Three Tips to stay safe While You Visit the Mexican Border

Holiday travel can be exciting and fun. The Mexican border is a popular vacation site during any holiday. Use these three tips to stay safe while you spend your holidays here.    Border

#1. Exercise caution:

  • Stay aware of your surroundings. Put your smartphone away. Being distracted on your cellphone makes you an easy target for a watchful thief.
  • Dress nice, but not too nice. Don’t wear expensive looking jewelry. Criminals are looking for targets who appear to have more money to steal. Expensive  jewelry operates like a sign that says to a criminal, “Pick me! Pick me!”
  • Keep your camera in a bag or purse. Looking like a tourist makes you an easy mark for a would be thief.

#2 Ensure you have all your documents when you travel.

  • Documents. Make copies of your travel docs and give the copies to someone for safe keeping. While we all expect to return from our trips, not every trip goes as expected. If you lose your documents or become ill, a quick phone call to a trusted friend or relative can save untold misery if an emergency arises.
  • Money. Exchange money at your bank or a reputable exchange service. Shop around for good exchange services, if you plan to use cash. Even better, use a dummy wallet with a little bit of change that you can throw to a mugger. If you never have to use it, great. If you do, it may save your life!
  • At Customs: Have the docs ready when you cross back into the US. Without documents, you WILL be delayed returning to the US until someone in the US can prove your citizenship. Sitting in a customs waiting area can put a big damper on your holiday plans!

#3 Deny predators anonymity!

  • Travel in a group. Numbers provide safety when you are in an unfamiliar country. Predators look for people who are by themselves. It gives them anonymity. Staying with a group makes you a less attractive target.
  • Stay in well traveled, well-lit locations. Again, this denies a criminal a place to lurk.
  • Get home before dark. Enough said there!

While you stay with us, we want you to have the best holiday yet! If you have plans to be in Del Rio for 4th of July, check out our short term fully furnished apartments for the week you are here. Our locations are in safe neighborhoods and provide your own place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

Capri Temporary Housing. Let us be your home away from home.

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10 Things to Know About Short Term Rentals

Why is it so hard to find a short term rental?

Let ‘s face it. Most people rent investment property want sure money. If you are only staying 2 or 3 months, that means a landlord has to find someone else to fishort term lease rentalll the property. Keeping this in mind when you are looking for something short term will help you in your search.

 

 

Why do short term rentals cost more?

Rental property is a business, just like Microsoft or Nike. If there is no profit, there is not rental property. Short term leases usually mean higher vacancy, which leads to additional fees so the property can continue to short term leaseoperate. This additional fee is worth the convenience of being able to leave after 2 or 3 months without obligation.

 

 

 

If my company is signing the lease, why do I have to undergo a back ground check?

Understand that background checks are standard in most rentals. If your company hires a corporate housing company like Capri to set up your rental for you, the credit check can often be waived, Background checks are to ensure the safety of the coshort term lease backgroundmmunity that you will be living in. Find out if you need to fill out any paperwork to expedite your move in date.

 

 

Why can the rent quote from a corporate housing provider only be good for a short time?

When you receive a quote from a corporate housing provider, they may only be able to promise the price for 72 hours or less. Many property management companies have adopted a pricing model that varies the rent to compensate for seasons of high vacancy.  An apartment could cost $1500/month for a 3 month lease one week, then soar to $2600 next month for the same lease term. To lock in a price, often it is necessary to make a decision quickly.

 

How much advance notice do I have to give when I leave?

In most metropolitan areas, apartment communities require a 60 day written notice to vacate. Your corporate housing provider will very likely have the same provision in your lease with them. Whatever that period is, know that you are responsible to pay the rent through the notice period. Put the date on your calendar so you can plan ahead, and avoid any unpleasant surprises.

 

Hope you enjoyed these first 5 steps of the 10 Things to know About Short Term Leases, next week, we’ll talk about the remaining 5. Stay in touch!

 

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A Day At The Food Bank!

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 Here is a chronicle of my day at the Food Bank in Del Rio, TX.
8:30           Pick up students from my church to work at the Food Bank with me and my children
8:50           Arrive at the food bank.
8:55           Gary & Gisela Lenz, one of the coordinators, explain how to serve the customers. There are 2 programs at Loaves and Fishes. The people who present white tickets are with the program for the elderly. They receive one of the paper bags of groceries with a block of cheese provided by the South Texas Food Bank in Laredo, TX. People with the blue card register locally, and receive a recyclable bag (that can be purchased for 60 cents) full of groceries from local donors.
9:00-9:30      The doors open and the first wave of people come filing in. The elderly go to the registration table to get their white tickets, then come to me. After they put the tickets in a jar I’m holding, one of my young helperAnna and kids (2)s carries bags out to their vehicles. People with the blue cards go to another table. One of three volunteers highlights “March” on their cards, and directs them to the recyclable bags filled with groceries. Another volunteer is directing his two helpers to assist the customers with bags of food.
9:30          The president of the Bank & Trust, Bill Cauthorn, comes by to thank the volunteers for their service. Mr. Cauthorn is a major supporter of Loaves and Fishes.
9:45 to 11:30      People continue to come in waves to get food. Gary has to bring 3 more pallets of filled grocery bags to me and my helpers because we have already given away over 170 bags of food in just 2 1/2 hours! A gentleman comes in, bringing donations from a local organization for the food pantry. When the kids aren’t carrying groceries out for customers, they help Gary unload the truck full of canned goods.
12 noon      Our work is done. We set a record that day. Over 215 people served, with over 350 bags of groceries given away!
Loaves and Fishes, the name for our local food pantry, has served over 30,000 people last year with much needed groceries. Local organizations like the Bank and Trust and Laughlin Air Force Base, contribute time and resources to support the work done there.
We at Capri, in partnership with Move For Hunger, will be donating our time and the non perishable foods that are often left by our guests to food pantries like Loaves and Fishes. This is our way of giving back to our communities.
For more information about the Del Rio Food Pantry, you can go to https://www.facebook.com/Loavesfishesfood/
For more pictures of our day at Loaves and Fishes, check out our album on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1052633444804705.1073741832.199445820123476&type=3
What kind of charitable work do you do? How do you give back to your community? We’d love to hear. Share your experience in the comments below and we will include them in a future blog post!
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