Data is important when it comes to real estate investing, especially when investing in Airbnb and short term rental properties. Clients often ask us for the previous short term rental income on a subject property, and rightfully so, they want to ensure that they are making a wise investment, and that the property has performed well in the past. It's historically been pretty difficult to get accurate Destin rental income from the local property management companies for a number of reasons.
1. Most of the big local rental companies do not utilize the major booking platforms like Airbnb, VRBO, etc. They rely solely on direct bookings through their respective websites. With over 150 million users on Airbnb alone, that's a lot of tourist traffic to miss out on. Due to the lack of advertising on today's most relevant booking platforms, their rental income numbers are typically significantly lower than they would be if the property had been posted on all the most up to date platforms.
2. Many of the local companies do not keep records on occupancy rate, or month over month data. It's very typical for them to only supply us with vague annual numbers, with no insight into seasonality or overall occupancy rate.
3. Most listings will not have monthly expense data to supplement the income numbers that are being shared.
The above Destin rental income data is a scrape from all properties listed on Airbnb and VRBO in 2018 inside the Destin city limits. Interested in investing in the neighboring cities like Panama City or 30A? We have that data too!
It's also always a great idea to drill down and look at the listings of your potential neighbors on Airbnb!
Short term rental income data provided by our friends at Airdna!