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.

Where to Find Austin Furnished Housing

Corporate Housing by Owner can help you find a number of fantastic places to stay when you are on the search for Austin furnished housing. One of the top companies to consider when you want to find a rental is Hancock Guest Cottages. They’ve been around for more than a decade, and they’ve even been featured on HGTV. Let’s look at some of the excellent properties they have available, which might be just perfect for your Austin corporate housing.

Located in central Austin, Hancock Modern is a fantastic choice for the business traveler. Austin Corporate HousingThis is a large fully furnished property with four bedrooms and two bathrooms. There is only a one-night minimum stay, so this could be a nice solution for those who are only traveling on business for a few days, as well as those who need Austin furnished housing for an extended stay. It also has a great location, as it is only a short distance from Northwest Park, the University of Texas, Lady Bird Lake, and more. Also in central Austin is Hancock Petite Suite. This is a one-bedroom and one-bathroom unit that comes fully furnished. The 400 square foot apartment is only about ten minutes from the downtown area, the medical center, and the University of Texas. This is also a nightly rental. It’s in a great neighborhood and is close to some great places to visit including Amy’s Ice Cream and Billy’s Burgers. Hancock Loft Hideaway in Hyde Park is a one-bedroom one-bathroom studio that comes fully furnished. The unit features a bathroom, kitchen, and laundry, and it can sleep two. It is a great choice for a solo business traveler looking for quality Austin corporate housing. The property is close to the Hyde Park Bar and Grill, Mother’s Café, and more. These are only a couple of the fantastic options for Austin furnished housing available from Hancock Guest Cottages. They have a variety of sizes and styles, and you should be able to find a place that’s suitable for your needs whether you are traveling for work, looking for real estate, or just getting away for a little while.


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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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