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There are local FaceBook hosting groups. I’m on one in the Tampa, FL area but they don’t meet near me (1 hour drive for cocktails during rush hour - no thanks!) so when I get around to it, I’ll ask about doing things down by me or breaking the group in half.
I used to use a co-host when I traveled. After I re-opened after Covid, I decided that when I want to travel, I just block the dates. Yes, less money but less stress. I don’t want to have to worry about guests not getting good service, etc. Something to think about.
I briefly joined a facebook group but left quickly. Members there were either clueless and needed handholding, were investor hosts, or were just there to complain. I get my fill of that here.
I don’t have a co-host at this time. I have friends stay here at my house to care for my dogs when I travel. I prep the room and it’s available for any repeat guest who might message me while I’m away. After hosting for 8 years I have a few regular guests who know to just message me, they don’t even look at Airbnb. So I can get a little money and since they know the place, it’s low stress. For my place it’s just not enough money to deal with the stress of having a co-host manage regular Airbnb bookings.
Unfortunately there’s not a good mechanism using Airbnb and I don’t really want to be contacted on Airbnb unless it’s by a potential guest.
By the way, I’m down the road from you (5 hours, lol) in El Paso. I have a dog friendly listing so if you are ever down this way you are welcome here and I’d discount deeply for any forum member who came through.
We have a WhatsApp chat group for our neighborhood. All of the owners are from the US or the UK but the property is in St Lucia. One owner knew another and set up a group, the second owner knew another one, and pretty soon we had most of the owners on the chat group. It’s not really active, but has proved a great asset, such as when someone gets double booked or is having trouble with a utility, or something as mundane as “Does anyone know where to get strawberry margarita mix?”
I usually block the dates when I’m out of town, but on occasion have asked my neighbor to take care of any repeat guests who might message me while I’m away. It really helps having a fellow host right across the street.
What I did today was post a message on NextDoor.com which is very active in my city. And I already heard from a host!
Thanks PitonView for the WhatsApp idea. I am new to WhatsApp but it definitely seems the best solution to group messages.
And thanks Anne for the co-host heads up.
What I have done in the past, when we went overseas, is to hire a local house sitter to be available if needed by a guest. I did not like this arrangement very much because the person had no ABB experience.
I contacted the host of new listing in my neighborhood. I explained there is a group of 6 STR owners in the neighborhood who share information about cleaners & repair people & other helpful tips. And 4 of those owners were local. I told her I would be there in May & hoped we could meet. The others in the group would probably be at the annual HOA meeting in May so it would be a good time to meet neighbors.
The conversation went downhill quickly. I guess she thought I was going to try to damage her in someway. Oh well, her loss. When she runs into a problem & needs local help, I hope she can figure it out.
And some hosts see others as unwanted competition rather than someone they could have a mutually beneficial relationship with.
Kinda like the difference between those who post here and accept advice graciously, even if they don’t feel it’s the best advice, realizing others are just trying to help, and those who get stroppy and stomp off, never to be heard from again, if they don’t like the advice or the “tone”.
haha, same thing happened to me, except zero complaining, the few who posted were all doe eyed sweeties who woo-yayed everything, the moderator just kept on posting fluff pieces from Airbnb and asking us how we supported it (like the mods do on the CC). 100 members, maybe 10 were active. they also had meet-ups at 10am on Saturdays, because the mod works ft I guess, but weekends are just a big NO from me, I don’t need to brave the crowds and also, i’m usually busy with a turnover. the meet-ups include free food/drink so are they sponsored by ABB?
Anyway, I did meet another local host via the CC and we met for coffee and he told me he has a group of 5 local hosts who meet once a month, so i’ll join in with them. Not sure i’d ever want another host to manage my property but being able to share cleaners or trades in times of need is certainly a handy back up to have.
I have friends that I don’t even see once a month. I can’t imagine having the time to meet hosts in person that often. My Airbnb is such that if I can’t manage my rental I don’t need a back up, I’d just close it. But that concept seems far superior to being in a group on facebook.