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10 To-Dos Before You Move for Work

10 To-Dos Before You Move for Work

Christine F. Della Monaca | Monster Staff Writer

May 25, 2010

Plan to Make a Few Preview Trips

It will take some time for you to gain familiarity with a new area, so plan a few preview trips, if possible, to help you get comfortable there. You may be assessing various towns or neighborhoods, so do some comparison shopping.

Determine What You Can Live With

The commute to work may be a breeze from the northern suburbs but horrible from the south. You may prefer a bedroom community to the city life. If you have children, the school systems are always critical to your decision. This is a process that will more than likely take some time to work through. Your Realtor can play a key role here.

Find a Real Estate Agent in Your New Hometown

When searching for a real estate agent in your new hometown, remember: You will be relying on this person for guidance and expertise in an unfamiliar community. Your agent should be well-versed in local real estate values, as well as be able to provide helpful information on local amenities such as schools and churches.

In some locations, you will be able to work with a buyer’s agent, who will be your advocate. Be sure to take some time to talk to your agent about your working relationship, who the Realtor represents and who pays the Realtor fees. If you don’t know where to start looking, ask your listing agent for a referral. Also, the people you have spoken to during the interview process might be able to provide you with a name, since they have probably used a local Realtor themselves.

Look into Mortgage Services

Your Realtor can provide you with a list of local lenders he has worked with. Shop around for the best interest rate and closing costs. Keep in mind, however, that the cheapest does not always mean the best. A reputation of great service and a hassle-free closing can save you both money and headaches in the long run.

When you make a final decision on a lender, it is important to get a preapproval letter, which your Realtor will include with any offer to purchase you write.

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