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> The "short term rental" category gets to bypass all these regulations and that is the exclusive source of their margins

I agree in part and disagree in part. I do think that regulatory arbitrage is part of what makes Airbnb, Uber, et al valuable. I don't think it's the exclusive source of their margins. They generate a lot of value through creating a liquid 2-sided market.

Not disagreeing, but aren't classified and brokers and apps like apartments.com already a liquid 2-sided market? If what you are saying is that they create a liquid market for short term rentals where that didn't exist before, then I agree but again I think that is a lot less liquid when regulation gets applied.

They definitely are. I’m saying Airbnb will be valuable for the same reason they are even as regulation limits their market.

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