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  • New RESPA Reform Coming January 1st

    By Nick Royle · December 14 2009 · Finance & Credit

    In November 2008, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the final results of its efforts to overhaul and reform the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). RESPA is about closing costs and settlement procedures and is a consumer protection statute, enforced by HUD, designed to help homebuyers be better shoppers during the…

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  • Spouses are People Too!

    By Admin · December 8 2009 · Uncategorized

    They may be called “trailing” spouses, partners, or significant others; regardless of the label these individuals are an integral part of any relocation. As we continue to navigate our way out of a recession, and with predictions remaining ominous for unemployment in 2010, many spouses/partners are experiencing vast challenges in securing employment in their new…

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  • Candidate Assessment: Critical to the Success of an Expatriate Assignment

    By Nick Royle · December 7 2009 · Global Mobility Management

    One of the most crucial aspects of a successful international assignment is selecting the right candidate(s) for the job. Too often, the decision is made to send the most technically capable employee, or one that speaks the local language, rather than the right employee. Another fallacy is to assume that completing a previous expatriate assignment…

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  • Relocation Policy and Duty of Care for Expatriates and International Business Travelers

    By Nick Royle · December 3 2009 · Relocation Policy & Trends

    As companies continue to seek growth opportunities and lower their costs of production, globalization has continued resulting in an increasing number of employees are now working outside their home country of residence as expatriates or international business travelers. As discussed in a duty of care whitepaper published by International SOS (www.internationalsos.com/dutyofcare), with the International workforce…

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