Costco talks Corporate Housing is it right for you?

By John Morell

DID YOU MOVE recently? Can’t sell your home? You may have considered renting your property; however, finding traditional renters who want long-term leases is often as difficult as putting a house up for sale. That’s how Kimberly Smith got her business started in 2005. “I was working with companies to help them find corporate housing for traveling employees,” she explains. “People would tell me they couldn’t find a buyer for their own home and ask if I knew someone who wanted to rent it. I decided there had to be a way to connect these individual homeowners with corporate housing clients and we went from there.” Her Denver-based CorporateHousingBy Owner.com (www.MyCHBO.com) has picked up on the trend toward short-term living. “Corporate housing is a $2.5 billion industry in the U.S., but it’s traditionally flown under the radar,” says Smith. “When most people think about renting out their home they’d prefer to do so with a tenant who signs a long-term lease, but there can be a lot of competition for those renters. However, there’s often a market for homes and condos that are available on a month-to-month basis or short-term lease.” Smith points out that there are countless well-paid professionals such as traveling nurses, business consultants, university professors and others who seek out short-term housing. She says, “These are people who need a place for one or more months that’s more comfortable and cost effective than a long stay at a hotel.” While traditionally corporate housing has been high-end condos and apartments located in metropolitan areas, Smith says that in today’s market almost anything goes. “If you have a single-family home in a suburban or rural area, you may find that there’s a need for short-term rentals,” she notes. “It could be a nearby company that has to accommodate employees for training sessions, or if you’re anywhere close to a performing arts center that has traveling shows doing engagements that are a month long or more, they’re also looking for housing.” Rates for corporate housing can be 25 percent or more higher than the regular rental market rates, but there are also higher costs for the owner. Besides regularly marketing the property to keep it occupied, the owner needs to keep it well furnished and up to market standards. To get a premium price, the home needs to be equipped with modern amenities, including high-speed Internet, cable/satellite TV and an alarm system.  http://www.costcoconnection.com/connection/201201/u1=issues#pg33

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Home sales rising. Is a new wave of home investors forming?

Existing home sales rise in November and are now 34 percent higher than the mid-2010 low. Low prices and interest rates are drawing some new investors to real estate.

By Margaret Price, Correspondent / December 21, 2011

NEW YORK

Investors weary of the wobbly stock market and slim returns from certificates of deposit might take a cue from attorney and business coach LeTonya Moore. She’s investing in real estate.

This summer, she bought a town house in Tampa,Fla., for $37,000 in a foreclosure sale. She’ll live there for one to two years and then rent it while shopping for more properties in the area. Overall, she plans to make three real estate investments a year over the next four years so she can achieve her goal of financial independence.

“Real estate is as good, if not better, a long-term investment than the stock market,” she says.

http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2011/1221/Home-sales-rising.-Is-a-new-wave-of-home-investors-forming

Increased Rental Demand – Good For Corporate Housing

Demand for Rentals Drives Big Rise in Home Building

Wallstreet Journal

By ROBBIE WHELAN

Residential construction surged in November, sparking cautious hope that the U.S. housing market is gaining traction.

Housing starts hit a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 685,000 units, the highest level in 19 months, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.

Starts in November were up 9.3% from October and 24.3% ahead of the November 2010 figure.

While those gains are sizable, starts remain well below the one million to 1.5 million annual pace needed for a healthy market….

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Real Estate Agents can benefit from new opportunities too!

Big Developers Dabble in Apartment Market

Wall Street Journal

By A.D. PRUITT And DAWN WOTAPKA

Some of the leading U.S. developers of malls and office properties are moving into the apartment business, where demand for new projects is stronger than any other commercial-real-estate sector.

Fueled by the decline in home ownership, the boom in apartment building is attracting commercial-property companies such as Boston Properties Inc., Mack-Cali Realty Corp., SL Green Realty Corp., Simon Property Group Inc. and Macerich Co. They all have either acquired, completed or broken ground on apartment buildings in recent months, or plan to do so next year.

The companies’ moves are helping fuel a boom in rental apartment development and investment. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that construction starts in the multifamily sector in November spurted 25.3% from the previous month. Single-family housing starts rose just 2.3%.

Many of the nation’s biggest office and retail developers are getting in the apartment game for the first time. For example, Macerich, a mall giant whose holdings include Scottsdale Fashion Square in Arizona and Queens Center, in New York, is building a 430-unit apartment tower at its Tysons Corner Mall in Virginia. The company says it also is exploring building apartment units at its Broadway Plaza mall in Walnut Creek, Calif….

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Traveling Healthcare Professionals Need Your Help

Every year over 100,000 healthcare professionals travel for their job and they need more corporate housing solutions – AvenueWest Global Franchise would like to support you grow your Corporate Housing inventory to support this growing demand.

http://www.natho.org/what-is-a-travel-healthcare-professional.php

Needed… Charlotte, NC

Chiquita Brands International​, Inc. (NYSE: CQB) will relocate its corporate headquarters to Charlotte, NC from the company’s current location in Cincinnati, OH.  The relocation will include more than 300 positions currently based in Cincinnati.  Chiquita will also consolidate other corporate functions in Charlotte by bringing more than 100 additional positions currently spread across the U.S. The move is expected to be complete by the end of 2012.

AvenueWest is looking for a qualified business entrepreneur to start an AvenueWest Franchise in Charlotte, NC.  For more information email: Global@AvenueWest.com or call 303.825.7625

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