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About Markus

Proud father and husband, humble leader. Currently revolutionizing short-term rental management with GoNitely. Living in beautiful California close to San Francisco.

Interview With A Vacation Home Buyer

Posted on November 12, 2018

At GoNitely we want to know more about what buyers are thinking when purchasing an investment home. What are the problems and how can they be solved? What's most important? What are they looking for?[...]

Why pay someone to manage your vacation rental when you can do yourself?

Posted on October 4, 2018

A question we regularly get from potential clients – people who own a second home – is something along the lines of  “But why would I pay you and a manager, if I can just do that work myself and make[...]

The Value of Time

Posted on August 16, 2018

“All you have to decide is what to do with the time that has been given to you.” - Gandalf, The Fellowship of The Ring At the time of this writing, I am 35 years old, husband to a beautiful wife and[...]

How We Background Check Our Guests

Posted on August 3, 2018

(Spoiler alert: We don’t.) A common question we get from homeowners, especially ones not yet fully immersed in the sharing economy, is “Do you background check all guests?” Often that question is[...]

We’re pausing operations in Switzerland. Here’s why.

Posted on July 16, 2018

Being from there, it made a lot of sense for us to try GoNitely in Switzerland. After all, our own family home in the mountains and the issues we encountered managing it while traveling was the[...]

Direct bookings vs. using OTAs (Airbnb, HomeAway and the like)

Posted on July 10, 2018

Once upon a time, a few guys (and gals, I assume) had a great idea: Let’s create a website that lets people list their homes/rooms so other people can pay to use them. Genius! The result[...]

Thoughts on Remote Teams

Posted on June 21, 2018

In a former life, I co-founded a design firm in a small-ish city in Switzerland. We eventually hired our first designer, then a second, and moved into the 3rd floor of an old building smack-dab in[...]

The slow death of TripAdvisor vacation rentals

Posted on March 30, 2018

In 2000, some guys had a cool idea: Let’s build a website where professionals can post reviews of popular establishment. Soon, they realized that reviews by random people visiting the shop,[...]

The Thing About Fees on Rental Platforms

Posted on January 15, 2018

When guests book through a short-term rental platform like Airbnb or HomeAway, there are two numbers that stick out: The price per night – and the total they pay. Often times the total guests end up[...]

How Much Does Airbnb Charge Guests Vs. Their Competition?

Posted on December 9, 2017

The easiest way to answer the question posed by the title of this post is with a chart. So let's take a look at one:

What You Need To Know About Short-Term Rental Insurance

Posted on November 17, 2017

One of the most common objections to our business model, and actually the home sharing economy in general, is something along the lines of “I don’t want any strangers in my home.”

5 Simple Ways to Be a Better Host

Posted on November 4, 2017

We all want to be better hosts.

What's The Right Amount of Guest Interaction?

Posted on November 3, 2017

If you want to figure out what the right amount of guest interaction is, consider the perspective of your guests. Try to remember all those times where you were a guest.

How GoNitely Began: Enter GoNitely With Markus Scharnowski

Posted on November 3, 2017

As Warren Buffet would say: I won the ovarian lottery.

Booking.com: The New Guy in Town

Posted on November 3, 2017

Do you remember those booking dot yea commercials that used to make you laugh? With 21 years of age, booking.com is one of the oldest and most popular travel sites around. Before getting bought out[...]

Keeping it Legal: The Laws & Taxes For Short-Term Rentals

Posted on November 3, 2017

Note: This blog post focuses on entire apartments or houses as far as short-term rentals are concerned. Different regulations may apply for sharing only part of a home, especially if the host lives[...]