Need to buy from out of problem

I'm relocating where?

In an ideal world you find promising homes online, you connect with your Realtor and together you tour those homes - quickly discovering what you see online often doesn't translate to in person viewing (no one posts photos of what's wrong with a house online).  This process can spread over several days to weeks until you find "THE" home, present an offer and hopefully have it accepted.  But what if you're moving from out of state or from another city and you have only one day to tour homes if that?

This situation is not unique.  I have assisted a number of clients who I've met for one day of frantic showings - others I have yet to meet.  

How do I accomplish this?

  • The use of customized online searches thru allows back and forth conversations regardless of time zone about specific homes. My clients can ask specific questions, or I can provide feedback based on experience, research and online agent notes that can indicate if this home will work
  • Communicate, communicate, communicate - via phone calls, texts, emails etc to discover wants and needs in your future home or the area in general
  • The ability to pinpoint optimal commute times using "drive time" feature in HAR helps to narrow prospective areas based on a desired commute to the new job
  • FaceTime or Skype tours allows virtual tours of listings where I can show what the street looks like, the flow of the home and zoom in on any visible defects or issues that might be problematic
    • Experience with VA loans for active duty military allows me to note red flags that could be an issue with a VA loan  before an offer is made. I am a certified Military Relocation Professional giving me an added layer of expertise
  • Arrangements for 2nd opinions from contractors if needed during the process, or a list of lenders to begin the process.  It's like having a personal concierge!!

How do you locate a Realtor who can assist your out of area move?

  • Research agents in the area you are moving too - look to their reviews online and see what others are saying etc.
  • Interview at least 3 agents.  FaceTime or Skype interviews are ideal so you can see if they are comfortable with the technology and you can see each other face to face.  
  • Ask questions:
    • Years of experience
    • Experience in the area you are hoping to live
    • Experience with out of area buyers etc.
  • Do you feel comfortable with them?  This is someone you will be entrusting with a big decision-making guidance, make sure your communication and comfort level is strong.  Everyone has a different personality; do you feel they empathize and connect with you?
  • Find out up front if they will be your point of contact throughout the transaction or will it be handed off to a team member at some point. Make sure you are comfortable with this arrangement
  • Ask what area resources/information they can provide

I know first hand what it is like to move to a new city.  We are originally from San Diego and 14 years ago made the move to Houston (having never visited Texas) with our 3 middle school aged children.  Our Realtor was referred to us and we did an over the phone interview (no Skype back then) and felt an instant connection.  We were impressed with the information provided before, during and after the sale as our agent became our go to resource.  We also soon discovered that Texas is unique and I can now share these unique features with transplants (What's a feeder road? What are the names of grocery stores? What's the "inner loop")

If you fast forward from our move in date,  I began ultimately working as our Realtor's assistant and a founding Realtor at his brokerage.  Relationships is what it is all about.

Moving to Houston?  I'd be honored to see if I can assist you.

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Post Category: Relocation & Newcomer, Home Buying, General

Local : Clear Lake Area

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