Shampoo & Booze 4: Airbnb Amsterdam Party Flats vs Sleepy Portuguese Villas

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While hanging out in Amsterdam, we talk with our good friend Mark about his experiences with Airbnb. He's seen all sides of the business- from renting places all over the world, to working for one of the biggest Airbnb managers in The Netherlands, to renting out his grandparents' sleepy villa in the Portugal countryside.

The questions we wonder are: will people rent any space just because it's available? Do renters care if an apartment is run by an impersonal management company or do they expect a personal touch? We'd love to hear your experience in the comments.

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  1. Funny because I was just listening to an NPR story the other day about how you can buy an entire village for the cost of a home because of exactly what Mark was talking about in the beginning of the podcast.

    Buy an Entire Village in Spain

    1. yes, that sounds very similar to Portugal. i'm hoping that since that makes it more accessible so young people want to invest in it. sounds like some parts of the US now that i think about it.

    2. The differences are quite diverse. Interesting podcast!

      Debbie in L.A. (Burbank)

  2. Hey Jay and Ryanne, I saw this story and thought of you....

  3. Loved this podcast and the story about his house in Portugal. We are Polish and I came here with my parents when I was just under 7 years old (now 40). My parents went back in 1997 and actually sold our house. Boy I wish they hadn't, cause it is in a very touristy area. Right near the mountains and tons of people from the cities come and stay. My brother moved back near there about 10 years ago, so at least I have a place to stay when I visit! :)