Making the Most of Your House Hunting Trips in Your Relocation

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Making the Most of Your House Hunting Trips in Your Relocation


Chances are you will make at least one trip to your new location before you actually move in order to look at, and hopefully buy, your new home.  Time will probably be limited, so make the most of this time by doing the following (see video at bottom of page):

A house hunting trip is an important step in your relocation1. You should thoroughly research housing on-line in advance so you know what is available, pricing, etc. I don't advise going on this trip blind since you'll waste time. Research the towns and communities that interest you, along with schools if applicable.


2. Develop a thorough list of the properties that interest you.


3. Ask your REALTOR® to arrange for you to see the homes on your list, and others that may be suitable given your criteria. You can add new properties that come on the market at the last moment.


4.Be prepared to spend the entire day or several days looking at houses and see as many as you can. If you are in an area you don't like, let your agent know so you don't waste time going to other homes in that area.


Relocation is not for dummies - be smart about your house hunting trip5. Take lots of notes (notepad, iPad) and make sure you have a copy of the MLS printout for each house you are seeing so you have all the information, or use your iPad or similar device. It’s probably best to have your REALTOR® drive so you can explore more readily.


6. Take a digital camera (and battery charger) and a video camera if preferred (or use your SmartPhone, iPhone, iPad). Seeing lots of homes in a short period can be confusing, and you will find it hard to remember what you saw.


7. Try to rank order homes as you go to eliminate those that are low on the list.


8. Don't take too much time at each home so you keep moving along and see everything you want. You can always revisit homes that interest you.


9. Depending on your personal situation, prepare yourself mentally to make a buying decision when you find the right house. If you have done your homework, and with a good REALTOR®, you will likely find the home you want during your trip, so you need to be prepared to move ahead quickly, especially if you are house hunting in a seller’s market where homes disappear within days.


10. Take your checkbook for your deposit (check with your REALTOR® to see if this is needed), and make sure you have a current pre-approval letter (as recent as possible) for any offer you make. Put your loan officer on alert in case you need to call/email to get a revised pre-approval letter quickly while traveling. You may also want to have a copy of a proof of funds for your deposit/downpayment; it likely will be required if you are paying cash.


RelocationNeed more relocation tips and advice on what to do and not do??


Please reach out to me at (760) 840-1360 so we can discuss your personal relocation needs, questions and concerns. 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 know 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.


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


Video #10 – Help Your REALTOR® Help You in Your Relocation


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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Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease


What a great series about Relocations.  It's a lot of work and the more prepared buyers can be for their relocation trips, the better off they will be.  

I know I've been exhausted by the amount of home visits, touring, etc we have done with relocating buyers and I am not new to the area.  God bless, they leave the car almost comatose on occaision trying to soak it all in.

All the best, Michelle

Jan 06, 2014 08:47 AM #1
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks, Michelle

It CAN be really tough to relocate and buy a home during that process (been there done that several times) and we have to be a tremendous resource to buyers. Seeing many homes in a day can really wear you out, physically and mentally, plus the pressures of traveling, learning a new area AND dealing with selling the current home.


Jan 06, 2014 12:23 PM #2
William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE

Hi Jeff, This is quite a comprehensive and excellent post and the videos are really nicely done. 

Jan 06, 2014 02:08 PM #3
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks, William. Relocation can be tough and the more people know up front about what to expect the easier it will be.


Jan 07, 2014 01:50 AM #4
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

This is a great resource for those considering relocation, Jeff. What a comprehensive list.

Jan 07, 2014 04:34 AM #5
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