Denver startup shorttermhousing.com kicked off a campaign to help Habitat For Humanity of metro Denver at the beginning of the month. Through the end of April for anyone who lists their home for rent, vacation rental or corporate suite shorttermhousing.com will donate $1 to Habitat Humanity. Listing your property on shorttermhousing.com is free.
“We believe people deserve options where they lay their head down at night–whether it’s for someone in need, like those that benefit from the Habitat for Humanity, or for an individual who wants to find their home away from home.”shorttermhousing.com’s founder Elia Wallen said in a statement.
shorttermhousing.com challenges already established sites like AirBnB or VRBO without charging fees and no fees or markups to travelers or property owners.
People are paying for online rental listings and I wondered, why? Would you pay to create a Facebook profile? Probably not. So, why are people paying to create a profile of their home on a property website? Because it’s the only option. So, I created an alternative, ShortTermHousing.com, and we live by three rules:
- 100% free for property listings and reservations. No hidden or back end fees.
- Open communication for everyone. Let visitors communicate on their terms.
- Adapt if a visitor suggests a change to the site, listen, and if it makes sense change.
Wallen hasn’t said anything about how they plan on monetizing their business. Wallen also owns traverlershaven.com which is a corporate focused website which finds employee’s their next temporary home. The site boasts corporate apartment housing opportunities in all 50 states and in 5,000 cities.