What Does STR Mean in Real Estate?
May 26, 2024
What Does STR mean in Real Estate

Hello! I’m Avisha Kassir, a Real Estate Broker Associate with Avisha Kassir Luxury Homes & Investment Properties. With over 10 years of experience in luxury real estate across Florida, Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, I’m here to help you understand important real estate terms. Today, let’s explore what STR means in real estate.

What is STR in Real Estate?

STR stands for Short-Term Rental. In the real estate world, this term refers to properties that are rented out for short periods, typically ranging from a few days to a few months. These are usually furnished homes, apartments, or condos available for vacationers, business travelers, or anyone needing temporary housing.

How Do STRs Work?

Owners of STR properties list their homes on platforms like Airbnb, VRBO, or Booking.com. Renters can book these properties much like they would book a hotel room, but they get to enjoy the comforts of a full home.

Key Features of STRs:

  • Flexibility: Renters can choose from a wide range of properties for various lengths of stay.
  • Fully Furnished: STRs come with furniture, appliances, and often amenities like Wi-Fi and cable TV.
  • Home-Like Experience: Renters have access to a kitchen, living room, and sometimes even a backyard or patio.

Example of an STR

Let’s say you own a condo in Miami. You decide to list it as an STR on Airbnb. Here’s how it might work:

  1. Listing the Property: You create a listing on Airbnb, providing details about your condo, including photos, amenities, rules, and availability.
  2. Booking: A family from New York is planning a week-long vacation in Miami. They find your condo on Airbnb, read the reviews, and book it for their stay.
  3. Stay and Payment: The family stays at your condo for a week, enjoying all the amenities. After their stay, you receive payment through Airbnb, minus a small service fee.

Benefits of STRs for Property Owners

  1. Additional Income: Renting out your property as an STR can provide significant extra income, especially in popular locations.
  2. Flexibility: You can block off dates for personal use, making it easy to enjoy your property when you want.
  3. Diverse Guest Pool: STRs attract various renters, from vacationers to business travelers, maximizing your booking potential.

Considerations for STRs

  1. Local Regulations: Different cities and states have varying laws regarding STRs. Ensure you comply with local regulations, zoning laws, and homeowners’ association rules.
  2. Insurance: Regular homeowner’s insurance might not cover STR activities. Consider getting specific STR insurance to protect your property.
  3. Maintenance: Frequent rentals mean more wear and tear. Be prepared for regular maintenance and cleaning between guests.

STRs vs. Long-Term Rentals

  • STRs: Shorter rental periods, higher per-night rates, flexibility in usage.
  • Long-Term Rentals: Tenants sign leases for months or years, providing stable, consistent income.


Short-Term Rentals (STRs) are a dynamic part of the real estate market, offering property owners flexibility and potential for additional income. As a luxury broker, I’ve seen how STRs can be a valuable investment strategy. However, it’s crucial to understand the local laws and maintain your property well to succeed in the STR market.

I hope this article helps clarify what STR means in real estate. If you have any questions or need assistance with your real estate needs, feel free to reach out!

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