20 Top-Rated STR Podcasts for Vacation Rental Hosts

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By The Hospitable Team

Between a mountain of unanswered guest communications and reams of paperwork, hosting vacation rentals can be overwhelming. But sometimes you have to take a step backward to move forward.

To help you take stock, get inspired, and improve day-to-day operations at your short-term rental (STR) business, we’ve put together a list of the best podcasts to check out in 2023. 

Hosted by industry veterans and packed with actionable insights, these entertaining shows will help you work more effectively, increase occupancy, and improve your guest experience.

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1. Get Paid for Your Pad

Cover image for the Get Paid for Your Pad podcast, with illustrations of flight paths and people exchanging money for keys.
Get Paid for Your Pad has over 500 episodes to choose from.

The Get Paid for Your Pad podcast is hosted by Jasper Ribbers and features interviews with experts in the STR world twice a week. Jasper has rented properties on Airbnb since 2012 and recently came on our own podcast to chat about hosting remotely while living as a digital nomad.

What you’ll learn

  • The latest trends in the STR industry
  • How to use Airbnb for maximum ROI
  • Tips for scaling your brand

Episodes normally last 40-45 minutes

Publishes a new episode every Monday and Friday

Where to find it

2. The Hosting Journey

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The Hosting Journey is divided into episodes for new and experienced hosts.

The Hosting Journey podcast is helmed by Airbnb Superhost and coach Evelyn Badia as she shares her high-level advice on STR life. Evelyn is a veteran of the business, having rented rooms on Airbnb since 2010 and is a popular speaker at events such as Airbnb Open.

What you’ll learn

Episodes normally last 15-20 minutes

Publishes a new episode weekly

Where to find it

3. Airbnb Investment Properties Podcast

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David Leroux has been investing in real estate since he was 25.

The Airbnb Investment Properties Podcast offers bite-sized advice for real estate investors interested in buying, renting, or subletting Airbnb investment properties. The show is hosted by Airbnb Superhost David Leroux who owns 25+ properties in 5 different parts of the world. 

What you’ll learn

Episodes normally last 5 minutes

Publishes a new episode daily

Where to find it

4. Vacation Rental Machine 

Thumbnail for the podcast Vacation Rental Machine with an illustration of a house in place of the letter “a” in “rental”.
Vacation Rental Machine has a recent episode covering Airbnb’s AirCover feature.

The Vacation Rental Machine podcast is all about automating your STR business, allowing you to free up more time and money. It’s hosted by Julian Sage and Jon Bell, successful STR property owners who run Shortterm Sage, a training program with resources and strategies to get you started with short-term rentals.

What you’ll learn

Episodes normally last 5-10 minutes

Publishes a new episode bimonthly

Where to find it

5. STR Unlocked

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STR Unlocked started just 4 months ago yet already has 14 episodes under its belt.

The STR Unlocked podcast is hosted by April and Nathan, a power couple of Airbnb Superhosts who self-manage STR properties. The podcast focuses on their journey to becoming property managers and how you can get started. For example, their last episode discussed the surprises they faced when owning their first property.

What you’ll learn

  • How to overcome the challenges of starting an STR business
  • Pricing strategies
  • Managing guest expectations

Episodes normally last 25-30 minutes

Publishes a new episode weekly

Where to find it

6. The Short Term Show

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Avery’s podcast is part of her STR acquisition company The Short Term Shop.

The Short Term Show podcast is hosted by Avery Carl, an expert in short-term rentals who started with one property and now has 42. On the show Avery, who last year made it onto our list of must-follow short-term rental influencers, interviews industry experts to help share their success.

What you’ll learn

Episodes normally last 40-50 minutes

Publishes a new episode weekly

Where to find it

7. BiggerPockets Real Estate

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The BiggerPockets Real Estate podcast has been going strong for almost 10 years.

On the BiggerPockets Real Estate podcast, David Greene and Rob Abasolo interview real estate entrepreneurs and investors about their successes and failures. While the show’s in-depth conversations and news analysis are broadly focused on real estate, they often include super useful STR industry insights.

What you’ll learn

  • Future investment trends 
  • How to spend less time managing your properties 
  • Tips on building a better rental property portfolio

Episodes normally last 60-70 minutes

Publishes a new episode every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday

Where to find it

8. Techsplained with The Guest Innspector

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The Techsplained podcast has featured representatives from Price Labs, Auto Host, and Jetstream.

The Techsplained with The Guest Innspector podcast takes a unique approach to STR podcasting and focuses on the software available in the vacation rental industry. Each week host Deborah Labi sits down with accommodation software and service providers to find out what they have to offer. 

Not content with one value-packed podcast, Deborah has a second that explores eco-friendly vacation rentals called The Green Path podcast and she recently spoke to us about ways to make your STR business more sustainable

What you’ll learn

  • The latest in STR technology
  • What to look for in accommodation software platforms 
  • Ways to automate repetitive, time-consuming tasks

Episodes normally last 20-30 minutes

Publishes a new episode every Tuesday

Where to find it

9. Hosting Your Home

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The Hosting Your Home podcast is all about the human side of STR hosting.

The Hosting Your Home podcast is run by Debi Hertert, STR owner and founder of Host2Host, a support network for the vacation rental host community. On the podcast, Debi interviews STR hosts and the odd industry expert about their stories and experiences.

What you’ll learn

  • Perspectives from under-represented groups in the industry
  • How to build your brand and engage guests on Airbnb
  • Advice for hosts starting out in the industry

Episodes normally last 25-35 minutes

Publishes a new episode monthly

Where to find it

10. Thanks for Visiting

Thumbnail for the podcast Thanks for Visiting with a photo of hosts Annette Grant and Sarah Karakaian sitting on a green sofa.
Annette and Sarah also have a strong social media presence where they share short, informative videos.

Thanks for Visiting is an STR podcast co-hosted by Annette Grant and Sarah Karakaian. Sarah has six Airbnbs and her own boutique hosting business, Stay Awhile Hosting Co. Annette is an Airbnb Superhost who runs four short-term rentals. On the show, they share actionable advice for running an STR property and interview big-name guests. 

What you’ll learn

  • Life hacks for doing your own housekeeping
  • Accounting and advice on growing your business
  • Health and safety tips

Episodes normally last 40-50 minutes

Publishes a new episode weekly

Where to find it

11. Short Term Rental Secrets Podcast

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The Short Term Rental Secrets podcast started in 2020 and has since racked up 128 episodes.

Short Term Rental Secrets trains and mentors real estate investors so they can launch, automate, and scale their STR portfolios. The podcast, co-hosted by Mike Sjogren and Emanuele Pani, features interviews with leading voices in pricing, investment, and vacation rental management.

What you’ll learn

  • Pricing strategies
  • Growing your business with social media
  • How to make your listings stand out

Episodes normally last 35-45 minutes

Publishes a new episode weekly

Where to find it

12. The STRU Podcast

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In 2016 host Richard Fertig made over $500,000 in rental income.

The STRU Podcast is hosted by Richard Fertig, founder of the Short Term Rental University (STRU) educational platform for rental businesses. Richard brings his experience as a former $4B hedge-fund manager to the STR world and shares his experiences with Airbnb.

What you’ll learn

  • Advice on listing your home while on vacation
  • How to rank higher on Airbnb
  • The ins and outs of STR insurance

Episodes normally last 45-60 minutes

Publishes a new episode monthly

Where to find it

13. The Property Podcast 

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The Property Podcast has over 880 episodes to its name.

The Property Podcast offers up news and practical resources for property investors and has been going strong for an impressive 10 years. Co-hosts Rob Bence and Rob Dix primarily cover the real estate industry but the podcast includes tons of useful information for STR hosts.

What you’ll learn

Episodes normally last 20-30 minutes

Publishes a new episode biweekly

Where to find it

14. Sarah and T

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Sarah and T was the first podcast made to cater specifically to professional vacation rental managers.

The Sarah and T podcast follows co-hosts Sarah Bradford and Tim Cafferty on their journey through the everyday challenges facing the professional STR manager. And these two have certainly seen it all—Sarah and Tim have founded companies that saw them manage over 500 properties combined.

What you’ll learn

  • Invaluable insights from industry conferences
  • Your questions answered live
  • How to select the right homeowners to pitch to

Episodes normally last 25-35 minutes

Publishes a new episode bimonthly

Where to find it

15. Vacation Rental Success

Cover image for the podcast Vacation Rental Success with an illustration of a house surrounded by trees and bushes.
On a recent episode of Vacation Rental Success the host and her guest covered ecommerce and Google Analytics’ role in increasing STR revenue.

The Vacation Rental Success podcast is hosted by Heather Bayer, writer of Renting Your Recreational Property for Profit and CEO of a lucrative cottage rental agency. The show includes actionable insights into every aspect of the business and interviews with STR experts and vacation homeowners.

What you’ll learn

  • How to go above and beyond with guest hospitality
  • Ways to leverage analytics data to boost revenue
  • Turning lookers into bookers

Episodes normally last 45-55 minutes

Publishes a new episode monthly

Where to find it

16. Rental Property Owner & Real Estate Investor

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This podcast features interviews with STR hosts but also flippers, brokers, legal advisors, and insurance providers.

The Rental Property Owner & Real Estate Investor podcast comes from the Rental Property Owner Association, which for 45 years has been providing support to real estate investors and rental property owners. Host Brian Hamrick, of Hamrick Investment Group, interviews special guests to provide you with tips on becoming a more confident rental owner and real estate investor. 

What you’ll learn

  • Alternative STR strategies
  • How to deal with property damage
  • Ways to BRRR and flip properties for maximum profit

Episodes normally last 20-30 minutes

Publishes a new episode every Monday

Where to find it

17. Unlocked by Matt Landau

Cover image for the podcast Unlocked with illustrations of cartoon people taking apart a house.
The host of Unlocked, Matt Landau, is also the founder of VRMB, a community for STR hosts

The Unlocked podcast lets you peek behind the curtain as VRMB founder Matt Landau interviews leading vacation rental professionals. The podcast aims to share STR best practices, with the latest episode seeing Matt interview Brian Olson about prioritizing the well-being of your team.

What you’ll learn

Episodes normally last 40-60 minutes

Publishes a new episode weekly

Where to find it

18. Into The Airbnb

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In a recent episode Into The Airbnb interviewed an Airbnb host from Tampa, Florida.

Into The Airbnb is a podcast from Airbtics, an Airbnb analytics platform, featuring interviews with Airbnb hosts sharing their personal STR stories. The show offers great advice for getting started in the business but also a ton of tips and insights for current hosts to improve their skills.

What you’ll learn

Episodes normally last 15-35 minutes

Publishes a new episode weekly

Where to find it

19. The No BS Short-term Rental Podcast

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The No BS Short-term rental podcast focuses on inclusion and culture.

The No BS Short-term Rental Podcast does what it says on the tin and offers listeners straightforward advice for STR hosts. Co-Hosts Mateo Bradford and John Stokinger cover current news and affairs and frequently interview thought leaders from the industry.

What you’ll learn

  • The technology driving the future of vacation rentals
  • How to use social media and outside-the-box marketing to build your brand
  • Setting up liability insurance for amenities

Episodes normally last 40-50 minutes

Publishes a new episode weekly

Where to find it

20. Short Term Rental Riches

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Short Term Rental host Tim Hubbard has successfully accommodated over 15,000 guests during his STR career.

In the Short Term Rental Riches podcast host Tim Hubbard, CEO of a seven-figure STR management company, shares insider tips you need to know to help you acquire, manage, and scale a successful vacation rental business. For example, in the latest episode, he unpacked the merits of Airbnb’s ‘Instant Book’ option.

What you’ll learn

  • How to get your negative reviews removed
  • Ways to get Airbnb Superhost status
  • How to deal with difficult Airbnb guests

Episodes normally last 10-20 minutes

Publishes a new episode weekly

Where to find it

Inspiration for the future of your vacation rental business

Whether you’re just getting started in the world of short-term rentals, are looking for ways to improve daily operations, or want to scale your portfolio, these podcasts are jam-packed with inspiration. 

Take the actionable tips and insights that are right for your business and put them to practice for success in 2023 and beyond.

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