'2014 is the year of the real estate investor,' says Smith.
Denver, CO (PRWEB) June 11, 2014
Enter Kimberly Smith, co-owner and principal of Colorado-based CHBO / Corporate Housing by Owner, a corporate housing property rental portal and founder of AvenueWest Corporate Housing and Avenue West Global Franchise who’s not just cautiously dipping a toe back into the post-recession real estate market with her 15 year old, multi-million dollar corporate housing companies she’s leading the charge and taking growing numbers of real estate investors, property owners and business travelers with her.
“2014 is the year of the real estate investor,” says Smith. “I’m not interested in running a website that’s essentially a directory of corporate housing listings. What we’re doing at CHBO is much bigger. We’re seeing the growth of a new class of educated real estate investor. We see today as a time that real estate investment can and should be as accessible as trading stocks and those individuals who are able to connect their corporate housing rental properties with the business traveler are seeing much higher investment returns.”
Alpha Books, a division of the Penguin Group agrees. The publisher -- knowing the real estate landscape had shifted and seeing a need for investment guidance – recently hired Smith to write and share her hard-earned knowledge with the rest of the world and so was born, The Idiot’s Guides: Making Money with Rental Properties.
Smith endorses the idea that more than ever before, today’s global business entrepreneurs must be agile, lean, savvy as well as unabashed authorities willing and eager to get knee-deep in the industry’s most current tech and virtual platforms which led her to launch CHBO’s most sophisticated website and web presence to date.
“I don’t see that there’s any choice but to change the face of how we do business. It’s simply not the same game or rules that existed seven years ago,” says Smith. “Even if my clients still believe in the long term value of real estate, it’s complicated and understandably daunting. But it’s our job at CHBO to be the most credible, reliable, secure easy-to-use property rental tool and system. It’s not good enough to shout from the roof tops that corporate housing is a fantastic venture. We have to show investors how and why in 2014.”
After a year-long revamp in consultation and design, CHBO’s newly-launched site features tools that make it easier for property owners to list residences and equips them with improved functionality such as insurance and payment portals, background checks and security. The site is more in keeping, “with the way we expect our world and lives to flow today,” as Smith puts it, “so that customers can integrate all facets of their investment on a seamless platform.”
Within the site, a new portfolio of membership packages has been created as well further simplifying the CHBO experience. “We’ve truly found the right balance between an extraordinary support staff in addition to the best technology available. It’s allowing our clients to be their most profitable in tandem with an easy, pleasant experience,” adds Smith.
With the new upgraded CHBO renters have an enriched experience as well. Simplified search tools – with ample opportunity for search refinements throughout the process – bring renters in contact with the property owners who will best meet their needs. The CHBO Team is excited about the expanding opportunities the new website platform can offer both the extended stay traveler and the corporate housing landlord.
About Kimberly Smith, CCHP
Kimberly Smith is an accomplished entrepreneur and businesswoman with more than 20 years experience in the real estate and corporate housing industries. CEO/Founder of AvenueWest Global Franchise, AvenueWest Corporate Housing & Corporate Housing by Owner. Kimberly continues to lead in the corporate housing industry and served as the 2011 elected Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA), the primary trade organization for the corporate housing industry. Kimberly serves as an advisor to PREI Magazine (Personal Real Estate Investor) the voice of the individual investor and has been nationally recognized for her business success and her philanthropic endeavors and is frequently featured in media sources like the NYTimes, LA Times, Denver Post, US News & World Report, MSNBC.com, CNBC and SmartMoney.com.
About CorporateHousingbyOwner.com (CHBO)
CorporateHousingbyOwner.com was founded in 2006 out of a need to connect private homeowners and real estate investors offering furnished, short-term rentals with corporate housing seekers such as traveling executives, relocated professionals, traveling nurses, actors, athletes and more. The company gives individual homeowners and investors tools to manage a corporate housing property themselves as well as helps them market their property to a mass audience turning to corporate housing to fulfill their housing needs. More information is available at http://www.CorporateHousingbyOwner.com.