City Spotlight: Dallas Corporate Housing

wWhen you find out that you will be moving to Dallas for work with your company, whether it’s a permanent job or a temporary transfer, the information can be daunting. You need to make sure that you have a great place to live when you get there, but you do not know how to find the best Dallas Corporate Housing. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be too difficult thanks to Corporate Housing by Owner. In this city spotlight on Dallas, we’ll be looking at some important information about the city including things to do when you arrive and settle into your new property. We’ll also be looking at some wonderful Dallas furnished housing that’s available.

Dallas, Texas: Need to Know Info

Dallas is one of the most important cities in Texas, and it happens to be one of the largest urban centers in the state. The city, which has a population of 1,281,047 according to the 2014 census, is the ninth largest city in the country and the third largest in Texas after Houston and San Antonio. It’s a massive economic center with a number of large companies making their home there.

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Luxury Furnished Rental Design: 5 Answers

Great Corporate Housing luxury furnished rentals should always exceed the guest’s expectation!

Here at CHBO we always say that true rental success is setting and exceeding guests expectations. Well that is always easier said than done. Where to start and what are some of those smaller details that really make a great corporate rental? Today, Kerrie Kelly, a Decor Expert shares some ideas for your next great luxury corporate housing rental… 

Luxury Corporate Housing Rental Design – Getting Rugs Right: Solutions for Five Common Questions

By Kerrie Kelly, ASID

Area rugs are such a simple, practical  and affordable solution to so many design issues, but as an interior designer, some of the most common questions I get are about the rules and regulations of rug placement. Should all the furniture legs touch the rug, or just two? None? How much floor space should show?Area Rug Design

No matter what you’ve heard, the answer ultimately depends on the space and the furniture. Understanding some simple guidelines for different situations are enough to help you make the right design decisions for your own home or rental. Here are five to get you started.

 1. How Many Feet Should Be on the Rug?

When it comes to furniture like couches and chairs, two legs on and two off is a safe look that can help make sense of an open floor plan. This setup pulls together any open space Master Bedroomas well as the space that’s defined by the rug. This can be especially helpful when the budget just doesn’t allow for a rug that covers as much space as you might like.

 In a more enclosed space, keeping all the feet on the rug brings a sense of polished finish. If you’re looking for something a little looser in the space, though, feel free to slide those back legs onto the floor. The same applies in the bedroom. Keep the legs that are most visible on the rug. Our eyes just aren’t train ed to notice what’s happening at the back of the bed near the wall.Formal Dinning Room

My own personal rule is that some legs need to be on the rug. If the rug is not big enough for any of the legs to connect, go without the rug. Otherwise, the rug becomes a postage stamp in your design scheme.

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City Spotlight – Boston Furnished Housing

Are you getting ready to make the move to Boston for your company? Whether you will be staying in the Boston Corporate Housing for a few weeks, a few months, or a year or longer, the prospect of moving to a new city for any length of time can certainly be intimidating. You don’t know the first place to start when you are looking for a place to live, and you probably do not know too much about the city where you will be staying. This city spotlight on the city will help you to learn more about finding Boston Furnished Housing that’s perfect for your needs, as well as all of the wonderful things that the city offers.

Boston, Massachusetts: Need to Know Info

Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and it holds the distinction of being the state’s most populated city with an estimated 645,966 residents in 2014. It’s also the largest city in New England, and the 24th largest city in the country. The “Greater Boston” area is actually home to more than 4.5 million people. When factoring in the number of people in the commuting region, the number swells to 7.6 million people. Boston also happens to be one of the oldest cities in the country and was founded all the way back in 1630. The proud history of the city is omnipresent.

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City Spotlight: Rent Philadelphia Corporate Housing

Philadelphia is the birthplace of America. It was where our first Continental Congress met, the Declaration of Independence was signed and the Constitution drafted.

There is so much history contained in the city that it is almost overwhelming – the Liberty Bell, cracked when brought to Philadelphia but still used to call lawmakers to sessions and announce public meetings and proclamation to citizens – is a national icon and located not too far away from Independence Hall, another national treasure.

The National Constitution Center and nearby Valley Forge provide still more in-depth glimpses at how the United States of America was fought for and created by the Revolutionary soldiers and our Founding Fathers, including Philadelphia’s favorite son, Benjamin Franklin.

In addition, Philadelphia offers a variety of local fares that have the entire country licking its lips. First and foremost the famous Philly Cheesesteak, which you absolutely must try with Cheez Whiz.

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Rental Management: Software for your Corporate Apartment

So if success is defined by setting custFurnished Rentalsomer / tenant expectations and then meeting or exceeding them you may need some additional property management software tools to help with the management of your corporate apartment and to save you from the physiatrist!

HELP! Ok where do you start?

I have always used property management software that allows me to track all my property details and all my tenant details in one place.  What I need is at least…

  • Cloud Based
  • Reservation Board
  • Accounting
  • API Feeds (ex send my availability calendar directly to CHBO)
  • Mobil Property Inspection Forms
  • Cloud Document Sign and Store
  • Marketing Features

So the answer is “NO” I haven’t found everything on my wish list in one software but I do have all of those solutions with multiple products.

We have been tracking rental management tools and software use in the Annual CHBO Real Estate Corporate Housing Report and this is what we found…

Property Management Software

CHBO is frequently asked about tools that can help property owners manage their rental properties. With that in mind, in 2012 we added a few questions to the survey to learn which tools property owners are currently using. We also want to be able to watch future trends.

The responses in the past few years are generally consistent. The majority of property owners (51%) do not use any type of property management software. 24% use basic spreadsheets, and 19% use accounting software, such as QuickBooks™.

What type of property management software do you use? (Check all that apply*)* More than one option could be chosen; thus % is the % of respondents, not the % of the whole
  2013 Responses 2013 Responses 2012 Responses
None – do not use any 51% 56% 56%
Basic – such as spreadsheets 24% 21% 27%
Accounting – such as QuickBooks™ 19% 17% 19%
Property Management – such as Yardi 7% 2% 6%
Corporate Housing – such as Aaxsys 5% 3% 7%
Vacation Rental – such as NAVIS® 1.6% 2% 2%
Other (please specify) 3% 6% 3%

In addition to the data above, the following software solutions were mentioned in the “other” category:

  • Airbnb
  • Buildium
  • CHBO Calendar
  • Homeaway
  • Kigo
  • org
  • Oscar
  • Property Boss
  • Propertyware
  • Quicken Rental Property Manager
  • Rental Property Manager
  • com
  • RoomMaster
  • SimplifyEM Property Management Software
  • Spectra
  • VRBO

Still have questions… Connect with a CHBO Property Specialist (877) 333.2426Property Management

3 Tips: Electric Cars and Corporate Housing Rental Expenses

To Plug or Not to Plug!  That is the Corporate Housing Rental Electric Car Question!

3 Landlord TIPS

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At our house the family was very excited the day the new electric car began parking in our garage.  But we own our house and even though we had to invest in an electrician to install the charging station, we also invested in solar panels on our roof to off-set the expense of charing our car.  Yes, we love our electric car!  

BUT as a landlord the world of electric cars adds a whole new element to Corporate Housing Rentals.  Electric cars are great, but as a Corporate Housing Landlord you will need to ask the question…

“Do you have an Electric Car?”


As we know everything about success in a corporate housing rentals is “setting” and “meeting” tenant expectations.  The electric car is no different.  We, as landlords, just need to make sure we are setting and meeting a few more expectations.

3 Landlord Tips

1) Ask the question “Do you have an Electric Car” or other large item you will be charging (like an electric bike) at the rental property during your stay?

2) Add a clause to your lease requiring the tenant to notify you if an electric car will be charged at the property and re-iterate that this could incur an additional fee for utility overages above standard use.

3) Add a charging station to your rental property and use it as a unique value add item and add it in all your rental marketing.

p.s. If your property is in a condominium building talk with your HOA about building requirements, options and expenses.  It is always better to be informed before you get a bill.


What other “Clauses” should you have in your lease?  Lease Clauses


DIY? To Manage or Not to Manage Furnished Rentals

That is the question!  Do I? or Don’t I? …want to manage my furnished rental Furnished Rentalsall by myself, with human help, with professional help or with computer help?  and at the end of the day will I need professional help from a physiatrist?

STOP… Sorry the answer is not all about you. What does your customer/renter want? What does your customer/renter expect?  What can you deliver?

Success as a property landlord is all about setting and then meeting or exceeding the expectations of your customer/renter!

And don’t forget about your most important marketing investment: The Tenant Review. Make sure your customer/tenant has a great experience in your property and gives you a great review which will make it easier for the next tenant to want to rent your property.

Furnished Property Reviews



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Luxury Rental Style: 6 Ways Mirrors Can Add Light and Style to Your Rental

Here at CHBO we are always talking about photo quality!!! If you have a great corporate housing luxury rental make sure to invest in the best photos possible so all potential renters can see the quality and style of your luxury rental property.

Ok, now take a deep breath and walk through your corporate housing rental.  Is it really as cool as it should be?  Could be?  Maybe a little style facelift could be a great idea before you take those incredible photos.  Today Karrie Kelly, an award winning designer, gives us some insider tips on how mirrors and really make a room go WOW!…

6 Ways Mirrors Can Add Light and Style to Your Luxury Corporate Housing Rental
By Kerrie Kelly, ASID.

Using mirrors to expand the sense of space in a room is a classic interior design trick, but mirrors bring so much more to a room than space that I’ve come to think of them as additional windows. Think about it: they bring light, a focal point that changes with the room and—if you’re careful about where you place them—a second point of access to a great view. Additionally, in a luxury rental space, they’re a neutral piece that can still make a statement while also catering to any style.

The next time you’re looking for the right piece to hang on the wall in your corporate housing rental space, consider these six tips for making the most out of mirrors.

1. Place it over a console.

Easy, affordable and all kinds of stylish, this classic application not only maximizes light and space, it brings Old World elegance into the equation. Whether your style is sleek-and-simple or traditional, a console table is a flexible and functional piece that becomes fabulous with the right mirror behind it.Rental Design

The simplicity of the surface means you have the room to choose a statement frame, or keep it super clean by finishing the entire wall in mirrors and sliding that console right in front of it. In an entry hall, guests are always fooled into thinking they’re looking into another room, and guests are always glad for one more spot for a once-over before heading out the door.

2. Use it as a backsplash.

A mirrored backsplash in the kitchen is one of my favorite applications. The more cramped a space, the more apt it is to look cluttered—even if there’s really not that much there. A mirror behind a small countertop gives the feeling of a little more room to breathe without adding any actual square footage.

3. Hang it over a bed.

Bedroom SuiteThe bedroom is often a place where we want to keep the energy and visual stimuli to a minimum. This makes a mirror a great choice for a focal piece over the bed. Reflecting only more of what’s already in the room while drawing in natural light, the piece simply needs a frame that punctuates your design.

4. Place it across from a window with a view.

This is where that old trick really earns its keep. Got a great view? Double its value by doubling your access to it. Depending on the view, a simple mirror becomes a stunning piece of seasonal art. It’s also a good reminder that, wherever you hang a mirror, you want to make sure that it reflects an attractive scene. Think twice about mirrors that reflect the kitchen, for instance. That dinner party a guest worked so hard to pull together loses a little something when the dining room mirror reflects an image of dirty dishes.

5. Layer mirrors on a bookcase.

Bookcases are, of course, about much more than books. I love a layered look that includes interesting mementos and sculptures, but it’s also easy to overdo it. A mirror is great way to break up that space and keep it from feeling cluttered and claustrophobic.

6. Hang it above a fireplace.

The mantle tends to collect either homey favorites or dramatic statement piecRental design es. Why try to compete with the drama of a roaring fire or the comfort of a beautiful hearth? Keep it simple with a large mirror that inhabits the whole of the space over the mantle while adding its own sense of luxury and space.

What’s your favorite place to hang a mirror? Share your ideas in the comments.

Kerrie Kelly is an award-winning interior designer based in California who writes on home decor for Home Depot. Kerrie is the author of the popular design book Home Decor: A Sunset Design Guide. Kerrie’s mirror tips are based on her many years of experience helping homeowners with redesigns. To view the large selection of mirrors available at Home Depot, you can visit Home Depot’s website.

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Rental Discounts & Extended Stay Rentals

Yes there are generally rental discounts available for extended stay rentals if you are willing and able to sign a longer term lease :)


Defining a “Longer-Team Lease”

How a property owner defines a “longer-term lease” can vary significantlyExtended Stay Housing Discounts, depending on the market and the property. One property owner’s definition may be three months, while another’s definition may be 12 months. Nonetheless, while these discounts may be applied differently, the discounted amounts are fairly consistent.

If you’re new to real estate, the takeaway here is to avoid over-discounting. Very few property owners discount by 15% or more. The key is to find the right balance between keeping your property rented and properly valuing your property.


This is what we found in the Annual CHBO Corporate Housing Real Estate Report…

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City Spotlight: Phoenix Furnished Housing

Are You Looking for Corporate Housing or Furnished Housing in Phoenix?

Have you ever been to Phoenix? It is a truly gorgeous place in the desert when the skies are wide, the stars are brighter and the sunsets are absolutely breathtaking.

Not only is it a convenient gateway to the Grand Canyon, also Phoenix is the sixth largest city in the United States. Not a lot of Yankees or East Coasters seem to know that! But there are plenty of business opportunities and cultural and natural attractions waiting right here for you.

Perhaps you are looking for Phoenix corporate housing because you are in town visiting clients or suppliers or business associates, or maybe you are in town because you are considering relocating your business to Arizona, which has a low-tax, incredibly friendly business climate.

Or you could be here for our many luxury amenities, such as some of the world’s best spas and golf courses. That dry desert air is so good for many people who suffer from respiratory problems relating to humidity or elderly retirees who are looking to get away from the cold up north and just do not want to do the clichéd Florida thing.

Whatever the reason for your move to Phoenix, the sunniest place in all of America, we can provide the Phoenix furnished housing that you are looking for. Phoenix typically has more inventory in the summer, as winters are the high season. You can find the perfect rental in the summer so that you will already be in place when high season comes around.

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