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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

Bird Bedroom Desk

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! 🙂

Dinning Room

Orange Bedroom

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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.

9
Jun

Traveling Nurses – Check Out These Useful Apps to Make Your Jobs Easier

Technology makes everyone’s jobs a bit easier but these eight apps are specifically created for medical professionals to help while at work and also while traveling.

  1. Eprocrates App for Traveling nurses provides all sorts of useful information right at your fingertips.

    Eprocrates App for Traveling nurses provides all sorts of useful information right at your fingertips.

     Epocrates. Use this free app to help with identifying drug interactions, pill information, formulas, etc. There is one also available for $159.99/year that will also allow for diagnostic and lab tests as well as disease information.

  2. This Merck Manual app is available for purchase and is the full manual on your smart phone or tablet to aid medical professionals while at work or on the go.

    This Merck Manual app is available for purchase and is the full manual on your smart phone or tablet to aid medical professionals while at work or on the go.

     The Merck Manual. This app can be purchased for $34.99 for Apple users and is the full manual with disease, diagnostics, and prescription information right at your fingertips.

  3. This Nursing Central app is available for purchase and gives nurses information about everything they will need while traveling and also gives them access to Nursing Journals.

    This Nursing Central app is available for purchase and gives nurses information about everything they will need while traveling and also gives them access to Nursing Journals.

     Nursing Central can be purchased for $169.99/year and gives you access to nursing journals and detailed information about tests, procedures, and diseases.

  4. This free Medigram app allows medical professional to communication more effectively while using HIPAA standards.

    This free Medigram app allows medical professional to communication more effectively while using HIPAA standards.

    Use Medigram while at work in the hospital or clinic setting to allow for better communication amongst all staff while adhering to HIPAA standards. This app is free.

  5. This Pill Identifier app will help in all ways of pill identification.

    This Pill Identifier app will help in all ways of pill identification.

     Pill Identifier is a free app that will help identify pills that have been mislabeled/spilled as well as provides information about medications based on their identifiers.

  6. Profitrakr is applicable for all traveling business professionals but also has specific expenses for traveling nurses.

    Profitrakr is applicable for all traveling business professionals but also has specific expenses for traveling nurses.

    The app, ProfiTrakr, is the perfect tool for traveling nurses. It allows you to easily record all of your travel expenses and has a specific selection for traveling nurses. It can be purchased for $1.99.

  7. The Tripomatic app is like your personal travel planner. Use it to find the best attractions and must see places in your new city.

    The Tripomatic app is like your personal travel planner. Use it to find the best attractions and must see places in your new city.

     Tripomatic is a free app that will help you find the attractions at the new city you have been assigned to and will allow you to create your very own travel itinerary.

  8. This fun GPS app gives you up to date information while you are driving about accidents, gas prices, etc.

    This fun GPS app gives you up to date information while you are driving about accidents, gas prices, etc.

    Use Waze, the free GPS navigation app that gives you real time data on where you need to go including accidents, traffic, speed traps, gas prices, etc.

These eight apps have been created especially for use by medical professionals who are on the road and traveling for work. Hopefully these fine apps will make you more productive while working and will come in handy when you are on the go. Remember, if you are ever in need of a fully furnished rental in your new city, we would love to help you find the perfect home away from home! 🙂

8
Oct

10 Smartphone Travel Applications to Help Plan Your Next Trip

Whether you are planning to take a trip for business or pleasure, these ten applications are sure to make your life easier.

  1. Kayak.
    The Kayak app can be used to search through hundreds of travel sites for hotels, flights, rental cars, etc. in one easy to use place.

    The Kayak app can be used to search through hundreds of travel sites for hotels, flights, rental cars, etc. in one easy to use place.

    Search for everything travel related (flights, rental cars, hotels, etc.) all in one place! This application is available for the iPhone, Android, Windows, and Amazon’s Kindle Fire.

  2. Lonely Planet Travel Guides.
    Download your next travel guide from Lonely Planet's Travel Guide app.

    Download your next travel guide from Lonely Planet’s Travel Guide app.

    Download this free app to have access to hundreds of Guide Books right at your fingertips. You can download the app from the Apple Store and can also download ebooks as well.

  3. UNESCO World Heritage App.
    The UNESCO World Heritage app is a neat way to plan your next trip since all major world travel destinations are categorized here and there are over 650 images to check out too.

    The UNESCO World Heritage app is a neat way to plan your next trip since all major world travel destinations are categorized here and there are over 650 images to check out too.

    This app is $2.99 and available from the Apple Store for iPhone and iPad. The cost is worthwhile since you get access to location maps for all sites; over 650 photos; the ability to search by country, classification, or name; create your favorites and plot them onto Google Maps; links back to the UNESCO site for more information.

  4. mTrip.
    The mTrip app is like your very own personal, mobile tour guide while you are exploring your destination(s).

    The mTrip app is like your very own personal, mobile tour guide while you are exploring your destination(s).

    Another travel guide app that acts as your personal, mobile tour guide around most world cities. You can download this app on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Create a unique travel itinerary with the sites that you want to see. mTrip has a nice offline map feature that allows you to view maps and navigate around the city when you don’t have an internet connection. You can even send your friends and family members virtual postcards via email or Facebook.

  5. TripAdvisor.
    Check out reviews from other travelers about tourist sites and local destinations before you go.

    Check out reviews from other travelers about tourist sites and local destinations before you go using the TripAdvisor app.

    This app is available for the iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android phones and tablets and provides you with travel guides, reviews from other users, and you can even download offline city guides which you do not need an internet connection for and they won’t charge your phone for roaming.

  6. Hotels.com.
    The Hotels.com app allows you to search and book thousands of hotels worldwide.

    The Hotels.com app allows you to search and book thousands of hotels worldwide.

    Is a free app that allows you to view and book hotels worldwide, access your reservations even when you are offline, and track and redeem points. Available for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows.

  7. Hipmunk.
    Try a new way to search for flights and hotels using the Hipmunk app.

    Try a new way to search for flights and hotels using the Hipmunk app.

    A new way to search for flights and hotels is by using the cute app Hipmunk (which appropriately features a chipmunk as it’s mascot). The search results are easy to see and easy to book. You can filter the flight searchs by “agony” which will show you flights by the least amount of fly time, layovers, and price. The hotel search results shows at a glance if the hotel provides parking, wifi, fees, etc.

  8. Skyscanner.
    The Skyscanner app is another great way to search for flights. Filter your search results to show you the cheapest dates/times to fly if your travel is flexible.

    The Skyscanner app is another great way to search for flights. Filter your search results to show you the cheapest dates/times to fly if your travel is flexible.

    This is another free app that allows you to search for flights. It is available for iPod, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and Windows 8. You can filter it by showing the cheapest days to fly (if your dates are flexible), it also shows you the cheapest times to fly. Filter searches by take off/landing times, prices, and airlines. It is available in over 28 languages and 68 currencies too!

  9. uPackingList.
    Keep yourself organized and on track with the uPackingList app.

    Keep yourself organized and on track with the uPackingList app.

    The name says it all – use this free app to keep yourself organized and on track when you are getting ready to pack for your next upcoming trip. Features include: unlimited list building and you can reuse past lists; a catalog of over 300 items to choose from; add any item to any category; you can enter quantities and notes for each item; and email the list to anyone when you are done, etc. Available for Apple and Android.

  10. JetLag Genie.
    Use the JetLag Genie app to help thwart JetLag before, during, and at your final destination.

    Use the JetLag Genie app to help thwart JetLag before, during, and at your final destination.

    The perfect companion for a long trip oversees to help you beat jetlag. Available for iPhone or iPod touch, this app prepares you for your upcoming trip by allowing you to create customized daily plans before, during, and after you arrive at your final destination. Input your normal sleep patterns and flight information to get customized results. There is a melatonin guide too.

Planning any vacation or business trip can be a headache but with these top travel applications at your fingertips, your next trip is just a click away. If you are traveling with in the United States and prefer to stay in a fully furnished residential property rather than a hotel, then check out AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing now in Boston, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Denver, Fort Collins, Phoenix, and San Francisco.

31
Jul

5 FREE Travel Apps That Will Make Your Business Trip a Breeze

If you are a frequent business traveler, then these 5 apps are a must have to make your trip go as smooth as possible!

  1. points.com

    Points.com – the site that allows you to combine all of your rewards points in one place!

     Points.com – this ingenious site allows you to combine all of your rewards points in one place! You can redeem them for travel, exchange points with other travelers, and even buy more mileage points. Consolidate all of your mileage rewards in one place and reap the benefits.

  2. Expensify

    Expensify – easily keep track of all of your business expenses and mileage.

     Expensify – this free app will allow you to import all of your expenses from your bank account or credit card and will create a PDF report. You can also scan receipts directly into the app for cash purchases. There is also a mileage log to keep you organized.

  3. CardMunch

    CardMunch allows you to easily import contact information by taking a picture of a business card.

     CardMunch – do you consistently loose business cards? Well fret no more! The CardMunch app allows you to take a picture of the business card and it will automatically create a contact for you in your phone with all of their information. The app also pulls in their LinkedIn profile information since this app was recently acquired by them.

  4. XE Currency

    XE-Currency gives you up to date exchange rates for over 180 currencies worldwide!

     XE Currency – for you frequent International business travelers, this app is the perfect tool to see real-time currency rates and conversions! There are more that 180 currencies and best of all, this app is FREE!

  5. Wi-Fi Finder

    Wi-Fi Finder will keep you connected by showing you all the free and paid wireless networks nearby.

     Wi-Fi Finder – working while traveling usually requires an internet connection. Wi-Fi Finder makes it easy to locate free and paid wireless networks near you anytime! You can also download an offline database to help you find networks when you are offline. It is available for iOS and Google Play.

There are so many great resources out there to aid the frequent business traveler along their journey. Hopefully, these tools will help your business even more – especially while on the go!

10
Jun

Tech Questions Answered and Saavy Solutions for All

Technology advances are happening all the time and more questions arise each and every day. While reading USA Today’s Tech section, Kim Komando’s column jumped out. Below are some great questions and answers for not only business travelers, but everyone who uses technology.

Q: What should be done if my smart phone is stolen?

A: 

Install an app on your smartphone that will allow you to track its location, erase all information, etc. in case it ever gets stolen like Find My Phone.

Install an app on your smartphone that will allow you to track its location, erase all information, etc. in case it ever gets stolen like Find My Phone.

Whenever you get a new smartphone, you should be sure that all of your data is backed up and have an app that will automatically wipe your phone clean and track its location. FindMyPhone is an app that you can download onto any Apple products, Android, or Google Play. This app will let you locate your phone, lock your device, erase all your data, etc. You should always have your devices set up with a password also in case it ever does get taken. Never leave your smartphone unattended in public. CarboniteMobile is another app that works with Apple or Android devices that will protect your smartphone.

Carbonite has a mobile app as well that will allow you to backup and protect your smartphone(s).

Carbonite has a mobile app as well that will allow you to backup and protect your smartphone(s).

Q: How can an older camera be updated to make it faster?

A: You can always update your camera’s firmware which should make it faster and might also add some new features. Refer to your user manual to see if they have any quick tips of how you can update your camera. Also, check out the manufacturer’s website which should have the new firmware software listed. Be sure to clear your SD card before you install the update(s) to your camera.

Q: Should a public wi-fi network be used for sensitive information such as banking?

A: 

When checking sensitive, secure information, try not to use an unsecured wireless network as you never know who could be looking at your information!

When checking sensitive, secure information, try not to use an unsecured wireless network as you never know who could be looking at your information!

Public networks are unsecure and so it isn’t advisable to use them to check your finances here or anything with sensitive, secure information. Most banks have a mobile app that can be downloaded and used on your mobile network which is more secure if it is necessary to check your account(s) while on the go.

Q: Is there anyway to send text messages for free?

A: Yes, there are several free apps that you can download that will allow you to send text messages for free.

Whatsapp is a free text messaging application that can be downloaded on Apple and Android smartphones.

Whatsapp is a free text messaging application that can be downloaded on Apple and Android smartphones.

Whatsapp is an app that works with Apple and Android devices that allows you to text anyone with the app for free – including internationally! You can also send pictures, share your location, have a group chat, etc.

Text Free is another application that allows you to text anyone for free - including non-smartphone users. It accepts incoming calls for free too and you get your very own number.

Text Free is another application that allows you to text anyone for free – including non-smartphone users. It accepts incoming calls for free too and you get your very own number.

TextFree is an app that allows you to text any number – even if it’s not a smartphone – for free. This app gives you a real number to use and you can accept inbound calls for free too. They also give you 10 minutes free to make outbound calls and additional minutes can be purchased for a low rate. This app is available for Apple and Android devices.

These are just some of the numerous technical questions and answers that are floating around out there. Hopefully this helps you save money and time and will allow you to have more fun on your smartphone and other devices safely. 🙂

2
May

Sometimes Renting is a Much More Economical Option Than Buying: Top 10 Cities

A recent article posted at NBCNews.com Business uses Zillow’s Break Even Horizon to determine the top 10 cities where renting is more economically sound than buying and how long it takes on average to break even if purchasing a home. This figure is calculated based on the net cost of purchasing a home vs. renting the same house. Here are the top 10 cities renting costs less than buying:

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Top 10 Cities Where Renting is more economical than buying: New York City.

Top 10 Cities Where Renting is more economical than buying: New York City.

New York City, NY. Zillow Break Even Horizon: 5 Years; Zillow Rental Index: $2,016; Annual Change in Zillow Rent Index: 19.4%

Renting an apartment in the city would save more money than purchasing a home unless you were going to be living in NYC for more than 5 years. The average home price is $462,500. A 20% down payment is going to be $93,000 for a home this much and with the current rate of 3.277% and a 30 year fixed mortgage, you are looking at a monthly mortgage payment of $2,145 which is higher than the current rental index.

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Top 10 cities where renting is more economical than purchasing: Seattle, WA.

Top 10 cities where renting is more economical than purchasing: Seattle, WA.

Seattle, WA. Zillow Break Even Horizon: 4.3 Years; Zillow Rental Index: $1,850; Annual Change in Zillow Rent Index: 4.7%

Waterfront property in Seattle averages about $392,200 as of December 2012.

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Top 10 cities where renting is more economical than purchasing: Boston, MA.

Top 10 cities where renting is more economical than purchasing: Boston, MA.

Boston, MA. Zillow Break Even Horizon: 3.9 Years; Zillow Rental Index: $2,299; Annual Change in Zillow Rent Index: 11.3%

Based on 25 new single family homes for sale in Boston, MA, the average home costs $727,200. A 20% down payment is $145,000 with a 3.277% interest rate, your monthly mortgage payment would be $3,334. Renting in Boston on average would be a monthly savings of $1,035.

Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, CA tied for 4th for the amount of years it would take to break even if purchasing a home.

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Top 10 cities where renting is more economical than purchasing: Washington, D.C.

Top 10 cities where renting is more economical than purchasing: Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. Zillow Break Even Horizon: 3.7 Years; Zillow Rental Index: $2,439; Annual Change in Zillow Rent Index: 7%

There has been an increase in new home development in the D.C. area. As of December last year, the average home cost $402,400 which is up by 10%.

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Top 10 cities where renting is more economical than purchasing: San Francisco.

Top 10 cities where renting is more economical than purchasing: San Francisco.

San Francisco, CA. Zillow Break Even Horizon: 3.9 Years; Zillow Rental Index: $3,281; Annual Change in Zillow Rent Index: 12%

San Fran has seen an 18% increase in home sale prices year after year! Currently, the average home costs $770,600. A 20% down payment of $154,000 with the current interest rate of 3.277% would be a $3,529 monthly payment. By renting, you would save on average of $248 a month.

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Top 10 cities where renting is more economical than purchasing: Portland, OR

Top 10 cities where renting is more economical than purchasing: Portland, OR

Portland, OR. Zillow Break Even Horizon: 3.6 Years; Zillow Rental Index: $1,423; Annual Change in Zillow Rent Index: 8.6%

Portland has the most bike commuters in the U.S. Last year, 21.49% of homes sold were sold at a loss, but the average value of homes has risen 8.8% ($257,400).

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Top 10 cities where renting is more economical than purchasing: San Diego.

Top 10 cities where renting is more economical than purchasing: San Diego.

San Diego, CA. Zillow Break Even Horizon: 3.4 Years; Zillow Rental Index: $2,116; Annual Change in Zillow Rent Index: 2.9%

The average San Diego home value is up 11% making the average home $404,100.

Los Angeles, CA and San Jose, CA tied for 7th place based upon the number of years it would take to break even after purchasing a home in either location.

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Top 10 cities where renting is more economical than purchasing: Los Angeles.

Top 10 cities where renting is more economical than purchasing: Los Angeles.

Los Angeles, CA. Zillow Break Even Horizon: 3.3 Years; Zillow Rental Index: $2,311; Annual Change in Zillow Rent Index: 2.3%

Los Angeles has a very high unemployment rate and the home rates dropped about 35% which actually makes L.A. more affordable for home owners. The average home costs $399,800 which was up by 9.7% as of December 2012. If you put down a 20% payment of $80,000 with the 3.277 interest rate with a fixed 30 year mortgage, your monthly payment is going to be $1,863.

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Top 10 cities where renting is more economical than purchasing: San Jose, CA.

Top 10 cities where renting is more economical than purchasing: San Jose, CA.

San Jose, CA. Zillow Break Even Horizon: 3.3 Years; Zillow Rental Index: $2,513; Annual Change in Zillow Rent Index: 4.5%

San Jose, CA has a lot more people interested in purchasing homes since the average annual income is $92,500. San Jose has a very high employment rate with over 6,000 technology companies. The average home in San Jose is $544,600 so if you put down 20% ($109,000) + 3.277% + 30 years = $2,514 monthly mortgage payment which is $1 higher per month than the current rental index!

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Top 10 cities where renting is more economical than purchasing: Denver, CO.

Top 10 cities where renting is more economical than purchasing: Denver, CO.

Denver, CO. Zillow Break Even Horizon: 2.8 Years; Zillow Rental Index: $1,468; Annual Change in Zillow Rent Index: 9.3%

As of December 2012, Denver’s average home value was up by 14.1% with the average home costing $233,700.

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Top 10 cities where renting is more economical than purchasing: Austin, TX.

Top 10 cities where renting is more economical than purchasing: Austin, TX.

Austin, TX. Zillow Break Even Horizon: 2.7 Years; Zillow Rental Index: $1,516; Annual Change in Zillow Rent Index: 6.2%

At the end of last year, Austin had an overall home value increase of 4.7% = $209,900.

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Top 10 cities where renting is more economical than purchasing: Nashville, TN.

Top 10 cities where renting is more economical than purchasing: Nashville, TN.

Nashville, TN. Zillow Break Even Horizon: 2.6 Years; Zillow Rental Index: $1,190; Annual Change in Zillow Rent Index: 3.8%

The average home cost is now $140,000, which is up by 6%.

Most of the cities listed above experienced an overall increase last year in their median home values which is great news overall for the market!

1
May

The Top 5 Most Common Stresses of Business Travel and Steps You Can Take to Remedy Them

Let’s face it, travel in general is filled with stress but business travelers experience these much more frequently.  A recent poll from TripIt determined the top 5 most common stresses associated with travel:

  1. Exercise. 67% of frequent travelers said that the pressure to exercise was stressful – 17% of these responders found it to be extremely stressful.
  2. Healthy Eating. 66% of responders found eating healthy to be a challenge and added to the overall stress of traveling – 19% said it was extremely stressful.
  3. To do list upon return. 64% found the pressure of tasks needing to be done when they returned home to be a significant source of stress while traveling.
  4. Airport Security. Of the people that were polled, 59% found airport security to be very stressful.
  5. Driving in a new city. The lowest on the top 5 travel stresses is driving in a new city. 54% of respondents found this to be very stressful when they travel.

Since exercise and healthy eating are the two highest stresses for frequent business travelers, here is a list of suggestions that TripIt recommended to help alleviate some of your stress:

  • Have portable, healthy snacks on hand to fend off hunger until your next meal.

    Have portable, healthy snacks on hand to fend off hunger until your next meal.

    Bring healthy, portable snacks with you so you won’t be as temped to buy un-healthy snacks when the hunger sets in. Bring along some almonds or a banana to help tie you over between meals.

  • Try ordering a couple small plates or an appetizer and small salad instead of a huge meal.

    Try ordering a couple small plates or an appetizer and small salad instead of a huge meal.

    Instead of ordering a large dinner, choose a small plate or an appetizer for dinner instead. If you opt for a salad, keep in mind that the dressing has a ton of fat and calories so it’s best kept on the side. Salad is not always the healthiest choice on the menu either so be smart when choosing.

  • Instead of using escalators, take the stairs instead.

    Instead of using escalators, take the stairs.

    Instead of using escalators or moving sidewalks, try taking the stairs or walk to keep you moving.

  • Get a pedometer or download a pedometer app on your phone to track how many steps you are taking.

    Get a pedometer or download a pedometer app on your phone to track how many steps you are taking.

    Track how many steps you are taking with a pedometer or an app on your phone.

  • Ask for a map of the local area with running/walking trails or nearby parks.
  • Do crunches, pushups, jumping jacks, chair dips, stretching, and any other activity that doesn’t require any equipment in your room.
Be resourceful when traveling for business. No time to head to the gym? No problem, just use your hotel room instead.

Be resourceful when traveling for business. No time to head to the gym? No problem, just use your hotel room instead.

It is a stressful world we live in and the constant traveling makes life that much more hectic. Hopefully these tips from TripIt will make your future business trips less stressful, more active, and healthier. 🙂

Safe travels everyone!

18
Apr

How to Make the Most of Your Days Off Through Travel

Many of us have a 9-5 job or jobs in the service industry where we don’t have a lot of time to go on long, lavish vacations. A recent blog post by Nomadic Matt titled “How Can You Travel More Even if You Work a 9-5 Job” sheds some light on how you can use your time off most effectively while still being able to travel – even with a limited amount.

Most American’s have 2 weeks vacation per year plus the weekends = 110 travel days. Most of us also get holidays off and have some three day weekends here and there which gives us even more time to travel each year. Sure, it isn’t consecutive time but you could take a long vacation by using your 2 weeks in a row. Here are some tips on how you can maximize your time to travel a lot more this year:

  1. Hop in the car and drive somewhere nearby to spend your weekends away from home!

    Hop in the car and drive somewhere nearby to spend your weekends away from home!

     Weekends. Sure the weekends only offer 2 full days (unless it’s a 3 day weekend) but that is plenty of time to explore a city close to you.

  2. If you only have a limited amount of time to go somewhere, choose a destination that is closer to where you live rather than flying half way across the world.

    If you only have a limited amount of time to go somewhere, choose a destination that is closer to where you live rather than flying half way across the world.

     Find a location that is closer to you. If you are in America then traveling to Australia for only one week would be a waste since your travel time takes up almost 3 days! Instead, take a trip to Central America which is closer. Generally the closer the destination, the cheaper the flight is going to be too.

  3. Have limited funds but still want to get away this weekend? Be a tourist in your own city (maybe just not this obvious).

    Have limited funds but still want to get away this weekend? Be a tourist in your own city (maybe just not this obvious).

     Be a tourist in your own city. Take time to explore the city you currently live in. Go to the museums, tourist attractions, new areas you have never been, etc. Being a tourist in your own city will give you new insight on where you live.

  4. Don’t try to see it all at once. Instead of trying to see everything in a short amount of time, focus on a couple attractions and destinations that you want to go see. This way, you will be less overwhelmed and will have more time to enjoy the place you are visiting.

Next time you feel like getting away, remember these 4 tips that will make your experience more fun in less time. As the famous Roy Rogers croons, “Happy trails to you, until we meet again. Happy trails to you, keep smilin’ until then.”

16
Apr

Come Learn About Investing in Real-Estate

Personal Real Estate Investor Magazine is hosting the Investor Provider Leadership Summit in Baltimore, MD April 25th-26th at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel, 101 W Fayette St, Baltimore MD 21201.

The Investor Provider Leadership Summit is next week April 25-26, 2013 in Baltimore, MD - don't wait to register for this amazing event!

The Investor Provider Leadership Summit is next week April 25-26, 2013 in Baltimore, MD – don’t wait to register for this amazing event!

Become familiar with strategies, service leaders, providers, and side channels that could increase your overall sales and revenue. The past event was very successful in producing hundreds of property sales to both domestic and international property investors.

Learn more about how you can make money from investment properties and hear from our very own Kimberly Smith of AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing with her segment on the “High Margin Rental Niche.”

Don’t hesitate to register for this great event – there are only a few seats left! We hope to see you there! 🙂

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