When you get the right real estate team on board, set expectations that can actually work and get to know your soon-to-be new hometown, you can find the perfect house that meets your needs.
No one can decide what feels right except for you. Before you make an offer on a home, you need to research the area. Check Realtor.com, read the local news, search for lifestyle activities you’re interested in and see where all the action is taking place.
Essentially, the final decisions about your dream home are best made in person. Sometimes, when you know, you know, and photos and descriptions can’t do it justice. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do your homework while you’re still away.
For example, you can use Google Maps to figure out your commute from work to the homes on your list. If you have family or friends that live in the area, ask for their advice on the best neighborhoods to check out. Resources like U.S. News & World Report can also provide important information on the area’s housing market, livability scores, job market, schools, crime rate and cost of living.
You’ll definitely need a partner to help you house hunt. Find a qualified realtor that knows the area well and has experience working with clients from out of town. You can use contacts and reviews to ensure you’re picking the best agent for you. And always interview a few to be sure they’re the right fit. They should understand your pain points and know how to help you through the process when you’re not readily available in person.
If you’re on a time crunch, the real estate agent should be able to go see a place in-person as soon as it comes on the market and determine whether or not it meets your needs.
The more you research the area, the more you’ll know about cost of living expectations. If you’re moving for a job, the opportunity should account for the area provide a relative income. Outside of your mortgage, you’ll also need to consider the average cost of gas, groceries, restaurant items, childcare and public transportation. When you know how much it costs to live in your new city, it should be easier to decide on your buying budget.
You can also get guidance from your realtor on budgets. If you’ve developed a solid relationship, you should be able to get a realistic answer from them.
Once you know that you’re moving to a new location, you’ll need to take time to figure out your must haves and must nots for your home. Ask yourself questions like:
Then, there are of course basic questions about the type of home you’ll need for your lifestyle. How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need? Do you want an outdoor living space? Do you need a furnished home?
These are just a guide to get you started but make sure you’re taking time to consider the factors that are important to you before jumping in to make an offer on one of the first homes you see.
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You’ve seen the shows of people hunting for houses out of state, sometimes even out of the country. It’s both exciting and intimidating when you’re relocating far from where you currently reside. If this is in your future, we’ve pulled together some tips to help you reduce stress during your long-distance house hunt.
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