Natalie Vowell's vacation rental in a rough St. Louis neighborhood has a grease-stained kitchen with a busted freezer and a buggy, overgrown yard. It also has a five-star rating on Airbnb.

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Awesome post, Amanda! Proof that the no-frills approach is SO effective (not to mention hilarious!). Didn't you guys have an article a while back about flaunting rental flaws? I loved that piece, too! Thanks for sharing.

Thanks, Jess. We did have a piece that covered flaunting your flaws ( Totally agreed — a little honesty goes a long way, and this owner embraced her properties' shortcomings with such a great attitude. Thanks for reading!

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