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Temporary Living Must-Do’s

We’ve talked a lot about the real estate market lately and it’s no secret that rental prices are skyrocketing. Given this trend, and my own experience in temporary living, I thought it was due time for a post about what transferees (and companies) should know about temporary living.

Three Great Tips for Helping Homesick Transferees

If you have moved a lot of transferees, or have had the experience of working closely with one, you should know that they are going through a major transition. Even the most positive of transferees go through bouts of homesickness, or general emotional discomfort, as a result of rapid changes and unfamiliar territory. Feeling homesick is a perfectly normal and almost always inevitable.

Free EBook: 2015 Housing Market Breakdown

Remember a few years ago when there was no one to buy a home? Well, today, things are different. Instead of a lack of buyers, there is a lack of supply. At the same time, with fewer people able to buy due to lack of inventory or financing, more people are renting. Consequently, rental rates are skyrocketing around the country making it difficult for first-time buyers to save – or, in our world, corporate transferees to find short-term housing.

Lack of Supply Haunts the Housing Markets

Pursuant to our last post, and as a lead up to our next EBook, today we wanted to talk about the big, not so subtle elephant in the housing market: a lack of supply. According to Zillow, the lack of new supply is squeezing renters and buyers by keeping housing costs high. In fact, U.S. renters can expect to spend 30.1 percent of their income on rent, while home buyers can expect to spend about 15.3 percent of their monthly income on a mortgage payment.

Zillow: Negative Equity Persists in 21 Housing Markets

Back in March, Zillow released a report showing that, in 21 out of the top 50 U.S. housing markets, some underwater home owners are sinking deeper into debt. This seems contradictory to the face that home values are generally rising across the board around the country. Confused by the paradox, I asked Mike Canning, our real estate guru, to share his thoughts on the article.

Brace Yourselves, Summer is Coming.

Well, it’s that time of year again. From the hustle and bustle in the office, and the parking lot behind me, I can safely say that the relocation busy season is upon us. And, if the strengthening housing market and increase in relocation activity is any indication, this year will be busier than it has been in several years. How are you managing the season so far?

Is Social Media Driving Decision Making?

Lately, for whatever reason, the social media conversation has dominate most of my marketing discussions. Of course, social media is huge. We write about who uses social media here all the time. But, I think the more people who start to identify with more tools – and then start to use these tools themselves – the more interested they become. Because, today, social media isn’t just posting about your lunch on Facebook. It’s about the cumulative share of a wealth of information that influences decision making every day in both small and huge ways.

Relocation Managers Reconsider Household Moving Benefits

As we gear up for the busy summer season (yes, it is around the corner), we want to take some time to talk about moving household goods. Companies have, for a long time, been giving some of their employees (especially entry-level employees) lump sums for their household goods move. While lump sum serve their purpose in the broader context of a relocation policy, we have noticed that more relocation managers are reconsidering this thought process and returning to a direct-billing approach. They are doing this to provide a better relocation experience, mitigate risk and save in tax implications.

Top 10 Predictions for the Relocation Industry in 2015

It’s time for a fresh look at the relocation industry, don’t you think?

The first quarter of every year, relocation managers, whether they be on the client side or the service side, should take the time to assess the previous year and consider what’s in store for the future. This is especially important as we are living in a constantly shifting world. Whether it’s pockets of volatility in the housing market, terrorism abroad or an uncertain regulatory environment, we are under a considerable amount of pressure to identify growing trends and react to them.

Who Uses Social Media, Anyway?

A week or so ago, my colleague and fellow blogger Laura Matrisciano was interviewed by Michelle Sandlin of the Houston Chronicle for an article about social media and relocation. Now, anyone who knows me knows that I believe strongly in social media as a communications tool and I was thrilled that Laura had the opportunity to discuss how relocation has changed as a result of new technologies. Plus, Laura rocks it on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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