The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Everyday I think of how lucky I am to be a homeowner in Los Angeles. I come home to my house with the large sycamore tree out front and the porch swing. I sit there and just take it all in. Mere months ago, I lived with my husband and my two dogs in a one bedroom apartment because that was all that we could afford. I never thought that I would be able to be in this position in a city where even a smaller house costs half a million dollars. I have been lucky, I know that. I was able to get the deposit from my father and had his help procuring the loan. But, I wouldn't have been able to convince him that this was the right move without Airbnb. I showed him similar properties and crunched the numbers. He couldn't disagree that, with the help of Airbnb, the property would soon pay for itself. Back when we lived in a one bedroom apartment, we paid $1100 of rent a month. Now, we live rent free IN LOS ANGELES! Not only that, but we have had amazing experiences meeting people from all over the world. We have even stayed in contact with a handful. Airbnb doesn't just help us pay our bills, it has helped us to create a community. Our experience with sharing our space has been nothing but positive. Our guests are always respectful of us, our space, our neighbors and our community. We need to keep this good thing going - it has changed our lives, not only as hosts, but as guests in other hosts spaces as well. Because of Airbnb, we are able to travel to other cities without breaking the bank and that helps the economy of the places that we visit. Please protect our Airbnb!