Help Your REALTOR® Help You in Your Relocation

Real Estate Agent with Solutions Real Estate CA DRE #01490977

How YOU can Help Your REALTOR®

Help You in Your Relocation!


Once you have chosen the person you want to help you finding a home in the new location, you are ready to get to work.


Here are some tips to help your REALTOR® be maximally effective so you can get to where you want to be in a timely, efficient manner.


Respond quickly when you get emails or calls from your REALTOR®. Delays in communication will make it more difficult for your REALTOR® to assist

If you need financing get pre-approved in writing early on

relocation is not for dummiesVerify the details of your relocation package, if applicable. Make sure your REALTOR® knows this is part of the process, and if s/he will be expected to pay a referral fee. There may be additional paperwork involved during the transaction

Be a good communicator and a good listener

Provide your REALTOR® with information needed promptly, especially when things change (e.g., your budget, dates)

Be clear about what you want and need in your new home and neighborhood, and what you are willing to trade off. Recognize this may shift over time, and with the realities of the market you are moving to, but the more your agent knows the better

Get as educated as you can about the new area, the inventory, what’s selling and for how much, and understand the local market conditions (buyer’s market, seller’s market, balanced market). Review daily emailed listings from the MLS. Let your REALTOR® know your likes and dislikes to better assist you. Your REALTOR® can probably preview homes and provide more photos and videos, or perhaps do Skype or Facetime to provide a virtual walk-through.

hsaring information is important in your relocationObtain all the necessary contact information (email, cell phone, office phone) for your agent and provide the same.

Be flexible and change direction quickly if you need to, and inform your Realtor of any and all changes immediately.

Keep careful notes and records of all conversations, decisions, resolutions to problems, etc. Use email to confirm and clarify. Don’t make assumptions – confirm and re-confirm

Find out how the buying process works in the new city/state – it may be very different from what you are used to. What forms will you encounter? What is the timing? Who else is involved?

Do your due diligence. Use the Internet to help research the new community and get answers to your questions. Ask for resources from your REALTOR®


CLICK to visit my Relocation A to Z BlogNeed more relocation tips?


Please give me a call at (760) 840-1360 so we can discuss your personal relocation situation and needs.


I am happy to help you from start to finish with your relocation here to SoCal, or with a move out of this area.


And if you are moving someplace other than SoCal, I can still assist you. I have a great network of highly qualified agents around the country and can help refer you to the right person to help find your new home and/or sell your current one no matter where you are moving.



Here are the prior articles (with videos) in this series in case you missed them:


Video #9 – Finding School, Crime and Other Information During Your Relocation


Video #8 – Packing for your Relocation: Do It Yourself or Not


Video #7 – Making Your List and Checking it Twice: Your Relocation Checklist That Is


Video #6 – Questions to Ask Your Movers


Video #5 - Buying vs. Renting When Relocating to Your New Home


Video #4 – Finding the Right REALTOR® to Help in Your Relocation


Video #3 – Moving with a Relocation Package


Video #2 – Getting Pre-Approved


Video #1 – Relocation Expenses


Introduction to Relocation Tips Video Series




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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Good stuff there Jeff. Relos should always be handled with care, it can be a gift to you. I have a had some good experiences with Realtors from other states finding me and passing it along.

Happy New Year.

Dec 31, 2013 08:07 AM #1
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Happy New Year to you and yours Jeff!

Dec 31, 2013 12:03 PM #2
Beth Spradley
Capital Real Estate - Tuscaloosa, AL
Selling Homes in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham Alabama

Love the Skype/Facetime idea!  Happy New Year, Jeff!

Dec 31, 2013 11:43 PM #3
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Noah - thanks. It CAN be a tough process but with the right people involved it works pretty smoothly.

Thanks, John. Happy New Year to you and your family, too. Make 2014 a great year

Beth - it works well. Happy New Year to you!


Jan 01, 2014 12:55 AM #4
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Good morning Jeff, I love working with folks who are being relocated, it is important we realize it is all about THEM, and not how we will benefit.  The information you provided is great, and we have to understand their relocation package, and above all listen to them.


Jan 01, 2014 01:08 AM #5
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