It sounds like one big adventure to just pack up everything you have and move to another city. You'll get to live in new place, meet new people and start a new job. It might sound like all fun, but that's a lot of new things to deal with all at once and it can get stressful.
There are tons of questions you start asking yourself when you are moving to a new city. Where will we live? What type of home can we afford? How far will I have to commute to work? Can the kids get into a good school? How do we avoid making costly mistakes?
When you move to a new city you want to feel confident that you are working with a Realtor who you can trust to help find the right neighbourhood for you, as well as, navigate you through the home buying process so your move is as smooth as possible.
The right Realtor for you is the one you feel most confident in. They can answer all your questions with ease, and have the experience and expertise to help you make no regret real estate decisions.
Ways to Find a Realtor in Another City
- Search for a Realtor who is a Relocation Specialist. Search for a Realtor using REALTOR.ca. Use more search criteria to find a Realtor with the specific designation, Canadian Employee Relocation Specialist.
- Ask Realtors you know in your current city if they know a Realtor they would recommend in your new city.
- Ask friends or family living in your new city if they have a Realtor they would recommend.
Find a Realtor Who Specializes in Relocations
If you are relocating to a new city, it might be best to work with a Realtor who specializes in relocations. A relocation move is not your typical real estate transaction. It takes specific education and experience to understand all the puzzle pieces involved with a relocation move. A Realtor specializing in relocations will have additional education and specific designations like Canadian Employee Relocation Specialist (CERC) or Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) Designation.
A Realtor Relocation Specialist will:
- Understand the time constraints and employer policies that can affect your home purchase.
- Understand the additional stress and emotional strain moving to a new city can cause.
- Guide you through the real estate process, explaining everything you need to know about your purchase.
- Problem solve and help you avoid costly mistakes.
Questions to Ask When Hiring a Realtor in Another City
- Ask the Realtor for contact information from a few of their past clients to speak to.
- Do they have additional certifications (i.e. Canadian Employee Relocation Specialist or Accredited Buyer's Representative designation).
- Do they have a team? Will you be working exclusively with them or a team member?
- How will they assist you in finding the right neighbourhood to live in? Do they specialize in a specific area or work the whole city?
- Do they do a video or in-person buyer consultation to inform you about the buying process and answer all your real estate questions.
Tips to Help Make Your Move to a New City Easier
- Make notes about what type of neighbourhood you want to live in? Close to downtown, suburban, mature or new community, a lake community, estate neighbourhood etc.
- Make a list of all the things you would like in the neighbourhood you want to live in (i.e. public transit, schools, recreational facility, shopping etc.)
- If you have school age children, what type of school do you want them to attend? Public, private, Catholic etc. Do you want them to walk to school or can they take the bus?
- If you have school age children, try to book your home finding trips on weekdays, so you can contact or visit schools. Some schools may be at capacity, so you will want to contact the schools in the neighbourhoods you love before you purchase a home.
It’s important to find the right Realtor for you before you move to a new city. A Realtor will answer all your questions, provide you with the information and insights you need, help you avoid costly mistakes, and make sure you’re heading in the right direction.
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