Sooner is better than later in most cases. How familiar are you with the Seattle area, and do you have friends, associates, or other personal resources to help you make the transition? Are you planning on having a home ready when you arrive?
Location is a big issue here. Where you will be working, (commute is an important consideration here), what kind of home you are looking for, is there more than one person in the household commuting to different parts of town, etc. Depending on the area the market in the Seattle area ranges from strong to nearly frenetic. In other words, if you find a home you like, you will want to get it under contract so you need to be prepared.
Talk to a good local real estate lender to make sure you are ready to buy when the opportunity arises. Pre-approval by a professional lender is critical. While you are starting that process you should start the discovery process with an agent here to begin learning all the details. Where, what kind of home, how much, style, etc can be explored from there so that when you do get here you will be able to make good use of your time and find a home quickly.
If you are not familiar you will find this an incredible change from Oklahoma. The weather, the scenery, the various cultural differences, and unfortunately real estate prices.
I work with a lot of people moving into the area from all over the world and some have started the process a year or more ahead and others contacted me as they were loading the truck to move. All had a positive experience and found great homes; those that started sooner experienced a lot less stress and uncertainty. So sooner is better than later. Having a good working relationship with a good agent will make it much easier and get you a much better result.
Let me know if I can be of help or if you would like to learn more about the local market, the process and laws in Washington state, good lenders who provide great service along with great pricing and products, or even have general questions about the area. We love to help!
You have a lot to look forward to here and we would love to help you discover the Seattle area.
Real Estate Broker Keller Williams Eastside
(425) 440-0563 Direct
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