Athlete Relocation Shifts Into High Gear

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If anyone wants to know what an athlete relocation business does, follow us around in August. If one month perfectly encompasses all the aspects of athlete relocation, August is that month.

NFL training camps have begun.  Cuts are being made. Players are being signed daily.  Rosters are being fine-tuned in preparation of the beginning of the NFL season.  Players need to shift to different camps, accommodations need to be made, short-term housing, short-term transportation and on and on.

Then we shift over to MLB baseball, and free agents just traded are moving to new teams, making all of the aforementioned arrangements for the final two months of the baseball season.

And as August comes to an end we see the NBA and NHL players start to move, and teams start to prepare for training camps, and conservatively speaking, at the end of August, there are probably, at the very least, one-thousand professional athletes taking part in some aspect of athlete relocation.

And Sportsrelocation.com is there to handle any and all athlete relocation needs.

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.

Financial Security in Professional Sports

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There was a story about financial security that crossed our desk last week that surprisingly received very little buzz.  Let me explain.

Russell Okung, the starting left tackle for the Seattle Seahawks, fired his agent, saying he (Okung) was more than qualified to represent himself in contract negotiations as free agency approaches.  He went on to say that professional athletes need to play a bigger part in their financial futures, and that the 3% commission he was paying his sports agent wasn’t worth the return he was receiving.

Now this story may not be earth-shattering, but in the world of professional sports, it is worth note.

In 2009, Sports Illustrated estimated that 78 percent of NFL players are bankrupt or facing serious financial stress within two years of ending their careers.  The article went on to say nearly 60 percent of NBA players are broke within five years of retirement from the game.

How can this be?

The reasons given most often include not living within their means, gambling, alcohol and drug addictions, poor financial planning and an unrealistic vision of how long their careers will last.

A professional athlete really only has two options with regards to financial security:  either educate yourself, like Okung, and take control of your future, or hire professionals who know about financial matters and listen to their advice.

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.

 

Four Days Remaining Before MLB Trade Deadline

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The baseball world woke today to news that All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzi of the Colorado Rockies has been traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for Jose Reyes and several prospects, another huge trade as the MLB trade deadline grows ever-closer.

That trade deadline happens this Friday, July 31st, and the remainder of this week should be interesting at the very least.  David Price is still on the board, as are several other all-star caliber hitters and pitchers, and teams like the Dodgers, Yankees, Kansas City and the Angels, teams actively pursuing playoff births, will undoubtedly add another player or two to their rosters in a stretch-run move before the deadline.

Teams like the Phillies, Rockies, Brewers, Oakland and Seattle will be listening to trade offers for the next four days, and when the smoke has cleared we should have a very clear idea of who the favorites are as we enter August.

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.

 

Mortgage Rate Predictions

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One of the most important factors in determining whether to buy a home or not, namely the mortgage rate, is also one of the most difficult to predict.  That’s because there are so many factors that play into determining the mortgage rate.  The average person looks at the changing mortgage rates and just shakes their head in frustration and confusion.

Lately the mortgage rates have been slowly rising, so of course this leaves potential buyers and investors wondering if they should buy or wait and see what will happen in several months.  Of course, several months from now, all potential buyers will be facing the same decision.  In many ways this waiting game is endless.

Still, we thought it would be helpful if we shared the professionals’ predictions for twelve months into the future.

  • Fannie Mae……..3.8 percent next quarter predicting 4.1 percent in twelve months
  • Freddie Mac…….4.1 percent next quarter predicting 4.7 percent in twelve months
  • MBA………………..4.3 percent next quarter predicting 4.8 percent in twelve months
  • NAR…………………4.0 percent next quarter predicting 4.7 percent in twelve months.

For those of you not in the know, MBA stands for the Mortgage Bankers Association, and NAR is the National Association of Realtors.

So, what do those predictions tell you?  Obviously, the pros believe that interest rates will be rising gradually over the next twelve months.  Although these predictions are not mammoth in nature, even a small increase can be the difference in tens of thousands of dollars over the life of a mortgage.

So, is it a good time to buy a home?

Yes!

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.

 

MLB Trade Deadline in Ten Days

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Ten days to go before the MLB Trade Deadline, and if history is any indication that means there are nine days to go before any serious transaction will take place.  Still, the rumors are flying as major league teams make plans to buy, sell or just hold onto the cards they’ve been dealt.

Where will David Price go?  How about Ben Zobrist?  Cole Hamels?  Justin Upton?  Is there someone out there interested in Jonathan Papelbon?  Alex Avila?  A.J. Pierzynski?

When will the Philadelphia Phillies’ fire sale begin, and who will be left standing on that team when it ends?  Is it time for the Detroit Tigers to give up on this season, along with the Seattle Mariners?

And once those decisions are made, which managers will be seated firmly on the hot seat?  Which front office personnel will be packing their bags by the first of August?  The midnight oil will be burning brightly in all of the MLB offices for the next ten days.  Decisions need to be made, decisions that will affect the futures of franchises and the futures of hundreds of players from Seattle to Boston.

Athlete relocation is about to become a reality for quite a few people.

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.

Great Homeowner Tax Benefits

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First-time homeowners, or those who are considering buying a home for the first time, will always ooh and aah over the emotional side of owning a home, but there is a very practical economical reason to do so as well, namely the homeowner tax benefits.  Not only is your home appreciating during most years, but you are also saving money on taxes each year by owning that home.  Let’s take a look at the standard tax benefits that should not be overlooked.

  • Mortgage interest deduction: under this category we include mortgage interest, points you paid to obtain a lower interest rate and private mortgage insurance payments.
  • Closing costs: some but not all fees paid to the mortgage lender are deductible.  Some moving expenses are also deductible, such as your home office. Check with a professional to find out what is and is not deductible under this category.
  • Home office deductions: if your home is your primary place of business, you most likely will be in line for deductions of the workplace.  Check the IRS guidelines for further guidance.
  • Energy Star: certain energy efficient systems or appliances can be deducted if they meet government energy standards.

There are many other deductions that homeowners can take.  The best advice we can give you if you are buying a home or are a current homeowner is to save all receipts, keep a detailed filing system, keep tax records up to seven years and always, always check with a professional when in doubt.

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.

 

A Typical Athlete Relocation Transaction

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“Walk us through the typical athlete relocation process, Ikem.  We’re confused regarding what it is your company does.”

When I was asked that question last week, the first thing I had to say is there is no typical athlete relocation.  Most of the jobs we perform are different.  Everyone’s needs are different.  So we have to tailor each athlete relocation to the specific needs and desires of each client.

Having that, the process we take looks something like this:

  • Initiate the client intake process
  • Establish a Plan of Action and communicate the proposal to the new client
  • Coordinate the Plan of Action with the approved Sports Relocation Affiliate Agent in the respective new city
  • Identify housing options for the client for new living arrangements
  • Manage and coordinate all ancillary service requests, not limited to packing and unpacking household goods, transporting goods and cars.
  • Continue to monitor the situation after the initial move.

Take a look at that process again…initiate, establish, coordinate, indentify, manage, monitor…those are action verbs and that is what Sportsrelocation.com is all about….action.  You hire us to act in a professional, efficient and discreet manner, and our track record assures you that those things will be done.

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.

 

NBA Free Agency Transactions Continue

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As so often happens, an event like the start of NBA Free Agency begins and there is much hoopla, but shortly thereafter the hoopla dies down and not much is said about subsequent deals.  Rest assured, the transactions are still happening, and athlete are relocating to new teams daily.

This week alone, in the first two days, there have been nineteen signings in the NBA, including Perry Jones, Jason Smith, Quincy Miller, Steve Blake, Cole Aldrich, Rajon Rondo, Marco Belinelli and Kosta Koufos.  Over the weekend another nine transactions happened, changing the careers and lives of Cristiano Felicio, Aron Baynes, Chase Budinger, Damjan Rudez, Alan Anderson, and Luis Montero.

As the summer progresses teams will continue to tinker with their rosters in an attempt to find that perfect chemistry all teams dream of. And we’ll be right here waiting to take care of the relocation needs of the free agents who suddenly have new homes.

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.

It’s Not All or Nothing with Athlete Relocation Services

 

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We received a call the other day from a professional athlete who needed to relocate next month.  He said he didn’t need all of our services and wondered if our services were a package deal or if he could just arrange with us to transport his vehicles.  We assured him that we could do that and scheduled the auto transport that same day.

At Sportsrelocation.com, we are here to facilitate your athlete relocation.  Facilitate means to make easier.  That’s our whole goal.  If we make your relocation easier by transporting your car then so be it.  If we make it easier by just leasing you a home in your new city, so be it.  You tell us what you need and we’ll get it done in a professional and timely manner.  There is no high-pressure sales pitch for a package deal.  There are no fee rates based on package deals vs single service deals.  We do our best to find you the best deal no matter what it is you want us to do for you.

We can help you with home buying, home selling, household goods moving, vehicle transportation, leasing, private jet services, financing services, credit repair services and legal consultation, but it is never all or nothing.  Call us, tell us what you need us to do, and then rest assured that your athlete relocation is in good hands.

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.

 

How to Find the Best Moving Company

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It seems pretty straightforward, doesn’t it?  You find out you have to relocate.  You need your possessions moved to a new city.  You assume that all major moving companies are basically the same, so you select one at random.

And then the problems begin!

All moving companies are not the same.  They all move furniture and other possessions, but that is where the similarity ends.  Knowing this fact, and knowing what to do about it, will save you headaches and quite possibly money “down the road.”  Here are some things to consider:

  • Get referrals from friends, family or business associates. Do your diligent research early on. Call around and ask those you trust who they used and how was their experience.
  • Run a comparison of the different moving companies. Ask each what is covered and what their fees are based on.  Find out what their basic services are, and what services will cost extra.
  • Plan your move. Label everything according to where it will go in the new home i.e. kitchen, main bedroom, den, bedroom #2.  This will help with the efficiency of the move and quite possibly will affect the fees.
  • Check on insurance coverage. What is the mover responsible for? What type of insurance do they have, and what do you already have?
  • Check with your real estate agent of your relocation agent and get their input and suggestions. They are in the moving business; their input should be valuable.

Bottom line: all moving companies are not the same. Armed with that information, you can save yourself a mountain of headaches by following these simple guidelines.

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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