4 Gift Giving Ideas for the Traveling Professional

Are you ready for Christmas? Do you look forward to buying presents, or do you dread it? If you’re on the road, these 4 quick tips can help take the stress out of gift shopping. Christmas present

1. Shop Online.
We love our families, and if you’re traveling, you may not have time to go to the store. Consider shopping online. Most corporate apartments include wi-fi, so you can buy for your loved ones from the comfort of your own living room. No need to wrap presents or fill out cards. All that is done for you when you order. Consider sending the website to your loved ones and asking them to pick out what they like, so you know you know what they want. At Amazon, your recipient can add items to their wishlist, then send the link to you. It couldn’t be simpler. Right?

2. Buy Gift Cards.
Gift cards are a great way to buy presents. Many financial institutions offer the cards in a variety of denominations for a small activation fee. If you don’t have time to stand in line at the bank, pick up some cards at Walmart or the grocery store when you are waiting to check out. With a gift card, your family can pick out what they want and do the shopping themselves.

3. Pay someone else to shop.
For professionals who want to ensure a more personal touch, consider paying a friend or family member to do your Christmas shopping for you. This is a great option when you live far from the people you want to give a gift to. For years, my sister in Washington paid my oldest daughters to shop for her, wrap the gifts and put them under the tree on her behalf. Imagine the joy on their siblings’ faces when they opened a gift they had been admiring for weeks in the store! You become the hero and everyone, including the shoppers, are happy.

4. Dedicate one weekend just to shopping.
If your staying in a furnished apartment away from home, you can use the weekend to pick up momentos and souvenirs that family members will remember for a long time. Purchase unusual items that are specific to the locale you are working in. In South Central Texas, you can find interesting salsas that travel well and are perfect for the person who loves hot food. It’s a great way to show you were thinking about your family and friends while you were gone.

Christmas shopping is easy to do with a little planning when you are traveling. These tips can get you started and help make the holiday season enjoyable. And when you have to live away from home, let us know how we can help you with a furnished apartment for your temporary home. Come home to Capri, your home away from home. Happy holidays!

Anna Scheller, CCHP

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Four Questions to Ask When Looking for Corporate Housing

Fully Furnished Short Term ApartmentKimberly Smith is a pioneer in the corporate housing industry. As the CEO of Corporate Housing By Owner, she has helped countless homeowners and companies promote their corporate housing inventory on line. In her blog post, “Top Corporate Housing Rental Questions to Ask”, she offers some important information on what you can do to ensure you receive the best experience.
When renting a furnished apartment, Kim urges clients to ask quality questions. As she points out, “All Corporate Housing Rentals or Corporate Housing Companies are NOT created equal.” Be sure to ask about the following:

1. Fees. Companies and individuals vary as to what they charge and what is included. Kimberly offers the following questions to ask a prospective provider. “What does the monthly rent include? Are there discounts for longer leases?” Ask about fees and deposits. What is refundable and what is not? By asking about the charges, hidden costs don’t need to spoil an otherwise enjoyable stay!

2. Location. Many people assume that a provider has an office nearby, but that’s not always the case. Kim recommends asking how to get help if issues arise. Ask about amenities provided with the apartment. Knowing what to expect and what services are available helps you have a more pleasant stay!

3. Policies. Kim advises renters to ask about the company’s policies. What happens if you are unhappy with your accommodations? Reputable providers will make sure that you are comfortable, but things can go wrong. How is that handled? Be sure to ask the question before you commit, so you know what to expect.

4. Certified. As a former President of the board of directors of the Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA), Kim highly recommends that you find out if your provider is a member of CHPA. “CHPA is the trade organization for the corporate housing industry and requires specific levels of professionalism, excellence, customer service, and ethical standards,” she says. Company representatives who are certified corporate housing providers (CCHP) have passed a test to ensure they abide by these standards.

Corporate housing is a growing and ever evolving industry. As an industry, professionals will strive to provide the best in short term furnished housing for a variety of people. I think Kimberly says it best. “You can count on one thing staying the same: corporate housing always has and will continue to provide short-term furnished housing to individuals and business executives who need a place to call home, even if only for a short while.” Thanks, Kim!

Anna Scheller, CCHP
Capri Temporary Housing
For more questions to ask, visit Kim’s blog at http://www.corporatehousingbyowner.com/blog/2013/10/top-corporate-housing-rental-questions-to-ask/

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Let Us Be Part of Your Team!

It’s fall and football season. While I’ve loved professional football as a child (the Miami Dolphins have a cool mascot!), I never watched much college football. Until now. My sons attend Baylor and I can’t help but get excited about the team they love: the Baylor Bears. It helps they have a winning streak, too! But the game this weekend almost changed that.

As I listened to the Baylor-TCU on the radio, Baylor was down by 2 touchdowns in the 3rd quarter. No problem. It was only 2 touchdowns. Heading into to 4th quarter, however, TCU was 6 yards from the goal. Soon they were 3 touchdowns ahead, a seemingly impossible deficit to overcome! So I turned off the radio to finish fixing dinner and enjoy the rest of my evening.

The next morning, when I checked the score, I was shocked! So shocked that I had to read the postgame articles to find out what had happened. Baylor overcame the 21 point deficit and won the game with a 3 point field goal as the clock ran out! How did they do it? What kinds of lessons can we glean from the Baylor comeback to help us in work and life?

Bryce Petty's belief in his team fueled their 4th quarter comeback.

Bryce Petty’s belief in his team fueled their 4th quarter comeback.

Believe. QB Bryce Petty believed his team could win. “I told our guys we weren’t going to lose that game. I don’t know why I felt that, I just knew, looking in the guys’ faces, we were going to come back in that game,” said Petty. He believed and inspired his team despite an interception by the opposing that was returned for a 49 yard touchdown. At that point, Baylor could have accepted defeat. But belief kept them moving, inspiring 24 unanswered points.

Business lesson: Sometime we can feel like we are hopelessly behind. Maybe we didn’t meet our goals. Perhaps we made some costly mistakes. Strong belief in our ability to overcome our challenges fuels our resolve to take the next step. Without it, we tend to retreat and give up. And All we need to do is take the next step!

When our best efforts are thwarted, we can shake off disappointment and move forward.

When our best efforts are thwarted, we can shake off disappointment and move forward.

Don’t Get Rattled. Instead of letting an interception rattle them, the Bears shook off the setback and used it to fuel the drive to win. What if the team viewed that as a sign that they would fail? What if they beat themselves up for turning over the ball? We all know the answer to that! I wouldn’t be writing this article if they had. But they didn’t let the mistakes of the first 3 quarters shake them. Even though they never got the lead until the final seconds of the game, they didn’t let that stop them from working on the next play and the next play and the next play.

Business lesson:  As business professionals or serious entrepreneurs, we often find ourselves thwarted in our attempts to close a sale or even just to pay our bills. A prospective customer suddenly changes his mind and buys from a competitor. A promised contract falls through. Even worse, an expected medical emergency brings crushing bills. What is your challenge? Are you tempted to hide? Is fear of failure holding you back? Are you afraid that you will continue to make the same mistakes?  The Baylor Bears teach us to shake it off and make the next play. Master your emotions! Are you afraid? Act now! Call the next customer. Remember, failure isn’t final. Don’t beat yourself up for your mistakes. Learn from the challenge, put it behind you and do the next thing.

You can still win when you feel behind.

You can still win when you feel behind.

Focus: The team was behind the entire game and did not get ahead until Chris Callahan kicked the 3 point field goal that won the game for Baylor. Chris is an unlikely hero. The five field goal attempts he made before were unsuccessful. And now, the whole team, the whole stadium was watching the freshman complete an amazing quarter. What encouragement did Petty giveCallahan? Focus only on himself and the job. I’m sure the 5 previous failed attempts tried to cloud his thinking. Nevertheless, Chris focused on what he knew he needed to do to get that filed goal. And the ball saliedk between the goal posts as the clock ran out.

Business lesson: Pretty simple. We just talked about not getting rattled, not letting our failures determine our next move. And to do that we need to focus. Focus on the next action. Focus on the next customer. Focus on the person in front of you. Focus on the task at hand. Even if there is pressure, just focus on our ability and the job at hand. Ultimately, if we see ourselves succeeding and we don’t give up, we will create the success we are looking for.

It isn’t just one play that creates success. It’s doing all the right things we do when we are winning  that keeps us from losing.

Going into the last quarter of the year, let us be part of your team .  We are here to help you with your temporary housing needs. If you have people in Del Rio, Laredo, Eagle Pass, or Uvalde, Texas,  we can make your job easier by providing the best quality furnished apartments at competitive pricing. Call us to get your quote today.

And by the way, great job, team!!

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Finish Strong!

Here we are! Almost to the last quarter of the year. No matter what you do in your company, you want to read this article. I’m going to be sharing some ideas that could turn this last quarter into a record breaking quarter. So read on!

Achieving GoalsBefore we get started, how has this year been for you? Are you satisfied with your results? Did you accomplish all you wanted to accomplish? Are you still recovering from some rough days? Weeks? Months? We all have challenges that we need to overcome. As great as success is, it can lull us into complacency. Complacency is a killer because we think we don’t have to try any harder or we close ourselves off to learning more because we think we have arrived. Challenges can either inspire us to work harder or discourage us to try again. Whether you are riding on the wave of success or recovering from a washout, consider the following three ways to elevate your results to finish the year strong!

Number 1: Mindset.

Anyone in sports will tell you that the game is won or lost before it’s begun, because the inner game determines your results. Many of you know the swimmer, Michael Phelps. As he was warming up, Michael would visualize the perfect swim: how it felt, what he did, what he saw. He saw the race in his mind hundreds of times. Did you know that he set a world record for the 200 meter butterfly in the 2008 Olympics while swimming blind? That’s right, his goggles filled with water the last 100 meters. But he had practiced the race in his mind so much, that he completed the race, setting a new world record by seven tenths of a second! That’s how important mindset is!

Are you ready to finish this year strong?

Are you ready to finish this year strong?

So what kind of mindset do you have? What are you telling yourself? I want to encourage you to begin to tell yourself the truth that will give you the winner’s mindset! Tell yourself,

  • “I am a master at ___________.
  • I know what it takes to get the job done and I do it.
  • When challenges arise, I keep a clear cool head and solve problems.”

While affirmations don’t equal work, they do set the stage for you to believe that you are up for the task and that you are finishing strong!

Number 2: Plan

Now is a good time to look at your goals and refresh your plan. Michael Phelps did not just dive into a pool and start swimming. He followed a structured plan designed to help him achieve his goals, You, too, can plan for success!

Analyze your greatest opportunity. Go back to your hottest prospects. Break down your goal by months, then weeks, and even days. Write the activities that will move you closer to your desired outcome. Then schedule those activities daily. And by scheduling, I mean write it into your planner! If it doesn’t get scheduled doesn’t get done! On the days you are overwhelmed, choose 2 or 3 actions from your list that you will get done no matter what. Then when you are done, pat yourself on the back. Enjoy the success of getting something done! Small successes lead to greater successes.

Number 3: Take Action.

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Make a plan to succeed!

Phelps kept his top goals written on his night stand so it was the first thing he saw when he woke up in the morning. He tracked his progress forward. If you want to finish strong, then I recommend that you do the same. Track how many people you talk to. How many emails you  sent out. You can use a journal to write your goal for the day to help you stay on track.

And if you’re really serious, find an accountability partner or coach.  This is someone who will ask you regularly how you are doing and give suggestions to improve your results. Do you think Michael Phelps could have gotten 8 gold medals on his own? Of course not! Together you can do more that by yourself.

Are you ready to finish the year strong? I hope so! We are! Let us know how you’re doing!

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Quotes to Finish Strong

Here are some quotes for the end of the month to keep you motivated to finish strong.

“Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

“You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain.” –Tom Hiddleston

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” John Quincy Adams

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” John Quincy Adams

“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.” — Napoleon Hill

“You will face your greatest opposition when you are closest to your biggest miracle.” — Shannon L. Alder

“Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year – and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade.” – Tony Robbins

Discipline yourself to do the things you need to do when you need to do them, and the day will come when you will be able to do the things you want to do when you want to do them! — Zig Ziglar

“Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.” — Denis Waitley.

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.–Louis L’Amour

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.”

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.”

 

It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.–John Wooden

When we make progress quickly, it feeds our emotions. Then, when there’s a period of waiting or we hit a plateau, we find out how committed we really are and whether we’re going to see things through to the finish or quit.– Joyce Meyer

“The problem is that most people focus on their failures rather than their successes. But the truth is that most people have many more successes than failures.”– Jack Canfield

“We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.” — Frank Tibolt

 

At Capri, we are gearing up for a busy and productive fall. If travel is in your plans or you are sending employees to Del Rio, Eagle Pass, or Laredo, Texas, call us at 800-258-3959 to see how we can make your stay feel more like home!

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Capri Temporary Housing Newsletter

 

The Best is Yet To Come!

       Kids are going back to school and the fall routine is setting in. In just a few short hours my husband and I will be packing his truck with my son’s personal belongings to drive back to Waco for another year at college. And when we return, the school books come out of hiding ( I truly think they were hidden) for the ones left at home to start another grade in school. The end of the summer is the start of fresh new beginnings. We can get back to work and finish the year strong!

       What new opportunities are you aware of right now? What opportunities are yet to be discovered? Often challenges are opportunities in disguise! What challenges in your world have the potential to become great successes?

       Here at Capri, exciting things are happening! In a few short days, we will close on our new office building. We are also opening a new decision of the company to bring professional sales training to our area. I will soon be a Certified Corporate Housing Provider. As the summer winds down, we are powering up to serve our new and regular customers in a powerful way!

       If you are wondering if corporate housing is for you, check our blog for 7 Factors to Consider when Setting Up your own temporary housing. You’ll find a checklist of actions to take and budget considerations when you need to set up corporate housing. Sometimes, it makes sense to do it yourself, but if your time is more valuable, then let us help! As a professional corporate housing company, we know what it takes to get things done. Let us do the work so you don’t have to!

New Beginnings. I love fresh starts!

     Anna

 

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7 Factors to Look for When You are Setting up Temporary Housing

Do you need temporary housing? Thinking about setting up your own? Here are some considerations for setting up a temporary furnished apartment.

Gated Apartment Community in Eagle Pass

Gated apartment communities like this one provide security for travelers seeking temporary housing.

 

1. Where do we look?

Location is an important consideration. When you are new to the community, go to the Chamber of Commerce to find out the nicer neighborhoods in town. When you are setting up for yourself to save money, you want to find locations that are safe and provide security. It may be necessary to spend a little more, but in the end, it will be worth it.

 

 

2. How many people do you need to house?

If you are looking to house a group of people, the sooner you start, the better. Companies that have a large contingent to find housing, can often put 2 people in a 2 bedroom/2 bath apartment and provide almost the same amount of privacy as 2 hotel rooms. This can save your company money and give everyone their privacy.
 

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Be sure to check out your utility company options. Be sure to ask about deposits. Many time, corporate housing providers have included these costs in your rent.

3. How long will you be working in the area?
Often people come to us looking for short term leases. Most landlords and apartment communities require leases of 6 months or more. If that is the case, you could end up spending more money on rent alone than in finding an already furnished unit. Be sure to ask for the minimum length of lease before proceeding with your plans. This can be a very important consideration for your budget.

4. How do I connect utilities?

When setting up your own temporary housing, you will need to get the names of utility providers. In some locations, one company may have the monopoly. In other places, you may have a choice. Taking the time to research is important to be sure to get the best rates. Many companies rely on local corporate housing providers who already have established relationships with local vendors to get services set up quickly with the best pricing. The choice is always yours.

Cable TV and internet have become necessities to ensure good morale for the traveling professional.

Cable TV and internet have become necessities to ensure good morale for the traveling professional.

5. What about cable and internet?

Setting up cable and internet is extremely important. I’m covering this separately becomes these services have become indispensable. In remote locations, they provide entertainment and connection with the outside world. Without these luxuries, workers can feel isolated, which affects their perception of the job. Unfortunately, these 2 services are tied together and require people present for installation or repair issues. While it seems like you save money by doing it yourself, the cost of handling glitches in services can often be precious hours that you can be doing something else. Having a third party at the location acting on your behalf can save you time and stress.

6. Have you considered furniture rental?

Many locations have local Aaron’s Rent to Own or Rent-A-Center. Check with these vendors for furniture delivery. Often, these companies have used furniture you can rent at a discount. Corporate accounts are often available for companies, too. Sometimes, it can be worth the extra cost to have someone else handle these details for you. Corporate housing companies specialize in taking care of these little details.http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-3d-man-moving-furniture-image16411157

7. How about housewares?

These you can purchase locally or have your employees bring their own. Some people do have their own kits, because of all the travel they do. Depending on your location, having someone locally who can take care of placing the linens can be a great benefit and time saver.

Sometimes, it makes sense to do it yourself. We understand that. But when you want to leave all the details to someone who is on site to take care of your people, then finding a corporate housing provider to take care of valued employees can make even more sense.

Call us today at 800-258-3959 and let us show you how we can best serve your company by providing a home away from home.

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Our Availability in Texas!

Del Rio

 

These are 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bathroom townhouses that have everything you need!

-Fully furnished
-All utilities are included (water, trash, electricity). 
-Cable TV & WiFi 
-The apartment includes a washer and dryer for your personal use. 
-Includes covered parking right outside your door. 
-Just 3 blocks from Veterans, Blvd, you will be minutes from Wal-Mart, the movies, and most restaurants in town. 
-Most job centers, including Val Verde Regional Medical Center, Laughlin AFB, and US Border Patrol stations, are within a 10 minute drive from your new home.
-Pets are welcome. -Housekeeping available for additional cost.-All major credit cards accepted.

   

                                               

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Del Rio

-This 2 bedroom apartment has everything you need! 
-Fully furnished: Cookware, Dinnerware, Housewares, Bedroom linens, & Restroom Linens 
-Dishwasher, Microwave, Washer/ Dryer, Ceiling Fans in Bedrooms
-HUGE FENCED BACKYARD
-Private Balcony 
-All utilities are included (water, trash, electricity). 
-Standard Cable & WiFi 
-Just 3 blocks from Veterans Blvd, you will be minutes from Wal-Mart, the movies, and most restaurants in town. Most job centers, including Val Verde Regional Medical Center, Laughlin AFB, and US Border Patrol stations, are within a 10 minute drive from your new home. 
-Pets are welcome. 
-Housekeeping available for additional cost. 
-Call about government per Diem rates. 
-All major credit cards accepted. 

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Del Rio

-Fully furnished
-All utilities are included (water, trash, electricity). 
-Roadrunner internet comes directly to your apartment. 
-The apartment includes a washer and dryer for your personal use. 
-Includes parking right outside your door. 
-Just blocks away from Veterans, Blvd, you will be minutes from Wal-Mart, the movies, and most restaurants in town. 
-Most job centers, including Val Verde Regional Medical Center, Laughlin AFB, and US Border Patrol stations, are within a 10 minute drive from your new home. 
-Pets are welcome. 
-Housekeeping available for additional cost. All major credit cards accepted

 

 

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Eagle Pass

 

This 1 & 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartments have everything you need!

 

-Couple of apartments Available
-Fully furnished
-All utilities are included (water, trash, electricity). 
-Basic Cable & WiFi 
-The apartment includes a washer/dryer, stove/oven, refrigerator, micro, ceiling fans. 
-Patio
-Includes covered parking right outside your door. 
-Just minutes from Wal-Mart, the movies, and most restaurants in town. 
-Most job centers, including 
•Fort Duncan Medical Center
• SW Texas Junior College
• Sul Ross State University
• Frank Chisum Regional Technical Center
• International Center for Trade
• Located near Schools & Shopping
-Pets are welcome. 
-Housekeeping available for additional cost. 

 

 

 

 

 

Laredo Texas

                                                                                     

Community Features: Interior Features:
* Resort-Style Pool * Frost Free Refrigerator w/Ice Maker
* Fitness Center * Microwaves
* Detached Garages Available 
* Access Gates
* Arbor at pool area * Crown Molding
* Ceiling Fans * Garden Tubs in Selected Homes
* Sports Court * Picnic & BBQ Area
* Professional On-site Management * 24-Hr Emergency Maintenance
* Large Patios/Balconies with Storage * 

Some of the amenities near Apartment are within walking distance.For example restaurants, coffee shops, groceries, parks, schools, & entertainment.

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Laredo Texas

These apartments offer several spacious, luxurious floor plans, and all the amenities you might come to expect and more!

A peaceful community located in a quiet little world away from the busy boulevards of Laredo, Texas. Situated off the main flow of traffic, yet we are around the corner from restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and schools.

No matter what your lifestyle is, we have a home exceptionally designed just for you!

We invite you to experience the best in high quality living Laredo has to offer . Where comfort meets luxury…

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