Relocating 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.