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  • The ‘Soft’ Side of Relocation Policy

    By Nick Royle · August 20 2009 · Relocation Policy & Trends

    As well as changing jobs, relocation changes lives. The outcome of a successful relocation will depend to a large extent on the ‘soft issues’ that affect a transferee. It is vital for a relocation policy to address these soft issues involved in a transferee’s decision making process. According to the 2007 Employee Relocation Council Family…

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  • Expatriate Perspective: A Tale of Two Cultures, My Experience as a Trailing Spouse

    By Nick Royle · August 13 2009 · Global Mobility Management

    One of MSI’s Strategic Services Directors had the opportunity to interview a recently returned expatriate regarding her experiences as a trailing spouse who had lived in two overtly different locations, Guadalajara, Mexico and Geneva, Switzerland. Not surprisingly, Lori related that there was much that was dissimilar between the two cultures; however, there were many instances…

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  • Is Chinese/Defective Drywall the Next Major Environmental Concern or an Isolated Issue?

    By Admin · August 10 2009 · Uncategorized

    You may have been wondering when the next environmental concern would hit already battered homeowners. Well, the wait is over.   During the time of building material shortages (from 2001-2006), some homes were built or renovated using defective drywall imported from or manufactured in China. Defective drywall reportedly emits levels of sulfur, methane and/or other volatile…

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  • Fannie Mae Reverses Long Standing Policy Impacting Transferees

    By Nick Royle · August 4 2009 · Finance & Credit

    The government sponsored enterprise, Fannie Mae, has recently issued tougher underwriting guidelines that will most definitely affect borrowers involved in corporate relocation. “Trailing spouse income” will no longer be permitted for mortgage applicants looking to purchase a new home. A trailing spouse is defined as one who joins his or her spouse or partner in…

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