Susan Alvarez of Jersey City was in danger of losing her home.
For a while, she ignored her friend's advice to list a part of her home on a site like this one Airbnb to bring in additional money without too much extra work.
With the back of her family against the financial wall, Alvarez 2016 has registered for Airbnb listed the ground floor of the house as a place to stay. That was the best decision she has ever made.
"It has financially allowed us to afford our mortgage," she said. "It started right away, and it was like non-stop."
In fact, when the current residents of the "studio apartment" expire on Sunday, Alvarez must quickly find new guests on Monday.
In New Jersey and nationwide, according to data released this week, women account for the lion's share of Airbnb hosts.
From 2017 to 2018, the number of female Airbnb hosts in New Jersey rose by nearly 16 percent. More than 53 percent of the Airbnb host community in the Garden State is women.
The typical woman who shared her home through Airbnb in New Jersey has earned nearly $ 8,800 a year, the home ownership market said.
"Women have always been the driving force behind our global community, including here in New Jersey," said Josh Meltzer, Airbnb's Northeast Policy Director. "By sharing houses, women throughout Garden State have not only been able to introduce their communities to travelers from around the world, but have also earned nearly $ 65 million in income."
Overall, the New Jersey Airbnb hosts brought in 2018 133 million US dollars. Around 744,000 arrivals of guests were registered in the state. Hudson County was responsible for more than 40 percent of that number.
Alvarez said that almost all people who book their apartment do so for their proximity to New York City.
"I'm only a block and a half from a bus stop," she said. "Within 15 to 20 minutes, with no traffic, you're in the heart of Manhattan."
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