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Moving to DC from Another State?

The Greater DC area attracts new residents from all over the country and the world. Whether they arrive for a new job or for the many cultural opportunities and sense of history, coordinating moving from out of state has numerous challenges. Here are a few tips to help make the move easier.

Get a High-Quality Realtor®

Online home searching has been a boon to home buyers, because it puts the power in their hands. They can search for a home from the comfort of their couches, while sipping coffee (or wine) and leisurely perusing listings anywhere in the world. However, what the internet can’t really do is help you manage all the details of handling a home purchase. Finding a good Realtor® can make all the difference in the world, between a smooth move and a major migraine.

Consider the following:

  • A local agent knows the neighborhoods and the most desirable locations, as well as the ins and outs of local schools, public transportation and other amenities that you might not think about when searching online.
  • A local agent tailors the home search to your specific needs, narrowing down the field to ensure that you don’t waste your time looking at homes that are too far away from work, too costly, or too far away from amenities that suit your lifestyle.
  • A local agent has only YOUR interests in mind when negotiating with sellers.
  • A local agent can sometimes offer options in homes that are not yet on the market, such as foreclosures or homes that are pending listing.
  • A fees for a local agent are covered by the seller at closing, not by the buyers. This means you essentially have this expert assistance with your home search and negotiating process at NO COST TO YOU!
  • A local agent is often able to help buyers buy a home for less than what they would be able to negotiate themselves.
  • Once a purchase agreement is in place, there are numerous milestones and documents that must be processed with very specific deadlines in order for the home purchase to close successfully. Having a local agent to navigate the complexity is invaluable!

Finding the Right Realtor® 

Find an agent when you don’t live in the community can be challenging. Normally, you might request family, friends, co-workers or neighbors for a referral. This becomes nearly impossible if you don’t know anyone in the area. So how do you find a someone to help you along this home ownership journey?

Start with a trusted local agent. Maybe you’ve worked with someone in the past, or a friend or family member has worked with a really great agent. More than likely, that agent will have a network of agents in other cities that they can tap to provide you a referral.

If our employer has an office location in your new city, the HR department or someone who works in your new office can provide you with a referral. Many businesses deal with relocating employees all the time, so they may have certain agents that they work with.

Chances are, you may make a few trips to your new city before you actually buy a home to check out the scene, maybe tour some neighborhoods or open houses. While you are there, collect some business cards of the agents hosting the open houses.

Once you have collected some names from various sources, do your homework. First check them out online and on social media.
Resources such as Yelp!, Zillow, or provide reviews and testimonials for agents all over the country. Once you have narrowed down the list, then you interview your top 2-3 (or 5), until you find an agent who is a fit for your needs.

Find the Perfect Home

Trust your agent! Once you have vetted and chosen an agent to help you find a home, they should start sending you listings that are fit your needs for size, location, price, etc. While you can still search online, these more focused listings should help you narrow down the field more quickly, so that you aren’t wasting time looking at homes that are too far away from work, that are outside your budget, or in an unsafe neighborhood.

The listings will include a lot of information about the home, but you can also check online to see if there is a virtual tour or full size pictures that will give you a better idea of the home and neighborhood. If you have any questions about the home or the location, don’t hesitate to contact your agent.

If you are able to travel to see some homes, then it’s always best to tour them in person. Plan a weekend to your new city once you have 5 or so homes that you want tour, and coordinate with your agent to visit the homes. Since traveling back and forth can get expensive, you want to make sure you are making good use of your time.

If you aren’t able to travel to your new town, that’s ok! Online virtual tours (if available) can simulate a walk through, and you can make the offer through your agent electronically (fax, email, electronic signature).

ADMC Realty Group has significant experience coordinating out-of-state transactions for our clients. If you are moving away from the Greater DC area, we can also refer you to high quality agents in our network that can help you in your new town.

We are here to help! When it is time to sell or buy a home, having a local team you can rely on will make the process a smooth one. Call the Realtors® who love where they live and understand the local real estate market. ADMC Realty Group happily serves the communities in and around the Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia areas. From start to finish, we’re here to help with all your Real estate needs. Give us a call at (202)596-8101 or email us at [email protected].

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