The North Texas Relocation Professional fall conference is just around the corner, and professionals will be gathering to hear speakers, network with one another, and check out a host of vendors.

Set for Oct. 3, the conference at the Omni Hotel at Park West (1590 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway, Dallas) costs $150 for members and $200 at the door.

 

The NTRP connects “leaders in relocation, real estate, and human resources,” according to its website.

“The purpose of the conference is to offer members and guests the latest trends and information within our industry space,” said Deb Borrell, executive vice-president and director of relocation and business development for Allie Beth Allman & Associates. “We learn about new information, and we hear other perspectives about industry information. We come up with ideas and solutions with changes in our industry.”

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Moving is exciting. And exhausting. There is a whole lot to do. Packing and unpacking, emptying and reloading cabinets and drawer. You may even be painting and remodeling.

Every day, I meet people who are immersed in the moving process as they are signing closing documents. They usually have their heads and hands full of things to do. But there are a few more items I want to tell them to take care of before they finish unpacking.

I’ve moved more than 20 times, including eight home remodels, which helped me come up with a list of eight essential tasks that you may not think about when moving. Make it a goal to complete these in the first couple of days of your move.

Tackle these eight items first. If you’re overwhelmed, hand this list to someone who loves you and ask them to assist.

Here are eight important things to do when you first move in:

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Are you moving to Dallas from out of state? Here are 7 things no one tells you about Texas according to Jenny Harrison. (file photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

By Jenny Harrison
Special Contributor

Pop culture stereotypes have ruined the image of Texas — the brave and beloved Lone Star State. For those who haven’t been there or haven’t met someone from Texas, it is the state of short-tempered rednecks, wild cowboys, and dumb blondes. The reality, however, is different and shockingly more interesting.

Texas is the second largest economy in the US, worth around $1.6 trillion, and that’s probably the reason you are moving to Dallas or San Antonio. With a 13 percent increase in employment over the last year, it is among the top five states to offer lucrative job opportunities. The cost of living is slightly lower than the national average and that makes it a great place to save money and raise a family.

These are the things you rarely hear about Texas. So today, we will talk about things that no one tells you about Texas when you are stuck on whether you should or shouldn’t move to Texas.

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When you’re relocating for a job, the search for a home can be rife with uncertainty. 

Are the schools good? Is there a grocery store nearby? Are there other school-aged children in the neighborhood? Is it safe?

Well, if you’re not one for shopping or guesswork, this Frisco home is an easy buy. Built in 2005 inside the popular Stonelake Estates, you get a solid house with plenty of room and on a great street.

“This home is a relocating family’s dream,” says listing agent Kathryn Roan with KW Urban Dallas. “When you first move to a new place, it can be so hard to get your bearings. Frisco is a very family-centric community that welcomes newcomers.”

And it makes it very hard to leave.

“We are sad to leave this wonderful community as we have amazing memories here but our children have all gone off to college,” says seller Donna Nimmo. “This home was amazing to raise young children in thanks to the close proximity to the schools and all of the activities.”

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Erica Tuscano - Suburban Jungle Realty

Suburban Jungle Realty Dallas Head Strategist Erica Tuscano (Courtesy Photo)

Urban living can take a toll once kids come into the mix. Apartments get more cramped, minor inconveniences suddenly turn into major ones, and personal space comes at a premium. That’s where Suburban Jungle Realty comes in.

Founded in New York almost a decade ago, Suburban Jungle’s specialty lies in relocating families from urban environments to suburbia. But they’re not a relocation service. Not exactly. When a family feels ready to leave city life for the suburbs, Suburban Jungle, through a detailed client questionnaire, learns exactly what makes them tick, and then advises them on the neighborhoods that best fit their needs.

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Moving is stressful. Cross-country moves can quickly turn up the stress meter up to an 11. Realtor Jana Kading knows this firsthand. Kading shares some practical advice for planning your long-distance move – and for dialing down that stress meter way, way down.

A good, trusting relationship with your Realtor will make all the difference in a time of upheaval. Don’t have friends, family, or co-workers in the area who can give you a referral for a great Realtor? Your employer doesn’t have a relocation person, department or program? Never fear. Kading offers some great ways to find a real estate agent you’ll love.

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We all know Californians are flocking to Texas, but have you ever heard of a political movement specifically bringing them our way?

On May 22, Conservative Move launched on social media and a conservative’s dream of finding like-minded neighbors was made: help relocate families out of liberal dens (usually on each coast) to conservative pockets across the heartland.

Conservative Move was started by Paul Chabot, a former US Congressional candidate from California, now living in McKinney. Paul is retired from law enforcement and runs a counter terrorism consulting firm while serving in the Navy Reserves at the rank of Commander. A frequent Fox News guest, he is married with four children. 

“My wife (Brenda) and I decided to leave California in January of this year,” he writes. “We wanted a better life for our four young children, and we found it in Texas. Our only regret was not doing it sooner. This “idea” was so simple – we just wanted to help families make the move like we did … and that’s where we can be of help to you.”

Sell your home, he urges fellow conservatives. Buy your new home. Live. Conservative Move is an initiative of Chabot Strategies, LLC – A Military Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. “

Apparently Conservative Move really likes Collin County, Texas.  

“Collin County is home to some of America’s best cities, including: McKinney, Frisco, Plano, Allen and many more,” says the website. But as they expand operations, the movement will add other counties across America.  

It’s also home to some crazy, possibly corrupt politics.

Oh and Conservative Move has anointed their own real estate agent for Collin County: Derek Baker, “who has been involved in Conservative Republican politics for more than 25-years, serving Senator Phil Gramm, Congressman Hensarling, then Governor and now Vice President Mike Pence.”

Stay tuned for more on this.

 

Do You Have the Messiest Garage in DFW?
Do you think you have the messiest garage in Dallas-Fort Worth? Here’s your chance to prove it. Callbox Storage and Sorted Out launched a contest this month to find the messiest garage in the Metroplex. The winner not only scores storage with Callbox for an entire year, but a professional organizer from Sorted Out will also descend on what’s left behind and whip their garage into HGTV shape. This is the final week to enter so grab your phone and head to your garage.

All you have to do is snap a photo and upload it to the Callbox Storage Facebook page, along with an explanation of why your garage deserves a makeover. (more…)