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February 27, 2019


J. Mir



Think of it as a 'fee'. That always makes it easier to swallow. Not.


Maybe i'm missing something, but how does Airbnb add to the demand of potable water?


Interesting background on AIRBNB.

Our 12 unit apt is currently allotting 2 units to this function as a test case. Will let you know how it works out.


Waterworks cannot connect more people in houses with more water being used? Really?


From today's WSJ and a possible candidate for the "who are you going to believe? me or your own eyes?" file:

Short-term vacation rentals haven’t significantly contributed to the rise in American housing costs, according to a nationwide study by Oxford Economics that was commissioned by booking website Expedia Group Inc.

In the first such study to cover every U.S. county where data was available, the report found that over a four-year period only 0.2 percentage point of the 4.3% rise in inflation-adjusted rent could be attributed to the effects of short-term rentals. For home sales, the increase amounts to less than $9 on the average monthly mortgage payment.

Expedia is the owner of short-term vacation rental platform Vrbo, one of the larger short-term brands in a growing field that includes Airbnb, Sonder and others. Oxford Economics is an Oxford, U.K.-based forecasting and quantitative analysis firm that said it compiled a data set with more than 70 variables for the study.

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