Tiny House, Big Money

Atlanta has one of the most popular Airbnb listings in the US and to no surprise it’s a tiny house.  Tiny tree house (pictured in the featured photo).  https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1415908

Tiny houses are often viewed at cost cutters.  Downsizing to reduce cost, utilities, and upkeep.  They also have great potential for revenue.  If used as a rental unit, nightly or yearly, tiny houses can charge a premium for their unique experience and for the luxury of an entire unit with no shared spaces.  Studios and 1BR units in college cities fetch minimums of $500 a month and can be upwards of $1000 depending on the locations[1].

Tiny houses on Airbnb are very popular and can rent for $140 dollars a night on weekends.  Exceeding even the price of some hotel rooms as customers prefer the experience and personal touch of an Airbnb[2].  If not used as a primary housing, these revenues would exceed the financing to build them and would be additional income for homeowners.

[1] 1BR search on Zillow for Athens, GA and Lexington, KY as of 4/24/17

[2] Willett, M. (2016, March 8). The 10 best tiny homes you can rent on Airbnb. Retrieved from Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/best-tiny-homes-on-airbnb-2016-3/#this-rustic-chic-home-in-portland-is-350-square-feet-and-even-premiered-on-the-tv-show-tiny-house-nation-3