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Samantha Shankman
September 22, 2015

Pope Francis's visit to America may not quite be the boon hotels expected, but for people willing to rent out their homes, the Pontiff's trip has been something of a blessing.

There are massive spikes in bookings in the cities he will visit from September 22 to 27. Home-rental site HomeAway.com said it has seen a 795 percent increase in demand (a combination of bookings and inquiries) over the same time last year in Philadelphia. And approximately 90 percent of its inventory is booked in New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C., compared to an average of 50 percent in previous months.

Popular home rental site Airbnb is also seeing an uptick in interest before the Pope’s visit, but declined to share specific details. Although it’s not clear whether it’s related to the Pope’s visit, the company has seen a 270 percent increase in listings in Philadelphia since April 2015.

Do you live in one of these cities? There’s still time to list your home—and prices for last-minute rentals can go a little higher.

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