Carlsbad Relocation Tips – Finding Your REALTOR, Finding Your Community and Finding Your New Home in Carlsbad (Part 4 of a 6-Part Series)

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As we continue with our Carlsbad relocation tip for finding your new home in Carlsbad, it's time to review the house hunting process - not virtually, but when you make your house hunting trip. If you have the luxury of more than one such trip, or an extended time there, feel free to modify these relocation tips as they make sense to you and your schedule.

At this point in the relocation process you have learned about finding your REALTOR (Part 1), read some tips on finding your community or neighborhood (Part 2), and most recently learned about finding your home on-line in your new location (Part 3). 

If you missed these important articles or wish to review them here they are:

Part 1 - Finding Your REALTOR: Carlsbad Relocation Tips - Finding Your REALTOR, Finding Your Community and Finding Your New Home in Carlsbad 

Part 2 - FInding Your Community:  Carlsbad Relocation Tips - Finding Your REALTOR, Finding Your Community and Finding Your New Home in Carlsbad  

Part 3 - Finding Your Home (On-line searching): Carlsbad Relocation Tips - Finding Your REALTOR, Finding Your Community and Finding Your New Home in Carlsbad  


Moving vanYour goal should be to be able to head out on a house hunting trip with some specific areas and homes you wish to see, especially if the goal is to BUY on this trip. And hopefully your agent now have a pretty good idea of what you want and can add properties to the mix that make sense, or delete those that don't. Be open minded to a variety of properties, especially if the choices in your price range are limited. 


Moving vanDon't be afraid to ask about last minute changes - perhaps something new has come on the market. Or, after thinking about it or driving through an area, you may eliminate other homes as unsuitable.



Moving vanYou should have an itinerary, based on your schedule that you presumably have shared with your REALTOR.  Make sure there is time to arrange showings, since some sellers required advance notice. But if you are there for several days you should be fine.


Moving vanIf you are looking at REOs and short sales consider your relocation timing very carefully. While REOs tend to be easier, there is NO guarantee on a short sale - it could be many months, so if you have to buy and move soon, it may be a waste of time to even consider these, unless you can make alternative living arrangements while you wait.


Moving vanI would plan to spend a good part of the day looking, depending on where you are looking and how many homes you are seeing - touring 10 or more houses in a day is not unreasonable. But allow for some down time, too.



Moving vanBe sure to have a copy of the MLS printout for each house (your agent should provide this). Also ask for comparison information on homes that have sold in the area (price, etc.). I suggest riding with your REALTOR, or them with you, so you can use the time for Q and A. You can always drive yourself around later, which I recommend, so you can gain a feel for the area on your own terms - check out amenities, commute time, traffic, noise, etc.

Moving vanUse a digital and or video camera (remember the battery charger). This will help you remember homes and is easier than notes when seeing lots of homes - things can get a bit blurry.



Moving vanYou may want to rank order homes as you go so you can eliminate those that are low on the list. This will help you define what you really like and narrow down the list to your favorites.



Moving vanDepending on your schedule you may not want to take too much time at each home so you can see everything that you want. You should pay a second visit to the favorites if time permits so you can make an informed decision. Some folks want to think things over. Keep in mind that waiting for a decision may result in you oozing the home your really want. But that's your choice.


Moving vanDepending on your personal situation and comfort level, I would prepare yourself mentally to make a buying decision when you find the right house. If you have done your research and have a good agent, you will likely find the home you want during your trip, so you need to be prepared to move ahead quickly. If your time is limited and you need to return home, you might want to make an offer and hopefully get it accepted before leaving.

Moving vanBe prepared for making an offer by bringing your checkbook for a deposit. Also make sure you have a pre-approval letter (or can get one from your lender quickly via email or fax). If you are not financing, bring proof of funds to submit with your offer.


In Part 5 of this series we will discuss handling an offer and transaction from a distance.


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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Jeff, great tips on house hunting including the MLS sheet, batteries or charger, and being ready to make an offer. If they hook up with you for Carlsbad, there's no way they will go wrong.

Aug 22, 2009 04:42 AM #1
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Jeff.Excellent tips..I have helped many relocation buyers ..I think you are giving excellent advise..I would not hesitate to refer a buyer to you..


Aug 22, 2009 05:31 AM #2
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


Clear and definitive advice for relocating to Carlsbad and vital information that a buyer can count on.

Aug 22, 2009 06:26 AM #3
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff, I have relocated from one state to another only once, but I was not going to buy until I absolutely new where I wanted to live in the new state.  That was hard enough just finding a place to rent until we felt comfortable in buying.  I can't imagine how hard it is for people who do buy right off the bat.  However, if they follow the advice that you have been giving so far, it should make it a lot easier.

Aug 22, 2009 09:28 AM #4
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

Hmm. We actually wrote similarly in this series when you take a closer look. Just from a different approach. I like your layout and of course, your usual attention to detail =)

Aug 22, 2009 10:37 AM #5
Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

Hi Jeff -- Great post!  And it illustrates why it is so important to hire an experienced agent who knows the ins and outs.

Aug 22, 2009 03:31 PM #6
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

This sounds like a lot of work. I'm guessing with the right assistance it can be fun.

Aug 22, 2009 03:34 PM #7
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

This is very good Jeff. THere is a way to accomplish  any relocations goal and as you have demonstrated here with  a viable working plan procees and when executed in a logical order it porduce.... Voila! The home of your dreams will appear. Even if in a magazine but we have some pretty good ones here as well. Bring lots of money though. :-)

Aug 22, 2009 04:22 PM #8
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Gary - well some of thes ideas are pretty simple (and based on personal experience) but can make a big difference. I have had a number of folks forget the battery charger - I always have my camera just in case.

Hannah - thanks! I learn some new thinsg with each relocation I work with. And in our market it has gotten so much more complex.

Thank you, Tom. I hope folks who are moving will find it useful, whether moving here or elsewhere.

George - well it really depends on how you want to approach, but also on your timing. I have relocated twice where we did 1 hose hunting trip and that was it. Not an easy thing to do. So I understand that appraoch. But I would recemmend several trips to an area if possible.

LIsa - I appreciate your compliment.


Aug 23, 2009 03:07 AM #9
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