Networking is the Key to Athlete Relocation Business

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I had a conversation recently with a local news reporter.  She needed some background information for an article she was doing about the athlete relocation business, and since I’ve been involved in this business for over a decade, she came to me for an opinion or two.

One of the questions she asked me was what does it take to be successful in the athlete relocation business?  A fair question for sure, and immediately several answers came to mind; but after a few moments I realized that all of the answers I could think of really could be combined into one answer:  it takes an agent who is committed to networking.

What is athlete relocation?  Boiled down to its most basic component, it is taking care of people.  Sure, our clients are rich and famous and yes, the services they need are relatively expensive services, but set the money factor aside and it is still a matter of taking care of the needs of our clients. Whether it be finding long-term housing, selling a home, arranging to have possessions or vehicles transported, or whatever else an athlete needs during relocation, it all comes down to making the customer happy, and that is a networking skill based on people skills.

The main reason why Sportsrelocation.com has been so successful for so many years is because we never lose sight of the fact that our customers come first.  We have built a networking system that focuses the majority of our attention on real people.  We show them that we care.  We treat them with respect.  We make sure they are listened to.  These things matter, and if these things are taken care of, business will come.

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 Abroad: Buy or Lease?

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It doesn’t happen very often, but on occasion we will have a client who plays his/her sport in a foreign country, and as you might suspect, this type of athlete relocation comes with a unique set of problems.

Not only is the transportation of possessions and belongings a logistical difficulty, but the athlete is also faced with a decision about housing in a city that is literally five-to-ten thousand miles away.

Do you lease?  Do you buy?  If you buy, how do you know what you are getting into in a foreign country? What special knowledge is necessary when buying or leasing property so far away?  What is the market like? Is it a good investment?  Will the resale of that property be a problem five years from now?  What are the legal ramifications of leasing? Is it a better investment to purchase rather than lease in the foreign country?

The average athlete and dare I say almost all athletes do not have the knowledge necessary to make these decisions.  Stated as clearly as possible, you need a professional who deals in foreign real estate transactions.  We are talking about profits or losses of hundreds of thousands of dollars, and when that kind of money is at stake, you want to make sure you are working with a real estate and relocation expert who knows everything there is to know about that particular area.

Athlete relocation can be stressful under the best of circumstances.  Relocating to a foreign country in no way can be described as the best of circumstances.  Work with a professional with a proven track record.

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.

 

 

Get What You Pay for During Athlete Relocation

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We were reminded of that old saying the other day when a new athlete relocation client came to our offices at Sportsrelocation.com.  They had just had a disappointing experience with a car transport company.  It seems the company offered a rate that was considerably lower than other transport companies, so our client went with their offer.

When all was said and done, the vehicle was not picked up on time, then was delivered late, and there were hidden charges for the service.  To say the very least, our new client was not happy.

The services included in any athlete relocation are no different than any other services offered in any industry.  You pay what you get for, plain and simple.  Yes, there are times when a company will offer a special and the price is low and valid, but how does the average customer know if that price is legit and can be trusted?

That is why we always advise that if you are facing athlete relocation, you go with a relocation expert.  At Sportsrelocation.com, relocation is our business.  We deal daily with relocation companies.  We know who can be trusted, we know about hidden fees, and we know prices that are reasonable.  If peace of mind is what you seek as your celebrity relocation approaches, go with the pros at Sportsrelocation.com.  You’ll be glad you did.

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 a Real Estate Agent You Can Trust

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“How can I find a real estate agent I can trust?”

Yes, we get questions here at Sportsrelocation.com, and we try to answer many of those questions on our blog, because if one person is thinking about a topic, chances are many more are.

It’s an interesting and valid question.  Selling or buying real estate is one of the greatest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime.  It can literally cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars if not millions in the case of luxury real estate.  So it is no wonder many buyers and sellers are asking that question, or asking a related question:  “Do I even need a real estate agent?”

The 2014 National Association of REALTORS recently published a “Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers,” and in that profile we learned that a full 88% of buyers and sellers used an agent during their transaction, and that number has increased steadily since 2001 when the figure was 69%.

Of those who used a real estate agent, 40% chose someone who was referred to them by a friend, neighbor or business associate; 12% used someone they had already worked with; the rest of the reasons were quite varied.

So, is that how you find a trustworthy agent, from referrals?  It is certainly a viable and somewhat trustworthy method.  If you trust your referral, then chances are their positive experience with an agent will translate into a positive experience for you.  However, we still want to mention a couple other important issues.

You should always go with an agent who is experienced in the type of real estate you are buying or selling.  In this situation, experience does matter.  Also, you need to work with an agent who is familiar with the market you are looking at.  In other words, if you are going to relocate to New York or Miami, a local real estate agent in Des Moines is not the route to go.  Work with a professional who can do you the most good.  You have to much to lose to do otherwise.

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.

 

Is This a Good Time to Invest in Real Estate

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Is this a good time to invest in real estate?

That is one of the most often-asked questions we hear at Sportsrelocation.com, and the quick answer is yes….the quick answer is almost always yes!

Let’s take a quick look at the real estate market to understand that “yes” response.

Interest rates continue to fall.  Freddie Mac says the nationwide average for a 30-year mortgage dropped to 3.66 percent last week, and the 15-year loan interest rate dropped to 2.98 percent.

Lending institutions have a ton of money to loan to qualified buyers….a ton of money to loan!

First-time buyers are at a minimum, and many are turning to rentals for a solution.  Investing in rental properties, right now, is a no-brainer.

And finally, supply easily outdistances demand right now, and that means continued low or at least stagnant prices.  There are, most definitely, undervalued properties that are worth the investment.

So, is it a good time to invest in real estate?

How fast can you sign on the dotted line?  Give us a call and let us help you with your investment plans.  Real estate is our specialty. We have been helping with athlete relocation and celebrity relocation for over a decade now.  We know the market.  We know our jobs.  We know how to help you.

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.

Are You Overpricing Your Home?

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Are you overpricing your home?

It’s an easy thing to do, and it’s an easy thing to avoid.

It should come as no surprise that many homeowners have a tendency to overprice their homes.  There is an emotional attachment to a home, and that emotional attachment will often cloud the thinking of a homeowner when it comes time to sell.  Add to that the fact that most, if not all, homeowners, will naturally try to make as much profit as possible from the sale of a home.  These are understandable reasons for overpricing, and that’s why you need an experienced real estate agent.

An experienced real estate agent not only knows the market where a home is located, but they also know what comparative homes are selling for.  An experienced real estate agent can suggest a price for your home that is not colored by emotion but instead is laced with reality.

Ask yourself this question:  do you want to sell your home in a reasonable amount of time at a realistic price, or do you want to sit and watch as your home remains on the market at an inflated price?

The temptation is always there for a homeowner to skip  the real estate agent, save the fees, and sell their home themselves, but in most cases it would be a mistake.  Ask around, find an agent who is familiar with your local real estate market and has the knowledge that you need, and then trust that agent to do his/her 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.

Housing Options for PGA Major Championships

yolanda smith sports relocationThe Professional Golf Association has begun their 2015 season, and for serious golfers that means thoughts turn to the Major Championships of the new year.  Here is a schedule of those championships:

  • The Master April 9-12 at Augusta, Georgia
  • The US Open June 18-21 at Chambers Bay, Washington
  • Open Championship July 16-19 at St. Andrews, Scotland
  • PGA August 13-16 at Kohler, Wisconsin

Are you planning on attending any of these great tournaments?  If so, now is the time to make reservations for accommodations.  Hotels will be filling up quickly, and there is a limited number of places to stay…but…there is an alternative that many do not think of, and that is renting a private home for your week-long stay at the championships.

If you would like to stay in a lovely home rather than a hotel room, get in touch with us and we’ll see what we can find for you.  With our extensive real estate connections in all fifty states, finding you short-term housing for such an event is no problem, but let us know soon.  Even private home rentals will be filled quickly, and the sooner you make those reservations the better.

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.

Why has the Real Estate Recovery Stagnated

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What’s up with the real estate market?  That was the question I heard recently at a workshop for real estate agents and brokers.  If the recession has ended, then why is the real estate market so flat?  Property values remain at or below the affordability levels in most markets.  Lenders have billions of dollars in excess cash to lend, and foreclosures are down to their 2006 levels.

By all standard measurements, the real estate market should be booming, and yet it isn’t.

For the average buyer, the answer is complex, and yet is has a very simple core:  incomes are down in most markets, meaning that real estate, although at attractive levels, is basically off-limits for the average income earner.  We are basically in a deflated economy, and as long as we remain in one, first-time buyers and buyers who are struggling simply will not be able to buy.

Now of course, when we shift the discussion to luxury real estate, the rules don’t quite apply.  Those who can afford luxury real estate are unaffected by the stagnant incomes, and most properties are quite affordable and within their reach.  In fact, quite truthfully, this is a great time to buy if you have excess cash.  This is a great time, especially, to buy rental properties, because first-time buyers are shifting their attention to renting rather than buying.

So it’s all about perspective.  For some, with incomes that are flatlining, this is not a good time to buy.  For others, with incomes far beyond the norm, there has never been a better time to buy.

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.

Is a Home Inspection a Good Decision?

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Is a home inspection needed for a luxury home?  We were recently asked that question by a client looking to purchase a multi-million dollar home, so let’s take a moment to consider it.

Many buyers feel that a home inspection is a waste of time, that they know what they are looking for in luxury real estate, and their eyes tell them that the home they are considering has everything they want.  This, unfortunately, is a situation where the eyes can deceive.

Home inspections are meant to discover problems your eyes cannot see, problems like poor wiring, poor plumbing, unsafe foundations or faulty HVACs.  A home inspector will make a detailed list of all facets of your home and mark down recommendations for improvements and repairs that should be made.

After the home inspection is completed, the potential buyer then should sit down with their real estate agent and discuss options.  There may be some things on that inspection list they choose to ignore. There may be some repairs that cannot be ignored.  A counteroffer may be made asking for repairs or a drop in price, or the purchase may fall through.  Either way, with a home inspection, the buyer has all the information they need to make an informed decision, a decision that will cost millions of dollars.

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.

Is Your Real Estate Agent Qualified?

 

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Having the wrong real estate agent can completely derail your attempts at selling your home.

Obviously, most people understand that, but you might be surprised by the number of people who still shop around for a real estate agent with little or no effort or diligence.

If the sale of your home is one of the most important financial activities you will ever be a part of, and it is, doesn’t it make sense to find the best real estate agent that you can?

Here are some warning signals that are indications that you have the wrong real estate agent:

  • Communication with your agent is sporadic at best. Listen, it is unrealistic to think your real estate agent is going to communicate with you around the clock, but it most definitely is realist to expect periodic and steady communication.
  • If your agent Is lacking confidence, you’ve got the wrong one. When you go to choose a real estate agent, interview him/her, and look for confidence in the answers.
  • A lack of experience is a kiss of death in this business. Not only should your real estate agent have experience as an agent, but they should also have experience selling the type of property you own in the location you are in.
  • Pay attention to your agent’s attention to detail. Repeat after me:  organized is good; disorganized is bad!
  • How media-savvy is your agent? Does he/she have an online presence, and do they know how to use it to their advantage?
  • Can they pass the word-of-mouth litmus test? Ask around and get impressions from others about your agent.  Ask that agent for references.  If they are good they will have no problem giving you references.

If you go through those six points and your agent stands tall, then chances are excellent that you have the right agent.

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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