The Perfect Athlete Relocation Agent

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What do you look for in an athlete relocation agent?  Why even hire one?  Do you really need one, and how do you know you are getting one that is capable and professional?

We know these questions are being asked because we have been in the athlete relocation business for over ten years. We work with professional athletes daily, and we know their concerns.  So let’s answer some of those questions right now.

The job of an athlete relocation agent is to lighten the burden for the athlete during a time of extreme pressure. The agent seeks to make the transition to a new city and a new team as effortless and stress-free as possible.  A great athlete relocation agent has great skills as a manager.  They must coordinate a great number of tasks, each one of which is very important to the client.

They will be able to help in the sale of real estate, the purchasing of real estate, transporting household goods and vehicles, as well as the smaller tasks like locating new schools for the athlete’s children, gathering information about local doctors, restaurants, stores, parks, and all other considerations related to relocation.

The athlete relocation agent is a jack-of-all-trades, he is discreet, he is professional, and he is completely trustworthy.

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally.

Most Common Mistakes Buying Luxury Real Estate

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Let’s face it: if you make a mistake buying a rambler in Des Moines, Iowa, that mistake might cost you ten thousand dollars.  Make a mistake buying some luxury real estate, and that same mistake will cost you millions.

Yes, it is a different world when buying luxury real estate, and mistakes can be very, very costly.  Happily, I can report that many of my clients are aware of this fact, and deal with the pros at Sportsrelocation.com because of that fact.

So, what are some of the most common mistakes when buying luxury real estate?

The first, and the worst, is purchasing luxury real estate without the services of a licensed real estate agent.  Let’s take that one step further:  you need a licensed real estate agent who has a history in the luxury market.

The second is being in too big a rush to purchase, and thus not conducting due diligence in researching the property being purchased.

The third is in overlooking key property details that may, at a later time, prove very important.

When mistakes can be measured in millions of dollars, it is best to trust this type of investment in pros who do this on a daily basis.  You wouldn’t trust a nurse practitioner to remove your kidney, so don’t trust your multi-million dollar purchase to just anyone on the street with a real estate license.

Go with the pros at Sportsrelocation.com, the proven winners in luxury real estate.

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally.

Tips for Buying Luxury Real Estate

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The life of a professional athlete is a bit different than that of the average citizen, and that fact becomes quite obvious when we are talking about athlete relocation.  Purchasing a luxury home is not like purchasing a little bungalow, and it is wise to be aware of that fact before you begin your search.

Contrary to what most people believe, the majority of luxury home purchases are not done with cash.  Financing is obtained in nearly 70% of purchases of luxury homes, and you need to realize that the financing process usually takes longer for a luxury home, oftentimes from 45-60 days.  Knowing that, one should always start the process as soon as possible, so that pre-approval is established in advance.

One should also always deal with a luxury real estate agent who is experienced in the luxury home market.  The owner of a high-end automobile does not take their vehicle to Jakes Auto Shop to have the car worked on.  One needs a specialist when dealing with specialized situations, and the same is true when purchasing high-end real estate.

Lastly, don’t rush the process.  Luxury real estate costs in the millions of dollars, so make sure you practice due diligence when looking and deciding on a luxury home.  Make sure it has the amenities that you desire, and your real estate agent should make sure that an appraisal is done and the price is a fair one.  Again, dealing with a professional agent who is experienced in these matters, will always be helpful.

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally.

Athlete Relocation with the Pros

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“I need to have my household moved to Buffalo by next week.  Can you help me?”

Welcome to our world, Sportsrelocation.com.  That was a phone conversation we had last week with a client who had been just signed a contract with the Buffalo team, and he was anxious, to say the least, to get moved into a new home there.

When career changes like this happen, there is, understandably, some apprehension.  Everything seems to be happening at once, and sometimes there just isn’t a lot of advanced notice to get the tasks completed.

Could we get him moved in time? Yes!  Did we?  Yes!  We have contracts with all of the major moving companies in the country, so all it took was one call from us and the move was scheduled, and it went off without a hitch.

That’s what Sportsrelocation.com can do for you.  We are the relocation pros.  This is our business, just as professional sports is your business.  We handle athlete relocation efficiently, quickly, discreetly, and professionally.  Give us a call and find out just how well we do our relocation job.

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally.

Athlete Relocation to San Francisco

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Yes, Sportsrelocation.com is headquartered in Los Angeles, but we have an intimate knowledge of the real estate market throughout the entire state of California, as a recent athlete relocation client found out.  He was traded about a month ago to the San Francisco 49’ers, and he was looking for a pro athlete home for full-time residency.

As one might expect, we see quite a few athletes who are relocating to the Bay Area.  Between the 49’ers, Oakland A’s, Giants, Raiders, and Golden State Warriors, the San Francisco area is a real estate hotbed for luxury real estate.

When we have a client come in looking for a luxury home in an exclusive neighborhood, we sit down with them and find out what their needs and desire are.    Do they want waterfront? Do they want a view?  Do they want a home suitable for entertaining large groups, or something more intimate?  Do they have children?  All of these things are considered, and then we begin our search through the exclusive neighborhoods, places like The Marina, Russian Hill, Nob Hill, Clarendon Heights, and Pacific Heights.  With our extensive networking system, we are usually able to find a suitable luxury home in a matter of weeks.

It pays to deal with the pros.  Athlete relocation can be an unsettling time, but it doesn’t have to be if you deal with an athlete relocation expert.  Sportsrelocation.com has been helping pro athletes and celebrities for over ten years, and we have a stable of satisfied customers to prove it.

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally.

San Diego Athlete Relocation

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“I see you guys are headquartered in Los Angeles, but I just got traded to San Diego.  Can you help me find suitable luxury real estate in that city?”

Well yes, yes we can!

And the reason we can is because Sportsrelocation.com is a nationwide business.  Our business is athlete relocation, and that means wherever you go, we go.  Yes, our main office is in Los Angeles, but we are licensed in all of California as well as Nevada, Georgia, Florida, and New York.  In addition, we are affiliated in all fifty states.

Our job is to have our fingers on the pulse of the relocation business.  Through our extensive network, we know about celebrity real estate available, and we know which celebrities are looking for such real estate.  In other words, we know the buyers and the sellers in all the major markets across the country.

If San Diego is your choice, then we’ll show you what is available in Rancho Santa Fe, La Jolla, Del Mar, or Coronado.  We can put you on the beach or we can put you in an exclusive golfing neighborhood.  Santa Luz, Del Sur, the Crosby Estates, all have great properties available and we are aware of them all.

And if you are looking for short-term housing while you decide on long-term, then we can find a condo for you in those exclusive neighborhoods.

Give us a call and find out why Sportsrelocation.com is the first place to call when you are facing athlete relocation.

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally.

Athlete Relocation and Children

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A professional athlete is traded or signs a free agent contract to play with another teams; a typical scenario in professional sports, one that happens almost daily across this country.  The athlete may not be totally prepared for the relocation process, but it is something they have thought about, and they have always known it was a possibility.  If they are married, the same can be said for their wife.

But what about the children?  What does relocation mean to the kids?  How hard is it for them?

If you have children, and you are facing an athlete relocation in the near future, you might consider these five tips for moving with kids:

  • Tell them immediately.  It is very important that your children know of the move as soon as possible so that they can begin to deal with the upheaval in their lives.
  • Get them involved in the process.  In other words, give them some ownership in the move.  Give them duties to do.  Discuss what their new home will be like, and all of the new things they will experience because of the relocation.  Ask them how they are feeling and allow them to share their fears with you.
  • Try to time the move for the beginning or middle of the school year. Many parents think moving during the summer is best, but that is the hardest time for children to meet their future schoolmates.
  • Allow them to say goodbye.  Whether it be by writing notes, or having a goodbye party, allow your kids to have some closure with their friends.
  • Be patient.  This is a major event in the lives of your children, and the transition will not happen quickly.  Give them time to heal and give them time to acclimate to the new lifestyle.  Continually discuss it all with them and again, allow them to own their feelings.

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally.

 

An Athlete Relocation Time Frame

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We had a customer ask an impossible question the other day.  At Sportsrelocation.com, we pride ourselves in being able to answer all questions regarding athlete relocation, but we have to give that customer credit…he stumped us.

“How long does it take to relocate,” was the question we were asked, and we had to hesitate and give some serious thought before answering.  When a professional athlete faces relocation, usually the athlete must be on a plane and out of town within twenty-four hours, but that is just the athlete.  What about their possessions? What about transporting their vehicles?  What about their current home, and finding suitable housing in the new city?  What about all the financial details, and the transfer of information, and the signing of new financial papers?

So how did we answer his question?

If he is handling all aspects of the relocation himself, or even if his wife is handling it all, the entire relocation process can take six months to a year.  That, my friends, is a lot of upheaval.

If, on the other hand, we at Sportsrelocation.com handle the relocation process, we can shave considerable time from that estimate, and often times the entire process can be taken care of in weeks rather than months.  Why such a huge difference in time?  Simply because Sportsrelocation.com does this on a daily basis.  We have streamlined the athlete relocation process into an efficient relocation machine.

Give us a call and find out what it is like dealing with professionals.

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally.

 

The Finances of Athlete Relocation

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I say athlete relocation and what do you say?  Do you say air flight?  Do you say moving your possessions?  Do you say vehicle transport?  Do you say selling your home and buying a new one?

All of those responses would be true, for the average athlete relocation involves all of those….plus…a whole lot more.

Athlete relocation involves finding financing options.  It involves payment options, down payments, terms and interest rates.  Athlete relocation involves finding a trustworthy real estate agent in your new city, and it involves finding new lenders and other financial advisers in a new area.  Who offers the best financial services?  Who can you turn to for financial advice?  How can you find the time to take care of the actual transportation of your worldly goods AND take care of all the busy little, and large, financial details?

The answer to all of those questions is Sportsrelocation.com.  This is what we do.  We take care of the financial end of relocation as well as the moving of physical goods.  We, in fact, do it all.

In fact, this is how easy we handle a typical athlete relocation.  You, the athlete, give us a call.  You tell us that you have been traded to Atlanta.  We sit down with you for an hour and work out all the details.

And all you have to do is go home and pack your clothes.  We take care of everything else.  By the time your flight sets down in Atlanta, we will have scheduled for it all to happen.

Doesn’t it just make sense to work with the pros at Sportsrelocation.com?  Of course it does.

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally.

 

Sportsrelocation.com Vacation Rental Services

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We received a call the other day from a major leagues baseball player who is planning his vacation for November.  He wants to get away from it all and enjoy some fun in the sun in Florida, but he doesn’t want to spend two weeks in a hotel room.  He wondered if there was anything we could do for him for this mini-athlete relocation.

Of course there is something we can do.  In fact, at Sportsrelocation.com, we do this quite often.  We are well-aware that athletes need down time from the grind of their sport, and we are also aware that hotel vacationing can be, at times, brutal and confining.  That’s why a few years ago we began compiling a database of available vacation properties in prime vacation areas.

With that database in hand, our goal is to pair you, the athlete, with celebrity real estate…luxury real estate, that provides a high level of satisfaction, privacy, and sophistication.

The process couldn’t be simpler.  You tell us where you want to go, and we find a luxury home that is just right for you. No more living in cramped hotel space. No more having to walk through lobbies to get to the scenery of the area, and no more being dependent on the hotel staff for your every need.  What we provide is a home away from home, and isn’t that the ultimate goal of any vacation?

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally.

 

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