Dwellworks Network Partners of the Year

We are pleased to announce our Network Supplier of the Year award winners for 2014. Each recipient is recognized for the exceptional service consistently delivered on behalf of Dwellworks to our valued clients. Award winners were selected based on a combination of performance statistics and feedback from the Dwellworks operating teams.

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Spotlight: Oxford, UK

oxford-headerThe university city of Oxford sits at the heart of the beautiful county of Oxfordshire. Known as the “city of dreaming spires”, it lies 50 miles to the north-west of London and is full of history and heritage, exquisite architecture and museums Read More »

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Leadership

I read a lot about the differences between leaders and managers and I comment on leadership in a lot of my posts.   The book stores (more virtual than actual stores these days) are full of books by various CEOs and business leaders providing their insight into business and personal success.   Facebook and LinkedIn are littered with quotes about “leadership” and there are entire industries built around finding and developing leaders. Read More »

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2015 U.S. Real Estate Forecast

Transitioning from a rapid decrease in housing value from 2006-2007 to a rapid increase in values from 2012-2014, the U.S. real estate market looks to level out in 2015. Read More »

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DMV Changes in California Impact First Time Driver’s License Applicants

The California Department of Motor Vehicles, under Assembly Bill (AB) 60,  has issued a change requiring that all first-time driver license applicants must now make an appointment to visit their local DMV office, effective December 1, 2014.  This may impact service time for employees relocating to the area and in need of a driver’s license, as several of our local Destination Services Consultants have recently experienced delays with appointment availability.  Dwellworks will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates accordingly.  The full press release is available here. http://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/pubs/newsrel/newsrel14/2014_71

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Learning to Collaborate and Communicate

I am going to go out on a limb and say nearly all of us come to work each day and plan to do good things.  We want to make a positive contribution to the team, we want to help our teammates and we try our best to make the company grow.  Yet, somewhere along the line things veer off track and our plan to do good things just doesn’t materialize.  Sure, we all have bad days and we are all prone to the occasional misstep; but I would argue that a lot of the “failures” we experience are a result of misunderstood expectations, confusion on priorities or just plain old miscommunication.

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London Rental Market: 2014

londonrent-2014tsIt has been a rollercoaster of a year, starting with the Government’s Help to Buy Scheme, a tightening of mortgage lending criteria and a complete change to Stamp Duty Land Tax! All of these have impacted the UK rental market, and there is continued uncertainty surrounding Mansion Tax as we approach the general election in 2015. Read More »

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UK: Home Office Clarifies Right-to-Rent and Corporate Lets

Clarification has been sought from the Home Office as to how the Immigration Act 2014 ‘right to rent’ landlord scheme will impact upon corporate lets.

Under the government’s new requirement for immigration checks, from December 1st 2014, landlords in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell and Dudley are required to check the immigration status of all tenants aged 18 and over whose tenancy agreements commence on or after 1 December. This is to be rolled out across the UK from April 2015. Read More »

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Embracing Change

Over the past month, many of us in the office embarked on path of change.  We went from clean shaven to fully bearded (some of us more bearded than others).  As this is part of the annual Movember event to help raise awareness of men’s health issues, this wasn’t my first November with facial hair and over the years I have noticed the not so subtle changes as each year my beard has had slightly more gray sprinkled in. Read More »

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Dwellworks Presented with Awards at Cartus Global Network Symposium

Dwellworks was recently presented with awards across our three business lines and in four of our operating countries at the Cartus GlobalNet Symposium. The awards reflect our ongoing focus on quality, compliance, and partnership, as well as personalized local service for the relocating employees we serve through Cartus Global Relocation.

IMG_9262Valuation Services received the Commitment to Excellence – Gold Award for Appraisal Network performance. Our team was also a Cartus Masters Cup Finalist, the most prestigious award offered, marking the first time any appraisal management services had been nominated. Additionally, our Property Management team received the Commitment to Excellence – Gold Award for High Volume Property Management.

Several of our Destination Services teams were awarded for evaluation scores above target metrics, including: Costa Rica (Platinum Award,) Mexico and RSB Deutschland GmbH (Gold Awards,) and the U.S. (Silver Award). The U.S. team also received a Silver Innovation Award for our Supply Chain Field Advocate role, a role which has increased engagement with our suppliers resulting in measurable service enhancement.

“These awards are a reflection of the whole company – who we are, what we stand for, and what we all do every day,” said Meredith Kennedy, Vice President of Account Management. “It was very exciting to have so many of our teams honored for their hard work.”

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