relocation: Relocation Tips - See, Hear & Touch the Community as Much as You Can - 03/23/19 10:48 AM
Why You Should See, Hear, and Touch the Community
When Relocating to Carlsbad
 
Most people who are relocating to an area they don’t know find it to be a tough challenge. This is true even if you know you want to be there, perhaps know people there, and have heard the sorts of things about the area that appeal to you or have been doing some research online – you ARE, aren’t you?
 
WHAT IS YOUR LIFESTYLE?
While finding the right house that meets your needs and budget is key, I find that for most buyers lifestyle is at the top of the list, … (34 comments)

relocation: Financial Issues to Consider in Your Relocation - 04/16/18 05:47 PM
Financial Issues You Should Consider When Relocating
 
As you begin planning for your relocation, whether you are moving on your own or with a relocation package or company through your employer, it’s important to consider the costs associated with a big move, and to plan ahead.
 
Having experienced 4 major relocations myself, the last one from Boston to Southern California in 2005, I know a bit about what it entails, and provide a range of relocation services and resources for those moving to Carlsbad and the North San Diego County area.
 
For more information, check out my YouTube Channel playlist on relocation tips … (40 comments)

relocation: My Relocation Services for Buyers & Sellers in Carlsbad & Nearby - 03/25/18 03:05 PM
Relocation Services for Buyers and Sellers 
Carlsbad CA and Nearby
 
One of my favorite niche markets, and maybe the biggest one, is relocation. That is, assisting buyers and sellers who are relocating a distance, whether leaving my local area or moving here.
 
Any who buys, or sells, a home is moving, of course, but I find there are more complex issues associated with moving a longer distance, such as to and from other parts of California or other states, than locally. And it often takes quite a bit more planning.
 
I know a bit about relocation, from making 4 major moves myself, the … (23 comments)

relocation: Finding and Growing my Relocation Niche - 04/18/17 01:56 PM
Finding and Growing my Relocation Niche
 
Evelyn Johnston has invited us to talk about a niche market, or markets, we have in her April contest, Setting Yourself Apart – A Niche Contest. While I have more than one, my focus for this challenge is relocation.
 
I wish I could say the start of my focus on relocation came about through a well-thought out plan, or that I was encouraged by my broker to specialize. Such was not the case. Indeed, I was in the business for 3 years before I began focusing on relocation, and only after a major move from Boston to … (29 comments)

relocation: Relocation Buyers – A Niche Market and Focus in 2017 - 02/22/17 05:28 PM
Relocation Buyers – A Niche Market for 2017
 
I have personally moved a bunch of times, have now owned 10 primary homes, and my wife and I have had 4 major relocations (to Boston from Michigan, Boston to the Twin Cities, the Twin Cities to Boston, and Boston to Southern California). As a result I know a lot about relocating a significant distance, but it has also been a big part of my real estate business, especially following my move to Carlsbad from Boston back in 2005.
 
I really enjoy working with relocations, from within California as well as from other parts of … (20 comments)

relocation: I’ve Been Working on My Moves - 01/26/17 11:29 AM
I’ve Been Working on My Moves
 
Lest you think I am joining the dating scene again, let me clarify. Been there done that years ago! I don’t need to, thankfully. But I am always working on my moves…real estate moves, that is.
 
As a Carlsbad Realtor with a bunch of personal relocations under my belt I focus, in part, on that niche.
 
Many of the buyers I work with have moved here from other parts of the country or other areas of California. The more I learn as I work with relocating buyers, and sellers, the better prepared I am to help those … (37 comments)

relocation: What is the Carlsbad Village by the Sea Lifestyle? - 01/30/16 05:15 AM
What is the Carlsbad Village by the Sea Lifestyle?
 
No doubt there are many answers to this question, depending on who you ask (residents, visitors, different age groups, part-timers), but perhaps with a similar theme running through them.
 
Enjoy the slideshow below for an introductory glimpse at life here in Carlsbad (not just the Village)
 
Naturally when one thinks of Carlsbad, and specifically Carlsbad Village, the immediate lifestyle theme centers around the beach. With 7 miles of coastline, many settle here, or visit, to be near the beach and enjoy a myriad of activities in the water, on the beach, and nearby.
 
There’s something very … (12 comments)

relocation: Questions to Ask Your Movers for Your Relocation - 08/14/15 12:49 AM
Questions to Ask Your Movers for Your Relocation
 
Moving can be a tough job, whether a short distance or not.
 
If you are relocating a significant distance and will be using a moving company for your household goods there are critical questions you need to ask during the process of selecting the best moving company. It’s a big job and it’s not inexpensive so this is a key decision for you.
 
I’ve moved a bunch of times using moving companies, and have worked with many clients who have as well so I’ve learned a few things. First, before the essentials, a few tips:
 
1. … (18 comments)

relocation: Do You Need Specialized Moving Services for Your Relocation? - 07/04/15 01:39 PM
Do You Need Specialized Moving Services for Your Relocation?
 
Some people who are relocating a distance, whether you are selling or not before you move, need specialized moving services.
 
It's important to think about these things in advance, and to know the questions you need to ask the movers you are interviewing for the job of moving your precious goods across the country.
 
While there are some standard questions you should ask the movers you are interviewing (unless you are DIY, say with PODS or some other similar service), when there are specialized circumstances you need to know upfront - there are may be … (22 comments)

relocation: A Home Buyer’s Game Plan for 2015 – A Series (Part 5) - 12/06/14 11:47 AM
A Home Buyer’s Game Plan for 2015 – A Series (Part 5)
 
In this home buyer series we’ve talked about the importance of getting pre-approved, the need to be focused in your home search and clarify what it is that you are looking for, hiring a personal coach (your buyer’s agent) and getting educated about the local real estate  market . Here are the links to these 4 steps in your 2015 home purchase game plan:
 
READ:
A Home Buyer’s Game Plan for 2015 – A Series (Part 1 Getting Pre-Approved)
 
A Home Buyer’s Game Plan for 2015 … (8 comments)

relocation: A Home Buyer’s Game Plan for 2015 – A Series (Part 4) - 12/05/14 05:04 AM


A Home Buyer’s Game Plan for 2015 – A Series (Part 4)
 
Thus far in this game plan series we have talked about the importance of getting pre-approved, the need to be focused in your home search and clarify what it is that you are looking for, and hiring a personal coach…your buyer’s agent . Here are the links to the first 3 steps in your 2015 home purchase game plan:
READ:
A Home Buyer’s Game Plan for 2015 – A Series (Part 1 Getting Pre-Approved)
 
A Home Buyer’s Game Plan for 2015 – A Series (Part … (11 comments)

relocation: A Home Buyer’s Game Plan for 2015 – A Series (Part 2) - 12/02/14 01:01 AM


A Home Buyer’s Game Plan for 2015 – A Series (Part 2)
 
In the first of this series on buying a new Carlsbad home in 2015 we talked about the importance of getting your financials in order, specifically getting pre-approved (if you need or want to use a loan) or reviewing your cash situation.
READ:
A Home Buyer’s Game Plan for 2015 – A Series (Part 1 Getting Pre-Approved)
 
If you are planning to buy a Carlsbad home in 2015, having a game plan and a buying strategy is important. 
 
And if you are relocating, there … (4 comments)

relocation: Who Says Getting a Loan & Buying a New Home is Easy?! - 11/26/14 02:22 AM


Who Says Getting a Loan and Buying a New Home is Easy?
Thoughts from a New Homeowner
 
I doubt that most people getting a mortgage and buying a new home these days would say it’s easy.
 
Oh, it can go very well with the right people to help you from start to finish – title, escrow, lender, buyer’s agent – but it is not, by a long-shot, stress free.
 
Don’t forget the stress of getting your home (yes, it’s filled with all kinds of stuff that you need to get rid of, isn’t it?) packed … (8 comments)

relocation: I'm Counting on You - 08/27/14 01:13 PM
I'm Counting on You!
 
Pretty weighty words from a client when heading out for the start of a home search.
 
I helped this buyer purchase a condo some years ago - he was living overseas and almost all the communication was via email. We never met but the transactions went swimmingly.
 
I finally met hm the other day, upon a visit to the states with plans to sell the condo, and purchase a home to live in because of a job transfer and relocation to the San Diego area.
 
These words made evident the level of trust I … (46 comments)

relocation: Do I Need Proof of Funds (POF) in My Relocation? - 08/08/14 12:01 PM
Do I Need Proof of Funds (POF) in My Relocation?
 
When buying a new home in your relocation, you should expect to provide proof of funds (video), often abbreviated in the real estate world as POF. This is essential if you are paying cash, but a smart thing to do even when you are getting a loan.
 
Sellers want to know that you are qualified to purchase (e.g., have a current written pre-approval) and that you have the funds on top of the financing for the purchase (i.e., the deposit, a.k.a. earnest money deposit; the down payment, and the … (48 comments)

relocation: Handling the Closing on Your Home in Your Relocation - 08/08/14 01:41 AM
Handling the Closing on Your Home in Your Relocation
 
I often get asked by people who are moving to Carlsbad, or nearby, from out of the area – How do we handle closing? Do we have to be here?
 
You might also know it as settlement, if you are from another state, but closing here in Carlsbad, and throughout Southern California, is pretty easy to handle.
 
[see the video at the bottom of the page]
 
You don’t sit around a table, sign papers and exchange keys as they do in some states. It all happens behind … (6 comments)

relocation: Can You Make a Contingency Offer in Your Relocation? - 08/06/14 11:51 PM
Can You Make a Contingency Offer in Your Relocation?
 
A common question relocating buyers ask me, if they are selling a home and want to buy a new one, is “Can we make a contingency offer?”
 
This is one of those “it depends” questions. (see VIDEO at bottom of page)
 
Many relocation buyers have to sell their current home in order to buy another; lots of homeowners cannot qualify to take on a second mortgage, or may not want to. If so, a challenge in your relocation is trying to buy a new home to move in while … (10 comments)

relocation: 16 Top Relocation Tips - Articles & Videos to Help You Move - 07/20/14 10:15 AM
16 Relocation Tips Slideshow
Articles and Videos to Help You Move to Carlsbad
 
The following slideshow provides an overview of the key things you need to know when relocating to Carlsbad or surrounding communities in North San Diego County, or elsewhere. [NOTE - use the scroll bar on the right of the slideshow to advance through each slide]
 
The complete list of articles (with links) can be found below the slide presentation.
 
Each article (with video link) provides more detailed information on each of the tips in the slideshow to help you make the best decisions whe moving. Of course I am happy to asnwer … (31 comments)

relocation: Carlsbad Hotels to Use when Relocating to the Carlsbad Area - 07/16/14 01:38 AM
Carlsbad Hotels to Use when Relocating to the Carlsbad Area
 
When planning your house-hunting trip to Carlsbad in your relocation, you’ll need a place to stay, to call home base.
 
It may just be 1 night or you may be here 3 or 4 days to find that perfect house.  A Carlsbad Hotel would be perfect!
 
By the way, if you are relocating and using a corporate relocation package be sure to check with your representative so you understand the requirements and what is covered for your house hunting trip (e.g., number of days, cost of hotel, … (2 comments)

relocation: Why Move to Carlsbad? No Snow! No Mosquitoes! No Humidity! - 03/19/14 12:33 AM
Why Move to Carlsbad? No Snow! No Mosquitoes! No Humidity!
I’ve had several conversations recently with people who live here, as well as those considering or planning a move, about the main reasons to buy a home in Carlsbad, apart from the terrific year-round weather and the beaches.
There is a common theme…
no snow, no mosquitoes, and no humidity.

 
Oh, we get snow in the mountains in Southern California, and you can see it from many vantage points in Carlsbad. On a really clear day you can see snow at Big Bear and other distant mountains. But we … (6 comments)

 
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