Author Archives: Andrew Horvath

Local Insight: Salt Lake City

Recently, our team traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah to meet with Destination Service Consultants (DSC) in the area. We had the opportunity to get a tour of the city and neighboring towns from Andrea Haugen, a local DSC. As a part of her area orientation tour, she took us up to one of the […]…
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U.S. National Rental Occupancy Rate Grows to 95.3%

According to a real estate analytics firm Axiometrics, the national occupancy rate hit an all-time high of 95.3% in May. The increase in occupancy also leads to higher rents. Rents grew 5% in May, the fourth straight month at or above that mark. In May 2014, rents had only grown 3.6%….
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U.S. State Department Technical Problems Continue to Delay Visa Processing

On June 17, 2015, the U.S. Department of State provided updates on the recent delays in processing U.S. visas. Progress with technical issues have developed slowly and may not be fully resolved before the end of June. Foreign nationals and employers may encounter extended delays for those waiting on visas, even after the system is […]…
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Local Insight: Bay Area

With the rapid expansion and growth of technology, automotive, and healthcare industries in the Bay Area, it is no wonder that rental rates and home prices have been on the rise. The rental market is now the most expensive in the U.S., with one bedroom apartments averaging $3460 a month. Rents in Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville, […]…
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For Home Buyers in Northern California, Speed is the Name of the Game

Of the top 10 fastest-moving housing markets, 8 are located in California, with San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland taking the top three spots, according to a report from Trulia. At least 70% of homes in these three areas sold in two months or less….
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Social Security to Expand Field Office Hours Nationwide

The new budget for fiscal year 2015 gives the Social Security Administration the opportunity to expand its office hours nationwide….
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Update: Driver License Application in California

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has implemented a new policy requiring formal appointments for all first-time driver license applicants. This policy was implemented to support the influx of applicants now eligible for a driver license under Assembly Bill (AB) 60 which went into effect on January 2, 2015.  AB 60 requires the DMV […]…
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Rust Belt Cities Make a Comeback

Ask any Clevelander or Detroit native, and they can tell you all of the positive changes happening in their city.  Now that news is spreading out of the Midwest.  In Joel Kotkin’s article, The Rustbelt Roars Back from the Dead, he talks about how the industrial heartland is making a comeback as an attractive and […]…
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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, […]…
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Impact of the Automated I-94 Form

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has now fully implemented the automated I-94 process for all air and sea ports.  Although there is speculation this may decrease the time it takes to receive a Social Security Number (SSN), the Social Security Administration (SSA) has not changed their direction on waiting 10 days after arrival into […]…
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