Airbnb guests feel right at home in Portland
Expect some TLC for your out-of-town visitors if they book a place at Airbnb for their stay.
In a plum for the local tourism industry, a national survey just rated Portland's Airbnb hosts tops in the nation, with nightly rents among the lowest.
Portland scored atop the rankings for Cities with Best Hosts and No. 5 for Best Cities for Renters, in a national survey conducted by IPX1031. The survey, based on cities with 150,000 or more residents, relied on raw data supplied by AirDNA, which analyzes information from the Airbnb website. IPX1031 is owned by Fidelity National Financial Co.
Portland scored as the city with the best Airbnb hosts by virtue of having the highest percentage of "Superhosts" in the market, fully 57 percent.
"I'm very proud of that statistic," said Debi Hertert, a leader of Host2Host, a Portland-based trade group of short-term rental hosts that promotes "best practices."
San Francisco-based Airbnb has told the trade group that Portland actually has the highest share of Superhosts in the world, Hertert said.
To earn a Superhost designation, an Airbnb host has to meet several performance indicators, including: not canceling any guests for an entire year, user ratings of at least 4.8 on a scale of 5, and a 90 percent response rate to people inquiring about space availability.
Some tourists planning stays at Airbnb will filter the search to only consider Superhosts, Hertert said.
Those are the kinds of hosts that try to make people feel at home, engaging with them and often leaving them treats, said Chris Onstott, a Portland Airbnb host with a property near Northeast Alberta Street.
People in Portland "are just really into community and providing the right experience," said Onstott, who, along with his partner Leah Nash, earned Superhost status. "I think you get a little bit more for your money here."
Several on the Best Cities for Renters list are in the Northwest.
Spokane, Wash. ranked No. 1, followed by Vancouver, Wash. at No. 2 and Eugene at No. 3. Portland scored No. 5, Boise was No. 11 and Seattle was No. 13.
To score high on that list, cities had to have a high share of Superhosts and relatively low prices.
Portland's low average price has something to do with the popularity of being an Airbnb host here, Onstott said. "The competition is pretty stiff," he said. "That definitely drives prices down a little bit."
Onstott and Nash are both freelance photographers. Being an Airbnb host fits in well with the "gig culture" here, he said.
"There is definitely a surplus here" of Airbnb hosts, Nash said, causing downward pressure on nightly rental rates. On social media, some hosts are talking about what a slow market it's been, and she hears about some switching from short-term rentals to longer-term rentals.
Still, "it's been very good to us," Nash said. She and Onstott built a small 380-square-foot accessory dwelling unit on their lot nearly three years ago, and have used it for short-term rentals.
"We'll be able to pay off the building we built in five years, maybe six years," she said.
To see the survey results: https://www.ipx1031.com/best-cities-to-buy-airbnb-investment-property/