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Why Boutique Vacation Rentals? The Vacation Rental and Airbnb Gamble: A Short Airbnb Story Imagine you are excited to find an affordable river house on Airbnb for your annual summer vacation in Northern California. You look forward to it and daydream about having good times with friends and family and drifting away into a mellow mood after an epic BBQ, … Read More

5 SuperHost Ninja Tips to Convert More Lookers to Bookers

1. How to Increase Views on Airbnb and Other Listing Sites? Unfortunately, there is no magic potion, puff or powder which can provide an Airbnb host or vacation rental owner all the answers of “How to increase views on Airbnb?” However, armed with bit more information and knowledge around how listing sites like Airbnb and Vacation Rental By Owner work … Read More

Vacation Rental Expenses

Vacation Rental Expenses Vacation rental expenses may be the topic most in the vacation rental industry don’t want to talk about.  It’s the ugly side of the business for sure!  Some owners are inundated with vacation rental expenses and the dream quickly turns out to be a nightmare. Others figure out ways to manage these expenses.  They anticipate them from … Read More

How to Get a Vacation House for Free – Superhost Secrets

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It’s said that home ownership is the “American Dream,” and that may be true for many, but for others seeking more options in life, a vacation house for free can add a lot of fun and additional income stream to the American Dream. If you love to spend time in a place near and dear to you a vacation home … Read More

What is OBX – top off the beaten path OBX things to do

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Guest Post: By Dillon North Carolina’s Outer Banks, also know as the OBX, is a strip of barrier islands that flank its Atlantic coast and is known for pristine beaches, jaw-dropping sunsets, and an interesting cultural mix of small-town colonial America and a laid-back summertime vibe. Here is our rundown on the best off-the-beaten-path activities in the Outer Banks. Explore … Read More

How and why make your AirBnb pet friendly?

Adds Value to the Guest Experience: If you are a dog owner, would you prefer to take the dog with you? Have them run on the beach with the kids? Or leave them home? In most cases guests view their dog as “part of the family.” Maria and I recently became parents to a beautiful black Labrador named Puka, we … Read More

The “E” Myth Applied to Vacation Rental + Airbnb Hosts Business Model

The “E” Myth Principle Applied to Vacation Rentals What is the best Vacation Rental Business Model? What is the best Airbnb Host Business Model? Unfortunately, this is a difficult question to answer. It depends on many factors, including how involved does a host want to be or can they be? Do they not want to be involved at all and … Read More

Live Swell’s Beach House Renovations Before and After

Magical Bungalow OBX: Beach House Renovations Before and After Are you ready for a beach bungalow renovation? At Live Swell part of our proven process  is to find the ugly, the neglected and the beater homes most people shy away from.  This allows us to purchase beach properties at a deep discount.  The next step is to complete a bungalow … Read More

Vacation Rental DIY – When Your Wifi Stops Working

Whether it’s because we are forced to stay connected for work or because these days it’s just so hard to completely unplug, if and when your wifi stops working, we made this wifi troubleshooting guide just for you! Of course we always want our wifi to be working strong for you, but sometimes, and it may even happen in your … Read More