Netflix series 'Stay Here' features renovation of Hudson carriage house
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By Lindsey Sabado

Just over 210 miles from New York City, the town of Hudson couldn't be more different from the Big Apple.

Famous for its whaling history, antique shops, art galleries and historic district with over 700 properties, Hudson provides New Yorkers an escape from the hustle and bustle of modernity.

Genevieve Gorder, interior designer and HGTV star, brings new life to a historic Hudson home on her new Netflix show "Stay Here." The series, which launched on Netflix in August, explores what real estate expert and co-host Peter Lorimer calls a "revolution in real estate." Online platforms such as Airbnb and VRBO have changed the way that people travel, and also opened up a new market for property owners in popular destinations. On "Stay Here," Gorder and Lorimer "show property owners how to turn their short-terms rentals into money making showstoppers," as explained in the show's intro scenes.

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In the sixth episode of "Stay Here's" first season, Gorder and Lorimer give a total makeover to a carriage house on Warren Street in Hudson. The property owner, Alex Bates, lives in New York City. Before appearing on "Stay Here," Bates struggled to transform the carriage house into a profitable rental and the first floor remained unfinished and empty. Before meeting Gorder and Lorimer, Bates had already invested $100,000 in renovations but the house was still far from ready for guests.

According to the show, there are 199 rental properties within a five-mile radius of Bates' carriage house. On average, rental owners in Hudson charge $200 per night and have 48 percent occupancy each month. To make Bates' rental more lucrative, Lorimer suggested they turn the house into two separate rental spaces. Based on this data and the price point Lorimer recommends ($400 a night between the two rentals), Bates should make roughly $72,000 a  year.

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The "Hudson River Carriage House" episode documents the transformation that Gorder and Lorimer pull off for Bates in just one week. Throughout the episode, the duo sing praises of Hudson- they love its historic charm and beautiful scenery and incorporate this elements into their renovation of the house.

For the interior design, Gorder embraces Hudson's unique antiquing culture. In order to save money and foster community partnership, Gorder decides to furnish the rental with antiques for sale at local businesses. Gorder and Lorimer help Bates make a deal with art gallery and antique shop The Gilded Owl. Guests can directly purchase these items from The Gilded Owl using an iPad register kept at the carriage house.

Beyond renovating the rental, the two experts also teach Bates marketing techniques and how to curate "experiences" for guests. To show off the uniqueness of Hudson, Lorimer and Gorder set up guest outings to a local farm and then to its farm-to-table restaurant.

By the end of the episode, Bates' carriage house is renovated, furnished and stylishly decorated with country-chic accents like ladders, horseshoes, and a large, distressed headboard made from a wooden door.

"This really is the essence of Hudson in our eyes," says Gorder. "You can sleep next to the art and furniture that Hudson is so known for and the architecture that it's celebrated for."

You can book a stay at the carriage house through Airbnb or directly on the host's website.

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BRAND NEW - MAGIC MINUTE - What Do I Do If My Offer Gets Rejected?

It’s a vicious market out there, and if you’re a buyer, you’ve probably been struggling with buyer’s fatigue.  That is where you keep putting offers in and you keep losing out from a combination of low inventory and high demand for houses.

It stings and may hurt for a moment when your offer gets rejected, but I promise you will find another house and all of that sadness will melt away.

If you’re a buyer out there be prepared.   It’s like being in the ring with Tyson… but eventually, you will win.  You just have to stay in the game. 

Rates will be higher next year and continue to go up, so hang in there, take it on the chin and move onto the next one.

Thanks for watching

 Pete

#tbt – My Very First Video

With the weather about to change and the start of the holiday season right round the corner, I thought this was a great time to do a bit of reflecting.  Talk about cringe-worthy… here is a look at the very first video I shot of myself back in 2015. 

I remember vividly how much I desperately wanted to crawl out of my skin.  I had never been so self-conscious or uncomfortable.  The point is though, I knew in my gut that video was the future, so I forced myself to get over my fears by sticking with it and staying on that path.  I lost the tie and started to own my voice and thoughts. 

I made more and more videos and eventually they went from decent to good to great.  3 years later, I landed a show on Netflix by being exactly who I am and putting myself out there. 

If I can give you one piece of advice, it’s to just keep grinding.  No matter how clueless or embarrassed you feel, you have to start somewhere.  I promise you will only get better from that point forward.  This video is proof of that!   

Thanks for watching and being part of the rebellion

Pete

INTERVIEW - The Margaritas and Marketing Real Estate Show
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Branding, Social, and Video Marketing with Peter Lorimer of PLG Estates

I had a fantastic time doing this interview.  Listen to hear Jorge and I discuss my music career, how I moved into real estate and the start of PLG’s unique vibe and culture.  I also dish out all the ins and outs of marketing strategies and tips.    

“In this episode we get into marketing, branding, Facebook, and video with Peter Lorimer. Peter has built a successful boutique brokerage in Beverly Hills, CA by using a combination of digital marketing and relationship marketing. This interview is full of value and Peter doesn’t hold back on anything”.

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#MondayMantra – Mentors And How To Find Them

Today’s mantra is all about mentorship, which is an incredibly important topic and one that I feel passionately about.

Success for me isn’t something that I necessarily created. It’s really just following in the footsteps of someone I respect, who has done something similar to what I’m doing ,that came before me. This way I learn from their mistakes, and then, of course, make my own along the way that I also learn from. But the major and priceless takeaway is what you take in on the journey as a whole.

For me, education and learning is a huge part of my life. I have an insatiable appetite for it. I always want to know more from people I admire and drink from the fire hose from life, if you will. I almost feel like it’s my duty to learn.

So, how do we achieve success by following in someone’s footsteps? We find a mentor.

One of the problems with finding a mentor is actually physically finding one though, right?

What you want to do is surround yourself with other people who are positive and successful and shut out the rest. Negative chatter starts to permeate and confuse your path.

Unfortunately, I feel the majority of people are preprogrammed to resist change and don’t naturally have the most optimistic outlook in life. You need to steer clear of these people for mentors.

When you are taking risks and really “going for it” you have to cancel out the negativity around you, especially your inside debating team, which I often talk about.

Here are some tips on finding a mentor:

1- Ask one person a week for coffee and pick their brain.

2- Once a month, or more, take someone you admire out for lunch. You’d be amazed at the tips you can get in an hour one-on-one from someone.

3- Try and have more than one, as successful people tend to be busy.

4- You can even have someone you don’t actually know! Plenty of people out there give everything they know away for free. Use their books, blogs, podcasts (list below)… Take in all the information that people are giving out and hold onto it.

Podcasts to listen to for free mentorship:

1- Reid Hoffman- Creator of Linkedin “Masters Of Scale”

2- Tim Ferriss – Interviews giants of industry

3- Jon Nastor- Hack The Entrepreneur

4- Seth Godin – One of the grandfathers of modern motivation

5- Gary Vee – Motivation

6- Casey Neistat – How to Vlog

7- Peter Mckinnin- Cameras and equipment

8- Bigger Pockets- Anything and everything real estate

The key to it all is- “you help people to help yourself”.

Remember, knowledge is never owned it’s just borrowed, and it’s our duty to pass it on. If you give it all away, you get 10 times more back. I promise you.

Thanks for watching

Peter

BRAND NEW - MAGIC MINUTE - How Do You Prepare Your House For Sale?

Getting a house ready for a sale is somewhat of an art form, and I have seen it all over the years in terms of terrible mistakes.

So, I’m here to give you some fundamental basics that if you follow you’ll get more money in the sale.

1- A house can never be too clean - get a professional

2- Curb appeal – landscaping

3- Do some repairs – anything that needs fixing

4- Get rid of the junk – remove the clutter

5- Take down all the personal photos

Thanks for watching and being part of the rebellion

Peter

BRAND NEW - MAGIC MINUTE - What Does P.I.T.I. Stand For?

It’s a phrase you might never hear in any real estate transaction, but in case you do, here is what it stands for:

Principle

Interest

Taxes

Insurance


The only real time you will come across this term is when you just can’t seem to close escrow in the time original allotted.   If the seller is not happy with the extra amount of time the buyer is taking to close and they have to pay the mortgage, bills, etc., for longer than expected, they sometimes ask if you can pay those extra fees; the P.I.T.I. fees. 


Hope that sheds some light on the acronym.


Thanks for watching and being part of the rebellion


Peter

#MondayMantra – The Final Countdown

What on earth do I mean by that?

Someone once told me this little nugget and it always stuck with me… “What is happening today in your pipeline represents the work you did 6 months ago”.

Think about that for a second.  Think about all the work you did 6 months ago and how it translates to right now.    

What tends to happen over the summer and the end of the year is we drift off, but right now is the time to be most proactive.

Here’s a shocking fact, folks- We are only 8 short weeks away from Thanksgiving!   That suddenly makes the year seem real short, doesn’t it? 

So, with that said, I want to get into some opportunities for you all to reach out, even though it’s getting close to the end of the year. 

We are approaching some of the big ‘checkpoints’ of the year, and so this is where you should take the time to reach out to all of your contacts. 

Holidays are a way to reconnect without being insincere since they are all genuinely great times to make contact.   Take Halloween as an opportunity to reach out to people you know, then delegate Thanksgiving for people you kind-of-know and then Christmas for people you may not know at all.  

Remember, the work we are putting in NOW will become evident 6 months from now.  It will be spring in 6 months and our key time for business.  And trust me when I say that there is nothing worse than waking up Jan 3rd and being so optimistic, but then suddenly realizing you have no deals.

This is a call to action for prospecting.  If you have not been reaching out, use this chunk of the year to do so.  It’s prospecting gold! 

A big tip when doing so- Nothing says you don’t care about people more than using a generic message.  That is by far the worst plan of attack.  Be personal and sincere.  Stay away from pictures of posed fruit with no personal message!

Take these 8 weeks of meat left for real hardcore prospecting and getting business in the pipeline. 

When we feel like its time to kick back, what do we do instead?  We step on the gas! 

When everyone is running in one direction, what do we do?  We run in the other! 

Thanks for watching and being part of the rebellion

Peter

INMAN Article - Luxury Connect: Peter Lorimer on being 'everywhere' on social media
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Luxury Connect: Peter Lorimer on being 'everywhere' on social media

How to profitably utilize all social media platforms

BY INMAN Staff Writer

This summer we’re looking at the state of the luxury agent & broker in today’s increasingly complex real estate market. In October, we’ll gather in Beverly Hills at Luxury Connect to share best practices, network, and create blueprint for the luxury agent/broker of tomorrow. Don’t miss it.

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Luxury real estate enthusiast Peter Lorimer of PLG Estates confesses that he “is everywhere” when it comes to social media. “I am one of the maniacs that does Twitter, LinkedIn — Instagram is my main focus — and I still do Facebook and run a Facebook Business page as well, plus I’m considering dialing up Snapchat again,” he said.

Lorimer is going to be talking about how to use technology and social media to make connections in luxury real estate at Luxury Connect, October 16 through 18 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. He’ll talk about the changes he’s seen sweep through social media and how to stand out from the crowd.

“I’ve been heavily posting on social media for a decade,” he explained, “and I noticed in the beginning that everything lived on every platform, and it was all the same. Someone would do the same post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and everybody looked at everything. Now what I’m finding is, people tend to look at the same one or two platforms all the time, and then occasionally dive into another.”

This is why he’s decided to focus mostly on Instagram for the time being — it has better engagement than many other platforms. But he’s also careful to cater to each audience specifically. “My LinkedIn audience is completely different from Instagram, and my Facebook audience is, for the most part, different, too. I subscribe to the shotgun approach of getting everything everywhere, and I also subscribe to the philosophy that you can never post too much as long as the content is good.”

Hear how Lorimer crafts high-quality content, how he decides to deploy it and how it’s all shaking out in his business when he sits down for a facilitated roundtable discussion as part of “Secrets of Success: Learn From the Experts,” happening only once this year at Luxury Connect.

What do you think the luxury agent of the future looks like?

It’s a tall, British, handsome guy. (laughs)

I do believe that high-touch will never go out of style. And if anything, I think that the luxury agent of the future will actually resemble the agent of today far more than the traditional agent of the future. Because in luxury, it’s all about trust. I can put out all the cool videos I want and use digital social media to open the door, but if at the end of the day I can’t be trusted, trust is the most valuable commodity and I think that will always remain.

I think there are things you can do with technology that can help. I put my clients on an automated anniversary gift, once a year the house gets a happy birthday present from me and I’m blissfully unaware of it. That’s easily done. The phrase I do really stand by is there’s such a buzz on technology — technology, in my opinion, is not the answer. For me, technology is just, it allows us to augment our business. We will not be replaced by technology. The shitty agents will. But the good agents can have technology enhance their business. In fact, I think as there are more automated solutions available, the more high-touch and personable agents are, the more they break through the white noise by doing great social media and high-touch client service. You do a great social media post, pay to advertise it for your entire base, then you start prospecting. “Just checking in — how’s Joe, how’s the dog?” It’s warming up your entire database.

What do you feel are the challenges facing the luxury market this year?

In Los Angeles, I feel the luxury market has contracted and it’s been contracting for at least the last couple of years. There’s too much inventory in the luxury range, it’s the opposite of the regular real estate market. I think the challenges are — I remember selling in the Hollywood Hills when a luxury home was $3 million. Luxury represents trophy properties, and the really good ones tend to get bought. There’s a glut of properties in that range. If you can afford $30 million, chances are you can afford $45 million or $50 million, and a $50 million house is way more luxurious than a $30 million house.

What are some of the biggest problems you’ve faced in growing your business?

There is very little loyalty between clients and agents. It’s amazing. I’m a broker now and have 200 agents, but when I focused solely on luxury, it’s like you eat, sleep, breathe what your clients’ thoughts are, and if you’re prepared to do that, you stand a much higher chance of winning a luxury client, when the odds are massively already stacked against you. In order for you to even compete, you have to live, breathe, eat, think luxury real estate 24/7.

The biggest challenges are if you want any kind of life. You have to be prepared to be at your grandmother’s 80th birthday and run out the door before she cuts the cake to show a client a house they probably won’t buy. To be quite honest, I think a work-life balance is beautiful because I don’t want another million bucks on my deathbed, I want to know I spent time with my children. Money’s not the object for me.

I am just a passenger, I’m passing through, and I came into this world with nothing and I’m going out with nothing, so I don’t really give a shit how much I’ve got of anything, And I’m very fortunate because I’ve managed to accrue a bunch. But there is no deal big enough that would make me leave my kids’ birthday. I have dinner with my children every single night, and I have breakfast with them every single morning, and I make sure I have as much face time with them as often as possible. I may go out and work after dinner for a bit, I might not, but I am not an absent parent. I value family way above and beyond any monetary thing.

How has technology changed your business, and what are you most intrigued by that you’re not currently using?

I am hopelessly addicted to technology. Have been since I was a child with my first digital watch. I try everything. I reach out to all the people in Startup Alley, check everything out — I will look at absoltuely every piece of technolgoy that I can lay my hands on.

Very few of them provide massively game-changing solutions. This is not particularly new, but there’s something at PLG we adopted called RealScout, and I find that to be a game-changer with our business. I find Contactually to be a game-changer with our business. The tools I love are Iconosquare, I can schedule Instagram Stories posts and get really great analytics. Sprout Social is another one I live and die by. I’m exploring

What’s the question you hear most from your clients? And what’s your answer to them?

The question I hear the most, “where are interest rates,” I just tell them where they’re at. The question I hear the most from my clients, which is gratifying — I’ll be standing at a property with my clients, they’ve got Zillow and Redfin open, they’ve got all the apps and technology out the wazoo, they can see what I can see, but the question they always ask me is this — and this is why good agents will have a career — “what do you think?”

All the technology in the world that will allow them to make a decision without me, yet they still need my blessing. As long as agents can bring a value add, very much like a family doctor or great attorney, they will be around. If I’m in jail and I need to be bailed out, I’m not going to be going on the internet and dialing an 800 number. I’m going to call people I trust and ask for a referral.


BACKSTAGE PASS – ‘Stay Here’ Netflix Screening Party 

This Backstage Pass marks a huge milestone for me.  It’s not that often I get to say this kind of thing, but it was my Netflix premiere party for my new show ‘Stay Here’.  What a crazy mouthful of words!  

My plan was to get everyone nicely tipsy and then screen a couple of episodes so of course they would then love it, and that is exactly what I did! 

But in all seriousness, it was so heartwarming to see friends, colleagues and family;  people I’ve just met and people I’ve known for 25 years all come together to share in a huge night in my life.    

It was an evening full of entertainment, drinks, food and most importantly friends. 

I think it was a massively successful night and I want to give a shout out to everyone that was there to support me as well as all of you that have been watching.  I don’t think it could have went any better and the response was phenomenal.  

If you want to check out what we viewed at the party you can watch ‘Stay Here’ NOW on Netflix!

Thanks for watching and being part of the rebellion

Pete

BRAND NEW - MAGIC MINUTE - Should I Write A Letter For My Offer?

The answer is a resounding yes! 

In a super competitive market, such as what we’re in right now, anything that sets you apart from other offers can make all the difference in you getting the house of your dreams over someone else. 

In this “love letter” to the seller I suggest picking out the obvious things the seller has done to make it super personal; the wallpaper in the master, the red and white stripes in little Johnny’s room, the frog fountain in the backyard or the brass door knocker on the front door that looks similar to one that you had growing up.  

Talk about the details, your feelings in regard to them and how you won’t change a thing and know that it’s your forever home!  

I will say that I have seen sellers accept offers that are far less than others just because of the love letter and family photo included.   This can be what puts you ahead of the pack to get that house you love.  

Thanks for watching

Peter

#MondayMantra – Instagram Clinic – Hacks To Help You Follow The Numbers

This is a juicy and jam-packed clinic, so I’m going to break it down the best I can, though you may need to watch again to get all the steps of the demo.

If you want to do a deep dive on IG this is the clinic for you.   

Instagram is certainly the bell of the ball and most popular format out there right now.  It’s gone from a simple social media app and has shifted into a sophisticated way to make contact with your clients.  The key is to track your data in terms of what is doing well and what isn’t by the numbers.  

In order to do this, you can do it through IG, which I will get into shortly, or I recommend these 3 apps in order of preference:

Iconosquare – best IG tracking app out there, it includes IG stories 

Sprout Social – a killer app for tracking data as well

Hootsuite – another great one

If you just want to go through what IG has to offer, this is another great way of tracking data as well.

For prospecting, I suggest that you “Save into collections” within IG the people you want to prospect so you can find them easily and follow them closely.

On IG you can track your numbers through “Insights” and then hit the “Content” button.  This shows you which of the posts are getting the most reactions, what’s working and what’s not.  

Then, if you want to get really granular, you click on “Impressions,” which gives you the option to look at your content in regards to likes, which is super valuable information.  

If you want to dive in even further you can click on “Engagement” which shows the posts you’re getting the most engagement from, which is key.   

That’s a very rough and ready showcase of all the valuable information you can pull from IG.  

The point of this clinic is that you need to be prospecting through social media, using collections and following your numbers.  Get into the guts of IG, and you will flourish.

Social media is your work, it’s not something you just get to.  This is prospecting, only the modern version of it.  

Thanks for watching and being part of the rebellion

Peter

#tbt Production Technique

If you make a film and put it out there on social what makes all the difference in people deciding to watch or not is the production technique.

It comes down to taking the bloody footage out of your phone and sprucing it up a bit in iMovie.  The more you polish the film the more clicks you’re going to get.  Most people check out after 3 seconds, but if you put some production into your clips people will hang on and watch. 

It’s exhausting, but I’d much rather do this than knock on 100 doors or make 100 cold calls.

Thanks for watching and being part of the rebellion.

Pete

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'BEHIND THE TV SHOW' Hudson, N.Y. Part III.

If you haven’t heard yet, I just had my new show ‘STAY HERE’ premiere on NETFLIX, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic about it!    

On this stop during my travels for the show, I was lucky enough to meet some super interesting mates in Hudson, NY.  One of my favorite such characters was a fellow called Deforrest.  I seemed to run into him and his pipe everywhere I went!  

Be sure to check out ‘Stay Here’ on Netflix out now!

Thanks for watching

Pete

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'BEHIND THE TV SHOW' Hudson, NY Part II.

On another adventure, while filming for my new show on NETFLIX, ‘STAY HERE,’ I got to ogle at the famed Hudson River and take in the spectacular view of the water.

It turns out that the mountain range behind me (the name of which escapes me) has a hidden recording studio on it, called The Lair, which belonged to one of my favorite musicians, Mr. David Bowie.  May he rest in peace. 

With that view, he certainly had it right with his choice of locations to hide out in and create.

Stay tuned for more bits of my travels and tune into Netflix to watch ‘Stay Here’ now!

Thanks for watching

Peter

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INMAN Podcast Series 'KEEPING IT REAL': How This Luxe Broker Got A Show On Netflix
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Keeping it real: How this luxe broker got a show on Netflix

Peter Lorimer snagged his dream gig by being relentlessly authentic

By Peter Lorimer

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On this edition of “Keeping it real,” a recurring series on Inman, Peter Lorimer shares how he got his new Netflix show, Stay Here.

Listen to the fascinating story unfold in the full podcast and tune in to watch Lorimer travel the U.S., with cohost Genevieve Gorder, giving expert advice to turn failing Airbnb rentals into gold, in Stay Here, on Netflix now.

“This opportunity fell out of the sky … (sorta), but really it happened because I’ve been pounding and pounding and pounding on the same path, in an unstoppable manner, for over two years now. I was unshakable in my belief that the direction I was headed in was the right one. And it was a gamble that has paid off,” Lorimer said.

He responded to an email casting call, which is out of character for him, and after an audition, meeting with producers and a “chemistry test,” he was almost in.

“I still went in there balls to the wall, living by one of my mantras, ‘I’m never afraid to make the wrong move — I’d rather make all the wrong moves than never make any,'” he said.

That unique and genuine approach that proves key in all his real estate business ventures also proved to be key in this one, helping seal the deal and landing him the dream gig.

Peter Lorimer is the CEO of Beverly Hills, California-based PLG Estates.

Article In DECIDER: When Will ‘Stay Here’ Season 2 Come Out?

By Brett White

Netflix has been absolutely crushing it when it comes to reality programs in 2018. First Queer Eye changed our lives, then Nailed It! rocked our worlds, then came Sugar Rush and Amazing Interiors and now here we are, ready for more episodes of Stay Here. The streaming service’s first foray into the home renovation genre, Stay Here puts a twist on all that stuff you see on HGTV by focusing on short-term rental properties. The goal isn’t just to take a space from “meh” to “yeah!,” it’s to help the property managers increase their profits by making their spaces more desirable to those looking for a getaway.

Stay Here dropped all eight episodes of Season 1 on August 17, letting us get reacquainted with Trading Spaces alum Genevieve Gorder and introducing us to British real estate pro with an eye for profits Peter Lorimer. Along the way, we saw a houseboat turn into a wow-boat, met our new BFF Gordy, watched a retired couple learn about blogging, got swept away by a literal carriage house prince, and traveled back in time to the grooviest ’70s pad in Palm Springs. But now that we’ve all binged all eight episodes of Stay Here, we gotta wonder…

Will there be a Stay Here Season 2?

Netflix has not yet announced whether or not more Airbnbs will get a little TLC from GG and PL. There’s also not much to go on from the hosts themselves. Just like all of us, they’re holding out hope that response to Season 1 is strong enough to merit more.

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We all have our fingers and toes crossed but hopefully we will begin another season soon. Thanks for watching this one

Another thing, Genevieve Gorder is a busy busy interior designer! We know that before they shoot more Stay Here, she’s going to be headed to North Carolina to shoot Season 2 of the Trading Spaces revival for TLC in September. She’s also got her fingers crossed for more Stay Here, as she’s said on Instagram.

Here’s where, I dunno, maybe I get in way too deep. I initially suspected that Netflix may have already shot Season 2, similar to how they shot 16 episodes each of Queer Eye and Nailed It!and broke them up into two “seasons.” That’s why those shows were able to drop two seasons in a four month span. But after scrolling way back through Genevieve’s Instagram, you can clearly see when they shot every episode of Stay Here–and more interesting, which order they shot them in!

  • 11/27/17 – DC Firehouse (episode 8)

  • 12/5/17 – Brooklyn Brownstone (episode 4)

  • 12/11/17 – Hudson River Carriage House (episode 6)

  • 1/2/18 – Malibu Beach House (episode 2)

  • 1/8/18 – Paso Robles Wine Country Cottage (episode 5)

  • 1/17/18 – Palm Springs Time Machine (episode 7)

  • 1/23/18 – Seattle Houseboat (episode 1)

  • 1/28/18 – Austin Pool Pad (episode 3)

After that, Gorder’s Insta documents vacations, jobs, and the Trading Spaces press tour. If they shot 16 episodes, I don’t know why she wouldn’t also document the second 8. I also don’t know when she would have shot them, either! That’s why I think that, despite my initial hunch, they actually only shot 8 episodes.

When will Stay Here Season 2 come out?

Considering that Genevieve has another round of Trading Spaces to do, it’s likely that the potential Stay Here Season 2 won’t start shooting until maybe November–if it comes back! Maybe we can expect to see more next August? Or maybe Netflix will try to fast track it somehow, if demand is great? Bottom line is, if you want Stay Here to stay around, you gotta watch Stay Here!

 

'BEHIND THE TV SHOW' Hudson, N.Y. Part I.

My new show on NETFLIX, ‘STAY HERE,' just premiered! With the excitement oozing out of me, I thought it would be a fantastic time to share some more of the footage (I shot) in the various places I was lucky enough to visit while filming.

Hudson NY was a place I had never been, and it was quite an experience.  I was able to take it the picturesque views of the Hudson River and enjoy the well-preserved architecture in the midst of the crisp Upstate NY weather. 

It was one of many highlights on the journey that was filming a TV show that I won't soon forget! 

Thanks for watching and being part of the Rebellion

Pete

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'BEHIND THE TV SHOW' Washington, D.C. Part III.

On this clip from my travels on the road, filming ‘STAY HERE’ on NETFLIX, I am the ultimate tourist and have my childhood dreams become a reality while visiting The Capitol Building. 

It was such an extraordinary piece of architecture and history, it just doesn’t get much better than that!

Thanks for watching and tune into to watch ‘Stay Here’ available now on Netflix!

Pete

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Article in ARRIVAL: New Netflix Series, “Stay Here,” is a Short-Term Rental Makeover Show
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By Russ Klettke

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In the growing world of home sharing – in the richness of its many shapes, sizes, styles and locations – it only makes sense that we’d get a home-makeover reality TV show.

The show, “Stay Here,” arrived on August 17 on Netflix, where eight episodes take property owners from dismal to dramatic. The series promises to look at short-term vacation rentals in terms of “travel, design, experience and profit” and largely achieves the first three. The property makeovers in each case are significant – according to the show’s host, renovation costs in several episodes exceed $100,000 – but cost details are not included in the show.

Locations make the place

“Stay Here” is still worth a good binge and could easily become a multi-season hit. The hosts come from important corners of expertise: Genevieve Gorder, the interior designer on the team, formerly hosted the TLC network’s “Trading Spaces.” Her sidekick is Peter Lorimer, owner of a successful Beverly Hills, California real estate brokerage. Together they understand aesthetics, value and higher-end clientele.

The featured locations in the show make a fine American traveling bucket list: Seattle, Malibu, Austin, Brooklyn, Paso Robles (California), Hudson (upstate New York State), Palm Springs and Washington D.C. The types of homes range from a houseboat, a fire station and a ranch to a Mid-Century Modern, a brownstone and more.

Importantly, what “Stay Here” does is venture outside the structures to the broader locations, exploring the surroundings and attractions that define the area. In Seattle, that includes visiting the nearby Pike Place Market, shopping for definitively regional foods that provide a “goodies” welcome basket for guests. Lorimar advises hosts to spend 10 percent of a first night’s rental fee on these packages as a bigger point is made: As a host, you’re selling an experience that’s associated with the location, and those things should be part of your marketing messages.

Marketing and design work together

Lorimer adds that hosts need to think more like business people. To underscore that, he provides a primer on listing language that captures the imagination and web traffic. “I recommend SEO, search engine optimization,” he says, advising the Seattle hosts to use “romantic Seattle houseboat rental” in a pay-per-click program. Gorder reinforces that by saying, “own a niche.”

The aesthetics of the accommodations matter most in this show, and Gorder doesn’t disappoint. The properties all start out looking sad, and every owner has stories of failure in their short-term rental market. The show walks through the cringe-worthy “before” environs as show hosts discuss what’s wrong while offering general ideas for changing it. Next, the property owners are ushered offsite.

Owners appear to place their trust in the show while complete transformations take place; Living rooms become master suites, kitchens are simultaneously downsized and taken up-market, entry doors become showstoppers and views (where they exist) are maximized.

Who pays for all of this? “In every project, it was a joint effort,” Lorimer told us. “Suffice it to say the hosts commit a considerable amount of money to the renovations.” He says the starting point is what the owners want to earn with their properties; they study comparably-priced properties, determine what it would take to compete and develop a budget from there.

Happy endings

As with all home makeover shows, the reveal “after” moment is fun and emotional. This is a show that allows the imagination – and strategic home-rental business thinking – to test the possibilities.

Lorimer’s website enables us to see at least what happened after the Seattle makeover (which was filmed before April 2018). The owners’ goal was to generate revenues of $4,000 per month, charging $250 per night with a 16-nights-per-month occupancy rate. Their Airbnb calendarshows 24 nights booked in September and 25 nights in October at a price of $300 per night, as well as 39 five-star reviews. That suggests profitability, far beyond expectations, even if we aren’t sure what it cost to get there.

Overall, the show is a fun way to see what experts in the space would recommend when it comes to vacation rentals. More than anything though, the show shines a positive light on the vacation rental industry that is not often shown to the general public.