How To Buy An Airbnb Investment Property?


Are you thinking about investing in an Airbnb property? If so, you’re not alone. Airbnb has seen immense growth in recent years, and many savvy investors have been capitalizing on this trend. Investing in an Airbnb property has the potential to be a highly lucrative endeavor, but it requires careful planning and research.

In this blog post, we’ll cover the essential steps to take when buying an Airbnb investment property.

From understanding the rental laws in your area to calculating your return on investment, we’ll cover it all. So, let’s get started!

It’s possible to buy an Airbnb.

If you want to buy an Airbnb property, it’s possible. But there are a couple of things you should know before making your decision.

First, there are many ways to finance an Airbnb property purchase. When we talk about financing options for buying an Airbnb, we’re referring to the different ways that people can pay for the cost of their rental properties in the early stages and beyond when they don’t have enough cash on hand or need more time to raise funds.

There are two main types of financing used by investors: equity and debt-based sources.

Equity sources include:

  • Partners who will kick in some or all of their own capital in exchange for a share of the rental income; friends and family members who may be willing to provide loans based on their relationship with you;

  • Crowdfunding sites like Fundrise where small groups can invest together;

  • Private investors such as real estate professionals who work with experienced developers on commercial projects;

  • Angel investors provide seed money at very early stages when companies aren’t yet generating revenue but might have proven concepts that could make them profitable one day;

  • Venture capitalists who specialize in high-risk/high-reward scenarios (think Uber);
  • Hedge fund managers whose job is managing investments from wealthy individuals looking for higher returns than what those same individuals could get from other investment vehicles like stocks or bonds.

If you’re just getting started and you’re buying your first rental property then you’re most likely going to apply for a traditional mortgage or an FHA but then you’d have to make it your primary residence for the first 12 months.

Is buying an Airbnb a good idea?

It depends on your particular situation. Buying an Airbnb could be a good investment if you are able to purchase a property at a good price and have the financial means to cover the costs of running and maintaining the property. However, it is important to remember that running an Airbnb can be time-consuming and there are risks associated with it. You should carefully assess all of the pros and cons before making a decision.

Before you decide to buy an Airbnb, ask yourself the following questions.

  • Are you financially stable?

  • Do you have the time to live in this property full-time and manage it?

  • Will your credit score be a problem for financing?

How profitable is it to own an Airbnb in 2023?

In 2022, the answer is a resounding: “It depends.”

Like any business, owning an Airbnb is a risk. It’s a gamble that you’re going to be able to provide a service that people want and need, and that they’ll pay you enough money to cover your costs plus make a profit.

If you’re lucky enough to be in a popular vacation destination (like Hawaii or New York City), then there’s no doubt that owning an Airbnb can be very profitable. You’ll likely see lots of foot traffic through your listing, and those guests will have high expectations for comfort and quality. You’ll also benefit from the fact that most people who stay at Airbnbs are renting them for longer periods of time than hotels—meaning they’re more likely to spend some money with you on food or other amenities during their stay.

But if you’re not in a popular vacation destination—or even if you are and just don’t happen to have the best location within it—then it might be difficult to make as much as you’d like from your AirBnB.

To help you figure out whether or not buying an Airbnb is worth it for your specific situation, let’s take a look at some numbers:

  • Aspiring homeowners should expect to keep prices low until they’ve gotten enough 5-star reviews before increasing by ~3% every year thereafter. This means that if you can rent your place for $25 per night during off-peak months and $75 during high season (which runs from June through September). Of course, many locations charge more than these amounts—in fact, some properties in popular tourist areas command as much as $300 per night during peak times!

  • Now let’s talk about expenses: while homeownership doesn’t usually come with monthly mortgage payments like traditional rentals do (which makes things easier), there are still plenty of other costs associated with owning an Airbnb property such as taxes and maintenance fees (especially if tenants damage something).

Why do you want to buy an Airbnb?

If you’re interested in buying an Airbnb, it’s important to consider why you want to do so. Buying an Airbnb can be a good investment, but it can also be a way for you to travel more often or make money from your property.

While there are many reasons why people decide to buy an Airbnb, these are the top five reasons:

  • It’s a good investment!

  • You can travel more frequently!

  • You’ll meet new people!

  • You’ll earn money from your property!

  • And finally, you’ll have access to a Nice place for free

How to Buy an Airbnb

To buy an Airbnb, you have to research the market. You’ll need to do a lot of research into your neighborhood and the local laws. You should also look at the rental market in that area and how it compares with other cities in terms of price, availability, and quality. You can then use this information when negotiating with sellers.

Researching is just as important if you’re buying a home for Sale on another platform like Zillow or Trulia as it is for buying an Airbnb property—even though there’s less information available about how much money homes are worth after being used as short-term rentals!

Due to this lack of data, buyers sometimes end up paying too much for their new home because they don’t know how much others would’ve paid in similar situations (i.e., without having taken advantage of Airbnb).

Set goals and calculate the financials

To start, you need to set some goals and calculate the financials. The first step is finding out how much you want to earn from your Airbnb. This might be a lot more or less than you think—after all, if you’re going to spend money on an investment property, it should provide a return that makes sense for your situation.

Once this is determined, create a budget for operating costs (including utilities and other unexpected expenses), as well as an estimated monthly rental income. You can then determine how much you can afford to pay for an Airbnb.

Once those numbers are in place, it’s time to start looking at properties that meet your criteria and location preferences—and may even include additional amenities like off-street parking or beach access!

Pros of Airbnb Rental Properties

You can earn money by renting out your property. It’s as simple as that. If you choose to list your property on Airbnb, then you’ll make money every night that it’s booked by a guest! The average host earns between $7,000 and $8,000 per year on their Airbnbs while they’re not using them.

You can use the property yourself when you are not renting it. Most hosts who rent out their homes through Airbnb stay in their homes for about 60 days per year or less—that’s about 3-4 weeks of full-time usage before another guest moves in! The rest of the year (about 300 days), they’re making money from other people coming in to rent their homes instead of having to pay for them themselves!

Cons of Airbnb Rental Properties

The cons of Airbnb rental properties are:

  • It’s not passive income. You still have to manage the property and take care of it, just like any other home-based business. The only difference is that you can’t see your guests every day because they won’t be living with you!

  • It’s not a get-rich-quick scheme. You should treat this as an investment, but not expect to get rich overnight because that’s rarely how it happens with real estate or anything else in life.

  • Don’t invest if you don’t plan on living there yourself (or don’t have someone who will). The main benefit of being an owner/landlord is having full control over what happens in your house at all times and having someone rent from you means giving up some control over the property when they’re using it as their vacation home or office space for work meetings etc… If renting out rooms does work out for them then great!

Where to buy an Airbnb?

where to buy an Airbnb

How you should buy an Airbnb depends on what type of property you’re looking to purchase. If you’re just starting out, it makes sense to look for affordable properties that aren’t in popular areas.

The best places to buy an Airbnb investment property are the ones where there are plenty of travelers, but not enough supply. You’ll want to avoid places that have a ton of hotels or other types of accommodation because you’ll never be able to compete with them. When looking for a place to invest in, look at the number of people who travel there and then do some research on what kind of accommodations they have available. You may find that it’s cheaper to buy a house and rent it out than it is to pay a hotel bill!

The best place to buy an Airbnb is in a not-so-popular neighborhood with low competition and high demand.

The worst place to buy an Airbnb is a popular area with high competition and low demand—you won’t be able to raise the rates of your accommodation enough for it to be profitable or even break even at all!

Things to look for in a real estate investment property

There are many things to look for in an Airbnb rental property.

  1. You want to find a property that needs minimal work. You don’t want to have to do a lot of repairs and renovations before you can rent out the property.

  2. You need to look for properties that have good potential for rent increases over time. You don’t want to buy into an area where rents are stagnant or declining—that’s not going to help you increase your wealth!

  3. Look for properties that will be easy to maintain and manage once they’re rented out. If there are lots of maintenance issues with the Airbnb rentals, it will eat into your profits and may make it difficult to keep up with rent payments on time if tenants have problems with their units (like leaky roofs).

  4. Try not to get too attached! This is an investment, after all, so make sure you’re able to detach yourself emotionally from the property so that you don’t fall victim to buyer’s remorse when it comes time to sell or refinance your investment property at some point down the road.
  5. Make sure the numbers work out by running calculations on a few properties. Calculate a proper profitable investment property analysis. A few metrics to look at are:
    • Fair market value
    • Property tax
    • Agent fees, closing fees, and hidden expenses
    • Calculate expenses for a property management company
    • Gauge rental demand by talking to other Airbnb hosts and analyzing nearby Airbnb properties using a property finder tool such as Kurby.
    • Run the numbers as if it were a traditional rental property and see how it compares to a vacation rental property. This is important in case the zoning laws and regulations change and short-term rentals are no longer allowed. You want to know what traditional investment properties are earning in the area as well.
    • Cash on Cash Return – Cash on Cash Return is a metric used to measure the effectiveness of a real estate investment. It’s calculated by taking the amount of cash you’ve invested in an investment property and dividing it by the total amount of cash you’ve received from that investment.
      To calculate your Cash on Cash Return, you’ll need to know:
      1. How much money you put into your property
      2. How much rent do you collect from tenants each month?
      3. The total number of months for which you collected rent
    • Negative or positive cash flow. This is ultimately going to tell you if you have a profitable investment or not.

If it’s a short-term rental business or vacation rental business then you may want to find something that you’ll want to spend time at every now and then.

Real estate investors and property investors must be constantly revising and updating their projections and assumptions in order to maintain a profitable Airbnb business.

Check Out the Airbnb Laws and Regulations

Airbnb laws

Before you buy a home for your Airbnb, it’s important to check the local laws and regulations. This means that you need to know if there are zoning laws in place, building codes that apply to your area, and fire codes that need to be followed.

You’ll also want to make sure that the insurance requirements are met by law so that if something were ever to happen while people were staying at your property they would be covered.

The tax laws vary greatly from state to state so it’s important that you do some research into this area as well. In some cases, it might be easier than others but always do some research beforehand so you don’t end up breaking any rules or putting yourself in a bad position down the road!

Work with a local real estate agent

Working with a local real estate agent is the best way to find the perfect Airbnb for your needs. They can help you find properties that meet your criteria, and they can also make sure that any property you choose is in good condition and ready for rental.

Furthermore, they will negotiate the best price on any property of interest to you. Finally, they can assist with financing options if needed.

Use Real Estate Investment Tools and Big Data

You can find out how much the market is worth in your area by doing a little research. Use real estate investment tools, like Zillow, Trulia, and Redfin to get an idea of what homes are selling for in your neighborhood. These sites will give you data about how many homes have sold within the last six months and what price they were sold at.

They’ll also provide information about the square footage of each home and their estimated value.

Using big data from the US Census Bureau and the National Association of Realtors (NAR), you can compare your potential Airbnb listing with similar listings across the country to see where it ranks in terms of pricing relative to others like it.

The higher-priced properties typically rent better because they offer more value for money—such as extra rooms or modern amenities that attract high-paying guests—which means investing in them would likely pay off over time!

What is an Airbnb loan?

An Airbnb loan is a type of real estate loan that’s specifically made for the purchase of an Airbnb property. It’s much like any other mortgage application, but with some additional perks and stipulations that are unique to Airbnb investing. 

Questions you should ask before buying an Airbnb?

When you’re thinking of buying an Airbnb, there are a few questions you should ask yourself before making the leap.

  • What is the average Airbnb income in my city?

  • What is the average Airbnb income in my neighborhood?

  • How much competition do I have in my area?

  • What is the average Airbnb income in my city compared to other cities?

Buying an Airbnb is not as easy as it seems.

While there are many advantages to buying an Airbnb, it’s not as easy as it seems. There are a lot of things to consider and laws and regulations that you need to be aware of. You’ll also need to do a lot of research, including knowing the area well and learning about the local real estate market.


I hope this article has given you a good idea about how to buy an Airbnb property and run a successful Airbnb business. Real estate investing is certainly not an easy profession and we wish you the best of luck on your journey to becoming a successful real estate investor!

If you have any questions about the process, feel free to leave a comment below or ask me on Twitter!

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