In a tight real estate market like we have experienced for over the past two years, high demand for rentals puts extra pressure on an assignee. Even astute, resourceful folks who find several good options prior to the tour day are likely to find them already rented. By scheduling an accompanied tour, the assignee can rely on the local real estate expert to pay close attention to the availability of rentals so that their search is more efficient. What constitutes an accompanied home search? An expert on the local real estate market consults with the assignee to match preferred features in a rental – and budget cost – with available units in the right neighborhood. They then check availability, set up appointments and show the assignee the area and units. Local real estate practices contribute to the overall success of finding the right home.
Standing desks are the latest trend in workplace design. More and more, offices are embracing diverse workstations to boost productivity and improve employee wellbeing. By offering flexible workplace furnishings and configurations, employees have the ability to find the best workstation that is most conducive to their needs. Now, the standing desk trend is moving into a new territory – schools. According to a recent Fast Company article, three schools in Texas placed standing desks in their classrooms, allowing children the option to stand during class. To their surprise, children choose the standing desks, resulting in the children burning more calories and having a greater attention span. In fact, students who used the standing desk burned 15% more calories. Teachers also reported that children appeared to be more focused on the lessons when using the standing desks.
With the chillier weather and changing leaves comes the time to cozy up indoors. Even though you’re ready for nights of drinking hot cocoa by the fire, is your furniture? Seasonal touches can go a long way, making sure you are outfitted with the perfect fall décor without breaking the bank! Follow these simple design tips and you’ll be ready for days spent snuggled up indoors, carving the scariest jack-o-lantern or breaking out your favorite pumpkin spice candle! Use fabrics to create a warm environment: Changing out your pillows, throws and even curtains is an easy way to add a fall finish to your interior. Lightweight fabrics are great in the spring and summer but, when you want to create a cozy environment, opt for luxe, rich fabrics such as velvet. Go the extra mile by adding pops of jewel tones in a throw or pillow for a fashionable twist on your fall style!
Whether you’ve recently moved into a new place or have exciting news to celebrate, fall is a great time for hosting a get-together with friends and family. But before you invite your guests over, ask yourself what small décor changes you can make to get the most out of your party. Have your guests talking about your event for months to come by following these simple party tips for your home.
If your workspace is filled with last semester’s books, stacks of old papers or unused office supplies, you may be in need for a session on office organization! The beginning of a new semester brings the opportunity to create a refreshed, organized study space for future all-nighters or homework assignments. By following these four simple steps, you’ll be on your way to your perfect study space! Step 1 – Clean out clutter: Are you constantly grabbing pens that are out of ink, trying to use highlighters that just won’t highlight or shuffling between stacks of papers and books? All of this clutter takes up valuable space and distracts you while you work so getting rid of your old or unused items is a simple way to refresh your space. Before you say, “I may need this!” take a moment to sort through your items. If you have not used something in the past semester, get rid of it. You may even earn some extra cash from selling back those old textbooks!
We thought you might want to see some of our findings on the national rental market as the summer comes to a conclusion. To stay updated on the current market, CORT continually scours several sources for rental market intelligence and stays in contact with property managers throughout the country. We also gain great insight into markets via our ApartmentSearch.com website. One of the big drivers of overall trends is the record number of new rental units coming on the market in 2014. Nearly 240,000 new units will come online, the most in the past 20 years. The multi-family construction that dragged for a few years after the market “correction” appears to be catching up to the demand. What is most interesting is that 42% of the projected new rental units will be in only 10 metropolitan areas – and Texas is the biggest volume state: Dallas, Austin, Houston, Washington D.C., Denver, New York, Seattle, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Orlando.
Each year my team and I load up a truck full of CORT’s newest products and ship them to Alderman Company, a marketing services firm with a large photography facility located in the furniture capital of the world: High Point, North Carolina. CORT’s merchandising team spends two weeks at the studio, capturing images to showcase the new products and help customers envision the images they see on CORT’s website, advertisements and in product brochures across the country. Each individual studio is approximately the size of a football field. You can customize the studio space for your needs by painting the walls, changing out the flooring and even selecting different windows, giving each room its own personality and style. The space’s versatility is appealing because it allows CORT’s merchandising group to shoot the products a number of ways and in different environments to help customers envision them in a variety of spaces.
Labor Day means barbeques and all of the fun that comes with them! Make your party a standout success by revamping your outdoor entertaining space with these outdoor design tips to make your outdoor gathering the best barbecue on the block! Design for easy clean up: As any entertainer knows, parties come with messes. Ensure that your furniture withstands the ketchup spills and food stains by choosing surfaces and materials that are easy to wipe down or throw in the wash. Also, don’t forget to keep trash bins easily accessible to help minimize the mess. Conversation matters: The layout of an outdoor entertaining space is critical for ensuring that your party is full of laughter and good conversation. Make sure to arrange your furniture in a functional way that allows party goers to mix and mingle.
We are proud to announce that CORT was selected as a platinum award winner at this year’s Brookfield Forum! With the theme of “Performance Thru Execution,” this year’s event brought together nearly 500 professionals from the relocation and real estate industry to discuss solutions for improving service delivery.
Is your living space feeling a bit cramped? If you find yourself constantly bumping into furniture or stepping over clutter, you may need to take an innovative approach to enhancing the functionality of your space. Fortunately, there are ways to create the home of your dreams, even with less square footage. Be strategic – Draw your floor plan to determine the most functional layout for each room. This will cut out the headache of rearranging furniture through trial and error! Make sure to take the “less is more” approach to the design to make your space feel more open and less cramped. Go vertical – Confine items that would otherwise clutter your space such as mail, books and other personal items by adding bookshelves and storage containers. With limited square footage, you’ll want to keep your floor as clutter-free as possible.