The popularity of Oyster Bay and Masaki in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

    Jun 30, 2020 @ 04:14 PM / by Samuel Pearl Schwartz

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    On my most recent trip, I surveyed Dar es Salaam, the commercial capital and most populous city in Tanzania. While conducting my survey, I observed that several areas have developed in order to cater to expatriate needs. While overall availability of goods and services is consistent, certain categories are lacking and require purchases to be made on home leave or through travel to nearby international cities, like Nairobi.

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    A Tale of Two Cities: Abuja and Lagos, Nigeria

    Jun 23, 2020 @ 03:45 AM / by Lakeisha St. Joy

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    The decision to move the Nigerian capital from Lagos to Abuja was made in 1976. However, after many years of planning, development, and construction, Abuja finally replaced Lagos as the political capital in 1991.

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    A Cautious Hopefulness Prior to the COVID-19 Outbreak: My Cost-of-Living Survey in Brazil

    Jun 16, 2020 @ 05:45 AM / by Zenab Tavakoli

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    Before my trip to Brazil, I heard both positive and negative impressions of the country. Since it was my first time visiting, I was interested to see which kind of experience I’d have. It ended up being a bit of both.

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    Cape Town Security During Load Shedding

    Jun 09, 2020 @ 02:37 PM / by Zach Rossignol

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    I arrived in Cape Town during Stage 4 load shedding, when state-run energy company Eskom was conducting one of four scheduled two-hour blackouts. In Camps Bay, I passed expatriate quality homes along the water and saw that every home displayed a large security company sticker. I also noticed that, even during a blackout, electric fences were still buzzing.

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    Urban Flooding during Survey in South America

    May 27, 2020 @ 07:55 AM / by Zenab Tavakoli

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    While South American countries have a wet season, the duration and severity vary. Knowing this and having traveled extensively throughout the continent, my February survey delivered some unique experiences. I encountered urban flooding in both Brazil and Paraguay and in both instances the flooding occurred subsequent to a relatively short period of rainfall. Both times also seemed to be a failure of infrastructure more than anything else.

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    South African Utilities: Rolling Blackouts and Day Zero

    May 19, 2020 @ 05:35 PM / by Zach Rossignol

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    This February I surveyed Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg, South Africa. After 30+ travel hours from Boston, I arrived in Cape Town eager to decompress in my hotel room. Once there, front desk staff informed me that I could not check in yet because the power was down. They explained that the typical length of a blackout is two hours and this one had started about a minute after my arrival.

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    An Interview with Plus Relocation: Relocation during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    May 14, 2020 @ 10:45 AM / by Gerald Abbey

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    1. How has COVID-19 impacted buying and selling real estate in the United States and Canada? Typically, the hope is for a linear path for the homebuying and home selling process. Most of the time, there will be at least slight deviance from the path during the process. Currently, there’s more deviation than is standard, but the real estate market is resilient and somewhat surprisingly resilient in the current times.

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    Security, housing, and availability in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

    May 12, 2020 @ 03:49 PM / by Francois Wiedenmann

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    During my Abidjan survey this past February, I found Ivorians to be friendly, often greeting me with “Bonjour Monsieur!” Shopping malls are expanding as new brands arrive in the Ivory Coast market, and good security provides safe areas for expatriate shopping.

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    An Interview with Aires: Purchase and Sales of Real Estate during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    May 07, 2020 @ 01:11 PM / by Gerald Abbey

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    1. What is the most common question you are facing with home sales/purchases and how are you addressing it? Are things still closing? The resounding answer is ”yes, they are, but…” We’ve seen some declines and many delays year-over-year in home sales and home purchases, but closings are happening and prices remain steady because of the historically tight inventory availability.

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    The Bay Area and Beyond: Successful employee relocation

    May 06, 2020 @ 02:04 PM / by Jordan Blue

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    I relocated to San Francisco in 2013. As someone who lives here and works in the cost-of-living industry, I can confirm that SF is one of the most costly places in the world. But, I'm also here to tell you that living here is worth the cost. The Bay Area is a truly wonderful place to live. But organizations often have a hard time relocating talent here due to the cost. But even when we do convince people to move, relocations often fail because organizations don't help relocating employees understand the nuances of the Bay Area and find the right housing fit for them.

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