If you have ever relocated for a job, family, school or any other reason, it is hard to know what you are looking for without ever living in that area or maybe even visiting. Your first step should be to come up with “wish list” that includes things you like about your current living situation along with things you want for your new situation. There may be things such as: three bedrooms, a deck, granite counter tops and an inground pool. Then seek out a real estate professional to get you acclimated to the move and go over your “wish list”. It is encouraged with a move like this to be in touch with your Realtor as much as you need to to ensure that your wants and needs are met.
If you will be coming to the area prior to the move this will allow your Realtor to gather a group of properties to look at within your criteria and not waste any time by looking at houses that do not meet your expectations. Meanwhile, virtual tours online will be able to give you a good idea of a home’s interior features. If you see any houses online that interest you, tell your Realtor. If you can not visit the area a few times prior to moving, you might want to consider temporary housing for a few months to ensure a perfect fit with a home purchase.
As well as letting your Realtor know what you are looking for in a home, research the area as much as possible for things like schools, taxes and living expenses. In doing this, it will make the overall search much easier for both you and your Realtor. Just because you don’t live in an area, it doesn’t mean you can’t find out as much as possible about it online, word of mouth or by coming up with a list of questions to ask your Realtor.
Make sure to be as specific as possible with what you are looking for. The more they know, the better they will be able to help you in your search.
If you are relocating to the Rochester area, you can find a Realtor here.