This Colorado business shows staying power by finding solutions for customers in the economic and housing market’s ups and downs.
DENVER, May 1st, 2014 – AvenueWest Corporate Housing, Inc., started as a small real estate management company but quickly grew to the largest provider of corporate housing rentals in Colorado, added a spin-off of Corporate Housing by Owner and is now the foundation for the national expansion of AvenueWest Global Franchise. This month AvenueWest Corporate Housing is celebrating its 15th anniversary of doing business and providing solutions for property owners, corporate travelers and business owners alike.
In 1999 Kimberly Smith along with her business partner and husband, Eric, founded AvenueWest Corporate Housing, Inc. Which went on to become a multi-million dollar company providing furnished corporate housing and property management services to upscale business travelers. A recognized leader in the industry, AvenueWest was awarded the Corporate Housing Providers Association’s (CHPA) prestigious 2010 Provider Company of the Year Award and listed for 3 consecutive years on Inc Magazine’s Inc 5000 list featuring the country’s fastest growing businesses.
Kimberly Smith states that there are two secrets to the company’s success. First, they work hard to run AvenueWest as a team and develop a place where their employees enjoy coming to work, take pride in what they do and create lasting solutions for the tasks at hand.
Secondly, Smith adds, that they 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.”
Kimberly and Eric Smith are passionate about people and finding solutions. They believe real estate investors will continue to invest and need the right support teams to protect those investments. “2014 is the year of the real estate investor,” the Smith’s say. “We’re not just interested in running a website or a property management business. What we’re doing is much bigger. We’re educating and developing sustainable systems and residual income. We see today as a time that real estate investment can and should be as accessible as trading stocks.”
Alpha Books, a division of the Penguin Group agrees. The publisher, knowing the real estate landscape had shifted and seeing a need for investment property guidance, recently hired Kimberly Smith to write and share her hard-earned knowledge with the rest of the world and so was born, The Idiot’s Guides: Making Money with Rental Properties. “It’s not good enough to shout from the roof tops that corporate housing is a fantastic venture, we have to show investors how and why in 2014.”
Kimberly Smith continues to lead in the corporate housing industry and served as the 2011 Chairman of the Board of Directors for CHPA, the primary trade organization for the corporate housing industry. Kimberly has been nationally recognized for her business success and her philanthropic endeavors and is frequently featured in media sources like The NY Times, The LA Times, The Denver Post, US News & World Report, MSNBC.com, CNBC and SmartMoney.com. She was awarded the 2013 Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business award for real estate, small business finalist in 2010, a finalist in the prestigious Power Book special section of The Denver Business Journal, a feature in Denver Woman magazine as an outstanding business woman and mother. In 2009 she was selected to join The Denver Business Journal’s elite class of 40 under 40 and in 2010 and was recognized by CoBiz Magazine as a top 5 GenXYZ leader.
About AvenueWest Corporate Housing, Inc.
AvenueWest Corporate Housing, Inc. was found in 1999 by husband and wife team, Kimberly and Eric Smith. Kimberly and Eric began their corporate housing careers in 1994 providing corporate housing to the San Francisco market before relocating to Denver and starting AvenueWest. More information can be found at www.AvenueWest.com.
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 8 offices located in Atlanta GA, Boston MA, Colorado Springs CO, Dallas TX, Denver CO, Fort Collins CO, Phoenix AZ, and San Francisco CA. For franchise information and opportunities go to: www.AvenueWestFranchise.com.
About CorporateHousingByOwner.com (CHBO):
CorporateHousingbyOwner.com 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. The company gives individual homeowners and investors tools to manage a corporate housing property themselves as well as helps them market their property to a mass audience turning to corporate housing to fulfill their housing needs. More information is available at: www.CorporateHousingbyOwner.com.
Thanks to our wonderful Account Executive, Tandice Emswiller, at the AvenueWest Dallas office, we recently received this testimony from one of our happy customers:
“Hello AvenueWest Dallas, I worked with you two years ago in finding corporate housing for two months, and really enjoyed working with you. Last year, we went with another corporate housing company but did not have the same experience. Well we are in need of a place for the summer again for two months in about a month. I wanted to know what you had available. We need a two bedroom preferably in the uptown/downtown area but are willing to go to other parts of Dallas if it’s something we really like.” -Latoya
Way to go Tandice! 🙂 If you would like to see all of our amazing properties in the Dallas metro area, click here. Contact Tandice directly for pricing and availability – (214) 754-7171 or via email Dallas@avenuewest.com.
Last week American Express Business Travel gave me a call because their client wanted to know the positive ROI / Return on Investment they would get by having their travelers stay in corporate housing vs staying in a hotel.
Great question! Of course there is never a simple answer. A year ago I served on the US Advisory Council for ERC / Employee Relocation Council the association for workforce mobility and a current study was presented that stated employees who had bad corporate relocations we 50% more likely to get divorced. As we know, corporate housing is an essential element of a successful corporate relocation. When a company invests in transferring a valuable and talented employee from one market to another the transferee must get to the new city as quickly as possible and become productive. This is accomplished through immediately having them comfortable in their new local living arrangements and corporate housing provides this. So the question is how do you calculate ROI on this?
So if you would rather look at the pennies – let’s choose Downtown Denver as an option.
According to the 2013 Corporate Housing Annual Report
1 Bedroom Corporate Housing property = $99.78 per night
2 Bedroom Corporate Housing property = $117.52 per night
3 Bedroom Corporate Housing property = $135.40 per night
I just ran a Google Search for Downtown Denver Hotels and this is what I got:
$113 per night = 3 Star, Embassy Suites
$160 per night = 4 Star, Oxford Hotel
$325 pre night = 5 Star, Four Seasons
In the corporate housing industry we spend a lot of time talking about the “soft” benefits of staying in a corporate housing property but the reality is the “hard cash” benefits are even greater. Next time you need a place to stay call you local corporate housing provider to better understand the huge ROI of staying in a corporate housing rental.
Our newest location officially opened November 21, 2013: AvenueWest Atlanta located at 5905 Atlanta Highway, Suite 101. AvenueWest Atlanta connects private landlords with business travelers, or relocated families in need of full service corporate housing.
AvenueWest Global Franchise has been tapping into the emerging trend of business executives who are finding both financial freedom and life balance through franchise ownership. Jennifer Haigler, the owner of the AvenueWest Atlanta office, along with her husband Rory, came to the realization she needed the flexibility, provided by AvenueWest, when one day she realized she didn’t even know what her young son was wearing to school that day. Jennifer, a veteran of the corporate relocation industry and a licensed Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) says: “It was a profound moment in time for me as I decided I needed to do something to bring some work/life balance back to my existence.”
AvenueWest’s approach to Managed Corporate Housing is an exciting opportunity that taps into both Jennifer’s previous relocation and corporate housing experience and Rory’s real estate experience as they look to build a long term sustainable business. The Haigler’s say Atlanta is the perfect place to set up a corporate housing shop.
Jennifer continues: “Many relocated families and professionals as well as business executives would prefer to stay in our AvenueWest properties since they provide all the amenities of home. Our properties are in real residential settings instead of the more transient environments found when staying in hotels. The cost to stay in an AvenueWest property is also typically less expensive per night than staying in a hotel.”
Rory adds: Atlanta’s real estate market is currently booming, but there is a shortage of homes available for sale in the metro area.
“There seems to be demand from every corner. As the economy continues to strengthen, more and more people are relocating to Georgia and Atlanta in particular. As of August, Atlanta’s employment grew by 57,100 (a 2.4% increase)! Atlanta’s diverse economy generates a constant flow of people moving into the area to find a new home, and short term housing presents the best solution during that time of transition for relocating families, individuals, and executives alike, especially since the homes on the market are being snagged so quickly,” stated Rory.
“Individual homeowners and investors alike who want to offer their furnished homes or condos as corporate rental properties will have the opportunity to make additional revenue in today’s economy. By partnering with us and using our proven Managed Corporate Housing system, we can both benefit from the growing need for temporary housing solutions in the area. It’s exciting to be able to help owners develop their investment properties and turn them into major profit centers,” added Jennifer.
Kimberly Smith, the CEO of AvenueWest Global Franchise, says that opening an office in Atlanta is the latest step in an aggressive expansion plan that the company initiated in July of this year.
“AvenueWest’s privately owned properties offer more choices to today’s executives or relocated individuals who want a fully furnished property with all the comforts of home, high-end furnishings, and many times, amazing amenities over standard corporate housing rentals or extended stays,” says Smith. “With the Haigler’s knowledge of the area and the local real estate, relocation, and corporate housing industries, AvenueWest Atlanta is uniquely positioned to offer the kind of rental properties required by discerning executives and individuals and families who are being relocated to the area. It also offers the opportunity for private landlords to earn greatly increased rental income on their properties.”
If you or someone you know is being relocated to the Atlanta area, you can contact AvenueWest Atlanta directly by calling 678-901-9171 or by emailing Jennifer at JHaigler@AvenueWest.com. If you are a property owner or investor who wishes to put their fully furnished home, condo, town home, or loft into AvenueWest Atlanta’s inventory, contact Rory at RHaigler@AvenueWest.com.
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 Managed Corporate Housing program that was founded in 1999.
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.
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.”
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: DSalek@AvenueWest.com. 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 CO, Fort 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.
There are so many fun things to do in the valley of the sun and here are some going on this weekend around the Phoenix, AZ metropolitan area.
FREE 21+ Pool Parties! The Talking Stick Resort is hosing one from 11am-6pm this Saturday and Sunday – ages 21 and up. They are located at 9800 E. Indian Bend Road, 480-850-4350. There is also one at El Santo Cantina from 11am-sunset on Saturday and Sunday. They are located at 7301 E. Butherus Drive, Scottsdale, 480-584-3801.
- Farmers Markets around Phoenix: Phoenix Public Market, 721 N. Central Ave, 8am-noon this Saturday. Ahwatukee Farmers’ Market, 4700 East Warner Road, Phoenix, Az 85044, open Sunday from 8am-11am. Roadrunner Farmers’ Market, 3502 E. Cactus Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032, open Saturday from 7am-11am.
- 6th Annual Tukee Fest: “Rockin in the Park.” 6pm-10pm, Saturday, September 28th, Ahwatukee Park 4700 East Warner Road, Phoenix, AZ 85044. Enjoy live music, sports games, live motocross jumps and tricks, food and drinks available for purchase from Nello’s Pizza, Macayo’s and Tom’s BBQ. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under.
- Vampire Weekend Concert: 8pm Friday, September 27th. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix. Tickets are $29.50-$39.50.
Bret Michaels’ Concert: 8pm Saturday, September 28th. Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd, Gila River Reservation. Tickets are $54-$114
- Keith Urban Concert: 7pm Sunday, September 29th. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave, Phoenix. Tickets are $29.25-$59.
- Jimmy Eat World Concert: 8pm Sunday, September 29th. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave, Tempe. Tickets are $30 at the door and $27 in advance.
- Steve-O performs live at the Tempe Improv all this weekend. Friday and Saturday nights at 7pm and 10pm and on Sunday at 7pm. 930 E. University Drive. Tickets are $20-$35. Age 18 and up. Two drink minimum required.
2nd Annual Roosevelt Row Chile Pepper Festival. Saturday, September 28th from 5pm-11pm at the A.R.T.S. Market, 408 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. $10 in advance, $15 at the gate.
- The Taste at Tempe Marketplace: Help raise money for the local Boys and Girls clubs while enjoying samples from 10 different local restaurants. 5pm-8pm, Sunday, September 29th. 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. Tickets are $40 for one or $70 for two.
- Symphony Idol: “American Idol” alums join the Phoenix Symphony this weekend only to showcase pop inspired tunes. Friday, September 27th at 7:30 pm or Sunday, September 29th at 2pm. Tickets are $18-$83. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second Street, Phoenix.
These fun-filled fall events are not only great for Phoenix Locals, but for the business traveler as well! There is bound to be one (or more) events going on this weekend that will please your whole crowd.
If ever there is a need for corporate housing or short-term fully furnished housing or full property management in the Phoenix metro area, AvenueWest Phoenix can help you out. Contact us today – we would love to find you the perfect housing solution!
As covered in last week’s blog post “The Rising Costs of Business Travel and Managing Your Company’s Expenses,” the cost of business travel is increasing. Despite the rise in gas prices which ultimately affects the costs of flights, rental car rates, and other transportation services, there are still ways that you can save your company some serious dough when it comes time to book your next business trip.
The eBook 10 Ways to Cut Corporate Travel Costs has lots of great solutions to save your company money when it comes to travel.
- Create a company wide travel policy. This policy should be in writing and distributed to everyone. It needs to include booking guidelines, expense allowances, and travel budgets.
Hire a Travel Coordinator. Having one person in charge of booking all of your companies travel arrangements will allow them to find the best rates on flights, hotels, and cars since this is their primary responsibility. They will also know more ways to save money. Small business? No problem. Simply assign this task to one of your existing employees.
For longer stays, try an extended stay hotel or corporate housing. Providing your employees accommodations with kitchens will ultimately save money on meals.
Book mid-priced hotel rooms. Many 3 star hotels have been revamped to accommodate business travelers for a fraction of the cost. Many include free wi-fi, breakfast, and meeting rooms. Be sure your employees know that the company will not cover room service or mini-bar charges.
- Negotiation is always an option. Most hotels do offer corporate rates. Be sure to tell them that you are booking travel for your company. If they don’t offer a discount right off the bat, then you can always tell them you have narrowed it down between their hotel and another hotel close by and see if they offer you a discount then.
Encourage employees to stay with friends or family. If your employee has friends or family in the area and they choose to stay there (which will ultimately save you tons on accommodations) then give them an allowance for a thank you gift or dinner compliments of the company.
Book all travel arrangements in advance. The cost of airlines, hotels, and rental cars increase the closer it gets to your trip. In order to save money, be sure to book well in advance if possible.
- Save money on rental cars by booking with smaller brands. Many times, there are other rental car companies that can offer lower rates. They might not be at the airport but typically do offer complimentary shuttle service.
- Purchase coach class for domestic travel. The plane will get your employees to their destinations regardless of what type of seat they have so only splurge on business class if it’s an international flight.
Hire a Shuttle or Bus for larger group travel. Many offer free wi-fi, video, parking, and refreshments and will allow you to take the whole company for much cheaper than flying!
Hopefully these ten tips will help your company save money the next time you have to book travel arrangements for yourself and/or employees.
If you are frequently relocated for your job, having a pet that is able to travel with you will make the transition your new surroundings that much easier. There are several factors to consider; however, before you pick out your new four-legged friend. You want to be sure that your new pet can spend hours alone, travels well, and adapts to changing work schedules and new surroundings easily.
Smaller breeds will be better to travel with. Most cat breeds are small enough to take with you on a plane ride but choose carefully when it comes to which breed of dog you choose. Asking a veterinarian will be your best bet to determine the size of your full grown pup if it is a mixed breed and you adopt it from a shelter. Generally, big paws = big dog.
Choose a pet with the appropriate temperament level. Breeders are a good source to find out a particular breed’s temperament. You can check out http://iaabc.org/dog to find training consultants near you and read their blog all about dogs. You can also visit atts.org for information all about temperament testing and breed statistics.
Start the training process right away. Consistency is key when you train your new pet. Be sure you stop any bad behaviors as soon as you see them and put your new pet on a set schedule. Don’t allow your new pet to do anything that you don’t want it to continue doing once it is settled in.
After they are fully vaccinated, expose them to the traveling lifestyle. Be sure you get your new pet accustomed to car rides and their pet carriers that they will be in during travel so that they can get used to this before you take your first journey together. Get them some toys to play while you are gone during the day.
Pets bring joy into our lives and can make our transition easier whenever we are relocated to a new city. Be sure you choose a good travel companion that can easily adapt to their new surroundings as well and changes in your schedule. Most places do allow pets but many times they have weight restrictions so be sure to keep this in mind when selecting your new pet. Follow all the above tips and pretty soon your pet will be the perfect travel companion!
To find the perfect home away from home that accepts pets nationwide, visit www.corporatehousingbyowner.com or if you are relocating to Boston, MA; Denver, CO; Dallas, TX; San Francisco, CA; or Colorado Springs, CO, visit www.avenuewest.com for fully furnished, all-inclusive short or long term rentals.
Ahhhh summertime. The weather is hot and the living is easy, that is if you don’t have to move! Moving is a stressful process that has way too many moving parts. But, if you get organized and follow the checklist below, your move should have less headaches.
Decide how you are going to get all of your stuff from your current residence to your new one: are you going to hire a moving company or do it yourself? If you decide to hire a professional moving company, shop around to find the one that is going to be the most cost-effective for your trip. You can always hire a go-between company such as Consumers Relocation that will assign you to your very own agent who will find you the best rates from companies that they have a lasting relationship with. If you plan to do the move yourself, be sure you find some friends and family members that can help you out on moving day.
Determine the items that are going to be coming with you on your move and donate/sell unwanted items to make your load smaller.
- Organize and Transfer all of your important documents such as your kids school documents, medical, dental, vision, and veterinary.
- Inventory all of the items that will be coming with you and determine if your current furniture will fit in your new place.
Get plenty of boxes and moving materials such as packing tape, permanent markers (to write on the boxes), etc.
Change your address with the post office. Disconnect your current utilities/cable/phone/internet services and have them re-connected or set up at the new place prior to your move.
- Make travel arrangements for your pets (if applicable).
Notify your friends and family that you will be moving and give them your new address.
- Begin packing the items you won’t be using prior to your move.
Plan your meals for the time before your move accordingly.
Refill prescriptions and be sure you have enough until you can get more in your new location.
- Pack all valuables and essentials needed on hand during the move – these items should be in the car with you.
Drain all water hoses and empty and defrost your fridge and freezer 24 hours before you go.
- Check the house to make sure that you have everything on moving day. If you are hiring a professional moving company, be sure you go over the inventory list before and after you arrive at your new destination.
Hopefully this moving checklist will help anyone relocating this summer. If you are going to be relocating to a new city entirely, it might be wise to get a fully furnished rental in the new neighborhood for a couple months before your move to familiarize yourself with your new surroundings. Or, if you are having problems selling your current house and need to move to the new location right away, you could always hire a property manager that can manage your property on your behalf and get you some additional income until the property can be sold.