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home&garden NE W JERSEY
COZY HIDEAWAY Robin Salasin Metz’s 140-square-foot cabin is designed to help guests wind down
and get away. Inside, there’s no TV or WiFi. Outside, the cabin skirts a picturesque lake and miles of hiking
trails. Metz believes her Airbnb—located in Cape May Courthouse, close to the Cape May beaches— is “a
real benefit to the community. We thrive on tourism in this area, and there’s enough to go around.”
Be Our Guest
Many Jersey homeowners
are enjoying success as
Airbnb hosts. Here’s
how to turn your home or
apartment into a cash cow.
By Lauren Payne
ten years ago, few homeowners would
even consider the notion of taking in
borders or renting their home for the
weekend. Then along came Airbnb, an
online service that allows you to seamlessly rent a room, an apartment or an
entire house to short-term guests. Virtually overnight, it became simple, safe,
profitable—even fun—to share your digs
with total strangers.
Launched in 2008, Airbnb now offers
bookings in 191 countries, totaling 4 million listings—more than the top five hotel
brands combined, according to Business
Insider. Listings are free. Airbnb takes
a 3 percent commission of every booking from the host, and 5-15 percent from
guests. Each listing shows photos of the
property and details of local amenities.
Guests are encouraged to rate their stays;
good ratings increase a location’s profile.
Hosts, in turn, are encouraged to rate
A verified ID system confirms the hosts’
and the guests’ identities, assuring safety.
The system helps hosts set pricing by
indicating averages in their area. There
is no exchange of money in person; the
guest pays in full when booking.
Airbnb’s listings stretch around the
globe. New Jersey alone has more than
300 Airbnbs. You can find anything from
a private room in an urban condo to an
11-bedroom house at the Shore.
Naturally, it takes some preparation
to list your home—and good practices to
climb the ratings ladder. We asked two
top-rated Garden State Airbnb hosts to
share their success stories.