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SUPERHOST SUPERHEROES – Create A Guide Book For Gold

So, what do I mean by this?

Well, imagine I’m flying in from a far corner of the world to stay at your place… I have no clue as to where anything is or how anything works. How does one get a cab or a pizza? How does one find the beach, the best restaurants?

I see this happen all the time in the review section. People loved the property but had no idea about the ins and outs of it or the area. If you create a guide-book for gold, you’re on your way to making sure your reviews are golden as well.

How do you do this? You can do it electronically or make a physical book, just be sure to map everything out.

Start with the house and utilitarian stuff; the cooker, microwave, gas, emergency services, etc.

Then, move on to the experience; recommendations of restaurants, clubs, activities, points of interests.

It ALL needs to be laid out in front of them! You can never give TOO much information.

And what is all of this golden information going to do? It’s going to turn you from host to superhost, which can help you to earn double!

Thanks for watching and being part of the rebellion

Pete

BACKSTAGE PASS - Netflix Manic NYC Press Tour

I’m delighted to give you this inside scoop into my first ever press junket for ‘STAY HERE’ on NETFLIX, which was in none other than my favorite (east coast) city, New York! 

I wore my sharpest suit and lucky reds (fav red sneakers for those of you who don’t know).  First stop, Build Brunch on AOL!  The gang was amazing.  We shared the ins and outs of ‘Stay Here’ and took some rather fun and festive group shots. 

Next stop, I braved the brisk weather and got to catch up with a guest we had on the NYC episode of the show, Gordy Jackson.  It was great seeing him and also great getting the excellent news of how incredible his property is doing on Airbnb.  It truly warmed my heart to know that some of my guidance and expertise truly helped someone.  I only hope that I can be of service to more and more folks out there down the line. 

Then on to Yahoo Finance!  Kennedy couldn’t have been nicer or more interested in what I had to say, which was such a surreal feeling I must say.  I thought the lot of the interviews went smashingly and I hope you all agree. 

On my way back home, I thought there was no better way to top off the whirlwind of a trip than to stop in Times Square!  I couldn’t have been happier to visit the always-bustling city and have the opportunity to talk about ‘Stay Here.’   Thank you New York!

Thanks for all of the support and for watching

Pete


Monday Mantra - Nothing Else Matters But Making You The Brand

This is a topic I have been incredibly passionate about for years.  And now we are finally at a point where there is simply no denying it’s all going to come down to who you are in the digital world.  I’ve always said this, but with technology in the driver’s seat and the change in the market looming it’s even more important than before.

 An advocate is someone who influences someone else and has their best wishes at heart.  I’ve steered clear from the term “influencer” since it’s so buzzy, but advocates and influencers are essentially the same thing.  And right now, influencers are running the show.   

This is the end of passive careers and for people who don’t have an identity online.  Millennials rely heavily on influencers to get their information to make decisions. 

 The ground has shifted and there is a whole new generation of people who are going to be buying.  Millennials are the biggest group of buyers and seller and will be for a while, so get to know them.  We must evolve at the same time.   

Let’s talk about how to find a niche.  Try it all!  It took me a really long time to get to where I am and how comfortable I am with it.  Ask yourself this- What part of the industry are you great at?  Write down the top 3 things, then get in tunnel vision mode and go after them hard.  If you don’t know what your niche is... go out, experiment and find it.  Just keep trying until you do and then go full speed ahead. 

#1 thing to be successful is- work ethic.  It comes down to this simple fact… In every moment you’re either moving closer to your goal or moving further away from it.  There is no in between.  If you outwork em’ you’re going to get ahead.  If you grind it out, you will get ahead of the vanilla masses and then it’s up to you to find the last bit of fairy dust to push you over the finish line. 

So, work hard, but also don’t be afraid to take chances.  Something I always found paralyzing was caring about what people thought about me.  I learned really quickly after keeping my mouth shut and my head down and being just like everyone else AND miserable… that people actually like strong opinions.  I learned to speak up and I stopped worrying about what everyone thought about me.  So, the only guide to your destiny should be you and you should only care what you think.  Don’t rely on anyone else to propel you. 

If you’re not on social, if you don’t know who you are, if you don’t find your niche, you are dead in the water.  This is it.  We are in a generation that want and value influencers. Embrace it. 

Thanks for watching and being part of the rebellion

Pete

 

 

SUPERHOST SUPERHEROES - Greetings, Greeting

Greeting your guests is an art form.

Its one of the most crucial parts of being a short-term rental owner.  First and foremost you need to know what type of guest you have staying at your property.

Some people want all the bells and whistles with a whole concierge experience and to know all the ins and outs of the property.  Other people just want a hello, and a quick squeeze of the hand and some people don’t want to be greeted at all!   All people want to know you are available though.   That’s of the utmost importance.

The trick is to learn what your guests want ahead of time, so you don’t over-step or under-step.  If either of those things happens, you will get bad reviews, which equals bad time for your property.   Reviews are after all your “lifeblood.”

So, simply email your guests, ask them what kind of greeting they would like and then go from there.  It’s as simple as that. 

Just remember to always let your guests know that you are always available, so you over-exceed expectations, which will make you go from a host to a superhost! 

Thanks for watching

Pete

#MondayMantra – Your #1 Asset in the Economic Shift

Everyone in real estate at the moment can sense a shift.  It’s nothing to be worried about, but what we need to do is adapt and evolve based on the change coming.  


We’ve all had it really good for a decade now, since 2008 after the crash, but good times cannot go on forever, unfortunately.  For any economic system to function there has to be the natural ebb and flow.  We have had a phenomenal run, but it’s about to change.  How much?  We’re not sure.  Houses are getting reduced and spending more days on the market, so that is a clue.   


Next year the market is going to shift to those who can procure business out of the air and not just stumble on deals like it’s been this past decade.  


We’re at the benchmark in the market where a change is coming.  It’s going to be a leaner time.  Those of us who have the skill set and old school techniques can still flourish though.  


Something to consider… “PNS”- (a phenomenon)- the Priority of Neck Saving. The corporate mentality of when shit hits the fan then the top people scramble to save their owns necks first and then people at the bottom of the chain find out last. 


Here is where the indies can take the reigns and run.  Wouldn’t you want to work next to the guy who has everything to lose, in order to succeed, and follow his lead?  I know that is where I’d want to be.  


This leads me to the perception of the public.  The common person cannot tell the difference between brokerages, but they can tell the difference between individual agents.  This is the time for you indies out there to charge and pounce on the confusion in the market. 


What is the #1 asset in the economic shift?  Self-promotion! 


If you don’t blend in, you stand out! 

Top 3 Tools to flourish in this shift (of course you still have to do all the grunt work; prospecting, sit open houses, etc.)

1-Social Media

2-Social Media

3-Social Media


Use the internet as your own personal PR company to flourish in this changing economic climate.  


Thanks for watching 

Peter

BRAND NEW - MAGIC MINUTE - What Is A Sellers Market?

Real estate goes in natural cycles both up and down… Currently, we are in a very long lasting seller's market.

What does this mean?

It means that the advantage in the market goes to the “sellers”, so, if you are a buyer you, unfortunately, have to compete against endless other buyers to obtain a property.

Conversely, when the market contracts it will become even for a moment and then swing in the direction of favoring “buyers”.

Thanks for watching and being part of the rebellion

Pete

#MondayMantra - Acceptance - Life On Life's Terms And How To Turn Them Into Your Advantage

Today’s Mantra is fresh off the back of a major life event for me. Whilst I was in the UK I had to handle an incredibly personal matter and I choose to handle it in a very specific way. The strategy I choose worked beautifully, it’s a strategy I have used in business for years to my advantage. 

Life on life’s terms, for me, is the way I get to see the road map rather than force it that has allowed me to garner harmonious business relationships of meaning and length rather than a quick win. 

Life on life’s terms truly is the way to win the long game and in my opinion the only game worth winning is the long one!

Thanks for watching

Peter

#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

#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

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

'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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'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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#MondayMantra- Nothing To Lose

Today I want to cover a lot of ground, and so I've purposely given this mantra a broad title.  So what exactly does it mean?  

I’ve suffered over the years with underestimating my ability.  Perhaps it’s my British roots, as we tend to be a bit hard on ourselves, but I think a lot of people struggle with this.  If you have some entrepreneurial spirit at some point, you most likely have had the feelings of "I'm never going to succeed at that," or “everyone will think it’s stupid” or “I’ll never be as good as someone else."  I feel like 90% of entrepreneurial dreams we talk ourselves out of in the first 10 minutes of starting the line of thinking. 

The entrepreneurs that succeed have a relentlessness, they know it won't happen overnight, and they don’t listen to the inner voice that tells them they will fail.

So “nothing to lose” is this- We’ve already gained something huge simply by living in the U.S.  Think of the worst that can happen with following your dreams… and the worst isn’t that bad.  I welcome failing fast so I can start to concentrate on another route.  We forget we have nothing to lose and everything to gain and we “play in the middle."  But the funny thing about that is, I don’t really believe “the middle” exists. 

You are either moving towards your goal or away from it and the choice is ours.

So, I’m always moving in the direction towards the goal.  And here are a few nuggets of truth that I have found along the way- The educated risk for success in business- When I come to a decision of a goal I want to reach, I only get 65% of the way there, and the rest is based on faith.   AND every decision I make I still have those voices in the back of my head, and I battle through them. 

Here's a spot on quote from Martin Scorsese that I just love- "unless you have a white hot burning desire to become a director, it's not going to happen."  Make sure you have the passion for something and go full steam ahead at it.

With all of that said, the take away is this: The only commodity of value we have in life is time.  Why not take the risk then; because that is the only thing you really have to lose. 

Your life and your business are in your own hands and don't let anyone tell you anything different, especially not that nagging and negative inner voice.   

Thanks for watching and being part of the rebellion

Pete

#MondayMantra - Success – The Ability To Move From Failure to Failure With No Loss Of Enthusiasm

It’s a very big morning and important Monday.  This one is particularly special for me.  Firstly, I wanted to send my love to all of you for supporting my new show ‘Stay Here’ on Netflix.   It’s because of you that it’s getting such positive reviews.  So, I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart for the massive outpouring of support.

Also, I want to thank all of my loyal followers of the Monday Mantra who have been part of the rebellion for some time now.  I know who you are and so, I wanted to express my thanks to you today as well.  I couldn’t have accomplished any of this without all of your support.

Now onto the Mantra!

Failure is actually my friend.  That’s not a hashtag, I promise.  What it is though, is a way to reset the compass.  Success is not final, and failure is not fatal. 

Onto a few anecdotes to explain these profound Winston Churchill quotes that I have adopted as mantras

I auditioned to be in a band years back, and I didn't make it.  I found it so crushing I questioned doing something else.  After that, I got into the production side of things in music, thought I had a knack for it, and then I got fired from that job! I went home with my tail between my legs where I then sunk into a black hole of despair.  After a while, I dug myself out of it and then dug in.

I got to the point with myself where I knew if I was going to fail it was going to be on my terms.  So, I kept going and got into a B grade studio at the perfect time where my skills were needed, and it changed everything.   As most of you know, I went on to produce a bunch of hit records.   I did learn a lot from all my experiences that led me there.  Here are some key ones.

Bullet Points on how to handle Failure

1- Don’t make it personal even if it is. Just think of it as the universe gave it to someone else because they needed it more.

2- Learn and adapt.  If I fail at something I always ask the question “can you tell me why you chose someone else and you didn’t choose me.” This way I can grow from it.

3- Don’t obsess over the few people you can’t seem to get business from and focus on the people whose business you have.

4- Thoughts become things.  If you think you’re going to fail all the time, you will fail.

5- Don't look for approval.  The only opinion you should care about is your own.  When you play in the middle and safe, you are betraying the future you.   Instead, just go for it. 

6- When you think someone has made the wrong decision or has it out for you, look at the situation from their point of view.

7- If you have a bad experience with a client think of what your part in it all was. 

8- How can I better be of service?  Always ask yourself that.

Failure can come really quick, but success takes a long time.  And remember, fear and failure are bullies.  If we don’t listen to them and the debating society in our heads, they will never win!

Thanks for watching and being part of the rebellion

Pete 

‘BEHIND THE TV SHOW’ - New York Part I 

On this magical leg of my journey, while filming ‘STAY HERE’ for NETFLIX, which just premiered, I got to visit Brooklyn, NY.  And while there I managed to make it to the LORIMER subway stop in Greenpoint.  

I have yet to meet another Lorimer, and so I’m pretty sure I must be related to whomever the street was named after.  It was a glorious experience seeing my name on display for the first time!

You can see my name in bold again in ‘Stay Here’ on NETFLIX now!  

Thanks for watching and for being part of the rebellion

Pete

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'STAY HERE'- NOW STREAMING- Official NETFLIX Trailer

The day is FINALLY HERE and the wait over! Today is the official premiere of my new show ‘STAY HERE’ on NETFLIX.  “To succeed in the world of short-term rental you have to offer more than just a place to sleep”… and that’s where I come in!  

Watch cohost Genevieve Gorder and myself help people learn to wow their AirBnb guests and give them a completely unique experience in some of the coolest cities around the U.S.!  

I couldn’t be more excited about this new trailer.  It’s filled with some great tidbits from the season.  Be sure to tune in tonight to catch the full episodes!  

Thanks for watching!
Pete