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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.

No More HUD-1? It’s Time to Review Your Relocation Policies

This week, we want to take some time to alert our readers of an upcoming document change that will be affecting transferees who sell (and buy) a home as part of the relocation process. Effective August 1, 2015, all lenders will be required to use the Closing Disclosure Form.  This form replaces the HUD-1 that has been used for home sale and home purchase lending transactions.  If any of your relocation policies reference the HUD-1, the wording should be changed to the Closing Disclosure Form.

Key Performance Indicators for Relocation Programs

Not long ago, we released a whitepaper titled, “How to Talk to Your CFO about Relocation.” One of the things we stressed in the piece was the important of honesty – especially when it comes to home inventory costs and risks. We also stressed that strategic HR and relocation managers should be ready to talk numbers. It’s easy to shy away from providing cost estimates to your CFO because you either don’t have them or you don’t want to dissuade buy-in due the expense. This tactic, however, is a sure fire way to breed mistrust. Most CFOs do not want surprises.

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 Benefits of Relocating Transferees in December

I know that your busy relocation season is usually over the summer. Your transferees’ kids are out of school, so moving them to a new city is easier without having to pull them from the middle of a school year. But companies change and grow all year long.  Business doesn’t stop because of winter weather or holidays – at least not for more than a few days. While your company may not relocate quite as many people over the winter months and the holiday season, that doesn’t mean you don’t have transferees mid-move, looking for a new home in a new city. Luckily, there are several benefits to both relocating and buying a home at the end of the year.

Four Rules for C-Suite and Senior Executive Relocations

So, you have built your relocation program with multiple relocation policy tiers, addressing the various elements of your organization.  Although there are always the typical exceptions (additional temporary living, home finding trips, storage, etc.), for the most part your program is running smoothly. That is, of course, until you receive a call or meeting request to discuss a senior level executive who is relocating. 

Free Whitepaper: How to Talk to Your CFO about Relocation

Out of all the executives in the c-suite of an organization, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) can be the most intimidating. We’ve all been there, right? You are running a program that goes over budget and, all of a sudden, the CFO has taken notice and is knocking on your office door. As your brain starts to work on calculations and an explanation all at once, you may find yourself a bit…panicked.

How to Switch Relocation Companies with Transferees In Progress

When you decide to part ways with your former relocation provider, there’s some work to be done. Of course, you have to go through the RFP process to select a new relocation company. But, it doesn’t just end there. There’s always a transition period as you move from one relocation company to the next and, depending on timing, your transferees can get caught up in the mix. 

Payback Agreement Best Practices

Lately, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about payback agreements. We have chatted in the past here about whether or not payback agreements work, but we haven’t really discussed best practices in depth. We do recommend payback agreements for employers as a means to protect them against major financial losses should a transferee resign before the contracted period is up. But, from an industry perspective, we were curious about what others do. We tapped the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council’s knowledge center and here’s some of the relevant info that we found.

Are Mortgage Buydowns Lurking in Your Relocation Policy?

Lately, there has been a lot of talk about mortgage rates going up. Of course, the media pings pongs the issue back and forth: one day, we hear that rising rates are stemming housing demand and the next day, we hear that rates will remain steady. In all honesty, we don’t anticipate a drastic rise in rates this year, but by 2015 we could be back in the 5% range and that’s worth looking at. Employers who currently still have mortgage buy down components in their policies probably haven’t looked at them in years – there was no need. Before rates do jump, however, relocation managers may want to revisit the policy.

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