Top Corporate Relocation Service in Houston

Get To Know Kinetics: Houston’s Top Corporate Relocation Service

It’s no secret that every company’s success depends on its ability to attract and retain talent.

 

From hiring third party recruiting firms to offering perks like free lunch or even tuition assistance, companies are constantly seeking new ways to appeal to jobseekers.  One of the best ways to attract more talent to your company is to recruit new employees outside of your city, and using a corporate relocation service allows you to do so with ease.  When you work with Kinetics, your company can help ease the burden of relocating for work and provide employees with a pleasant moving experience.

 

Gary Greene Realtors, including myself, have partnered with Kinetics in order to help you create a relocation policy tailored to fit your company’s unique needs.

 

Overview Of The Kinetics Program

When your company works with Kinetics, you’ll be able to create an enticing relocation package to help your employees save money when buying, selling, or renting a home.  Whether you’re hiring new employees from outside the area or you’re relocating existing staff to a different city, Kinetics can help you accomplish these goals and create a stress-free experience for your teams.

 

Kinetics will help your company create a Relocation Policy that clearly outlines every last detail of your unique relocation package, from timeframes and covered expenses to reimbursable items, van lines, and more.  As one of the area’s top corporate relocation programs, Kinetics can even provide insight into which specific relocation benefits are considered standard in today’s job market so you can offer a competitive package.

 

Impress candidates even further by taking advantage of Kinetics’ Transplant Buddy Interviews and Candidate Tour Services, both of which are also available at zero cost to the employer.  Through these services, candidates will have the opportunity to learn more about the area and even tour the city with a local real estate agent.

 

Better yet, the Kinetics program is designed to provide support to both domestic and international candidates throughout the entire relocation process.  That means your employees can start working in their new location as quickly as possible when you partner with us.

 

Kinetics will even work with your company to create tiered real estate benefit programs for your employees.  So, whether your workers are buying their first homes, downsizing for retirement, or just moving to a different neighborhood, Kinetics is fully equipped to help you offer an enticing benefits package so you can meet your employees’ needs.

 

Who Qualifies For Kinetics?

 

The Kinetics program is available to companies in the following neighborhoods:

 

  • Bay Area
  • The Woodlands
  • Friendswood
  • League City
  • Tiki Island
  • Katy
  • Inner Loop
  • Memorial
  • Lake Houston
  • Lake Conroe
  • Conroe
  • Tomball
  • Magnolia
  • Champions
  • Corporate
  • Cypress
  • Fairfield
  • Bend
  • Galveston/ Pirates Beach
  • Grant Road
  • Bellaire
  • Pearland

 

Each company’s eligibility to join the Kinetics program is determined on a case-by-case basis.  If you’re interested in partnering with Kinetics, please contact me today and include your company’s name and number of employees in your message.

 

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Fun Things To Do In Houston This May and June

Fun Things To Do In The Houston Area

There’s always something exciting happening in the Houston area!  Whether you’re planning a night out with friends or a casual date night, there are plenty of upcoming local events to enjoy.  I like to say that Houston is the smallest big city in the country and having these great events brings us all a little closer!

 

Fun Things To Do In Houston This May And June

 

See a show

 

 

See an Astros game:

 

  • San Francisco Giants at Houston Astros
    • Tues, May 22, 7:10 pm
  • San Francisco Giants at Houston Astros
    • Wed, May 23, 1:10 pm
  • Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros
    • Thurs, May 31, 7:10 pm
  • Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros
    • Fri, June 1, 7:10 pm
  • Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros
    • Sat, June 2, 6:15 pm
  • Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros
    • Sun, June 3, 6:38 pm
  • Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros
    • Tues, June 5, 7:10 pm
  • Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros
    • Wed, June 6, 7:10 pm
  • Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros
    • Mon, June 18, 7:10 pm
  • Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros
    • Tues, June 19, 7:10 pm
  • Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros
    • Wed, June 20, 7:10 pm
  • Kansas City Royals at Houston Astros
    • Fri, June 22, 7:10 pm
  • Kansas City Royals at Houston Astros
    • Sat, June 23, 6:15 pm
  • Kansas City Royals at Houston Astros
    • Sun, June 24, 1:10 pm
  • Toronto Blue Jays at Houston Astros
    • Mon, June 25, 7:10 pm
  • Toronto Blue Jays at Houston Astros
    • Tues, June 26, 7:10 pm
  • Toronto Blue Jays at Houston Astros
    • Wed, June 27, 1:10 pm

 

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7 Steps To Buying Your First Home

Everything You Need To Know About Buying Your First Home

Buying your first home is an exciting experience unlike any other.  I love reviewing the “Yellow Brick Road” to homeownership with my first time homebuyers!   It is an excellent illustration that allows the client to visualize the path which they are about to embark upon.   Many questions are answered and more arise simply by reviewing the illustration.   It’s lots of fun to explain the process and discuss the various challenges and hurdles that inevitably present themselves.

 

Home Buying Illustration

If you’re thinking about buying your first home, you probably have some questions about what steps you’ll need to take.

 

These Are The 7 Critical Steps To Buying Your First House:

 

1. Research all of your options

 

The first step towards becoming a homeowner is to consider the lifestyle you want to achieve in your new home.

 

Take the time to research the individual neighborhoods where you can see yourself living.  Don’t forget to focus on factors that will affect your home’s value and your quality of life, such as local school ratings, crime rates, and property taxes in the area.

 

Think about how your commute to work will be affected as well.  Map out the route you’d be taking every day to see if you’re comfortable with the amount of time you’ll be spending on the road.

 

You should also learn about the local real estate market, and pay close attention to the prices of recently sold homes in the area.

 

This information will help you determine which neighborhoods fit within your budget and meet your needs.

 

Additionally, as you start thinking about your down payment, you can research mortgage programs to understand what your monthly payments will look like.

 

Don’t forget to budget for other expenses that may be new to you, like utilities, homeowners insurance, HOA fees, and the occasional unexpected home repair!

 

Once you’ve had some time to consider your budget and compare mortgage programs, get pre-approved so that you can make a more compelling offer.

 

2. Find a real estate agent who’s equipped to meet your needs

 

When you’re looking for your first home, working with a real estate agent can make the entire buying process much simpler.  That being said, no two real estate agents are the same, and the best agent to work with will often depend heavily on the neighborhoods you’re most interested in looking at.

 

Make sure you know the right questions to ask when you’re looking for a real estate agent to represent you.

 

3. Start viewing homes for sale

 

Once your agent has a clear understanding of what you’re looking for in a home (and neighborhood), he or she can help you find houses for sale within your price range.

 

As you’re viewing these homes, you may want to write down notes about the properties so you can keep track of features that you did or didn’t like.  Don’t be afraid to carefully inspect each home as you’re walking through; sellers are usually willing to negotiate when there’s an obvious need for repair work.

 

4. Make an offer

 

Once you’ve found a property you’re interested in pursuing, talk to your real estate agent about a negotiation strategy.  He or she should be able to help you create a strategic offer based on the local market and the property’s estimated value.

 

If the seller doesn’t immediately accept your offer, don’t be discouraged!  Trust your real estate agent’s advice, and don’t let your emotions get in the way.  If you simply can’t come to an agreement with the seller, there’s no harm in walking away from the home.

 

Once your offer is accepted, you and the seller will then enter into a contract outlining any contingencies that must be addressed before the deal can close.  Typically, most home sales are contingent on the buyer’s ability to secure financing and the results of the home inspection.

 

After you’ve deposited an earnest payment, the seller will then take the home off the market.  Typically, this is followed by an option period, during which time you as a buyer reserve the right to terminate the contract.

 

5. Hire an inspector

 

The option period provides the perfect opportunity to have the house thoroughly inspected.  If the home inspector uncovers significant problems, you can try to renegotiate the deal with the seller.  If, at this time, you and the seller cannot reach an agreement, then you can terminate the contract and recoup your earnest money.

 

6. Get your mortgage loan approved

 

Before your loan can be approved, your lender will require an appraisal to determine the home’s value and prevent you from borrowing more than the home is worth.

 

Additionally, you will be required to obtain title insurance, which protects you as a homeowner from certain losses that could be incurred as a result of purchasing the home.  Your title commitment paperwork will outline the specific coverage provided by your title insurance.

 

7. Close on your new home

 

If your contract required the seller to make repairs, these will be taken care of after your loan has been approved.  If you’re buying new construction, then a final inspection is completed at this time instead.

 

Next, you’ll hire a surveyor to measure the land and identify the legal boundaries of the property.  This will help you and your new neighbors avoid any confusion over property lines.

 

After these steps have been completed, you can close the deal and move into your new home!

 

Need more information about how to buy your first home?

 

Get the answers to all of your questions!  Contact me today to reserve your spot at the Better Homes And Gardens Home Buying Seminar on Saturday, May 19.

 

Home Buying Seminar

Fun Facts About Houston That May Surprise You

7 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Houston

How much do you really know about Houston?  Whether you’ve lived here for decades or you’re new to the area, there’s always more to learn about Texas’ most populated city.  You might even be surprised by some of the city’s historical secrets and other fun facts about Houston.

 

Fun Facts About Houston That You May Not Have Heard About:

 

1. There’s an 87,500 square foot cistern hidden beneath Sabine Street

 

According to Houston Chronicle, the structure was built during the 1920s and had been forgotten after its abandonment.  More recently, the cistern was rediscovered, and you can even schedule a 30-minute guided tour through Buffalo Bayou Partnership.

 

2. The Hyatt downtown is home to a rotating restaurant

 

Most Houstonians have no idea that we have our own rotating restaurant, Spindletop, located on top of the Hyatt downtown.  The dining room completes a revolution every 45 minutes, allowing guests to enjoy breathtaking views of the city at night.

 

3. Airmail Route didn’t get its name the way you think it did

 

Many Houston residents believe the street in North Houston called Airmail Route was named for the Bush airport, but that’s actually far from the truth.

 

The Airmail Route name dates back to the 1800s, long before planes were even invented.  Back then, the road served as a main route to Dallas.  Because Airmail Route ran through so many low-lying areas, the road was built above the ground, inspiring its name.

 

4. There’s an underground tunnel system that spans 7 miles below the city

 

Located 20 feet below the ground is an underground pedestrian tunnel system connecting 95 city blocks.  According to DowntownHouston.org, the tunnel was originally built to connect two downtown movie theaters.  Today, however, it’s grown to include a number of restaurants and shops.

 

The tunnel can be accessed from Houston Center at 909 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77010, and many of the buildings located above the tunnel also have direct access to it.

 

Interestingly enough, Verizon Wireless recently ran an ad campaign boasting strong cellular signals that can still be reached from the tunnel, so no need to worry about missing texts or calls when you visit this secret landmark.

 

5. There’s a cleverly-placed button that makes the Buffalo Bayou bubble

 

Look around carefully the next time you’re crossing the Preston Street Bridge, and you might spot a big, red button hidden within the brickwork.  Press it to watch a massive bubble form right within the Bayou!

 

6. We have multiple secret bars (and they’re hidden in plain sight)

 

With no front signs or blatant advertising, it’s easy to walk right by some of Houston’s most interesting bars without even realizing it.  Here are 4 secret bars you probably didn’t know about:

 

Last Concert Café

 

Located at 1403 Nance Street in Downtown Houston, Last Concert is the perfect secret spot to enjoy Tex-Mex dishes while listening to live music from some of Houston’s most popular bands.

 

Just knock on the red door to get inside!

13 Celsius

 

At 3000 Caroline St in Midtown, look for a sign with “3000 Caroline” lit up in red to locate a secret wine bar.  Named after the recommended temperature for storing wine, 13 Celsius offers an extensive wine list, complete with gourmet meats and cheeses.

Mongoose Versus Cobra

 

Though you may not be able to tell from the outside, the ivy-covered building at 1011 McGowen St in Midtown might just be one of Houston’s most interesting bars.  With a wide variety of cocktails and specialty beers to choose from, Mongoose Versus Cobra is a beloved spot among Houston’s underground bar scene.

 

Notsuoh

 

Spell “Houston” backwards and you’ve got the name of one of the only bars in the area that doubles as a clothing store.  Next time you’re in Downtown Houston, visit 314 Main Street and look for the neon “Clarks” sign to find this hidden bar.

 

7. You might be shocked to learn what’s under the Franklin Street Bridge

 

If you look closely under the Franklin Street Bridge, you can see part of the Donnellan Crypt, the former burial site of an early Houston settler and his family who lived in the area during the 1800s.

 

No longer used as a resting place, the crypt is still intact below the Franklin Street Bridge, where today’s Houstonians can view its entrance.

 

Learn More About The Houston Area

 

Living in Houston is truly unlike any other experience.  If you’re thinking about moving to the area and are interested in buying a home near the Tanglewood, Uptown, Memorial, or Galleria neighborhoods, please contact me today to learn how I can help!