Understanding Walk Scores and How It Impacts Your Corporate Rental

I recently learned about walk scores; apparently I’m one of the clueless people who didn’t know about this exciting phenomenon. Walk scores can help you access where you want to live or stay – especially if being within walking distance to your daily errands is top priority. A high walk score means you can walk to do daily errands and that you live within walking distance to grocery stores, shops, banks, schools, gyms and even work. A low score means you need a car in order to get anywhere – in other words, you’re “car dependent.” There also are...

Year-End Checklist for Corporate Housing Owners

Soon 2012 will be a distant memory and we look forward to a New Year and new outlook on life again. In between shopping, wrapping gifts and attending holiday parties, here are some year-end maintenance items to consider taking care of before 2013 says “goodbye.” 1. Give Your CHBO Listing a Once Over: If you haven’t reviewed your listing for awhile, you might have forgotten that the headline on your listing is still talking about your Summer 2012 specials – doh! Make sure your property listing’s copy is up-to-date and captures the current season correctly. 2. Update Your Digits: We often...

Why Politics Might be Bad for Corporate Housing Businesses

We are in the middle of a contentious political season and most Americans are feeling, well, a bit unsettled. As you may have guessed, unsettled politics can be bad for business. Right now we are seeing a trend of companies not spending money until they can better understand what the next Administration’s policies will be. If business confidence is down, business travel and business spend is typically down too. What This Means For You: As a corporate housing landlord, you may see less rental inquiries and stays. Between now and November 6th you may need to work harder to find the right...

A Few Changes to Your CHBO Experience

A few changes to your CHBO experience…. 1. Property Search – Our property search tool now has a sort by option. When a user searches and the results come back, there is a sort option toolbox at the top left of the screen that enables the user to refine his/her search. Users can now sort by: -Bedroom Count – Users can sort from low # to high # and vice versa -Rent Fees – Users can sort from low # to high and vice versa -Number of Reviews – Users can sort properties by the number of reviews it...

How to Encourage Corporate Housing Guest Reviews

Having positive reviews on your listing from prior tenants is crucial to your success as a corporate housing landlord for several reasons. Future renters are heavily influenced by past renters – a review can help someone make a quicker decision about wanting to work with you. In fact, a positive review can create instant credibility in the eyes of a potential tenant. You’ll stand out – so few corporate housing landlords take the time to solicit reviews – but those who do get rewarded handsomely! To solicit more reviews, make sure you have a good, clean listing. The first impression...

Move Your Property to the Top of the Search Results

New CHBO Feature! Want to get your property found at the top of a prospective tenant’s search results? CHBO has now made it easy to do. Your property soars to the top of the search results every time you log-in to your myCHBO account. You don’t have to do anything more than simply log-in daily to check and update your CHBO account and voila, your listing will be at the top! The reason for this change is two-fold. For one, it ensures you are regularly updating your property’s listing – especially your availability calendar. Two, because your listing will...

Avoid Using Misleading Words in Corporate Housing Rental Listings

Obviously when a landlord puts together a listing for his rental property, he wants it to sound wonderful and oh-so-appealing. While landlords should be careful not to mislead, renters should also be prepared to understand this arsenal of popular misleading terms so they can investigate further into each term’s true meaning: Unique – this might include a property that is too “unique” for the mainstream renter. Landlords should avoid using this word and rather explain what is exactly unique about the property within the listing. Pet-friendly – this word might mean to a potential renter that the house stinks....