If you know where you are going and have someone there to receive you when relocating, they might be able to give you some valuable assistance. If It were me doing the moving and I had someone on the other end – I’d ask them if they knew anyone in the Real Estate Business.
I would ask them where they live and how they like it. Discuss the obvious: Do they have children or do you? Are schools a concern? Do you party like it is the year 1999?
If the closest school is 20 miles away and if it is rated at the bottom of the rating system – you might not be good with that. If there are enviornmental concerns, you might have issues raising your children there. If you party 5X a week – and if you share common walls with people who are not as “entertaining” as yourself – you will have other problems.
We always have an additional step for our clients during the inspection times. Along with the:
- home inspection
- Megan’s law run
- contacting of Local Law Enforcement
We also want our clients, during the first week in escrow, to knock on the doors of all of their neighbors. If you are a couple, then both of you should go. If you are a single parent, you will want to go with your son(s) and or daughter(s).
When you do your “buyer door knocking”, you will eventually run into the “chatty Kathy” of the neighborhood or the complex. Ask them how they like or don’t like living there. Ask them if they think you will be comfortable and safe.
When we have our buyers briefings and explain this “necessary” Paris911 step, reminding in escrow, some don’t heed our advice. Please “heed” 🙂
Here are the Foreclosures in Southern California with less than 24 hours on the market for sale: