Oakville furnished homes

Property Spotlight: Two Beautiful Furnished Homes in Oakville, Ontario

Oakville, ON is located in the southern part of the province between Hamilton and Toronto. This city has a population of nearly 200,000 and offers cultural attractions, sports, events, and much more. Several festivals are held throughout the year including the Waterfront Festival, Canadian Open, Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival, and For the Love of the Arts Festival. The city also offers the Oakville Place Shopping Centre which is a large shopping mall that has been around since the 80s....

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Is There a Black Friday for the Bay Area Housing Market? Take a Guess

A new study by Trulia was done to determine whether Black Friday as a phenomenon existed in the United States housing market. Around 100 of the largest markets for housing were part of the study. Unfortunately, the study shows that San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose are a few of the places where you are least likely to find price reductions on homes for sale. If you wonder whether that means you should avoid buying corporate apartments on Black Friday, we’ll share some more insight for you below. Bay Area Home Price The truth is that the average price...

Top 6 Questions about Temporary Living #6

CHPA, or the Corporate Housing Providers Association is the international trade organization for the multi billion dollar industry of corporate housing or more simply temporary living. Recently CHPA asked several corporate housing providers to clarify common questions of corporate housing guests. We thought this was great information for both corporate housing providers and tenants to know. The following excerpts have been approved for re-print by CHPA. Question 6: Temporary Living Why do I need to give a 30 day notice to depart a temporary apartment? A hotel does not require this. A notable difference between hotels and corporate housing...

Corporate Housing: Who, What, Where & Why #2

What makes a successful corporate housing provider? What makes a successful Corporate Housing Renter? Where is the corporate housing industry going? Why do people use corporate housing? Who provides corporate housing? Should I pay or charge a security deposit? What about pets? How do I find a corporate housing rentals? Your information is essential to assure together we are all more successful – If you own or manage corporate housing rentals please take a minute and complete the 2014 Corporate Housing Survey and get qualified to win an IPad Air!   What we learned from last year’s Corporate Housing Survey #2.....

Top 6 Questions about Temporary Living Average rates #1

CHPA, or the Corporate Housing Providers Association is the international trade organization for the multi billion dollar industry of corporate housing or more simply temporary living. Recently CHPA asked several corporate housing providers to clarify common questions of corporate housing guests. We thought this was great information for both corporate housing providers and tenants to know. The following excerpts have been approved for re-print by CHPA. Question 1: Temporary Living The industry average for temporary living is $140 per day. This equates to a $4200 per month apartment and seems expensive. What comprises this rate? When seeking quotes for...

Corporate Lodging News: Increase in Defense Department TDY Rates

Travel Trends: How TDY Rates encourage the military traveler to use Extended Stay and Corporate Lodging Solutions. Each year the defense department relocates hundreds of thousands of individuals and families in addition to all the long term projects that need housing around the world. In the last few years there has been a decrease in military demand for Corporate Housing Rentals. However with new TDY (Temporary Duty) reimbursement rates for stays longer than 30 days, that go into effect November 1st, 2014, we will start to see an increase in the military’s use of corporate housing as a cost savings...

Mistakes: Don’t lose money with your rental property

10 Mistakes Rental Property Owners Make: Not properly screening a potential tenant. Thinking Craig’s List will give you the quality tenant you are looking for. Listing your rental on too many sites without updating availability. Allowing a tenant to move-in without a written agreement. Pricing your property too high or too low. Taking the first tenant who calls. Ignoring your gut instinct. Not getting the rent payment before the tenant moves in. Sending the keys in a basic envelope and way before arrival. Furnishing the rental property with less than the tenant expects. Hmmm – Have you done any...

How to Capture Holiday Cheer When Staying in a Corporate Rental

You might be spending the December holidays in a corporate rental this year – but don’t fret – the good news is that you’re in a corporate rental, not a cramped hotel. A corporate rental gives you the flexibility to channel your own holiday cheer with few limitations. Here are some tips to surviving the December holidays during your temporary stay in a corporate rental: Decorate:  Just because you’re staying in a furnished rental property doesn’t mean you can’t bring along some of your own decorations. Put up that Christmas tree, hang those stockings, light that menorah, and decorate your...

Stop! Ask Your Corporate Housing Landlord These 3 Questions

Are you a soon-to-be corporate housing tenant or renter?  If yes, before you rent, ask your landlord these three important questions: Is this property legit? Ask a lot of questions to understand if the property is legit. Ask the owner for references to previous tenants, never wire money, require a phone conversation and be smart – if it doesn’t feel quite right, trust your gut. There are a lot of scammers out there so these extra steps will make sure you’re renting a real property. Will you run a credit check on me? Understand if the landlord is going...

Companies Reluctant to Relocate – Be wearing if you’re asked if you “rent or own”

This weekend, The Denver Post featured an article about how companies are hesitant to relocate employees due to sour housing market. I was grateful to have been interviewed by reporter Margaret Jackson for the article. I found it really interesting that it costs more than $76,000 to relocate an employee who owns a house whereas only about $22,000 for someone who rents. With this in mind, I told Jackson that there is nothing stopping employers from asking a potential candidate whom the company is interested in relocating if they own or rent – as employers want to know if this...