Moving is stressful, there’s no way around that. Military life, and the often-frequent relocations that come with it, is a truly unique lifestyle. For many reasons, this adds to the existing stress of moving. With little say in where they’re headed to, short deadlines, and time-consuming bureaucratic processes to follow, that stress can quickly become a headache.
We know, we’ve been there.
That’s why we know how important it is to find a great REALTOR® to help you get settled at your new posting.
As soon as you have your orders, or a good idea of where you’re headed, reach out to local real estate agents. It’s important to choose a REALTOR® who has the experience and tools to accommodate a military relocation, after all, it’s not a normal move.
This is something you’ll want to do as soon as possible because your agent should then be able to help facilitate all the next steps, and even make professional recommendations on other experts you will need, like lawyers and inspectors.
Don’t rely on sites like Zillow to inform you about the real estate market at your new base. iBuyer websites rely on algorithms and have no local knowledge of the market you’ll be buying in. Your real estate agent is boots-on-the-ground every day. This means they know what the market is like and can prepare you for what you’ll need to succeed and set your expectations.
Needs are the absolute non-negotiables. This often comes down to number of bedrooms and bathrooms, whether or not you’re willing to do renovations, and other “unchangables” about the property.
Wants are things you’d like but will settle without if the market can’t accommodate. Such as a rec-room or swimming pool.
Avoidances are absolute no-goes. Maybe it’s a specific type of heating, like baseboards, or carpet in the bathroom. These are the things that you don’t want to deal with that would turn you off of a listing before walking through the front door.
Prioritizing your needs and wants with your REALTOR® helps them understand your goals and find you the right properties to view. House hunting trips are short, if you’re able to snag one at all, and it is important to spend that time focusing on the homes that fit your criteria.
If there isn’t a match on the market, your REALTOR® knows where to start looking to find you an off-market property that fits your lifestyle.
We help you find the right help to make your move seamless.