virtual tour

Virtual Tours and Your Corporate Rental

Do you know how to properly photograph your fully furnished rentals to their best advantage? Most property owners are unfamiliar with the long list of tips and tricks that can make even a small room look amazing. While we don’t recommend that you ever try to use a bit of visual trickery to enhance the appearance of a corporate rental (as this could lead to a negative review), we strongly urge anyone with fully furnished rentals to do their best to photograph them effectively. It is why CHBO offers clients access to professional photographers for their corporate rental listings,...

corporate housing scams

How to Avoid Rental Scams in Your Furnished Housing Properties

No one likes admitting when they have been scammed, and even more so when that scam has led to serious financial losses. Rental scams are the worst of these scenarios because there are so many ways that you might avoid them. Yet, when an individual or even an organization does manage to obtain furnished housing rentals from you, and then proves to be a scam, you might wish to pretend it never happened and move on. Is that a good idea? In a word: No. Instead, it’s a great idea to share details about any rental scams with others,...

Sacramento Lakeside Luxury Rental

Property Spotlight: It’s All Love at this Sacramento Lakeside Luxury Rental

Life is sweeter on the water, but better still in this CHBO Certified four-bedroom executive rental in Elk Grove, south of Sacramento. Where gold once brought “49ers” by the thousands, it’s now an area of boom and bust towns, antiques and art, and new residents who want to enjoy California at a discount compared to its Bay Area cousins. Here, there is still a mild climate and farmland in Sacramento Valley that brings fresh and bountiful harvests and high-quality wines. “Gold Country” restaurants and wineries keep racking up awards but they’re not as expensive as Sonoma and Napa wine...

Outlook Bright for Corporate Housing Owners

Outlook Bright for Corporate Housing Owners

Whether you are the owner of corporate housing that you describe as short term furnished apartments, an executive rental, or furnished housing, the future is looking quite promising. Recent industry surveys indicated  executive rental properties of all kinds are increasingly more sought after and profitable. Many owners of furnished housing rentals say they plan to invest in more real estate in order to offer them as corporate housing or short term furnished apartments. Property management software continues to be adopted by owners to help them with their rentals. Because most handle management themselves, using industry specific resources in marketing and...

Property Spotlight: Two Capital Corporate Apartments in Our Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C.

“Capitol Hill” is more than just another word for Congress. It’s one of Washington D.C.’s oldest and most popular suburbs, a historic district featuring landmarks like the US Capitol Building, the Senate and House Office Buildings, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, the Marine Barracks, the Washington Navy Yard, and the Congressional Cemetery. The residential areas astride the wide avenues of Capitol Hill consist of row houses, Federal townhomes and other classic 19th century homes. Today’s spotlight focuses on a pair of elegant, bright basement apartments in row houses within walking distance of the Capitol. Both managed by...

Real Estate Trend: Divorce & Equity!

I loved this headline in the Orlando Sentinel: “Till equity do us part” I guess the new real estate trend is to stay married when you can’t afford to get divorced and as soon as there is enough equity in your real estate then that it is time to get a divorce.   Pre-recession unhappy couples got divorced and then fought over the kids. Then the trend during the recession was to stay married because divorce just increased their mountain of debt. According to the article, “Local lawyers and real estate agents say what’s happening is obvious: After years...

Relocating for a new job – What to do with the Furnished Rental?

Job Transfer Leaves Family Miles Apart Laurie Rioux hated the idea of selling her beautiful home – but the idea of living away from her husband for a year didn’t sound good either. She decided to rent out her home as a furnished rental. The couple is now back in their hometown living in their home for good! CHBO Helps Couple Land String of Quality Tenants During Relocation to Abu Dhabi Not wanting to give up her Atlanta roots, Diane Nobels decided to rent out her Atlanta home vs. sell it when she learned her husband was being transferred...

Keep Your Corporate Housing Lease Terms Simple

In light of the recent short-term rental bans and discussions on future bans across the country, Kimberly Smith, president of Corporate Housing By Owner, offers the following advice to corporate housing owners: “Simplify your life.” “By renting your furnished home as a monthly rental you avoid being impacted by short-term bans that apply mostly to properties marketed and leased as weekly rentals. By offering your property as a monthly rental vs. weekly, you will simplify your life as a busy landlord,” says Smith. There are many benefits to being a monthly rental versus a weekly rental including less transition...

Buying is Cheaper Than Renting in Most US Cities – But Does it Make Sense for You?

According to the real estate website Trulia, buying was cheaper than renting in 74% of the country’s 50 largest cities in July 2011 . Experts say it may be cheaper to buy than rent for a number of reasons: Rock bottom interest rates. In early Aug. 2011, a 30 year fixed was just 4.19%! Home ownership comes with tax perks that renters don’t get to enjoy – you get to deduct your mortgage interest as a homeowner. You don’t get to deduct your rental fees as a renter. Low prices – it’s a buyers market and prices are lower than...