It seems like in the last couple of years, I’ve had to say good-bye to a lot of family friends who are moving out of the Seattle area.
- Some are leaving to pursue job opportunities elsewhere
- Some are leaving to find more sun
- Some are leaving due to the high cost of living
- Some are leaving for family reasons
- Some are enjoying the new nomadic lifestyle provided by “remote work” opportunities
- And SOME are even bailing out for political reasons! (Yikes!)
No matter WHAT the reason you’re thinking about leaving, we are sorry to see you departing from the beautiful Pacific Northwest but excited to see you arrive successfully on to the next leg of your journey.
Here is my Guide To Help You Relocate to a new part of the world.
We are sad to see you go, but our hearts go with you, and we wish you all the best.
Selling Your Home In Seattle and Relocating To….
- Let Me Help You Find A Good Realtor In The Towns You’re Considering. The first step of the process is thinking about where you might want to move. Many people try to research this online, but it can be very difficult to get the “feel” for an area you’ve never lived. Due to my personal relationships and years of business coaching, I know real estate agents in many parts of the world, and can screen top-performing agents through the networks I’m involved in. This is how I find my own agents to work with when I am buying investment property out of state. I would be happy to introduce you to someone who will do a great job for you. (I’ve even done this for my sister!) The agents I’ve sent folks to tend to do a extra-good job when it’s a referral!
- Decide Whether You Want To Buy Right Away, or Rent First. I think it’s always good to own as much real estate as you can afford, but buying right away in a new town can be rough. It’s hard to know if you’re going to find an area that you like. It may be a good idea to take several trips to visit some neighborhoods and go on tours in-person before you decide to buy. Some people decide to rent for a few months at an air BNB or something similar while they get their bearings and learn the area. This may also be necessary if you have to SELL your home before you can buy your next one. (Note: If you have more than 50% equity in your home, you may be able to qualify for a Bridge Loan which will help you access the equity in your current house to help you buy your next property. CLICK HERE TO SEE HOW MUCH EQUITY YOU HAVE and let me know if you’d like to discuss this option.)
Others dive right in and buy a home to move into so they have a place for all their STUFF and they only have to move once.
- Prepare Your Home For Sale. Getting your home ready to sell can seem daunting. The truth is, it can take as long or as short a time as you allow it. Some people prepare for weeks, others take years to downsize and simplify their belongings. For most people, they can get packed up and ready in a matter of weeks. And whether they choose to improve their home to sell for top dollar, or prefer to move out and sell it as-is, is a great conversation to have with me, Emily Cressey your always-helpful real estate broker, so you can determine the costs and potential ROI of the improvements you have in mind. Click here for our Checklist on How To Get Your Home Ready For Sale.
- List Your Property And Move. Many people think they should wait til the very end of the process to engage their real estate agent. The truth is a good real estate agent (ahem!) can help you all along the way with every step of the process. A good real estate agent is a consultant and advisor, not just with the paperwork, not just with the marketing, not just with the negotiating, but all the financial, emotional, and logistical steps of getting your home sold.
Don’t wait til the end to ask for help. Call at the beginning of your process and tap into our resources to help you put the plan in place for relocating out of Seattle, WA and into your next home town!
We’re Here To Help
As a lifelong Seattlite, I hate to lose anyone, but I understand that everyone has their own journey and their own path. Let me help ease that transition as you take these exciting steps to your new life! Call me any time with questions, or just type them in the box below!
Emily Cressey, Real Estate Agent