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  • Insurance: don’t wait for disaster to strike

    By Diane Fitz-Gibbon · June 29 2012 · Uncategorized

    Insurance is one of those things in life that you know you need but hope you never have to use. Amidst all the excitement of moving to a new country, it’s very easy to forget the practicalities we take care of as matter of routine at home. However, as soon as the household goods shipment…

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  • Credit Scores – “Be Prepared…” It’s not just a motto for Scouts!

    By Paula Sjostedt · June 27 2012 · Domestic Relocation,Finance & Credit

    I sold mortgage 7 years ago, I needed a break from relocation and I was able to stay with my former employer at the time. It was an easy transition, the rates were low, the RE market was still good just turning and sales were great. We had so many products to sell including Interest only,…

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  • Open Houses

    As little as four to five years ago it seems as though we were advising people not to bother with Open Houses. The only thing that would come out of one was that your neighbors would come in to see what changes you had made to the house. It was extremely rare that an actual…

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  • The best solutions for moving unusual items

    By Ryan Franklin · June 25 2012 · Domestic Relocation,Uncategorized

    Occasionally you will come across a transfer that involves large or unusual items that need to go along with the move. These items are difficult to deal with on shorter moves, and if the move is international it can seem almost impossible. No item should put the move in jeopardy, so use these tips if…

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  • Relocating? What can you safely deduct from tax…

    By Kelly Newman · June 21 2012 · Domestic Relocation

    There is a lot of information to go over with someone who is moving and maybe sometimes we forget to mention the small details that seem so obvious to someone who does this every day. The initial call should involve a reference to the transferee to read their policies for complete details but I would hazard…

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  • Selling your home? Are you superstitious? Did you know?

    By Paula Sjostedt · June 20 2012 · Domestic Relocation,Relocation Policy & Trends

    Horseshoes were hung to ward against misfortune and unwanted visitors – if only! Windchimes  are hung to encourage the flow of positive energy Bells were hung at doors to ward off evil forces A jade bush planted at the front door to protect and bring wealth to the household In some cultures if your sink…

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  • Killing Clutter is Inexpensive and Rewarding

    By Ben Cross · June 19 2012 · Domestic Relocation,Guest Blog

    Do you watch DIY TV shows about house renovations or “flipping”? Have you seen when design gurus go into an otherwise dated, junked up, miserable space and transform it into a chic stylish home that would be the envy of any dinner party? My wife loves those shows, which means that I now, love those…

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  • MSI Announces Agreement to enhance its World Trade Resource (WTR) Information Platform for Corporate Mobility Clients

    By Admin · June 18 2012 · news

    Hampton, NH (March 14, 2012): Mobility Services International (MSI), a leading independent provider of global workforce mobility solutions, announced its World Trade Resource (WTR) service for corporate mobility clients and the World Institute for Strategic Economic Research (WISER), the world’s premier data source in market mobility, have agreed to a major enhancement of the service.

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  • Five ways to de-stress:

    By Keiko Machida · June 18 2012 · Global Mobility Management,Uncategorized

    In today’s world where people are living such busy lives, stress is a normal part of life.  Some might say stress levels today may very well be at the highest point they have ever been in history.  Many people would agree that moving is stressful.  Multi-tasking between work, managing household and family especially when relocating,…

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  • iPhone Apps Transferees Will Love

    By Becky Harris · June 15 2012 · Domestic Relocation,Technology

    Would you guess that 83% of US adults have a cell phone of some kind, and 42% of those are smartphones?  That’s the case, according to a study by the Pew Research Center.   I’m an iPhone owner, and admittedly, slightly obsessed with finding cool apps that make life a little easier.  If your relocating transferees…

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  • Mianzi – the art of saving face

    By Sharon Leong · June 12 2012 · Global Mobility Management,Global Talent Management

    Now, you’ve heard of Guanxi and how business is done “based on relationships” but have you heard of Mianzi; the art of saving face? Most assignees who have worked or about to work abroad in China have probably heard about the Chinese notion of “face”.  With more businesses expanding to China, learning how to deal…

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  • Vigor and Optimism in Business

    By Francine Manilow · June 11 2012 · Business,Guest Blog

    Last fall I was watching the installation of the new officers of the National Association of Women Business Owners. It brought back so many memories of my first NAWBO meeting well over 20 years ago. I laughed at the thought of the expression commonly used today, “bumps in the road.” Ours were not bumps, they…

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  • The Interns are Coming…. Tips on how to accommodate them

    By Susan Maylone · June 7 2012 · Domestic Relocation,Uncategorized

    Many companies host intern programs every spring or summer to bring aspiring future employees into the fold.  Some of the brightest young employees and college graduates are preparing to spend a few months learning the company products, services and work culture.  They’ll make a decision right alongside the organization if it will be a good…

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  • Strategic Thinking—what is it, really?

    By Barbara Casiere · June 6 2012 · Leadership

    Did you ever notice how loosely the word strategic is used? The dictionary defines strategy as a “plan of action designed to achieve a vision” and strategic as “important or essential to strategy”. Strategic planning, strategic development, strategic thinking, strategic management, strategic leader… and the list goes on. I believe that thinking strategically is not…

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