The Relocation Agents of the Future

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atlanta relocation agentAll aspects of our industry are changing rapidly. Sometimes adversity allows us to look at the way we live and work in a different way. The relocation industry is undergoing some major changes now and will endure even more in the future. Therefore the future relocation agent will work differently as well.

Let me suggest what the future Atlanta relocation agent might need to be prepared for:

1. More experience will be a requirement, probably 3-5 years.
2. More accountability and impeccable credentials.
3. More mobility. You’ll probably be working from your car and home more than an office.
4. You’ll need all the latest technical tools including laptops, blackberries, iPhones or other smart phones, scanners, and the latest in digital cameras. Plus, you’ll need all of the most up-to-date software required for working with today’s corporate clients. Okay all you techies, what else will you need?
5. More training offered especially by our corporate clients. We see a lot of training sessions are likely this coming year and will be web based.

The new transferees are on much tighter budgets. So you may have to help them with some of the services that their employers used to provide. Many are in need of temporary housing, so it would be wise to keep a list of “suite hotels” with you. Provide the trailing spouse with a list of career counseling services. And if the employer does not move their household goods, be sure to offer van line services as well.

No space suits at this time, but be prepared for other changes that may sound far out there. Who knows what new advancement is waiting us?

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6 Responses to “The Relocation Agents of the Future”

  1. Arthur Harris Says:

    Great information on this post Dana. We all have to be willing to change as the market changes, likewise with relocation business one has to stay on top of the game.

  2. Mary Ann Varner Says:

    Thanks so much Dana. This is valuable information.

  3. Yvonne Thomas-Brooks Says:

    In this economy, we can all imagine that all corporations make decisions with an emphasis on cost. (we do this at home too!) The fact that corporations don’t want to spend money on poorly provided, undereducated services is very expected.
    We’re lucky to have Dana and her team to ensure that all of the details for each relocation client are properly positioned for a successful outcome! I’m excited to see the future! Bring it on!

  4. Michelle Foster Says:

    Thanks for the info Dana. Being armed with the latest technology is crucial when serving relocation clients. This is the way I conduct business with all of my Buyers; local and out of state. My knowledge of the city and our industry, my years of experience, along with my 100% Premiere Service Rating, let you know I am positioned to handle your incoming relo clients. Here and ready to serve!

  5. Shannon Byrdsong Says:

    Thanks Dana, I agree! In 2009 and years ahead you will have to be more tech savvy! Even in traditional sales as well! Great blog!

  6. Patsy Pardue Says:

    I loved being Better Homes & Gardens in 1998 & 1999 and am looking forward to this new change. Yes, everything is changing but I am ready for any change and so is Jamie. 2010 is going to be a grat year.

    Patsy

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