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Episode 029 - STRR - Why is Pricing so Dang Hard?

pricing Apr 23, 2021


Just tell me how to price my short-term rental already!  We hear you but it’s not that easy and Michelle explains why in this week’s podcast.  She also gives you options because we all need and want options.  Pricing doesn’t have to be difficult.  You just have to understand what’s involved and how much research you’re willing to do on your own. 



Transcript of this Episode:


Hi, this is Michelle, the master of money mindset.

And you are listening to the short-term rental revenue podcast. Okay. This is it. The episode you've been waiting for, it's all about pricing and what are we going to tell you? How are we going to tell you stuff? Are we going to take you and drag you in, you know, those people on YouTube and other podcasters and say, uh, um, yes, that's exactly what we're going to do.

Let me tell you why. Let me tell you why pricing is so difficult and nobody wants to give you the answer because pricing is unique. Every property is unique. Your property is unique. And there is no cookie cutter way to really give you a real price. Nobody can do that. That's why they're beating around the Bush.

That's why it takes so long because nobody just wants to say yeah. Yeah, there is no really right answer out there for you. I'm just going to tell you, there is no right answer out there for you. That's the answer? The answer is there is no answer. It's unique. Now you can get general ideas and we're going to go into that and talk about it and talk about how you can get a general idea, but there's no, it's just like selling your house.

If you were selling a house. You know, there's no one price that you could put out there. And that would be the, the be all end, all price that gets everybody to come in and buy your house. It does not exist even if your house is the same as other houses. Our show today is brought to you by audible.

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I appreciate it. So please do take a picture of it. Send it over to me at Michelle at BNB dash boss. Let me know that you did, and we'll enter you in those drawings. There's a property that we'd like to buy in, in Orlando. And this specific set of properties is a whole. Entire there's a bunch of buildings.

Every single place is alike. Almost all of them can be furnished almost exactly alike, but the prices vary. And let me tell you why some of the properties are looking at the parking lot. Some of them are looking at a lake. Some of them are looking at a playground location. Some of the properties have different floorings, wood, tile, carpeting, you know, and some have different wear and tears on those carpeting.

Looking newer, looking more used, some have newer cabinets, older cabinets and granite countertops, or were for Micah. I mean, there's like a million different reasons. The appliances are different. The properties you might look at them and say, well, they're all the same. No, they're not. All the same. The upkeep has been different on some of them.

I mean, like there are so many, even with something that looks exactly alike, it's different. And that's why you have that variety in the prices. Right. Not to mention the market when the demand is higher. Then you have higher prices when the demand is lower, the prices drop. So that is going to be exactly the same thing that happens with your short-term rental.

Nobody wants to tell you that because they want to sell you some BS stuff. Now, there are good programs out there and we are going to talk about them. Okay. Now it's cool to be a geek when I was growing up and I was a math major, people just looked at you like you're crazy, man. You like. Numbers. And you're like, yes, I do.

I really do. I love math puzzles. I love things like that. But now it's cool to be a geek. These guys are writing programs, they're doing algorithms, they're doing all kinds of logistics in order to help you determine your pricing. And we're going to talk about all of that in this episode, but. I just gave you a little bit, a really good background on why it's not a cookie cutter thing.

Why it's not an easy thing. No, one's trying to avoid your question. They just can't answer it. It's because it's hard. It's hard.

And if I did not say that clearly enough guys, the guys who translate my podcast into a transcript are always telling me I talk too fast, but I listened to everything fast. I listened to podcasts really fast on, on higher speeds, audible books on higher speeds, everything except for music. I love my music.

Just the right speed, you know? And so let me just really quick touch on this. You're going to love this. I'm listening to, but I always listen to books. I, I finish at least four books a month and I was listening to a new book and I finally, I finally did it, man. I got the go. On F yourself, did, has anybody seen that book out there?

Now? The title turned me off for a long time, but then one of my friends said, Michelle, it's you, you have to read this book. And I was like, really? And they're like, oh yeah, yeah. So I got the audible version of the book and immediately I have everything on 2.0, like going twice as fast as what they're recorded.

So for some reason, I'm like, why the heck can I not understand? This, this book, the, the person who, the narrator and that look, and it's the author of the book. And I'm like, I can't understand a dang word that is coming out of this guy's mouth. And so I slow it down, slow it down, slow it down. He's Scottish.

There's a Scottish accent, a really thick Scottish accent. If you speed that up, Scottish is hard to understand when it's. Normal try spinning that S up, man, you speed that up. You cannot, you cannot understand the Scottish fast if you're in America. And you're just like, what the heck, but what an amazing book, love that book.

And, um, oh, and I also got a book for a friend of mine. I'm not sure if she listens to I'm pretty dang sure. She listens to my podcast because she has a short term rental, but I got her. I'm going to say it anyway. I got her this awesome book. If you want to help people and, you know, give them something really cool for the new year.

There is this amazing book called a year of positive thinking and it's like daily inspirations. It's kind of like one of those calendars that you tear off, but it's not a calendar. It's a book. And it's by Cindy Spiegel. She's. I mean, honestly, I started flipping through this and I was like, dude, I got to get me one of these books.

These are awesome. So if you want to get a present for somebody, that's a great book too. All right. So we're going to go right back into this. We've got the portfolio covered, the organization stuff set and covered. Why is pricing so damn hard? It's uniqueness. There are no two alike. Come on. So when you know, the gurus are avoiding you, it's simply because they CA they, they just can't tell you your house could be exactly like your next door neighbor's house.

And it's not going to sell the same because everything changes about it. Like the wind has changed. The tide has changed. The moon is doing something different. Everything makes it unique. Okay. So there's basically though, basically three ways to price your house now, or your unit, your, your room, your, if you have an entire property, a guest house, whatever it is, there's, we're going to just say your STR, there are three ways to price your short-term rental.

The first way is you can do it yourself. The second way is if you're on a platform like Airbnb or something, you can have them do it. They have pricing tools themselves, and you can allow them to do it for you. And the third way is you are going to pay somebody else to do it. So that's the way that you can do it.

You're going to do it yourself. You're going to have somebody like, you know, your hosting site, like Airbnb, do it for you, or you're going to pay somebody to do it. Now let's dig into each of those. Now, if you're doing it yourself, You got a lot of variables to look at. Okay. Obviously you're gonna have to look at hotel prices in the area.

You're going to have to look at other Airbnb properties or other properties on the same format that you're using. So if you're using vacation rental by owner, whatever you're using HomeAway, it doesn't matter. But you want to go on that site and look at those other properties that are similar to yours.

So if your property is. Let's say an entire guest house, then you're going to want to compare your property with entire guest house. If your property is just a single room, you want to compare it with other properties that are just a single room. So it's just like when you put your house up for sale, if you had a three bedroom, two bath house you want, you know, that was about 1600 square feet.

You want to compare it to another. Three bedroom, two bath, 1600 square foot house. You can't, you can't compare a mansion or a McMansion to a small house because they're not the same. They're not in the same category. So you at least have to get yourself into that same category. Okay. And when you do that, I want you to also remember, and this is huge.

The prices. On the properties that you see and the properties that you see, keep in mind that you're only seeing what is not booked. So. You're comparing, you know, it's kind of like if you had your house up for sale and you were looking at the houses on the market, the houses on the market, can't give you a real price on your house because they're almost all overpriced.

Let's just be honest. They're all overpriced. That's why they're not sold. And it's going to be the same kind of thing with the prices of the properties that you're looking at to price your. Your BNB against, they're not sold. They're not rented out. They're actually open. There's a reason why they're open.

There's a bunch more that you can't see that are already rented, and you have no idea what those prices are, but there are some people who do and save that for later. Okay. So when you're looking at these properties, keep looking and comparing to other properties that are like your property. So you're looking at hotel prices, other, um, BNB prices, other properties that are similar to yours, keeping in mind, always that these are the ones that are unbooked.

And then you're going to weigh all the different things. Obviously you have to weigh what your property looks like in comparison to the ones that are available. Right? So if your property looks like the Taj Mahal compared to all of these others, You can definitely price it a little bit higher. And if yours looks like, you know, you were, you built it in Sanford and son's backyard.

If you are old enough to know that that was a junkyard. If you built it there, you're going to have to price it a little bit lower in comparison. Okay. So keep those things in mind, but look at also the number of reviews that you have and how many star reviews you have. If you. I have five star reviews.

You can price it a little higher. If you've got three star reviews, you might want to price it more competitively. Okay. You'll look at the season. Um, is it a high season peak season or is it a low season? So here in Arizona. And when I'm in Florida, winter is a peak season. People come here from Canada, Minnesota, um, Idaho, I mean, you name it Wyoming.

We've get, we get all the snowbirds. Okay. You are going to have peak season also. So know what type of season it is. If it's your off season, prices are going to be a little lower because you want to get it filled, right events. What kind of events are going on in the area? What's really cool about. Arizona is we've had, we've hosted the super bowl twice now.

We've we host every year we host the Fiesta bowl. We have, uh, down in Tucson, we have the gem show. There's a lot of really cool things that go on. And then obviously, you know, my properties in Orlando speak for themselves. They've got universal studios. They've got, um, Disney world. They've got like amazing things that you can go to there.

So those are like all the time events, but there are specific events that are only happening now. And once, and boy, you can, you can make a lot of money on those week long ones, but if you're not in the know, if you don't keep up with things, you're going to miss out, you want to make sure that you're pricing them high at those rates, or they're going to be gone.

Somebody is going to book that as soon as they find out. So make sure that, you know, what's going on in your town all the time. That's really important. And then the number of available listings out there. So you're going to have to look at the number of listings that are out there and compare. What's left with the demand.

So if there are 8,000 listings out there left, open and available and you have one, but only a few, they only recommend or tell you that a few thousand are going to be booked. You may want to get a little more competitive. Yes. Yes. So you have to look at all those things, right. And just be smart. I mean, be the analytical person side of you that, you know, may or may not be there, but tap into that, tap into the analytical side of you and get analytical for a while.

Now there's a lot of people who don't like analytics and they don't want to do all those numbers and they, they don't want to handle that. Then wait for me to go into the next two, because you're going to like those, but if you can handle it and you want to be all techie and you want to, you know, to me, I, I love data.

I love, you know, figuring out things, but guess what? No longer as I get older, no longer do I waste my time with that. I'd rather pay somebody to do it. It's one of those M w A's what did I talk about? Minimum wage activities, right? It's something that takes up way too much time for me. So I would rather pay somebody to do it, but then again, I have the money to pay those people.

So if you're getting started, you need to buckle your self in and take that ride and just dig in and do it until you can afford to pay somebody for it. Right. It's there's, you know, there's going to be a ton of reasons, but remember to look at all those things and really be honest with what your property looks like.

In comparison to all those others that are still available. Okay. So there's a reason, those other there's a bunch that you can't see that have already rented out. You don't know what their prices are because you couldn't compare them. But you are comparing yourself with a bunch of other stuff that's still available.

So you're the leftover counter at the bake sale, you know, two hours before they close and all the good stuff has gone. Right. That's who you are. Just remember that, you know, even though you're not stale yet, it's still the same day bakery what's left. What looks best? It's like, Hmm. Now all the white chocolate macadamia nut cookies are gone now.

Now we're down to the nitty gritty. Okay. So just remember that and analyze that for yourself, you know, and remember too, are you going to play this game? The undercut, the competition game, because honestly that is. If you have to, if your property isn't a great property, even if it's, I would say if it's mid-level or down, then you might have to play that game.

But if you've got a nice looking property, I'm one of those people I don't undercut myself. And let me tell you why, who, who was my mentor? Who was the big, the big guy, the big kahuna who taught me how to invest after I invested in myself, I always go after I invested in myself. After I invested in myself, Robert Kiyosaki was my big guy and I read and did anything.

He said he was an amazing mentor and I loved being there those seven years. I learned so much from Robert. But one thing, if you think about it, think about Robert's cashflow game. If you've never played cashflow. You have to, by the way, because I rock at cashflow, I actually have a silver rat from the cashflow game that was given to me by Robert himself because I won this, this competition and I still have it.

But the deal is cashflow is this really cool game, quite similar to monopoly, but like monopoly on steroids, but you know how much Robert Kiyosaki sells that game for take a it's a board game. Okay. Take a guess. $250 a game. Oh yes. What I know some of you are probably going like this. What the, yeah. What is the correct response, but guess what?

I have a bunch of those games, right? I literally have a whole bundle of them. Cause I used to host a bunch of kids and take them in, teach them how to play cash flow all the time. We would do it all the time. I just don't have that same time anymore. I've gotten older, but the thing is, those games are worth $250 to me and the monopoly games.

When you go out to buy I'm Napoli, I don't know what they are now, but you know, 10 bucks, 20 bucks for a monopoly board. Probably the same type of thing. I mean, they're not like anything special. You're not going to open it up and there's going to be gold and silver, you know, pieces or novelties in there.

The paper money is still made of paper, money. Uh, the board is still made of cardboard. It doesn't look any different, but the value is there. And it's the same as, you know, think about this. You can undercut and undercut and undercut. And where does it stop? So if you are a gas station and next door neighbor is a gas station, he's got one corner, you've got one corner and you've probably seen this.

We used to see this a lot more before one gas station would lower. There's a penny, try and get people in. And then the next store gas station would lower his. Another penny. And they would go back and forth just going back and forth Lorene at one more. Penny, one more penny, one more penny. Where does it stop?

It has to stop somewhere because honestly you lose all your money. You can't win that game. And it's, it's a terrible game to play. Now, it doesn't happen as much as it used to. Now, usually the name gas stations like Chevron or shell, they'll keep theirs a little bit higher than maybe the circle K or whatever, but the reason why is they know they can't win the undercut games.

So they have to win you on what service and all the other things that they provide inside their stores. You can use their credit cards. They, you know, there's a bunch of different things that they offer you. Um, the quality of their gas, that's going to bring you over to their station. So that's going to be the deciding factor, but I really want you to remember if you can't remember the gas station, this scenario, think about Walmart's.

I'm in my fifties. Okay. So when I was growing up, we had mom and pop everything, mom and pop grocery stores. We had a sunny supermarket on the corner. I grew up in north Aurora, just outside of Chicago. And there was a little sunny supermarket down there. And that's literally where we grocery shopped. We didn't go to a big store.

There were no. Big stores by us, not very close at all. I mean, we had to go out to get to what was it back then? Eagles and Dominic's right. So we had to go way out to get to the big grocery stores and we just shopped at Sonny's Sonny's was the place that we went. And when we went to a drug store, It wasn't a Walgreens people.

It was this little sun drugs that was right next door to the tasty freeze, all of them, right next door to each other. It was like sunny supermarket, the little sun drugs and the little Tastee Freez. That's, that's all that there was. And that's exactly where we shop. That's where we bought our pharmaceuticals and everything else.

What happened to those mom and pop stores in just a span of a few decades. You're talking the undercut pricing. You're talking about Walmart's, you're talking about Walgreens. They came in and they wiped. Out from the face of the earth, mom and pop stores, they are gone. You don't see them anymore. Why?

Because America loves low prices and they don't give a crap where they come from. That's why they don't care that they get tax advantages. That other little places don't get the, you know, in the form of a Walmart might. Want to build in your town and your state or your town might give them some kind of subsidy to, to build there.

And sometimes it's huge sometimes like it's major, major money, hundreds of thousands of dollars. If you're a little mom and pop shop, they don't give you even $10,000 to build your store there. So they couldn't compete when it came to building. Right. Nor could they. Compete. When it came to pricing, Walmart does crazy stuff.

If you ever want to get into it, watch the high price or the high cost of low prices. It's a little documentary watch that that will break your heart and you'll see exactly what happened to the mom and pop stores in the United States. You can't. You can't beat them. You there's just no winning. There's no winning.

So they they're gone. And the same thing is happening with our health care too. I mean, if you look there used to be an optometrist everywhere now, the optometrists are all stuck inside Costcos and Walmarts. I mean, very, very few people go out and go to an eye doctor inside an office. Dentistry is going to be moving the same way.

I mean, there's like. You're talking, America loves to get these low prices, but they don't really think about the cost involved. And the fact that the corporations are making a ton of money and the pharmacists are making less and working more with less benefits. I mean, they've got to pay for their education.

Same thing with these doctors, they have hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loans. Yet they can only charge a patient $50 for every visit. I mean, it's crazy. What's going on. So you think that, um, don't even get me started on that. And I was like, I'm going to back. Everybody's just nodding. Just Michelle.

No, no. They're giving me that, that cutthroat sign. Don't go there. Don't get Michelle on whatever rant. But the thing is you can never. When that battle, they undercut competition battle. So be careful with it. Try to make your property the best property that you possibly can so that you can charge a better price or feel good about charging a better price.

Try to, if you can't, if your location, you can't fix your location. Right. And you can't, you can fix what it looks like, the furnishings inside, and you also can fix. What you offer people I've been in BnBs that offer amazing things like you get in and they have, oh, we've got this ready for you and this and this.

And you're like, wow, this is crazy. This is better than a hotel. I love it. So just be careful, you know that you don't try to low cut yourself low. Cut yourself, low. Cut yourself in two. You want to remember. If somebody sees a property out there for $19 a night, what are they going to think? They're going to think that that's a $19 a night hotel, man.

And that's like probably got roaches crawling around and everything else. So there's just remember to weigh those things. You want to get sold, but you don't want to play that undercut the competition game. Okay. Just remember. So the second thing you can do is have Airbnb do it for you. And they look at all the factors that I told you, and then some they see and they know what's been rented on Airbnb.

They can see the fluctuations. Yeah. And how many people are requesting that area. Exactly. Which area, the prices that they're looking for, they know things that you cannot possibly know. And so they have a little bit of advantage there. Right? They can tell what what's hot. What's not what. Not just the location, but the dates too.

They're like, Ooh, suddenly everybody wants this around this state. Something must be going on. Remember I told you to be aware of the events in your location, but just like the gem show down in Tucson, when that thing comes up, we can, we can up the prices by a lot by about $50 a night. And in some places, a hundred dollars a night because the gem show is going to sell out and because the location looks good.

Right. So they know all those dynamics and they can compare them all and they can do it quickly because they got guys working on it and computers working on it. And they've got the time. So, and this is really cool. You can let them do it and you don't have to pay them. So remember how I said, you know, you don't want those minimum wage activities.

This is pretty much a minimum wage activity. You can let Airbnb handle. If you don't want to do it, what's really cool is to, you know, they're going to look at the reviews. They're going to look at the responses. They're going to look at the areas. They're going to look at all those things that I told you to look at, but.

They also let you set your high and low price. So you can say, well, the minimum I can take for this is, you know, $75 a night, but the maximum I would love to see is $150 a night on this little tiny place. So. You can set the high and low, whatever you want. Now, remember when you do that, they will still add in those weekly discounts, they'll still give those weekly discounts.

If you offer those in those monthly discounts, if you offer those. And remember I said, I like the long stays, but not everybody does. So if you're into the money, You make sure you take those off. If you go into the auto pricing, because honestly you don't want them to cut your prices and then give a discount on top of it because you're like, Ugh, what the heck happened?

Right? Those will still apply, even if they're doing your pricing, but you're set the high and low still, but your weekend pricing that goes away completely. So if you had. Your pricing set, um, where your weekends, your Fridays and Saturdays have a two day minimum and they go up, they, they won't do that.

They, they don't, they do something completely opposite. So that goes away. There's a couple of things that go away, but the cleaning fees stay on there. The extra guest stuff stays on there. All that, that all stays on there. So just be careful if you have them do that. But honestly they say, and I think all of them say when we were doing our research on this, we're like, what are the prices?

What do they say that they make more, they'll bring more income to everybody quotes about 40% more income. If you let them do the pricing for you 40% across the board. Everybody says, if you use our, you know, Our dynamic pricing. Well, you're going to get you 40% more than you would make on your own. And that's, if you never did any of your own analytics and you just priced it by yourself, if you don't do your own analytics and you don't do your own pricing, then.

You are, you know, you're, you're not going to get the same amount of money. So let's talk about number three, option number three, window. Number three, let's look behind that curtain. We're talking about dynamic pricing and paying someone else. And that is the term. If you're new to short-term rentals, dynamic pricing is the term that we use for letting.

Another company, figure out the pricing for you. And we pay people to do that. There are literally companies out there that specialize in pricing for you. It's really cool because these guys are the data geeks. They love, love, love, gathering, all that data, all that information. They create these wonderful algorithms.

I think compute computer little butts off they've, you know, they look up when events are coming. I mean, these guys are on it and that is their entire job. So yeah. You'll want to pay him to do that. Right? Remember minimum wage activities. These guys are charging you a very low percentage to figure out for you what your prices should be.

So pay them for it, because for the most part, the majority of them. Are very good at what they do. So they, they do all the work. They promise you those higher returns. Everybody promises you about 40%. That's that's the number I see on everything. 40% tire, 40% tire. But these guys love numbers. They watch the markets, they watch out for events.

They boost, you know, they look for boosts and bookings and legs and bookends. You know, like this area is hot. This area is not. They look out for area pricing. They, you know, they can base a program on what you want. So, you know, do you want to full calendar where you have no work to do because your calendar is full all the time.

Do you want to make a lot of money and you don't care if your calendar's full, you just want the highest price and the highest return. Do you want your property just rented on weekends? Because you're there during the week. Maybe you have, you know, a place that. You go to on the weekends or you go home, maybe you have a place in the city where you work all week and then you go home to the country, you know, whatever you want, whatever you're looking for, they will base their program and their prices on, well, the prices will be all the same because it's just cut and dry, but the program will be based on your needs and your desire.

Okay. So these guys, I love geek guys. Geek guys are so fun, but I'm not going to talk about air DNA. So air DNA. If you, you know, if you've been in the short term rental business for a while, you know about air DNA and that's air D N a dot C O and they have way, way more and information than just pricing. I mean, they do, they're more like an investment tool than a pricing tool to me.

They, I didn't even want to compare them. So I did not. I did not use them. So if you're, if you're looking for an air DNA thing, I just kind of kept them out of this thing, but you can kind of investigate them because they're amazing. If you're a geek like me, you love air DNA, but I, I left them out. Instead, I'm going to talk about the two main ones and the two ones that I think you should probably use one of these too.

Okay. But you can find others. Okay. But these are just my recommendations. And the first is my recommendation to almost every buddy use is I like, I like these guys. They're kind of geeky kind of, I mean, come on. They're numbers guys. They're geeky. Um, but use wheelhouse. I think their costs are a little bit lower and I like that they offer you.

Like more service. They look, they, they give you like a questionnaire, right? I liked the fact that they really try to take the whole program and really focus it on you, the, the customer or the end buyer, you know, the, the buyer of their product. And they say, okay, what are you looking for specifically? And they gear it towards you.

That's why I like use wheelhouse because. They just seem like they're more customer oriented and that they read, ask. So, so I'm like, oh, these guys must've read it. Ask because they ask questions all the time. So their cost is 1%. If you have less than 10 properties and it's going to be 1% of the bookings that you get through them, the automatic bookings.

And if you have 10 or more properties, then it's 0.7, 5%. So you can see. They, they charge you a tiny bit more, but if you're making what they promise, 40% more, dude, wouldn't you pay that all day long. You would pay that all day long. Do you know, give somebody if, if I, if I told you, Hey, give me a hundred thousand dollars and in the next year, I'll teach you how to make a million dollars.

Wouldn't you do that all day long. If you had an ATM where you put a dollar in and a $10 bill came out, wouldn't you do that all day long? Like yeah, you do it all day long. So remember when somebody is making you money and it's working, pay them for it. It's a small percentage and you're making more than you would have before.

So they also, um, They have a free 30 day trial that you can try them and use them. So don't be afraid to go on there and use them because what's really cool is they'll look at, let's see, give him one of my properties. And the majority of the property is filled up. Like 80% of it is already booked and there's only 20% left to fill.

I only have to pay that percentage on what they fill automatically. So that's pretty cool. I like that. Then the S the second and another really good one. And almost everybody I know uses that one is beyond pricing, beyond And here's the one thing that kind of irks me about beyond pricing.

Now I know they're good. Everybody's going to sit and go, but Michelle they're really good. They are. They're really good. So if you take advantage of their free 30 day trial, you get a penalty. On their annual fee, you pay a little bit more, and I know it's only 0.1%, but still come on. So their cost is 1% of your total prices.

Doesn't matter the number it's, it doesn't work the same as wheelhouse. So, um, it's 1% of their automated. Bookings that they do for you. If you pay on an annual basis, meaning if you pay for 12 months at a time, all at, once you with no trial, it's 1%, it's 1.1%. If you use the free 30 day trial, I know, right.

What I know, but, and get this. If you pay month to month, it's 1.25. Percent, but what's really funny is you can use the free 30 day trial and do the monthly thing. They, they, they don't penalize you on the month to month one, but it's still 1.2, 5%. So it doesn't seem like a lot, but I want you to kind of calculate what you make.

All right. Now, remember, this is all your income. This isn't less your fees. This isn't your profit, this isn't your net. This is a percentage of your total income from your bookends. In some cases, I don't think they charge on top of your cleaning fees, but they do on taxes for the most part and any other fees.

So that's going to be before Airbnb's fees or, um, the fees or whatever. So if you're pulling in total, Let's say 5,000 or 6,000 a month on a property that that percentage can be a lot of money and it can add up. Over 12 months to a lot of money. So really take a look at it. If you've got a little place and you're only pulling in a few thousand a month, like one or 2000 a month, it's, it's not that big of a deal.

And it might get you more bookings because, you know, they teach you how to be a little bit more aggressive than you would probably be on your own. So you might be okay taking it, but they say they can raise your revenue 40% like everybody else. I don't know how they can make that promise. Um, they, they must have some statistics, some kind of testing that they did where they have it, because they wouldn't let them announce that if somebody didn't do some kind of a study somewhere, I mean, that's probably why.

All of them use that same number, that same statistic. But remember, those are the three ways that you can do pricing. You could do it yourself. You can have your hosting site, do it like Airbnb, do it for you and they don't charge you for that. Or you can pay somebody else to do it. Okay. So you have to decide, you have to take all those factors into consideration and decide for yourself now.

Uh, Airbnb just came out with something recently and I clicked yes on it. And I'm not sure if anybody else listening has seen it yet, but they're doing a beta test of this really cool pricing feature that you see. At hotels. Okay. Have you ever been to one of those websites, like or even, even going directly to like or something, and you're booking a hotel room.

If you pull up the rooms that are available for that night. A lot of times the same room, you're going to see two different prices. One will be higher and one will be lower. The lower price. The first price will be lower, but it will tell you that it's non-refundable so like once you pay it, you can't, you can't cancel it.

You're locked in, but you get, you pay more. Um, in order for you to have a more Lexa Daisy cancellation policy, have you ever seen that? Do you know what I'm talking about? Guess what Airbnb is doing that now. And because I have a strict policy set for my properties. They, you know, they have this thing and said, do you want to be involved in this and blah, blah, blah.

And I was like, yeah, sure. I'll do it. They, they raised it. I believe it was 7%. They take the current prices that you have. And if you, if they choose the strict policy, They get the price that you have there, but if they want the more Lexa Daisy one, they charge them 7% more than what your current nightly rate is.

So for instance, if your, your property is at a hundred dollars a night and they are. Willing to go strict and stay with your strict policy. They get it for a hundred dollars a night, but if they want a more lax, a Daisy policy and they want so many days to cancel, they charge them $107 a night. Okay. So you make a tiny bit more money.

So I was like, yeah, let's see. Let's see how this goes, but I don't know. You know, the more I thought about it after I did it, I was like 7%. I don't. I think I would rather spend that $7 to be on this trip policy because I don't like filling my books, you know, all over the place. I like everything to be set and forget it.

But to be honest, I really don't have that many properties that I manage myself anymore. The only reason I'm managing the few that I manage is so that. I actually did it on purpose and bought a few more properties that I could do it so that I could know what it was talking about when I did this podcast, because I've been on autopilot and I'm going to teach you to do it.

I've been on autopilot for a long time, because that is your goal. People. I am a busy, busy person. I have five kids love that everybody is growing up and moving out. Right son. He started college when he was like, our youngest started college when he was 15, because he was homeschooled. And I'm telling you, I did like a happy dance.

Like, yes, this is great. I got time to myself again. So I really cherish my time. I've got a lot of stuff. I do. I keep busy. I, I'm not sitting on my butt eating bomb bombs and watching. Soap operas or anything, I'm doing things, but I like, I like to just get a paycheck. That's all I want. When I have properties.

My favorite thing is just buy the property, invest it, set it up and then go. And then everybody else worries about the headache stuff. They have to worry about, you know, heaters being broken or. Syncs leak gain, or somebody's not getting in, or somebody being locked out that is somebody else. I don't even have to worry about it.

So I decided when I was, you know, I'm like, you know, I want to do a podcast about this. And I thought, you know, I really got to get my feet wet in this. Again, I'm going to pick up some more properties and I'm going to manage them myself. And holy cow, you should hear me with my husband. I can't handle the stress of it.

I don't know how you guys do because like every little, um, review, it's like, that's a great place. What do you mean? They gave it four stars or four and a half stars or whatever, you know, I'm like, how, how does this happen? I stress out about all of that. So I think, you know, all these things depend upon your personality, but let me give you a light at the end of the tunnel.

If you're anything like me, Here's the deal. Once you have three or four properties, actually you can start sending things on autopilot right away, but there are great companies that require you to have three or four properties and they do everything for you. And Guesty is one of them, but I'm going to do a whole episode on that, but the whole thing is.

You should be setting this stuff on, on autopilot. Why? Because you are now a business owner. Remember that this is a source of income for you. That is why you're going to be doing this. If you're doing it for another reason, like I said, companionship, or, you know, for the fun of it, then that's different.

But if you're doing it for a business, you're a business owner. And when you get started in a business, you do almost. Everything by yourself. You're like, you, you set this up, you do this, you, you know, you get the clean, you might even be cleaning yourself, but eventually your whole purpose as a business owner is to hire other people to do those things.

And you put yourself in a different position, a money making position where all your time and all your. Effort goes into creating more revenue for you, meaning finding more properties or finding other investments or ways to invest your money or whatever it is, but that your time will be better spent in the future.

Doing things that make you money, rather than doing all these little things that are just. I mean, there are things that have to be done, but they're not making you money. The reservation is always already there when you're claiming it's not making you money. It's just a job. It's just job that somebody else can be doing when you are looking at other properties and signing new leases or buying new properties and setting them up.

Guess what you are creating more money. And that's what I'm going to teach you to do. That is the entire purpose for this is so that you can become a business owner and start duplicating this so that when you are ready to retire, that you can sit back and enjoy that. Pina colada on a beach somewhere and listen to reggae music with me.

Right. That's what I want for you. I don't want you working your butt off the rest of your life. So. I immersed myself in this business, again, with a bunch of rental properties that I had to manage, because I really wanted to get that feel again. I did it before I did it. You know, when I first got started, I handled all that stuff, but I was like, you know what, let me refresh my brain.

And now that I've refreshed my brain, I'm like, oh my gosh. So I promised myself I was going to do it for a year and then kind of blend you in with me. As I blend and put it all on autopilot. So I'm going to take you for that entire ride, right? How to, you know, obtain the property and secure it, get it running, get it cash flowing, you know, get it from breaking even to where it's actually creating an income and then move you gradually into.

Okay. Now let's put this on autopilot and go to the next one and keep setting up another one and another one and then open an IRA and set up an LLC and take the LLC, and then form another company for your retirement that we don't touch over there. But we've got the income coming in, creating our lifestyle right now.

And we've got the IRA going and creating the retirement income for the future. And then you can sit and relax because all this stuff will be on autopilot. And if you want to, you can, and by this awesome house, anywhere the heck that you want to and big cookies for as many guests as you want to and do all that you want to, because you will be secure in the fact that that you've got a residual income coming in.

Every single month and you've got money being created for your future and being put away for the future as much as you want. Okay. But that is your end goal. That's your end goal is to not have to work your bottom off all the time, and it is completely and totally possible. I don't like the worrying and I know you might think I'm lazy.

It's not that I'm lazy. I believe me. I've got a lot of stuff. I do. I work all the time. You can ask my husband, you know, he looks forward to the times where I'm like, okay, he goes, oh, she's stepping out of the office. Thank God. Because I, I do, I work all the time in all my businesses, but. The problem is with that is, you know, what is really important in your life, your family, that time, that's the most important thing.

You really have to keep track of those things. But what I w right now, what I'm doing is just basically securing the future for my husband and making sure that he can retire and sit back and relax, and just making sure that when we retire that we have the money. You know, to retire the way and live the way that we do now.

Right. I take an entire month off in September, October. You've probably heard me because I've talked about it and I've been on other shows. I was on insider, which is a show about Disney and it's all about insider for, um, Orlando. And they did an interview with me and I talked about the Halloween horror nights.

I do that every year. I take a month off here a month off there. I do take time off and I love that. I love to go travel. I spend an entire month in Australia. I've spent an entire month in Panama. I do that all the time. And I like that lifestyle. I like what I do. I like walking into a store and being able to buy whatever the heck I want to buy or sitting down at a restaurant and not having to look at the prices.

So I've worked hard for that. I was. Raised very poor. I mean, we did not have a lot of money. We were, I was just teaching my son about shit on a shingle the other night. And he was like, what? And I said, oh, this is way better than shit on a shingle. And he was like, what is that? And he goes, are you seeing shit?

And I said, yes, shit. S H I T shit on a shingle. I said, when we were young, my mom would. Make toast, butter, it take a can of tuna cream, it with some flour and some milk and take it, dump it on the toast. And that was dinner. And we called it shit on a shingle. And I said, that's, you know, you come from that.

You really work hard and you appreciate the things that you have, but I don't want those to stop when I retire. I like the lifestyle that I've built and I want to keep it forever and ever, and ever for the rest of my life. I don't want to go back to shit on a shingle and I don't want you to either. I want you to work hard, but work smart.

And then remember that you are a business owner. Now you're going to relinquish some of those duties too. Other people am w A's minimum wage activities. Not that those people are less than you. Not at all. We are not putting, placing ourselves above other people. We're just saying that we are business owner and as the business owner, we need to be doing activities that earn more income.

That's our job. Our job in this whole scenario is to make more money, right? To earn more money so we can pay those people what they deserve to be paid so we can pay them well. And so that they are happy and what they do. Okay. So you are now a business owner. So anyways, that's my rant for the week. God bless you.

I'm so super excited cause it's Christmas time, but I want to thank you again for listening. I want to thank you for it. All the reviews I want to thank you guys. Oh my gosh. My inbox is getting crazy. There's a ton of people asking questions and I'm trying super hard to get to everybody and give them really great answers.

So just help me keep up with you. If I haven't answered you yet. It's just because there's so many of them, but I want to get to each and every one personally, and make sure that you get your questions answered, but keep asking those questions because they give us the ideas for the upcoming podcasts, and we really want to help you.

We are here for you. God bless you. Have a great day. Go and grow.

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