Buying a home in another state can be a particularly stressful experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Out-of-state buyers may face many disadvantages, including not being familiar with the various neighborhoods in the area, the school districts and more. Facing these challenges can be a deterrent from moving out of state or in some cases, can result in renting and thus multiple moves, but below are a few tips to help make the decision-making process easier.
Research the area
When purchasing a home, whether in your home state or out of state, research is always a great place to start. It is imperative to do your research when hiring a REALTOR® and to make your list of the questions to ask about the area. The earlier you start this process, the better.
Work with a local REALTOR®
This is quite possibly the most important step in buying a home. A local REALTOR will act as your eyes and ears during your relocation. It is crucial to find someone trustworthy, knowledgeable and who has your best interest at heart. To find the perfect REALTOR for you, start with personal referrals and research.
Get a second opinion
Hopefully, you will be able to make at least one trip to your new town to see the most promising listings in person, but if not, your REALTOR can always take you along for a tour via modern technology (i.e., Homesnap, Skype or FaceTime). It is important to keep in mind the things you cannot get a full picture of through video chat, including smells, sounds and the overall feeling you get when you walk through the door. A good way to gain a more personal experience is to arrange for friends or family (if any live in the area) to visit your favorite properties and provide their opinions.
Closing on your new home
Don’t sweat it if you cannot be there in person to sign paperwork. Remote closings are possible to accommodate for certain situations. Find a local title company through your REALTOR so you can be sure everything is efficiently and effectively coordinated. To close the deal, you can schedule a time to visit a designated local office or pay a notary to come to you.
Connecting with a local REALTOR will ultimately ease your mind in a stressful time. They are there to lead you in the right direction and make the move convenient for you. If you’re looking to make the move to Baldwin County, connect with a local REALTOR today!