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4
Sep

WE HAVE NEVER BEEN BORING!

AvenueWest has been managing high quality private residences for investors since 1999. Today, AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing services are in 15 cities, in both the United States and Canada and we are adding more offices every month. #corporatehousing #realestateinvestment #rentals #lodging #realestate #avenuewest #skift



This year marks the 20th anniversary of AvenueWest Corporate Housing, Inc., an award winning Colorado based business that has shown staying power by finding real estate and lodging solutions for customers in the economic ups and downs of the last 20 years.  Founded on the principles of service, quality and choice, AvenueWest Global Franchise now has 15 local real estate franchise brokerages and just launched AvenueWest Canada to further its North American expansion.

In a world before AirBnB, AvenueWest saw the business potential for residential rentals, and today is the leader in the furnished residential monthly leasing and real estate business development. AvenueWest Corporate Housing started as a small real estate management company but quickly grew to the largest provider of corporate housing rentals in Colorado.  Driven by the development of new ideas, meaningful innovation and vision for corporate growth, in 2010 AvenueWest Global Franchise, LLC was launched, enabling the national expansion of the AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing business model.  In 2018, AvenueWest Global Franchise, LLC,was named a Colorado Company to Watch, acknowledging the drive, excellence and influence of AvenueWestas a growing company in the state. Colorado Companies to Watch honors second stage companies that develop valuable products and services, create quality jobs, enrich communities, and create new industries throughout Colorado.

A recognized leader in the industry, AvenueWest was awarded the Corporate Housing Providers Association’s (CHPA) prestigious Provider Company of the Year Award, in 2019 AvenueWest was short-listed for the international Serviced Apartment Provider of the Year Award, in 2018 Think Realty Magazine awarded them the Industry Influencer award and they have been listed for 3 consecutive years on Inc Magazine’s Inc 5000 list featuring the country’s fastest growing businesses. AvenueWest’s CEO, Angela Healy, states that there are two secrets to the company’s success. First, we work hard to run AvenueWest as a team and develop a place where our employees enjoy coming to work, take pride in what they do and create lasting solutions for the tasks at hand. Secondly, Healy adds, that we believe in doing business the old-fashioned way, person-to-person with high standards for customer service. “We are able to offer relocated or traveling professionals more than just a temporary place to call home; we also help them get to know and love their new city like we do. So many of our customers come back to us time and time again because they know they can depend on us for reliable information about the city they are relocating to.”

Mrs Healy stated, “The AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing business model works and there is proven national demand for the unique rental properties only offered through AvenueWest, but the real estate property management business model requires state specific real estate licenses to operate in each state.  With a strong focus on quality and consistency, the AvenueWest business model began the evolution to a franchise model that developed locally owned and operated real estate brokerage offering managed corporate housing as a business lodging solution.  Creating a franchise business varied significantly from the development of a real estate brokerage offering furnished monthly rentals.  The new model had to develop training and systems that could expand and replicate what had been primarily done just through the development of key employees.  Today there are 15 locally owned AvenueWest franchises located in 7 states.  Current AvenueWest offices are located in  Atlanta, GA – Boulder,CO – Colorado Springs, CO – Dallas, TX – Denver, CO – Denver South / DTC – Fort Collins, CO – Phoenix, AZ – Las Vegas, NV – Sacramento, CA – San Francisco, CA – Scottsdale, AZ – St Louis, MO – Tucson, AZ & Toronto, Ontario Canada.  Today, AvenueWest still has the same mission statement it started with in 1999.  “We can best serve our tenants and property owners by always improving the quality of everything we do as a team.  We are committed to the process of becoming a continuously self-improving organization.”The  AvenueWest  franchise business model is different than the standard McDonalds as we work together on innovation.  Part of the value of our franchise program is that innovation not only comes from the top down but also from the bottom up.  We believe, and have demonstrated, the value of working with each franchise to best understand the innovations they make everyday and the Global Team works hard to disseminate these ideas as best practices for the benefit of all offices.  Together we achieve more, together we grow more, and together we innovate more.  

20
Dec

How to Capture Holiday Cheer When Staying in a Corporate Rental

You might be spending the December holidays in a corporate rental this year – but don’t fret – the good news is that you’re in a corporate rental, not a cramped hotel. A corporate rental gives you the flexibility to channel your own holiday cheer with few limitations.

Here are some tips to surviving the December holidays during your temporary stay in a corporate rental:

Decorate:  Just because you’re staying in a furnished rental property doesn’t mean you can’t bring make the place your own.  Put up that Christmas tree, hang those stockings, light that menorah, and decorate your rental to your liking. A little bit of your personal holiday touch will bring cheer to you during your temporary stay.

Host:  A corporate rental gives you the flexibility to host a few friends for dinner. Prepare some food, invite a few friends over and host that holiday get together like usual. If you’re staying in a corporate rental over the holidays and plan to host a dinner party, look for properties with a large dining room to give you the extra space you’ll need.

Get Local:  If you’re staying in a corporate rental away from home, take advantage of your new location to live like the locals live. Check out the local holiday events (Facebook is great for this!) and holiday foods special to the area you’re staying near. There’s no time like the present to take advantage of local holiday traditions!

If you’re staying in a corporate rental this holiday season, don’t fret. Rather, make the most of it by hanging your own decorations, hosting your own dinner party and enjoying everything your temporary location has to offer.

2
Jan

2014 Resolutions that Can Help Your Career Path and Your Overall Well-Being

With the start of each new year comes resolutions that each of us would like to accomplish in the coming year. Many goals include weight loss, being healthier, happier, or maybe wanting an overall life change which could include a new career entirely.

Creating a list and putting our New Year’s resolutions down on paper is the best way to start. According to a study conducted by Dr. Gail Matthews with the Dominican University of California emphasizes how important it is to not only write down your goals, but to also share your goals with a friend and send them weekly progress reports. Five groups were created out of the 149 participants: Group 1 was supposed to think about their business related goals they wished to accomplish within a 4-week period and rate each goal by difficulty, importance, the skills and resources they had to accomplish said goal, their level of commitment/motivation, and whether or not they had pursued this goal before. Group 2-5 were asked to write down their goals and rate them based on the same criteria as Group 1. Group 3 was also asked to write down action commitments for each goal. Group 4 was asked to share their goals and commitments with a friend in addition to writing them down. Group 5 was asked to do everything above and was also asked to send out a weekly progress report to their friend. Out of the 5 groups, group 5 accomplished 76% of their goals and group 1 only accomplished 43%. So the best way to achieve your New Year’s Resolutions is not only to get them down in writing, but to also share them with a friend to best hold yourself accountable.

Some ideas for 2014 resolutions to better yourself in your career and overall life have been laid out in a recent Forbes Magazine article titled “11 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Jump Start Your Career.” The following items were highlighted:

Is one of your resolutions in 2014 to get a raise or promotion? Be sure to jot down reasons why you deserve it and make it quantifiable.
Is one of your resolutions in 2014 to get a raise or promotion? Be sure to jot down reasons why you deserve it and make it quantifiable.

 Get a Raise or Promotion. Before going to your boss, compile a list of your daily responsibilities, major projects you have accomplished, projects that you did that you weren’t asked to do, specific examples of what you have brought to the table in the past and what you plan to bring in the future, and be sure to quantify all of these to further emphasis why you deserve the raise/promotion.

  • Resolve to be less stressed in 2014 - it will be better for you in the long run!
    Resolve to be less stressed in 2014 – it will be better for you in the long run!

     Be Less Stressed.  It’s easy these days to get over-stressed in our careers and personal life. It is imperative that you take care of yourself and use stress-reducing techniques that work for you which could be exercising, playing games, watching sports, etc. To maintain the best attitude at work and at home, it is important that you are taking daily means to keep your stress levels down.

  • Make one of your resolutions to be more organized at work this year. Your boss and co-workers do notice when your desk and office is cluttered and disorganized.
    Make one of your resolutions to be more organized at work this year. Your boss and co-workers do notice when your desk and office is cluttered and disorganized.

     Be More Organized. In the workplace, it is easy to get unorganized with increasing work loads; however, it is very important to best manage your time at work by keeping your calendar and your desk well organized and up to date everyday. Your superiors and co-workers do notice when your desk is in disarray so be sure to maintain an organized impression.

  • Maybe 2014 is time for a bigger life change and a new job - go for it!
    Maybe 2014 is time for a bigger life change and a new job – go for it!

     Get a New Job. According to the most recent Gallup State of the American Workplace Poll, “70% of American’s are not engaged or are actively disengaged at work.” If you feel this way, then perhaps 2014 is the year to find a new job where you will be engaged and will enjoy what you are doing since many Americans spend 40 hours a week or more at work. Life is really too short to not be doing what you love so follow your passion!

  • Maintaining a good work-life balance in 2014 is essential in your overall quality of life.
    Maintaining a good work-life balance in 2014 is essential in your overall quality of life.

     Improve Your Work/Life Balance. Many Americans have difficulty with this. Many of us stay late at work everyday which starts to cut into our personal time to relax and regroup after work which isn’t a good pattern to be in. A couple ways to help create a better balance in your life is to prioritize your tasks better and know that not everything can be accomplished in one day – it’s okay to get things done the next day if there isn’t a set deadline. Finish the projects that have a set due date first and then fill in the rest of your days with your other tasks. If you know you have a long day ahead of you, then try getting to the office early in the morning so you can leave work at a reasonable hour. Delegate out tasks that can be done by your co-workers or subordinates to make your life easier. You don’t have to do everything you know!

  • Being a better networker will not only make you a better professional, but will make you better with relationships. This year, strive to network more.
    Being a better networker will not only make you a better professional, but will make you better with relationships. This year, strive to network more.

     Become a Better Networker. Networking yourself and your company is one of the best ways to spread the word and in the process, you will create more meaningful, professional relationships. People are more apt to do business with you if they like you as a person and if you go into each event thinking about creating partnerships rather than how it will only help you. LinkedIn is a fabulous networking site for those of us that can’t get out of the office to attend networking events in person. Set aside time each week to work on developing new partnerships – it will pay off!

  • Create and maintain good, strong professional relationships in the workplace this year.
    Create and maintain good, strong professional relationships in the workplace this year.

     Improve Your Work Relationships. Your boss controls a huge aspect of your life if you think about it so it is important that you have a strong professional relationship with him/her. Be sure you are effectively communicating with your boss and your co-workers each day. Ask your boss and fellow coworkers how you can help, and keep them abreast of your progress on certain tasks. Effective communication will keep the office running smoothly.

  • Striving to improve your overall communication skills in 2014 will pay off not only in your professional life, but in your personal life as well.
    Striving to improve your overall communication skills in 2014 will pay off not only in your professional life, but in your personal life as well.

     Develop Better Communication Skills. As mentioned above, effective communication is a must in the office. If you need improvement, then reading a book about communication or enrolling in some adult classes to help strengthen your skills would be a good idea.

  • 2014 would be a great year to finish a degree or to earn one! Challenge yourself if that is what you want to do.
    2014 would be a great year to finish a degree or to earn one! Challenge yourself if that is what you want to do.

     Go Back to School.  It’s never too late to finish a degree or to even get your first one. There are tons of different programs out there so go ahead and take the plunge this year!

  •  Respond Faster to Emails and Voicemails. Many of us struggle to get back to our clients and colleagues in a timely fashion so this year, make this a priority to keep everyone happy.
  • Make it a goal to have a better attitude this year in the workplace and at home - it can only improve your life!
    Make it a goal to have a better attitude this year in the workplace and at home – it can only improve your life!

     Have a Better Attitude. People generally like positive people and positive people tend to have better opportunities and experiences happen to them. Remember to spend plenty of time with your friends and family this year and also remember to smile and laugh. Your New Year’s Resolutions will be more attainable if you stay positive.

    2014 will be a great year as long as we set some goals (in writing) and follow through with them. Our work lives and personal lives are up to us so let’s all go out there and seize them and make 2014 the best year yet! 🙂

    10
    Jun

    Hello world!

    AvenueWest is the World Leader in Managed Corporate Housing – so what’s in a name?  We are a real estate brokerage, licensed and regulated, that specializes in fully furnished property management – we offer both AvenueWest Signature properties, these include everything in the rent from high speed internet to expanded cable to the kitchen sink – we also offer AvenueWest Basic Properties if you don’t need everything included in the rent.

    Our GOAL with this blog is to give you something helpful the next time you travel or a better way to manage your corporate housing rental – please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about renting a corporate housing property.  Yes believe it or not, anyone can rent a corporate housing rental even an individual and if you read nothing else on this blog PLEASE NEVER EVER wire $10,000 to someone who claims to have the perfect rental for you, they are a fraud!  use PayPal or any real corporate housing company will be happy to take your credit card – you can also check at http://www.CHPAonline.org to see if the company is a member of The Corporate Housing Providers Association.

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