The past week had a few big news headlines for Airbnb and homesharing.
First up: Prop F in San Francisco failed and this is great news for Airbnb hosts! This proposal was opening up Airbnb hosts, and platforms like Airbnb, to more lawsuits, as well as large fines.
Now yes, I agree that we need some type of regulation, but not something that forces communities and neighbors against each other. Finding a way to be in harmony is the best option. The biggest issue for regulating the home sharing industry will be enforcement. This industry is not going away, so cities that are smart will adopt early and find a way to make this work.
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Next, Expedia Acquires Airbnb Rival HomeAway for $3.9 Billion. To put that into monetary perspective versus Airbnb, when Airbnb did its last investment cash raise, the valuation was at $25+ Billion. Homeaway also owns a portfolio of other rental sites, including VRBO.com and VacationRental.com in the U.S., as well as similar sites in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand. It also operates BedandBreakfast.com.
Why is this important? For two reasons.
First, it is a signal that the Vacation Rental space is becoming more and more attractive to big money. When large corporations like Expedia start making acquisitions of this size in an industry that means there are big things coming. Yes, Airbnb does have a newly strengthened rival to deal with, but that’s okay, Airbnb is resilient!
Second, and more importantly, Airbnb now has a big ally in the legal ring. Now they don’t have to go in alone to fight on these regulation issues. For Expedia’s best interest, they will be advocating and spending for laws that align with the interests of Airbnb. Will it be a huge bump in help? Not sure, but there may be some type of synergy there.
What does this all mean?
It means that this homesharing/shareconomy space is getting hot. There are more and more people jumping in every day. And with more people, comes more attention, and ultimately more innovation. I’m excited to see what the next 6 months and even 12 months will hold.
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This article was written by Jim Breese. Jim is an Airbnb expert and creator of LearnAirbnb.com, a premium source of information to help you become a smarter Airbnb host.