Category Archives: Industry Trends

Future of the U.S. Rental Market

With the U.S. national apartment vacancy rate expected to remain low moving into 2014, much discussion surrounds the need for more policies catering to transferring employees choosing to rent rather than buy. Michelle Sandlin, Relocation Professional and Correspondent for the Houston Chronicle, presents this issue in her article On the Move: Future of U.S. Rental […]…
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The Balancing Act of Apartment Supply and Demand

According to figures released October 1 by real estate research firm, Reis, Inc., the US national apartment vacancy rate fell to 4.2% in Q3 from 4.3% in Q2. Collecting data in 79 US markets, Reis reported this was the lowest vacancy rate since Q3 2001 when the rate dropped to 3.9%.  While rents have risen […]…
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Government Shutdown Effect – Social Security Applications

Here is the latest information on the impact the partial US government shutdown may have on relocation services, from the Social Security Administration (SSA): Effective with a Federal Government Shutdown October 1st, Social Security field offices will remain open with limited services.  Social Security card centers will be closed. Field offices will NOT be able to […]…
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I-94 and SSN Application Process Update

As of April 30, 2013, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) implemented the automated I-94 process for all air and sea ports. The automated I-94 process means that assignees arriving to the United States will no longer receive a hard-copy version of their I-94, as all information will now be stored electronically. (Note: this does […]…
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Housing Price Recovery Slows Nationally

Per the Case-Shiller report, home-price gains across the country eased a bit in June, spurring concerns that rising mortgage rates are slowing the recovery.  Economist Stan Humphries acknowledged that the June report fails to reflect the impact higher rates are having on house prices, stating that that won’t happen until the July data is released […]…
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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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Rental Vacancy Rates in Colorado’s Longmont Area

According to a recent article in the Longmont Times, for the past several years the Denver metro area (particularly Boulder County and the city of Longmont) has experienced a severe shortage in apartment units. Longmont’s vacancy rate for apartments is half that of the metro area, holding at 2.3% during the first quarter of 2013.  Boulder vacancy rates […]…
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Important Change to I-94 Process

U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently announced that effective April 30, 2013, transferees arriving into the U.S. will no longer receive a hard-copy version of their I-94, as all information will now be stored electronically. However, the Social Security Administration and state driver’s license agencies will continue to require a hard copy of the I-94 […]…
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Future of the Housing Market Is “A Great Unknown”

Per Robert Shiller, of Case-Shiller fame, housing “is becoming more of a speculative asset”.  Sales in the housing market are well above the levels of a year ago and inventories are at their lowest levels in 13 years, but there are some growing fears that another bubble is forming in the housing industry.  Feeding those […]…
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Q&A With Dwellworks CFO Gene Novak: Executive Reflections on the Mobility Industry

What technology-based changes have you seen in the last five years in the mobility industry, and how have you shaped your business, products and services to meet those needs? I consider myself fortunate to have worked with a technology company in the 1980s. Technology has always played an important role in my professional life. In […]…
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