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Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

We get a lot of "relocation" calls and here are the top mistakes.

1.  The homebuyer thinks that they will buy a house, get a loan, and then get a job.  It does not work that way...if you are financing, you need to get the job first.

2.  I find that the buyers who want to rent first, never do after they find out the cost of  rentals, and the cost of property increase to wait a year.

3.  Your budget will determine the neighborhood.  Find an Exclusive Buyers Agent and have a chat with them about neighboorhoods and values.  Contact to find an agent that only represents the buyer, and never the seller.

4.  Don't call the agent with their name on the for sale sign...they work for the seller and their job is to sell for the highest price and most favorable terms for the seller...and tell you how wonderful that property is.

5.  Get on the internet and learn about the city and the communities.  Also find out what the "agency" rules are for that state...what are the rules concerning a sellers agent, a transaction broker, a dual agent, designated agent etc.

6.  Interview brokers...ask them:

  • specifically how are they going to save you money?
  • who will they represent if you are interested in their company listing?
  • how many buyers have they actively represented?

Good Luck

Oct 06, 2019 08:16 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Adding to what Eve Alexander said, do a lot of research ... you cannot do too much research.  Make certain you look into health care.  I had a client years ago made a move to retire to their forever home.  They did not listen to me regarding healthcare.  It turned out they could not get good health care where the moved to.  6 months later they moved again to get the health care they need.

Oct 06, 2019 10:28 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

You have some wonderful tips here, Joann! I agree with all talking points but, want to reiterate what Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA said.  Having a buyers agent who also represents sellers at times (NOT the seller of the home you buy) have incredibly valuable experience working with sellers, knowing their mindsets and how far you can push and what it takes to win in bidding wars for their buyers. 

Their knowledge will help you tremendously with negotiations (not only on price but, on repairs).

And, if you're moving to the Portland area, I would highly recommend you phone Lynnea Miller. She is in Bend but, has a lot of state-wide affiliations.

Good luck! 

Oct 06, 2019 11:14 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Everything Eve said - AND I WILL ADD:

NOT every 'buyer's agent' is A REAL EBA. Who is gonna have your back WITH THE RESOURCES to do so? Half the reason folks DO go through the listing broker is they have encountered agents too lazy or clueless to peel back enough layers, and get frustrated at having no answers!

Especially in a new area it is critical to have resourceful representation!

ALSO, what Greg said about visiting in each season. I can't tell you HOW MANY TIMES I've advised relo buyers NOT TO BUY until they have 'survived a summer here', another agent sells them then they're coming back to me to list their home a year later with no equity!

Oct 06, 2019 10:14 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I'd research the area fully first.  Vacation there several times for a couple weeks at a time, but in AirBnBs, not hotels.  Get the feel of various neighborhoods that way and what it's like to actually live there.  If your host happens to live in the area as well, a great opportunity to pick their brains.


I see that you're looking at Portland.  There are parts of that city that I would not advise going into.  Research what's going on there with Antifa and their protests.  Some parts of that city are just a "no-go" area if you wish to remain safe.

Oct 06, 2019 09:36 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

If the neighborhood in which you are currently living is "NICE" it is highly likely it is because you made it that way.

Where you are going has the same rules, you will bring your 'right' and your 'happiness' with you.

In a hot housing market, where there does exist a time limit, as mentioned by others, you will buy what your budget permits and what is available on the market. "Right' neighborhoods are most often defined by price-point since you provide no clarifying information.

Oct 06, 2019 08:36 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

You have the luxury of time and the sources for information is large.  And varied.  You can do some on-line searches for initial impressions.  Can you make an introductory visit to see the area first hand as a wannabe resident?  Good luck.   

Oct 06, 2019 08:02 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Summon the basics, fresh air/water, quietude, medical, shopping, roads and recreation. From there visit crime stats, homelessness and at some point visiting is in order. many leave these experiences online

Oct 06, 2019 10:00 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Talk to people  in various neighborhoods, check out amenities, and you have serveral good suggestions from the membership.  A

Oct 06, 2019 09:30 AM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

You want to stay at the place you intend to move to during the different seasons there. You have a year to look for an area before you even start to look at homes. Don't find a place you like and move there until you know what it is like there the rest of the year. Unless you are renting then you can bounce around.

Oct 06, 2019 08:44 AM
Joann Schermerhorn
Live Simple Eco - Overland Park, KS
Live Simple Eco Blog- Eco-Friendly Living

Michael Jacobs we just returned from a vacation from there (Portland, OR) and we did make sure to go to different neighborhoods to get a feel for them. We plan to go out at least once or twice more. 

Oct 06, 2019 08:06 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

In addition to what Eve Alexander says so lots of research, and be sure your financials are all in order and you know your true budget. And plan to spend some time in person

Oct 06, 2019 02:28 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

 Joann Schermerhorn I'd check the leaderboard (on the menu at the bottom of every ActiveRain page) and ask some of the folks in the city you are moving to.

Oct 06, 2019 01:32 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I would reach out to someone who specializes in that area and then go there to see what i liked or not liked

Oct 06, 2019 01:07 PM
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

Easy - hire a good local realtor and tell them the kind of neighborhood you want to live in.

Oct 06, 2019 11:49 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Vacation there a few times and AIRB&B different neighborhoods.

That's how we did San Diego.

Oct 07, 2019 02:57 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Traffic, drugs & crime, afforadabilty, airports, public transportation, retirement taxes, hospitals, to name a few. One of my sisters and her husband are in process or retiring from Western MD to Delaware.

Oct 07, 2019 06:54 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Definitely visit several times at different times of year to :

  • make sure the weather is agreeable with you
  • make sure the people are compatible/agreeable with you
  • figure out which areas in particular you like
  • check out home prices for purchase and rental (you can definitely hire a real estate agent to keep you apprised of new inventory before you're ready to move there)
  • sign up for the area newspapers - most are online - to make sure you like what you read and to see what kinds of things make the paper/are for sale/etc 
  • drive/walk the different areas at different times of day. safe? pretty? friendly? would you want to live there?
  • investigate whatever you are interested in, besides having a place to live. culture? arts? shopping? eating out? other activities? do they have what you need in order to enjoy your life?

I just moved from one side of the country to the other (NY to Montana) and we did a lot of research before making the move. And all is well!


Oct 07, 2019 05:14 AM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL 305-931-6931

Just go and see places.

Oct 06, 2019 03:58 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

You may wish to rent for a year while exploring the neighborhoods.

Make sure you use an outstanding agent.

Oct 06, 2019 02:04 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Start with online research and then plan visits to hone your choices. Make a list of needs ans seperate them from the wants. The earlier you start the better your chances of making the right choice.

Oct 09, 2019 04:59 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Have an excellent agent who represents you. I work with people from all over and have represented Real Estate agents buying in this area as well. Having relocated and purchased homes in other states, I know how important it is to find the right location. There are some excellent points in this thread. Start with jobs and how long you want to drive. If you have kids, check out the schools. Of course, price comes into play. Between jobs, schools and price, you should be able to narrow the area significantly. Think about things you do outside of work and school (gym, sports, kids activities, etc.) and know if they are close enough to the area you're considering. Check out the area by driving through and walking it. Stay in that area and visit restaurants, shopping etc. to get a feel of the area. Talk to neighbors or people out and about. Call the police department to ask what the crime is like in that area. Once the area is settled, choose a neighborhood. It takes a little more research and can be done successfully. I always ask the agent what makes the area/neighborhood one that will appreciate. Other things to consider is flood zones, traffic patterns, etc. 

Oct 08, 2019 04:39 AM
Caroline Gerardo
Sun West Mortgage Corporation - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

Lighten the load, donate lots of nick knacks and paddy wacks.

Go stay in your proposed location in an AirBnB or Verbo and walk around.

Walk at night and slowly get the pace of the place.

IF you like the place after your research - will you be working there? Do you have employment?


Oct 07, 2019 01:17 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Find a agent who knows the market.

Oct 07, 2019 03:45 AM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

First of all, your budget will pre-determine your neighborhood. Beyond that, search for an experienced real estate professional who can send you a relocation package about the area. The internet is a great source of information these days, as well. Work with a professional real estate agent who can introduce you to your right neighborhoods and help you make appropriate decisions.

Oct 06, 2019 09:59 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I can help you find a nice home in an amazing town in Central Wisconsin.

Oct 06, 2019 07:53 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

I hope you will find right place!

Oct 06, 2019 02:58 PM
Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

I've have researched many areas via the internet. To me, I can't stand humidity. Sites that I have used is City-Data and their discussion forum. It's also important to go there in person several times and use Airbnb to get the local feel for each season. Since you are a member of Active Rain, find your Realtor here. Best of luck!

Oct 08, 2019 06:49 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Look for a Realtor that knows the area and have you fill out your priorities.

Oct 07, 2019 11:29 AM
Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & OC Laguna Nigel

Where are you working? Are schools a concern? Safety and quality of life are essential once you fulfill these concerns.  Find a local expert that is honest and cares about serving your best interest.

Oct 10, 2019 04:53 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

 I think you have gotten great advice from AR members here.

You have time to do your research and make a good decision.

Good luck on your move.

Oct 09, 2019 07:57 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Are you turning right or left?

Oct 07, 2019 10:29 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Great advice already !

Oct 07, 2019 07:17 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I work with relocating buyers all the time, and start with how far to work, if they have kids, what school district, age of homes, close to entertainment, or acreage.  Lots of questions to ask.

Oct 18, 2019 11:32 AM