The Ultimate Airbnb is an Entire Country – Welcome to Sweden!

Sweden is nothing if not an enterprising country that really gets social media and this whole internet thing. After all, it’s the nation that brought us the Curators of Sweden, a project which in part handed over the official Swedish Twitter account to a different citizen for a week. It was very cool for a few months, then suddenly, it wasn’t. link :

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That’s not to say that the idea of the project wasn’t amazing; after all, Sweden is a beautiful and unique Scandinavian country with a fantastic culture. That’s why Sweden recently listed itself, the whole country, on Airbnb! They’re inviting the whole world to come to the nation and explore freely, an experience called “allemansrätten,” or “the freedom to roam.”

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The listing reads, “Allemansrätten… is a principle protected by Swedish law that gives all people the right to be free in Swedish nature. In other words, Swedish nature isn’t just a piece of land with trees and lakes and cliffs – it’s a home with all the necessities and amenities that any great home should have.” Not the least of which is spectacular views, by the way. The photos on the listing are breathtakingly beautiful, and the listing provides info on nine separate regions of the country, to get your journey off the ground.

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We’re already backing our bags, and the listing has only been up for a few days! But with promises of warm hospitality and boundless natural wonders, we’re kicking ourselves that we haven’t visited sooner! As the ad says, “It’s a place where you can eat berries from the ground, sleep under the stars, swim in the lakes and roam freely.” Count us in!

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AirBnb Stays True to Their Word About Exacerbating Housing Shortages

In late 2015, revolutionary home-rental service Airbnb promised to work with cities who claimed that the online platform was exacerbating housing shortages in their neighborhoods. Over a year later, it appears that Airbnb has taken steps towards that end, most notably in Europe.

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In major European cities like London and Amsterdam, the housing shortage is a real concern, with demand driving the price of rentals higher every month. Home-share companies like Airbnb have been accused of making that problem worse because property owners are renting to short-term tourists instead of long-term residents. Those two cities actually have laws limiting the amount of time a homeowner can rent their property per year to short-term customers – 90 and 60 days, respectively.

Though those laws have been in place for a while, city officials were finding it hard to enforce them without the aid of Airbnb, who had previously been reluctant to join forces with them. However, recently the company has changed it’s tune, and is now pledging to bar renters on their site from exceeding those limits in London and Amsterdam. This is seen as a major victory for those in charge of meeting housing challenges head on in Europe.

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“This action should help ensure London gains the economic benefits of tourism that Airbnb creates without putting pressure on our housing supply,” said Tom Copley, a London politician. While hotels might continue to grumble about the volume of business Airbnb steals from them each year, it is undeniable that the cheaper, homier travel options the company provides has encouraged tourism like never before. Now that Airbnb has is actively working with city governments, that boom can only continue to grow.

 

What to Look For When Booking an AirBnb

Most people know what AirBnb is, but a lot have yet to book their first stay on the site that has revolutionized the travel industry. For those of you who aren’t aware, AirBnb allows guests to book rooms (or houses) to stay in from actual people with real, non-hotel-related jobs. It’s a short term, rent-a-room service that allows for cheap stays and a unique look into the daily lives of the place you’re visiting. It’s definitely worth a try if you’re planning on going somewhere on a budget – just follow these five rules to make your first trip go smoothly!

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  1. Think about what you need from your stay. If money is your top concern and you don’t mind sharing a room with a stranger, look for roomshare. If you want a whole house to yourself, double check to make sure the places you’re looking at won’t be shared by your host. Know what you want and have a list of priorities to look for.
  2. Check out reviews. All the reviews on AirBnb are provided from people who stayed at the property, so they’re pretty trustworthy. Also look for information about how your host approaches their position. Are they friendly or hands off? Do they invite their guests along to things or give them space? And which do you want?
  3. Reach out to the host before sending a booking. It may be standard practice to just make a decision about a hotel and try to book it, but this is someone’s home. Reach out to them with a little message, give them a chance to have an impression of you, and then decide after that interaction (however small!) if you want to try and book their place.
  4. Ask questions and build a rapport with your host. This builds off #3, but it bears repeating. Tell the host why you want to visit the city, if you’ll have guests, ask how big the bed is, etc… Giving your host an idea of what you want is a good way of helping them figure out if their home is a good fit for you.
  5. Relax! Get to the property you booked and take it easy. You’re on vacation, most likely, so you shouldn’t be worried or stressed at all. Most hosts have been doing this for a while and know that you’re probably jet lagged and turned around, and will allow you to get re-situated. They just want you to have a good time at their place, and a good time on your vacation!

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Airbnb Is Teaming Up With Realtor.com To Let Home Buyers Try Out Their Homes Before Purchase

Since it’s launch in 2008, Airbnb has revolutionized the way people travel by allowing people to directly market and list their homes or rooms for rent as short-term lodging. With options ranging from shared rooms to castles, in over 91+ countries, you can find just about anything to make your travels magical. In fact you would be hard pressed to find anyone under the age of 40 who hasn’t stayed at or listed their place on Airbnb.

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But Airbnb isn’t satisfied with just turning the hotel industry on its head, Airbnb is partnering with organizations like realtor.com to step into the world of real estate. How does that work? Potential buyers shopping on Realtor.com would have the chance to test out the property they are considering purchasing for for a few nights to help them decide whether it is the right home and neighborhood for them.

No one wants to make one of the biggest purchases of their life only to spend their first night in their place and realize the neighborhood is creepy or loud or just just not a good fit.

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When customers visit Realtor.com, not only will the get to browse all sorts of listings, they’ll also have the option to “Airbnb before buying.” Airbnb and Realtor.com hope that their new partnership will not only enhance the overall home buying experience, but also help to ease customers into homeownership in their new neighborhoods.

Buying a home is stressful, trying before they buy could help to alleviate some of the stress that comes along with the decision making process.

“It’s enabling them to try before they buy,” said Ryan O’Hara, CEO of Move, the parent company of Realtor.com. “We’re helping people make better choices on the biggest decision of their lives.” Chip Conley, head of Airbnb’s global strategy is stoked about the new partnership too saying, “We’ll be able to allow potential homeowners the special opportunity to experience those neighborhoods as if they already live there — before making the decision to buy.”

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Travel made easy, home buying made a bit easier. What’s next?