5 Best and Worst Airbnb Locations for Rental Arbitrage in 2019
Market research is the key to finding a profitable location for Airbnb rental arbitrage. AirDNA listed its findings for 2019 here. They use the following formula to determine the best Airbnb Arbitrage locations:
Monthly Rent – Average Monthly RevPAR (from past 12 months) = Monthly Arbitrage Potential.
The rent data is from Zumper and looks at 2-bedroom rentals only. You could use Zillow or other real estate sites to look for comparable properties.
To do your own study, this article shows step-by-step how to use AirDNA as a research tool.
5 Worst Markets to Rent and Sublease:
- Scottsdale Arizona: predicted monthly rental profit -$403
- Irving, Texas: predicted monthly rental profit -$399
- Chandler Arizona: predicted monthly rental profit -$263
- Laredo, Texas: predicted monthly rental profit -$230
- Oakland, TX: predicted monthly rental profit -$89
5 Best Markets To Rent And Sublease:
- Boston, Massachusetts, predicted monthly profit: $2588
- Honolulu, Hawaii, predicted monthly profit: $2542
- Nashville, Tennessee, predicted monthly profit: $2190
- Corpus Christi, Texas, predicted monthly profit: $1620
- Detroit, Michigan, predicted monthly profit: $1475
Please note: A city may look like it has great investment. But you have to look at individual neighborhoods as well. A city may be popular but has less desirable neighborhoods. Or, a city that seems like a bad risk, may in fact, be an up-and-coming rental market.
Our list has changed significantly since we first published this in 2017. The legislation on short term rentals is changing in many states. Potential profitability of a city is only one factor to consider.
Short-term Rental Rules Are Changing
In touristy locations like Honolulu, lawmakers are proposing rules that restrict short-term rentals. But Honolulu has high, year-round demand for tourists. That can make the returns worth the risk.
Boston, Nashville and Honolulu are in the top five markets for one-bedroom rentals. But all three are subject to changing regulations. Regulations in Boston make it difficult to run a short-term rental in certain areas, unless you’re the owner.
Despite efforts to regulate short-term rentals, Airbnb rental arbitrage is still fair game in cities like Detroit. Meanwhile, regulations in Corpus Christi aren’t enforced and the city is looking to create a legal pathway.
How accurate is the AirDNA data?
I rented my first unit February 6, 2017. By December 2017, my unit made close to $47,500.00. At that time, I calculated that I would make another $4,300, for a total of $51.8K for the year. The final number from 2018 (whole year) for this 1-bedroom was $50,499.86. So I was a little bit off.
When we compare this number to the AirDNA’s predicted revenue, it’s a little more than 5k off. So this prediction is about 90% accurate. 90% seems good to me! There are a couple of other things to consider. For example, my average daily rate is lower, but my occupancy rate is higher.
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