Corporate Housing

We are settled, organized and READY for the busy season! AvenueWest Phoenix is proud that our office has developed so nicely and we are excited for 2017!

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Two Fully Furnished Rentals Available in Scottsdale!

Just East of Shea and the 101 are two stunning fully furnished properties ready to become your home away from home!

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At the cross streets of Via Linda and 105th St is a sensational Scottsdale Ranch Patio Home!

2 Bed, 2 Bath, 1378 sq. ft

Near fishing and boating at Lake Serena, parks, baseball spring training, shopping, Scottsdale healthcare hospital at Shea, and the Mayo Clinic.

This property offers amenities such as flat screen TVs in family room and bedrooms, a private yard with covered patio, fireplace, 2 car garage, wet bar with granite, in unit washer/dryer, and full kitchen. Everything is ready for you to move right in! Don’t miss this perfect opportunity to live in one of the most desirable parts of the Valley of the Sun!

Click here for more information and to check out this property!


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Located on Shea Blvd and 92nd St is this contemporary and cool condo in the Aventura community in Scottsdale!

1 Bed, 1 Bath, 663 sq. ft

Artfully decorated and super comfortable, you’ll be proud to call it home no matter how long or short your stay. Offers granite counter tops, travertine flooring, stone fireplace, in unit washer/dryer and assigned covered parking.

This community has a large variety of amenities including: 3 community pools, fitness center, tennis court, clubhouse, and BBQ grills conveniently located through-out the lush landscaped grounds. Everything you could want in a temporary housing solution!

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The AvenueWest Phoenix Team is Expanding!

Recently AvenueWest Phoenix has been making some big moves! We are moved and settled into our new office space and we just added to our growing team.

img_1782Introducing Marena Arenas who is the newest addition to the AvenueWest Phoenix Team! Marena received her Bachelor’s degree in Housing and Urban Development from ASU. Currently, she is working on her Master’s degree at ASU for Public Administration. Marena is passionate about meeting client needs and finding the perfect home to pair with the resident. Her organization and customer services skills are the perfect fit for achieving our company goals, not to mention her name starts with ‘M’!

In her spare time Marena enjoys spending time with her dog Ninja, spoiling her nephew, listening to a good playlist or podcast, and seeking outdoor adventures!

 

 

Pet Friendly Corporate Housing

We recently heard that a large regional vacation property management company here in the Phoenix/Scottsdale market had gone “Pet Free”. Did we hear that right? No…they had to have said “Pet Friendly”, but to our surprise, it was true…”Pet Free”.

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This flies in the face of a continually increasing trend for travelers looking for short term, fully furnished housing. Pet ownership, while off it’s peak, is significantly higher than in past years, and more and more people are traveling with their pets. Pets have become a key part of life for many of us and the idea of leaving a part of your family with strangers for weeks or months at a time is not an attractive one.

Here at AvenueWest Phoenix we pride ourselves on offering a selection of pet friendly corporate and short-term furnished rentals. Nearly 90% of our properties welcome pets, which range from single bedroom apartment style condos to 5 bedroom single-family houses.

Almost 90% of AvenueWest Phoenix's properties allow pets.

Almost 90% of AvenueWest Phoenix’s properties allow pets.

To make sure you have a good experience traveling with your pet, be sure to be upfront about having a pet and what kind of animal it is…while there may be a pet fee or deposit, it is usually smaller than an “undisclosed” pet fee that is applied at the end of your stay. In the event that you acquire a pet during the course of your stay be sure to contact your property management company in advance to ensure your new pet will be welcome into the home you’re staying in. As previously stated some properties/companies won’t allow any pets at all.

When booking your stay be accurate in the size and breed of your pet. Some owners of properties don’t allow cats for instance or restrict the number of dogs they will allow in their properties. Many homeowner or condominium associations have very strict regulations regarding breed, size and number of pets. Violation of which can be costly and potentially unpleasant, and the tenant may face having to vacate the property or having to board their pets for the remainder of their stay.

To make sure you don’t face these issues, ask questions of the corporate housing representative so your needs, wants and expectations are made clear up front.

This is all fine and dandy for those folks with pets, but what if I don’t want to stay in a place after pets have been there? This is a common concern for a number of business travelers, so ask the corporate housing representative about their policies if this is an issue for you. For instance, at AvenueWest Phoenix we perform a multi faceted, step-by-step process that we refer to as “Pet Remediation” after each pet vacates one of our properties. The mission being that the next guest should have no idea that a pet was ever in the property!

AvenueWest Phoenix allows you the freedom of bringing everyone in your family, including your furry friends! Just ask for details.

AvenueWest Phoenix allows you the freedom of bringing everyone in your family, including your furry friends! Just ask for details.

About AvenueWest Phoenix; Owner Meghan Hartman states, “we strive to be the supplier of choice when it comes to corporate housing in the Phoenix/Scottsdale markets by routinely exceeding expectations.”

We pride ourselves on supplying fully furnished, pet friendly, unique properties, in diverse locations throughout the entire Valley of the Sun. In addition, we can perform quick custom setups. Anything from a custom full house setup in a particular location to adding an over-sized recliner or a particular bed size and all points in between. Our flexibility sets us apart from the historical “cookie cutter” approach to corporate housing. Call us today to experience the AvenueWest Phoenix difference – 602.753.2412.

AvenueWest Phoenix Celebrates Their Anniversary!

October 21, 2015, Phoenix AZ: Earlier this month AvenueWest Phoenix celebrated its second anniversary of the start of it’s unique approach to corporate housing in the Phoenix/Scottsdale market. Meghan Hartman, Owner of the company, stated:

“AvenueWest has taken the best of what traditional corporate housing companies offer and added a property management component. This allows us to offer unique properties to those in need of short term furnished housing, while at the same time putting otherwise idle assets (houses, condos, casitas, etc.) to work for individual owners and investors.”

Mark Vost and Meghan Hartman celebrating their 2 year anniversary in Phoenix, AZ.

Mark Vost and Meghan Hartman celebrating their 2 year anniversary in Phoenix, AZ.

AvenueWest Phoenix strives to be the supplier of choice when it comes to corporate housing in the Phoenix/Scottsdale markets. Hartman went on to explain “Over the course of the last two years, we have really focused the energies of our expanding organization on becoming the ‘Provider to the Providers’ of corporate housing.”

Mark Vost, a member of the AvenueWest Phoenix team, went on to explain:

“We have supplied properties to a number of the large companies in both the corporate housing and relocation (RELO) industries by focusing on pet friendly, unique properties, in diverse locations throughout the valley.”

AvenueWest Phoenix has experienced significant growth in the past two years. Hartman explains:

“If we don’t have exactly the right property for a potential client, we pride ourselves on performing quick custom setups…everything from a full 4 bedroom house in a particular location to adding an over-sized recliner or even special requests for a particular bed size…how we handle special requests sets us apart and this approach has clearly added to our growth.”

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All in all, AvenueWest Phoenix attributes its early success to an attitude of “Routinely Exceeding Expectations.” Hartman closes with “why not test us out the next time you have a need for short term fully furnished housing in the Valley of the Sun!”

AvenueWest Phoenix – November Featured Properties

Ahhh, temperatures in the mid-eighties in November…come experience why people live in Phoenix!

SUNT105
DESIRABLE PATIO HOME IN SCOTTSDALE RANCH – Via Linda & 105th St, Scottsdale
http://phoenix.avenuewest.com/phoenix/SUNT105
2 bed / 2 bath, single story patio home, 1400 sq ft, community pool, 2 car garage, washer/dryer in unit, fully furnished, all utilities included
$95 per day / $2850 per month (30 day minimum stay)
Available beginning: Now

TIO10414
RESORT STYLE LIVING AT TAPATIO CLIFFS – Peoria Ave & 12th St, Phoenix
http://phoenix.avenuewest.com/phoenix/TIO10414
2 bed / 1.5 bath, main level townhouse with 2 stories, 1050 sq ft, community pool, one covered parking space, washer/dryer in unit, fully furnished, all utilities included
$85 per day / $2550 per month (30 day minimum stay)
Available beginning: Now

REDROX02
EXECUTIVE RENTAL NEAR PAPAGO PARK – Van Buren St & 52nd St, Phoenix
http://phoenix.avenuewest.com/phoenix/REDROX02
1 bed/1 bath, main level condo, 680 sq ft, community pool, fitness center, one covered parking space, washer/dryer in unit, fully furnished, all utilities included
$65 per day / $1950 per month (30 day minimum stay)
Available beginning: October 31, 2014

AvenueWest Phoenix offers a variety of housing options to accommodate the various reasons people visit the Valley of the Sun. Contact us to find out more about these and our other great properties!

Home or Condo when Investing

When you invest in a rental, should you purchase a Home or Condo?

Home or Condo? What to buy when you invest in a rental property?

5 Must Consider factors before you invest in a rental property!

is now a good time to invest in real estateWhat makes a better corporate rental: A single-family home or a condo? This is the million-dollar question in corporate housing, and it’s just one of the considerations to make when deciding the right type of corporate housing investment property for you. Obviously, there are many other factors, too, so do your homework and take a “gut” check to find out what kind of investor you are and what type of property works best for you.

Consider these factors when making your decision:

Upkeep

Single-family homes typically require extra upkeep and maintenance (especially if they’re older). They require regular yard maintenance, exterior painting, roof repairs, etc. On the other hand, condos only require maintenance within the unit. Generally, the upkeep of the exterior and common areas is maintained by the Homeowners Association (HOA) and is part of the monthly assessment. Condos create reserves from HOA fees to manage major exterior updates or repairs (i.e. a new roof).

Costs

Single-family homes come with monthly costs like trash, heating, water, lawn mowing, etc., and each needs to be paid separately. The good thing is that some of these costs (such as heat and water) will fluctuate depending on the season and the occupancy. Your costs will vary depending on whether your home is vacant, has one tenant, or has multiple tenants. Condos require you to pay a monthly assessment, regardless of whether someone is living in the unit or not. However, most condos include heat, exterior maintenance, trash, building insurance, and water in their monthly fees.

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Commitment

Generally, single-family homes take more time to manage and require a more active, hands-on investor. There are a lot more things that require upkeep and maintenance in a home than in a condo. For investors with little time, a condo can be a great, worry-free way to go.

Value

While resale value depends on the location, single-family homes are typically easier to resell and hold their value over the long-term. A condo building with 500 units may have 10+ units for sale at any given time, making it difficult to sell your unit at a competitive price.

Investment Goals

Is your goal to build equity in the property? Create a positive monthly cash flow? Create the biggest tax deduction? Have a property you can use from time to time?  Simply rent until the real estate market gets better? Make sure you are clear on your goals, particularly what you expect to get out of the property and why. These answers will allow you to make a better assessment of your success at the end of the year.

“Snow-what?”

For some of us when we hear the term “Snowbird” sometimes we think we’ve heard the word incorrectly.  “Is that supposed to be snowboard?” we ask ourselves.  But then when we realize “snowboard” doesn’t make any sense in the context of the sentence, so we go back and listen again.  “Snowbird“?  Is that a rare bird from the North Pole that only makes it’s presence known when Rudolph is on vacation and Santa needs help navigating?   After struggling to figure out what the heck it is, finally…the term is explained – “a person who seeks to live in warmer climates during the winter months.”  Ahhh, a dream so many of us hope to be able to financially achieve once we hit retirement age.  Better yet…win the lottery, quit our jobs and start now!  To live part of the year in the warm, relaxing, long hours of summer and the other half away from shoveling snow in a warmer southern climate!  What a great life that would be.

Well, folks, if you are lucky enough to enjoy this type of lifestyle, Arizona is definitely the place to be in the winter.  We know it’s only the beginning of Fall and that the temperatures are still a bit toasty for most; but, before you know it we’ll be in the midst of perfect winter weather (60’s & 70’s)!  If you have not enjoyed a Phoenix winter before and are hesitant to buy a place right off the bat come on down and rent a place for a season.  Check us out first before you decide to call the Valley of the Sun your home away from home.  AvenueWest Phoenix is the perfect place to help you with a long term rental during your winter stay.  We’ve got several properties to choose from in all shapes, sizes and locations throughout the valley.  Visit our website or call us at 602.753.2412 to speak to a representative that can help you find the right winter getaway.

What to Know when Investing in Corporate Housing

Kimberly Smith has written another informative article.  To start the week off we thought we should share it with you…

Investing: What to know!

by Kimberly Smith

6 MUST Knows before investing in a Corporate Housing Rental Property!

If you’ve decided investing in corporate housing is right for you, here are some important considerations to make before you purchase a property specifically for use as a corporate housing rental.

Evaluate Price per Square Foot

Evaluate price per bed, not price per square foot. While some people think more space or a bonus room are great perks for a home they are going to live in, keep in mind that it’s just added liability for a home you plan to rent.  Purchase the smallest sqCorporate Housing Investment Rentaluare footage with the most number of bedrooms. Just like a hotel, when you rent out a corporate rental, it’s priced per bed, not by square footage.

Avoid First Floor Units

If you’re purchasing a condo as a rental property, avoid first floor units. People who don’t know the city may not feel as safe in a first floor unit (which can negatively affect your rental success), and often, people will use a first floor rental to advertise a business that they may conduct in the unit.

Location Matters

Location. Location. Location. Location can single handily ensure your property is rented continuously. Look for homes in urban areas, near train stations and airports, and close to universities and hospitals. Typically, these locations rent well and have the best resale value.

Functionally Obsolete Homes Can Make Good Rentals

Don’t rule out functionally obsolete properties. Sometimes a property that is a poor long-term home is a perfect short-term, furnished rental home. For example, homes with tiny closets or kitchens (which some consider functionally obsolete) make wonderful furnished rental properties because they are usually less expensive to buy and provide good cash flow.

View & Amenities Matter

Views and amenities matter. When people are visiting a new city for business or pleasure, they want to enjoy all the city has to offer. Corporate tenants like city views, covered parking and free gym access. Keep these things in mind when creating a desirable corporate rental property.

To see this original article and many other great corporate housing advice and information visit Corporate Housing by Owner’s blog by following this link.

Learn the Lingo

If you’re new to the corporate housing world either as an investor or looking for a place to rent, sometimes jumping into it feet first can be a little overwhelming.  Working with agents, property managers, tenants, and/or landlords can be intimidating at times.  Quite often the professionals throw out acronyms and terms that can sound like a foreign language if you are unfamiliar with the business.  Attempting to learn the lingo can be stressful and definitely not something you want to add to an already busy time in your life.

 

Kimberly Smith is familiar with this scenario and has compiled her own Corporate Housing Dictionary as a tool to help the newbies learn the vocabulary.  The goal in mind was to hopefully get everyone involved educated and on the same page when it came to the wonderful world of corporate housing.  Follow this link to read more and to see the full list of terms.  Don’t worry, there won’t be a test at the end; although, we may throw in a pop quiz from time to time just to keep you on your toes!