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Airbnb’s Secret Weapon to Fight State Laws: Its Hosts

June 5, 2024

In this edition of Above the Line, we explore the growing political influence of Airbnb hosts and its impact on the short-term rental industry.

We also see recent research highlighting banks' significant exposure to commercial real estate and the resulting concerns for regional banks amid a volatile property market.

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Airbnb’s Secret Weapon to Fight State Laws: Its Hosts
The Wall Street Journal
Airbnb hosts are becoming a potent political force, supported by the financial backing and organizational efforts of the industry. Host groups, such as Rent Responsibly, are influencing state legislation by mobilizing grassroots campaigns. This trend comes as the short-term rental industry faces increasing regulatory challenges.

Banks are More Exposed to Commercial Real Estate Than Regulators Realize
The Real Deal
A recent study by NYU and the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management reveals that banks' exposure to commercial real estate is significantly higher than previously understood, due to indirect lending to REITs. This could increase systemic risk in the financial sector, highlighting the need for better regulatory oversight.

Regional Bank Investors Have No Appetite for Hints of Pain
Yahoo Finance
Concerns about commercial real estate exposure are causing jitters among investors in regional banks. High borrowing costs and maturing property debt are exacerbating these issues, leading to significant market reactions and increased scrutiny of bank portfolios.

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