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Tips for House Hunting in a Distant City for a Job Transfer

Have you landed the job of your dreams?  Is it just a question of visiting the new city with your family to seal the deal?  Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon and select a flight from the many options available on Travelocity.com and explore your new city.  Get recommendations for a referral of a reputable real estate agent to make the transition a smooth as possible. Follow these recommendations from the moving experts to ensure your new home and city is as welcoming as possible.

Determine your price range, size of home and type of home that will best meet your needs. A qualified real estate agent will be able to send you listing recommendations to give you an idea of the selection of homes in you preferred area that will satisfy the items on your list. Given that the majority of home sale listings are displayed online, often with videos, the search can begin before you actually move.

Spend a bit of time researching the areas, schools, and amenities as well as the anticipated commuting distance to your new office as part of your home search. Unless you’re in the market for a lot of land, the best investments and top locations are often located close to the city center.  New developments with larger lots and homes tend to be on the outer edges of larger cities.

Often companies that extend offers will provide assistance in relocation.  This will help you determine if you need to sell your home prior to departure and secure temporary housing in your new city, or if the employer will arrange for a bridge loan allowing you to secure a new property. Plan to meet with a mortgage professional in your new location to undergo the pre-qualification process for a new mortgage. With this letter in hand, any offers you make on a property will be stronger. Best of luck with your new home shopping and great new career position.

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January 27, 2017