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Author Archives: Bruce Perlman

Bruce joined Cartus in 1991 and was named senior vice president and general counsel in 2001. He has lectured extensively and written many articles on tax and legal topics related to global relocation issues.

Cartus Named One of the World’s Most Ethical Companies

We were extremely proud when our parent company, Realogy, and by extension, Cartus, was named, for the third consecutive year, one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by Ethisphere Institute. We’re excited to share this new booklet, produced by Ethisphere, which highlights their rigorous process and illustrates the depth of our dedication to the values that Ethisphere embodies.
Ethisphere Institute is an independent center of research that promotes best practices in corporate ethics and governance, recognizing organizations that continuously raise the bar on ethical leadership and corporate behavior. With ethical behavior part of our overall citizenship initiative and one of our key [...] Read More

2012 Tax & Legal Update For Relocation | Cartus Insights

As we begin 2013, it’s a good time to take a look back at the tax and legal landscape as it relates to relocation in 2012, and how relocation programs may be impacted moving into 2013. Cartus’ latest issue of Mobility Insights–2012 Tax & Legal Update reviews issues that have been discussed before, new issues that are cropping up, and what we see around the corner.
Old issues that still bear attention include:
• Short sales, which don’t appear to be going away any time soon
• The potential continued impact of the Homebuyer’s Tax Credit
• A refresher on the meaning of the [...] Read More

The Presidency and Leadership

There is a lot of talk in the U.S. about being president and establishing a leadership agenda. A glance at the internet or a newspaper will fill you in on the national scene. However, within Cartus, we have a president, Kevin Kelleher, whose leadership agenda is also worth discussing.
Kevin recently wrote an article for Ethisphere magazine in which he discussed trust and how it is the fundamental ingredient that allows all relationships to begin, grow, and prosper. He discussed how trust is important in our business as we help customers through what is one of the most stressful experiences of their [...] Read More

Cartus’ Parent Company, Realogy, Named to 2012 “World’s Most Ethical Companies” List!

We are proud to announce that our parent company, Realogy Corporation, has been chosen by the Ethisphere® Institute—a leading international think tank specializing in best practices in business ethics—as one of 2012’s Most Ethical Companies! A record number of nominations were submitted for this honor, and Realogy earned the coveted recognition by implementing and maintaining the highest possible standards in its business practices and initiatives. The ethical standards in place at Realogy raise the bar for such practices within the relocation services and real estate industries. In fact, the high ethical standards exemplified by Realogy are also built into our [...] Read More

Private Transfer Fees: They’ve Made the News—But Are They News?

Private transfer fees (PTFs) are either (i) an ingenious business model created by property developers to help defray the purchase price of a residence; or (ii) a deceptive consumer ripoff of the unwary homeowner.
What are PTFs?
A builder who is creating a residential development can put covenants or restrictions in the deeds to the new homes. The restrictions might be mundane, such as “No outdoor laundry-hanging,” cosmetic, e.g., “All front doors must be blue,” or safety oriented: “No barnyard animals.” A buyer who buys such a house is bound by these rules. Short of court intervention, they are included with the [...] Read More

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