Finding Your Way in a New Neighborhood or Town

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

Moving is stressful.  It ranks right up there with the most difficult of life's transitions.  Whether you are moving to a new neighborhood,  a new city or cross country, you are probably feeling some level of stress.  And once the packing boxes are all emptied and put out on the curb for recycling, you have a new task! Now it is time to get to know your new community and begin to feel comfortable within it.

Here are some practical tips to help you feel more at home faster:

Get connected. If they haven’t already done so, don’t wait for your new neighbors to ring your doorbell. Knock on their doors to introduce yourself. Even if they don’t become friends, they can be a good source of information and referrals for reliable handymen, babysitters, doctors and other local service providers.

Walk or drive around town. Walking around your neighborhood is the best way to pinpoint local stores, schools, libraries and more–and driving will widen your familiarity with the city and acquaint you with alternative driving routes.

Don’t hesitate to say you’re new in town. Wherever you happen to be, from the dry cleaners to the kids’ new school, let people know you’re new to the area. You may be surprised to find how much good information they’ll want to share with you about their favorite places to go and things to do.  They may even have newcomer discounts! 

Use social media. Get online to browse upcoming local events, as well as trending restaurants, museums and other local attractions.  See whether you agree with that rave review on Yelp.  Check to see what your Chamber of Commerce is up to. 

Find activities and places of interest. Look online and ask around to find appealing local activities for everyone in the family, such as book clubs, quilting shops, photography classes or sports leagues. Learn about the history of your new community.  Go to historical sites.  When your out of town guests come to visit, you will feel like a native!  

Be purposeful about learning a new skill or taking up a new hobby.  You may have more time on your hands since you don't have as many friends right now in your new community.  Use that down time to learn a new skill or take up a new hobby.  Maybe this is the time to take a wine tasting class or to join a rugby club!  You will meet new friends and you may even discover new things about yourself! 

Join a Say yes to invitations. Agree to join new colleagues for a drink after work or a neighbor’s invitation to a picnic. The more people you meet as a newcomer, the more likely you’ll be to develop valuable friendships.

Update your registrations. Finally, don’t forget to register your car with the DMV, apply for any necessary licenses and re-register to vote. Officially identifying with your new location will help make you feel more connected to the community.

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  2. Will Hamm 08/23/2019 11:42 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Lise. The hardest part about moving is what to take and what to leave. The rest falls into place. Enjoy your day!

Jul 31, 2019 05:09 AM #1
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
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Great hints and ones that agents may consider as helpful when dealing with relocating buyers.

Jul 31, 2019 05:10 AM #2
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Sham Reddy CRS
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Settling in a new town or city can be challenging unless you already have some friends there.

You may have more time on your hands since you don't have as many friends right now in your new community.  Use that down time to learn a new skill or take up a new hobby.  Maybe this is the time to take a wine tasting class or to join a rugby club!  You will meet new friends and you may even discover new things about yourself! 

Jul 31, 2019 05:34 AM #3
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Lise Howe the more people you know after moving into a new neighborhood, the better.... and joining a few local groups is always a good way to start.... 

Jul 31, 2019 05:43 AM #4
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Lise. This is terrific and could be handout anywhere. Well done.

Jul 31, 2019 06:26 AM #5
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Very nice list, Lise.  I wish the house my grandmother built in Chevy Chase in 1910 was still in the family.  Though I probably could not afford the taxes...

Jul 31, 2019 06:27 AM #6
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
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Good morning, Lise - a terrific list that will certainly help many loooking to find their "place" in a neighborhood or city.  

Jul 31, 2019 06:52 AM #7
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

I like this list, Lise. When I moved to San Francisco, I never thought about letting store owners know I was new in town - a mistake, I think.  I'd like to use this list to share with clients/friends who are either new in town or heading to a new area. OK with you?

Jul 31, 2019 07:05 AM #8
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Lottie Kendall - I would be honored!!! Please share away! 

Jul 31, 2019 07:22 AM #9
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Hello Lise Howe,  Great blog that if it is okay with you I would like to reblog down the road?

Jul 31, 2019 09:41 AM #10
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
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Will Hamm - please share anytime you want - thanks so much!

Jul 31, 2019 09:45 AM #11
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George Souto
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Lise great advice and all your suggestions are simple to do.

Jul 31, 2019 12:51 PM #12
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