The Colorado Association of Realtors (CAR) is an integral part of our community. It is the largest professional network of realtors in the state, and it’s also a non-profit, voluntary, professional real estate association. What is CAR all about, and why has Exodus Moving and Storage partnered with this important association?
What CAR Does
The purpose of the Colorado Association of Realtors is to protect all aspects of real estate and to protect everyone that works in the Colorado real estate industry. CAR works with commercial brokers, residential brokers, home owners, property owners, land owners, and homeowners to ensure that all real estate professionals regardless of title are protected. Essentially, CAR’s mandate is to make sure that real estate professionals succeed when they become Realtors.
There are so many aspects of the real estate industry that it helps to have an association like CAR working on both the side of the Realtor with potential Realtor and with land and homeowners. CAR provides information for anyone involved in real estate including various conferences and meetings that aim to help people with becoming a Realtor or understanding various laws related to real estate.
Help With Becoming a Realtor
There’s a lot that goes into becoming a professional broker, whether commercial or residential, and having a guiding hand can certainly help. CAR offers licensing details, information about local associations, and plenty of conferences that are available for any aspiring realtor. The CAR also focuses on information geared towards home buyers and homeowners.
Buying a Home
Purchasing a home is one of the biggest investments and life changing events that a person can go through. There are a lot of details that go into buying the home including things like what to do after a contract has been signed, figuring out how much you can afford, weighing the pros and cons between renting and buying, and many other important details. CAR aims to provide all of this accurate information to potential homebuyers through the CAR website. Homeowners and buyers can also attend any information session hosted by CAR that pertains to homeownership.
You should have lots of questions about buying a new home. CAR tries to answer those questions on the association’s main website. You can also contact CAR for additional information about the fine details associated with buying or selling any kind of home or business. While the Internet provides some details, CAR focuses on Colorado real estate specifically, and that makes all the difference!
A Complete Picture
Finding information about any aspect of selling or buying a home can be hard to do, and that’s what CAR exists — to make these details understandable and accessible to all. This is also one of the reasons why Exodus Moving and Storage has partnered with CAR. Exodus works with local associations and businesses that make an impact on our community, and CAR certainly fits that bill. Exodus is proud to be a partner of CAR, and we look forward to many additional events and collaborations with CAR in the future as well.
Moving to Your New Home
In addition to working with and supporting important figures and associations in our community, Exodus Moving and Storage operates a full-service moving company. We also offer storage solutions in both Fort Collins and Denver. If you need movers in Fort Collins for office moving or residential moving purposes, contact Exodus for a free estimate today. When it come to planning a move, CAR and Exodus can help!
Our own Joel Coen wins Entrepreneurial Spirit Award in a Testament to Teamwork
In 2010 we expanded into Commerce City and only a year later we have already been recognized for making a difference. In September Commerce City awarded our Chief Operating Officer, Joel Coen with its Entrepreneurial Spirit Award:
The award acknowledges the risks and perseverance required for entrepreneurs to be successful in today’s business environment. In a down economy, Mr. Coen did what few others did – developing a plan to expand his business into new markets and recreating customer experience. Exodus Moving & Storage secured lucrative government contracts and took advantage of the Colorado Hire Patriots program to expand workforce by hiring veterans. Social responsibility is also a key element in the company’s business operations and they support a number of non-profit organizations such as Alternative to Violence, Habitat for Humanity, Realities for Children and SEAKR.
But, as always, Joel remains humble and focused on what it really takes to succeed: “The focus of this award should be on the teamwork it takes to make this happen.”
It may seem like he is being modest, but that is just the plain truth. This isn’t an individual award. This is recognition for everything we have been doing since we arrived in Commerce City – which is a continuation of what we have been doing in Colorado for the past fifteen years. We are humbled and grateful that Commerce City has chosen to give a nod to our teamwork – which is just one of our most precious core values.
In March, Joel sat down for an interview with Commerce City’s director of Economic Development, Brittany Morris Saunders, and he spelled out what makes us stand above the rest:
“Exodus success in the moving industry is based upon a devotion to providing the best moving services that exceed customers’ expectations. We achieve this through hiring the right people…We move everything ourselves, and we do not sub-contract out the job.”
Read the full interview here to get a glimpse of why Commerce City chose to recognize Joel Coen and our team as among the best of the Colorado business community.
After a whole lot of time, effort and careful thought, we here at Exodus are proud to announce the launch of our new and improved website! Thanks to our work together with the very talented marketing and design firm Davlin Marketing Group, we have given our total commitment to quality a new voice and a new look. We are excited that this effort has resulted in a whole new kind of user experience.
Mind: Information about Moving
At Exodus, we believe that knowledge is power. For this reason, we are happy to pass on the benefit our many years of experience in moving to our customers. We understand that making a move can be an incredibly stressful time in life and it is one of our main goals to make you feel like you are not alone during this transition. Right by your side from the very beginning, our new site is full of resources for moving including an 8 week moving planner, a full list of moving supplies provided to help make your move easier and even a list of preferred partners offering home services to make you feel right at home in your new neighborhood.
Body: Professional Movers in Action
With over 75 years of combined moving experience, we have a knack for getting the job done right. We excel at both residential and commercial moving and are happy to take care of every detail for our customers. Our new website showcases this ability through things like an explanation of our Moving Method, FAQs and answers about residential moving and a new section on our virtual warehousing capabilities. We feel that our new site has a lot to say about what you can expect from a truly professional moving and storage company.
Heart: We are a People Business
One thing we are very clear on as a company: the center of our business is people. We take excellent care of the people we work with and as a result they take excellent care of those we work for. As proud members of the communities we live and work in, we volunteer our time and resources to charities, community organizations and are proud military family movers. We are happy to be a green moving company, doing our part of give back to our community and our world. Our new site, gives a more personal view into the talented team that we employ in Denver and Ft Collins as well as the wonderful feedback we get from all the people we serve and the community organizations we further. At Exodus, we move people and we are proud to offer our new website to show you why we are the best moving company in Colorado.
Exodus is always on the move for the Colorado community. Once again, we were there for another exciting event. At Exodus, we are enthusiastic about promoting community involvement. While sculptures normally stay still, last weekend over 2,000 pieces by more than 170 artists made their journey to one of the most unique gatherings in the world: a Loveland tradition that continues to generate a great deal of income for the community and an even greater appreciation for beauty and bonding among Colorado residents near and far, Loveland’s Sculpture in the Park Show.
With so much riding on keeping this tradition going strong, organizers called upon the one Colorado based national moving company they could depend on, Exodus Moving and Storage. Exodus movers were there , proud to tackle the logistical obstacles the massive set-up presented.
The Benson Sculpture Garden is the permanent home to a 132 piece collection of outdoor sculptures. The Loveland High Plains Arts Council operates the park year-round as a tranquil get-away, ideal for family strolls and visitor sightseeing.
This year was the 28th anniversary of the Sculpture in the Park Show, and it opened concurrently with the Loveland Sculpture Invitational and Art in the Park. Planners estimated 30,000 combined visitors.
The transformation of a tranquil get away into an international showcase in a short time takes both expertise and precision in addition to the muscle to get it done. Hundreds of pedestals needed to be in place, on time, so the displays would have a leg to stand on. Huge tents needed to go up, delivery routes needed to be established, and all of this had to be done around walkways that saw traffic increase by a thousand fold.
This was a big project, but Exodus handles moves both big and small with the same level of commitment and to the same level of success. And we just couldn’t get enough. After the show, our guys were back to take it all down and return the garden to the watchful eyes of its residents, no doubt happy to settle down until next year.
When it comes to taking care of employees, no one does it better than Exodus. We take pride in putting our workers on payroll in an industry where temporary “hired guns” are the norm. We believe that our customers’ ultimate satisfaction starts with our staff. For this reason, our hiring process is rigorous including background and reference checks, drug tests and detailed interviews followed up with comprehensive, job specific training. The final step of the hiring process includes a personal orientation with our CEO to make sure the core values that we hold so dear are clear to our new hires. Not only does this process put us a cut above other Colorado Moving companies, it has earned us an employee retention rate that is 40% higher than the industry average. This is because we know who our employees are and they know what we stand for as an organization.
But creating company loyalty is not our only goal. We are also dedicated to expanding our employees’ knowledge about moving and storage so that their skill sets can continue to advance over time. One of the important ways we do this is by facilitating ongoing certification with the American Moving and Storage Association.
What is the AMSA?
The American Moving and Storage Association is a nonprofit organization created to improve the quality standards of Moving and Storage companies throughout the US. Through education, certification, the creation of industry wide ethical standards, regulation and advocacy, the AMSA seeks to eradicate fraud and to promote positive consumer experiences during relocation. The organization includes a membership of over 3,000 movers and acts as a trade association contributing to the establishment of best practices among moving companies.
Jason Kendall CMC Certification
One of the important qualifications offered by the AMSA is the Certified Moving Consultant (CMC) certification. This certification requires elite testing, a written commitment to a specialized code of ethics, and biennial renewal. Currently, there are only eight CMC’s in the entire state of Colorado. We are proud to announce that Jason Kendall, our Account Manager, has received this coveted certification from the American Moving & Storage Association. Joining Exodus’ Ilan Levy and Jake Atchison who currently hold CMC titles, Jason and our team hold the only three CMC’s in all of Fort Collins, CO.
At Exodus, our employees are hardworking, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. We stand for quality and excellence in everything we do. From packing services to relocating to totally secured storage, we are committed to our customers and to the integrity of our operation. When our COO, Joel Coen met up with the city in his most recent interview, he was able to share a bit of insight about where we come from and how/why we do what we do. The following are extended excerpts from this session.
Exodus History in Colorado
Ilan Levy began moving furniture in New York City with a plan that it would set the course for his future in Northern Colorado. In 1996, Levy relocated to Northern Colorado, where he started Exodus Moving and Storage. His one truck operation at the time has grown to a fleet of 20 trucks in Northern Colorado. Today Colorado is our home and for that reason we continue to focus on it as our main hub from which to move and store. Our staff is very happy to live and work in this great state. With the varied terrain and mostly sun filled skies, Colorado is a year round pleasure even in the winter. As we grow we will think about expanding into other states but for now we are thrilled to be a premier Colorado Moving and Storage Company.
Exodus & Social Media
We believe that social media and the Internet are powerful tools for the consumer. They provide customers with both vital and timely information on all sorts of topics. Finding message boards that are very active create good chances that someone will respond quickly with good information. Before social media most people found out who the good businesses were through traditional word of mouth. If you were looking for a good business you would just ask around and spread the word. Now people can go online and read all about it through online evaluations from their peers. We are happy that there is a ton of info online about Exodus Moving and Storage, and that it is all pointing to us in a positive light of glowing recommendations from happy customers.
Words to Work By
When asked what the best business advice that I had ever received in my life was, the question really got to me. But when I thought about it, the answer was a simple statement “the truth will set you free.” Telling the truth has allowed me to behave with integrity; to show up in an honest and forthright way and it’s the guiding principal that impacts the way we do business at Exodus. ~Joel Coen
As mentioned in our previous posting, in the beginning of February Exodus Moving and Storage had the privilege of meeting up with key members of the Commerce City leadership team to talk about our recent move to the area. With our new Denver Metro address within their city borders, there was much to discuss with regard to the progress of both the area and the community. Specifically in an effort to positively affect economic development, our very own Joel Coen was asked a series of questions about Exodus and how we do business. The following are excerpts from this interview explaining exactly where we stand.
The Problem with the Moving Industry
When people think of movers and storage space, they tend to think of low income jobs. They think movers are uneducated, dishonest and cannot get another job. At Exodus we hire hard working, honest and forthright good people that are out to earn an honest living. We deliver to our customers the very best staff possible. Other factors play a part as well, such as social media, it is time sensitive and allows us to listen to satisfied customers and it continually challenges our team to deliver best.
When it comes to moving, experience counts, but so does a being a certified moving consultant (CMC). Ilan (our CEO) is helping drive the company forward by focusing on good recruitment and is determined to focus on the growth and development of existing employees. He has earned a certified moving consultant certificate. By promoting continuing education and ethical sales practices, Ilan and his team provide accurate quotes and accurate rates. So estimating the best possible moving costs will deliver improved customer experience and no surprises.
The Exodus Difference
Exodus success in the moving industry is based upon a devotion to providing the best moving services that exceed customers’ expectations. We achieve this through hiring the right people. Exodus has stringent hiring practices including background and drug tests. Our staff members are well trained. We move everything ourselves, and we do not sub-contract out the job.
Exodus in Commerce City
Commerce City had a state-of-art facility at a good rate. We all want a good place to live and play while we are working which is why most of our leadership staff lives here. We are a great benefit to the community and we take pride in contributing positively to the community.
“Community Involvement” can sometimes function as a vanity. Companies who are seeking good public relations will plaster this phrase, among others, in order to achieve trust with current and prospective clients. But at Exodus we believe that integrity is the basis for our success. When we say that we are committed to improving our community it’s because we actually are.
Beyond our neighborhoods, we are also committed to our great country. After all, it is the United States of America that allows us the opportunity and the freedom to create and uphold our beliefs within a professional business context. And as we grow, we are always looking for ways to say thank you. We search for people who have a sense of both the immediate and the larger community context. We look for team members who understand that they can and do impact our world one day, one action, one person at a time. We search for those not afraid to work hard and to stand behind the individual value that they bring to our Exodus family.
Happy to be highlighted by the “Voice of Aurora Colorado,” The Aurora Sentinel recently wrote an article about our new Operations and Facilities manager, Danny Moore. A 17 year military veteran, he found our job posting through Hire Patriots Colorado, http://colorado.hirepatriots.com ,an organization we are very proud to partner with. One of the first of hopefully many, we have been fortunate to have someone as talented, capable and focused as Danny join our team.