Property Spotlight: A Prime Penthouse on Puget Sound

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A Prime Penthouse on Puget Sound

This Seattle fully furnished studio on the waterfront boasts gorgeous views of Puget Sound, a location that couldn’t be more perfect, and amenities galore that add up to far more than the sum of its parts. The exclusive penthouse community of Waterfront Landings, a full service residence, is right on the water. It’s a four- minute walk to Pier 66 or the Seattle Aquarium, and a seven-minute walk to the Pike Place Market or the Great Wheel. Yes, you read that correctly. This studio rental is right in the heart of the most prime location of this epic city, and it can now be your home during your time in Seattle.

The names that spring to mind when you mention Seattle include Amazon, Starbucks, and Microsoft. These are some of the world’s most famous brands. However, there is much more to this city than those heavyweights. Paccar, Costco, Nordstrom, Expeditors International, and Weyerhaeuser each qualified for the Fortune 500. And that’s not all. Boeing, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), and Providence Health and Services keep economic guard here, while the nearby University of Washington is a great place to learn economics and many other subjects. Service providers like the aforementioned Pike Place Market, the Seattle Aquarium, the Ferry Terminal, Bell Street Harbor Center, and dozens of incredible restaurants are within walking distance and this would be a great corporate rental to work from during your assignment.

Waterfront Landings makes your stay so much more special with some fantastic perks. There’s an indoor Club Room, a hot tub and full fitness center. Just outside your door there’s even the Skyview Terrace rooftop patio with a barbecue grill where you can entertain new coworkers and friends. This highly secure building also features a full time concierge to help you explore. Five courtyards offer residents a private park space, and there is underground garage parking.

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Seattle at its best

If you’d like to make even more new friends, a social committee arranges ongoing events like holiday parties, movie nights, dinners out at local restaurants, and more. The 94-walk score means you won’t have to wait in traffic or go far to see sights that tourists come thousands of miles to see. Aside from the views of Puget Sound, you’ll see the Olympic Mountains, the Port of Seattle, the Pier 66 cruise ship terminal, and Mt. Rainier. Further afield, but not much further, you can visit other iconic sights like the Space Needle, Key Arena for sports and concerts, and the Paramount Theater. Just a few blocks north, you can tour the harbor on the Victoria Clipper, walk the Pacific Science Center or the Museum of Pop Culture, but be sure to bring your SLR camera because the iconic Space Needle is across the street.

Your time at home will be equally spectacular to its surroundings. Yours are 750 square feet of high ceilings, a massive private deck with a view of the waterfront, and elegant finishing. From the hardwood floors, the granite countertops, the upgraded cherry wood cabinetry, to the stainless steel appliances, this flat is appointed with high-end furnishings for your enjoyment. Not only is the space quite ample, it’s used efficiently as evidenced by the Murphy wall bed and California closets that tuck away when you don’t need them, enabling you to have a formal dining area. There’s even an office area with an Apple desktop computer and printer so you can work from home or just Google up your next adventure. The atrium features two seating areas, one of which has a day bed if you have a guest stay. The wall mounted LCD TV is subscribed to Showtime, HBO, Netflix, and Apple TV, and you can stream via high speed Wi-Fi. This is mounted above a gas fireplace where you can warm up after a cool evening lounging on your private patio. When you get hungry, the luxury kitchen provides you everything you need for a meal, including a gas stove, microwave, dishwasher, and coffee maker. Cherry wood cabinetry stands out from the neutral grays and sets off the kitchen beautifully.

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Unlike many other studio apartments, you have your own stackable washer and dryer, and bi-weekly maid service leaves the deep cleaning to others so you can focus on working hard and playing hard here on Puget Sound. This furnished studio rental is certain to be hot, so be sure contact the owner at (253) 569-1045 to reserve your place on Puget Sound today!

How to Get Tenant Reviews for your Corporate Rental (And Why You NEED Them)

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As a landlord or a corporate rental or just as a person living life, you’re busy. Sometimes you’re too busy to sweat the details. When a tenant moves out after an enjoyable stay, you’re preparing for the next tenant, and maybe marking the departed client off your mental to-do list. Maybe you lack time, or maybe you don’t want to bother them, but if you don’t ask for a review, you’re leaving future earnings on the table. If you think photos and description speak for themselves, you’re mistaken. We’ve talked about how photos don’t always tell the full story of a home in recent blogs.

Why do I Need to Ask for Reviews?

You need to solicit reviews because they result in more bookings. Studies show that great customer reviews build customer confidence. A recent study revealed that 88% of customers trust online reviews as much as they do a personal recommendation. And tenants leave reviews for many reasons – to help others make an informed decision, to sound a complaint allowing you to improve, to praise your property, to reward great service, even simply just to be heard. Your property is competing with other furnished executive rentals in your area and reviews can give your property a leg up, because tenants trust others to guide them to properties that are “as advertised”, that provide five star service, that listen to the customer, and that stand out. Bottom line, all things being equal, properties with good reviews get booked more often.

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How do I Lay the Groundwork for a Great Review?

It starts with the customer’s first impression. A well-written, grammatically correct professional property description and CHBO certified photos create that great first impression. You want to preview the high level of professionalism and service right from the start.

First, setup text alerts so that you are notified of inquiries in real-time. Once you get their inquiry, answer the lead within twenty-four hours and in a friendly manner. Don’t overpromise, treat your lead with respect and really work with them to see if your property meets their needs. That genuine approach will pay off.

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This Looks Nothing Like the Photos! Avoid the Corporate Rental Photo Blues with CHBO Certified Photos

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Picture this: You’re packing for a long holiday or business trip. Your suitcase is ready, and you’ve said goodbye to the family – or brought them along. You go through the hassle of air travel or a long road trip, but you’re comforted by the fact that the corporate rental waiting for you at your destination was a great find. The property looked amazing, spacious and perfect for your needs. You arrive at the end of a long day of travel and discover the truth. If the pictures were worth a thousand words – many of those words seemed to be lies.

Tenant and Landlord Troubles Can Snowball

Tenants expect to find the rental property they chose to be virtually identical to the photos. And that’s a reasonable expectation. Certainly one thing tenants can do when looking for an executive rental is to manage their expectations – to understand that landlords need to show their property in its best light. But no one wants to be the victim of a “shell game”, a fraud where you don’t receive what you were advertised. It’s more than the disappointment; it may be that the property doesn’t fit the tenants’ needs. Those feelings of being misled could lead to something as simple as a bad online review, to an early departure, a non-renewal, or at worst an allegation of fraud.

For landlords, the effects can be just as bad. Spending a lot of time dealing with unhappy tenants is not fun, especially for longer-term bookings. The odds that that tenant will try to opt-out early increase, and the chances they’ll renew the property if their stay is extended plummet. After the booking is complete, the trouble isn’t over. Poor online reviews can mean fewer bookings and that means taking money directly from their pockets. And in some areas, there are legal consequences for taking fraudulent or misleading photos.

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Putting Your Home’s Best Foot Forward

There are good and bad ways to put a property in its best light:

* Photoshop is a common occurrence with photography today, from online dating to real estate to memes. It’s ok in some cases, like greening up a lawn that’s usually healthy but has a temporary brown patch or two. But removing important details, or adding amenities that aren’t there isn’t OK.

* Many photos use wide angle photography, and this is a common and acceptable practice as long as potential tenants know the actual square footage and there are plenty of photos from different angles to give the right perspective.

* Lighting is another area that makes photos tricky. You should always take pictures on bright sunny days and turn on all the home lights you need, but the home won’t always be so bright when the tenants are there and this can create issues, too.

* More photos are better. Each space needs photos from different angles so tenants can not only get a better idea of the size of the space, they can see how one room flows into the next.

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Introducing the CHBO Certified Program

It’s easy to see how the right corporate rental photos can be critical to the success of a furnished rental. More and more landlords are opting out of this headache with the CHBO Certified Photography Program. Our professional real estate photographer will take up to 60 identically sized, ultra high-resolution photos, creating a virtual tour that is both accurate and flattering. All photos are marked ‘CHBO Certified’, which builds tenant confidence and the properties’ reputation. Leave the hassle of photography to the experts and leverage the experience and expertise of CHBO today!

Sources:

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/photoshop-clever-angles-and-other-misleading-real-estate-photography-tricks-246722

https://www.adorama.com/alc/0014129/article/9-Awful-Real-Estate-Listing-Photos-And-How-To-Avoid-Taking-Them

https://www.quora.com/Why-are-there-so-few-complaints-about-Airbnb-photos-being-misleading-Why-do-I-never-see-in-reviews-that-the-place-doesnt-really-look-like-the-photos-on-the-site-Do-people-just-take-for-granted-that-the-images-are-artificial

What’s So Great About Travel Nursing?

What’s So Great About Travel Nursing?

You worked hard for your RN license. You’ve also got a minimum of one-year of nursing experience to go with that graduate certificate from an accredited nursing program in the U.S. or Canada, and a valid license or certification and proof of your right to work in the U.S. Maybe you’ve heard about travel nursing, and maybe not. But you’re in a good situation in your career – so why change anything?

Ask yourself a few questions to know if travel nursing is right for you:

Do You Like Being Promoted?

Nursing is a profession expected to grow 16% by 2024 according to the BLM, much faster than average. And even today, Traveling Nurses can choose from a wide array of specialties, work with lots of different kinds of people and work styles, and quickly become a trusted advisor when working in locations needing their expertise. You’ll improve your critical thinking skills, your flexibility, and adaptability to solve problems in new ways. This is the kind of experience that leads to faster professional advancement.

Do You Enjoy Competitive Pay (Or Better)?

Wherever you go as an RN traveling nurse, you are in high demand. The BLM average salary for an RN nurse in 2016 was $68,470. If you are willing to travel to locations in need, you’ll make even more because some locations pay more than others, and you can build up you skills in a specialty in a short time.

Perks such as free housing?

One of the benefits travel nurses often receive is free housing, and finding nursing housing in thousands of locations across the country is easy with CHBO. As a leader in corporate housing, CHBO connects great properties with professionals every day. See how it works, find a short-term rental via a housing request, or browse top cities today if you’d like an idea of the kind of housing often available to travel nurses.

Want to See the Country?

If travel is in your blood, travel nursing may be for you. Given the high demand and variety of locations all across the country, you’ll get to see so many places you’d never dreamed you would see, and benefit from the broadened perspective that travel gives you. Some travel nurses have even teamed up to travel together, getting placed in groups of two or three and having a buddy to see the sights.

How about work-life balance?

Travel nursing positions will change in terms of length of time, location and specialty, but you can specify your positions according to your need. If you need a break, temporary assignments offer you the flexibility to do that when you need to, or to plan for important life events in advance. In some cases you can even arrange shifts that work best for you.

Dreaming about becoming a travel nurse? Where would you like to go first? Check out CHBO for nursing housing options in your favorite locations today!

Sources:

http://www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/nursing/blog/10-benefits-of-being-traveling-nurse/

https://www.travelnursing.com/news/career-development/why-nurses-choose-to-travel-rns-discuss-the-advantages/

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Houston, Texas – Available Furnished Properties For Rent

The entire Corporate Housing by Owner (CHBO) team has been thinking about our members in Houston during the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. We were able to connect with several members to get an update on their well-being and property status. We are happy to announce that we have several furnished units available that did not incur any damage. Below is a list of links for anyone needing housing. Availability changes daily so please reach out to the property manager to confirm.

7607 – Houston Westchase Furnished Condo

16547 – Houston Galleria/Uptown Furnished Condo

16434 – Fortunate to have a dry home

15681 – TX Medical Center/NRG Stadium Condo

11207- Furnished Executive Home in Houston Tx

16011 – Luxury One Bedroom Houston Galleria

If none of these properties work for your needs, please submit a Housing Request with and we will try to find other accommodations.

Thanks from the team at Corporate Housing by Owner.

Help! I Need Temporary Housing Fast!

Help! I Need Temporary Housing Fast!

 
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Corporate relocations can be stressful, to say the least. In as little as eight weeks you may be asked to uproot your entire life in favor of greener pastures. One of the first items on your agenda may be to list and sell your current home. It’s a huge relief to get that financial burden out of the way and focus on housing in your upcoming new location.

But some markets and/or some homes are so hot that before you know it, you’ve sold your home days, weeks, or months before you were supposed to depart! Not to mention, there are plenty of people who weren’t leaving town in the first place, but sold their home in a hot market too quickly. Whatever the case, never fear. If you need temporary housing for any length of time, CHBO has you covered.

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There are a number of possibilities for finding temporary housing.

Hotels can be an option for a few days to a week. They get you out of the way of movers packing your home and give you a comfortable place to handle your home sale. For longer periods, a traditional hotel may not suit due to the room and dining expense however.

Extended Stay Hotels fill a niche and are plentiful. They tend to be less expensive than hotels, but only some properties have a full kitchen, and as a combination of a hotel room and an apartment, they lack the ambiance of home.

AirBnb might be an option as well. These privately owned vacation rentals cater to those seeking short term housing and common worldwide where law permits them. The gamble has been that what you see hasn’t always been what you get, and the level of professionalism can vary depending on the property.

Corporate Rentals are similar to AirBnb but have traditionally catered to longer- term executive clientele. These days however, there are a variety of furnished and unfurnished corporate housing properties available for any length of time.

Corporate Rentals are the most popular option for relocated employees and traveling executives. Most properties are fully furnished, and the CHBO Complete program guarantees that the furnished rental meets an established inventory so your temporary housing is ready to go from day one.

They also typically include amenities like housekeeping, dedicated cable and Wi-FI, and laundry rooms. Plus, even though it is a short stay rental it has the feel of home and the ability to cook all your own meals.

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With CHBO you can refine your search for properties based on specific dates you’ll require, a location or neighborhood you need, whether the property is furnished, if it accepts pets, and other key factors. Choose the amenities you’ll need, and deal directly with the owner with no additional fees. No time? No problem. Tell CHBO what you need using the short online form and we will help you find the perfect property today!

Historic Key West Vacation Rentals

Life is a less complicated in Key West. Clear the mind. Restore the dreams. Get down to business in ways you can never do on the mainland. Our 7.4-square-mile island at the southernmost point of the United States is a perfect place to create a corporate retreat or simply bring your laptop and work from the beach or front porch with your morning coffee.

Historic Key West Vacation Rentals creates custom corporate environments for the most discerning guests. Our privately-owned homes include charming Key West writer’s cottages tucked away on secluded lanes and expansive, modern luxury town homes with the privacy and security needed by corporate and celebrity guests. Our fully furnished homes meet our high standards for luxury amenities, decor, location and customer service, as well as the stringent CHBO Complete guidelines.

Historic Key West Vacation Rentals is a locally-owned company located in the heart of Old Town Key West. Many of our homes are owned by long-time clients who trust us to maintain their homes and manage their guest rentals. We are Key West residents with deep and broad experience in vacation rentals, concierge services and the best that Key West offers in after-hours living.

Our homes are located within Key West’s legendary Old Town district and its quieter and equally beautiful Meadows district. Key West’s neighborhoods are part of the island’s distinct historic appeal and accessible modern conveniences. With corner bakeries, Cuban coffee shops, restaurants, neighborhood grocers, attractions, and art galleries but steps away, few of our guests need more than a bicycle or golf cart to get around.

Each home is minutes away from the best of Duval Street’s famous entertainment, dining and shopping and the spectacular sunset celebrations at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and Mallory Square – yet each home is an island of privacy for quiet conversations, intimate entertaining and concentrated work time, if work you must.

Each of our fully-furnished homes includes Wi-Fi, cable, luxury linens and exceptionally well-equipped kitchens and baths. Most include private pools and outdoor gardens, as well as on-site washers and dryers.

Parking is at a premium in Key West. Although a select few of our homes include off-street parking, our guests find they rarely need a car while in Key West. If you do, you’ll find our public parking garages and lots efficient and safe.

Historic Key West Vacation Rentals offers monthly rentals or extended stay homes for those seeking a respite from daily corporate life, or for those who’d prefer working remotely in our island paradise.  Many of our homes can also be rented for shorter periods – some for just a few days – which gives you an opportunity to craft a corporate retreat for team building.

We can offer custom housekeeping and provisioning services should your needs be more demanding than our included services.

The diversity of our elegant homes ensures we will have one that matches your corporate or work-at-home needs. Our two-bedroom, two-bath homes are perfect for two couples or a visiting family for a weekend. Our larger homes with as many as five bedrooms, most with en-suite baths, beautifully appointed kitchens and indoor-outdoor living spaces work well for larger corporate groups.

Since its earliest days, Key West has been a working town, capturing the imagination of U.S. presidents, like Harry S. Truman and John F. Kenney, and the souls of writers like Ernest Hemmingway, Tennessee Williams, Judy Blume and Shel Silverstein. Key West drew each of them to its restorative lanes and byways, unfolding the creative power of its tropical island and surrounding aquamarine waters.

Tourism and small businesses are our major economic drivers and the U.S. military maintains extensive operations in Key West and at the Naval Air Station in Boca Chica, just a few miles up the Keys. About 25,000 residents live full time in Key West, and thousands more visit the island for major festivals throughout the year, such as Songwriters and Fantasy Fest, as well as dozens of literary and artistic events that draw internationally known performers, authors and artists.

And, our weather is perfect. Rarely do our days exceed 90 degrees in the middle of summer. Our winters are in the high 70s and 80s. The occasional rain shower passes quickly and brings out our vibrant greens and lush colors. Each day is an invitation to bring your best thinking to a work-day project, then spend a few idle moments basking in sunshine and tropical breezes.

We encourage you to consider doing what we locals do: Live. Work. Love. All in Key West. We promise, you’ll find your new island retreat to be a perfect place for working from home.

Learn more about by visiting CHBO or check out their website – Call 1-305-296-1010 to learn more.

Why Longer Term Corporate Rentals Are Better for You and Your Property

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The Internet age has changed the way we live in many ways. Information is flying around us all the time, and we have access to more knowledge than at any time in human history. Some of these changes are good, some bad, but it is certain that the way we live has been affected.

One example is how we travel. There was a time when travelers had to make many calls or hire a travel agency to find a place to stay, transportation, and take other steps to prepare for a trip. Today, at the click of a button, we can book a room, rent a car, make reservations for out favorite restaurant, and so much more.  AirBnb, HomeAway, VRBO, and other vacation rental websites came along with a simple premise: instead of paying for a hotel, you could use the home of a resident in the place you were traveling. In the past ten years, this has become a revolution, with vacation rental sites claiming up to 10% of the hotel industries’ $1.1 trillion dollar market. Naturally, the hotel industry isn’t pleased with this development. Property owners and neighbors have had their issues, too.

 The Misuse of Vacation Rentals

Most vacation rentals are structured to be available anywhere from a day to a week. A risk of renting for a short time to an individual is that they will misuse the property. It has happened that wild parties, porn shoots, and commercial use of holiday rentals have caused damage to both properties and the reputation of their owners. A flood of guests and ever changing tenants has caused traffic headaches too, with renters taking up all available parking nearby. Despite ways to combat this problem by refusing to rent to suspected abusers and flagging those who have misused a property, these stories continue, as it is easy to create new fake profiles and avoid blacklisting.

The HOA and the Neighbors Respond

Abuses like these have had a negative effect on property values.  In some cases, owners have evicted long-standing tenants in order to use their property as a short-term rental. Neighbors have been vocal in complaining about these abuses, and Homeowners Associations have been creating clauses in their agreements and amending existing agreements to limit or restrict the use of their homes as vacation rentals. These clauses are enforceable because even a short-term rental qualifies as a “lease” legally, and some owners have been warned and even fined for violations.

Government Regulations Increase

Another abuse comes from owners who buy multiple units in a building or neighborhood, and rent them all out as vacation rentals. This makes living conditions for the permanent residents worse as the chance of abuses occurring multiply. New York City and other cities across the US have responded by passing “Primary Residence Laws” stating that properties rented for less than thirty days must be the owners’ primary residence, and have authorized fines up to $75,000 for violations. Other laws have increased taxes on short-term rentals and forced owners to hire a caretaker that neighbors can contact in case issues come up. Some of these regulations were championed by the hotel industry, which have launched a massive campaign to combat holiday rentals nationwide. In some areas, owners are now being required to charge an 11.5% hotel tax to be passed on to the city government, and they have even gotten congress to start investigations about the effect of holiday rentals on property values.

How to Protect Yourself and Your Rental Property

If you want to rent your property as a short-term holiday property, your only option is to be sure you are in compliance by keeping hyper aware of these constantly changing HOA, municipal, state, and federal regulations.  There’s a simple workaround that is trending now, and that’s converting your rental to a corporate rental via CHBO. Rentals of thirty days or more are not subject to these new laws. Plus, with commercial clients seeking long-term housing for relocating staff or temporary assignments, you vastly decrease the chance your property will be misused, as the company assumes the financial and reputational liability for damages. CHBO is easy to use and can help you comply with local laws and find trustworthy tenants. Get started by learning how to furnish and price your rental property for corporate clients today!

Furnished Townhome For Rent in Denver’s northeast

This fully furnished Townhome for rent in Denver’s northeast  having two-bedroom, two and a half bath will remind you of home but with fresh air, views of the Rockies, and amenities like a pool, hot tub, and a fitness center. Brighton is a growing city that still has a small town feel while being close to all Denver has to offer. Close access to several major highways into town mean it’s just fifteen minutes to DIA, thirty to downtown Denver, and thirty-five to the Tech Center.

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CHBO Property Spotlight: Penny Acres Fully Furnished Executive Home In Georgia

Welcome to this Executive Home in Georgia with two bedroom, one bath fully furnished is located in tranquil and historic Grantville. Found on a wooded 23-acre reserve, Penny Acres is a peaceful retreat where you can decompress from the workday, yet it is just forty-five minutes from downtown Atlanta.

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Atlanta boasts Fortune 500 companies The Home Depot, United Parcel Service (UPS), Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, The Southern Company, Genuine Parts Company, First Data Corporation, HD Supply Holdings, Veritiv, SunTrust Banks, AGCO Corporation, Asbury Automotive Group, NCR Corporation, PulteGroup, and Newell Brands. These nearby firms are but a part of a growing commerce sector in greater Atlanta, proving there are more than peaches growing in Georgia.

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