Property Manager – A Want or Necessity?

According to one of our recent reports at CorporateHousingbyOwner, we discovered
that around 82% of property owners are taking care of their own property management.
While it’s certainly possible to do, is it always a good idea? Do you really need a property manager? Let’s look at the pros and cons of working with property managers,
tips on finding a great property manager, and how you can take care of some of the
management on your own if you need to.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Having a Property Manager

Trying to manage your fully furnished apartments for rent is not an easy task, and
working with a property manager does make the entire process far simpler. A good
property manager can ensure you do not have any vacancies for extended periods, and
they can screen tenants, take care of all of the maintenance, collect rent and take care
of all of the other duties of running the property. Most will handle all of the marketing of
the property for you as well.

Those who have furnished apartments for rent but who have other fulltime employment
often find it difficult to ensure their rental properties get as much attention as they
deserve. This often leads to “less than desirable” properties that soon become difficult
to rent out as corporate housing. Consider all of the different tasks the property
manager will be able to handle for you. They can place the rental ads, take care of
repairs and fixes around the house, and ensure it is ready for the next tenants looking
for a short term rental. This will give you time to take care of other things, such as your
family, social life, and your current job.

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Working with a property manager also means that you will not have to worry about the
tenants. Whenever they need anything or have an issue, they will go through the
property manager instead of you.

Of course, this does come at a price though. Property managers need to receive
payment for their services, naturally. The amount will vary depending on the particular
manager you choose, and they may charge service fees in addition to a percentage of
the rent that you charge the tenant each month. You could forego using a property
manager to help with your furnished apartments for rent and potentially make more
money. However, it will come with quite a bit more work.

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City Spotlight: San Antonio Corporate Housing

If you are going to the San Antonio area for work or relocation, you will want to make sure that you know a bit about the city where you will be staying, and how to find some of the best San Antonio Corporate Housing. Corporate Housing by Owner helps make finding a wonderful place to call your temporary home nice and easy. In this city spotlight, we’ll look at all that San Antonio has to offer, including information about the city and things to do while you are there, as well as some fantastic San Antonio corporate apartments.

Some Information on San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas is one of the largest cities in the United States. It currently ranks as the seventh most populated city in the country, and it is the second most populated city in Texas. It’s also one of the fastest growing cities in the country, and many businesses have set up shop there. The need for quality San Antonio corporate housing is higher than ever, and this need is only going to continue to rise. In addition to being a popular location for businesses, the US armed forces have a number of facilities in the area. Some of these include Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base, and Randolph Air Force Base.

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Furnished Condos and Apartments – Best Choice for Travelers 

According to our 2014 Annual Report, we discovered that the greatest number of independent corporate housing real estate rentals is one bedroom rentals which represent 41% of those surveyed, while around 29% said that their properties featured three or more bedrooms. In the full service corporate housing field, things were a bit
different with 50% of the rentals being one-bedroom units. Those who are traveling alone find that small apartments and condominiums tend to be the best choice when it comes to their needs for furnished homes.
Both the independent and the full service corporate housing sectors tend to have their 
own niches that they fill. Independent services can cater to those who need to have 
larger spaces, while full service corporate housing seems to have smaller units that are 
ideal for those who are traveling alone. 

Why Choose a Smaller Apartment? 

A one-bedroom, and in some cases a two-bedroom unit, is generally a perfect solution 
for those who are traveling on their own for a number of different reasons. First, the 
smaller units tend to have lower prices than larger units in the same area with 
comparable features. Second, the solo traveler does not need to have as much space. 
They aren’t traveling with other coworkers or family, so the extra space is unnecessary. 
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Having a smaller unit also means that it’s generally easier to keep clean. When you are 
renting furnished homes, you have to remember that it’s not the same as staying in a 
hotel. You will not likely have a housekeeping service that will come in and clean the 
property for you. Having a smaller place does not mean you have to skip on features 
though. You will discover that many of the best small units are still in fantastic buildings 
that have amenities such as pools and fitness centers you have access to. They are generally in good locations as well. 
The smaller one-bedroom units will still have kitchens, and many will also have a 
washer and a dryer in the unit. If they don’t have a washer and dryer in the condo, they 
will likely have a laundry room in the building. The kitchen will still be large enough to 
make all of your meals. 
Renters want to be comfortable for their extended stay, and the size of the apartment is 
not always the most important factor. Most don’t mind having a place that might be a bit 
smaller than their current home, as long as the furnished home they are renting has all 
of the same comforts.

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City Spotlight: Austin Furnished Housing

Will you be traveling to Austin for work in the near future? If so, and if you are staying more than a few days, you will want to look into finding quality Austin furnished housing that will provide you with a place to call home. Corporate Housing by Owner can help you locate some fantastic potential properties to rent while you are in the area.

Need to Know Austin Info

Austin, Texas is the capital of the state, and it’s the 11th most populated city in the United States, and the fourth most populated in Texas. It also happens to be the second largest capital city in the country. The area is popular with businesses, as well as vacationers. It’s also known for music, art, and creativity. The area is also home to a substantial amount of high tech companies, as well as biotech and pharmaceuticals. Some of the companies based in the area include National Western Life, Sweet Leaf Tea Company, and Freescale Semiconductor. The GDP for the area was around $86 billion in 2010. With the growing economy, more and more will be traveling here for work, so the need for quality Austin furnished housing is going to keep growing.

What Can You Do in Austin

No one wants to work all of the time! Fortunately, when you have some time off, you can head out of your Austin corporate housing and find an array of wonderful things to keep you happy and busy. Let’s look at some of the things that you might want to do while in town. There are a few activities that are unique to Austin that you will certainly want to experience. Head to Congress Bridge at dusk, and you will see around 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge. Visit Hamilton Grotto or Barton Springs Pool and go swimming to beat the heat. You can visit Mount Bonnel, the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, go hiking, and experience the Zilker Botanical Garden. In addition, there is usually live music playing somewhere in the city no matter when you are traveling there. Check out some of the concert options, such as Austin City Limits, but keep in mind that many of the smaller bars and clubs also have live music. Of course, you will find a number of interesting places to go shopping and to grab a bite to eat as well. Some of the top restaurants that you may want to try are Eddie V’s Edgewater Grille, Franklin Barbeque, Jack Allen’s Kitchen, and Hopdoddy. These are just some of the great places to eat and fun things to do when you are working in the area. Experience as much as you can.

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Property Style DIY: Great Corporate Housing Rentals

Great Corporate Housing Rentals have Great Bathroom Style!

Have you read The Corporate Housing Handbook?  If you have, you already know that the bathroom is just as important as any other room!  If you haven’t taken a look, it is in your Dashboard Resource Center.  Never, under any circumstance is dirt or mold acceptable in a great corporate housing rental property and as you will see in the following article, by award winning designer  Kerrie Kelly, you can have an amazing bathroom with very little investment.  All it takes is a weekend and some DIY fun!

Great Corporate Housing Rental Style: 6 Reasons You Should Install a Freestanding Bathroom Vanity

by Kerrie Kelly, ASID

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A bathroom makeover is one of the most satisfying weekend projects you can take on. It’s a small space, it’s a budget-friendly project, and it’s one that allows you to enjoy the fruits of your labor almost instantly.

A fresh coat of paint, some new window treatments, and fun linens and accessorieDesigner Bathrooms will do wonders, but if you want to make a change that really stands out, consider replacing your built-in bathroom vanity with one that’s freestanding.

Fear not! It’s a much simpler project than you might think, and it’s the perfect opportunity to reinvent the appearance of an important space without the chaos that comes with a major renovation. From sleek and modern to elegant and ornate, there are plenty of freestanding vanity options to create a beautiful bathroom that’s both functional and fashionable.

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Insurance Questions: Provider and Your Property Manager

Having the right type of insurance and the right amount of insurance is important for anyone who owns property. It becomes even more important when it comes to rental properties and temporary furnished apartments, as you have others who are living in the unit. You need to cover the unit, along with any issues that might arise there. If you own property and you work with a property manager, it is becoming increasingly important to list the manager as an additional insured party on the policy. Later, we’ll discuss why it’s a good idea.

What Insurance Policies Does the Property Manager Have?

Many times, property management companies will carry a variety of different types of insurance, including liability insurance. Another term for this is Errors and Omissions insurance. The aim of this type of policy is to help protect the managers from things such as wrongful eviction, using unlicensed contractors, and invasion of privacy. It essentially Home insurancehelps to protect both the owner and the property manager from financial losses in the event the manager makes an error on the temporary furnished apartments. Ask your property manager if they have this type of insurance. It can provide you with a substantial amount of peace of mind. In addition, they should have general liability insurance.

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Rental Laws: Portland, Oregon – Portland Corporate Housing

Whenever you are offering short term housing, or looking for corporate housing, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the most important rental regulations and laws in Portland, Oregon. It is important for landlords who are offering Portland corporate housing to remember that even though they may be offering short term rentals, the same laws will apply.

Landlord Disclosure Laws in Oregon

When renting out housing in Portland, it is important that the landlord make certain things clear and understandable to their tenants before they move into the property. Let’s look at the most important disclosures the landlord needs to make.

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City Spotlight: Dallas Corporate Housing

When 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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