Buying a new home is always a stressful time. When your new home is going to be out of the state, or far away from where you currently live, it adds even more stress. However, if you start early, and take advantage of all a real estate agent has to offer, the whole experience can be much easier and better than anticipated. Here are a few tips to making sure your move goes as smoothly as possible.
Contact a Real Estate Agent
As soon as you know you will be moving, contact a real estate agent. The first conversation should be about the new area. You need to know what the cost of living is like. Find out about housing costs, but also things like utilities, and home and car insurance rates for the area. Ask about the cost of groceries and entertainment too. This will give you a good idea of what to expect when you move and have to pay these things regularly. You do not want to get there and realize that your income is worth less than where you currently live. You should also ask for recommendations for lenders. Let the agent know what you want and need in a home so he or she can start looking.
Contact a Lender
Now you need to know how much you can afford to spend on your new home. In addition, you can get pre-qualified, so you do not have to waste everyone's time going to see homes the lender will not approve you for. If you need to clear up your credit a bit, do so, and make sure to get documentation that the debt has been resolved as it may not show on a credit report right away.
Meet with the Real Estate Agent
Take some time to travel to the new location and meet with the real estate agent. He or she should have a number of houses for you to look at during this visit. Take your time, and do not just settle on a home because you don't have the time to look for more. If you find the one you want, have the agent start the process for you to buy. Make sure the agent gets all the inspections done and has everything cleared for closing. You can even do the closing over the Internet or with faxes. Have the agent arrange to have all the utilities turned on before you get there. If you do not find the house you want, and your move date is imminent, arrange for a short-term rental with the agent. You can then continue your search once you are moved.
It is important that you and your real estate agent communicate regularly while you are far away. You must be able to let him or her know what you want, need, and are thinking. Plan on many long conversations, emails, and possibly even video conversations. Do not be afraid to ask the agent to do things to help you, such as go back to the house and measure a room, or count all the windows. This is what real estate agents do; they work hard to make sure you find a house you can call home.
For a real estate agent, contact an agency such as All Connecticut Realty.