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

OBX aerial Greg Clay

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?

Live Swell Puka and Live Swell hat

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 Applied to Airbnbs and Vacation Rentals

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 Beach House Renovations

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

Tony Bright idea wifi

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

Let’s find the Outer Banks Sunset

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Outer Banks sunset Sunrises and sunsets are always a fan favorite and somehow you often feel like “this is the best sunset I’ve ever seen.” The OBX proves no different. Join us as we show you some of our favorite spots for the best…Outer Banks sunset! Take a Bicycle Ride around the Outer Banks Sound Grab a beach cruiser or few … Read More

Avalon Pier Outer Banks – Why it could be your favorite pier

Avalon Fishing pier

What makes us grow attached to places? Maybe its the sounds of a loved ones laughter, the baby’s first steps, that dish that just melts in you mouth, the smell of fresh cut flowers, that embarrassing moment that became the inside joke. Whether good or bad, places for whatever reason can start to hold special places in our hearts and … Read More

Airbnb Video Tour: Chill Beach and Surf Bungalow OBX

Chill Bungalow Front Hammock Live Swell Beach Bungalows

Airbnb Video Tour: Chill Beach and Surf Bungalow OBX Take a personal guided tour of Live Swell’s “original” beach bungalow, The Chill Beach and Surf Bungalow OBX. This tour will be beneficial for our upcoming guests, future guests, investors and people looking to learn more about Live Swell. The Chill Beach and Surf Bungalow has been an OBX fan favorite … Read More

Best Restaurants Outer Banks – a Yelp junky gone rogue

Best Restaurants inOBX – Everyone’s an Expert! With yelp, trip advisor and google, these days its almost information overload on what restaurants to chose from. The Outer Banks is no different, plenty of fantastic choices and everyone is an expert! I mean really, what are the best restaurants in the Outer Banks? Here at Live Swell, we never claim to … Read More