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Conversations with John Hildebrand

Today we’d like to introduce you to John Hildebrand.

Hi John, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My name is John Hildebrand, the founder of Hilde Homes, which is mostly a vacation rental business—I built Hilde Homes (HH) from the ground up to deliver luxury-style vacation homes to guests who desire a better way of traveling. I’ve been hosting since 2015 and am now recognized as a Plus Host and Super Host. My homes across Arizona and California have an 83% occupancy rate for bookings with more than 98% of 5-star reviews. Doing Airbnb is not just about business for me. I also ensure my guests have a comfortable and unforgettable stay throughout their reservation. Being a Superhost is not all about the status; it is also about how I provide the utmost service to my guests. I am also an official Airbnb Ambassador coaching and mentoring potential new hosts to start hosting. It’s 100% free if you haven’t hosted before on the platform, and once you join with my link, you will link to me, and I can help build your listing for success. I also just started a youtube channel to help educate more hosts.

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
This journey is new, and no, it hasn’t been a smooth road. I dove into vacation rentals and learned as much as possible by talking to people and watching youtube. When you start something new with zero experience, you are doomed to make mistakes, but you need to learn from them. One of the biggest struggles when I started, was setting up the listing on Airbnb itself. I had zero clue what I was doing and was hoping I was setting it upright. Later to learn there is a big optimized way to set up the listing for the best guests and rank on the first page. The other biggest challenge I have today is the policy in Arizona. When I started, short-term rentals were protected by the state with amazing policies. With business growing and STR in AZ, those policies have been under attack. It’s frustrating to hear so much fake news on issues that don’t have nearly as much as the news says. The neighbors that hate STR mostly don’t ever listen from the hosts themselves as they assume we are all trying to host parties which I can tell you is the last thing 99% of hosts want. The policy has been so difficult that I decide to speak up and get another amazing host to speak up. We put together two groups, and I sat on the board of both of them. The main goal is to protect STR rights, educate good hosting and share best practices. Groups are Arizonans for Responsible and Scottsdale Short Term Rental Alliance.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I have talked about some of what I do: pretty much full-time real estate investing in Short Term Rentals. I specialize in understanding the market and what would make a great STR turn profit and give guests a great experience. I mostly like to buy a fixer-upper project and design something special that I can be proud of. Honestly, I am proud that I could build this business by myself in just 2 short years to do this full time. Currently, I have 7 homes and am working on my first new build project, which will do in July. Also super proud of being an official Airbnb ambassador, which lets me help many new hosts succeed to have more financial freedom.

Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
I am a super passionate person who does things that make me happy and don’t care what others may think. That has given me so much freedom just to be myself, which shows when I work on any new project.


  • Too hard to put a price here as this depends on what part of the business someone may need help with.

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