Athlete Relocation to Santa Monica

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Los Angeles County is home to some of the greatest professional sports teams on the planet.  As such, it sees its share of athlete relocation.  No matter the season, players come and players go, and that means we at Sportsrelocation.com are constantly being asked about athlete homes for sale, and where are the best areas to look for luxury real estate.

In the past we have mentioned Bel-Air, Manhattan Beach, Malibu, and of course Beverly Hills, but today we want to take a moment and stress the beautiful qualities of Santa Monica, a beachfront city in western Los Angeles County and home to many Hollywood celebrities and Los Angeles professional athletes.

Santa Monica is bordered by Malibu to the north, Pacific Palisades on the northwest, Brentwood on the east, West Los Angeles to the northeast, Mar Vista to the east, and Venice to the southeast.  And of course, it also has three miles of the most beautiful Pacific Ocean beach you will find in Southern California.

Santa Monica has over 120 museums and art galleries, world-class restaurants, shopping and the world famous Santa Monica Pier.  It is within easy commute distance to downtown Los Angeles, and its real estate is some of the most highly-sought after on the west coast.  Whether you have a family or you are single, Santa Monica has what you are looking for in luxury real estate.

The pros at Sportsrelocation.com are comfortably familiar with real estate possibilities and realities in and around Santa Monica.  We have been in this business for over ten years, meeting the needs of professional athletes in a discreet, professional manner.

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally.

 

Auto Transport Essential Information

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“How much notice do you need to transport my vehicle from Los Angeles to New York?”

That was a question asked of us at Sportsrelocation.com the other day.

The answer is:  tell us when you need it done and we’ll get it done.”

The truth of the matter regarding auto transport is this:  we can have your auto transported with very little notice, but it is much easier and oftentimes much less expensive if we have more time to arrange it.

The auto transport business is just like any other business with regards to supply and demand.  There are a limited number of quality and reputable transport companies in the United States.  Their schedules are dependent upon the needs of customers, and they schedule their transports so that multiple shipments can be made in the same area.  If they are needed to transport only one vehicle to a particular area out of the way from normally scheduled destinations, then it will be more expensive and there might be a delay in shipping.

But, and this is an important but….the more time we at Sportsrelocation.com have to arrange the shipment of your automobile, the better the chances are that we can find you a great bargain for that transport.  Can we do it tomorrow?  Yes!  Is it better for all concerned if we have a week to arrange the transport?  Yes!

The other factor that plays into this scenario is whether you want an open transport or an enclosed transport.  Open transports mean your vehicle is exposed to the weather and to road debris.  Enclosed transports means your vehicle is protected from all of that.  We can arrange for either depending on your needs and desires.

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally.

Athlete Relocation to Miami

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Athlete relocation means a total upheaval in one’s life.  In the blink of an eye you must move from one major city to another, not knowing a thing about living arrangements or how you will get everything moved.  We at Sporsrelocation.com face this situation every single day as we deal with professional athletes and their own personal athlete relocation.

Many of our clients relocate to Miami as players for either the Miami Heat, Miami Dolphins, or some other pro team in the area, and we are constantly being asked to find them a home in an affluent neighborhood.

The first such neighborhood that comes to mind is Jupiter, Florida, home of celebrities, pro golfers, actors, and professional athletes that span the spectrum of professional sports.  Tori Amos, Celine Dion, Ernie Els, Rickie Fowler, Michael Jordan, Burt Reynolds, they all call Jupiter home and with good reason:   it has everything you could want in celebrity real estate.  From beautiful beaches to seclusion, from easy access to amenities to championship golf courses, Jupiter has it all, and more, in beautiful southern Florida.

Athlete relocation can be, and is, upsetting, but it doesn’t have to be.  Turn your relocation over to the pros at Sportsrelocation.com and find out for yourself just how hassle-free relocation can be.

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally.

 

Buying a Home Without an Agent

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Besides the duties of helping athletes with athlete relocation, we at Sportsrelocation.com are also licensed real estate agents, and as such we often help people from all walks of life with their real estate needs.  We have been asked often about the advantages and disadvantages of buying a home without an agent.  Let’s look at a few main points regarding that question.

Without a doubt, the number one advantaged of buying a home without an agent is that you save paying the agent a percentage of the sales price.  However, the disadvantages far outnumber the advantage in this case.

Buying a home without an agent means you’ll have to do your own negotiating, and quite frankly that could cost you thousands of dollars in the transaction.  Buying a home without an agent means you have no market specialist to rely on, and you risk the danger of not receiving all the seller’s disclosures.  You also risk paying higher closing costs as well as you will have to wade through a pile of complicated legal paperwork, paperwork you are unqualified to understand or handle.

Yes, it is tempting to do so, especially when dealing with celebrity real estate where the savings might be hundreds of thousands of dollars, but the flip side of that argument is you might lose hundreds of thousands, if not millions, in the sale or purchase of luxury real estate.

Is it worth the risk?  Wouldn’t you rather have a pro in your corner for such an important financial decision?

Of course you would!

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally.

 

Luxury Real Estate Agent

 

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What should you look for in a luxury real estate agent?  We had that question posed to us last week at Sportsrelocation.com.  A new client came into our offices. He had recently been traded to a team in New York City, and of course, athlete relocation means the eventual purchasing of a new home and the selling of a previous home.  It is a valid question.  Luxury real estate transactions are financially important, and the right agent can mean the difference of millions of dollars.

We mentioned four things to our new client.  One, you need an agent with a solid sales background in luxury real estate.  What is his/her track record in selling professional athlete homes?

Secondly, does the agent have the expertise necessary to successfully broker the right deal for you?  Selling and buying luxury real estate involves an detailed marketing plan to generate interest if selling, and it requires an established network in finding a home to purchase.

Third, a luxury real estate agent must have great interpersonal skills.  Maintaining professional relationships in this highly specialized business is of utmost importance.

And finally, can you work with your agent?  A real estate agent forms a relationship with the client, and that relationship must be solid if a successful transaction is to be completed.

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally.

 

What to Look for in a Luxury Home

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At Sportsrelocation.com we deal with a lot of first-time professional athletes, and one of the first questions they ask when they are looking at luxury homes is this: what details should they look for in a luxury home?  In other words, how do they know what to look for, where to look for it, and what the home should include?

Let’s face it, luxury real estate is mega-expensive, so this question is an important one.  When shelling out millions of dollars for a new home in a new area after an athlete relocation, one needs to have all questions answered and all doubts erased.

We tell our clients that luxury homes are more than just real estate:  they represent a luxury lifestyle.  Our clients have worked hard, played hard, and now deserve the very best.  A quality luxury home will have excellent space planning, good traffic flow, room for entertainment, and many, many extra amenities.  It will be in a location that is preferably secluded and private.  Gated communities are very popular in the professional athlete home market, as are outdoor extras like swimming pools, beautiful landscaping, outdoor saunas and kitchen facilities, etc.

But the most important thing we tell our clients is that the luxury home they decide upon must feel right to them.  They are the ones who will be living there, and that home must feel like home.  A house is just a house until that special marriage between building and owner takes place, and then it becomes a home.

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally.

 

Hollywood Hills Celebrity Real Estate

hollywood hillsAt Sportsrelocation.com, we are constantly asked by our professional athlete clients about celebrity real estate available in exclusive neighborhoods within Los Angeles Country.  We have mentioned in earlier posts Manhattan Beach and Malibu, and today we thought we would give you a brief rundown on Hollywood Hills, a prime destination for many who seek athlete relocation to this area.

Hollywood Hills are part of the Santa Monica Mountains and is quite popular among celebrities and pro athletes for the stunning views of Los Angeles.  The Hills run from Crescent Heights on the west to the boundary of Griffith Park on the east, and the neighborhood touches Studio City, Universal City, Burbank, Griffith Park, Los Feliz, Hollywood, and Hollywood Hills West.  Within this exclusive neighborhood are Forest Lawn Memorial Park, the Hollywood Reservoir, the Hollywood Bowl, and the John Anson Ford Theater.

Convenience is a key word when discussing the Hollywood Hills, which is bisected by US 101 running northeast to southeast, so access to downtown Los Angeles and all important sites and events is relatively easy.  It is a high-income and low-density area noted for its luxury real estate and relative seclusion, and an increasing number of professional athletes head for the Hills following athlete relocation to Los Angeles.

At Sportsrelocation.com, we are always on the lookout for these exclusive luxury homes when they come on the market, for one never knows when athlete relocation will become a reality in professional sports.

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally.

Celebrity Real Estate in Malibu

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We were scanning the L.A. Times celebrity real estate section yesterday, and we noticed that Garth Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood just placed their Malibu home up for sale for $7.5 million.  At Sportsrelocation.com, we are always being asked about the best locations for owning a luxury home, and Malibu certainly belongs on that list if you are looking for celebrity real estate.

Malibu sits on a 21-mile strip of prime Pacific Ocean coastline, and is famous for its warm, sandy beaches.  It is also home for many Hollywood movie stars as well as many famous athletes.

It is bordered by Topanga Canyon to the east, the Santa Monica Mountains to the north, and Ventura Country to the west, with the Pacific, of course, to the south.  Most residents live within one-hundred yards of the ocean, while still others live in the secluded canyons nearby.

For natural beauty, Malibu is hard to beat.  It is conveniently located within miles of the entertainment capital of the world, and yet magically private because of its geography.  In an earlier article we mentioned the appeal of Manhattan Beach if you are looking for prime sports real estate.  You can certainly add Malibu to that list of must-see places if you are looking at an athlete relocation to the Los Angeles area.

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally.

 

Leasing Celebrity Real Estate

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The PGA Golf Championship just ended at Valhalla in Louisville, and as you know by now, Rory McIlroy took home the trophy.  We mention this because of a phone call we received at the office of Sportsrelocation.com the other day.

The call was from a good customer and friend of ours, and they were wondering if we could secure celebrity real estate for them to live in for the week of June 18-21, 2015.  That is the week that the U.S. Open will be held at Chambers Bay, University Place, Washington, and since it is the first major golf tournament ever held at that new links golf course, our customer rightly assumed it might be a bit difficult to secure housing during the tournament.

We assured him that we could, indeed, find him a place to stay during that tournament, and then we set out contacting professionals in that area who are privy to luxury homes that are for lease for special occasions.

And we can do the same for you.  Athlete relocation is not always about moving to a new city following a trade.  Sometimes it means a short relocation for a special event, and the same network we use to find you permanent housing in sports real estate can be used to find short-term housing for special events.

Keep in mind the following dates for the four major golf tournaments of 2015:

  • Augusta National The Masters April 9-12
  • The U.S. Open Chambers Bay June 19=8-21
  • British Open Royal Liverpool July 16-19
  • PGA Championship Whistling Straits, Kohler, Wisconsin August 13-16

 

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally.

 

Retired Athlete Relocation

carlos beltran real estateWe were scanning the latest celebrity real estate news the other day and noticed that free agent pro baseball player Ryan Madson recently listed his Temecula home for $1.75 million.  This is a lovely home situated on two acres in the heart of Temecula’s wine country.  Madson and his wife purchased the property in May 2012 for $1.2 million.  After undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2011, he missed the entire 2012 season and was released by the Angels in 2013.  He is currently not playing baseball.

This reminded us of a situation we see quite often in dealing with professional athletes as their playing days come to an end.  It is only natural that lifestyles change once careers end, and many times a player will relocate to a new home that better fits the needs of his family.  The life of a professional athlete is a life of constant change, but often, once those playing days are over, they settle into a home that reflects stability and comfort.

At Sportsrelocation.com, we work closely with retired athletes as they transition from a life on the go to a more structured family life.  We work quickly to find a buyer for their previous home, all the while working our professional network to find a more suitable home for the future.  Because we have an extensive network of professionals, and because we are affiliated in all fifty states, we can assure that retired athlete that we will find exactly what they are looking for in the area they desire.

From New York to California, from Florida to Las Vegas, and everywhere in-between, we are on the job 24/7/365 to take care of all your athlete relocation needs.

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally.

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