Imagine Zillow and Airbnb had a baby. That’s RealStir. The San Diego-based startup not only lets homebuyers search listings and connect with agents, it also allows house hunters to ask sellers for the opportunity to take their homes for a test drive. If sellers agree, buyers can use RealStir to book a short-term stay in a home to get a better sense of whether it’s a good fit.
- RealStir allows homebuyers to ask sellers -- through their agents -- if they can stay for a few nights to test out listings.
- Agents can pay to advertise on realstir.com.
- Sellers are well-advised to attach sensible terms to their short-term rental offers and learn about local short-term rental regulations.