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He Dropped Out of School to Build a Short-Term Rental Portfolio — Here’s What He’s Learned So Far.

In just a moment you’ll meet Antonio Bafia, a 23-year-old entrepreneur who dropped out of college to pursue his dream of building hospitality businesses. 

Growing up, Antonio was a competitive hockey player — he dreamed of one day playing in the NHL. And while that dream never came to fruition, the discipline he learned playing hockey equipped him wonderfully for the exciting and taxing journey of being an entrepreneur. 

In this episode, Antonio and I discuss:

  • how he built a portfolio of short-term rentals across the country in partnership with his dad
  • why he’s so bullish on finding and then sticking to a niche
  • why he believes that service is the next frontier of true competitiveness in the space
  • his dreams over the next few years
  • and so much more

Alright friends, without further ado, get ready to meet Antonio.

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