I Need to Move...Where Do I Start?





  • March 13 2013 - Fairfield
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Start by calling a Realtor in the area you would like to move to.  They will have a wealth of resources they can share with you.
  • March 26 2014
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Once you have the destination all figured out, there are amazing blogs written by military wives about making the easiest most efficient move. And who would know better.
  • March 26 2014
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Starting a new move can feel overwhelming even for the best of us. I suggest start by making a list of everything that is important to you in a new home. Include everything and anything that you need in a home and community you want to live. 

Once you have your list your should speak with a qualified mortgage lender to determine how much house you truly can afford. Your lender will provide you with a letter of approval which you will need when it time to make an offer.

Next have an honest and direct conversation with a qualified real estate professional. Your agent/Realtor/Broker will work within your budget to find you your dream home. 

Best of luck to you!
  • March 29 2013
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My suggestion is that it would be best for you to start by getting a pre-approval. A pre-approval (from a lender) will clarify what properties you will and/or will not be able to look at based on your pre approved loan amount. Without this, a Realtor may show you properties for $150,000,000 but, obviously that would be a waste of time and effort if you wont be able to get a loan for anywhere near that amount (though it may be fun ;) ). After you get pre approved, take that pre approval letter to a Realtor, and they can take it from there.
If however you're looking to pay cash, then what you would need to do is get "verification of funds". Verification of funds would be a statement from you bank showing that you actually do have that amount of cash in your bank account. When you make an offer on a property for cash, the seller will require this. Take the Verification of Funds to a Realtor, and they can help you from there.

Best Wishes and Warm Regards from The Sunshine State! :).
  • March 29 2013
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You must first consider your place of employment, schools if any, family/ friends and most importantly a great Realtor.

  • March 18 2013
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When someone wants to move I begin by sitting down with them and doing what we call a buyer consultation which goes over all your options.  We always begin with a confidential meeting with our banker.   Before you go out to see 1 house, you need to understand not only what you can afford but, more importantly, what payment is comfortable for you.

When you start with an initial consultation, you go over the sales, mortgage and closing process.  The idea is to completely educate and prepare you so you know what you're doing.  When you know what you're doing, stress is eliminated and the home buying experience is a lot of fun.

Here's another tip - don't rate shop.  It's a waste of time. Rate quotes can be manipulated by what fees are or are not included.  Don't be misled by a bank that touts a low rate; it's just advertising. 

Find a good banker who works directly with the loan processor and has a clear line of communication with the entire system.  Such a banker will make sure you close on time without last minute unhappy surprises.
  • March 14 2013
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When do you need to move?  Where do you need to move? How much do you want to spend?  Do you want to rent or own?  These are some questions that YOU need to answer as a start.  Good luck and I would love to help!! :-)
  • March 14 2013
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Calling a Realtor in the area of your destination is your first move.  Whether you are going to rent or buy they will have the local knowledge you need to get you through it. 
  • March 13 2013
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