How do I relocate to Miami?
Do you feel like your neighborhood is getting old for you? Chances are, you are looking for a new home and you are itching for a change of scenery. Like moving to a big city. Let us say, you plan to get yourself a new property in Miami. Question is, do you have any idea about the process?
I bet you’re thinking
- Will I have to fly to Miami every weekend to look at properties?
- Will I miss out on the best homes in Miami?
- Is it even possible to buy without physically being in Miami?
Sure, getting yourself a new property from a distance could be challenging and terrifying. Except that it is not impossible.
Here are four tips for buying a home in Miami to make the process easier, faster, and less stressful for you and your family:
1. Gather information
Getting yourself a new property from this foreign city just meant that you need to be more familiar with it. Gathering information on the city, the neighborhoods, the cost of living, and general property information is essential to help you make an informed decision. Without it, you’ll likely waste time and energy exploring homes that ultimately aren’t the right fit for you.
Here is an instance that you might encounter. You saw a property that matches all of your standards and you might think that THIS IS IT. Yet, after some research, you’ll find it inconvenient. It does not have a pleasant neighborhood and doesn’t give you the walkability you desire. Its school system is low, unfit for your child.
You need to thoroughly research areas in Miami. Do research on the internet and, if possible, connect with residents of the city (friends of friends are always a great resource) to get their take on where to live and where to avoid. Contact a well-known agent that serves all of Miami Dade and Broward. Lauren Hershey can help you with this.
2. Choose the right real estate agent
The key to successfully buying a new home from a distance is choosing the right real estate agent. In-order-that, you need to find yourself an expert. Someone who is knowledgeable in your new market. Like Lauren Hershey. She works with buyers from all over and does virtual showings through FaceTime. You can sure trust her to check out every property on your behalf in your absence.
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Away from the location, you probably don’t have the time to visit and view every property. The solution you came up with is to create a checklist and spend time checking all of your boxes on a property that fits your standard. That could be a serious contender for purchase. Ideally, your real estate agent will act as your eyes and ears, going to see properties, eliminating ones that aren’t the right fit for you, and only bringing your attention to the ones they feel hit the mark.
A real estate agent with a sense of urgency is exactly what you need. Most markets move quickly, a reason why you need to get yourself a trustworthy agent who can make sure that you won’t miss any hot opportunities.
3. Decide your boundaries and parameters upfront
It is critical to set your boundaries and parameters upfront. This should be the first thing you need to speak with your agent. How often will you fly in to view properties? If the perfect home came along, would you purchase it sight unseen? Do you want a virtual tour of every home your real estate agent is considering or just the ones they feel are perfect?
You will be able to avoid unnecessary misunderstandings or miscommunications that could be heightened by the distance between you and your agent by setting proper expectations upfront.
4. Leverage technology
Thanks to technology, there’s never been a better time to search for properties from afar. And if you want to have the easiest, fastest, and most positive experience with distance home buying, you need to leverage the technology available to aid your home search.
Check out this virtual video tour.
IT’S EASY TO RELOCATE TO MIAMI
The best way to explore and navigate Miami neighborhoods is to use sites like WalkScore and BikeScore. Use real estate sites like LaurenHershey.com, Zillow, and Redfin to explore everything from selling history to school systems and ratings to estimated taxes for properties you’re considering purchasing. Skype and FaceTime are video conferencing technology. For you to be able to get a sense of the layout and flow of the properties, your agent can use these apps for you to be virtually there. Ready to buy? Easy. Have your agent use a file management program like DocuSign to get all the necessary documents signed and delivered. You don’t even need to leave your desk.
I know that trying to find a home in Miami can be a challenge. Finding the right agent is a pain too. Rest assured, finding your dream home in a faraway zip code won’t be as difficult as you think. A little research and knowing what is it that you like, and transparent communication via technology with your agent will do the trick!