Homer, Alaska Short Term Rental Regulations

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Reviewed by Derick Hargrave

Last updated August 23, 2023

Homer Short-Term Rental Regulations

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Homer, Alaska Quick Stats

Short-term rentals have gained a lot of traction in the last few years. The trends and statistics of this sector are constantly changing, and having access to accurate data is essential for making sound investment decisions.

STR License Required
Tourist Season
Kenai Peninsula
Homer Airport (HOM)
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)
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City Activities

Review the popular activities that hosts include in their property positing in Homer.

City Attractions

The most popular local and regional landmarks hosts usually include in their Airbnb or Vrbo property listings.

Homer Rental Rates & Fees

Explore nightly rates that hosts list their properties and the average fees for pets and additional guests.

Property Types & Sizes

What are the most popular property sizes for rent? Research whether a 1, 2, or 3 bedroom best fits Homer guests.

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What makes Homer a great place to invest?

Homer is an unincorporated community in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska, located on the southern shore of Kachemak Bay, near the head of the bay and about 40 miles southwest of Kenai. It is the most populous city on the peninsula, with a population of about 5,000 as of 2016.  Homer is a tourist destination and its population swells considerably during the summer months.

Homer is a popular tourist destination and has many attractions, amenities, and outdoor activities including:
  • The Homer Spit - an eight-mile long sand spit that extends into Kachemak Bay with views of mountains and water
  • The Homer Harbor - a deep natural harbor that provides protection for fishing vessels and other small craft
  • Dolly's House - a historic house museum that was once home to Dolly Madison
  • Homer Community Theater - hosts performances from local artists
  • Homer Farmers Market - every Saturday from May through October with over 65 vendors selling fresh produce, meats, art goods, and more

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Property Descriptions

The most common terms hosts include in their listings for Homer, Alaska

Word Cloud for Homer, Alaska Short Term Rentals

Common terms for Homer short term rental listings.

When potential guests are scrolling through listings on Airbnb, they’re looking for certain essential information to help them decide if your property is the right fit for their needs. As a host, ensuring that your listing includes all the relevant information that guests will be looking for is vital.

Some of the must-have elements of a property description include:

  • Location: Guests will want to know where your property is located in relation to popular attractions, public transportation, and other points of interest.
  • Amenities: What amenities does your property offer? Be sure to list all features guests can access, such as a pool, hot tub, parking, etc.
  • Informative: The average listing in Homer has a description approximately 1,234 words long. Make sure yours is long enough to describe your property but doesn't require your potential guest to read a novel.

After reviewing more than 745 listings in Homer, we've consolidated the most common terms on the word cloud. The larger text represents a term that is used more often. The top ten mentioned terms are Homer, Cabin, View, Kachemak Bay, Deck, Beach, Town, Beautiful, Hot tub, and Alaska.

What are the most popular tourist activities in Homer?

Whether renting a house, an apartment, or a room, you should include popular tourist activities in your posting. The most common choices mentioned on property listings in Homer involve Boating, Hiking, Wildlife Viewing, Kayaking, and Whale Watching. When you write your listing, have a section with recommended activities near the property to give your guests an idea of what is available.



Wildlife Viewing


Whale Watching


Mountain Biking

Eco Tourism

Cross Country Skiing


Winery Tours


Local Attractions

What attractions do hosts highlight to guests?

There are quite a few popular attractions in Homer, including Kenai Fjords National Park, Homer Spit, Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, . Below we've included the most popular local and regional landmarks hosts usually include in their Airbnb or Vrbo property listings. Many hosts like to show off lesser-known regional landmarks visitors might not have heard of.

Local Landmark

Homer Spit

Included on nearly all listings

Local Landmark

Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center

Included on nearly all listings

Regional Landmark

Kenai Fjords National Park

Included on 64% of listings

What’s the weather like in Homer, Alaska?

The weather is generally milder than the national average, with an average high temperature of around 45°, while the average low is about 34°. The rainfall is much heavier, averaging about 36 inches per year, compared to the national average of about 27 inches. Snowfall can be rather heavy, averaging less than 32 inches per year. The humidity levels in Homer are generally lower than the national average, and the city tends to be a bit cloudy for most of the year.


December through February

23° Low 32° High

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March through May

32° Low 44° High

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June through August

48° Low 59° High

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September through November

34° Low 45° High

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