Relocation and Referral Services

The LAH Real Estate Relocation and Referral department is proud to offer our clients resources and services with an award-winning relocation team. Our highly experienced team specializes in assisting large and small companies with all areas of relocation. We participate in national mobility conferences to ensure we stay current on relocation trends and IRS tax laws related to relocation.

As an exclusive member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE), our network also connects us with 550 top companies and 135,000 sales associates in over 70 countries. Our Relocation Services is also a long-standing member of industry-specific organizations, including the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council and Relocation Directors Council. Whether you are in need of real estate assistance here in Alabama, around the nation or worldwide, our connections can help get you started.

Our Cost of Living Tool, powered by LeadingRE, includes buying power comparisons, population information, demographics, employment, education, weather, and home sale activity.

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Moving to Birmingham

We can help you find the perfect community for your family in the Greater Birmingham area. “The Magic City” is located just beyond the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and is filled with many outdoor adventures, nightlife, arts, and award-winning restaurants. We are your one-stop-shop for all things real estate – beyond just the house-hunting process, we can connect you with the perfect agent to help you find your perfect home. 

Moving out of the Area

Our team can assist you regardless of your reason for moving or your new location. Based on your needs, we will select the company and agent that best suits you and monitor the progress of your move to assure that you have a successful transition. As an affiliate of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, our global network is comprised of the very best real estate companies and the most talented professionals in the world. These associates ensure personal service with access to quality real estate connections.

Moving to the Emerald Coast

Moving to the 30A area? We have an office based in Santa Rosa Beach, FL to help you. Known by tourists as “The Emerald Coast,” this area is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, as well as the blue-green waters that give it this name. There are many waterfront and beachfront communities nearby and few days without sunshine, which allows year-round outdoor activities.

Corporate Relocation

Destination Services
For employers that want to help relocate employees and adjust to the area, we can help! Employees who decide to purchase a home will be matched with a relocation-trained associate to identify potential properties that meet their individual criteria, show properties, submit, and negotiate contracts, and manage the transaction from contract through closing. We also offer:
• Counseling via telephone and email for incoming transferee
• Area orientation tours
• Customized relocation materials and cost of living analysis
• Assistance in evaluating and selecting mortgage services if needed
• Thorough screening process to ensure the associate working with you and your team is the best fit

Departure Services
For employers that need to support employees moving out of the area our experienced relocation team makes the process easier. For companies that prefer to administer their own relocation policies, we can help and provide the following services.
• Counseling via telephone and email for incoming transferee
• Thorough screening process to ensure the associate working with you and your team is the best fit
• Broker Market Analysis
• Home Marketing & Sale Assistance:
• extensive follow-up services and more
• Inventory Property management

We are proud winners of the LeadingRE Award of Excellence for Incoming Conversion Rate

Category 4 | 2013, 2016 – 2019

Ann Marie Watkins, CRP, GRP, ABR, CRS
Director of Relocation and Referrals

Ann Marie Watkins is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. She is married to Joshua, and they have two daughters. She has a B.S. degree from the University of South Alabama and was working on a post graduate degree from the University of Georgia. She joined LAH Real Estate in September 2005 as a licensed realtor. She sold real estate for LAH for nine years before moving into the relocation department. In 2019 received her associate broker license for the state of Alabama. Her relocation experience ranges from individual families needing worldwide services to major corporate clients in need of relocation solutions for employees.

As relocation director, she receives, assigns, and follows-up on all referrals from associates, brokers, corporations, affinity programs, and relocation management companies, as well as develops, trains, assists and maintains a team of relocation-trained associates. She oversees performance, follow-up, and communication to ensure a very high level of service to the relocation management companies, corporate transferees, and broker referrals. She is responsible for marketing relocation services/programs to local corporations, relocation management companies, other real estate brokerages, and all other sources of potential business. She utilizes associates to develop corporate accounts. She develops, maintains, and improves relationships with relocation management companies, corporations, and network brokers with the intention of securing and maintaining these sources of referrals.

Rachel Nichols, Corporate Liaison

As Corporate Liaison Director, her expertise and personal experience with moving equips her to provide concierge services to companies transferring associates to Birmingham without the assistance of a relocation company. With welcome packets, custom welcome baskets, school and neighborhood tours, rounds of golf, theater tickets and much more, this Birmingham experience provides associates firsthand knowledge of working, playing and raising a family in Birmingham. With an extensive corporate following, this department accentuates LAH Real Estate Inc.’s service-oriented philosophy while complimenting the outstanding plethora of services offered by this mid-sized firm.