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Laurie Manny,  in Long Beach, CA

What advice would you give to a buyer about to relocate to your area?

Asked by Laurie Manny, Long Beach, CA Fri May 18, 2007

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The city offers a multitude of choices. Fortunately, we are familiar with the various options and would be glad to get information for you which fits your criteria.

As Jonathan mentions, commuting can be an issue. The city has a good transportation system which was developed with this situation in mind. Geographically, Phoenix lends itself to a feeling of community with the city's 'mountains'. Call us today and we will be glad to talk with you about what appeals to you most.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue May 29, 2007
The best advice I'd give is to sit down with a map, Laurie. The Phoenix metropolitan area is a fairly large place and, while it's a commuter city, there usually are limits on how far someone will want to drive on a daily basis to get to work.

One of the best features about Phoenix is you can find a wide variety of homes at a wide range of price points across the Valley and, with few exceptions, the amenities most residents need are in easy reach from virtually anywhere.

One last piece of advice I'd give is make sure to look not just in Scottsdale, where all your friends will tell you that you must be, but also in other areas of the Valley. Arrowhead Ranch offers a tremendous lifestyle at a fraction of what you might pay to live in Scottsdale simply because it's Scottsdale.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri May 18, 2007
The best advice I would give would be to get rid of your snow shovel !
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 15, 2007
As much as I agree that there is alot of information that consumers can get from the internet, why are there so many real estate professionals sending people to the internet as opposed to gathering and making this information available to the consumer at the asking. Our office takes enormous amounts of time to sit in on town meetings, take tours of our schools and get their statistics, get new information from the Chamber of Commerce, are on the mailing lists for all community centers in the area and we get involved with our local businesses so that when someone relocates to our area, we can answer all their questions and give them a full comprehensive package to keep with them at all times. We also tour them through the area and show them the local highlights. The internet is great, don't get me wrong, but we are missing the boat if we believe that it can replace our personal touch. Remember face to face is what always works. We are the local professional! Take care, Cynthia
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 6, 2007
Get as much information as possible. Seek help from Realtors. Ask for market data. Determine what you want to spend per month on housing and whether it's realistic in Manhattan. Become knowledgeable about Manhattan real estate.

I will initially provide neighborhood information and a color map differentiating the neighborhoods, an MTA map of the subways and a list of web sites, so they can do research at home. I then suggest having them visit for a week, prior to the move, to get acquainted with the city and its neighborhoods.

I provide additional advice and tips, but it quickly becomes specific to each particular buyer(s) needs and wants.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 6, 2007
I would definately recomend doing some negotiating. It is very common to get some help with closing cost in this market. I have a lot of buyers that don't pay anything out of pocket for closing costs.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 5, 2007
Many buyers new to the area don't realize the size and diversity of the Phoenix Valley. Buyers should first identify the area where they would like to focus and then choose a Realtor who is familiar with that area. For instance if you are relocating to a job in the East Valley it would be very costly and time-consuming to commute to the West Valley. The price of gas alone is enough to deter anyone from a 1-hour commute! Getting detailed Neighborhood info is key. For someone interested in the East Valley, there are some great buys available in Mesa and Gilbert right now. Check out some of my favorite neighborhoods:
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 18, 2007
~Write down your relocation goals.
~Set a timeline.
~Meet with a lender and determine your price point.
~Interview Realtors and find a professional who can help you navigate the tremendous inventory on the market.
~When you find a home that meets most of your criteria, make an offer. Your Realtor should have been able to narrow your choices to homes that suit you best.
~Home buying is a process - arm yourself with a solid strategy and enjoy the ride.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 14, 2007
If you are purchasing, first make sure you are comfortable with your financing. Know what you can afford, and what payments you are comfortable with. Then seek the help of a real estate professional. If you need assistance, i can help you as I am a mortgage consultant.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 13, 2007
I would advise you to get as much information from the Internet as possible and there are many websites out here and I have compiled a laundry list of information about areas-cities-schools-important things to see and do in Phx and so on and you are welcome to visit any time. Also interview or call several agents that pop up in your search and only talk to those first 3 or 4 that return your call or email first. They are on top of their game and will give you priority service. In this market right now- if an agent is not getting right back to you- there is a problem since most of the agents out here are not very busy. Talk- interview and then make a trip out here to see the areas you have selected as interesting to you. Best of luck and hope you make Phoenix Your new home. Welcome
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 13, 2007
You can find alot of information online, I would do research on items that intest you, like schools, activities, climate, etc. azcentral.com and azfamily.com are two good resources. Contact a professional, and get their imput. But mostly come visit and explore. If you have any specific questions please feel free contact me.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 12, 2007
Hi Laurie,

It is an exciting time! Arizona has so much natural beauty! Does your buyer have an idea of what town they might be considering? If so, my first suggestion would be to contact that Chamber of Commerce (or several) and ask for a relocation package. They offer a wide variety of information that your buyers will find useful. If they do not have any idea, I do offer a relocation package for Arizona in general that I would be happy to send out to you. If you'd like we could have a conference call with you and your buyers to find out more about their needs and timing. We could then work together to find them their perfect home here in the Valley of the Sun. I moved here from Illinois 17 years ago and love it!! Please feel free to contact me and I will gladly assist.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 10, 2007
The first thing I would consider is where your job is going to be if that is a factor for you. That would be my starting place to start looking at what there is to offer around that area. If your job is not bringing you here, I would do a little research on my own to see what interests me about the area and what would be important for me while living here. Talk with a few REALTORS to see who would best suit your needs and that you enjoy being around. There are so many options available and many great places around the valley to choose from that I would start with the must haves on your list to help you pick a general area and then narrow it down from there.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 6, 2007
If you are looking in the South Bay then you definitely need to know about home prices. One of the best ways to do that is to see what 's happening in the market . I use a lot of statistics on my blog that show what is listed, pending and sold in the South Bay Beach Cities.. so I would suggest starting your search on the internet and looking for a local agent who knows the market.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 5, 2007
Kaye Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Manhattan Beach, CA
Bring the swim suit, leave the wool socks behind, hurry because everybody is moving here and you want to get a good spot.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 5, 2007
May I make another suggestion that I have given to my Buyers as a gift. The Arizona Highways magazine is an awesome publication that is just packed full of "yummy" Arizona stuff...It will make anyone fall in love with our beautiful state...I did!
Please contact me if you would like me to send you relacation information. If you have specific clients that need special attention, don't hesitate to contact me.
Kind Regards,
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 3, 2007
I would strongly encourage them to take a few days to interview agents and get acquainted with some neighborhoods on your own in addition to time allotted for the actual home search.

You can never do enough research before moving somewhere new but finding the right agent is probably the best use of one's time.

A good agent is one who will not only efficiently and comprehensively handle a transaction including negotiations but will also be a guide to the various nuances of an area and listen - yes LISTEN - to you and your needs!

0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 26, 2007
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