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Three Moving Lessons from the Busy Summer Season

When a company works with a quality relocation management company, HR can rest assured that their transferees are well taken care of. However, that doesn’t mean that your company’s gatekeepers are totally off the hook. When it comes to relocation benefits, there is no one size fits all package, which means exception requests are bound to happen. Aside from selling and buying a home, the physical household goods move is the most stressful aspect of a relocation for your transferee. We are almost out of the woods with 2015’s busy moving season, so I figured I’d share some of this year’s biggest takeaways.

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.

Relocation Policies Across the Generations

I’ve written about Millennials and menu programs in the past and, as a team, we have certainly covered the generations in our EBooks. But, the discussion is important. As we all know, the makeup of the average assignee/transferee pool continues to change with the progression of the Millennials into the ranks and the exit of the Baby Boomers. For the first time ever, we have four generations working together – and that’s diversity that people rarely think about in the grand scheme of the diversity conversation.

Mortgage Outlook for Relocating Transferees

Over the course of 2015’s first quarter, a lot of home buyers found that obtaining a mortgage was easier than it had been in the past. And, it’s true. Banks seem to be more willing to lend now compared to recent years, though they’ll never admit any hesitation in the first place. A lot of this ease stems from the new loan options out there as well as current housing and economic trends around the country. In fact, the Zillow Mortgage Access Index tells us that access to mortgage credit is almost 70 percent of the way back to 2002 levels. To make a long story short, the economy and housing market have put lenders in a position where they are more willing to lend. So, what does this mean for your relocation program or for your transferees?

Does Your International Relocation Policy Address Culture Shock?

One of the greatest challenges that transferees face during an international relocation or assignment is the culture shock. A change in culture has a major impact on nearly every aspect of a person’s life including both professional and personal. It’s important that your international relocation policy provides proper training to help assignees adjust to local customs and ensure success in both the position and the relocation as a whole.

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.

2014 Worldwide ERC Transfer Volume and Cost Survey

Every year, as you know, we like to take a look at the Worldwide ERC Transfer Volume and Cost Survey to identify relocation industry trends. We always write about some of the important highlights and, this year, we are excited because the numbers are optimistic.  We are also optimistic here at XONEX – we are excited for 2015 – and we feel that these trends are consistent with what we have been seeing here. Even though the survey collects data that is a year old (despite being a forecast) – this year’s data is from 2013 – I think it’s still relevant and interesting. Also, now that we are in 2015, we can see how close the survey actually was to reality (feel free to weigh in on the comments section.   Further, survey respondents include a broad range of respondents representing approximately 23 different industries including retail, manufacturing, insurance and more.

The Buyer Value Option is Still a Relocation King

Last week, I talked a little bit about real estate transactions and how they should be implemented, specifically in a Buyer Value Option (BVO) program. In response, I received a few questions about whether or not the BVO is still the best home buyout program in this economic climate.

How to Explain Delivery Spreads to Your Transferees

Aside from selling their home and finding a new one, the household goods moving process is the most stressful aspect of your employees’ relocation process. There are a lot of details and steps involved in ensuring the move goes smoothly and in a timely manner. While your relocation provider will spend time explaining each step, should the household goods move be included in the transferee’s policy, it is always a good idea to provide your transferee with as much helpful information as possible as the employer as well. The purpose is to manage expectations, especially during the height of the busy moving season. One of the biggest issues people tend to have regarding the household goods move is the concept of a delivery spread. So what exactly is a delivery spread?

Three Must Have Rental Assistance Benefits

Historically, relocation packages have focused on homeowners. However, since the economic downturn has made renting more popular, there are more transferees renting today. Further, we know that most Millennials are not yet buying homes for various reasons. For one, tight mortgage restrictions, a difficult job market and rising home prices has made home buying seem unattainable. Also, younger generations are enjoying the flexibility of renting, especially as rentals are now being built with great amenities.  Will this trend continue? It’s hard to say. At some point, the Millennials will dominate the workforce and should have the financial means to start buying. When that happens, there will be a substantial uptick in the market as the Millennial generation is as big as the Baby Boomer generation. For now, however, we expect to see the rental trend continue.

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