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Week of April the 29th

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New York City report pins millions in rent hikes on Airbnb

A report from the New York City Comptroller’s office asserts that New York residents are paying hundreds of millions in extra rent linked to the effects of Airbnb . Naturally, the company bitterly rejects these findings.

The report, which you can read here, is fairly straightforward. It looks at hundreds of neighborhoods and their various demographics and characteristics, along with how much their rents rose over the last 10 years or so. It finds that when controlling for other variables, Airbnb contributes to a part of the rise on its own:

“We find that as the share of units listed on Airbnb goes up by one percentage point, rental rates in the neighborhood go up by 1.58 percent, after controlling for neighborhood level demographic and economic changes. The result is statistically significant at the 1-percent level.”

NaturistBnB offers clothing-optional escapes 

If getting naked is your thing, then what better time to shed those layers than on vacation? Just ask Petri and Minna Karjalainen, the co-founders of NaturistBnB, an Airbnb-style booking tool for nudists. Whether you want to sunbathe on a terrace in the nude or enjoy a slice of city life in the buff, their new website has it all. "I think it's a really cool opportunity to go to these interesting cities and meet some like-minded people and stay together with them," Petri Karjainen tells CNN Travel.

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Airbnb for gyms: Boulder-based Flex brings sharing economy to fitness industry

Janine Shea wants to pay you for skipping your workouts. It's likely something you're doing already. A full 67 percent of paying gym members don't go, said Shea and a 2017 report from market research firm Statistic Brain. Even in fitness-obsessed Boulder, no-shows are, according to Shea, a problem. Which leads to a lot of canceled memberships. Gyms have an attrition rate of about 50 percent, among the highest of any industry. "It's better, certainly, in Boulder," said Shea. "But even in Boulder, gyms have to win back half their customers every year. It's a constant sales cycle."

Putting Your House On Airbnb? What To Know Before Hosting As A Homeowner

Offering flexibility and an added revenue stream, Airbnb hosting can be a tempting opportunity for homeowners. Make money off space you’re not using? It seems like an obvious way to get the most from your home buying investment.

Currently, more than 2.5 million people have listed their properties—or portions of them—on the site, making an average of $20,000-plus a year (or more, depending on the location), according to research by Smart Asset. For Americans specifically, Airbnb director of public affairs Nick Papas says the average host makes about $7,200 a year sharing their home on the site.

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