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    Nikolas Archanco

    Hi, I am Nikolas from northern Spain where I am the owner of a property just a few steps of the sea.

    I am partner of Bdc since october 2017 and I want to share my experience and see how other partners experience can help me improving new ideas and solutions.

    Hope I can give as much as I expect to receive, confidence is the clue of this days and I want to work that way with Bdc and all partners.

    Enjoy your day!!

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    michael beeston

    Hello Nicolas and Aaltje.    both sound cooool !!!.Love the story of the "ice-breaking" creatures........

     

    I live in another Paradise.!!!!     Surfers Paradise Queensland Australia.

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    Mashi Niwarthana

    Hi, I'm Gimashi Niwarthana from Srilanka. 

    we have a small guest House which is situated near to Tissa lake. We just have five rooms with air con and hot water. We run this as a family business and we just want to give our best to the guests who come to stay with us. 

    we host this since 2008. 

    The best feedback I have ever heard about the food.

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    Timtan 25

    Hi guys,

    Im Gladys and Im from the Philippines. I host a 1 unit condo at Azure near the Airport in Manila.

    Just new in the business and hoping that I will get more bookings here in addition to my airbnb bookings. Im just actually waiting for the verification code sent  to my address. 

    Thanks and have a great day ahead everybody

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    Aaltje B.

    we have the unit attached to the house on a farm. Rural, views, fresh air, isolated, quiet, green paddocks all over, and if lucky- the cows for a day chewing away the grass until moved to next paddock. We bring the cows to the food instead of food to cows. That's hubby's job. 

    We host since 2003 but all voluntary. Since end 2015 we host commercially. We changed our old garage into a unit - a compact all in one apartment or modern chalet with lots of plywood inside. 

    We still smell the wood when we come in. 

    We have had amazing people coming to stay. Mainly sporty types who love to hike (walk) and explore in the area (Catlins) So we made the beds as good as we could, so people can rest well. 

    Our cat and dog are wonderful, naturally "ice-breaking" creatures. 

    Our best comment was from someone lately, who just didn't like to leave. She loved it so much. I think it's the peaceful environment that adds to it all, the native bush with the birds. 

    The freedom, the space, A little bit of paradise.  we love it as do our guests. 

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    Aaltje B.

    oooh yeah, would love to hop over one day :) 

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    michael beeston

    always welcome !!!

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    michael beeston

    "M" ..what a wonderful wonderful idea.lets talk to Booking.com for a special price on airplanes and COME OVER..the more the merrier !!!.............Katerinka..a question.?? .Do we have enough Champagne to start the day or night hahahaha..and Yes !! Pat we have plenty of cold cold Beer as well.............

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    michael beeston

    Thats the problem..the Fridge is ALSO FULL !!!!.and they are cool under the sink !!! hahaha.

     

    Katerinka......Is that enough bottles to start !!

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    michael beeston

    hahaha  Damn good idea !!!.with everyone coming I will need three new fridges !!!

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    Ccn234

    Hi I'm new to BDC and I wanted to ask how you deal with security deposit. On AIRBNB and VRBO  they take a security deposit and return it after guests leave the property in tact. It's very inconvenient to get cash security deposit when guests arrive. 

     

    Any thoughts would be appreciated

     

    Thanks 

     

    claudia

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    Aaltje B.

    Hi,  Ccn234   The security deposit is done via credit card at the time of booking. I have never heard or the cash situation before. 

    Could other partners share their experiences with BDC, please. 

    Hope you get that sorted soon. 

    Greetings, 

    Ella B. 

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    Maryternus

    Hi Everybody!

    I'm Mary T from Maine, USA.

    I've been traveling with Booking for the past few years (I am a 'genius', haha!)  I can't wait to get to Greece, and Sri Lanka, Liverpool, and back to lovely Australia and Toronto, and and and ... Your places all sound wonderful.

    We host just one apartment over my working art studio and gallery on the Main Street in one of the quaintest towns in Coastal Maine, on Mt. Desert Island -- we are surrounded by ocean and Acadia National Park.  Had a super-busy season last year with Airbnb, but I'm listing here and VRBO to meet some different travelers out there!  Have only been on this site for a couple of weeks, but I already like what I see -- this community, etc.

    Best comment from a guest last year was "This is THE MOST artistic Airbnb I have ever seen!"  Haha, loved it!

    Cheers and best wishes, we have a snowstorm out there -- which is also pretty in Maine!

    Mary T

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    Aaltje B.

    Hi MaryT.  You will love to meet all those other hosts and see the rooms and you will learn from every one of them. That is what I like about travelling places myself too. 

    I will look up your domain in Maine, haha 

    love artistic places. 

     

    Stay warm!! 

     

    Greetings,

    Aaltje B. New Zealand.

     

     

     

     

     

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    Aaltje B.

    Hi Mary. 

    You are in a very artistic environment there in Maine. ( I looked it up)  Lots of galleries and lovely places to choose from. This panel will help you how to stand out from the crowd with your unit.

    Wishing you lots of inspiration, enjoyment and great connections on the platform. 

    Off cleaning up and preparing now. Next guests arriving this afternoon again. 

    Oh and PS Don't forget New Zealand / Catlins, it is absolutely beautiful down here with a fantastic gallery in Owaka too. 

    Greetings, 

    Aaltje B

     

     

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    michael beeston

    Ccn234..............Hi and welcome....I have never taken a security deposit but take a 30% deposit when the guests make the reservation.................the balance is payable when the guest arrive.I normally take the money out of their credit card the day before arrival  and when I do the meet and greet there is No problem or possible embarrassment with the credit card (it works PERFECT)...In Australia we have landlord insurance ( $120 dollars a year) which covers loss of rent/breakage/replacement of almost everything) so it is peace of mind for us and takes away the issue of a security deposit...............I know different countries have different strokes BUT for us it is and never has been a problem...One broken glass in 3 years !!!!...............I am sure other Forum members will give you some more ideas....All the very best Michael.

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    Ccn234

    Thanks for the advise Michael. Unfortunately the property is in Cyprus and I in USA. I have a person who takes care of the property but not very convenient to take reservation balance or security deposits. The Insurance idea is great. I will inquire in Cyprus.

     

    Thanks again

     

    Regards,

     

    Claudia

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    Casapalomabandb

    Hello from the US! My name is Katie abd my husband Ray and I just opened our family home for biz as Casa Paloma B&B in October. We are located in Southern Arizona about 20 miles north of the Mexican border. We offer our whole main house (5800 sq ft - sorry, not sure what that is in meters) to our guests including 2 suites and one Queen Room with private bath across the hall. We do a full breakfast every morning that might be pecan waffles, cinnamon French toast casserole, Buenas Dias egg casserole, homemade breads and jams.
    We live with our two dogs Rosie and Emmy in a casita (small house) attached to the guest laundry room at the back of the property.
    It’s been a cold winter for us - we even had snow on New Years Day! Highly unusual, but beautiful for a few hours.
    We wanted to say how great BDC has been for us getting started. Probably 90% of our bookings in the first 5 months! Wonderful guests. We’re loving this new life! Thanks to you all for your comments and advice!

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    michael beeston

    Hi Katie and Ray...................Welcome and hope you guys have a wonderful time hosting and enjoy all our comments..,sometimes a bit like Facebook..BUT fabulous...............and lots of information and fun !!!........................Sorry no dogs BUT a great Beach haha enjoy..Surfers Paradise Queensland Australia.

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    michael beeston

    Hi Claudi..........We (the whole family) LOVED Cyprus but when moving back to Aussie it was just too far away........................Have been back twice since..its coooooooooool....Michael.

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    michael beeston

    Morning "M"..sorry about your beloved dog,we lost our Dog a few years ago..He was a long haired Chiwawa....Only 2 kilos BUT he was a terror (hahah) so we called him TIGER !!  He was born in Dubai and we brought him to Australia and he lived till 14 years old.................. Wonderful memories of him.

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    michael beeston

    Hi again.............We don't really have a Winter as such in Surfers ...The rain is normally in the Summer as we have a Monsoonal climate.it rarely rains in the Winter and the temperature is about 12 degrees at night and 20/22 degrees during the day............I cant remember the last time I wore a heavy coat !!!...and because of the weather ALL year round we are ALWAYS busy busy....................For instance it can be very very cold in Melbourne ( say 5/6 degrees and 20 degrees in Surfers )."M" come over one day you will LOVE the place..........Melbourne by the way has one of the largest Greek communities in the World !!!

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    michael beeston

    "M" always welcome and we are NEVER out of Champagne...........

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    Skyarisiima

    Hi, my name is Scovia from Uganda in East Africa. CEO LEGEND AFRICAN ADVENTURE LTD And LEGENDS GUEST INN KISORO a few kilomitres away from bwind impenetrable forest AND Mghahinga national parks for mountain gorillas, AND golden monkeys. Our accommodation facility is basic but with friendly environment. Great customer care and we are located under the mountains of MUHABURA, Sabinyo AND ghahinga . Ranges. We have our mother company called LEGEND AFRICAN ADVENTURE LTD which organises tour and travel services in 5 countries Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya AND Burundi. My partnership with you is a great achievement in my entire life.

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    michael beeston

    Hi Mandy....One word.FANTASTIC !!!!!

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    Aaltje B.

    Yes Michael, indeed.  Enjoy Holland and its international scene.

     

    A question about the website: 

    I think it needs a new jacket. The old one is pretty worn and has some holes in it too. 

    The questions that come to us on the forum show that Extranet is not easily accessible. That should show on the first page with a short cut or direct link. 

    Second : The paying system or not paying system needs improvement and the stripe saga must be shared transparently and solved. 

    And third. A big thank you for all the hard work done by 15.000 employees who make it possible for this platform to run. Thank you very much. 

    Have a great stay Michael and Rita. 

    Greetings

    Aaltje B. 

     

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    Aaltje B.

    That crossed my mind too :)   True! 

     

    Thank you M.Adam.

    AB

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    michael beeston

    Thanks Guys...............we leave at 6am tomorrow morning..............Katerinka  is that tooo early for a Champagne !!!  hahahah Bye for now talk in about three weeks..................Argentina/Brazil/Peru....YIPPIE !!!

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    Aaltje B.

    Thank you, Michael :)

     

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    Julio Cesarcristaldo

    Hi, I'm Julio Cristaldo from Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, I do not have a contact number here in my country, and I want to know how to pay the commissions .

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