Carlsbad Relocation Tips – Finding Your REALTOR, Your Community, and Your New Home in Carlsbad California (part 2 of 6-part series)

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As we continue the journey to your new home, here are some more Relocation Tips. 

In Part 2 of this 6-part series we focus on Finding Your Community.

You can read Part 1 Carlsbad Relocation Tips - Finding Your REALTOR here.

Where are you relocating to?If you already know, or have a good idea of, the community you hope to live in these relocation tips may be less useful, However, learning as much as possible about an area, and exploring different possibilities from a distance can be a challenge, but a necessary part of the process so you don't waste time on your house hunting trip(s) looking in areas that aren't going to work for you. 

For many folks, finding the right community is the most important aspect of their relocation to a new area, even more so than the home itself. But when moving to a new area this may be difficult, particularly when you know nothing about the area (as in my move from Boston to Carlsbad 4+ years ago) other than some names of areas. 

If you read part 1 in the Relocation Tips series you already know how to go about finding your REALTOR to help find a new home. And if that part of the process is now complete, you can spend time on the phone or via email learning more from your REALTOR about communities that may interest you, based on what you are seeking, your budget, the schools, and whatever else is important to you. 

But a big part of the research is your responsibility, for only you can decide what community "feels" right to you and for what reasons. So here are some Carlsbad relocation tips to help you find your community in the Carlsbad California area

DECIDE ON A BUDGET

Do you need a loan or are you a cash buyer?You should, of course, do this whenever you are home searching, and being pre-approved, or otherwise arranging for financing, is essential. It may not be true in some areas, but in my area of Southern California budget can play a very big role is determining what community you can live in, even within a particular town, unless your budget is unlimited. But even if you can't afford the area you would REALLY like, you can probably buy nearby and still enjoy the amenities of the other part of town. In an area like ours, being near the beach versus not is a major budget differential. 

SCHOOLS

Schools are so often a critical part of determining what community to live in, and not only for those with school-aged children. If you MUST live in a particular school district or where a certain school is located this will, as you would expect, limit your community and neighborhood choices. To investigate schools for a given community, check out these sites: 

School Digger

Great Schools

School Matters  

What schools interest you and your family?I also recommend visiting the websites for the local schools districts (you can do a Google search for, say, "Carlsbad CA schools"). You will likely find out what schools are where as well as the boundary maps that determine which schools pulls from what streets - do not assume that all the kids in one town go to the same school. Kids in Carlsbad, for example, go to 1 or 3 schools districts depending on location. 

Here are a few of the other local school districts in North San Diego County:

COMMUNITIES

Certainly an easy way to garnet lots of information about communities (such as Carlsbad or even within the larger town) is to do Google search, then pull up the sites that talk about the communities themselves. You may find local newspapers with on-line sites as well as magazines. 

Gateway to Carlsbad CaliforniaIf you are working with a REALTOR who blogs about local communities (OK my moment for a plug here) you can read their blogs to learn more about the area in general as well as specific neighborhoods they are writing about. And while you are at it, since you are here on ActiveRain, check out the community posts on Localism. And ask your REALTOR to send you information on communities, too. 

I also suggest checking out the Chamber of Commerce sites or the websites for the cities and towns of interest. A Google search for City of Carlsbad takes you to the Carlsbad web site

Try these other sources:

  • Zip Skinny (just enter the zip codes for the communities that interest you, like Carlsbad's 92009 - La Costa, for all sorts of details on that community)
  • American Towns  

CRIME STATISTICS

A common question asked by buyers is "is this a safe area?" Or "what is the crime like in this area?" The best way to find out is to consult the local police department for up to date information on the specific areas you like. 

Some other options include:

Stay tuned as we head into Part 3 of 6 on Carlsbad Relocation Tips for Finding Your New Home in Carlsbad California (and of course all these tips can apply anywhere you might be looking).

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Lenn Harley
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This is a fabulous series.  We love relocating home buyers.  Since we aren't a part of any relo sources, folks find me on the Internet and love detailed information such as is in this post and the first one.

 

Aug 16, 2009 10:21 AM #1
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Thanks, Lenn.

The majority of my business IS relocation, either within CA or from around the country, as opposed to local buyers. Folks find me on the Internet as a result of the articles I write on relocation, as well as the many communities. And having done a few relos personally I find it enjoyable to help others migrate through the challenges. The more folks know before they get into the thcik of a relo, the better.

Jeff

Aug 16, 2009 10:39 AM #2
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Great post Jeff, I hope you don't mind but I am going to copy your idea for my market.  Thanks.

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Jeff..Excellent advice..as usual..I enjoyed reading this ..Thank you

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Hi Jeff, This is a very insightful and helpful post.  Just like Damon, I'm going to use some of your ideas as well for my area.

Aug 16, 2009 11:11 AM #5
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Damon - I glad it was useful for you.

Hannah - Thanks for the compliment. Much appreciated.

Jeff

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Hi Jeff -- What a ton of resources here, very informative and helpful.

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Great information on how to find a great realtor in your area.  Hope they find you soon.

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Great series Jeff.  This would be perfect for my readers as well so I may "borrrow" your idea for later.  While we live on opposite sides of the country the relocation prossess is truly the same.  Thanks for this inspiration!

Aug 17, 2009 02:02 AM #9
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Chris - and I keep collecting resources as I go.

Russ - thank you. People do keep finding me, mostly through my blogs.

Diane - so true. Each situation is unique but there are some common tasks and processes folks have to navigate.

Jeff

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I'm not sure if I'll be able to find the time to participate in the Series...but I think it's time for me to update my series too. That's next on my agend and I tell you what...I'll be looking forward to reading more of your series Jeff....wonderful!

Aug 17, 2009 10:58 AM #11
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Jeff, relocating buyers are my absolute favorite. I have been working on a Relocation Guide through posts I have been writing ever since starting Active Rain. It's a process - and this is a great series. The one I'm doing is on new construction - my other passion - but this is a great idea for another Series to bring together all those individual posts. Thanks!

Sharon

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Hi Jeff!  This is definitely an information packed, consumer post!  I love the information and I know your potential buyers will quickly realize that you ARE the expert in your area!  Congrats on the well-deserved feature!

Debe in Charlotte

Aug 17, 2009 04:33 PM #13
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Sally - well we know that if you did your series would be stellar. Thanks for the compliment. Hope you find the time to do what you need and want to do.

Jeff

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Sharon - thanks for stopping by. I love working with relocations, too. And it IS a process...a different one for each person and situation. I appreciate the compliment.

Jeff

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Debe - what a nice compliment! Thank you. I keep learning about relocations with every one that I am involved with. I guess my approach conitnues to be how I can best help folks making this sort of transition. Technology is such a hgue help.

Jeff

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