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When is it too soon to hire a Realtor (Relocating)

Hello,

I'll make it short and sweet.  The wife and I plan on relocating from Phoenix to Minneapolis/St. Paul area.  Our current home in Phoenix will be paid off in November of 2016, and we would be looking to relocate I would say within 12-18 months that follows.  We would consider moving before the home is paid off if out existing home reaches a certain value as well.

We have been monitoring the real estate market in the twin cities, but I'm wondering when it would be too soon to consider brining someone in to help us prepare for the transition (Preparing to sell in PHX, Sell in PHX, Find in MSP, Buy in MSP).

Thanks!
  • November 24 2013 - US
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Establish a relationship with a Realtor when the time is right for you. 

Good luck!
  • December 01 2013
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I agree with the idea of starting a relationship with a Realtor now.  If you can find a Realtor that is up to date on market changes and trends, that can be very beneficial to you as a consumer.  If you go ahead and start a conversation with a Realtor now, it will also give you plenty of time to be certain you are speaking with an experienced agent and one that will take the time to keep you updated for over a year...is dedicated to your success....a "keeper" :)!  A great Realtor can save you thousands of dollars and make the whole experience an amazing one!  So...start calling around and pick a Realtor that matches your personality as well as your needs and wants in Real Estate!  Good luck!!  

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  • December 01 2013
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You can start the relationship with someone now.  That way you can start to receive listings automatically and passively as they come onto the market and have price changes.  It's a way for you to stay in touch and to monitor the market closely.  You'll need to work with someone who is patient and understands your timeframe and your needs.  I work with plenty of folks in this type of situation.  We need "pipeline" clients too... not just people who are ready immediately.

Hope that helps -- Good luck -- Shayla Twit, Sarasota, FL Realtor
  • November 30 2013
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Now is a great time to start talking to an agent, for several reasons.

Selling:  An agent can advise you on updates you can make to your house that you can do over time (not rushed) that will benefit your bottom line when you sell in 2016.  An agent may also be able to keep it in mind in the event that they have a buyer that is is perfect for, and who is willing to pay your 2016 price now.

Buying:  An agent in MSP can keep an eye out for a house that hits everything on your wish list, and in the event that your "dream home" becomes available, you might want to consider making things happen sooner than later.  In addition, the agent can keep you informed of market trends, area news, etc., and help keep you excited about your long-term move.

This is important - select agents in both cities who have been in the business for a long time, who are full-time agents, and who plan to stay with real estate in the future.  There is a lot of turnover in our industry, and you want to be sure that you are building relationships with agents who will still be there in a few years!  I can help you find an agent in either city through the CRS network if you like.  They often have the most experience and education, and only 3% of agents hold that designation.  It's a good place to start.
  • November 30 2013
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Never too early to build a relationship with a realtor. Ive never herd a realtor say, "Its too early for us to talk." I always recommend getting pre-approved for a loan before talking to a realtor, but since the pre-approval process involves taking a look at your credit, Id try and do that relatively close to the time that you want to start shopping. Most pre-approvals are good for about 30 days because credit scores can change. 
  • November 24 2013
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