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  • Home Valuation Code of Conduct: Delayed Timing, Higher Prices…

    By Nick Royle · June 16 2009 · Finance & Credit

    As of May 1st , 2009 the Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC) went into effect for all loans that are to be purchased by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. The HVCC rule was implemented to protect the independence of appraisers evaluating properties. Mortgage lenders can no longer order appraisals directly, but instead must use…

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  • The Economy, Changing Workplace and Mobility

    By Nick Royle · June 11 2009 · Relocation Policy & Trends

    The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 9.4 percent is now at a 25-year high. Economic reports earlier this month on pending home sales and manufacturing seemed optimistic, but figures later released indicate the economy remains slow-moving. After the housing bubble led to a financial crisis, the current recession began. Economists say recoveries after such a…

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  • When Will the U.S. Real Estate Market ‘Turn Around’?

    By Admin · June 7 2009 · Uncategorized

    The real estate market is a topic turning up at dinner parties throughout the U.S. this year. Everyone loves to talk about it, from buyers to sellers, to Realtors and mortgage brokers, it impacts nearly every adult. It’s become a slight obsession in the U.S. and everyone has their own opinion. Has the market hit…

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  • Host Country Tips for Promoting a Successful Global Assimilation

    By Nick Royle · June 2 2009 · Global Mobility Management

    Whether large or small, companies in today’s economic climate must ensure that their global mobility program is as effective as possible, regardless of financial resources. Even as organizations reduce their overall volume and change the profile of some global assignments, the average cost of an assignment is still well over US$1,000,000. As such, it’s critical…

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