Long distance moves are both exciting and maybe a little terrifying! I know from personal experience what it's like to move to a completely unfamiliar area and have to establish a new household and all the auxiliary services - doctors, schools, shopping, etc.
Whether or not you should lease first depends on a number of factors:
Do you get any scouting trips?
Do you have kids in school?
How soon are you moving?
Do you need to sell your house in MN in order to buy another one?
How long do you expect to be in this area?
Have you considered how far a commute you are willing to do?
Are you even sure you want to be in Bakersfield? Lots of folks that work there choose to live in the Tehachapi area because of the lifestyle and more rural feeling.
I would be happy to help you talk through some of these issues so that you can make more informed decisions. Call me at 661.375.7325
As has already been said, inventory is low but I believe you get the house you are supposed to have. Although it is vital to get pre-approved with a lender before you start to look, I also believe it is important to work with a local lender who is familiar with how business is done in the area you plan to live in.
I have a strong team of business partners that work together to get the best outcome for folks relocating to our area. I'm happy to try to answer any questions you may have about moving.
I own a Property Management company, as well as sell homes. In most instances, you will be required to sign a one year lease on a rental. But this is not bad. This is will give you time to get adjusted to your new community before you buy a home.
As said below, the inventory currently is very short, so again, waiting may be a better situation. Call me if you have any questions about rentals, areas of town, etc...
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You can try to do a 6 month lease but the lease will not void if you buy. To be honest, you may need longer just because we don't have a lot of inventory of resale homes right now. So, you may make a few offers on a few properties before getting an acceptance!
I would go ahead and contact a local lender so you can get pre-approved and then have a Realtor start sending you homes in an area of Bakersfield you'd like to live. Then you can keep an eye on what types of homes are on the market and when you get here you can hit the ground running!
If you would like for me to send you the contact information for a couple really reliable, local lenders just send me an email or give me a call. I'll be happy to get you set up on emails from the MLS once you know what your price point will be for your future home.
If you have any other questions regarding our market, don't hesitate to call or email!!
Thanks & good luck with your move,