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Should you Airbnb? An introduction for homeowners

Should you Airbnb? An introduction for homeowners

There's a word for someone who, for a certain amount of money, will invite strangers into their home, even, possibly, their own bedroom.

The word is "Host." Airbnb host.

Most Airbnb hosts are ordinary, private citizens — actually more private than you might imagine, for someone who opens their home up to the general public. Few contacted through the service would agree to be interviewed for this story, and fewer still would agree to have their names printed.

"It's too much exposure," said the owner of a lovely townhouse in the Bronzeville neighborhood that she lists during Chicago's high summer season. "I'm not trying to advertise...

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