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.
All Corporate Housing Rentals or Corporate Housing Companies are NOT created equal.
When you are a renter you need to know not all corporate housing companies are the same, it is of the utmost importance to ask as many questions as you can think of each and every time. The experienced and quality property owners and managers will be able to address all your questions and concerns with ease.
Rates. What does the monthly rate include? Are there discounts for longer leases? Are there additional fees?
Location. Is there a local office or on-site contact should I require assistance? If there is not a local contact ask how they handle client requests and property issues.
Services. What additional services are provided? For example, is there 24-hour maintenance service or other amenities that will make the stay pleasant?
Accreditation. Is the company a Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA) member? CHPA is the trade organization for the corporate housing industry and requires specific levels of professionalism, excellence, customer service, and ethical standards. Ask whether the leasing agents are Certified Corporate Housing Professionals (CCHP). The CCHP certification means that the corporate housing professional has met clear industry standards. These accreditations will enable a relocation manager to distinguish a quality corporate housing agent from the pack.
Experience. What percentage of the corporate housing company’s business is involved in corporate relocations? Finding an experienced provider can be a bonus in this changing marketplace.
Protection. How are the company and its vendors insured? This is especially important to find out when working with management companies that manage properties offered by individual homeowners.
Policies. What is the company’s policy when a guest does not like the property? Does it have other options available to accommodate that guest?
When you are a renter you need to know not all corporate housing rentals are the same, it is of the utmost importance to ask as many questions as you can think of each and every time
Read Reviews: Read every review for a rental very carefully. In our experience, prior tenants are the best possible indicators of what you’re going to find when you and your luggage show up. They will generally give you decent indication of how it will be to live in a place.
Check the Area: Use Google Earth to look at your rental before you commit. The kennel next door or the lively pub downstairs might be bearable for a few days, but after a month, daily annoyances can become infuriating.
Study The Photos: Does the sofa look comfortable in addition to looking fashionable. In the kitchen can you see a stove, microwave and other items you expect especially in international rentals. Use the photos to ask more questions to confirm the details in the property will be what you expect.
Understand Parking & Transportation: If the rental listing does not specific exactly how far public transportation is from the rental, ask before you make the deal. Better yet, get an address for the rental, and you can let Google Maps do the investigation for you. You can actually have a look at the neighborhood and the building before you commit.
Research More: Take no prisoners on this issue if you depend on the Internet. When you begin to negotiate with an owner or representative, ask about Internet strength and let them know that this is a potential deal breaker. If you expect a strong, consistent broad band connection which will allow you to use Skype and stream entertainment without a hassle, tell them so right up front! In several cases during our home free life, we have been forced to make major demands once we have landed and discovered that we didn’t have a decent connection.
Corporate housing has come a long way in the past four decades and continues to evolve into a popular lodging solution for travelers of all walks of life. Change tends to breed misconceptions, so it has never been more important for renters to stay apprised and knowledgeable about the corporate housing industry. And even though the corporate housing industry has and likely will continue to change, you can count on one thing staying the same: corporate housing always has and will continue to provide short-term furnished housing to individuals and business executives who need a place to call home, even if only for a short while.
Managed Corporate Housing = AvenueWest
By Owner = CHBO
Corporate Housing Providers Association = CHPA
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Close to Cumberland Mall and Dobbins Air Reserve Base – This 2200 sqr feet 3-story Brownstone executive townhome in Vinings Overlook has beautiful finishes and is professionally decorated. The first 2 levels have hardwood floors. The home has plenty of windows with plantation shutters that can be adjusted to let in lots of light. On the main level there is an office, half bathroom, and a large 2 car garage. The second level has the living room, dining area, kitchen and another half bathroom.
The kitchen features custom cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and an extended counter with four counter-height stools. The natural wood dining table seats 6. The living area has leather seating, a gas fireplace, a large wall-mounted flat screen TV and a sound system with built-in speakers. Off the kitchen, there is a private balcony with table, chairs and outdoor grill. the 3rd level has two bedrooms, both with private en-suite bathrooms. There is also a laundry room on this level. Both bathrooms have custom cabinets and granite countertops. The master bedroom has a king bed and flat screen TV. The master bathroom has 2 sinks, a soaking tub and a separate stand-up shower. The second bedroom has two twin beds and lots of play space. Its en-suite bathroom has a shower/tub combo. Both bedrooms have large walk-in closets. This is a pet-free, no smoking property.
This home is conveniently located near the I-75 and I-285 (Perimeter highway). It is close to Cumberland Mall, Cobb Galleria, the new Atlanta Braves stadium (Suntrust Park) and Dobbins Air Reserve Base. There is plenty fine shopping, dining, entertainment and arts and recreation very nearby.
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Corporate Housing is Not Part of the Shared Economy and CHBO has the Data to Prove it – CHBO Launches 7th Annual CHBO Corporate Housing Real Estate Survey
As smart investors look to diversify their real estate and investment portfolios more property owners are turning to monthly corporate housing rentals as the best way to adhere to real estate rental laws, minimize time needed to manage a property and maximizing rental income opportunities.
DENVER, Nov. 15th, 2015 – Corporate Housing rentals have been an essential lodging solution for more than half a century and should not be inadvertently lumped into the new trends and restrictions of today’s “shared economy” and CHBO has the data to prove it. For the 7th year CHBO is launching the CHBO Corporate Housing Real Estate Survey to document the trends, standards and needs for this monthly furnished lodging solution.
Successful corporate housing property owners and managers have found that investment and management trends reported in the CHBO Corporate Housing Real Estate Report are essential tools for their financial success. Did you know that 2 out of 3 corporate housing landlords say their tenants stayed on average 3 months or longer? CHBO also found that last year 17% of the properties were rented for a year or longer.
The 7th annual CHBO Corporate Housing Real Estate Survey will provide insights into:
- Pricing trends for monthly, furnished corporate housing
- Average security deposit fees charged by corporate housing landlords
- Required length of stays in the monthly corporate housing rental marketplace
- Pet policies for furnished housing
- Predictions and corporate housing landlords sentiments about the future
The survey is broken into 8 main sections: Property Owners – Who, What, Where, Why and When; Outlook and Profitability; Rental Rates; Property Management Trends; Rental Properties; Tenants; Pets and Marketing Trends.
Independent property owners and managers of corporate housing rentals are invited to complete the survey online. Data is being collected through December 15, 2015 and findings will be reported on January 15th, 2016. The 2015 CHBO Corporate Housing Real Estate Report is offered FREE to all survey participants.
“CHBO Members continue to ask for more facts and figures to make them the most profitable corporate housing providers. The CHBO Team continues to hear from our members about how much this information allows them to make the right choices when it comes to investing in, marketing and managing their corporate housing rentals,” says Kimberly Smith, co-founder and CEO of CHBO.
Real estate investing is back and the trends are showing more real estate growth potential. As smart investors look to diversify their real estate and investment portfolios more property owners are turning to monthly corporate housing rentals as the best way to adhere to real estate rental laws, minimize time needed to manage a property and maximizing rental income opportunities.
The results of this survey will be used to develop the 2015 CHBO Corporate Housing Real Estate Report, which will provide corporate housing landlords, real estate professionals, real estate investors and property managers needed data, emerging trends and insights about everything from how to better promote rental properties, to how to improve the way they furnish and market their rental properties. Historically, responses were received from property owners across the United States and around the world.
About CorporateHousingbyOwner.com (CHBO)
CorporateHousingbyOwner.com is the number one marketplace for furnished corporate housing rentals. CHBO was founded in 2006 out of a need to connect private homeowners and real estate investors offering furnished, short-term rentals with corporate housing seekers such as traveling executives, relocated professionals, traveling nurses, actors, athletes and more. Today CHBO servers the larger Corporate Housing – Extended Stay Lodging market. CHBO also offers individual homeowners and investors tools to manage a corporate housing property themselves as well as help them market their property to a mass audience turning to corporate housing to fulfill their housing needs. Please visit www.CorporateHousingbyOwner.com for more information.
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.