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Managing Expectations When You Are Relocating Across the Country
It is a hard lesson at times, finding out that you cannot get what you want for the price that you can afford to pay. I was out looking at homes with a relocation client today. They are relocating here from Houston, Texas. It is a much different market here in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Managing expectations are very important.
Some Differences that I have Discovered between Texas and Iowa:
1. We have basements. This can be a huge selling point. Here in Cedar Rapids there are many ranch options with full finished basements with large daylight windows or walkouts that make you feel like you are in a 2 story home. No dingy basements here in their price range!
2. Ranches are better for resale than 2 story homes. In our market, gone are the days where the family 2 story is the most popular floor plan. The days of requests for a formal living and dining room are gone too. Open floor plans with a larger eating area are more popular now.
3. No Home Owner Associations and Very Few Gated Communities! Although there are a few exceptions, HOAs are limited, for the most part to condominium developments. This means that we ... more
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