Partnering With the Colorado Association of Realtors

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!

Colorado Movers Team with Realities for Children

As Colorado movers, we take great pride in our community and believe that the youth of Colorado are also the future of this nation. This month we are taking the time to spotlight Realities for Children, a charity that offers emergency funding for abused, neglected and at-risk youth in Larimer Country. What makes this charity unique is its affiliation with Realities for Children’s alliance of 150 local business members who underwrite the administration of all programs and services. What this means is that 100% of every dollar that is donated can go directly to benefits the youth who have been abused and neglected locally. In essence, Realities for Children is a hybrid of two entities working together to provide the most efficient and direct service possible to better the needs of abused and at-risk children. This team of alliances creates a safety net of services for these important members of our community through their Core Services.

The Four Core Services are as follows:

Emergency Fund– These are funds that are granted directly to the service providers and act as the safety net for children who would otherwise go without necessary services.

Youth Agency Collaboration & Support– Prior to Realities for Children, most youth centered agencies were in competition with one another for donor dollar and support, now all of the agencies work together so that no child will ever be left underserved.

Community Awareness– Realities for Children presents, sponsors and participates in over 130 events annually. These fundraisers raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to support the agencies that are critical in supporting our youth. These events, in turn, raise community awareness about the issues being seen with community youth and encourage people to get involved by helping the public understand to what extent these children are experiencing abuse and neglect.

Special Youth Opportunities– Realities for Children works to provide monthly youth activities for the children they serve. One of the goals of this is to remind children what it’s like to be a child. These opportunities provide children with the ability to have fun, exercise and even begin the cathartic healing process. By learning to laugh and play during such hard times, children will learn to trust, communicate and work together.

The Colorado movers at Exodus are truly inspired by all the work that Realities for Children does for the community. We hope their efforts continue to expand. Make sure you check out their website and donate!

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Back to School: Exodus and the UNCAA

As Colorado’s premier local and long distance moving and storage company, at Exodus, we believe the best part of being in the neighborhood are the opportunities to make it a better place.  Whether it is donating trucks to help out with the food drives of several Colorado food banks, investing in at-risk youth by helping out groups such as Alternatives to Violence and Reflections for Youth, keeping tune with the Fort Collins Symphony, or helping to support the families of fallen Colorado soldiers through the SEAKR Foundation, our Colorado community roots stretch as far and wide as the highways we travel.

One of our latest community partnerships has us teaming up with the University of Northern Colorado Alumni Association by offering savings to its members and proceeds to the association. We are looking forward to delivering a check once a month representing 3% of the paid moving costs from UNC Alumni Association members on any local move, long distance move and auto transport.

At Exodus, we have an impeccable reputation for safe, smooth and reliable moves, demonstrated by the fact that we have one of the lowest breakage ratios of any moving company in Colorado. Despite this distinction, in addition to proceed donation, we are also offering Half Cost Valuation on lower deductible options. This will include Free Valuation Coverage of $100,000 with a $500 deductible, representing a savings of nearly 25%.

The University of Northern Colorado has been teaching Colorado a thing or two for decades through its many distinguished alumni who have won awards for their work in the classroom and through its influential Tointon Institute for Educational Change.  The UNC Alumni Association ably helps to integrate over 100,000 alumni, students, and friends into the life of the university and the community at large and we are proud to help in any way we can. That is why we are looking forward to the UNC Alumni enrolling Exodus for their moving and storage needs.  It’s a back to school deal for the UNC Alumni Association members and another lesson in helping out the community for us.  Who knew having class could be so much fun!

The Hampton Inn & Suites and Exodus Partner Spotlight

In a continuing effort to strengthen our community and support our clients in the process of relocation, we are proud to announce a new Frequent Guest Program established with the Hampton Inn & Suites at Cherry Creek. A discounted rate in this lovely hotel located in the city of Glendale is just one of many extra things we build into our comprehensive moving services.

The following is from an interview we did with Debra Brandt talking about this new partner spotlight between her hotel and Exodus.

Tell us a little bit about YOU and Hampton.

I am the director of sales here at the Glendale/Cherry Creek Property. Karie Green is the sales manager and together we make up the sales team for this location. I have been at this property for about a year and with the Hampton chain for 4 years. Personally, I love the hotel environment. The relationships you make and the rapport you create with frequent guests, I just love working with people in customer service. I also like the brand because it is nationally recognized. We have a very loyal customer base and Hilton does a great job with the HHonors awards program which brings in lots of people. You can tell it’s a great place to work by our low employee turnover. One of our front office managers has been here for 7 years which in the hotel industry is a long time.

What sets your Glendale/Cherry Creek Property apart from other hotels?

We are set apart by two things: amenities and service. We are an all suite property.   This means by enlarge our rooms are more spacious and have more amenities. We have 133 rooms, fitness facilities and board room space for meetings and conferences.

Although we offer many amenities at our hotel, we are what is considered a “limited hotel” because we do not have a restaurant or bar on site. But there are a couple of things that we do offer that are unique, one of which is our complimentary hot breakfast buffet. We provide a variety to choose from including fresh coffee, juice, eggs an assortment of pastries and much more, everyday. We also offer breakfast to-go bags for those who don’t have time in the morning as we want everyone to be able to take advantage of this great service.

We also have what we call a “Suite Shop”, which is a convenience store in our lobby filled with nic nacs such as Advil, toothbrushes , gum, teas, Red Bull and soups. We stock Ben & Jerry’s for those late night cravings and since all the rooms have microwaves and mini-refrigerators, we stock a variety of gourmet microwave dinners. I think this is really great feature because it makes people feel cozy.

These are just some of the amenities that set us apart and help us to take care of large groups. This is also a very popular place for both business travelers and families. But our customer service is what keeps people coming back. We are proud to host lots of repeat customers because we work hard to attentively address their every need.

We also like being on Colorado Blvd with easy access to downtown and the Cherry Creek Mall. We are walking distance to so much! We are right next to Starbucks, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, a Whole Foods Market, several restaurants and other shops. Also, downtown is just 7 minutes away.

How are the Hampton Inn and Suites & Exodus Moving and Storage Connected?

Joel and Ryan met at a Glendale Chamber event and from what I understand, they instantly liked one another. They felt like it could be a good fit to help each other. Joel was looking for a good corporate rate for those who need lodging in transition. He expressed that many of his clients are in between homes for short periods of time while moving and he wanted to be able to offer them a great place to stay at a great price. So we are just beginning this alliance. We believe that good companies should stick together and because we are so focused on taking care of all the details for our clients, Exodus seemed like a good fit. We created a discount rate for all those affiliated with Exodus Moving and Storage. This includes relocating clients, Exodus employees and of course their family members. We want to support anyone connected to Exodus by giving them a fantastic place to stay at a great rate.

Do you have any current events or promotions that you are especially excited about?

Right now we are gearing up for the Microsoft 2011 Convention. All their workshops will take place at the Colorado Convention Center. Because Cherry Creek is so close by, we are completely sold out for that entire week. Other than that, our company is always running great packages and specials. Some of them are very imaginative like the Cherry Creek Shopping Package or the Mile High Package. But in general, right now we are in the midst of “high season” so it’s a great time at the hotel. We always have good people and interesting stuff going on. That’s why it’s such a great place to stay and work.

For more information about the Hampton Inn & Suites at Cherry Creek please visit:

www.hicherrycreek.com

We the People of Exodus, on Independence Day

At Exodus Moving and Storage we are very patriotic. We are committed to supporting those who support our freedom. On this 4th of July we simply can’t help but be thankful for the red, white and blue.

In 1776 five people were appointed to create a draft about freedom. The colonies sought separation from Great Britain and Robert Livingston, John Adams, Roger Sherman and Benjamin Franklin joined Thomas Jefferson to write what is now known as the Declaration of Independence. And while it was actually signed on the second of July instead of the 4th, on parchment instead of paper, this historic document is now held as a symbol of freedom in our great country. In a well known letter written by Adams to his wife:

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

Today as always, we are proud to be Americans and proud to be a company based in this great nation. We believe that the US was founded on some very important ideas about freedom. And throughout the year we are happy to support those who are making life better for the military members and family who give up so much to protect that freedom.

Project Sanctuary

A nonprofit dedicated to helping military families to reconnect and heal from war after long periods of being disconnected from loved ones.

http://www.projectsanctuary.us/

Colorado Hire Patriots

An organization dedicated to finding ex-military great jobs to help them get back to civilian life after times of service.

http://colorado.hirepatriots.com/

SEAKR Foundation

A charity created by SEAKR Engineering that supports families who have lost loved ones by raising and donating funds to them to help them mend their lives.

http://www.seakr.com/about/foundation.html

So this year as you are BBQing with family and friends, setting off fireworks and hopefully doing what Adams referred to as “pomp and parade”, we would like to encourage you to take the celebration one step further. We support the above organizations because we believe in this great country of ours. If you haven’t taken a look at them to see how you can get involved, we would like to invite you to do so.

From the Exodus family to yours, Happy Independence Day!

Project Sanctuary & Exodus Partner Spotlight Part 2

42-15650295“Project Sanctuary is where families reconnect.”

Where there is great need comes great responsibility. At Exodus, we are thankful for our freedom and our success and feel that it is important to give back. We actively support our United States military with our time and effort and resources because we wish to show our gratitude for their sacrifice.

Project Sanctuary is an organization that was established in 2007 to address a very big need within the military community. According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, 21 military veterans commit suicide each week. Armed with these statistics and so many others, Project Sanctuary works with whole families to begin the healing process and to promote new, positive memories to improve quality of life.

The following is from an interview we recently did with Heather Ehle about Project Sanctuary and partnership with Exodus Moving and Storage.

How Does Project Sanctuary Reconnect Families?

Project Sanctuary is the first organization to offer services for the whole family that gives them the time they need to really heal. Many other workshops exist for a couple days at a time. But we have found that after several months or even years of missing a loved one, it requires more than just a few hours to reconnect. Families need time to address the many issues and hurts that have come as a result of their separation. So we take 5-10 families to a YMCA facility in the Rockies for 6 day retreats. We create recreational activities designed to help each family member to overcome emotional obstacles. We call this “diversion therapy”, creating new life affirming memories to replace natural feelings of fear and abandonment. In addition to hiking, fishing and skiing together, we also offer healthy marriage classes and financial education seminars. We balance the practical and the fun which his gives the whole family time to heal together. War is a very serious thing but you would be amazed at how much bonding can be done around a camp fire over smores.

How does Exodus help Project Sanctuary?

Because we are committed to each family that we serve for two years of follow up, we do more than just provide retreats. We become a consistent support for their most important needs. Unable to do this alone, we require many layers of support in the community so that we can help these military families in their most desperate moments. We need other businesses to do what they do best so that we can do what we do best. I first met Joel through a community Veterans Alliance. Soon after, a Gold Star family contacted us. With the convergence of their sons recent death in the line of duty and the mothers current health problems, this family was losing their house. Having nowhere else to turn, they called us when they had only two days to move. I called Joel and explained the situation. And with very few questions asked, Exodus came to the rescue, donating time, manpower and most of all sanity to a very difficult situation for these people. We greatly appreciate Exodus’ community spirit. Together we are able to pick up the heavy load when our military families cant.

What can people do to support Project Sanctuary?

Just to be absolutely clear, Project Sanctuary is not “pro war”, we are pro family. The political aspects of the issue are not our angle. As a nation, I think we have learned from Vietnam.  We need regular people to get involved by sharing their time, money and love. I just spent this morning writing grants and I’m proud that People Magazine is about to do a full feature about Project Sanctuary. Most of all we are trying to get the word out there. The more opportunities we have to share what these families are going through, really going through, the more support we are bound to receive from those who want to say that you.

Project Sanctuary is a non-government funded, grass roots organization in need of your support. For more information about how to get involved please visit their website at

http://www.projectsanctuary.us/

Project Sanctuary & Exodus Partner Spotlight Part 1

“When a serviceperson is deployed, a family goes to war.”

Many people claim to support our military. But at Exodus, we feel that in spite of the various ideologies attached to the politics of war, the activity of supporting our troops is a separate pursuit. Leaving homes and family is par for the course for these young individuals. And while many people talk about “giving back to those who give so much,” at Exodus, we support those who are putting this talk into action.

Project Sanctuary is an organization we are proud to support because of their unique understanding of the plight of military personnel and their families. They understand the intricacies of this life changing situation. This organization seeks to address the deep relational ramifications of leaving your loved ones for long periods of time. Not only do these young men and women risk their lives, but they often return to families in financial and emotional stress, the kind of which is often unaddressed by other military support avenues. Project Sanctuary specializes in recreational therapy in the form of retreats that help to heal the wounds of war.

The following is from an interview we recently did with Heather Ehle about Project Sanctuary and partnership with Exodus Moving and Storage.

What do you do with Project Sanctuary?

My name is Heather and I am the Founder of Project Sanctuary. I was a registered nurse during the first gulf war. Experiencing many things during this time, I was overwhelmed with the reality that there simply wasn’t enough being done for the families of military. These people are away from their loved ones for so long, when they return, things have always changed. I began to do research and found that neglect and abuse reports triple during times of deployment. It was obvious to me that there was an incredible gap between what was being offered and what was needed and this chasm was wide indeed for these wives, husbands and children. I built Project Sanctuary to bridge this gap and based the program model on this basic premise: I asked them what they needed. Project Sanctuary is completely designed around the personal struggles and adjustments military families have to make and therefore it’s an evolving program based on the needs of those it serves. Currently we have two main groups: Blue Star- for those who currently have a family member in the field and Gold Star- for those who have lost a family member in the line of duty.

What the main goal of Project Sanctuary?

At Project Sanctuary we help military families to reconnect with each other. During times of deployment, families are emotionally and financially stressed often to the point of breaking. With few exceptions, they have a hard time being a part of a community in such a state and ironically, it’s what they need the most. Civilians don’t often understand just how much is being missed while a service person is away. The average army deployment is 14 months. Think about it. That means that the family back home has been without their loved one for every holiday and birthday in that calendar year. If you are in the army and you have had a couple of deployments and you have an 8 year old, you have missed most of their life. So many firsts are missed. First steps, first words, first school dances. And it’s even worse in the case of dual families who have both mother and father in the armed forces. Mom and Dad take turns being away. As you can imagine, this takes a very logical toll on everyone and brings new meaning to the word sacrifice.

For more information about Project Sanctuary, please visit their website at

http://www.projectsanctuary.us/

Mark Kruse & Exodus Partner Spotlight (Part 1)

Partnering in our community is a high priority of focus for Exodus Moving and Storage. Honesty, hard work and service excellence are the pillars of our business. We take the time to foster a positive work environment in our offices and we make the effort to personally get to know those working in the organizations around us that share our core beliefs. We believe that when good people come together, good things are bound to happen.

Mark Kruse, a local professional realtor and all around expert on moving, is a great example of what we look for in a partnership. Mark takes great pride in being one of the most knowledgeable people in his field. Holding several advanced certifications including graduation from the Real Estate Institute, Mark blends a cool combination of educational aptitude with the practical hands on experience and enthusiasm of a Colorado native. He specializes in comprehensive care for the experiences of his buyers and sellers and thrives on going the “extra mile” for his customers.

The following is an interview we recently did with Mark about his partnership with Exodus Moving and Storage.

What do people get most stressed about when buying/selling a home?

People’s biggest stress is always about money. I find that with buyers, their biggest anxiety is in regards to overpaying. Because of the market fluctuations, buyer tax credit effect etc, many people feel uncertain about when and what to buy. They ask for my predictions and I explain the characteristics of the market in general that indicate it is currently stabilizing. Sellers are usually most concerned about pricing their property incorrectly. People who are selling their homes want to price it right the first time so that it spends as little time on the market as possible. I go through their property in detail and provide them with a list of what to fix. I find out everything there is to know about the home, especially older ones. I also often recommend pre-inspections to avoid unexpected expenses.

What are the questions most frequently asked of you?

On the buyer side, I am most often asked:

1)      Is this a good time to buy?

2)     Would you buy this property?

3)     Who would you recommend for x, y and z…

That last question is the result of the fact that as a native Coloradan and active member of the community, I know a lot of good people. And what’s more, I know the ones to avoid. My huge network of quality referrals is one of the things that sets me apart as a realtor. If someone needs window work, I have someone I trust whom I can recommend.

On the seller side, the most popular question is,” what can we do to sell this property quickly and for the most money.” Over many years of experience, to best answer this question I have created a punch list- to speed up the process of home listing and to help drive up value of the homes I am listing for my clients.

Do you recommend Storage for people about to show their home?

The answer to this question depends on the home. Because of my experience, I can usually walk through a home and easily and help people to “stage” the place, in other words, help them to make it look its very best for showing purposes. Sometimes I have to tell them to get rid of things- if there is too much clutter, they may need to make things clean and organized to make the space more attractive to potential buyers. I don’t recommend storage unless it’s totally necessary. Often people can utilize their garage space if they don’t want things to be too full in their home.

That being said, if you have a 3 car garage that currently doesn’t fit any cars, storage might be in order. The thing I love most about Exodus is that they are not the average storage place because of the full set of moving services they offer. I love the fact that they will store it and THEN move it later.  So in some ways it’s almost like “pre-moving”. Your old house gets cleared and your belongings are already in place and with people that can bring them to wherever you are moving to. Storage with Exodus can be a big space, time and hassle saver.

For more information about the fantastic work Mark does please visit his website at:

http://www.krusedenver.com/

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