You’ve been offered a new job in a new city and all you can think about is the move itself. We understand. Your feelings are valid. Relocating is not a simple task for anyone, especially if you’re moving somewhere unfamiliar.

The process of finding a new home, in your new city, doesn’t have to be overwhelming… especially if you know what to look for.

4 Tips to Finding the Right Home for your Relocation

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If the only reason you are moving is that you’re changing jobs you’ll want to find a home that is convenient to your new office. Maybe not as close as walking distance but an hours drive may be a bit much. A long commute may not seem too bad initially but it will begin to wear on you.

There are other important things to consider regarding where your future home is located. Be sure to know how close the location is to shopping, schools, and entertainment. 

Tip: If you’re moving to a metropolitan area be sure that your new home is near public transport! Some areas have limited parking and or high traffic.

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If you’re going to buy…

Before you buy any real estate, in a new area, you need to be very familiar with the local real estate market.

Do your research.

Don’t just trust online articles or statistics. Get in touch with a real estate professional that can fill you in on current real estate trends, what areas of hot and which may not fit what you’re looking for in a home. Don’t rush into any decisions before you know everything you can about your future neighborhood. From crime rates to future development plans, if you’re going to purchase a home, you want to be able to make an informed decision. 

Tip: If you decide to purchase, be sure that you are thinking like a future buyer. You may be a single professional now, but you will still want to look for places that attract young couples or families – for future resale appeal.

Consider a Condo

If you know that it will take you a lot of time to adjust to your new environment, and you want to focus on your job for the first few months, consider buying a condo instead. 

Why a condo?

Condos are generally low maintenance and are usually conveniently located. They attract young professionals that are ready to purchase a home but still want some of the conveniences of apartment living – exercise facilities, community pool, no lawn care… etc. 

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Tip: Check out websites like and Ryan Hardy to see what’s available for you.

The Big What If?

Situations change by the day. You have to be prepared for the big what-ifs that life presents us with. You may want to move to a new place once you’re familiar with the area and find a community that fits what you’re looking for. A better career opportunity might tempt you to a new city… or you may find love and want to move to a bigger home in the suburbs.

Life happens. Put yourself if the best situation possible to be prepared for changes that might present themselves. As you’re looking for your new home ask yourself (and your realtor) these questions:

Will the home you’re considering appeal to a large pool of buyers?

If you decide to rent your home, will the potential rental income be enough to cover your mortgage?

Do people relocate to the area often? High transient areas have a constant flow of new home buyers.

The most important part of relocating for work is making sure that you take your time. You want to make an informed and educated decision that you won’t regret later. Don’t feel pressure to make a quick decision for such a tremendous financial investment. If you need to, consider renting for a short-term (3 to 6 months), so that you have enough time to do your due diligence and get familiar with the area and the local real estate market.