, financing partners, and other services?

Yes, an Awning agent can work with each investor to coordinate any 3rd party services necessary to find, inspect, purchase, and manage an investment property.

The most common services that Awning helps coordinate include:

  • Lending: Awning can help investors shop for rates and terms for financing and refinancing investment properties. 
  • Inspections: Common inspections include the home, pest, mold, and radon. Awning also sends out roof and foundation experts to get an on-site quote as needed.
  • Property management: Awning selects and partners with local property management companies to ensure that if an investor chooses not to self-manage, the property manager takes care of the property once the purchase is complete. 

Awning also connects investors with attorneys, contractors, title companies, specialist repairmen, and anyone else that’s needed to complete the transaction and get the home leased.

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How do I find properties that fit my investment strategy?

Awning can fetch them. Investors just need to let an Awning agent know about their strategy. 

While almost every investor is seeking cash flow and appreciation, the strategies they employ to get there are different. 

Awning selects the best deals on the market, using both our algorithms and the human review process. 

This human review from our agents allows Awning to customize search criteria and parameters to find the properties that will fit an investor’s portfolio. 

Here are some strategies that Awning can help investors execute:

  • 1% rule
  • BRRRR
  • 1031 exchange
  • New constructions
  • Rent by rooms
  • Tenant occupied listings
  • ADU opportunities
  • Fix and flip
  • Carbon neutral potential

Many first-time investors speak to our agents about their goals instead of strategies like: FIRE, check-in-the-mail security, financial freedom, wealth building, and more. 

Awning agents then work with them to craft a strategy based on market conditions to meet their goals.

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Are the available properties exclusive to Awning?

Properties listed on Awning are not exclusive.

Awning selects and highlights properties in the top 5% of investment opportunities in every market, allowing investors to screen the best deals on a national scale. 

So while investor’s could find the properties on their own, Awning is here to build a short-list so investors can search less and earn more. 

In some cases Awning can make off-market listings available to our investors directly.

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Can I view all properties in an area through Awning?

Most properties that get listed aren’t competitive investments, so it doesn’t make sense for them to show up on Awning. Investors looking into a specific area or strategy and not seeing properties should speak to an agent. Awning client advisors can work internally to surface properties that fit specific investor goals.

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What is an Awning client agent?

At Awning, agents make all the difference. 

Investors should expect an Awning agent to:

  • Be licensed and an experienced investor’s agent in their state
  • Be an expert on the local market they cover
  • Understand the priorities and metrics of different investment strategies
  • Explain and answer questions about real estate investing
  • Be dedicated and resourceful in helping investors identify and secure a property

Awning agents work to prevent investors from making a bad deal. 

At Awning, investor confidence is important and long-term financial success is beneficial for both parties.

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What happens when I submit an offer on the site?

When an investor submits an offer on the Awning website, the investor’s agent

  • Gets an alert and starts drafting an offer letter.
  • Schedules a call with the investor to cover offer strategy, price point, and terms.
  • Sends a completed offer letter to the investor via e-sign.
  • Submits the offer to the listing agent, confirms receipt and gets an expected answer date
  • Notifies the investor if the seller accepted or rejected the offer.

At this stage the offer is accepted or rejected. If an offer is:

  • Accepted, the agent works with the investor and coordinates multiple local parties to complete due diligence and get the property ready for closing and leasing.
  • Rejected, the agent works with the investor and dissects the deal to understand why they lost the property and prepares to place offers on other properties.

Good investments in hot markets get competitive. 

Most investors are competing with other individual investors, traditional homebuyers, and sometimes even institutional buyers resulting in the number of offers exceeding double digits.

The key to winning an offer is having an excellent strategy and executing it.

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How does Awning make money?

Awning makes money as a buy-side brokerage. 

For on-MLS transactions, Awning receives the cooperating commission offered in the MLS. For off-market transactions, commission is negotiated between the parties. Any variation in this will be disclosed to you.

Here are some things Awning isn’t doing to make money:

  • Referring users to specific companies, instead, Awning asks partners to create special promotions for investors.
  • Selling advertising of other services but a client advisor may mention it, just not for money.
  • Marking up the services of partners when investors use them. Investors should receive the most value for their money. 
  • Selling user data or by violating user privacy.
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Are there any hidden or recurring fees?

Investors that work with Awning don’t pay hidden fees or subscriptions for using the platform. Awning doesn’t charge a sign-up fee and there is no cost to speak to an agent. 

There’s also no fee to submit an offer on a property and no contract users need to sign to be exclusively a customer of Awning.

Awning receives a brokerage commission when an investor purchases a property. Simple, the way it should be.

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What markets is Awning currently in?

Awning is across the nation in the fastest growing, highest returning, and fastest appreciating markets for single-family home investors. 

The company is expanding into markets all over the country and it wouldn’t make sense to list every single one here.

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How does Awning compare to fractional real estate investment companies?

Fractional investing companies enable individual investors to buy into real estate with less capital by selling fractional ownership of a larger real estate investment. 

Investors that work with Awning instead of fractional investing companies potentially benefit from: 

  • Aligned financial return priorities: Awning selects the best properties for investors, not internal returns.
  • Predictable investment liquidity: Investors that own property always have a large pool of potential buyers, shares in fractional investments don’t.
  • Leverage and growth strategies: A mortgage on an investment property gives an owner 5x leverage, owning fractional shares doesn’t provide any leverage.
  • Tax advantages: Investors have many tax deductions they can claim and they can defer capital gains tax when they own property, by using a 1031 exchange. 
  • No platform attachment: Homes purchased through Awning have value with or without the company, Fractional investing companies are required to give fractional investments value.
  • Flexible investor involvement: Direct real estate investors can select their level of involvement, fractional investors can only be passive or exit the investment. 

Fractional investing offers individual investors some advantages over working with Awning:

  • Low initial investment: Fractional investors only need a small amount of money to start, Awning investors need at least $25,000 to start investing. 
  • Commercial properties: Fractional investors can participate in apartment building and large-scale commercial real estate, Awning investors purchase single-family homes.
  • Blame assignment: Fractional investors can blame the company for underperforming investments, direct real estate investors have more individual control over outcomes.
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How does Awning compare to turnkey real estate companies?

Turnkey real estate companies offer individual investors a property that’s bundled with property management and other services.

These companies save investors time by making the process completely passive, but they prioritize offloading inventory over finding the best investments.

Advantages of working with Awning over a turnkey real estate company include:

  • Aligned objectives: Awning gets the best deals in front of investors, turnkey real estate companies prioritize selling existing inventory.
  • Inventory variety: Properties selected by Awning represent a significant majority of the real estate market, turnkey real estate companies focus on a specific type of property, which can make all the inventory very similar. 
  • Clear fee structure: Awning makes money as a buyer’s broker by receiving a commission at closing. Turnkey real estate companies often have hidden fees and charge recurring management fees.
  • Property management choices: Awning partners with local property management companies and offers investors choices, turnkey real estate companies self-manage the properties and offer no choices to their customers.
  • No front-running: Awning doesn’t purchase properties to sell them at a higher cost to investors, turnkey companies purchase properties and markup the cost after repairs for their investors. 

Advantages of working with a turnkey real estate company over investing with Awning:

  • No time commitment: With a turnkey real estate company, investors don’t even have to select the property, with Awning, investors can be passive, but they must select from the top investment opportunities.
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How does Awning compare to Real Estate Investing marketplaces?

Real estate investing marketplaces offer individual investors the opportunity to purchase properties that are found only on their platforms. 

The question with these companies becomes, if the properties are high quality, why do the investors selling them not want everyone on the market to bid on them.

Advantages of working with Awning over a Real Estate Investing marketplace include:

  • Source of inventory: Awning sources its inventory from the local MLS, marketplaces often get most of their inventory from individual and institutional investors, which can create adverse selection. 
  • Clear costs: Awning makes money by collecting a buy-side brokerage commission, marketplaces usually have a host of fees.
  • Aligned interests: As a buy-side brokerage, Awning agents help investors achieve their goals, marketplaces focus on selling inventory, which doesn’t always align with investor goals. 
  • More signal, less noise: Awning properties are hand-picked to be the most competitive investments in a market, marketplaces display inventory that investors must invest time to sort through. 
  • Buyer representation: Awning represents the buyer in an investment transaction, while most marketplaces represent the seller in a transaction and must represent their interests over the buyer. 
  • Hands-on service: Awning provides a great customer experience, marketplaces don’t have resources dedicated to customer experience and are self-service platforms. 

Advantages of working with a real estate investment marketplace over Awning include:

  • More exclusive inventory: Real estate investment marketplaces have more unique inventory investors can’t find anywhere else, Awning curates a short-list from publicly available inventory and some off-market deals.
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How does Awning compare to investing on my own in real estate?

Awning handles the finding, valuation, offer, due diligence, and closing with key input from the investor.

An Awning agent can introduce and coordinate a property manager that will handle leasing an investment and property management.

So all the investor has to do is collect rent checks and build equity.

Here are the eight steps to investing in real estate and how Awning helps:

  1. Find a property: Awning does most of the work by finding the top 5% of investment properties.
  2. Assess financials: Awning handles that too and puts the tools in investor hands, allowing them to customize the estimates.
  3. Place an offer: An Awning agent helps come up with a competitive offer price and terms.
  4. Take the property to closing: An Awning agent will also coordinate inspections, contractors, and everything needed to feel certain about the investment.
  5. Find tenants: Investors can self-manage or work with an Awning certified property manager that will find tenants.
  6. Maintain the property: If investors choose to work with a property management company, that company will handle all maintenance and billing.
  7. Collect rent checks: Since the property belongs to the investor, they’ll be collecting all the proceeds from the rent. 
  8. Build equity through mortgage payoff and appreciation: Investors are best equipped to handle this one. Results aren’t guaranteed.

Awning makes investing in single family rentals easier for professional, part-time, and first-time real estate investors alike.

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Why should I trust the data Awning is using?

Investors should trust Awning data and they should verify that it’s correct. 

Trust and verify is what Awning does. 

First the algorithm reviews the data points from multiple sources, then a team of analysts reviews each property for accuracy. 

This human review often includes:

  • Comparisons to recent local sales and rentals
  • Flood risk analysis
  • Picture analysis for renovation and repair estimates
  • Review of the seller’s disclosure for major appliance and feature conditions
  • Confirmation of the estimated rental figure and the output cap rates and rates of return

When a property makes it through this process, an Awning agent will see the listing first and can provide local context and raise any additional issues or opportunities. 

But the thoroughness of trust and verification doesn’t stop there.

When investors go through due diligence, an Awning agent will help get inspectors, specialists, and contractors to provide a full assessment of the property and potential costs. 

If investors choose not to self-manage, Awning works with a local property management company to get them to verify estimates of the repair costs and rental rates, so they can invest with confidence.

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Where can I read customer testimonials and Awning reviews?

Awning takes the time to interview our customers and provide users with customer spotlights to read.

These deep dives with our customers provide both an insight into the investment approach and experience with Awning of different investors.

You can read our reviews on Trustpilot.

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How much should I have to invest in single-family homes?

Although Awning is not a mortgage company and a mortgage expert can provide the best guidance for your specific scenario, we have compiled some general guidelines. 

Investors need $25,000 to invest in single-family homes through Awning. Here are estimated expenses for a $100K single-family home investment in Alabama: 20% or $20K as a down payment, $2.5K in closing costs and $2.5K to get rent ready.

Down payment requirements are higher for investment properties, with 20-25% as a general minimum. While closing costs can sometimes be lower, we suggest investors expect at least $5,000 in expenses to close on the property. Getting a home rent ready can vary, depending on the level of renovations. However, the initial costs of cleaning and preparing a home plus finding a tenant are around $5,000. 

Investors should get a pre-approval letter to figure out how much they can qualify for. Work with a lender or use one of the online lenders we partner with that can provide that letter in minutes. 

There are no other qualifications to invest with Awning.

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What does it take for a property to get listed by Awning?

Great investment opportunities are rare. In fact, Awning only selects the top 5% of properties in an area to be screened by our team of analysts for potential selection.

Here is how the selection process works in a hot market like Houston:

  • 300. That’s the number of new listings posted on the multiple-listing service (MLS) daily.
  • 20. That’s the number of listings selected by our algorithm for analyst review.
  • 3. That’s the number of properties approved by the analyst team and added to the feed on Awning in a day.

In slower markets where properties don’t appeal to investors, the number of listings can be as low as 2-3 per week. 

Before Awning, investors selected a tiny area, spent hours reviewing listings, and then did the legwork themselves. Now, our team is reviewing deals all over the country and selecting the best ones to look through. So investors start with the short-list.

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How much real estate investing experience do I need to start?

Awning services can accommodate real estate investors with different levels of experience. 

Many of our investors are growing existing portfolios, other investors are looking into purchasing their first property. 

Awning agents work with customers at different skill levels and can teach investors the basics and answer questions they have.

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How often are new properties added to the platform?

Awning analysts are reviewing properties selected by our algorithm. 

In hot markets, with high demand, they publish up to 5 new properties every single day. In cooler markets, with fewer opportunities, analysts add one property per day.

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How do I figure out how much I’m qualified to borrow and invest?

The best way to determine how much money investors can invest is by receiving a letter of prequalification or speaking with a financial advisor to determine what is comfortable. 

This is the most accurate estimate and beats some back of the napkin math, especially with quick online lenders.

Most customers can qualify for an investment of 5x the amount they saved for a down payment. So if you have $40,000 saved for a down payment, you’re likely to qualify for up to a $200,000 investment property. That being said, we advise you to speak with a lender or financial advisor to get an accurate understanding of what you’re able to invest.

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Is now a good time to buy real estate?

Yes. Now is a good time to buy real estate somewhere, and it’s always better to buy now than to buy later. There are three types of investors:

  1. Those that buy the rally
  2. Those that buy the dip
  3. Those that buy and hold

Only one of these investors isn’t a gambler, the third one.

Investing in real estate has to make sense for an investor's overall financial situation because it’s a long-term investment, with potential tax benefits and opportunities to use large amounts of leverage backed by real assets.

In real estate, market timing isn’t as important as other asset classes. Sure, it can help, but the key to success is to invest wisely with long time horizons.

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Why should I buy in the markets Awning is in?

Awning is in the busiest markets when measured by investor activity and offers the most immediate opportunities for high-quality, high-yielding, and quickly appreciating investment.

The role of an Awning agent is not to convince investors to buy in one market that the company operates in. The Awning team is here to enable investors to transact in the markets that they are most interested in. Awning is expanding into new markets. Connect with an Awning agent and let them know which markets are most enticing right now. 

Awning agents don’t push a location on investors, they explore it together. Awning is a buy-side brokerage, so it is focused on the long-term success of investors that work with us.

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Do I have to sign an exclusivity agreement to work with Awning?

No, Awning doesn’t require investors to sign an exclusive agreement to discuss, find, offer, or purchase a property. State-mandated disclosures will be presented when required, as they should be by any agent you are discussing this type of information with.

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Why get professional furnishing service for a vacation rental property?

Great furnishing driving revenue and a great team will save you time on coordinating transport and setup. Professional furnishing also means that the furniture is selected for durability and design, which gives you a better return on investment.

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How does furnishing impact vacation rental revenue?

The top 90%-95% of short-term rentals earn 2x-3x more revenue than the properties in the 50th percentile. Style and furnishing sells the property on the page, when a potential guest is browsing available homes. Better furnishing, results in more bookings and lower vacancy, which in-turn increases the profitability of the investment.

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How long does the furnishing process take?

Design can happen as you close on the property with the first delivery taking place within 1-2 weeks of closing. The complete furnishing process takes between 4-6 weeks. Of course there are some variables to consider like the home size, amount of furniture, and types of amenities that need to be installed by the team.

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How is the decision made around style and furnishing?

You’ll work directly with design professionals that have worked with AirBnB. These designers have worked on some of the top Airbnbs in the country. There is no generic 2-bedroom package. Every design starts by considering the location and specific floorplan of the property. A unique design for every vacation rental.

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Can the furniture be financed?

There are options to finance the furniture available. For the most up to date information and an assessment of your current borrowing situation, speak to an Awning agent about financing your vacation rental furniture.

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How often is the data updated?

The data in the Airbnb calculator is updated monthly. It also excludes properties that just start on Airbnb since early results are not a consistent predictor of long-term revenue for an Airbnb.

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Is the data from Airbnb or all vacation rental websites?

The data for the Airbnb estimator is exclusively for Airbnb. If the comparable property you are evaluating does a significant amount of business via VRBO or another platform, it may under-represent the average daily rate and seasonal occupancy.

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Is the revenue calculator gross or net revenue?

The revenue calculated by the Airbnb estimator represents gross revenue. It does not include taxes, cleaning, and other recurring and one-time hosting expenses.

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What is a good airbnb occupancy rate?

A good Airbnb occupancy rate is 75% or higher. The occupancy rate also depends on the location and the season. That’s why you can select multiple comparable airbnbs and view the seasonal occupancy and seasonal daily rates they charge.

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What does ADR stand for and how is it calculated?

ADR stands for average daily rate and it takes the gross revenue of a property for the entire year and divides it by the number of days that a property is available to guests. The average daily rate does not take into accounts days when the property is not available on the platform.

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Is owning an Airbnb profitable?

Owning an Airbnb can be very profitable but like any investment it takes some research to get a good one. A profitable Airbnb needs to be in a desirable location with a solid daily rate. It also needs to offer great furnishing and amenities to have a high occupancy. Finally, hosts or property managers must work hard to ensure that guests leave plenty of positive reviews.

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Is converting a rental into a short-term rental worth it?

The Airbnb estimator can help you make the decision of how to best rent an investment property. With an Airbnb you’ll almost always have a higher potential income. With a traditional investment the income will be lower but more predictable and more stable. The upfront costs for an Airbnb are also a bit higher due to furnishing requirements, but you also get to use it as a personal vacation home.

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How much can I make on Airbnb?

You can earn a substantial amount of money by renting a property on Airbnb. The Airbnb estimator can help you get a good understanding of the range for you earning by allowing you to compare any potential Airbnb address to existing Airbnbs nearby.

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What should I include in my expenses?

If you’ve already determined the gross revenue of a potential Airbnb, consider cleaning costs, furnishing upkeep, regular maintenance and repairs, occasional replacement of furniture and appliances and other restocking costs. If you prefer not to be responsible for managing all of these, consider subtracting 15% for full-service property management.

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How do I select the best comparable airbnb properties?

The best properties to compare a potential Airbnb investment to are ones that a guest would likely consider if looking at your property. Comparables should be in the same price range, have similar furnishings, offer the same amenities, and otherwise be in the same area an in proximity to the same destinations.

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