Thursday, February 9, 2012

Relocation & Choosing The Neighborhood That Is Right For You!

Deciding on a home in any town is a hard decision, especially when there are so many homes on the market.  What could possibly make this decision any harder..... when you aren't decided on a town! There are a few reasons this sometimes happens to buyers. Most common is that they are re-locating from out of state, this is something that I come across quite often since we work directly with Cactus Relocation.  We have clients from outside of New York, that might have a particular kind of home in mind but not a town.  Another instance is when a client has to change their search to other towns because they are looking for a very specific kind of home. 

Now back to the topic at hand, how do you decide on what town you will search for that new home of yours in? Well the first step is to decide what is most important to you! So here is just a few quick questions you should ask yourself to help narrow down your search! 
  • Do you need to be in close proximity to your work ? 
  • How close do you need to be to transportation ? (Buses, Trains)
  • Are there certain amenities that you need/want to be close? (Pools, Parks, Marinas, Beaches)
  • Are you looking for a specific style of neighborhood? (Incorporated Village or Township)
  • Is school district important (Ratings, Teacher:Student Ratios)
Every town here on Long Island is unique, but this is exspecially true here on the South Shore of Long Island.  We have homes that range from $100,000 to over $1 Million Dollars sometimes only a few minutes away from each other.  Every town on the South Shore offers some unique characteristics. If something like having an area to dock your boat is not a priority than a town made up of mostly waterfront homes may not be for you.  If you like to take advantage of the outdoors and hiking than someplace near some of our state parks would be a great area for you.  If your not from the South Shore you may not be aware of what certain towns offer as far as schools, entertainment, restaurants, or even the history of the town.  If you are planning on living in this home for the next 15-30 years these are things that I am sure are important to you, I know that they are important to my clients.   

Sometimes there are circumstances where someone needs to move to be close to family members, this is where the normal rules for relocation gets thrown completely out the window, sometimes even the kind of home no longer matters.  When this happens I always recommend you get a broker involved immediately, because this is where time is the most important.  Looking at a home where the sellers have not found their new home yet means it will be a longer waiting period to get into the house.  A Realtor will be able to find out all this information with just a phone call.  

Technology has made it very simple to find out about a town and what they offer but I have decided to take it one step further for my clients, and my readers I have created a informational newsletter.  It is not only a great resource for the potential homeowners, but for those that have decided to go ahead and buy a home in one of our communities.  In each newsletter it gives you the address's, phone numbers, and teacher information for the schools in the community.  I have taken the time to compile some of the restaurants, parks, marinas, entertainment spots that are popular along with other web links that you can use to get to know more about your new town and where things are located  Lastly I give you some background about the community that you are moving into, interesting tidbits of gossip like if anyone significant lived in the town.   

Here are just some of the towns that have available newsletters, you can find additional newsletters on my main page under the "About The Neighborhood" Column.

If you are looking for information on a specific town, but do not see the newsletter please feel free to email me and I will be more than happy to get the information for you.

Now let's talk about all the paperwork that goes along with buying a home, your sending and receiving paperwork constantly and all the while you are trying to pack away paperwork that is already in your home office.   It is inevitable at some point you may misplace or pack away something that you didn't mean to.   Do not stress, every piece of paperwork that goes on in your transaction is loaded onto a safe & secure website allowing you access at anytime! 

Next up,  you have found the house but now you need to hire movers, painters and most important hooking up all your utilities so you have power/lights/cable when you get to your new home!  In order to make sure our clients have the most pleasant experience my company has taken the time to find qualified and highly recommended professionals to get the work done for you.  This our Concierge Service, these professionals can not pay to be on our lists it is strictly based on the quality of work that they do for our clients, they must be certified in their field and insured! We offer alot of services to our buyers to help them in their home buying process everything from Mortgages, Title, Insurance.  

I pride myself on helping my clients get into that perfect new home, as quickly and stress free as I possibly can!

I hope these newsletters are helpful to those re-locating to our wonderful South Shore! 


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