DANBURY, Conn. – Sixty years ago, a home-finding company began with a small team of dedicated employees in a tiny Wilton office, and has now grown to become Cartus Corp., a leading global mobility firm worldwide located in Danbury.
Cartus — then called Associated Homefinders — began by offering a single service: home-finding assistance to employees of corporations who were relocating to another city within the United States.
“Sixty years ago, the typical relocating employee might have been moving from, say, Dallas to Grand Rapids, Mich., then five years later we would help them with their next move to Chicago or the West Coast,” said Kevin Kelleher, president and CEO of Cartus.
“Cartus’ business has grown exponentially to a point where today, a typical transferee might be a key executive in London being transferred to Hong Kong for a short-term assignment, followed by a move we manage for her to India on the way to finishing up in Brazil,” Kelleher said.
Just 16 miles away from its original office in Wilton, Cartus later opened its current global headquarters building in Danbury.
The company is now a global employee relocation firm, providing comprehensive home sale and home purchase services, household goods shipping, property management, and assistance with settling in to a new location and finding rental and temporary housing, as well as spouse/partner career transitions.
The Affinity Realty Reward Program, through which U.S. financial institutions, associations, membership organizations, and corporations are able to offer no-cost real estate assistance programs to their customers, members, and/or employees, allows customers to receive more than $50 million in cash back annually.
Since its inception, the Affinity Program has assisted over a half million customers with buying and selling a home and has returned over $417 million in cash back to Affinity customers. The company also provides clients’ employees with intercultural and language training, reimbursement of moving expenses, international assignment compensation services, policy consulting services, and program startups; it also services companies’ group moves.
“Cartus is very well positioned with global service centers in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and we are confident that the best is yet to come for this great company as we remain focused on essentially what we set out to do six decades ago: help families settle in to new homes, new communities, and new experiences," said Kelleher.
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