Property Manager: Kitchen Design Update

As Corporate Housing Rental Landlords we take PRIDE in what we do and what we offer, even in our kitchen design!  From time to time I like to tryout what other extended stay options have available and I am always shocked at how bad some of the other options are.  This weekend I spent a night at an extended stay chain in Oakland, CA and it was worse than sad.  This is the actual photo of the kitchen but it doesn’t show you the burns on the counter, the total of 2 plates in cabinet or the grime on the stove. Here...

Trends: Corporate Housing Terminology

What do you call what we do? This year CHPA (Corporate Housing Providers Association) turns 20 years old but they started at NIHN (National Interim Housing Network) then they became AIHP (Association of Interim Housing Providers) before they settled on CHPA.   If you have been reading my blogs over the years you will know the I believe Corporate Housing should be a “lodging choice” and is part of the larger Extended Stay Lodging segment. I like the professionalism that Corporate Housing denotes, however there are lots of personal reasons people rent corporate housing every day. At the core...

Corporate Housing Design Fun: Rugs in Rental Homes

What are corporate housing renters really looking for in rental design? I dare you to find 2 matching CHBO corporate housing rentals! Let’s face it, life is too short not to have some fun, and I definitely believe great real estate design, variety and style are all part of my definition of fun. You should have fun with your corporate housing executive rental. You should expect more. You should have the choice of trying something new, something that is fun or just something that you love. If you are like me then you will love the corporate housing options available through CHBO!...

Top 6 Questions about Temporary Living #5

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 5 about Temporary Living Typically, the minimum length of stay in corporate housing is often 30 days, based on local and/or legal restrictions.  When and why is a shorter length of stay...

Relevant Data equals Real Estate Corporate Housing Success

Did I mention this is my favorite season of the year? The season of collecting data for the annual “by Owner” Corporate Housing report. Now in its 5th year I really look forward to taking the new data and seeing what trends are changing and what trends are staying the same. Today I got an email from a property owner who wanted to know why Airbnb was not listed as a marketing source, great question! Next year the survey will include Airbnb and it will be interesting to watch Airbnb to see if it can go from a pop-culture...

CHBO News: Real Estate Award

This month The Denver Business Journal recognized CHBO Founder, Kimberly Smith, with their annual Real Estate Outstanding Women in Business Award. Recognized for her accomplishments, leadership and contributions to the community, Kimberly was honored to be included with such an accomplished group of women. Kimberly says, “She is a work in progress and still has a lot more to grow as she supports the growth of CHBO and AvenueWest Global Franchise.” She is excited to see Corporate Housing become a mainstream extended stay lodging solution. This is the Denver Business Journal’s 15th annual Outstanding Women in Business special section....

NEWS: Corporate Housing Demand Up

According to the newly released report in Consulting Magazine “Travel Bounces Back in 2013!” Annually Consulting Magazine conducts its Best Places to Stay survey to find out what travel trends and demands exist in the consulting industry and this year all numbers are pointing up 🙂 17% of all Consultants say they take 1 or 2 extended stay trips a year (30 days or longer).  9% say they take 3 or more 30+ day stays a year. Both these numbers are up from the year before. Previous year only 10% said they had 1 or 2 stays of 30 days or...

Traveling and need a place to stay?

Corporate Housing Accommodations Made Business Trip to Miami More Comfortable and Affordable An entrepreneur on assignment in Miami for a month decided that a corporate rental he found on CHBO was much more preferable to living in a hotel for one month! Thanks to the flexibility a corporate rental offers, his dog was brought along for the ride too! How One Woman Turned to Corporate Housing When Life Threw a Curveball Lisa Turner was ready to move on with her life. A new husband. A new outlook. A new home. However, Lisa and her new husband were quite in...

NEW for you! The Corporate Housing Handbook by CHBO

What is Corporate Housing? How do I setup a Corporate Rental?  How to get started renting a property? How do I make money? Corporate Housing Success Stories! The Corporate Housing Handbook is now available in print from Amazon! Sneak Peak…. Welcome to the multi-billions dollar world of Corporate Housing or more simply put, furnished monthly residential rentals. Corporate Housing is part of the Extended Stay lodging segment offering an alternative to the transient environment of an Extended Stay hotel. Corporate Housing is also an option for the savvy real estate investor or property manager who is interested in maximizing the returns on their...

The Battle… New Software will track if you pay lodging tax

Eye Street Solutions LLC (“Eye Street”)  and HomeAway are battling it out in court!!! http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/Opinions/Published/121143.P.pdf “Rather than book hotel rooms, many travelers now rent private residences for accommodation during their vacations. Appellee HomeAway, Inc. owns and operates a number of websites that facilitate such rentals. The websites, including HomeAway.com and VRBO.com, post rental advertisements by homeowners, whom prospective renters can then contact directly to make reservations.” “Many localities have found that these vacation rentals deprive them of significant lodging tax revenue. Whereas hotels almost always pay the taxes that localities assess on room rentals, private homeowners frequently fail to...