Relocating to San Diego

Real Estate Broker/Owner with SD Home Source Realty BRE #01363537

Relocating to San DiegoRelocating to San Diego or any new city is challenging at best. Trying to buy a new home from a distance is even more daunting.

Can it be done? Yes. Last December, a buyer of mine from Las Vegas made a couple of trips to San Diego and we got him a great deal in a new home division. The fact that he could drive here was a huge advantage. He also knew a bit about San Diego and was clear about where he wanted to buy.

If you are relatively new to San Diego, and really unclear about where you want to buy a home, my recommendation is to come here and rent a home for anywhere from 1 – 3 months.

With shorter trips, I can certainly orient you to the city, offer an overview of homes in different neighborhoods and provide information. That however is very different from living here, finding a job, and figuring out where you really belong.

The county of San Diego is geographically huge. Oceanside is our most northern city and is about 90 minutes to our southern tip of Chula Vista. If you buy a home in North County and work in South County, you’ve got one heck of a commute. Or what if you buy a owntown condo and all the people you meet are in Rancho Bernardo?

San Diego encompasses a number of different cities and neighborhoods within the city. Each offers a different demographic and lifestyle. For instance, Rancho Bernardo is primarily a family neighborhood while Downtown is typically for singles and couples without children. When I first moved to San Diego 21 years ago, it took me a good year to figure it all out!

Even though I sell homes for a living, I am encouraging you make your move here and rent for a little while. Get to know our fair city without the pressure of time. The information you find online is far different from what you will experience organically.

Whether you come to town for a few days or a few months, I always make it a point to devote that time frame to you. Whether you need a place to stay, or help finding a rental, I will assist you with what you need. Together, we will explore the neighborhoods that interest you. I’m a firm believer that by taking your time, you will find a better fit and a smart real estate deal.

Comments (4)

Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

This is a very interesting post on San Diego.  I hope that many potential residents see this and recognize your expertise!

Apr 17, 2015 06:16 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Cindy Davis We love San Diego, it's weather, scenery and fun activities.  Good advice for people relocating to SD or other places.

Thanks for answering my question earlier.

Apr 23, 2015 04:38 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

Thanks Mary Yonkers. San Diego is a gorgeous place to live!!

Apr 23, 2015 04:40 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

San Diego is beautiful.  My Sister lived both in Oceanside. and Vista, I loved visiting her there!  At the time I lived in Irvine so it wasn't a bad drive.

Apr 26, 2015 11:38 AM