Relocation to South Florida
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 40 million Americans moved between 2002 and 2003, and 19 percent of all those moves were to a different state. Moving can be a complicated process, let alone picking up and moving to another state or cross country. One must find a home, schools, perhaps even a job for a spouse, not to mention get a feel for the community before settling in on a new location.
The professionals at Coldwell Banker® recommend taking the following steps to ensure that when it comes time to move to a distant location, the process is smooth and simple. At the end of the day, it is all about research.
Tips to Ease Long Distance Relocation Woes
First, Get Organized
When moving many miles away it makes sense to organize a list of the key information required before deciding where to live. Important questions that will need to be answered include:
- What is the cost of living? How far will the new money go?
- What is the price of a similar sized house in the new location?
- What is the community like? Crime rates?
- How is the school system?
- What is the noise factor?
- Will this be a good area for my spouse to find work?
- What is the public transportation system like?
- How long will my commute be?
To learn more about the typical lifestyle of the new town, as well as community events and crime rates, get a few back copies of the local newspaper, or log on to the local paper’s Web site. This third party information, together with what you learn from the local Chamber of Commerce, will give you a sense of the personality of the area.
Use the Internet
For perhaps the biggest decision in the entire process, finding a home, the World Wide Web is an invaluable tool. Visitors also can find a variety of community and neighborhood information including median age and income, percentages of married couples and children, recent home sales, and a listing of elementary and high schools with demographic information on the schools.
Feet on the Street
When you have a chance to physically visit the new city and have begun working with a real estate sales associate look to see how much new construction and remodeling work is taking place. This will tell you whether the neighborhood is popular, and whether current residents plan to stay. Also, have the sales associate take you through the neighborhood “after hours.” See what the neighborhood looks like when all have returned from work and school.
If possible, try to have a few conversations with the “locals” near a prospective home. More than anyone, they have their fingers on the pulse of the neighborhood and the community at large.
Work With Your Employer
Make it clear to your new employer that your spouse now will be in need of a job. The company likely will have relationships with relocation experts and executive recruitment firms to help in the spousal job search process.
Simplify the Move
Coldwell Banker® customers can use their local Coldwell Banker Concierge® Service Program for assistance in all aspects of the move. With service categories across the nation, local Coldwell Banker Concierge Service Program representatives can help make things easier.
About Coldwell Banker®
Since 1906, the Coldwell Banker® organization has been a premier provider of full-service real estate. In 2005, Franchise Times magazine’s prestigious Top 200 issue ranked the Coldwell Banker system number one in real estate and number nine among all franchisors. The Coldwell Banker System has more than 4,000 residential and commercial real estate offices and 126,600 Sales Associates in 29 countries and territories.
The Coldwell Banker System is a leader in the industry in residential real estate, and in niche markets such as resort, new homes and luxury properties through its Coldwell Banker Previews International® division. It is a pioneer in consumer services with its Coldwell Banker Concierge® Service Program and award-winning Web site, www.coldwellbanker.com. Coldwell Banker Mortgage is one of the largest telephone/web based lenders in the country and the Coldwell Banker Commercial® network is an industry leader in providing commercial real estate solutions that serve the needs of tenants, landlords, sellers and buyers in the leasing, acquisition, disposition and management of all property types. Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation is a subsidiary of Cendant Corporation (NYSE: CD). Coldwell Banker® is a registered trademark licensed to Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation. Each office is independently owned and operated except for offices owned and operated by NRT Incorporated.
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