NerdWallet: The truth behind Airbnb listings

This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet.

If you’re not a regular Airbnb user, it may take trial and error to interpret some of the language in the listings.

You don’t always know what you’re getting, and listings sometimes fail to deliver what they advertise. But the possible benefits — saving money and experiencing a destination like a local — are worth the gamble for some travelers.

Here’s how to prevent some Airbnb aches and pains, with tips from frequent guests to help you read between the lines of listings.

Reading descriptions for red flags

One way to get started is to search for listings with four or five-star ratings and comprehensive reviews about not just the property, but also the host, the neighborhood, etc.

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