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Graduating to a New City: Super Scholar

June 19, 2013

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John D’Ambrogio

Hello graduate.  Welcome to the proverbial “real world.”  Now that you’re out  most likely you’re in search of a job.  So where to set your sights for the best chance of a hire and affordable living?  Super Scholar has done that research for you – state by state.  Super Scholar is a site that understands time is valuable so they have the best advice and information for you on how to get the most out of your education before during and after your days in the classroom.  Oh, the places you should go…

 

 
 
 

More than Just a Paycheck

April 10, 2013

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John D’Ambrogio

Here are some comments from Baird & Warner’s own Tom Gill.

Joel Kotkin of Forbes wrote a great article about cities and salaries. Below are some of our comments and excerpts.

When relocating for a new job to a place you have never been before, there are many things to consider. While not always the most important, salary is certainly one of them. A job in a new city can be particularly enticing if it is accompanied with a high pay check. However, this is only one side of the financial story. The other half is cost of living in your new home town. As the cost of living increases, it is most likely your salary will increase as well, leaving you at times in the same financial position that you started in. Some companies even decrease salaries when relocating if cost of living is significantly lower.

Relocating to a place such as New York or Los Angeles with a new big pay check has its appeals, but with both ranking in the top of cost of living in America, it’s no wonder the salary is higher. That being said, Forbes has listed the cities where a paycheck stretches the furthest.

Number one on Forbes list is Houston Texas, followed by San Jose California, Detroit Michigan, Memphis Tennessee, and Dallas Texas.

If you do find yourself in a position to relocate for a new job, make sure you factor what your new residence will cost you when you get there. If you’re relocating to Chicago, check out Baird & Warner’s relocation page, loaded with great features such as lifestyle search, to assist you find the home you’re looking for. Real Estate is more than just the home you live in, it’s the life you get out of it.

 
 
 

“2010 was a year of change. 138 of your LinkedIn connections started something new.”

February 17, 2011

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I received this interesting email from my friends at LinkedIn recently.  138 job changes.  WOW, that’s a lot.  It represents a good 25% of my LinkedIn sphere.  That means a couple of good things.  There ARE jobs out there.  It also means that talented people, who may have been out of a job for any number of reasons, have found a new corporate home. 

Did they also need to find a new “residential home?” 

Statistics show that many of them needed to.  Some received relocation benefits, some didn’t.  So I’d like to reach out to my LinkedIn friends and ask them – Of the 138 of you who found new jobs, did it require a move?  If so, how was the experience? HOW did you find your realtor?  I welcome both good and bad comments, Chicago related or not, “professionally managed” or otherwise.  I didn’t get a new job, but I moved back to the city (hurrah!!!).  I picked my agent (obviously I know many) because I felt she had the best grasp of my needs and a  track record for service – Thank you Anne Ewasko! For my household goods move I contracted RMR Move Services, who used Ace Worldwide to move me.  Again, based on personal experience and proven service track record.  The folks at Key Mortgage  walked me through a complicated mortgage situation and provided a great rate and indulged every phone call and question I threw at them.

So please leave a comment, we’d like to see how service levels are around the country!

 
 
 

Where are the 20 fastest growing job markets?

August 13, 2010

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My friend and colleague, Paul Soley, is responsible for Real Estate Services operations in NY for Dwellworks. He recently shared these comments:

Richard Florida, author of Who’s Your City?, offers an intriguing list of the *20 fastest growing job markets  in the U.S. over the next 10 years. Migration, a subject near and dear to the heart of the relocation professional, follows jobs.

In “Who’s Your City?,” subtitled “How The Creative Economy Is Making Where To Live The Most Important Decision Of Your Life,” Florida takes aim at dispelling the myth of the Flat World by arguing that the most talented, creative and educated people “cluster” in mega regions around the world making the notion of place critical for economic and personal success. It is a fascinating and must read for anyone in the relocation industry. 

I gave it a read – and hope you do too!

Paul Soley, Dwellworks

Paul Soley, Dwellworks