Property Spotlight: A Prime Penthouse on Puget Sound

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.

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