Hello hosts! This week’s featured host is Russell 😎
Russell rents 2 beautiful apartments in South Africa 🏜️
So, Russell, tell us, how long have you been hosting for? How and why did you start? How many properties do you manage?
7 years. We own 2 apartments, one in Cape Town and one in Plettenberg Bay.
Are you an owner or a manager? Is this a part time or full time occupation for you?
Owner. It is a part time occupation for me.
What is the best thing about hosting, and what are the biggest problems you face?
Meeting the people who love your places! The problems were double bookings before we found Syncbnb!
What is one thing you wish you knew when you started hosting?
The issues related to double bookings.
What is the most important advise/tip you would give someone interested in becoming a short term rental host?
Subscribe to a booking app – it literally takes all the stress away from managing properties.
Besides Syncbnb, are there any tools, devices or software (eg. Remote keylocks, cameras, local guide apps, power meters, etc) you use? What is your experience with them?
No we don’t use any listed.
Which channels do you list on? How much has your revenue increased since listing on multiple channels?
Booking.com and Airbnb. Our revenue went up 10x after moving away from our website listing only.
Besides listing on multiple channels, what other things can a host do to increase his/her bookings and revenue?
Word of mouth is your best investment so look after your clients!
You can find out more about Russell’s properties here:
Modern apartment with sea views
And here are a few photos to get you drooling (click for larger versions) 🧐