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If temporary housing is any indication about the effect of the Barack Obama era on real D.C. housing, then I’d say we’re in pretty awesome shape.
The Washington Business Journal is reporting that hotels are already practically booked up for the inauguration. Then, again, the victor might not have anything to do with that:
“It isn’t something we have to solicit for. Customers tend to stay every four years regardless of party affiliations. Guests confirm their reservations a year out or more and from one inauguration to the next,” said Jane Davis, director of sales and marketing for the Willard.
But, hey, considering what happened last night, this inauguration isn’t going to be your average round of parades and parties. People from all over the country, and the world are going to be coming to Washington in January to witness history. Got a home? Put it up on Craigslist for the week of Jan. 20. In Tampa, they’ve already started doing it for next year’s Super Bowl:
The Super Bowl’s coming to town, and with it, lots of visitors in need of shelter. Perhaps enticed by signs on street corners, many Tampa residents are hoping to lease out their own digs for big bucks — hotels be darned. But for now, it’s the homeowners who are shelling out the cash. And that bold-lettered promise? A gamble.
And it only costs you $200 to advertise:
Hans Hess, owner of Reservations Direct Inc., which features listings on its site for a $200 fee, said finding a hotel room can be stressful for visitors. He thinks Tampa homeowners should stake money on it.
“Yes, nobody wants to spend their last $200, but I bet there are a lot of people who want the opportunity to rent their place for $10,000 or $20,000,” he said.
Hess wasn’t sure how many of those who advertise with him secure leases. He’s heard complaints from some who were left empty-handed, but he said the gripes are unwarranted. “We just offer the ad, like your paper does. It’s just like a classified ad,” Hess said. “We give them visibility.”