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We've also included a list of terms that are used throughout the website. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Mashvisor do?

Mashvisor provides analytics to show the expected performance of investment properties. These analytics are predictive to show future trends and outcomes based on historical and comparative data.

By using this data, we tell investors if an investment property would make more money as a traditional investment, being leased to long-term tenants as an ordinary rental, or as an Airbnb property, being listed on Airbnb for travelers to rent out on a short-term basis.

You can watch our video to get an overview of Mashvisor. 

Is Mashvisor affiliated with Airbnb?

No, we have no affiliation with Airbnb. However, we like to show the opportunities of an investment property that is listed on Airbnb. We get our data from analyzing the history of listings and using comparative data.

Are Airbnb investment properties legal?

Mashvisor does not offer legal advice. Please check the regulations for your city on Airbnb’s website and from your city.

What are the Airbnb and traditional tabs?

The properties included in these tabs are existing properties that are shown to users as a way to understand how real properties are performing (comps). The properties in the investment tabs are properties that could potentially be purchased as investment properties.

Where are your listings from?

All of our listings are from the MLS. Please check the MLS to confirm if properties are still on the market, as their system is updated faster than ours.

Where do you get Airbnb occupancy rates from?

We collect historical and active listing data and using our analysis and algorithms, we are able to calculate average occupancy rate per neighborhood. Each Airbnb property’s occupancy rate is calculated per month and then annual averages are calculated to project average yearly neighborhood occupancy rate.

Where do you get your data from?

Mashvisor analyzes the history of properties back to 3-years. We get our traditional investment information from reliable sources such as Hotpads and Rent Jungle and our Airbnb data comes from Airbnb’s website. After collecting this information, we are then able to use our algorithms and make our calculations and projections.

What are the circles with numbers on them?

When searching a city, the circles represent the different city areas. The numbers indicate the number of investment properties located in the neighborhood. If a neighborhood is clicked, the investment properties are indicated by location pins.

Why can’t I see data for the city I entered?

If you’ve entered a city in the search bar and get no data, it means we have not yet covered that area. In order to receive data on that area, you can upgrade to our Expert plan and request unavailable cities. 

Frequently Used Terms on Mashvisor 


Paying for the property with all cash; no financing used.


A loan taken from a bank to purchase a property. The borrower makes payments (monthly mortgage payments) to pay back the loan including interest until property is paid off and borrower becomes owner. This loan is usually granted after a down-payment is made.

Loan Type 

Type of mortgage used; either a 15-year or 30-year term in which payments are made to completely pay off the loan.


Money paid in addition to the principal loan payment as a charge for borrowing money. The mortgage rate is the percentage of interest paid. Usually with a 30-year fixed mortgage, the rate is ~3.61% and with a 15-year fixed mortgage, the rate is ~2.74%.

Down Payment 

A cash payment used as an initial payment and is a percentage of the purchase price. Usually a down payment of 20% is made.

Cash Flow 

The amount of money going in and out of an investment. Monthly cash flow measure the profit made every month, assuming cash flow is positive (income is greater than expenses).

Cash Flow = Monthly Income – Monthly Expenses

Cash on Cash (CoC) Return 

A type of rate of return; measures the returns of a property based on the amount of cash put down.

CoC Return = Cash Flow (Income-Expenses)/Total Investment Cost

Cap Rate

A type of rate of return; measures the expected income and potential return of a property. This calculation does not take financing (how the property was paid for) into consideration, it gives the return as if property is paid off.

Cap Rate = Net Operating Income (Gross Income – Operating Expenses)/Property Price


An estimation of revenue and expenses over a period of time. An investor or buyer uses this estimation to stay in a certain price range when looking for a property to ensure more they’ll have higher income than expenses.


The different districts in a city. Different neighborhoods and the number of investment properties in each neighborhood are indicated by the location pins.

Traditional Rental Income 

Expected monthly income from leasing a property to tenants long-term.

Airbnb Rental Income 

Expected monthly income from renting out a property to Airbnb users short-term.


An overall evaluation of the investment using statistics and Mashvisor science.

Median price 

The median price of a property in a neighborhood – the middle number if home prices were arranged from lowest to highest.

Airbnb Occupancy Rate 

The expected number of days the property will be reserved per month.

Optimal Strategy 

The suggested investment strategy that should be used in that particular neighborhood based on the analysis of which gets higher returns.

Walk Score 

A number between 0-100 that measures the walkability of an address to nearby amenities, 0 requiring a car for nearly all errands and 100 not requiring a car for daily errands.


A company and website for users to list their properties and find properties to rent for lodging.