Renting Your Lake Home on Airbnb

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AirbnbAirbnb is an online network where people can lease or rent short-term lodging in private homes. The company was started in San Francisco by two roommates who wanted to “just make a few bucks” by renting out their apartment like a bed and breakfast (hence, the “bnb” part of Airbnb). Today, it is the most popular and fastest growing individual vacation rental website in the world!

Almost anyone can be a host on Airbnb, which allows people to utilize their spare homes or rooms to earn extra income. The host sets the price, and renters pay for their visit in advance online. Both hosts and renters maintain profiles with ratings, feedback, and general information.

This is perfect for those who own a lake home! Lake homes are a great draw in vacation season, and you can earn hundreds of dollars in extra cash by listing your home. Below are some helpful tips for listing your lake home on Airbnb.

Follow all local regulations.

Find out what local regulations, taxes, licenses, permits, and registrations apply where your lake house is located. The governing authorities who control the use and development of property in your area usually have useful information on any such regulations. If your lake home is in a rent-controlled area, there may be stricter rules that apply. Call and ask questions if you aren’t sure – it’s extremely likely you’re not the first person in your area to inquire about renting your home.


Some cities and neighborhoods have bans or restrictions on Airbnb, so it is critical you check with your HOA or Co-Op Board regulations prior to listing your lake house. If your lake home is a unit in a condominium community, check your contract to see if there are any short-term lease stipulations.

Remember your neighbors

Consider your neighbors when you plan to host your lake home on Airbnb. When you have guests coming, let your neighbors know so they won’t be alarmed by strange cars showing up in the driveway. This can save you a concerned phone call from your neighbor when they show up, or worse! If your community has a security service, you should also notify them, as well (and make sure your guests have any entry or alarm codes before their stay begins!).

Take photos to post online

At least some photos of your property are mandatory on Airbnb. Just some quick shots with your phone will suffice, but make them attractive! You want to not only give them an idea what to expect, you also want your home to be desirable. Make sure any messes are cleaned up – and be sure to include some shots of the lake from your property!

Make your lake home safe for your guests.

Leaving a reference sheet for your guests can be very helpful. They should already have your contact number through Airbnb, but leaving it there can make it easier. Local emergency numbers, a backup contact, and other services are a good idea, too.

Make a basic first aid kit to keep fully stocked on the premises. The kit should be checked and restocked each time a guests checks out. Make sure there is a fully functional fire extinguisher, and that the guests know where it and the first aid kit are kept!

Confirm that our smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are fully functioning, and that your lake home meets government safety guidelines for your area. Ensure that you have a clearly accessible fire escape route, too.

Make sure your lake home is spotless for guests.

One of Airbnb’s hosting ideals is cleanliness. Providing a clean and tidy lake home will make your guests feel comfortable from the moment they arrive so they can focus on enjoying their stay and the scenery surrounding them. This also demonstrations your obligation to making your guests feel welcome.

Most guests travel light and assume their host will have the basic amenities that a hotel would. Make sure you are fully stocked up on paper goods (toilet paper, napkins, paper towels, etc.) and have plenty of clean towels and washcloths (three to four sets is a suggested minimum) to provide for your guests. Also provide basic shampoo, conditioner, and soap for your renters.

Little things tend to make a big difference with guests’ satisfaction as well. Providing a map of the local area, suggestions for local places to eat and drink, and local events and happenings go a long way with Airbnb renters.

There are many other ways to maximize your income through Airbnb, while minimizing the impact of guests on your home. With these tips, you have an excellent head start!


Lake Homes Realty Market Report

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Lake Homes Realty announces the 2017 Spring Lake Market Report covering nine states and nearly 400 lakes through the Southeast and Southwest United States. The states included are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

Our latest market report is packed with 47 pages of comprehensive lake information of lake homes and land for sale including:

  • Biggest total lake markets, biggest home markets, and biggest land markets overall and by state;
  • Most expensive and most affordable home averages by lake;
  • Most listings, home listings, and land listings by lake;
  • Most expensive and most affordable land per acre by lake.

Enhancements to the lake market report include a two-page infographic of data for each state that includes:

  • A price range breakdown of key lakes;
  • “Hidden Gem” lakes that you may not be as familiar with;
  • A map of the current inventory of million-dollar homes;
  • The Top 10 most expensive lake zip code by state;
  • A consumer profile of the typical lake home prospect;
  • The top metropolitan markets from outside each state who use to shop for lake property.

What can buyers gain from the report?

  • Finding an affordable lake home can be a challenge. Our report helps buyers understand how lakes compare statewide and regionally by price, which lakes have the most affordable homes or land, and which lakes have the most homes in your target price range.
  • Imagine trying to find land to build your dream home. Our report can point you to markets that have the most land and tell you how the prices compare.

What can sellers gain from the report?

  • Buyers are shopping more than your lake. Our report will help sellers understand how your lake compares to other lakes around you.
  • Knowing how many homes are around the same price range as your home is key when pricing your home.
  • What are home and land prices like at your lake? Our report can help you price your home or land better leading to a quicker sale.



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