So you have a new job, and because of this exciting change you need a new home for your family, in a new state. This can be a daunting task. How do you find real estate to buy or rent from another state? Actually calling an agent can help make that process much easier. With a phone call describing what you are looking for, an agent can look for rentals or properties to buy depending on your desires.
Military families often run into this plight. Moving into a home you have never seen can be a bit tricky. You will want a realtor who can attest to the neighborhood and the schools, and be very specific about the people you will be surrounded by. No one wants to find they bought a home in the middle of a less than desirable neighborhood. By doing the proper research, and with a realtor working with you, you can avoid this.
When looking for a home you will want to consider neighborhoods near where you will work. Often towns with many places to work are full of lovely homes that go for more than neighboring towns. When considering a home you may get more for your buck by being willing to drive twenty minutes into town each morning. Keep in mind when your realtor gives you suggestions that lower prices may simply mean a drive to work. Higher prices don't necessarily mean nicer houses. In fact, schools may be better, and though the neighborhood isn't as sought after that may be a benefit for you.
Considering real estate from another state doesn't allow you to talk to neighbors or do a drive-by at different times of day. These two activities can open your eyes to the types of neighbors you will have. You might ask your realtor their opinion about the town, but their opinion may not be the same as yours would be. Check the paper in your prospective town's police logs from the Internet. It would also be nice to send friends by if you are lucky enough to know anyone in your prospective new town.
Buying a home you can see is tricky enough; buying one sight unseen is exponentially more difficult. If you can't see the home yourself, an inspection can be extremely important. Get photos, and be sure to fully read the report listing any defects. Talking with the owners can give you insight into past repairs and also gives you an idea of when to expect to repeat things like painting. If you do some homework and enlist the help of others, you can find a nice piece of real estate that will become your future home.