How I Make Extra Income by Co-Hosting a Home on Airbnb

Last year my father asked me to find him a 30-48sqm condo in BGC to invest in. I used my House Hunting Apps to choose units I liked and set up several viewings. My idea was to find a damaged and old condo in the best area. I chose Burgos Circle (BGC) and went to see a 37sqm studio on the top floor of Forbeswood Heights. Since it was a penthouse unit, the ceilings were high and it felt very spacious. The view was of the Manila Golf and Makati skyline. These features including the location of the complex were what caught my attention. The building was across a grocery store, walking distance to a mall and cinema, and was surrounded by restaurants, bars, shops, drug stores, and convenience stores. The actual unit was a mess, deteriorated, poorly decorated, and dirty. Most people would walk away and not give the place another thought, but I believed it would be the perfect investment.

Before buying the condo, I asked the tenant how much her rent was and she replied, “P25,000/month” ($495). After renovations, I knew my father could only rent it out for P30,000/month ($594), which made renovations seem unnecessary. I wanted to make it worthwhile for him and make extra income for myself. I told him that we could make double or triple the monthly income if I put the condo up on Airbnb and managed it for him. Honestly, I had no experience with Airbnb but it was a risk I wanted to take as any entrepreneur would. My first investment in Baguio called, “Julia’s Cozy Mountain Condo” was still being built at the time and I only hoped that my statement of double profit would come true. I did go through a lot of ‘what ifs’ and doubts but I pushed myself through to the end. The most important thing was to prove to my father that he could trust I’d make it work. I had a good feeling about it and I believe you should always follow your instincts.

This unit was for sale at P4M ($79,300). We first offered them P3.5M ($69,400) which they declined. Then we increased the offer to P3.7M ($73,300) where they finally reduced their price and agreed to sell it for P3.8M ($75,300). I set up the meeting for my father and the owners to sign the Deed of Absolute Sale. As soon as the payment was made and the title was handed over to us, I hired a contractor and got to work.

Construction began and we completely turned the place upside down. All of the old furniture was thrown out, a door was added to convert it to a 1-bedroom, a split type air-conditioner was installed in the living room, the bathroom was remodeled, and a decorative feature was added to draw the attention of Airbnb guests; Brick walls. The decision to make the unit a 1-bedroom was to create more income. I placed a Queen size mattress in the bedroom and a sofa bed in the living room. The unit could now accommodate 4 guests at a time with a door for privacy.

Once I finished decorating the condo, I supplied essential amenities that would ensure that all guest’s would have a memorable stay.  I trained my housekeepers how to properly clean and turnover a nightly rental with my laminated cleaning checklist. Once everything was set, I put “Julia’s Urban Brick Condo” on Airbnb and immediately started getting bookings. I only had a few ratings as a host from my Baguio condo that I posted a couple of weeks before. I knew I had to increase my rating as quick as possible so I was happy that the process was sped up by having two homes on Airbnb.

Julia’s Urban Brick Condo” has a nightly price of P2,850 ($56), weekend nightly price of P3,050 ($60), cleaning fee of P500 ($10), Extra guest charge of P400 ($8) per person after 2, and weekly and monthly discounts. Our average monthly sales are around P70,000 ($1,390) and the average profit after bills is around P60,000 ($1,190). My statement had come true; we are earning double the profit of a regular rental and are recuperating the investment twice as fast.

My father is a very successful lawyer and partner of his firm. He knows how to play the game, he told me I could take 15% for managing the condo, I declined and said 30%, then he responded by increasing it to 25%, and I accepted. I’ve learned a lot from my father and he has been the best and most difficult teacher I could ask for. He never just handed something over to me, I’ve always had to work for it. I earn around P15,000 to P20,000 every month by managing (co-hosting) my father’s condo. That is around the same amount as many home-owners earn regularly by renting out a studio. I do everything on my phone and it takes very little time out of my day. I explain my daily tasks and the processes I go through in my post “How to Become a Superhost on Airbnb“.

You can become a neighborhood co-host with anyone, either solely managing their home or being a co-host meaning that you and the owner will both have access to the account to receive alerts and notifications. If you approach an Airbnb host or person who owns their home, you can offer your services to manage their listing for a percentage. I can imagine a lot of home-owners would like to do this if they travel a lot and especially if they’d like to earn a large profit without the headache of managing it.

For the last 5 months, the two small studio units combined have earned us more than half a million pesos ($10,000) on Airbnb. I’ve gained a lot of experience hosting two condos on Airbnb and cannot wait for my next unit to be ready! The income I will make from all 3 units will support my future investments and businesses.

My advice is to follow your gut, take risks even though you aren’t in any position to do so, follow-through, go over the top, and always believe in yourself. Try to filter out those doubtful voices, even if they are your own. Good Luck!

Julia Quisumbing

House Hunting Apps

When I was looking for a condo to invest in, I went on Google and wrote “Real Estate Apps” and downloaded the following (for the Philippines):

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This is a screen shot of my Condo Search apps all neatly organized in a folder on my iPhone.

With the help of these Apps I was able to find 3 amazing condos for great deals in the location I wanted. I would religiously look through the postings on each app until something amazing came along. One of the condos I got from this condo search is now successfully on Airbnb as “Julia’s Urban Brick Condo” which is renting daily with a great profit!


Property 24 – Download the app here

Lamudi – Download the app here

OLX – Download the app here

Trovit Homes – Download the app here

Locanto – Download the app here

Mitula Property – Download the app here

Persquare – Download the app here

Hoppler – Download the app here

Download several real estate apps because they don’t all have the same postings. These apps are good for searching for real estate for rent or sale; Houses, condos, townhouses, land, etc.

If the app has the option, I like to search by map view. I add my preferences by using filters – price, size, rooms, etc. I sift through the neighborhoods I am in interested in. I also like to choose a few buildings that I know or like and locate them on the map so that I can check out all the condos in that building for sale.

You can save your favorite homes and compare them to one another. You can request a notification if new condos in your preferred areas and with your requirements are posted.

I would also check the apps several times a week so that I’d be one of the first ones to see new postings and grab a deal.

Check out my video on YouTube showing how I do my condo searches using the apps!

Julia Quisumbing

My First Investment

I’ve always wanted a stable income but for an entrepreneur, that’s rarely the case in the start. The only time I’ve had a full-time job was when I was an intern working in Ritz Carlton Barcelona. After that I swore I would never work for another company again. I’ve been modeling since 2013 and that has been a great experience for me. Modeling gave me a great income with a lot of freedom. The only problem was that I never knew how much I would make every month. That lack of stability drove me crazy. I decided to put all of my income into an investment.


I was watching “Property Brother’s” and got inspired to buy a condo. I talked to my friend’s mom who owns the English Bakery in Boracay and who is a successful entrepreneur. In 2015, she told me about a condo building being built called Cedar Peak by VDARA Realty Corporation in Baguio city.

Units were being sold pre-selling with the condo turnover date of July 2017. I was intrigued that the condo building would be connected to a small mall with restaurants, banks, book stores, and more. The best part was that there would be a SM Savemore Grocery store on the bottom floor of that mall. It was also two blocks away from Burnham Park. I thought about it long and hard and decided that it was the best option for me. This was my first investment so I had no idea how it worked but I did know how to deal with contracts thanks to modeling. I chose to get a 27sqm studio unit, which cost 3 Million Philippine Pesos ($58,523). This was to my knowledge, a great deal because it was in the center of the city in a great location and across from University of Baguio. Location was everything. Condos in a good location in either Makati or BGC for the same size were pricier. I gave a large down payment with the money I made from one of my commercials. Every month for around 2 years, I paid P15k ($293). I had 2 years to save enough money to pay the exceeding amount. The way I saw it was I put all of my money in a bank (the condo), the property was my asset and I could have a stable monthly income by renting it out, then sell it in the future, getting my money back with some extra profit from the increased value.


In June 2017, VDARA called me up to pay the lasting amount to turn the condo over. I reluctantly paid because it hurt to give that much money away. I had to remind myself, “It’s a bank”. I drove 4 hours up to Baguio with my boyfriend Gui who supported me throughout this crazy experience. We drove through the winding misty forest up to Baguio. The city definitely had a different vibe and was calming. We arrived to Cedar Peak and saw that the building was created with such great material and quality. It was 2 blocks away from Burnham Park and right around the corner from Upper Session Road where you’d find tons of restaurants and shops.


The lobby was beautiful, modern, large and clean. I entered my condo for the first time and fell in love with the flooring, cabinets, and space. The mall connected to the lobby by a glass door had a great variety of restaurants, cafes, banks and shops. It was a great experience staying in the condo with a grocery store so nearby. It was everything you’d need in just a few steps. The elevators at Cedar Peak were fast and spacious.  I was so happy that I trusted my gut to get the place, even though a lot of people wondered why I chose Baguio; somewhere I rarely go. Honestly, it was just because I was young, inexperienced, and needed a better deal. I had no idea that I would be getting such a prime location with amazing quality.



My boyfriend gave me his refrigerator and mattress from his old house, which saved me about P20k or more. We spent about a week there struggling to furnish the place. I had to equip the kitchen with a portable stove, microwave, cutlery, plates, and more. I bought a bed frame, desk, wardrobe, curtains, Smart TV, TV console, and linen. I also installed a split-type aircon, water heater and customized shower rod. You can see the list of things that I bought here. Everything that I spent on the condo amounted to about P100k ($1,953). My friends were asking me why I was spending so much on the condo because I could just rent it out unfurnished with a cheaper rental rate or just furnish it simply. The reason was because I was told the average rental in the area would go for P15k a month, which made sense for a 27sqm studio in Baguio. I could not accept this amount since I wanted a faster return of investment, so I decided to try Airbnb. I once used Airbnb when I went to New York and new little about it. I didn’t know anyone personally who rented their place out on Airbnb so I could not ask anyone. I took a chance and started to fully-furnish my condo while decorating it to attract guests.



I still did not know whether I was going to do Airbnb or a regular rental. Confusion makes me impulsive, so the day I got back to Manila I posted my condo on Airbnb thinking that no one would book. I was so shocked when the next day I got a booking and I had to rush and find a housekeeper online. That month of July I made more than a full months rental in half the month. I got so inspired that I returned to Baguio to improve the design and supply extra linen and necessary items for a daily rental. The following months took me on a new journey of fulfillment and success. I will be sharing more stories and information of my Airbnb experience through this blog.


Julia’s Cozy Mountain Condo on Airbnb

Now I am making about P40 – P50k ($780 – $975) a month on my small studio condo in Baguio. This is more than double the amount I was told I would have made with a regular rental. If this has inspired you to rent your place out on Airbnb I hope you could use my referral code when you make your Airbnb Host account, you can do so by clicking here.


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