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Netflix Famous - Sarah & T - The Professional Vacation Rental Manager's Podcast

Everything I do has a niche. It's just how I do business. My work on Stay Here was born out of that. In this podcast with Sarah and T, I chat all about the show. How the Airbnb owners were chosen, the behind-the-scenes renovation process (cue jaw drop-- it took 4-5 days for each rental) and my top tips.

We talked a lot about photography and video: Photography and video are the differentiators--ESPECIALLY in short-term rentals. That's why I brought my own photographer on the show. I knew if my photographer took the pictures, we'd have continuity.

Here's the difference between short-term rentals and and traditional real estate, if you spring for a photographer, you'll see the return because your photographs are EVERGREEN. You can create a narrative with your photos that you can use for years. And once the photos have a narrative, people pause.

Take care of the narrative. My number one tip for this: know your audience.

Thanks for being part of the rebellion and for being here ❤️ Pete.

DECIDER Article: Brett White’s Top 10 of Everything 2018
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I’m not going to spend the intro to my Top 10 of Everything going on and on about how awful 2018 was. That’s not what this space is for! It’s for celebrating the things that made me turn of Twitter (or turned Twitter into a magical land full of monsters and/or Brits in bespoke suits). In a twist I didn’t see coming, it was actually hard to narrow down this list to just 10 entries. Surprise, some good things did happen in 2018 and I didn’t even have room to mention all of them!

Honorable mentions: Andrea Barber’s Fuller House vlog, the rowdy puppets on Curious Creations of Christine McConnell, Alice Eve’s turn as a sadistic nightmare named Mary on Iron Fist, Parker Posey’s turn as a selfish nightmare named Smith on Lost in Space, the 1986 Zenith television I bought after writing a stupid intense piece about sitcom lighting, and the eternal style and fashion sense of Mr. Bob Newhart.

So without further ado, and without me further gushing about Bob Newhart’s love of fancy pajamas and patterned sport jackets, I give you my top 10 of everything from 2018.

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'Stay Here's' Palm Springs Time Machine

Netflix’s Stay Here checks off a lot of my boxes. Half-hour show? Stunning home transformations? A British guy in chunky glasses? My longtime fave Trading Spaces queen Genevieve Gorder?! But one short-term rental property on this show stood out from all the rest: the Palm Springs Time Machine.

I’ve seen a lot of home reno shows, from the TLC glory days of While You Were Out and Town Haul to HGTV’s current reign with Property Brothers and Love It or List It. Believe me when I say that this episode was a rollercoaster! I was gagged when I saw the lovingly recreated groovy interiors and aghast at the thought of Genevieve changing a single thing. I may have screamed at the TV, “Leave the time machine alone!”

But trust in Genevieve, because she saw the potential in this throwback palace and decided to double-down on the borderline egregious level of kitsch. The home came alive through that transformation, becoming even more of the retro hangout of my dreams.

Yes, I have looked into renting it.

THE MCWILLIAM TEAM: Interview With Peter Lorimer
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I had a blast talking with my mate and fellow social media machine Paul McWilliam.  The Aussie personality and I had a grand time and got the chance to touch on all sorts of fun topics; our stalker-ish admiration for one another, my music past, “ripping”, technology, how I got into real estate, the social media boom, video, my Netflix show, and so much more. 

 LISTEN TO THE FULL PODCAST HERE

“Adelaide Real Estate with Paul & Marie McWilliam. In this interview Paul McWilliam speaks with PLG Estates Founder and Netflix show Stay Here host Peter Lorimer. Topics discussed include the use of video in personal branding and real estate promotion. Real Estate Agent Vlog by Paul & Marie McWilliam of Adelaide Real Estate with Paul & Marie McWilliam.”

AGENT2021 - GUEST SPEAKER
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As all of you know, I’m a huge fan of the insanely innovative GARY VEE.  He is someone I look to as a mentor in Vlogging, which happens to be one of my passions.  After following his lead for many years and having paved my own path in the world of digital media, I now have the incredible opportunity of being a guest speaker at his conference, AGENT2021.  I’ll be joined by a multitude of other thought leaders.  Here is more information if you would like to attend.  I also highly recommend following Gary Vee if you don’t already!   

Here is some info on the event:

In its second year, Agent2021 is a one-day conference that educates agents and owners in four industries (real estate, auto, insurance, and mortgage) on how to use innovation to grow your business. Join Gary Vaynerchuk and other industry thought leaders on Jan 17 at Hard Rock Stadium to learn about the tools, platforms, and tactics that can be used to start marketing for the year we live in.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!

THE CLOSE: 21 Must-Read Real Estate Blogs

21 Must-Read Real Estate Blogs for Realtor News, Strategy, & Insight

Emile L'Eplattenier

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Looking for great real estate blogs to cozy up with in front of a roaring fire this winter? Tired of “best of” lists cobbled together randomly by faceless tech companies? (You know who you are)

Well, you’re in luck. We had some time to kill before NAR and came up with a list of the 21 real estate blogs we actually ENJOY reading. 

Oh, and please note that these are roughly in order of our collective reading enjoyment

Peter Lorimer’s Blog + Magic Minutes

Editor/Founder: Peter Lorimer 

Why we love it: 
Like LCA, with his Magic Minute series, Peter Lorimer manages to cut through the noise and just gives agents just what they need to know and nothing more. Lormier gives tips on getting the most from social media, negotiation strategies, how to build a brand and much more.

If you only have a minute and want maximum learning value for your time, then the Magic Minute is for you.

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WebProNews: 'STAY HERE' Article
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Peter Lorimer: “Stay Here” Netflix Show is Helping People Get More ROI From Airbnb

Peter Lorimer, co-host with Genevieve Gorder of the Netflix show “Stay Here” which helps people successfully rent their homes on Airbnb. “To succeed in the world of short-term rental you have to offer more than just a comfortable place to sleep,” said Lorimer in a promo for the show.

Helping People Get More ROI From Airbnb

We call it the ‘junk drawer’ kind of philosophy. I think it is changing, the business is evolving now, but it used to be Granny’s old apartment or the garden shed, you just throw a little bed in it and it was full of rotten old furniture and horrid flowery sheets. Too much stuff… and too much old stuff. But now people are looking at it as a business and our show is one of the first out there helping people get more ROI.

People Making Massive Income on Airbnb with Minor Modifications

There are a fraction of people right now that are making a massive income with just minor modifications. The worst thing people can do is leave their Airbnb rental in kind of a soulless vacuum to fend for themselves. If I’m flying into Frankfort, Germany and I want to stay in an Airbnb I want to experience Frankfort through the eyes of a local. I don’t want to roll up with my three screaming kids wondering what the wifi is, no snacks, and the place being a little bit dirty.

Dirty is the Worst

Dirty is the worst. What I try to do with my clients in Los Angeles, and I’ve been doing Airbnb before it was even cool, I say remove your head and pretend this is not your home. Pretend you are walking in for the first time and what you don’t like and then I have to point it out. Too much clutter is number one. Bad taste is number two. There is a little bit of bad taste in L.A. and all over the country. Then number three is to anticipate what the guests want before they want it.

Why Are People Renting on Airbnb?

Some people are getting extra houses and some people are flipping into extra properties. I have a client and a friend who is the marketing director of a big Fortune 500 company and he said, “Pete, I’m taking off to Bangkok, I’m going  to stay there for nine months, can you rent out my place, I’m just going to be on the beach banging away on my laptop and I want to make a profit to cover my travel, all of my expenses, and have my mortgage paid.” And he’s doing it.

Millennials Embracing the Shared Economy

I wanted to forge my own flavor of real estate which was very kind of rock and roll and that seemed to work really well with the newer generation, the Millennials and younger who embraced the shared economy.

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BombBomb: Peter Lorimer "Real Estate Video Influencer Award Winner"
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After such a successful release of the 2017 Real Estate Video Influencers Guide and Awards, BombBomb began the process again this year to to honor and celebrate talented video influencers in real estate for 2018.

After months of gathering over 1,200 nominations and watching tens of thousands of videos, BombBomb completed a comprehensive guide that we are so excited to share with you. PLG Estates is proud to announce that our leader, Peter Lorimer, was honored with a Real Estate Video Influencer Award, in the Video Influencers Category!

Click HERE to learn more about the ranking, the educational guide, and see tangible tips from all the winners.

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The real estate social media category was another extremely competitive section to judge. The people we chose as the top ten individuals in this category could all run their own media companies if their real estate career didn’t end up working out. But they won’t need to because they are killing it with their transactions, too!

The best social accounts we saw were consistent in more than one category and were not afraid to post simple one-to-one videos when they had the right topic to talk about.

Peter does an amazing job at balancing high production videos and simple video! He not only has a Netflix show called “Stay Here,” but he also has a simple video vlog full of educational content for his following. He is regularly posting content on all of his social channels and he has an extensive amount of content on IGTV. Peter understands that quality and variety is key with social media video, ranking him high in this category.

See all the winners HERE!

Annual Charity Event: Peter Lorimer Host
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Apex Estate Group and Mia La Maven Luxury Aesthetics Presents Annual Charity Fundraiser

“Dubbed the ‘Mia La Maven No Limits Charity”’ in honor of Mia Helena Sidaros (1997-2015) benefitting Wags and Walks animal rescue and UCLA Pediatric Cancer”Since 2010, Jack Steven of Apex Estate...

Since 2010, Jack Steven of Apex Estate Group has brought Los Angeles entertainment benefiting various charitable organizations. The awareness and fundraising events included fashion shows, product/venue launches, music performances, art exhibitions, toy drives and industry mixers.

Jack Steven, a LA native realized at an early age that he had a knack for bringing people together. Jack found that giving back to his community was most rewarding to him.

This event will honor Jack’s niece Mia Helena Sidaros, who was a world traveler, a straight-A-student, and an accomplished fashion blogger with plans to start her own animal rescue organization. Unfortunately, she was taken from her family and this world at the young age of 13 due to Ewing Sarcoma, a bone cancer that kept her fighting the last four years of her life  while remaining committed to living life to the fullest. After an arduous four-year battle, the cancer took over and she passed away. While we lost a beautiful young soul, her memory lives on and she continues to inspire others to live a full life.

Ed Sidaros and Danielle Sidaros, parents of Mia Helena Sidaros founded Mia La Maven Luxury Aesthetics, The spa’s name is inspired by the courageous battle Mia Sidaros fight against cancer. Mia was a source of strength for everyone she encountered. Part of her legacy is a commitment to help others. As a result, a portion of the spa’s profits are donated to Pediatric Sarcoma Research at UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.


Keeping with the spirit of appreciation and the upcoming holiday season, the event will take place on November 11, 2018 at 12pm at The Riveter located at 2236 S Barrington Avenue in Los Angeles and will promote charitable giving and awareness. In addition to the  generous prizes provided by the donors the night will feature various engaging experiences including Silent Disco, Puppy Play Pen, photo booth, silent auction, NFL Sunday Football Lounge, gift bags, various celebrities and influencers, complimentary food and drinks, Zen spa with Massages, facials and guided meditation and will be hosted by Bruce Buffer of the UFC and Peter Lorimer from Netflix hit series “Stay Here” include a Q&A session with John Cynn, the 2018 World Series Main Event winner.

“Our goal is to raise awareness and aid in saving the lives of Children and Animals, the most innocent in our community, Mia will be proud!” – Jack Steven

For More information on Apex Estate Group please visit apexestategroup.com

For More information on Mia La Maven Luxury Aesthetics please visit: www.mialamavenmedspa.com

For More information on Wags and Walks animal rescue please visit: www.wagsandwalks.org

For More Information on UCLA Pediatric Cancer please visit: www.uclahealth.org/mattel/cdi/

'Passive Airbnb' Article: A Malibu Blunder: Stay Here Netflix Series Continues To Impress

By Sam

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Since the Stay Here Netflix exclusive series hit the home screens, the short-term rental industry has been on fire. Now is the best time to consider investing in Airbnb Arbitrage while the iron’s still hot.

Episode two focuses on taking a Malibu beach house disaster and turning it into a dream getaway. If you haven’t seen my previous “Stay Here” episode review, check it out here. There’s more to come if you guys like these reviews, so let me know by leaving a message in the comments below!

WARNING: There will be spoilers for Stay Here Netflix Exclusive Season One: Episode Two

Surf’s Up, Profit’s Up

Malibu, California is a year-round famous beach town up the coast from Los Angles. It’s known for its celebrity homes, surfing, and beautiful beach view. Currently, there are around 300 single-family residencies available on the market, bringing in about $40 million a year. This averages about $1,000 a night!

Guests will pay big money for a luxury experience, especially if it involves a hot location where celebrities can be seen at the beach spot next door.

The place that Gen and Peter singled out this time around is a home that they described as “Crooked Teeth on a perfect smile.” This poor beach house is in the perfect neighborhood with a great ocean view. However, the outside looks incredibly beat up, the front fence is crooked, and the inside advertisement pictures were dark and overly cluttered.

All in all, the location is mind-blowing. Even if the rental currently lacks, that’s something that can always be fixed up later. The location around your listing is out of your control. Scouting out the site to your potential property will make or break your listing.

The Big No’s

My favorite part of the Stay Here Netflix episode isn’t the end product, but seeing everywhere the listing does wrong initially. This is because there’s so much to learn from in these episodes.

The Malibu beach house is currently owned by a widow, and since her husband’s passing has unintentionally let the place go. She wants to live in the beach house for six months out of the year while renting during the rest. However, in its current state– it hasn’t had a single guest.

Here are all of the opportunities to learn from:

  • Problem: The front gate of the house doesn’t close. This is a HUGE security issue.

    • Solution: Personally, I enjoy using Keyless Locks. They’re great for safety, and remove the risk of your guests losing their keys.

  • Problem: The Deck Size isn’t being utilized.

    • Solution: Determine what areas of your listing are the main cornerstone. When you have a beach view as your backyard–  use it.

  • Problem: The rental space is too personalized. While the widow wants to live in the listing for half the year, guests may feel uncomfortable being around personal clutter or family photos.

    • Solution: Have personal areas of the house that you block off from your guests. Or, create a list of items to store away when you’re not currently living in the listing.

    What Is Luxury?

    Guests searching for a luxury experience are willing to dish the cash but have a certain level of expectations. The difference between spending $200 and $1,000 a night, is that at the higher price point the guest is expecting all of the work to be done for them. This means you can’t cut corners. I have a Superhost checklist that is affordable and has been a vital part of my success as an Airbnb Host.

    In the kitchen, this means having proper appliances, large countertop space, and leaving some water, white wine, or champaign for your guests in the fridge. In the bedroom, this means soft sheets, comfortable robes, and fresh premium towels.

    With the profits in a short-term rental situation being directly related from heads to beds, the more places you can convert into a bedroom the better. This also allows for multiple guests to share and split the cost of a luxury experience.

    For example, Peter estimated that this Malibu beach rental could make it at $1,500 a night, 22 nights a month, and gaining a profit of around $33,000 a month! But, with two bedrooms in the listing, a couple can split the price in half! Short-term rental pricing is all about making a living location both luxurious and affordable. It’s a balance!

    The Design of Stay Here Netflix Extrodinare

    Gen truly outdid herself this time around. From moving the locations of doors to giving the entire outside of the beach house a new look– it blows my mind how much the design of a listing can truly impact your profits.

    The main problem list with the Malibu beach house included:

    • Clearing out the clutter in the kitchen.

    • Moving doors to better suit the flow of the room.

    • Expanding the countertops and expanding the kitchen.

    • The need to create the optimal ‘Social Media Moment.’

    In order to get some true Malibu flair, Gen and Peter head to the Malibu design center. The expert at the store describes the Malibu lifestyle as casual, contemporary, and beachy. No animal products are used for furniture and the main color is white. The natural color pallet of Malibu furniture is drawn from the natural setting of the ocean.

    While it’s easy to that that more expensive = more stuff, this is far from the truth. It’s better to spend money on fewer items that are of a higher quality.

    Slipcovers are definitely your friend when it comes to furniture. Not only can they easily match the color of the room, but they’re incredibly easy to wash and take care of between guest visits. While white may be an intimidating color for stains, it’s also incredibly easy to clean. Just keep a bottle of bleach handy and you’re golden.

    Another great design choice made by Gen was to paint the outside a darker color. This was a technique also used in the first episode of the Seattle houseboat. While the darker color helps to hide imperfections, can everything be solved by painting it black?

    Peter’s Social Media Moment

    On the marketing side of the Stay Here Netflix episode, Peter’s focus was to create the perfect social media moment through the pictures of the listing. He chose two hanging chairs to place on the outside deck and knew they would be a golden opportunity.

    Hosting is learning how to nurture and deliver first impressions. You’re trying to anticipate the guest’s psyche through staging and smells. Offering a questionnaire before they book allows you to get to know them and their experiences.

    Peter explained further that is he saw the chairs while in London, trying to find the perfect Malibu experience with the ocean out in front– the first thing he would want to do when arriving in California is to sit in one of the chairs.

    Would You Stay Here?

    Every business has a story, operations, design, and planned experiences. The more that you learn how to anticipate and meet the needs of your guests, the easier the job becomes.  Not to mention, creating experiences that help to invoke memories only encourage great reviews and positive word-of-mouth feedback.

    Do you think you have what it takes to have a Malibu beach house rental of your own? What did you think of this episode?


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FOX BUSINESS: Netflix’s ‘Stay Here’ Host On How To Make Money Off Of Short-Term Rentals

It was an amazing evening talking with Kennedy over at Fox Business about ‘Stay Here’. I stepped it up a bit and even wore a collared shirt under my usual jacket for the occasion.

Somehow, we covered a crazy amount of topics in just a mere few minutes; We got into some of the most important tips on how to run a super successful Airbnb business, how it all really works, what people are doing to forge their own way in the booming industry and how the world is evolving around it.

Watch the full interview HERE! I hope you enjoy and thanks for watching

Pete

Yahoo Finance – NETFLIX’S ‘STAY HERE’ STAR PETER LORIMER On The Real Estate Biz

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What a cool experience for me to have the chance to be a guest on Yahoo Finance, which is a slight departure from my usual interview outlets.  AND… what an intro they gave me!

We got in the thick of it straight off and jumped right into my thoughts on the truth about the current housing market.  I said that as a whole, I think it’s taking a breath right now and waiting to see what’s going on politically and with the stock market in the months to come.

We also got real about where Airbnb fits into the hospitality space and even looked at a chart that Netflix provided, which showed the leads of shows IG followers before and after the premiere of their show on the streaming platform.  What we found was quite interesting! 

Tune in to get all the rest of the interview nuggets here!

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Coeur d'Alene Article: RIGHT AT HOME: PREPARING A SWOON-WORTHY VACATION RENTAL
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By KIM COOK

If you're thinking of listing your home as a vacation rental, have a listen to what travelers say makes a space inviting and welcoming, and what's a turnoff.

For starters, amenities and cleanliness matter.

"I would have loved better sheets and towels as well as decent soap and amenities," says Carol VanderKloot of New York, who was underwhelmed by a recent Michigan rental.

Nice linens are mentioned often in online reviews. In a poll conducted by Airbnb this summer, travelers rating their vacation experience cared most about the quality of their accommodations, followed by amenities that are functional and thoughtful. So along with nice shampoo, consider a bottle of wine, a bicycle, scooter, sled or fully loaded beach bag.

A host in Los Angeles whose home is popular with young families stocks kids' books. In Milan, Italy, a host with a pool set up Bluetooth speakers outside.

Focus on potential guests' comfort, both in your decor and your marketing, says Peter Lorimer, a Los Angeles-based real estate expert.

He has teamed up with interior designer Genevieve Gorder on a new Netflix series, "Stay Here," in which they help homeowners refurbish and redecorate their spaces to make them more attractive to visitors.

"Massively bad for repeat business is dirt," he warns. "After every guest there needs to be a cleaning plan. Look at this as an investment in your business; if a restaurant is dirty you'll never go back, and it's the same with short-term rental."

Gorder notes that everyone has different standards for tidiness, so it's best to go pro. "It has to look, feel and be CLEAN," she says. "That means having a professional service handle your rental before and after each guest checks out. Your reviews will skyrocket and that's worth its weight in gold."

Get rid of stained or worn carpeting, refinish wood flooring, and lay fresh tile or new rugs. Provide several good mirrors, as well as storage, and a folder or notes on how to operate things. As Lorimer points out, "the last thing any guest wants is to try and figure out how to use the TV remote or turn the ceiling fan on and off."

Consider including "insider" suggestions for what to do and where to go in the area. Displaying some local photography or artwork might pique curiosity and help you build a relationship with nearby shop owners too.

Lorimer suggests drawing up a calendar of fun local events and posting it with your listing. Consider an incentive gift for longer stays, like a gift certificate for a local restaurant, or lift tickets at the ski hill.

Gorder warns against the "junk drawer" effect, where owners try to save by kitting out their rentals with dated furniture and hand-me-downs.

And keep the decor relatively neutral.

"Owners tend to decorate for themselves and how they live instead of for their guests," she says.

"Home is in many ways a reflection of our most intimate selves. When you turn a property or a room in your home into a short-term rental, it's time to shift your thinking." The key is finding a balance: a space that's neither too personal nor impersonal.

Renters differ about how much personal style they like in a space. VanderKloot enjoyed an array of vintage radios displayed on a shelf in a Michigan home, but appreciated not having kitschy decor in a rental in New Orleans. "The Scandinavian interior in that rental was a perfect counter-palette to the excess of (the city)," she says.

In an apartment in Copenhagen, New Yorker Darby Drake says she would have appreciated some personal touches. "What turned me off most was how bland everything was. It didn't quite feel 'lived-in,'" she says.

Invest in a standout piece or two, if you can. Drake fondly recalls a big, comfy, cowhide lounge chair in a different Copenhagen rental, as well as another great piece: "There was this massive gray bean-bag lounger that was wonderful. After a long day exploring the city, it was great to be enveloped by it."

The lounger wasn't shown in the online photos, Drake says. And that could have been a missed opportunity.

"The No. 1 reason for guests not booking is bad marketing," Lorimer says. Cell phone photos won't do. "A professional photographer must be engaged, and the whole area needs to be designed or even staged so that the lifestyle is being sold every bit as much as the accommodation," he says.

"Think of short-term rentals like online dating. If you take bad pictures and/or don't dress up for the shots, you just get swiped and forgotten."

Take seasonal photos of your yard or nearby attractions, he suggests, and change them online accordingly.

Consider, too, a well-stocked snack cupboard, some unobtrusive but pleasant home fragrances, a first aid kit, and perhaps some chilled beverages in the fridge upon arrival; small, thoughtful details make even the most modest space welcoming.

"It may be your guests' first time in your city or town," Lorimer says. "You may not physically be there, so anything you put in your rental is acting as guide and host. Anticipate what they'll need before they know they need it. That's the key to a happy guest."

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AOL BUILD BRUNCH SERIES – Guest Appearance

I had a blast at the table chatting with the gang over at BUILD BRUNCH; a fantastic live interview show focused on influential personalities speaking to breaking new & hot topics.  I was delighted that they asked me on as a guest!

The five of us sat down and did a deep dive into ‘Stay Here,’ where we covered the ins and outs of the show and much more.  We discussed mine and Genevieve’s wild horse ways and cohost vibes, my favorite place on the journey, the biggest hurdles in filming the show, granny couches, my shift from music to real estate, my knack for knowing the next big trends and I may even give some stock tips along the way. 

Be sure to tune in to get the full interview HERE

Peter

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REALTOR.COM Article: How to Make Big Bucks on Airbnb: Vacation Home Secrets From the Netflix Series 'Stay Here'
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Don't you wish your home looked so dreamy, you could make money on Airbnb if you rented it out? A new Netflix series, "Stay Here," can show you the ropes.

On the series, designer Genevieve Gorder and real estate broker Peter Lorimer show homeowners how to prepare properties to make a killing on short-term rental sites such as Airbnb.com and VRBO.

Sure, you can put clean sheets on a sofa bed and make a modest side income letting travelers crash in your den. However, if you want to make a serious profit off your rental and have it booked every night by return visitors, you have to go the extra mile.

And the proof is in the bookings. For the first season of "Stay Here," Gorder and Lorimer revamped a number of properties—including a houseboat in Seattle, a vineyard cottage in Paso Robles, CA, and even a former firehouse in Washington, DC.

Every property they touched has ended up booked solid clear into next year, with rental income that has "doubled, tripled, even quadrupled," says Lorimer. "It's surpassed even what we estimated on the show."

So whether you're hoping to drum up more business for your own short-term rental or just want your home to look like it could, check out this advice from Lorimer and Gorder to get more of a vacation hideaway vibe in your own home.

'The bed is the throne of the house'

"No matter how beautiful everything else is, if they can't sleep well, guests have a bad experience, give you negative reviews, and will never return," Gorder says. "So make the bed clean, white, and high quality. Invest in great sheets!"

But isn't white almost impossible to keep clean?

"It's actually the most forgiving of colors," contends Lorimer. "If it's high-quality, you can bleach it again and again. And it doesn't fade in the sun or the washing machine, like most other colors do."

The hosts suggest using a cozy throw on the bed for color and texture.

Create a unique welcome basket

"Anticipate what your guests need before they know they need it," suggests Lorimer. That means stocking the fridge with bottled water. Plus your guests will swoon if you provide a goody basket filled with local delicacies, beyond "just granola bars and salty snacks."

Gorder suggests spending as much as "10% of the price of a one-night stay" on the goody basket, and to make sure the contents are directly connected to the area.

For example, the goody basket for the Seattle houseboat contains smoked salmon and locally grown apples; the guesthouse in Brooklyn comes filled with brilliantly colored bagels from a nearby shop.

Pick a 'theme experience'

Guests will pay extra for "theme experiences" corresponding with the location.

For instance, since the property in Paso Robles was located on a vineyard, Gorder and Lorimer helped the owners put together a vineyard tour/farming experience that include tending grape vines and riding on a tractor. And in Austin, TX, they put a brand-new, fabulous barbecue in the backyard and came up with a professional griller who could come over to help renters use it.

Purge personal items

Similar to staging a home to sell, you should remove all personal items—e.g., photographs and mementos—from the premises.

As Gorder points out, "Wouldn't you find it creepy if you checked into a hotel and there were family photos hanging around? Remember that it's not about you anymore. It's about style, geography, and comfort."

She advises replacing personal items with accessories unique to your geographical location—a jar of shells if it's a beach house, or colorfully painted oars if you're near a body of water.

Never take the listing photos yourself

Once you have your property decorated and ready to list, Lorimer says, "It's absolutely essential to hire a professional real estate photographer to best present your property in all its glory.

"You should get a return on that investment within the first month," he says.

Create a social media footprint for your property

The first step is to "decide on a simple, descriptive, and memorable hashtag," Lorimer says.

Do not go with the plain and obvious, like #1BRRentalNearSantaBarbara, he says. "Pick something more fun and descriptive, like #ArtistHideawayInOjai.

"Then use that hashtag on the property's own Twitter account, Instagram account, Facebook page, and website," he advises.

Be sure to post some gorgeous photos as well, he says, and "encourage guests to post photos of themselves in your place using your hashtag. It's free advertising!"

Keep your short-term rental clean, clean, clean

"There is no such thing as too clean," notes Lorimer. One mucky dish or soiled towel can result in a bad review, and "that's extremely difficult to overcome."

"Clean is the first impression you want to leave when they step in the door," agrees Gorder. "If it looks bad, or smells bad, you've lost them."

Find all episodes from the first season of "Stay Here" on Netflix.

10 Instagram Hacks All Real Estate Agents Need To Know

From geotagging to IGTV, we rounded up the best Instagram hacks to help you promote your brand, showcase properties and get more leads

BY VERONIKA BONDARENKO

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With all the things real estate agents have to keep up with on any given day, staying on top of the ever-changing world of social media can be a whole new job in itself. The thing is, if you’re a real estate professional and you aren’t on Instagram, you’re seriously missing out.

Peter Lorimer, of PLG Estates, says Instagram is tailor-made for real estate. It’s a visual, fast-paced platform that is almost like Facebook, Snapchat and YouTube — all rolled into one; and it’s where everyone is, so if you aren’t there, neither is your business, he told Inman.

Eight years after the social media platform was founded, Instagram’s audience is still growing — it hit the 1 billion active users mark this summer. The platform is evolving (read below to learn how to use features like Stories and Highlights), and an increasing number of agents are using it to sell homes online.

We rounded up the top 10 best hidden Instagram features to help you promote your brand, showcase properties and get leads.

1. Set up a business profile

First things first, you should separate personal social media accounts from professional ones where you post a steady stream of real estate content.

Instagram makes this easy by giving you the option to choose between a business account (if you have a company name) or a personal one (if you work for a larger company and want to use your regular name) that you use for professional purposes.

You can, if you like, also change an existing personal account to a professional one by clicking “Switch to business profile” in the Settings.

But whether you operate under your name or have a small real estate business, be sure to post content — for example, listing photos and information on open houses  — that is relevant to a real estate audience.

2. Read, follow and use popular hashtags

One of social media’s most powerful weapons, hashtags are clickable word labels that allow users to search for specific topics.

On Instagram, hashtags like #realestateagent, #realestatedeals and #luxuryproperty have generated millions of posts. If you’re new to the platform, use these hashtags to see what kind of content other agents and brokerages are posting. (You can also view hashtags by tapping any hashtag you see on Instagram and then clicking “Follow.”)

But hashtags will not only help you find what you want to see — they are also an excellent tool for making posts that are visible to others. As you build your audience, use hashtags that describe what you write (one example could be something as simple as #kitchendesign or #luxuryhomes for a property) to reach a wider audience of users specifically looking for real estate on their account.

3. Geotagging is your friend

Similar to hashtags, geotags are a good way to reach Instagram users in a specific location — one as narrow as a house listing’s address or as broad as the city of New York.

Although geotags are not an effective way to search for real estate properties (an address of anything other than a brokerage will turn up everything from Starbucks photos to selfies), they are a good way to reach your local base.

When posting photos of homes you’re selling, be sure to tag their locations for local users to find.

4. Use the ‘Photo album’ feature for multiple shots and videos

Many people still don’t know that Instagram lets you put up as many as 10 photos and videos in a single post.

Agents and brokerages frequently use the “Photo album” to display multiple photos of the same property. Those who are interested can scroll through them while those who are not can quickly move on to the next post.

“Video, video, video! Storytelling, storytelling, storytelling!” Lorimer said. “Forgive my emphatic nature, but this is where the gold is.”

Here, according to Instagram, is how you use the feature.

5. Stories, stories, stories

As photos and video snippets that disappear after 24 hours, Instagram Stories are a good way to share more fun aspects of your life as a real estate agent or the properties you’re selling.

Some agents use the Stories feature to give quick house tours while others post photos of their pets and kids (as you know, some clients really like that) without clogging the main feed.

Learning how to use this feature might take more time, but the payoff can be huge. Sue “Pinky” Benson, a RE/MAX Realtor who recently presented at ICSF, regularly uses Stories to walk around her Florida neighborhood and discuss the types of homes that are up for sale.

6. IGTV lets you post longer house tours

This summer, Instagram launched a feature with potentially groundbreaking implications for those who work in real estate: IGTV, which lets you post videos up to an hour long.

Use the IGTV app, which works both as a button inside Instagram and as a standalone app, to put up videos of yourself talking about properties or longer house tours.

“We are seeing a lot of engagement on Instagram and decreased numbers over on YouTube, so this evolution of IG makes sense to us,” Anne Jones, a Realtor and owner of Windermere Abode real estate firm, told Inman earlier this year.

7. Highlight your best moments as an agent

Once you’ve mastered the art of Instagram Stories, save the best ones for a permanent place on your profile — here’s how. For many agents, this is a way to display the best properties that they’ve sold, feature for-sale listings or have a personal highlight reel for clients who are more interested in agent’s home life than others.

“Vanilla is choking the industry, so think clearly and carefully on who you are and what you want to present to the world and don’t be a fraidy cat,” Lorimer said.

8. Coordinate posts with other platforms, like Facebook or Twitter

Any social media pro will tell you that cross-posting on different platforms is key to reaching as many people as possible. As great as Instagram is, it’s user base leans young — a vast majority of its user base is under 34.

But if your content is great, you shouldn’t always have to write a new post for a different platform — just coordinate the same content to go out on everything, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. This is how, according to Instagram.

9. Set tag approval to your posts

As you become more active on Instagram, clients may start to take photos of homes and tag their agents. This can give your posts greater reach and exposure, but it can also put photos that are off-brand or that you may simply not want others seeing on your account.

To stop this before it even happens, set a filter that makes you approve any photo that somebody else tags of you. Here’s how.

10. Save posts you like for future reference

Although built as a way to share photos with the world, Instagram also has features for your private use. Just like you would make a bookmark of a site you like on your homepage, make collections of property photos or other interesting real estate posts on Instagram.

To do so, tap the bookmark icon in the top-right menu above your profile, choose the Collections tab, and use it to start and name a new list. From then, every time you see a photo you want to save, hit the bookmark icon to bring it to the collection. (Remember: the account owner does not find out if you’ve saved one of his or her posts.)


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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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.


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!

 

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.