The Hard-knocks of Lump Sum Programs

Lump Sums and other four-letter words A Lively Conversation with Steven John, CPA, SCRP, SMS-T, HomeServices Relocation President and CEO Lump Sum Only programs Per the 2020 Atlas Corporate-Relocation Survey, 26% of relocations are Lump Sum Only programs, where the sole benefit provided is a lump sum amount. For larger companies, over 50% provide a… Continue Reading

Is Your Mobility Policy Keeping Pace with Your Business Goals?

As the old saying goes, “the only constant, is change.”  Business operates in an ever-changing environment.  Changes in markets, technology and regulation create a shifting landscape that must be navigated by business leaders to ensure the success of the organization.  For mobility professionals, the policy is the framework we use to navigate our environment.  As… Continue Reading

Are you Obsessed with Time?

A Brief History of Time (with apologies to Stephen Hawking) A Lively Conversation with Steven John, CPA, SCRP, SMS-T HomeServices Relocation President and CEO People are obsessed with time. We “save time,” we “lose track of time,” sometimes we have “all the time in the world.” Time is given various qualities; “time is money” and… Continue Reading

TANSTAAFL

“TANSTAAFL” for the uninitiated, “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” A Lively Conversation with Steven John, CPA, SCRP, SMS-T HomeServices Relocation President and CEO Coined in the early 1900’s, “free lunch” referred to the practice in saloons of the era offering free lunch to those who purchased a drink.  The phrase has… Continue Reading

So, Why Don’t you Have a BVO Program?

A Buyer Value Option is one of the last tax-free benefits available under current IRS regulations A Lively Conversation with Steven John, CPA, SCRP, SMS-T HomeServices Relocation President and CEO Here we are, almost 20 years into the 21st century and you still don’t offer a BVO program for your employees. Why not? As a… Continue Reading

What Does Recovery Look Like for the U.S. Real Estate Market?

Steven John, CPA, SCRP, SGMS-T of HomeServices Relocation analyzes the numbers…and the markets in the latest issue of Mobility magazine. The national housing market in the U.S. has recovered! At least it has if you look at home prices at the national level. The S&P U.S. Case-Schiller index at March 2019 showed national home prices… Continue Reading

Technology Today What’s Hot for Mobility

Steven John, CPA, SCRP, SGMS-T and Mary-Grace Ellington, CRP of HomeServices Relocation Report on What Technologies are Affecting the RMC Industry Today Technology is an inescapable part of modern life. We live with technology at home, work, and school. We rely on technology improvements to make our lives better, while at the same time fearing… Continue Reading

Real Estate in the 21st Century

After a decade of unprecedented volatility, the picture is brightening says Steven John, CPA, SCRP, SGMS-T of HomeServices Relocation When asked, “How’s the real estate market?” the traditional real estate agent’s response is, “Incredible!” For most of this century, whether it’s “incredibly good” or “incredibly bad,” that response certainly applies. For many geographies, the average… Continue Reading