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4 Tips for Buying a Home in a New City

March 5, 2021

4 MINUTE READ

4 Tips for Buying a Home in a New City

So much has changed. We can work remotely, buy a car online, and have just about anything delivered directly to our doorstep as soon as the same day. So why should it come as any surprise to think you can buy a home from across the state or country? Buying a home in a new city doesn’t have to be hard. 

Thinking about buying a home in a new city? Whether you need to move quickly or it’s just a hot market, sometimes a remote home purchase is the best or only option. Of course, it’s not the same as searching for a home in person, but there are tips you can implement to help make the process more straightforward — and less stressful. 

Work a team who knows how to sell remotely 

It seems obvious, but you should make sure you’re working with a real estate agent who is up to this particular challenge. He or she must be comfortable with technology and utilizing different types of communication and connection with the client. 

Beyond someone who is comfortable with technology, you should also work with an agent who you trust implicitly and who understands your taste and preferences almost as well as you do. They should understand your wants and needs and should communicate closely with you at every step of the way. 

Know your new city the best you can 

Whether you’re moving to a new city for a job or you’re taking a personal leap to move to a bigger city, if you don’t know your new home well, you should consider taking a trip (if you can) before the sale. This can help you get to know the different neighborhoods and is less about finding your new home and more about finding a particular area or neighborhood that you love. 

Narrowing down your home search to a few particular neighborhoods can also help your real estate agent tremendously in finding your dream home. After all, details such as paint colors can always be changed, but you can’t exactly move your perfect home out of a neighborhood that you don’t love. Of course, there are digital tools, like WalkScore, to help you learn more about neighborhoods from afar. 

Know the real estate market

Believe it or not, the real estate market in some California cities is so hot, that buying sight unseen is becoming a reality for many home buyers. Before you consider purchasing your home remotely, get to know the local real estate market. Buying a home can be stressful for anyone, but buying remotely can add a new level of stress that many buyers will never experience. 

Understanding the local real estate market, even at a very high level, will help you feel more confident in understanding how quickly you need to act and how often you should be communicating with your real estate agent. 

Know that you’re ready

Lastly, you should make sure that you’re certain you’re ready to make a long-distance, remote move before you get the ball rolling. When distance is involved, the home buying process can be especially hard to improvise. For instance, if you’re moving long-distance, you don’t have the option of just popping into any open house you drive past. 

Most often, long-distance moves are the result of a “need to,” rather than a “want to.” This means that you’re also more likely to be on a tighter deadline and under even more stress. And given the fact that buying a home is usually the largest financial purchase of your life, and it’s no wonder why this process is anything but casual. 

At the end of the day, buying a home should be an exciting step in anyone’s life, regardless of how it’s done. Working with the right real estate agent can go a long way toward making the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been through the home buying ringer, Reali’s got your back. Reali agents are experienced local agents who work with your best interest in mind at every step of the transaction. 

Buying a home in a new city with Reali 

All of our agents are experts in the areas they serve — and are happy to help you with your real estate search. They’ll support you through the entire process, from search to negotiations, throughout the paperwork process and close. Talk to an agent today.

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