Your opinion please? Need to move from east to west with kids and have a home. Thinking to sell, rent and buy.

Asked by Kids&me, 12533 Tue Oct 2, 2007

My plan is to sell the home, find a home to rent to settle in an area for 6 months and then buy a home after that? What're things that I can do to minimize interruption of our lives.

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Shaukatali K…, Agent, Katy, TX
Fri Apr 6, 2012
Hello Kids and Me,
First find a Realtor that can help you sell your home.
Than focus on the west area you want to go to.
Find a LOCAL realtor within that area. Why local because he/she will be familiar with what your needs will be (schools, daycare, sports, parks, malls etc ).
Also, my niece moved from Atlanta to Orange city CA. She rented a house for a year. than scouted for the house to buy in the same area because did not wnat to move kids school district.
Most houses will be leased for a year.
If you have Pets, you need to consider them also.
Need help ?? call or email
Kadibhai (Kadi)
Prudential Gary Greene, REALTORS - Katy
Phone: 832-228-7978
Fax: 281-646 1841
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Felicia, Agent, Town of Poughkeepsie, NY
Fri Dec 7, 2007
I am Felicia Ritters, an agent with Century 21 Anita Ferri Realty in Dutchess County, NY.We have 3 offices to serve you: Hopewell Junction,Poughkeepsie, and Rhinebeck..Century 21 has offices in every state and around the world. We can find you an agent wherever you wish to go! We are also a member of Cartus Relocation Services.We are pros at helping you to relocate.If you would like me to come to your home and do a market analysis for you,please contact me.Email:, or voicemail:(845) 876-0777 Ext 43
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Tammy Benkwi…, Agent, Somers, NY
Wed Nov 28, 2007
Planning, planning, and more planning! I agree with the agent who suggested that you have your agent help to find you an agent on the other end of the move. This is not only help with the transition, but will give you a great deal of information before you even put your house on the market. That "receiving" agent can provide information regarding the area, schools, transportation and other local details that can help you make the big decisions. As far as selling the house goes, packing away as much un-needed "stuff" will help you keep the house cleaner for showings - less to dust and put away before the agent and buyer walk in the door! Make arrangments for pets if needed. Ask you selling agent for advance notice for showings so that you and the family can get out of the way - which is less intrusive than having strangers waslk through your house while the family is watching Saturday morning cartoons! Best of luck! If you need further assistance, feel free to contact me! - Tammy Benkwitt -
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Sylvia Barry,…, Agent, Marin, CA
Tue Oct 2, 2007
Hello Kids and me:

I totally understand how overwhelming that move can be. My husband and I moved from Texas to Kansas City to New York (Manhasset - Long Island) to Indianan (Carmel) and finally to Marin County (S.F. Bay Area), CA. The last move is the one to settle down because the kids are getting older. It gets easier in some ways (I am not as anxious as the first time), but others stay the same.

There is a lot to consider in your situation as quite a few things are not clear when I look at your question. But I thought I'd list a few things for you to help you solve the puzzle. The list is certainly not complete and is also not in the order of importance; just something to help you evaluate the situation - By the Way, these are the questions your realto should be asking you whether in person or long distance:

- How is the real estate market in your area - to know what is needed to be done and gauge how long it might take to sell the house.
- When do you plan to move? - which might have impact on the market condition in both ends
- How is your financial situation? What if your house stays on the market longer than you have anticipated, will you have to pay both rent and mortgage?
- Why are you moving? - If it's company relocation, you may very well receive assistance in selling your house, buying down points, paying closing costs, etc
- Do you have a job line up here or will you be looking for a job? - job market, commute, income
- Do you have families / friends in the area you are moving to? Can they help you do research?
- Which part of the West will you be moving to? This has a lot to do with the price point you are looking at
- How old are your kids? Will they be looking at public schools, private schools? Research this online
- Public transportation, Hospitals, cultural, extra curriculum activities, outdoor/indoor activities, all things to consider
Now, is it better to rent for 6 months then buy? There are pros and cons. The major benefits are if you are renting, you have more time to research the areas while you are here, try it out before you make the big purchase. It also ease the anxiety when you sell your house in the slower market (I actually don’t know your area, so who knows, it might be brisk). The cons are you will have to move twice, a lot of landlords don’t allow for short term rentals, the kids might have to change schools and friends twice, you might have to change doctors, addresses, twice.

However, I did my researches each time before I moved, and I have never regretted any move and I am lucky that I am now living in one of the best family towns in Marin. By the way, I was not a Realtor until after I moved here.

A lot of research and planning before your move go a long way. Fortunately, with the explosion of information on the internet, you are in good hands; although on the other hand, watch out for a lot of gimmicks on the internet - find reputable Mortgage Brokers and Realtors to help you in the process.

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Ute Ferdig -…, Agent, New Castle, DE
Tue Oct 2, 2007
Hi Kids&me. I like Brett's suggestion that you ask you agent who'll help you sell your current home for a referral to an agent in the new location. I am not sure you'll be able to settle anywhere in 6 months when you know that you'll be moving again. There's nothing more unsettling than knowing that you are going to move again. You don't even want to unpack. You should also not underestimate the stress and cost of having to move twice. You may even have to pay for storage during the 6 months. I have been there and done that and I would try to avoid having to move twice.
Use the time you have now to get as much information about the new location as possible. Since you have children, a good public school district might be at the top of your priority list (unless you are going to home school). Whether you are renting or buying where you move, you'll most likely want to stay within the same school district.
Finding a house to rent for only 6 months may also present a challenge as many landlords prefer a 1-year lease. You can rent apartments for less than that. You may also want to consider homes that offer a lease option. This would have the advantage that you would not have to move twice, but again a 6-month lease will probably not work as most lease option agreements will require a longer commitment.
By the way, where in the West are you moving? Good luck.
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Brett Dunne -…, Agent, Upland, CA
Tue Oct 2, 2007
Kids & me:

Use the realtor that is selling your home to find a professional Realtor in the area that you want to settle in. (It does not matter if you are buying a home or renting, the Realtor will help you). You can then use the Realtor to feed you information about the area such as Schools, Churches, Doctors or Daycare, etc.

Realtors have a vast amount of contacts, use their relationships to help you.
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