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Working from home causes changes in leasing trends

Posted at 11:34 AM, Feb 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-13 12:34:58-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - As working from home continues to be how many companies are functioning, leasing companies are noticing new trends among renters.

"Leasing apartments over the last year has changed quite a bit. People now are looking for live, work space. We ask the question, are you going to be learning or working from home? People are definitely looking for a different type of space now that you know COVID has been around." said Susan Wells, Regional portfolio manager Seldin Company.

Wells has been leasing apartments for over 30 years and says office and storage space was never as high on the list as it is now.

"They are looking for an extra bedroom, they are looking for a den. They are really looking for every nook and cranny possible to use in the apartment to use for desktop space, counter top space and storage," said Wells.

When the coronavirus first hit, a lot of shared office spaces temporarily closed. Now a lot of residents are looking for a new view or a more comfortable chair so they are starting to use apartment amenities more often.

"People can come in, use the business center, the community room, the clubhouse, our coffee bar, wear a mask, [use] hand sanitizer, try to stay six feet apart, and still work or learn from home, but have a different scenery and a different change of pace," said Wells.

3 News Now reporter Arianna Martinez spoke with an office rental company who said nationwide there has been a balance. They are seeing less companies renting office space but more personal office space being rented for those who still want to get out of the house, away from the kids and the pets and have a quiet space to work.

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