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Relocation Across America – Steps in the Relocation Process

Calculate Your Relocation CostsWhether you’re moving to a new city or simply across town, you’re about to spend a lot of time and money in the relocation process.  Your tasks begin with selling your current home, then buying a new one followed by the beginning of the sorting, packing and moving of your belongings.   We’re here to help!  Our relocation real estate professionals are passionate about our respective cities so, relocation clients are welcomed as we share our knowledge of our areas and of the home buying process.  Our job is to make your life easier and that is what we intend to do!

Step 1:  Getting Started

The first step to making the move is to plan.  Here are a few questions to get you started:

  1. How urgent is your upcoming move?
  2. Would home upgrades change your moving equation?
  3. Can this move wait until the moving off-season?

If your move is urgent, you will need to begin the sorting and packing process immediately.  Getting your current home prepared to sell is your first task and a very important one.  You’re going to have to pack to move your belongings anyway so, you may as well start now–your home will show better and you’ll achieve your desired results quicker.

If your home is in need of remodeling, consider updating your home prior to putting it on the market.  Improvements to kitchens and baths, especially, will raise your home’s value when do sell.

As well, a home that is priced correctly and in good condition should sell quickly.  If you’re not motivated to sell at market value,  your entire process could very well be slowed to a halt–especially in our current market.  Contact your local agent or one of our online team who can assist you in locating a real estate professional who is equipped and experienced in the relocation process.

If you’re able to wait until the off-season, moving rates are far less expensive during the October and April months as they are in high demand during the summer months.  So, if your relocation date is flexible, you could save some money moving during the off-season.

Step 2:  Lifestyle Choices

Now that you have your exit strategy determined and your home sale in your exit city underway, it’s time to choose a new place to live in your destination city.  Contact one of our relocation specialists across America if you haven’t done so already.  If your destination city is not listed on our site, we have a powerful network of relocation specialists to whom we can refer you when you’re ready.

When you begin your new home search, a lifestyle search is where you’ll want to begin.  You’ll want to begin with a blank slate to build your ideal neighborhood and home location from your previous experiences, current needs and desires.

  1. Consider what’s missing in your current city and what’s truly working for you. Start a list of requirements for your dream neighborhood, and build upon that.
  2. Is job commute time an issue?  Extracurricular activities may be important to you; start your search near these venues.  If you fly a good amount for your job, you may want to choose a community near that city’s airport or near the freeway to get to the nearest airport.
  3. Next, you’ll want to narrow down the neighborhood options.

Step 3:  Neighborhood Selections

Let your real estate professional know which of the following neighborhood types are important to you:

  1. Urban Living  (In-town, Downtown, Uptown)
  2. Urban Renewal Areas
  3. Historic Urban Communities
  4. Historic Suburban Communities
  5. Urban New Construction
  6. Suburban New Construction
  7. Suburban with Cul-de-sacs
  8. Walkable Communities
  9. Amenity-filled Complexes or Neighborhoods
  10. Condo/Townhome Complexes
  11. Urban Luxury Properties
  12. Suburban Luxury Areas
  13. Gated Communities
  14. Active Adult Communities
  15. Resort Communities
  16. Golfing Communities
  17. Lake Living
  18. Retirement Communities
  19. Rural Properties
  20. Equestrian Communities

Step 4:  Consulting with a Lender

The steps to purchasing your relocation are imperative to follow for a stress-free transaction.  Once you’ve established your goals, contacting a real estate professional or a lender is next.  If you don’t already have a trusted lender, your real estate professional can recommend a qualified lender, who you should consult before ever beginning your home search.

When you consult with a lender, you will quickly know the amount of mortgage for which you’ll qualify.  Be sure to get a mortgage commitment in writing from your lender.  This important step not only lessens your stress of  ’wondering’ whether or not you’ll qualify but, when you present your offer on your dream home, you’ll be communicating to sellers that you are a serious prospect.

Step 5:  Finding the Perfect Home

The groundwork has now been laid to begin your home search.  Your home search should have been narrowed down by the following two topics first:

 

Lifestyle needs must come first.  Do you frequent the visual arts, professional sporting events?  You may choose to live in or near an urban area.  Do you or someone in your household participate in team sports?  You may wish to live near some of the urban or suburban playing fields or gyms.  Do you prefer to live near your work?  That will also determine the area if you prefer a short commute time.  Do you prefer not to drive to work?  You will want to locate one of the communities near the city’s light rail or public transportation system.  Tell us what your lifestyle needs are and we can help you find the perfect area and neighborhood to fit those needs.

Locate your preferred neighborhood or at the very least, the general area.  Do you like historic communities?  Do you prefer condos or townhomes?  Modern, contemporary, traditional or transitional single family homes may be your preference and we can help you find the neighborhoods that best suit your needs.  If you prefer an amenity-filled community, there are plenty of those all across the city.  Coupled with your lifestyle needs and your community preferences, you will be directed to the area/neighborhood that is perfect for YOU.

Here are a few facts about the home search process that may help put your home buying experience in perspective:

•  Over 90% of buyers use the Internet to search for their new home

•  Typically, a buyer searches for 12 weeks and will view 12 homes in person

  • The vast majority of buyers (over 80%) view real estate agents as very useful in the search process
  • There are many benefits to starting your search process at a real estate website.  This gives you the opportunity to view many homes, the details of those homes, take virtual tours and access neighborhood info from the comfort of your own home before ever heading out to tour the homes in person.

While the different property details may seem what you prefer online, homes can actually be very different in terms of layout, design, workmanship, location and other aspects when viewed in person.  Your experienced REALTOR® will be able to point out things that you might miss, provide an expert analysis of the property and the comparable properties, and act as an impartial sounding board for you.

Begin your home search here at www.LifestylesAcrossAmerica.com where we offer a multitude of ways to search for your new home!

Step 6:  Putting the Pieces Together

Now that you’ve been working with one of our professionals, you will certainly have a strong advocate to assist you with putting the pieces together in both your destination city as well as your exit city.  Not only will be guided through the sales and purchase  transactions and will also be given expert assistance in the entire relocation process including:

  1. Mover recommendations
  2. Questions to ask of your movers to help you save money using their various services
  3. Tasks to be completed in your departure city
  4. Lists for keeping your destination city tasks in-check
  5. Maps and expert advice on hotels, restaurants and local fare
  6. Destination city events and groups available to fit your specific needs
  7. Relocation Success with Real Estate Professionals Across AmericaSpecific destination city locations of such places as
      • Drivers license offices
      • Auto dealerships
      • Chamber of Commercs
      • School enrollment offices
      • Utility providers
      • Local insurance carriers
      • Banks
      • Restaurants
      • Shopping areas
      • Parks and recreation

This is just a basic list of the benefits that a real estate professional who specializes in relocation can offer you; contact one in your area today.  If you’ve got relocation questions, we’ve got your answers!  Contact a relocation specialist with LifestylesAcrossAmerica.com today.