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I was very pleased with Jessica in every way. After our first meeting she started right away with selling my mom's house. I didn't have to worry about one thing. Jessica is an excellent agent. She is very personable but professional. I live out-of-state but she kept me well informed. She has a great personality. Jessica showed that she has morals and values which are valuable traits to me. I would definitely recommend her to anyone. The sale was very quick. You are very fortunate to have Jessica working for you. The process from beginning to end went very smoothly. Thanks to Jessica. Vicky Click,Southport, NC April 27, 2018
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How Relocation Specialists Help Homebuyers

Corporate relocation is a situation in which employees are moved in response to changes in positions within business organizations. These days, relocation has been reduced somewhat. But in many cases, it is still a reasonable and viable strategy for businesses, especially in cases of changes in leadership and promotion. For employees who require a move to a new area, relocation specialists can help to make the transition go more smoothly and efficiently.

What is a Relocation Specialist?

Generally speaking, the Relocation Professional designation is associated with human resource professionals. Certified Relocation Professional (CRPⓇ) is a professional designation bestowed upon professionals who adhere to the standards of education and examination sanctioned by the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council (Worldwide ERCⓇ). The specialty designation is also available to professionals in other disciplines (like real estate sales) who meet the educational and examinations standards of Worldwide ERC.

What Does a Relocation Specialist Do?

Certified relocation professionals have specific training and measured expertise in the following areas:

  • Family relocation

  • Legal and tax implications

  • Corporate relocation policy

  • Real estate appraisal and marketing

How can relocation specialists help homebuyers?

The relocation specialist works with the various aspects of relocation, including comparing cities’ cost of living expenses; evaluating and recommending services like moving and storage; assisting in family transition; providing detailed knowledge of the community and supporting new residents joining the community; and assisting spouse/partner job search. And, of course, finding the right home for the family being relocated.

What specialized services do real estate relocation specialists provide homebuyers?

Another context of the relocation industry is the specific situation of selling relocated employees’ homes. Corporations and companies engage the real estate aspect of relocation services in order to effectively assist employees in selling their homes. In most cases, this service is limited to traditional real estate sales transactions. Some relocation specialized companies actually purchase homes of relocated employees (or assist companies after they have purchased the homes) for later sale or if a sale doesn’t occur in a specified time period. Buyers bidding on homes offered by companies via relocation have a great opportunity to get a good deal from sellers that want to move the property and has only a business motivation for completing the sale.

As you can see, relocation is a very specialized segment of corporate operations and the real estate business. Realtors with relocation training and professional designation are best prepared to assist in the specifics of relocation involving all aspects of the real estate transaction. A real estate professional with this expertise will make the complicated and stressful process of moving to a new city easy, efficient, and as smooth as possible.

 

Related Resources:

RealLiving Does My Real Estate Agent Need Relocation Expertise?

CapRelo What Is a Certified Relocation Professional (CRPⓇ)?

BankRate Make Relocation Part of Your Business

How to Attract Millennial Buyers When Selling Your Home

 

Oh, those Millennials. If you’re Jeff Bezos (or anyone who’s ecommerce-savvy), the mere thought of this generation conjures up images of multiple dollar signs. If you’re selling a home, well… maybe not so much.

But not to worry, more millennials are house hunting these days. In fact, millennials held the highest share of home buying activity out of all other generations for the fifth consecutive year according to according to the 2018 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends study from the National Association of Realtors.

If you're ready to sell your home, then attracting millennial buyers is a good idea. Let’s look more closely at this group and dispel a few myths about how and what they will buy.

Here are a few helpful things to know about millennials:

They crave information

Millennials are focused on information, so make your listing is chock full of as much online data as possible. As well as images, it's a good idea to Include videos of your home. These buyers are savvy and thrive on comparison shopping, so do your best to provide your property's pros and cons.

 

Flexibility and uncertainty often drive their decisions

Many millennial buyers have non-traditional work situations and work habits. A living space that accommodates a work-at-home freelancer's needs, for example, will certainly appeal to this group. Showcase flexibility in open spaces and floor plans. Offer unique ideas about use of space - a ‘technology space’, a future nursery, space for the doggo. Demonstrate how things in the kitchen work. And, if your home has extra space, point out the possibility of utilizing extra room(s) for rental income. Chances are good that they’ll already know about all the apps to use for advertising.>

 

Fixer Upper? Okay!

Millennials aren't typically thought of as being mechanically adept, but give them some credit. The "YouTube Generation" is resourceful and can figure it out. The primary attraction of a fixer-upper is value. Accentuate the positive aspects of low investment vs. high yield once it’s fixed up. Plus, many older homes will likely require upgrades in order to fit the millennial mindset and lifestyle.

 

Their world is green and technology-filled

Technology is reality and keeping the earth viable for future generations just makes sense. Homes with ecological and technological innovations will appeal to millennials. The key is balancing all the various aspects of information, comparison shopping, convenience, and personal technology into a cohesive package that grabs and holds their attention.

 

Convenience is a must

Location, location, location. This generation relies heavily on connectivity and communication for convenience. They hail rides, buy food, and get entertainment via their mobile devices. In fact, ease and convenience are the hallmarks of this lifestyle. Millennials are mobile, but may not own their own car. As such, a bustling neighborhood with local and easily accessible restaurants, shops and galleries will definitely get their attention. As well, proximity to public transport, especially for getting downtown from more affordable suburban locations, is a plus.


Sound complicated? It’s really not so bad. Making sure you consider the unique needs of millennial homebuyers, as described above, will make the process smoother for everyone involved.


 

Related Resources:

HOUSINGWIRE Millennials lead all other generations in buying homes

RISMedia 5 Actionable Ways to Attract Millennial Homebuyers

RISMedia Attract More Millennial Buyers in 3 Easy Steps

How to Make Moving and Move-In Day Easier for Your Pet(s)

Most people agree that moving is stressful, especially with all the planning, focusing on details, and the actual work involved. Now just imagine how stressful the moving process is for your pets! Because pets are creatures of habit, the upheaval that comes with moving can certainly be upsetting to them. With a little empathy and careful planning, though, you can be sure that Fido, Kitty, and/or any other pets enjoy a relatively stress-free time of moving from home to home.

Here are a few tips to help make moving and move-in day go smoothly for you and your fur-babies:

 

Transition

Rapid change is unsettling for pets, especially dogs and cats. When the time comes to start packing and organizing, keep your pets in the loop. Provide them with special places they can hide away from the chaos. Keep a crate in a quiet room. Acclimate them to the crate by giving them food and water in it occasionally while keeping the door open for freedom of movement. Gradually start feeding them in the crate with the door closed. Continue to practice moving them into the crate, and maybe even try taking short car trips with them in it. Don't forget to reward them after their crate-time when they've been "good." All of this will help your pet feel comfortable and safe in the crate, which will save you a lot of headaches as well.

Packing Up

Give your pets plenty of time to get used to the idea of moving. Bring in boxes and materials early. Cats love boxes, right? When doing the actual packing, though, it may be best to keep your pets in their crates in a quiet, room that's already packed. Since they’re acclimated to their crate, that may be the least stressful place for them to be. Definitely make sure they are secure while strangers (i.e., movers) are coming in and out, as an escaped pet search is not a great way to end moving day!

Moving Day

Pack your pets’ basic needs separately for a road trip. Put their favorite toys and cushions, blankets etc. in their crate for the trip. Don’t forget to bring their favorite food and treats (plus any medications) for the trip. If your pet is especially stressed by car trips, consult with your veterinarian about ways to keep them calm. Make sure they have up-to-date vaccinations, as well as identification tags with your current contact information. If they have ID chips, be sure the information is accurate there, too.

Moving In

If possible, keep your pets in a quiet place for move-in and make sure to check on them periodically. Maybe you can talk the kids into taking the dog out to explore the new neighborhood! Give your pets lots of time to explore, smell, and otherwise become familiar with their new surroundings. Be careful about giving pets the run of the new house at first though. Sometimes pets may have ‘accidents’ as a coping mechanism. And, with all the activity and confusion, it’s easy for a pet to escape unnoticed. Also be vigilant in making sure that Fido or Kitty hasn’t found an unsecured nook or cranny in which to hide and be forgotten, such as a crawlspace or attic.

Take Time

Pets are family, too! They may be confused about what is going on, so even though you have important matters to attend to, don't forget to give them the attention they need and deserve. It may take some time for them to get used to their new surroundings. You may consider keeping them in a single room with all of their familiar things at first. Spend quality time with them there. If a pet seems skittish or lethargic, it may be due to the stress of the move. Again, take things slowly, keep them comfortable and safe, and they will gradually get used to their new home.

Establish a Routine

Your pet has expectations. While interrupting their usual routine during the move is unavoidable, work on getting back to it as soon as possible. If the move requires new routines, be patient with your pets. Things such as a new time zone and unfamiliar surroundings may throw your pet off. Help them acclimate by spending as much time with them as possible while they are getting used to the changes. Cats, especially, are sensitive to new surroundings, as they may be more ‘loyal’ to places and routines than to people. Keep a keen eye on the kitty, especially if he or she is allowed outdoors.

Pets, like people, will have various and unpredictable responses to the stress of moving. Some pets will adjust easily while others may have major anxiety. However, they will respond positively to your making the process as stress-free and easy as possible. Keep your pets’ comfort and safety in mind as you plan and execute your move to make sure that the transition to their new home is pleasant and happy for them and you.

 

Related Resources -

The BHGRE life:  Moving Into a New Home with Your Pet

You Move Me:  Moving with Pets: 10 Tips for Success

ASPCA:  Moving With Your Pet

 

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