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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 8/3/2017

To live in a beautiful house that's the right size for your family is just one benefit open to you when you relocate. Other relocation benefits could save you money, improve your social life and put you in position for a new career. Let's start with the financial relocation benefits. Relocating to a new home may be less expensive than you think Move to a house with a smaller mortgage and you'll save money month to month. Shave enough money off your current mortgage when you relocate and you could afford to make one to two extra mortgage payments a year, reducing the principal that you owe on the new house. If you're employer asked you to relocate to fill a job need, contact your employer's human resources representative to find out if you're eligible to receive relocation benefits packages. Eligibility may depend on factors like the number of miles that your new home is from your current residence and if your employer is increasing your pay because of the move. Closing costs and expenses related to shipping your furniture and other home goods are types of financial support your employer may give you. Keep track of moving receipts. You could deduct some of the moving expenses when you file federal and state taxes. Relocation benefits don't stop at the bank Financial savings aren't the only relocation benefits to consider. Moving to another town could peak your curiosity, persuading you to get out and explore the area. As much as you may not want to admit it, there may not be many places that you haven't already visited where you currently live which could tempt you to stay indoors and limit your entertainment to watching television. Exploring new areas leads to continual learning. It's also a good way to meet new friends. A few weeks after you move, you may start to feel excited again. Depending on where you relocate, you could discover festivals, arts events and training opportunities that put you in touch with passions that you hadn't engaged in since you were a child. Pursue these ignited passions and you could gain the skills to work new jobs, stepping into careers you'd previously only dreamed about entering. Get the most out of relocation benefits. Don't just move into a new house. Take advantage of financial employer support, tax deductions and get out and explore your new neighborhood and city. Get involved in social and community activities, enriching  your social life.

Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 6/24/2014

As they say real estate is about 3 things: location, location, location.  Finding the perfect city, town, or village to live can be difficult especially if you have a family to take care after. If you are still midst-career and not looking to retire you probably want to live close to work (maybe not too close) , family, and to what is important for you to live in town. The first tip is simple, you can use sites such as to find out more about the area.  City websites with a .gov domain can provide a lot of insight, but don't forget to do a simple google search or look at the Wikipedia page of that place when they are available.  You can find out just about anything these days:  population, school systems, cost of the average house, and even average city income of the residents.  Most of this information is available thanks to the census of course, so this is a great time to do research as the information was last collected in 2010 as part of a 10 year cycle. Google maps has a great feature called my places.  Other maps offer similar features if you prefer another, but essentially what you do is create your own map.  There is a link to take an interactive tour underneath the big red create map button if you need help.  It is a very well made tour.  After all of your important locations are marked and labeled you can zoom out a bit and see all of the locations clearly.  There are certain exceptions such as highway access, but somewhere in the middle is generally a good place to start looking.  Combine this with the town information you can find and suddenly you are well on your way to being an expert on the area.  You can even generate driving directions and estimates to and from each location. This is great news of course, because the more you know, the better your decision will be.

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