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Welcome AvenueWest Northern Colorado!

AvenueWest Northern Colorado, a franchise of Denver-based AvenueWest Global Franchise, opened its doors on November 1, 2013 and is owned and managed by Deb Salek.

Deb Salek, owner of AvenueWest Northern Colorado
Deb Salek, owner of AvenueWest Northern Colorado

AvenueWest Northern Colorado connects private landlords with business travelers in need of full service corporate housing.

AvenueWest Global Franchise has been tapping into the emerging trend of departing business executives who are finding both financial freedom and life balance through franchise ownership. Deb Salek was a former senior level analyst with Qwest Communications and now owns her own AvenueWest franchise. Deb’s exit from corporate America is a developing national trend. Her first step was to decide to leave her office job. She built a successful residential real estate business as a broker associate with RE/MAX, which provided the flexibility she needed with her two young children. Then Deb and her husband, Todd, chose to relocate to Fort Collins, CO, a city they found as the best compliment to their quality of life vision. When looking to target the relocation market more specifically, Deb found AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing to be an exciting opportunity which taps into both her corporate and real estate experience as she looks to build a long term sustainable business.

“Fort Collins offers this amazing quality of life and energy that is fueling growth and causing a positive relocation trend for the city. With a diverse blend of corporations, Colorado State University, state of the art hospitals, government entities and a burgeoning craft beer industry, Fort Collins economy continues to strengthen. Fort Collins is also in the midst of a hot housing market with property inventory at a premium so it may take people several months to find a new home, and short-term housing presents the best solution during that transition.”

Salek continues: “The people that stay in our AvenueWest properties prefer to have the amenities of home and appreciate that it is a less transient environment than what they would find in a hotel. The cost to stay in an AvenueWest property is also typically less expensive per night than staying in a hotel. There seems to be a demand from every corner: corporations, visiting professors, medical personnel, the oil and gas industry, tourists, and so forth. I see the real opportunity as being with the individual homeowners who want to offer their furnished homes as corporate rental properties. They will have the ability to work with us to capitalize on and profit from the growing need for temporary housing solutions in the area. It’s exciting to be able to help owners develop their investment properties.”

"I see the real opportunity as being with the individual homeowners who want to offer their furnished homes as corporate rental properties." Like at the Mason Street Flats in Old Town, for example.
“I see the real opportunity as being with the individual homeowners who want to offer their furnished homes as corporate rental properties.” Like at the Mason Street Flats in Old Town, for example.

Kimberly Smith, the CEO of AvenueWest Global Franchise, says that opening an office in Fort Collins has been on her wish list since the day she started her managed corporate housing business in the LODO area of Denver some 14 years ago and a priority since launching AvenueWest Global Franchise in 2010. “An executive who wants a furnished property with all the creature comforts of home and high-end furnishings will have a strong preference for AvenueWest’s corporate rental properties over a transient hotel setting or other generic apartment rentals. With Deb’s knowledge of the area and industry, AvenueWest Northern Colorado now offers the kinds of rental properties required by discerning executives. It also offers the opportunity for private landlords to earn greatly increased rental income on their properties.”

To offer your property for rent through AvenueWest Northern Colorado, or to find a property during your temporary stay in the area, contact Deb Salek at 970-797-3099 or via email at: AvenueWest Northern Colorado connects private landlords with those in need of corporate housing. Corporate housing is defined as fully furnished rental apartments, homes or condominiums offered for rent on a short-term basis, usually for one month or more.

About AvenueWest Global Franchise

Established in 2010, AvenueWest Global Franchise grew from the desire to expand the business opportunity and corporate housing excellence achieved through the AvenueWest Corporate Housing Managed Corporate Housing program that was founded in 1999.

Currently AvenueWest Global Franchise has offices in Boston MA, Colorado Springs CO, Dallas TX, Denver COFort Collins CO, Phoenix AZ and San Francisco CA, and has recently embarked on an aggressive expansion plan with expectations to open an office before year’s end in Atlanta GA.


More FREE Fun-Filled Events in the Denver Area this Summer

Denver, CO is home to the majestic Rocky Mountains and an urban metropolis that has tons of fun, social, and inexpensive activities to do all year long but the summertime events can’t be beat! Here is a list of more fun-filled, FREE events you can be a part of this month:

  • Festival For Water: this FREE festival features live music, food trucks, and beverages in Civic Park on June 9th. The event is to spread awareness of the importance of water in the US and around the world.
  • Denver Pridefest: come celebrate the local gay and lesbian community of Denver with this FREE weekend long event featuring a parade, food, live music, and dance at Civic Center Park June 15-17.
Come celebrate the Japanese-American culture at Denver's annual Cherry Blossom Festival going on June 22-23, 2013.
Come celebrate the Japanese-American culture at Denver’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival going on June 22-23, 2013.

 Cherry Blossom Festival: a celebration of Japanese-American culture, food, music and dance June 22-23 – FREE admission.

  • FREE Admission to the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield – Friday, June 7th
  • FREE Admission to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science – Monday, June 17th
  • FREE Admission to the Clyfford Still Museum – Friday, June 7th
  • National Center for Atmospheric Researchcome learn more about global climate change in Boulder, CO at this FREE museum.
  • Red Rocks Amphitheater Red Rocks is a must see when you come to Denver. There is a FREE Hall of Fame museum at the visitor center as well as tons of hiking trails all around the area.
  • Travel back through time to the late 19th century at the FREE Littleton Historical Museum.
    Travel back through time to the late 19th century at the FREE Littleton Historical Museum.

     Littleton Historical Museumsee how the pioneers lived at this FREE, interactive museum in the heart of Littleton. There is an indoor museum as well as two different period homes; farms, a schoolhouse, animals and more! This is the perfect place to bring the whole family.

  • Coors Brewery Tour – learn how Coors brews the “taste of the rockies” on this FREE tour with 3 FREE beers at the end! You must be 21 or older to drink; kids are welcome as long as there is an adult with them.
  • Celestial Seasonings’ TourFREE tours are offered daily M-Sat 10am-4pm; Sun 11am-3pm – on the weekends the machinery isn’t running so go on a weekday if possible. Fun for the whole family and you will be able to sample tea before your tour too.
  • That wraps up the FREE events in June and other events that are FREE and available all summer long! Stay tuned next month for more FREE fun-filled events to do in the Denver Metro area. 🙂


    Inexpensive, Fun-Filled Activities to do in Denver, CO This Summer!

    Come on down to Denver where the sun is hotter and the air is thinner. Denverites enjoy spending the summer months outside, usually doing something active but the activities listed below include a wide variety of interests. We will be featuring different events every week since there are so many great things happening this summer in Denver!

    • Come to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science every Thursday this summer for cocktails, education, and fun!

      Come to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science every Thursday this summer for cocktails, education, and fun!

      Every Thursday, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science opens their doors for person’s 21 and up to enjoy cocktails while learning about a new topic each time. Tickets are $12 for non-members and $10 for members.

    • FREE: First Friday Art Walk. These happen the First Friday of every month – June 7, July 5, August 2, and September 6. Experience artwork from galleries along the Sante Fe Art District (Along Sante Fe between 8th Avenue-12th Avenue). Most galleries offer drinks for free but do appreciate donations.
    • Like movies? Well, there are a ton of great venues hosting outdoor movies this summer: Film on the Rocks,

      Come enjoy a movie under the stars and the gorgeous surroundings at Red Rocks this summer!

      Come enjoy a movie under the stars and the gorgeous surroundings at Red Rocks this summer!

      Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO. Enjoy a hit movie while basking in the beautiful surroundings. Tickets are $12 in advance and $13 at the door. Before the movie, you will also enjoy either a comedian or band before the movie starts and audience contests; Southwest Movies at Skyline Park, Skyline Park, Downtown Denver, this event is FREE and is open to kids and pets; Larimer Square Summer Film Series, open to the public with the option to reserve a table ($20, per showing, per person) at one of 11 great restaurants within Larimer Square. Film nights are: June 6th, July 11th, August 1, and September 12th each with a different movie at 6 and at 8:30. All proceeds benefit participating non-profit organizations, Larimer Arts Association, and Denver Film Society; Civic Center Bike-In Movie Series, Civic Center Park, Downtown Denver. FREE and open to the public. Bike (or use other methods of transportation) to this free outdoor movie event! Bike racks will be provided. Dates are July 18, August 2, August 16, and September 13.

    • Who doesn’t enjoy FREE live music? Check out the

      Come downtown this Saturday to experience Denver's Day of Rock with live bands throughout the day - all along the 16th Street Mall.

      Come downtown this Saturday to experience Denver’s Day of Rock with live bands throughout the day – all along the 16th Street Mall.

      Denver Day of Rock, this Saturday, May 25th all along the 16th Street Mall in Downtown Denver; City Park Jazz come experience live jazz music for FREE every Sunday night in June and July in City Park – 6-8pm Rain or Shine.

    • Downtown Denver Arts Festival, May 24th-26th, Denver Performing Arts Complex. Come check out local art work while enjoying the sunshine this Memorial Day Weekend.

    There are so many activities, so little time! Hopefully, everyone has a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend! Stay tuned next week for even more fun-filled activities for you and your family to enjoy! 🙂


    Departure Process: Understanding Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Tenant

    Before you depart the unit, you should fill out the departure side of the “unit condition form” or if one wasn’t provided, add to the list you created at the beginning of your stay. To be the most thorough, you should schedule a walk-through with your landlord and/or leasing agent to review the “unit condition report” with you and have them and you sign off on the written form/list and date it. This way, when it comes to getting your security deposit back, you will already be prepared about what to expect.

    Avoid a battle over your security deposit by scheduling a walk-through with your landlord prior to departing. This will give both of you more peace of mind.

    • Research the amount of days your landlord/community has to refund your full or remaining security deposit. This varies by state. In CA for example, the landlord only has a 21 day window to get these refunded. Most other states are 30 days unless otherwise specified.
    • If any damages were deducted from the security deposit, the landlord/community/leasing agent must send over a detailed statement showing what was deducted from the security deposit. If you have all of your ducks in a row including before and after photos with a time date stamp and your copy of the unit’s condition upon arrival and departure, you should be able to fight any damages that have been taken out if you didn’t do them.
    • The landlord/agents are entitled to do their own inspection report once you have moved out of the unit. During this inspection, damages that might not have been identified on the unit condition form may be found once the unit is free of the tenant’s possessions. If applicable, these items will be deducted from the security deposit.
    • If a cleaning fee wasn’t charged up front, then cleaning charges may be deducted from the security deposit. If there are any damages to the carpets, the tenant can be charged for the useful life of the carpet or the remaining life. For example, the carpet is 8 years old but it was expected to last for 10 years. The initial cost of the carpet was $1,000. The tenant cannot be charged the full amount but they can be charged for $200 which would add up to be the remaining 2 years left on the carpet.

    Taking photos and recording details of any damages in the unit no matter how small prior to moving in and out can be huge when it comes down to getting your full security deposit back once you move out.

    Record any and all damages right when you move in and prior to your departure so you can get all or most of your security deposit back.

    Be sure you submit any correspondence between you and the landlord/leasing agent in writing. As always, before signing any contract, be sure to do all your research ahead of time so you know what you are getting yourself into.

    We hope this series of posts was helpful for all current and future renters. 🙂


    Maintenance Issues: Understanding Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Tenant

    Last week, we covered rental agreements and security deposits. This week, we will be discussing a unit maintenance that may arise while you are leasing a property. As a renter, you must take responsibility for any unit damages that were the fault of yourself, anyone staying in the property, your guests, family members, and/or pets. If you company is the lease holder, you will still be fiscally responsible for any damages you may cause during your stay.

    A toilet repair is a perfect example of either the tenant or the landlord being responsible – if the damages were found to be caused by the tenant, then additional charges may be assessed. Otherwise, it would be the landlord’s responsibility.

    • The lease agreement that you or your company signs will outline in detail what the landlord’s responsibility would be in terms of any maintenance issues. If any damage can be deemed a defect in the unit not caused by tenant negligence or fault, then the landlord would be required to fix these issues. Some of the items that might be the landlord’s responsibility might include: Faulty wiring; Structural damage; leaking plumbing; mold; rust, etc.
    • If ever there are any issues that the tenant feels are the landlord’s responsibility, the landlord needs to be notified immediately.
    • The landlord also needs to be notified ASAP if there are any major maintenance issues such as a burst pipe; broken furnace/heater; backed up sewage, etc.
    • It is best to submit any requests to the landlord by phone and in writing.

    Landlord’s or Tenant’s Responsibility? Be sure you understand what the landlord is responsible for and what you would be responsible for in regards to any unit maintenance.

    Again, be sure you know the real-estate laws regarding any maintenance issues in the state you are residing in and be sure that you go over this section in the lease in detail with your landlord.

    Stick around for our final post next week regarding a renter’s rights and responsibilities regarding the departure process.

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