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Texas is big business in relocation


DFW Metroplex a Hot Bed of Relocation

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A local Dallas area company DAS has direct relationships with human resources departments both locally in North Texas and throughout the U.S.  So what is the business service that DAS brings to major Fortune 500 companies? When people relocate to a new city or region they move their furniture and they also have personal vehicles that might need to be transported to the city to which their relocating.

That’s where DAS comes in.  When companies move employees they use a third-party relocation provider and DAS ships about 4,000 cars a year into Texas currently.  Texas is one of their best relo states as residents move out of the North and Rust Belt region plus many companies from the Golden State of California are moving to Texas as the cost of doing business is much lower in Texas compared to California . Overall DAS is one of the bigger relo car transporters as they will transport more than 102,000 cars this year.

TAKEAWAY:  Texas with its business friendly environment of lower taxes and employee’s cost of living is a hot bed for new companies moving their corporate headquarters to the Lone Star state, especially the DFW Metroplex

Building Blocks – Construction Costs of a $310,619 Home


Construction Costs and its affect on the Housing Recovery

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Ever wondered what the cost by category of a new home home build is?  Here’s the sales price breakdown for a home with a final sales price of $310,619 by percentage/$ cost.

CONSTRUCTION COSTS  BREAKDOWN:

    • Finished Lot Cost 21.7% or $67,551
    • Total Construction Cost 59.3% or $184,125
    • Financing Cost 2.1% or $6,669
    • Overhead and General Cost 5.2% or $16,306
    • Marketing Cost 1.5% or $4,645
    • Sales Commission 3.3% or $10,174
    • Profit 6.8% or $21,148 = $310,619/100%

TAKEAWAY: Someone building a home needs to be cognizance that there is:

“NO PERFECT HOME”

Even after you go through the build process to build that,

PERFECT… PERFECT HOME ….when you move in it still won’t be perfect.

You’ll find yourself going …. I shoulda done this …. or wish I’d done that.

And that’s perfectly normal because everyone does it!

Source: Tierra Grande, Journal of Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University

WHOA! ADM considers Dallas for global headquarters location


ADM Considers Dallas

ADM considers Dallas

If ADM does choose Dallas, as its global headquarters,  it would add to Dallas’ resume of Fortune 100 companies.

Archer-Daniels-Midland Co (NYSE: ADM) is considering Dallas for its global headquarters.

ADM executives,  the world’s largest corn processor, is looking for a location from which international travel would be easier.

ADM’s current headquarters are in Decatur, Ill.  Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport has often been cited as the reason for companies moving their headquarters to DFW.

If ADM did choose Dallas as the location of their global headquarters roughly 100 corporate employees would be relocated here and the Decatur facilities would remain its North American headquarters.

As one of a few cities ADM is considering for relocation of its global headquarters, if chosen, this would certainly add to  Dallas’ having a multitude of Fortune 100 companies with headquarters in North Texas. ADM is currently #100 on the Fortune 100 list of  Fortune 100 companies.

Slalom Consulting a national business and consulting firm lands spot #9 for Best Place to Work by DBJ


Slalom Consulting jumps from #18 to #9 best place to work in DFW

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The Dallas Business Journal yearly publishes a list of small, medium and large business firms recognizing them as a Best Place to Work company.

The #9 slot for a medium sized company went to Slalom Consulting a national business and technology consulting firm.

Slalom ranked #18 on the 2012 list so they’ve jumped up a total of 9 slots to #9 in 2013.  This honor is bestowed on a firm via a survey of a companies employees that asks questions about the organization.

Slalom came into the Dallas market in 2007 and currently has 150 employees in their Dallas office.  Slalom is known for their innovative work in technology solutions for healthcare, financial services and retail.

Needless to say all three are good fields to be involved in but healthcare is (my opinion) is probably their toughest category with the implementation of Affordable Healthcare (aka Obamacare).

Slalom Consulting, founded in 2001 and based in Seattle has since grown to over 2,200 consultants nationwide.  The company is no slouch when it comes to being ranked in various business categories as Consulting Magazine has ranked them as a Top 10 Best Firms to Work For.

Congrats to the Dallas office of Slalom Consulting on their continued accomplishments and growth.  Look forward to seeing what slot # they’ll be in 2014 on the Dallas Business Journal  list of small, medium and large business firms recognized as a Best Place to Work company.