The cost of a plane ticket and hotel stay is far less than packing up and moving and can help you determine if our city is indeed what you're looking for. It would also give you insight into what our market has to offer. Your money will go much farther here than in NYC so I'm sure you will find that a plus. Just two days ago, my kids were riding their bikes in T-shirts and my dog was diving into Lake Austin to catch tennis balls. Our weather is more mild than New York and we are a very pet (and people) friendly city.
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Goldwasser Real Estate
If your thoughts on acting are still in the "infant stages", then perhaps you might want to consider a long term approach.
1. Schedule some time to visit Austin, if you haven't already done so. Travel around and see if Austin is going to be a place you enjoy and what areas you might want to live in. We have it all down here, and that means I'm sure you'll find a place that you'll connect with.
2. Begin Job hunting in Austin. There are many Fortune 500 companies here like Apple, Dell, etc, and we have many Universities, Medical institutions, and of course our Austin Original businesses. There are many online ways of looking and applying for a job.
3. Keep saving until you land that awesome Austin job.
4. Work on paying down any of your current credit cards or other debts, as this will assist with financing.
5. Obtain your credit report - If you contact an Austin Leander such as Michelle ( http://www.michellemtgpro.com/home.html ), then you can begin your funding process, obtain your credit report, and also learn what your options are - both now and later.
6. Connect with a local dedicated Buyer's Agent to help you locate either a temporary Rental or help you find a home to buy within your Budget.
I believe, maybe it's the mom in me speaking, that it is always better to have a job first and then make the other decisions based upon the security of an income. Of course the adventurer is always ready to jump and then ask questions. Ultimately the decision is up to you and what you're willing to do.
Shannon T. Schmitz,
Representing Distinctive Properties
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For mortgage purposes, unless you have promise of employment in the form of an offer letter or (better) a contract, you'll need to secure employment first in order to qualify for a mortgage loan.
Be aware also that the "gap" in employment between leaving your current employer and beginning work with your new employer could be a negative factor when qualifying for a mortgage loan. If the gap is only a few weeks, you should be okay. Any longer than four-six weeks and it could affect your mortgage qualifications.
I'd suggest pulling out all the stops and exhausting all possibilities of securing employment before the move.
Your first step will be to contact lenders to see if financing is an option without a job. This will help you to determine if you need to rent first unless you plan on paying cash and do not need financing. I can help get you in contact with some lenders who may be able to help you with the financing. My cell is 512-695-5144 and my email is email@example.com if you would like to discuss your options further.
Kristee Leonard, REALTORÂ®
Broker, GRI, SFR
The Leaders Realty, LLC
Finalist for the Austin Business Journal's Top Residential Real Estate Agents 2012
Finalist for the Platinum Top 50 Real Estate Agents
What part of NY are you in? I moved to Austin from NYC in 2007 because I wanted a more relaxed life - definitely found it.
If you know what you like, or what you are looking for, then you can buy first if you have enough cash. If you will need a loan then most lenders will want you to have a job first. The job market is pretty strong in Austin, especially in high tech.
Do you have an idea what your budget is? Do you want a family-oriented "bedroom community" or to be near downtown with lots of music, restaurants, and nightlife? Or something in-between?
Renting is a good idea if you don't know what type of neighborhood you would like or if you think it would take a long time to find just the right house. I'd suggest keep an open mind and check out both options.
I'd be delighted to help you find something and educate you about the various parts of Austin so you can make a decision you'll be happy with.
Call or email any time.
Charles McLagan, CNE, SFR
Goldwasser Real Estate
I would either rent something temporarily or rent for a six
Months minimum and them figure out where you'd like to end up.
We also moved from NY and it was the best move we ever made. That was 2008 and we never looked back. It helped that I was loving here since my 20's and I knew what we were getting into.
Anyway, if you have any questions feel fo contact me. Best of luck!
Vox Real Estate
You'll have to have a job to get a loan to buy a home. Even renting can be difficult without a job. Hook up with a local Realtor who can help you out with either one or both. I'd be happy to discuss this with you. Don't be afraid to interview a few Realtor until you find one you can communicate with. As a buyer or renter having a local Realtor work for you won't cast you anything. In Texas the commissions are paid by the seller or landlord.
Bill ~ 512-709-6343 ~ bill@Teamprice.com ~ LinkedIn Bill Austin ~ @AustinTxHome
If you need any further assistance in your relocation I would be pleased to help you.
Francie Little, Broker, Million Dollar Guild
Austin Portfolio Real Estate/KW Luxury Homes International
If you're not yet going to have a job when you move here, getting a mortgage may be difficult. I can put you in touch with a lender who will look at your situation at no cost to you and give you an honest assessment, but most likely you will have to rent until you have a job and then go from there. If you stay with the same type of work you're doing there, you may be able to get a mortgage sooner than later. If you change careers, you will most likely need two years on the job before you qualify for a mortgage. If you have any other questions, feel free to call me and I will do all I can to assist you. I happen to be one of the top agents in Austin, am with the top real estate company in the US, Keller Williams, and work seven days a week for my clients!
Joe Jarusinsky, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Austin's #1 Real Estate Company, 512-261-4415
Renting without a job may be as difficult as buying without a job. Landlords want to see income besides credit scores, criminal background, previous rental history, etc. Lenders also need to see income before approving you for a loan. Of course Austin is much more affordable than New York whether you buy or rent. The only way you could rent is if you can show a pretty good bank statement and pay several month rent in advance.
I wish I could give you better news, but that's how it is. My advice to you is to first find a job in Austin and then move. Many people relocate to Austin for its affordability (and other reasons as well, like no State income tax in Texas, no harsh winters, etc), but usually they have jobs or can pay cash for a home.
Hope this helps.
Vivianne Dordea, Realtor
Heather Witte, REALTOR, TAHS, CNE
Owner, The Witte Homes Team
Keller Williams Realty