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An unfiltered look into the global vacation rental and short-term rental industry with a focus on news and culture. Co-Hosts Mateo Bradford and John Stokinger discuss current news and affairs surrounding the short-term rental space. the no BS short-term rental podcast brings the right people to the table at the right time giving their audience an inside view and real take on the industry like no other.
 
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Big news on our 80th episode as we're joined by TravelNet Solutions CEO & Co-founder, Ryan Bailey! The TravelNet suite includes Track Hospitality Software (Track PMS and TRACK Pulse), Atlas Digital Commerce, Resorts & Lodges, and new to the mix, Rented. This acquisition brings a world-class revenue management partner under its hood led by CEO Andre…
 
On today's episode we sit down with Ginger and Hunter Harrelson, the owners of Beachball Properties on the Alabama Gulf Coast. A surprising revelation with this interview is that we are treated to a #CuteMeet story and it defiantly sets the stage. Much like many other success stories in Vacation Rentals, the Harrelson's had to go all in on their bu…
 
This is the one... the episode where we talk about our much-anticipated side project, DERAILED a fictional mystery podcast! So how do you go about making a fictional podcast geared toward the true crime/murder mystery genre while bringing attention to the vacation rental industry? Carefully and methodically. An idea is only as good as the people be…
 
On today's episode, we are live from VRMA in Las Vegas with Margot Lee Schmorak, the CEO and Co-founder of Hostfully. Margot was looking for her next role when broke into the industry in 2015. She met her Co-founder David Jacoby at their children's preschool and went to work on entrepreneurial ideas in vacation rentals. As a leader, she prides hers…
 
Today we sit down with James Ellwood, co-founder of US Sports Travel. It's no secret that people all around the world tune into US Major League Sports. What may surprise you is that there are fans of the NFL, NBA, MLB, and PGA living in the UK that take their fandom to the next level... this is where James comes in. Sporting events and the short-te…
 
75th Episode! Ari Eryorulmaz and Rich Sippos join us from Extenteam. We all know over the last two years we've seen a drastic change in the workforce across every industry as more and more companies turn to remote and freelance work. Extenteam has been at the forefront of that changing the way we hire potential remote positions within our industry.…
 
We sit with Madison Rifkin, founder, and CEO of Mount. Madi's introduction to the industry was a bit different from most, as she started out as Mount Locks, a bike lock company before realizing there was a huge opportunity in Vacation Rentals by making amenities accessible to guests. Her story is equally amazing and empowering. As the oldest triple…
 
We sit with Carlos Perez-Lanzac De Lorca, the Founder of Vitur Summit & CEO and Founder of Caleta Homes. This is a super insightful conversation that dives into the pandemic's impact both overseas and in the states. The changes that have come from this have brought much attention to the short-term rental market and changed the way we manage our inv…
 
We are live from FAVR Xtravaganza with Steve Trover of Better Talent. Steve came into the vacation rental industry in the late 90s after his mom started selling vacation homes in the Orlando area near Disney. Springboarding off of this drive he started his own company, All Star Vacations, which he scaled from to 400 properties. Steve's 25+ years of…
 
On today's episode, we sit down with Lauren Madewell, Operations Manager (Daughter, Sister, All-Around Badass) at Auntie Belham's Cabin Rentals. Thirty years ago Lauren's Aunt bought a cabin in the Smokey Mountains, named it Afternoon Delight, and started renting cabins. Fast-forward 28 years and Lauren is now managing one of the oldest STR compani…
 
On today's episode, we sit down with K. Alexander Shapiro, Co-Founder and CEO of CanMonkey.com. From business consultant to a start-up that takes out the trash at your short-term rentals. Yes, you read that correctly. Alexander is solving one of the top complaints in our industry and is bringing you the solution. Starting off with just a few homes …
 
The Thanks For Visiting Podcast co-hosts Annette and Sarah, visited with us! ...thanks. With so many different podcasts and real estate influencers in today's market, these two amazing women have paid their dues and are the voice of operations, safety, and best practices for the vacation rental industry. On top of that, while crushing the podcast g…
 
Today we sit down with Jamie Lane, the Vice President of Research at AirDNA. Jamie originally started tracking data around short-term rentals for the hotel industry to keep track of "the competition" and how they compared to their brands. His interest in vacation rentals was sparked earlier with his CouchSurfing days and a family vacation home that…
 
Today we sit down with Ryan Dame, Partner at Casago. Ryan's origin story into vacation rentals is super interesting, to say the least, and it all started back in 2002 as a college student capitalizing on a need for athletes and workers needing places to stay during the Winter Olympics. Since he was a child he learned from his entrepreneurial father…
 
We are LIVE from DARM! Mateo and I sit with Alex Alioto, Head of Growth & Ben Jamshahi, CEO of Whimstay, Stephanie Koenig VP StoicLane, and the conference queen herself Amy Hinote! In this order we get quick glimpses into the how and why Alex and Ben created the last-minute booking site Whimstay, what the refreshing and forward-thinking investment …
 
Today we sit with Dana Lubner, the Head of Leadership Development at Rent Responsibly. Dana's sales story is unique and she chats up her breaking into sales. Moving forward in her timeline Dana finds herself in a passionless position where she eventually reached out to her little brother and joined his team which gained her access to the vacation r…
 
On today's episode, we sit down with Graham Donoghue, the CEO of Sykes Holiday Cottages. Graham had retired from a successful career creating and growing some of the most successful digital-led businesses across financial services and travel. A phone call while mowing his lawn pulled him out of retirement and back into the mix doing what he does be…
 
In this special Regulatory 911 episode, we sit with 5 amazing guests representing Unincorporated Clatsup Couty Oregon, Atlanta Georga, Marco Island Florida, and Steamboat Springs Colorado to discuss the ongoing problems they are facing regarding short-term rentals in their municipalities. Vacation Rental operators Brian Olsen, Marie Gwydir-Moore, R…
 
In this special Regulatory 911 episode, we sit with 5 amazing guests representing Unincorporated Clatsup Couty Oregon, Atlanta Georga, Marco Island Florida, and Steamboat Springs Colorado to discuss the ongoing problems they are facing regarding short-term rentals in their municipalities. Vacation Rental operators Brian Olsen, Marie Gwydir-Moore, R…
 
Today we sit with Koryn Okey, VP of Client Experience at Breezeway. Koryn talks about her unique entrance into the industry where her friend passed over a job opportunity, told Koryn she should look into it, and she became the 8th employee hired at FlipKey. After six plus years and a brief hiatus from vacation rentals, a serendipitous trip to Wild …
 
Starting our 3rd season out strong with John Banczak, Chief Strategy Officer at Vacasa with what we think is the first podcast anyone has done since their IPO! Airlines, Distribution, Bed & Breakfasts, HomeAway Software, Hotels, Investment, and Property Management... what do all of these have in common? The answer is JB. In April 2021 Vacasa acquir…
 
On today's episode, John and Mateo sit down with Antonio Bortolotti, the founder of Vacation Rental Secrets and host of the Vacation Rental World Summit. Antonio's start in the industry is unlike any other we have spoken to. A commercial airline pilot for almost 4 years up until the tragic event of 9/11 where he then developed a fear of flying. Loo…
 
Today we sit down with Dru Brown, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Island Time. Like many of us in the space, Dru's way into the vacation rental industry was unique. Listen to get the full story, but he chose beach bum over law school and worked his way up with the help of great mentorship on Hilton Head Island. Since starting Island Time he and …
 
John and Mateo finally get to connect with Julie Brinkman, CEO at Beyond. Before diving into Julie's story we chat up recent news around the two big public players, their troubles as of late, and how they can right their ships. Julie's story is fascinating and her career journey leading up to her becoming the CEO at Beyond is worth a listen. She jo…
 
John and Mateo sit down with Brittany Mosely and Derrick Barker, Co-Founders of Nectar. There are companies in the vacation rental tech space trying to break ground and provide help for short-term rental real estate entrepreneurs, and then there's Nectar taking it a step further! Nectar is offering a different, outside the box, solution by being th…
 
We are LIVE from the VRMA Executive Summit where we sit down with Brady Stump and Dawn Yeskulsky Senior Leadership with Inhabit IQ! Everyone in the industry a few years ago remembers the uproar when GSV touched down and they probably have their own theory on why Greater Sum Ventures aggressively marched into "our" space and started acquiring compan…
 
On this week's episode, Mateo and John go through the list of winners of the 3rd Annual ‘Shortyz’ Short Term Rental Awards and chat up their achievements from this past year. Also discussed, are the recently completed and upcoming short-term rental and vacation rental conferences and the importance of being in attendance at them if you can. The con…
 
In this week's episode, we sit down with Anurag Verma, Co-Founder at PriceLabs. Anurag talks about how PriceLabs came to fruition in a Chicago market he and his co-founders knew well and eventually expanding worldwide. Pricing is a struggle for most and Anurag breaks down key points PriceLabs focused on winning so property managers have tools for s…
 
Today we sit down with Avery Carl, CEO and Founder of The Short Term Shop. Her journey from stumbling into short-term rental investment a little over 5 years ago to now just under 200 properties in 11 different markets in 7 states is impressive, to say the least. We talk about the importance of understanding markets and knowing where the best place…
 
CEO & Founder of Wheelhouse, Andrew Kitchel sits down with us on today’s episode. Andrew takes us from the early days working in the tech metropolis that is San Francisco to today where his team successfully raised $16 Million for Wheelhouse which they successfully spun out of Lyric via careful restructuring. We talk about how entrepreneurship is a…
 
The one and only, David Angotti Co-Founder of StaySense, joins the pod this week! From Private Jet Pilot (yes you read that correctly) to Vacation Rental Property Management, David and his team turned on the afterburners in the super-competitive Smoky Mountains market and were able to organically grow to 130 properties in a 24 month span. This man …
 
This week we sit down with Salar Tanzif, the COO of Guest Ranger. Technology has become such a driving force in our industry today and a much-needed tool for Property Managers looking to differentiate themselves from the pack. Salar breaks down how Guest Ranger helps managers protect their assets and prevent fraud through the use of automation and …
 
We are "live" from the VRMA Spring Forum conference in Chicago where we sit down in person with Brandreth Canaley, the COO of Sextant Stays, and recently on Forbes 30 under 30. Starting from her beginnings we discuss stumbling into the short-term rental industry as well as digging into how they scaled from 60 units before COVID to 500+ now. Brandy …
 
We sit down this week with Glenn Haussman, the host and creator of the No Vacancy Podcast. From his beginnings to now we discuss his journey into podcasting and how he was able to be invited into people's lives through his podcast during a rough time in all of our lives. We all know the short-term rental space is booming and on a surge and we discu…
 
In this episode, we sit down with Luca Zambello, the mastermind behind Jurny. Always looking 3-10 years ahead has taken Luca from an L.A. club promoter to running a property management company almost by accident and onto today. We dive into what sparked Luca's idea to create the technology behind Jurny and the importance that automation brings when…
 
In this episode, we sit down with the amazing Jennifer Mucha, Founder of Arrived. We chat up Jennifer's story, the importance of tracking data, and how companies that are succeeding in this industry prioritize maintaining connections with their owners and employees. John met Jennifer at his first-ever Vacation Rentals conference and there is an int…
 
In this episode, we sit down with our friend Mark Simpson, Boostly founder and the best-selling author of "The Book Direct Playbook." We chat about how content creation, the importance of building a community, how Boostly came to be, and unlike most of us, how Mark was actually born into the short-term rental space. Vacation rental and holiday lets…
 
To quote Shakespeare himself, ‘wait with bated breath’ as this week’s podcast episode inspires two things we’ve never seen (nor heard!) before. In fact, diving into the unknown is something that our guest Neely Khan has always been drawn to. Be it quitting her last full time job as a single mother (with no money in the bank), to super-niching into …
 
In this episode, we're joined by Paul Stevens, Editor for ShortTermRentalz and Co-Host of the Shortyz Awards. Paul's journey into news, specifically hospitality and short-term rental reporting, is like most of us in this industry... a happy accident. At one time there was a choice between sports and accommodations and we're sure glad he chose the l…
 
If you're a listener of this podcast, there's a high chance that you love the short-term rental industry as much as we do. With many short-term rental regulations and legal changes happening in countless cities, it's important to advocate for this industry that we all care about. In this episode, we are joined by Scott Leggat, former CEO of Local S…
 
What - or who - comes to mind when you think back to the beginning of the short-term vacation rental industry? Among a handful of legends that pioneered short-term rentals, is Carl Shepherd. Carl has been involved with many of the pivotal turning points in the industry as the co-founder of HomeAway Inc, Senior Non-Executive Director of HostelWorld …
 
Just a couple of weeks ago, Hopper shook up the OTA space by announcing their new vertical - Hopper Homes. It's no secret that vacation rentals and short-term rental accommodations are here in a big way and Hopper Homes is on a mission to bring price transparency and flexibility to the space. In today's podcast, we're so excited to be joined by the…
 
It's a big week for the no BS short-term rental podcast! For our first sponsored episode, we are excited to be joined by Brooke Pfautz, the founder and CEO of Vintory. Vintory is the number one property acquisition platform, helping Vacation Rental Managers to grow their inventory through a data-focused software solution and incredible marketing. T…
 
If there's one thing that the vacation rental industry has shown us recently, it's big checks. Listen in this week to hear John and Mateo's take on the insane funding numbers in the short-term rental space, why diving into data is more accessible than ever, which companies are on our radar, and more. Big things are on the horizon for the no BS pod …
 
What's something that pretty much everyone and most especially short-term rental hosts can agree upon? Laundry sucks. Just a few years ago, Daniel Cruz found himself overwhelmed by the constant laundry he had to keep up with as an Airbnb host. This led Daniel to see a fantastic business opportunity: a linen and laundry service built exclusively for…
 
Like most in our industry, Jacobie Olin President of C2G Advisors and Olin Realty Group saw a record year in 2021. ...like, northwards of 180 million in negotiated deals, kind of a record year! What does that say about our industry and where are we going in 2022 and beyond? Jacobie has some ideas. We uncover that he didn't even realize he was born …
 
We ring in the new year with Mike Harrington CEO & Owner of Carolina Retreats. Mike's journey into vacation rentals is like most... a happy accident. With a desire to live and play near the ocean, this self-proclaimed coastal boy took a chance on a role under the leadership of Stuart Pack and mentorship of Stewart Couch on the Outer Banks. 16+ year…
 
2021 Recap Episode! What a year and we're so glad to be coming to you every week touching on the news and culture in the Vacation Rental Industry. This episode is a LOOOOOOOONG one… our suggestion is to break it up into smaller more digestible audio chunks. Every episode and guest that came onto the podcast in 2021 is mentioned and talked about. Be…
 
This week we sit down with family; the inspirational Judith Rizzio. Judiths' story is amazing and her ties to the communities she touches and our very own Mateo will warm your heart. From fashion icon to HIV activist, her involvement in passion projects opens doors for those that are in need of help or direction. "You need to be not fearful of diff…
 
We're honored to have our good friend and 2021 Women's Summit Pioneer Award winner Carole Lynn Sharoff join us this week. The President of AVH Realty, Inc, and Atlantic Vacation Homes brings her almost 40 years of vacation rental industry knowledge (and stories) to the table in a way that only she can. On top of running her business, Carole has ser…
 
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