I am not sure if you have since made your move but I do have a different prospective to the situation and I wanted to make sure to share it with you if you have not made your decision yet.
Transitioning from one place to another is not easy and rather complicated. On top of it, if you are going to sell your house and buy another at the same time. There are lots of moving parts;
First question to ask is whether you are going to sell first? That seems to be a more conservative approach but you will be end up in a time crunch to find your future home. Maybe, you will move to a temporary housing in the interim, but let me tell you that it gets old real quickly as my family and I went through it couple of years ago.
Maybe you should find and buy your future home first?! Ideally, this is my best recommendation because you need to take your time in finding an ideal future home without any undue pressure from the process. Of course, this does not come without its own issues, you may not qualify to buy another home since you will have to qualify for the new mortgage amount in addition to your current existing one (that is if you have one); you will end up with some sort of overlap and two housing expenses (that is not all that bad, as you may need a bit of time after gaining access to your new home to do some painting, carpet replacement of remodel prior to your moving in; and of course the whole inconvenience of preparing your house and placing it on the market and showing it while still living there; what lot of my past clients preferred not to go through and decided to move-out prior to putting their homes on the market).
This all of course can be managed more efficiently by a single agent handling your complete move and more accurately time all aspects to reduce your overlap timeframe to minimum. Couple of other options I did not mention above are buying contingent on sale of the existing home (an option that is not practical in our active market as sellers have plenty other buyers they can choose without any strings attached) and/or consider a bridge loan if loan qualification for both house is an issue. There are programs out there but can only be obtained in certain limited situations and are generally more costly than conventional financing, however should be considered.
As you see above, process is not like walk in the park and can get quite overwhelming. A seasoned agent can better take you through it and proactively plan each phase of your journey. My recommendation is to make the best effort to go with one Realtor if possible. This would not be so practical if two areas are very far away from each other however in case of San Jose and San Ramon, I think a single Realtor can do a better job for you. My other more important recommendation is to go with an agent in your destination location. It is more critical to work with a local agent on the buying side as to how to better guide you through marketplace, neighborhoods (as you may not be fully aware of) and market condition (currently very competitive with lack of available homes for sale and whole of lot of demand). You would definitely want to engage with a Realtor you feel comfortable and can trust in tri-valley area and have him/her put a blueprint of how they see you go through the transition; perhaps you wish to interview 2-3 agents before you decide. If they are not familiar with San Jose area, let them refer you to couple of selected Realtors and make recommendation on who to go with so you can hold them accountable on that end as well.
I used to live in San Jose and currently live and work in Tri-Valley. I have taken lot of my past clients through this process, welcome the opportunity and would be happy to do the same for youâ€¦.
Best of luck,
Steve Mohseni (DRE# 01267039)