Home Finding

We place Home Finding first in the physical move process because you need to understand if moving to this 'new area' is the right thing for you and your family. If not, there's no sense continuing on to anything else.

When looking for a new place to live, you'll need a well thought out and organized approach to avoid some common mistakes made by many people. We suggest using our tried and proven method called the ‘bulls eye’ approach. This simple process starts your search at the outer ring of the target and slowly works into the center bull’s eye, or home.

 

Regional: regions are generally defined as a county, group of towns or some other large geographical reference near where you want to live or work.

Township: look for town or city demographic information that is important to you, and services that you will need locally.

Neighborhood: researching neighborhoods is a much more personal aspect, and you may need to have your 'feet on the ground' to look at housing types, safety and more.

Home: your real estate agent can send you available listings for purchase or rent, however, you'll definitely want to be there to find that right home for you and your family.

 

The Process 

Organize Your Research 

Download the Discovery and Decision form from ReloTutor's Checklist and Forms section and follow the instructions in the Destination Assessment section. 

Pre-investigation: Regions and Townships

Begin by investigating Regions and Townships before making your decision to move. Research what you can on the Internet and assess what you hear through word-of-mouth.

  • Make use of government Internet sites, like chambers of commerce to increase the reliability of data
  • Use real estate agents to verify your findings but avoid being over stimulated by them. Sometimes involving a real estate agent too early in the process can skew your thoughts. These agents will play a critical role later 
  • Relocating employees: if you are moving as part of a corporate relocation, ask if your company works with a Destination Assistance company. These companies compile a multitude of data from various sources and are free to you.  

Zero-in: Neighborhoods and Homes 

Soon after assessing regions and townships, you will need to 1] confirm your findings and 2] focus on suitable neighborhoods to find a home.

  • Contact a real estate agent in your likely destination to verify your Regional and Township findings 
  • Have your agent pinpoint neighborhoods that fit your families needs and collect the data you need to make an informed decision
  • Your agent can then begin to provide you with listings for the type of house, town home, condominium, apartment or rental property that you are looking for. Note that real estate agents are used for rentals as well as purchases, but be sure to understand who they are getting paid by. Rental agents can either get paid by the renter or landlord. Purchase agents usually get paid through a sellers commission, but can also get paid directly from you as a 'buyers agent'

Home Finding Trips

After verifying your research, take one or more trips to the new area to narrow down neighborhoods using the Discovery and Decision checklist. Only then should you begin looking at specific housing. Always use a real estate agent for this stage. They truly are the the experts on the communities that they service.

Purchase or Lease 

When it's time, be sure to understand more about acquiring your home in Your New Lease or Home Purchase.

 

The Bull's Eye approach to finding a home is designed specifically to walk you through the process by looking at housing from the top down. Be sure to follow the Destination Assessment process in a step-by-step fashion to ensure that safety, economic stability, services and conveniences are met.


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