About This Episode

Meet Daniel Johnson, founder of Deacon Stays — a collection of curated stays near Wake Forest University. 

Daniel has always been interested in real estate and investing and started his hosting as many do in the Airbnb arbitrage arena back in 2018.

He thoroughly enjoyed the experience of hosting and was impressed by the returns STRs could generate compared to other real estate investments (Daniel is also a financial advisor that specializes in working with real estate investors).

In this episode, Daniel and I discuss: 

  • The surprising pros about building a collection of STRs near a college campus
  • How to build a brand for your STR business ON the Airbnb platform 
  • His thoughts on REITs and other more passive investment opportunities in STR funs 
  • And how he’d approach buying right now amidst a more challenging market

Connect with Daniel on LinkedIn

Book a Stay at Deacon Stays

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Also, in about 15 minutes from now, you’ll get to hear an exclusive chat I had with Tyann Marcink, an industry leader who LOVES OwnerRez.  So head on over to ownerreservations.com and give OwnerRez a good lookover!

I want to meet you all in person!

Annette and Sarah from Thanks for Visiting were kind enough to invite me to come speak at TFVCON on SEO Strategy for STR Hosts and I can’t wait to participate in this dynamic event.

I’d love to meet all you listeners in PERSON…so please consider coming to the event.  You can use the discount code “BTS” as in “Behind the Stays” at checkout for $150 off any ticket level.

About the Show

Behind the Stays is brought to you twice a week by Sponstayneous — a free, biweekly newsletter that brings subscribers the best last-minute deals and upcoming steals on Airbnb.  

You can subscribe, for free, at www.sponstayneous.com

Behind the Stays is hosted by Zach Busekrus, co-founder of Sponstayneous, you can connect with him on Twitter at @zboozee.

About the Host

Zach Busekrus

Co-Founder of Sponstayneous

Zach is the Co-Founder of Sponstayneous, a weekly newsletter that brings subscribers the best last-minute deals and upcoming steals on Airbnb. When COVID hit, he and his wife Gabby broke out of the lease on their 750-square foot apartment in Washington, DC to beta test the digital nomad lifestyle. Zach and Gabby have spent the past year living full-time on Airbnb — they've stayed in 50+ homes to date! 

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