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7
Mar

Corporate Travel Shifts and New Technology Trends in Corporate Housing

A major player in the corporate housing space, Bridgestreet, just launched their brand new site which has the potential to offer instant booking  – something that has since been obsolete in the corporate housing sector. The corporate housing industry has been avoiding this technology shift for quite some time since it takes away the qualities and values we strive for: outstanding customer service and satisfaction, attention to detail, and quality control. According to Skift Megatrends 2017, corporate travel is shifting with all of the changes in leisure travel, causing business travelers to expect more instant booking tools and intuitive management portals.

biz-travelers-book-themselvesSites like AirBNB, HomeAway, Expedia, Booking.com, etc. all have the capacity to allow instant bookings which ultimately gives the consumer access to more lodging choices on the extended stay spectrum:

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  • Hotel Room: An open room with generally a king sized bed or 2 double beds, usually with a desk space, dresser, closet and a separate full bathroom. Ideally for short-term stays of 1-2 nights.
  • Hotel Suite: A larger hotel room usually with a separate bedroom and bathroom, living area with desk, mini fridge, microwave, and coffee maker. Ideally for short-term stays of 1-5 nights.
  • Extended Stay Hotel: An extended stay hotel room has all of the hotel suite but also offers a kitchen and dining area including pots, pans, dishes, silverware, and other very basic kitchen necessities. Typical extended stay rooms are designed for stays of 3-7 days though they can be utilized for longer stays as well.
  • Corporate Housing: A fully furnished apartment with a full-size kitchen, all appliances, and a minimum of 60+ household items. Most apartments also offer on site amenities such as fitness centers, business centers, pools, etc. Offered for 30+ day stays.
  • By Owner: A privately owned property either managed by the property owner or a property manager. The By Owner segment on the lodging spectrum offers a variety of different types of property options from condos to single family residences. Think AirBNB or Home Away – individual property owners don’t necessarily understand the corporate housing industry and might not offer full kitchens, housewares, or amenities like a traditional corporate housing apartment does or a CHBO Complete or Managed Corporate Housing property offers. Depending on where the property is located, there will be different requirements for the minimum length of stay required.
  • CHBO Complete: A privately owned property (condo, loft, town home, house, etc.) either managed directly by the property owner or a property management company listed on CorporateHousingByOwner.com (CHBO) that follows all of the requirements set forth by the Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA). Usually offered for 30+ day stays but shorter term stays might be permitted depending on where the property is located.
  • Managed Corporate Housing: A privately owned property (condo, loft, town home, house, etc.) managed by a licensed residential real estate property management brokerage following the minimum standards set forth by the CHPA and rented out fully furnished for 30+ day stays.

Ultimately, creating one platform that will allow consumers to choose the type of lodging they want for their specific needs would be the best solution, especially since there are very different types available. However, getting all online travel agencies, corporate housing providers, and private owners on one booking platform will most likely never be a reality.

The corporate housing industry is a service based industry, priding itself with superior customer service which is not readily available with instant booking. Today’s consumer still needs to be educated about their lodging choice and how one might be a better fit for their needs than another. This can only be done with person to person interaction. Sure, technology can provide today’s consumers with answers right at their fingertips but at what cost? As Millennials age and start taking over the majority of business travel in the next 5-10 years, how is this going to impact the various industries supporting lodging choice? How can we all work together to provide a seamless booking experience for the new generation? These are all questions that keep us up at night in the corporate housing arena and we as an industry are actively working to continuously improve our standards and offerings not only here in the United States, but Globally as well.

16
Feb

5 Rental Predictions for 2017

In a recent Zillow article by Amie Fisher “5 Rental Market Predictions: What to Expect in 2017 (and Beyond),” Zillow’s Senior Economist, Dr. Skylar Olsen, predicts 5 rental trends for 2017:

  1. Overall Rental rate appreciation will stabilize this year. While the overall United States rental rate appreciation is staying around 1.5%, many West Coast metropolitan cities (Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and surrounding Bay Area, San Diego and Denver) won’t see their rental rate appreciation yet below 5%. Overall, there is more rental inventory available which is a large contributing factor to rental rates slowing down.

According to Apartment List, Inc. and their February 2017 rent report, rents increased slightly this month nationwide after four months of rental rate decreases. In 2016, the rental rate was significantly lower and did level off from the dramatic increases in 2014 and 2015.

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2. Homeownership Rate will increase slowly as Millennial’s get older.  Many people have shifted to renting instead of buying since 2006. But, as Millennial’s get older and make more money, they feel that buying a home is an integral part of their personal freedom. Don’t worry, this shift is going to be gradual and over time so rental vacancies should not be affected yet.

3. Many renters are now being pushed to the suburbs. The Baby Boomers are looking to downsize from their larger homes, perhaps in the suburbs, and move to smaller homes in more walk-able neighborhoods. As a result, there is less inventory available in the urban areas and higher rental rates since there is not enough supply to meet the demand. More people are now looking to surrounding cities and suburbs to find lower rents and more options. Because of this shift, some of the fastest growing rental rates in the nation are in smaller cities and suburbs outside of the Nation’s most expensive metropolises.

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4. New home costs will increase due to rising construction costs. Most new home builders are moving their focus on high-end homes since the cost of construction and land is on the rise. This means that more people will still be forced to rent since the average person will not be able to afford the new home prices currently being offered.

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5. Interests rates will increase. Over the past couple of months, interests rates have already begun to increase due to the change in administration. If they continue to rise over the course of this year, individuals and families who might have been considering buying will instead remain in rentals until the rates go back down.

Overall, the cost of rent has started to mellow out a bit but there are still some major factors that are playing into the current rental market nationwide and why we most likely won’t be seeing any major decreases anytime soon.

Luckily, the majority of all AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing‘s rental properties aren’t affected by the major rental rate hikes impacting apartment communities since our properties are privately owned.  Rent like a local in one of our beautifully furnished or unfurnished properties. Call us today 1-800-928-1592.

Here are the nation’s 100 largest markets and their median rental rates and percent changes from Apartment Source, Inc.:

City Median 1BD Median 2BD M/M Price Change Y/Y Price Change
San Francisco, CA $3,420 $4,610 0.6% -1.5%
New York, NY $3,220 $4,110 -0.1% 1.0%
Boston, MA $2,790 $3,200 0.7% 0.4%
Washington, DC $2,140 $3,040 -0.3% 0.1%
Jersey City, NJ $2,540 $2,900 1.2% 2.1%
Los Angeles, CA $1,870 $2,600 -0.1% 0.5%
San Jose, CA $2,110 $2,600 0.3% -1.4%
Stamford, CT $1,920 $2,400 0.3% -0.6%
Miami, FL $1,850 $2,330 -0.9% -2.8%
Seattle, WA $1,650 $2,200 1.1% 5.3%
San Diego, CA $1,530 $2,000 0.1% 1.9%
Long Beach, CA $1,390 $2,000 0.8% 6.1%
Santa Ana, CA $1,550 $1,870 0.8% -1.5%
Denver, CO $1,350 $1,740 0.5% 1.1%
Anaheim, CA $1,400 $1,740 -0.6% 1.4%
Fort Lauderdale, FL $1,300 $1,700 -0.3% 2.2%
Atlanta, GA $1,370 $1,650 0.2% 2.6%
Dallas, TX $1,240 $1,650 -0.2% 2.3%
Minneapolis, MN $1,360 $1,600 -0.5% 1.9%
New Orleans, LA $1,400 $1,600 0.0% 1.0%
Chicago, IL $1,480 $1,600 -0.1% 1.1%
Portland, OR $1,380 $1,560 0.4% 0.3%
Philadelphia, PA $1,300 $1,550 0.2% -1.5%
Austin, TX $1,150 $1,450 0.1% 0.4%
Baltimore, MD $1,330 $1,400 -0.1% 1.0%
Houston, TX $1,100 $1,400 -0.1% -3.3%
Riverside, CA $1,000 $1,370 0.4% 2.2%
Aurora, CO $1,030 $1,350 0.3% 1.9%
Nashville, TN $1,340 $1,340 -0.1% 3.0%
Pittsburgh, PA $1,100 $1,340 -0.1% 2.6%
St. Petersburg, FL $890 $1,300 0.7% 2.4%
Manchester, NH $1,110 $1,290 1.1% 4.1%
Madison, WI $890 $1,220 0.1% -0.5%
St. Paul, MN $950 $1,200 0.6% 3.0%
Sacramento, CA $990 $1,200 0.0% 2.4%
Tampa, FL $1,000 $1,200 0.4% 2.2%
Charlotte, NC $1,060 $1,200 -0.5% 2.5%
Orlando, FL $1,040 $1,200 -0.2% 2.4%
Tacoma, WA $1,000 $1,200 0.1% 7.7%
Anchorage, AK $930 $1,180 0.6% -5.1%
Fort Worth, TX $950 $1,170 0.3% 2.8%
Virginia Beach, VA $900 $1,150 0.1% 3.2%
Vancouver, WA $960 $1,130 0.5% 4.9%
Richmond, VA $950 $1,100 -0.5% 1.1%
Durham, NC $910 $1,060 0.1% 1.5%
Milwaukee, WI $1,120 $1,050 -0.3% 1.8%
Corpus Christi, TX $830 $1,020 -0.2% -0.3%
San Antonio, TX $850 $1,010 -0.2% 0.3%
Raleigh, NC $930 $1,010 -0.3% 1.7%
Stockton, CA $780 $1,010 -0.4% 5.7%
St. Louis, MO $830 $1,000 0.8% 0.5%
Phoenix, AZ $840 $1,000 0.3% 5.2%
Colorado Springs, CO $810 $1,000 -0.3% 4.9%
Baton Rouge, LA $990 $1,000 0.4% 2.6%
Salt Lake City, UT $790 $990 -0.2% 1.5%
Arlington, TX $770 $990 0.2% 7.0%
Rochester, NY $830 $990 -0.3% -0.8%
Las Vegas, NV $830 $980 0.1% 4.7%
Jacksonville, FL $820 $980 0.1% 2.0%
San Bernardino, CA $750 $950 0.1% 0.5%
Reno, NV $700 $950 -1.0% 6.3%
Birmingham, AL $890 $950 -0.4% 4.1%
Grand Rapids, MI $810 $940 -0.1% 1.5%
Omaha, NE $750 $910 0.0% 0.2%
Providence, RI $840 $900 -1.1% 2.9%
Mesa, AZ $720 $900 0.0% 3.7%
Columbus, OH $750 $900 0.4% 3.0%
Boise, ID $750 $880 0.5% 4.5%
Norfolk, VA $730 $880 0.1% 2.2%
Lincoln, NE $680 $870 -0.2% 2.5%
Fresno, CA $750 $850 0.2% 2.6%
Kansas City, MO $780 $850 -0.6% -0.9%
Des Moines, IA $880 $840 0.1% -2.5%
Bakersfield, CA $700 $830 -0.2% -1.3%
Cincinnati, OH $700 $800 0.7% 4.4%
Albuquerque, NM $630 $800 0.4% 2.4%
Louisville, KY $680 $800 0.8% 6.3%
El Paso, TX $620 $800 0.1% 0.6%
Little Rock, AR $690 $800 0.6% 3.8%
Indianapolis, IN $710 $800 0.1% 1.0%
Lexington, KY $640 $800 -0.8% 2.2%
Spokane, WA $630 $800 -1.4% 4.8%
Knoxville, TN $760 $780 -0.3% 3.8%
Cleveland, OH $650 $780 0.0% 1.3%
Oklahoma City, OK $650 $780 -0.2% 2.2%
Greensboro, NC $640 $780 -0.3% 0.5%
Tallahassee, FL $660 $750 0.7% 0.9%
Tucson, AZ $550 $750 0.2% 1.3%
Tulsa, OK $570 $750 -0.2% -1.1%
Winston-Salem, NC $710 $740 -0.7% 3.8%
Mobile, AL $660 $730 -0.3% 4.3%
Memphis, TN $730 $730 0.3% 2.5%
Fayetteville, NC $580 $700 0.0% 0.9%
Toledo, OH $500 $700 0.1% 7.5%
Montgomery, AL $640 $700 0.1% 1.6%
Detroit, MI $600 $680 0.2% 2.8%
Columbus, GA $620 $680 0.1% -0.1%
Wichita, KS $510 $630 0.2% 1.9%
Fort Wayne, IN $490 $600 -0.9% 0.7%
Huntsville, AL $480 $550 -0.3% -0.2%
31
Jan

Understanding Key Data Metrics Regarding Relocation

In the January 2017 addition of Mobility Magazine, Michael Krasman, the CEO and Co-Founder of Urbanbound, which provides relocation management software, discusses the 3 main data metrics that companies should be using to identify whether or not their relocation program is successful.

trickybusinessCost Metrics. What is the actual cost of the employee’s relocation not the total cost of the entire relocation program. A company should understand the break down of their annual relocation budget based on each individual employee’s policy, assignment location, length of stay, etc.

supplier-network Valuable Supplier Network Data. Using metrics to compare your vendors in terms of cost, employee satisfaction, and regions served will create company benchmarks that will determine which suppliers remain in a company’s supply chain moving forward.

 Employee Insights. The overall success of any company’s relocation program can be directly tied to their employees’ performance at work. If an employee is satisfied with their relocation, then their quality of work should not be affected. Every company should track their retention and turn over rates: how long are the relocated employees staying with the company during and/or after their assignement(s)? Were they satisfied with the suppliers used and services provided during their relocation? What challenges did they face? These are crucial insights that will help any company make any necessary changes to their relocation programs moving forward and share this information with their future transferees.

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Tracking key data metrics relating to a company’s relocation program will dramatically improve the overall success of the program and in turn, the satisfaction, retention, and performance of each transferred employee. After all, a happy employee is a productive employee.

3
Jan

Millennial Mobility

Millennials are a hot topic right now and have been for the past couple of years with the changing landscape revolving around Millennials in the workforce, talent management, and mobility.

In the November/December 2016 addition of Workforce Magazine, in the article titled “Mobility Needs a Makeover,” Millennials are recognized as great candidates for global assignments since their relocation packages typically cost less than the “older, more encumbered peers.” According to George Bates, the Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales for Graebel:

…Today’s businesses have a lot of reasons for relocating employees, and many of them have figured out that younger staff don’t need the same level of support…Younger employees are more open to the adventure that comes with an oversees assignment, and are often willing to voluntarily go with few if any additional perks. ‘They are young and hungry and eager to learn about a new culture.’ Inviting young, highly skilled employees to voluntarily relocate for a challenging work assignment has been a growing trend…for the past few years…It’s one of the many strategies mobility experts are using to cut the cost and complexity of relocation assignments, while adding value for employees. ‘There is a pervasive assumption among this generation that if they want a strong career, they need this kind of experience.’

According to a study compiled by Brookfield Global Relocation Services, 11% of the employees taking relo assignments are ages 20-29 and when mobility and talent management are combined, the number increases to 22%. Companies are really focusing on getting younger employees into their global leadership roles.

The relocation industry is shifting because of this growing trend of sending younger employees on assignments. More relocation packages are being offered now based on the needs of the company and the value of the employee. Younger employees are also typically easier to relocate since they don’t usually have kids and families to relocate, and since most Millennials rent instead of own, no property managers to find.  Millennials are craving these experiences and in exchange, aren’t necessarily looking for higher salaries and benefits to accompany their relocations.

Temporary housing is a large portion of relocation services. According to the 2014 Gen-Y Housing Survey conducted by the Urban Land Institute and UDR, there were some very interesting findings regarding what Millennials are looking for in their accommodations:

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These figures represent what Millennial respondents chose in regards to housing. It is from the 2014 Gen Y and Housing Survey compiled by the Urban Land Institute and UDR.

So which cities are millennials relocating to here in the United States?

 

  1. Atlanta, GA
  2. Pittsburg, PA
  3. Memphis, TN
  4. Boston, MA
  5. Austin, TX
  6. San Diego, CA
  7. Seattle, WA
  8. Houston, TX
  9. Denver, CO
  10. Charlotte, NC

Good news, we have full-service, local offices in 4 out of these 10 cities and can assist our millennials with short-term, fully furnished temporary housing while they get settled into their new city. All of our properties include the features that are important to the Millennial respondents and even more!

For all of your relocation needs, your local AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing office is at your service, providing exclusive residential properties including single-family homes, town homes, condos, and apartments.  All offices are licensed real estate brokerages and can help you find your perfect home once you are settled. Most of our offices can also help with unfurnished rentals as well.

We are local and know the cities and neighborhoods our properties are located. Plus, we have properties not just in major cities, but in the surrounding suburbs as well.

Submit a housing request, Search for a Real Property in our actual database, or give us a call today 1-800-928-1592 and a local representative will be able to answer all of your questions. You can also Message us on Facebook or Tweet us on Twitter

 

 

26
Feb

Fully Furnished Rental in SF Bernal Height’s Neighborhood

If you are traveling to SF for business and perhaps you want to share a rental with a couple of other members of your team or you are traveling with your family, this 3BD/2BA row home in Bernal Heights will do just the trick!

Bernal Heights is described as a pretty little village in the city and voted hottest neighborhood. Bordering Potrero Hill, the Mission and Noe Valley, this sunny neighborhood offers many attractions and amenities, including trendy Zagat rated restaurants, bars, cafes (Martha’s, Pinhole and Progressive Grounds), and unique shops such as the Epicurean Trader, Chloe’s Closet and Succulence. The Good Life, akin to a mini Whole Foods is the neighborhood’s grocer. Several parks including the Bernal Heights Hilltop Vista with stunning SF views are all situated in this neighborly zip code.

This lovely home features an attached 1 car garage and street parking with no time restrictions, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, small private yard, expanded basic cable, high-speed wireless internet, capped utilities (electric/gas), water, trash, all furnishings, housewares, linens and towels all for one great monthly rate!

It’s a 20-minute walk to BART and walking distance to two nearby muni bus lines from this lovely home. Commuting to the East Bay or Silicon Valley is a breeze, 2 minutes from on ramps to highways 101 and 280.

To find out more information about this great property, click here. If you are interested in renting, please contact us at SanFrancisco@AvenueWest.com or give us a call 415-362-9600.

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23
Feb

February Featured Property in the Heart of Denver’s LODO Neighborhood

Traveling to Denver for business? Or perhaps you are relocating and want to try living in a particular neighborhood prior to settling down. Whatever your reason is for coming to beautiful Denver, let the local AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing office find the perfect fully furnished rental for your needs.

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This month, we are featuring a very unique and beautiful all-inclusive property in the heart of downtown Denver, within walking distance to tons of restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, the Pepsi Center, Denver Performing Arts Complex, the Convention Center, Union Station, Museum of Contemporary Art and so much more!

Bike rentals are right around the corner and the Cherry Creek bike path is at the end of the street. Confluence park is 1/4 mile away.

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This 1,600 square foot 2BD/2.5BA downtown Denver town home boasts high-end functionality and features including:

  • Main floor is open concept with 11 foot ceilings and floor to ceiling windows
  • Maple floors
  • Sub Zero refrigerator, Miele dishwasher and oven, and stainless steal countertops
  • Master bedroom has a king bed, sitting room and office, private balcony and a large flat screen TV.
  • Bathrooms have Kohler fixtures and white stone floors and both have a tub and shower
  • Separate laundry room next to 2nd bedroom upstairs
  • 2 covered parking spaces in adjoining garage

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Along with the great property features included above, all AvenueWest Denver rentals include high-speed wireless internet, expanded basic cable, domestic long distance, capped utilities (gas/electric), water, trash, linens and towels, housewares, and furnishings all for $5,500/month. There is also a one-time, non-refundable departure cleaning fee of $350. Maid Service can be added for an additional fee.

Click here to see more pictures and details of this charming town home or call us 303-825-0000 to reserve this beautiful property today! 🙂

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23
Nov

4 Tips for Planning a Successful Business Trip

The below was contributed by Gemma Vine:

Business TravelTravel is an important aspect of many successful businesses – and can be one of the most rewarding parts of your working life! However, there are plenty of things which one should think about before packing bags and departing. We’ve got you covered in regards to accommodation with our comfortable and convenient corporate housing, but temporary housing isn’t the only thing you might want to consider. Here are a few tips which might help you plan your next business trip:

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All of our fully furnished rentals are all real residential properties with fully stocked kitchens, high quality linens, full living rooms, and other amenities. Establish Your Objectives

 

Establish Objectives.   It’s really important to get clear in your mind the reasons behind your trip and what you want to gain from it. This will help you manage your time more effectively. Doing some research into your objectives will also be of great use when you reach your destination – when you know what you want, you will also have a better idea of who to seek out and meet with when you arrive. You will be able to look at anything you’re researching with a more educated eye. Knowing what you’re doing when you arrive is a great time saver and will also lend you the confidence which comes with prior knowledge.

 

Cover Your Back.   Travel is exciting and provides boundless opportunities for business growth but it can also bring certain risks with it. If you want to make sure that you and your business are prepared for all eventualities, have a look at your business insurance policies before you go. You might find, for example, that your corporate health insurance doesn’t cover you if you fall sick while traveling. Hopefully, of course, you won’t ever need to use these fail safes, but it’s best to be protected just in case. Also, if you’re coming from overseas, it’s a good idea to learn the location of your embassies in the event that you need to avail their services.

Do Your Research.   Business Travel ConnectionsOnce you’ve established your objectives, you can further streamline your time and make your trip generally more efficient by researching the people and places you want to meet and/or go. In this age of the internet, it doesn’t take long to do a bit of background research, which will ensure that you’re hitting the ground running, so to speak, when you arrive. Of course, business research is an essential component of any good business, so it’s likely that you already have the requisite skills! Seeking out some expertise from people who know the area and/or the people and places you’ll be visiting also makes for a great research opportunity. The more you know before you go, the more time-efficient your trip will be, leaving you with more time to enjoy yourself! The people you’re meeting are likely to be impressed if you’ve taken the time to learn a bit about them and what they do, which may in turn bring about a favorable result for your trip!

Enjoy Yourself!   Business trips don’t need to be all about hard work. In fact, if you’re actively enjoying yourself, you may find that the work is much more productive. Enjoy Your Business TripPeople who are relaxed, happy, and not stressed are generally better workers than people who are harried, pressured, and miserable. People who present a happy persona in meetings are also more likely to leave a good impression and come away from the table with their objectives completed. And, of course, the best way to present a happy persona is to actually be happy!

Business travel is a fantastic opportunity to see the world and have some fun, so be sure to let your hair down a little, take in the sights and experiences of the places you’re visiting, and generally have a great time! It will not only be great for you, it’ll be great for the business as well.

17
Nov

Corporate Housing is Not Part of the Shared Economy and CHBO has the Data to Prove it – CHBO Launches 7th Annual CHBO Corporate Housing Real Estate Survey

As smart investors look to diversify their real estate and investment portfolios more property owners are turning to monthly corporate housing rentals as the best way to adhere to real estate rental laws, minimize time needed to manage a property and maximizing rental income opportunities.

DENVER, Nov. 15th, 2015 – Corporate Housing rentals have been an essential lodging solution for more than half a century and should not be inadvertently lumped into the new trends and restrictions of today’s “shared economy” and CHBO has the data to prove it. For the 7th year CHBO is launching the CHBO Corporate Housing Real Estate Survey to document the trends, standards and needs for this monthly furnished lodging solution.

Successful corporate housing property owners and managers have found that investment and management trends reported in the CHBO Corporate Housing Real Estate Report are essential tools for their financial success. Did you know that 2 out of 3 corporate housing landlords say their tenants stayed on average 3 months or longer? CHBO also found that last year 17% of the properties were rented for a year or longer.

The 7th annual CHBO Corporate Housing Real Estate Survey will provide insights into:

  • Pricing trends for monthly, furnished corporate housing
  • Average security deposit fees charged by corporate housing landlords
  • Required length of stays in the monthly corporate housing rental marketplace
  • Pet policies for furnished housing
  • Predictions and corporate housing landlords sentiments about the future

The survey is broken into 8 main sections: Property Owners – Who, What, Where, Why and When; Outlook and Profitability; Rental Rates; Property Management Trends; Rental Properties; Tenants; Pets and Marketing Trends.

Independent property owners and managers of corporate housing rentals are invited to complete the survey online. Data is being collected through December 15, 2015 and findings will be reported on January 15th, 2016.  The 2015 CHBO Corporate Housing Real Estate Report is offered FREE to all survey participants.

“CHBO Members continue to ask for more facts and figures to make them the most profitable corporate housing providers. The CHBO Team continues to hear from our members about how much this information allows them to make the right choices when it comes to investing in, marketing and managing their corporate housing rentals,” says Kimberly Smith, co-founder and CEO of CHBO.

Real estate investing is back and the trends are showing more real estate growth potential. As smart investors look to diversify their real estate and investment portfolios more property owners are turning to monthly corporate housing rentals as the best way to adhere to real estate rental laws, minimize time needed to manage a property and maximizing rental income opportunities.

The results of this survey will be used to develop the 2015 CHBO Corporate Housing Real Estate Report, which will provide corporate housing landlords, real estate professionals, real estate investors and property managers needed data, emerging trends and insights about everything from how to better promote rental properties, to how to improve the way they furnish and market their rental properties. Historically, responses were received from property owners across the United States and around the world.

About CorporateHousingbyOwner.com (CHBO) 
CorporateHousingbyOwner.com is the number one marketplace for furnished corporate housing rentals. CHBO was founded in 2006 out of a need to connect private homeowners and real estate investors offering furnished, short-term rentals with corporate housing seekers such as traveling executives, relocated professionals, traveling nurses, actors, athletes and more. Today CHBO servers the larger Corporate Housing – Extended Stay Lodging market. CHBO also offers individual homeowners and investors tools to manage a corporate housing property themselves as well as help them market their property to a mass audience turning to corporate housing to fulfill their housing needs. Please visit www.CorporateHousingbyOwner.com for more information.

 

16
Nov

New Owners Grow AvenueWest Denver Managed Corporate Housing Franchise; Growth on New Franchisees’ Minds

Since 2001, Angela Healy worked for AvenueWest Corporate Housing in Denver – helping founders, Kimberly and Eric Smith, manage their financials and run the day-to-day operations. Angela was pivotal in helping AvenueWest grow and find success over the years – including early on in the business when the company took a financial hit in the failing economy. Over the years, Angela helped the Smiths create the AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing Franchise model and even assisted with the on-boarding of the franchisee team in Colorado Springs.

Along the way, Angela learned that Kimberly and Eric’s long-term plans were to eventually franchise the Denver market.

“When I told Tim [my husband] that AvenueWest Denver was available for purchase as a franchise, he said, ‘Have you ever thought of us buying Denver?’ I’d been working in the business for so long that it made sense that I would be the perfect successor,” says Angela. “The best part was that my husband had always wanted to own a business – so it was truly the right fit for us to do together.”

Kimberly says that Angela was a natural fit to take over the business given her experience and deep corporate housing knowledge.

“Between her strong corporate housing background experience and Tim’s impressive business acumen and entrepreneurial desires, Eric and I knew they were the right team to take over the Denver market,” says Kimberly.

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AvenueWest Denver Changes Hands

 In 2010, the Healys officially purchased the AvenueWest Denver franchise, thus beginning their journey as corporate housing entrepreneurs.

After taking over AvenueWest Denver, the Healys became iron-focused on their mission: To match those seeking corporate housing in Denver with those offering furnished, short-term rental properties.

“We are lucky to live in Denver as we get to cater to a variety of people in need of corporate housing, from business professionals and traveling consultants to relocating employees, traveling healthcare professionals, on-assignment military personnel, traveling theater companies and more,” says Tim.

The State of Denver’s Corporate Housing Market

Angela and Tim add that Denver is traditionally a high-demand market for corporate housing, and they don’t see that changing anytime soon.

“While we are currently seeing a lot of clients sell their properties because it’s a hot seller’s market, at the same time we are adding new clients who are looking for a competitive advantage when it comes to managing and marketing their unique furnished properties available for rent,” says Angela.

One of the ways Angela and Tim say they maintain steady inventory throughout market fluctuations is by offering great customer service, competitive pricing, unique properties, and win-win partnerships with those who own properties in desirable locations.

“We manage about 30 properties in The Spire (891 14th St. Denver), an upscale condo community in downtown Denver that offers panoramic views of the city and resort-style amenities. We are able to offer these properties to discerning individuals and groups who want to experience Denver’s culture and vibrant downtown scene while traveling to the Mile High City,” says Tim.

Steep Learning Curve

While Tim had little corporate housing experience when he took over AvenueWest Denver in 2011, he says he has since undergone a steep learning curve.

“At first corporate housing was like speaking a foreign language,” he says, “But today it feels like a natural progression in my career and offers me the flexibility I desire to balance my family-life with my professional-life.”

Above all, Tim says that having AvenueWest as the backdrop of their franchise gives them the name recognition and instant trust in the industry.

“Partnering with an award-winning, well-respected name in corporate housing not only brings us high quality referrals, but also helps us solidify relationships with new prospects who have come to know and trust the AvenueWest brand for more than a decade,” says Tim.

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Check Out AvenueWest Phoenix’s New Exclusive North Scottsdale Fully Furnished Rental

Whatever the reason for coming to Phoenix this fall, AvenueWest Phoenix has beautiful, exclusive properties that will meet your furnished temporary housing needs. Check out their most recent addition:

SERENE HACIENDA WITH BREATHTAKING MOUNTAIN, DESERT AND CITY VIEWS

This 1BD/1.5BA single story family home offers 1,400 square feet, a 2 car garage plus 2 additional covered parking spots, access to the adjacent horse facility, upscale finishes, and a washer/dryer.

Bedroom 2 Eating Area 1 Greatroom 4 Greatroom 8 Horse Area 9 Kitchen 2 Patio 1 Patio 9

Contact AvenueWest Phoenix for more information and to book this fabulous property: 602.753.2412 or Phoenix@avenuewest.com.

**Additional terms and conditions for AvenueWest Phoenix properties:

All properties require a one-time $250 non-refundable cleaning fee. If pets are permitted, a one-time, non-refundable pet fee of $300/per pet is required. In lieu of a refundable security deposit, we offer an Accidental Rental Damage Insurance for $69 every 90 days which covers renters up to $3,000 worth of damages for every 90 days in the unit. Otherwise, a refundable security deposit equal to one month rent is required. Rental tax does apply in all of our units – Scottsdale is 1.65% and Phoenix is 2%. Minimum lease term of 30 days required. All housewares, linens, towels, expanded basic cable (Premium channels can be made available for an additional cost), high speed wireless internet, water, sewage, and electric/gas (capped) are included in the monthly rental rate. We offer additional services, like maid service, for an additional fee. Full, non-refundable 30-day monthly rent payable in advance of move in. Non-refundable if tenant does not move in, although we will refund if we are able to re-rent the unit.

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