Working With Realtors to Buy Houses Out of Town

An office move, new military assignment or desire to be closer to an aging parent are a few reasons why buying an out of state house makes sense. Wanting to initiate personal change is another reason why you may want to buy a house in another state. A faraway house move positions you to make new friends, discover new job opportunities and advance your education at better schools.

Before you buy a house in another state

There are many benefits to be gained from moving into a house in another state. Yet, there are also challenges to buying a house in another state. To start, it won’t be as easy to house shop in the other state. Distance alone will make it harder to keep going out and visiting open houses. Distance will also make it harder to accompany your realtor on trips to private home viewings.

The latter point proves to be yet another reason why you need to pay special attention to who you choose to be your realtor. When buying an out of state house make sure that you confirm that the realtor has an active license.

Ask for realtor referrals from people you know who currently live in the state that you want to buy a new house in. Speak with two or more actively licensed realtors, asking about their commissions, how long they have been buying and selling houses in the area and where they most want to live in the state. Other steps to take before you buy a house in another state include:

  • Visit the area two to three times before you buy a house. Devote two trips to house shopping.
  • During one of the visits to the new area, checkout shopping centers, entertainment spots, restaurants, community facilities and schools.
  • Ask someone you know who is well versed in the area to show you around. This is an excellent way to see the city. You’ll learn about major roadways and hot spots, places you might miss if you tried to learn the area on your own.
  • Talk with people who are currently living where you want to buy a house.
  • Consider renting a house or an apartment for three to six months, until you find a permanent home that meets your family’s wants.
  • Rank neighborhoods in the area on housing costs, property taxes, schools, income and sales taxes, community services, walking scores, businesses and entertainment.

Don’t let buying a house out of state stop you from a job relocation, moving closer to family or moving to an area that puts you closer to the experiences that you want to enjoy. Get a reliable, licensed realtor who knows the state that you want to buy a house in and you could reduce the challenges related to the move. Researching the area where you want to move also helps, even making you feel as if you know the new place better than you would if you waited until you moved to start exploring the town.

House Training Rules for Your New Dog

Getting a new dog is every child’s dream. But dogs aren’t just great for the kids, they can be a great companion for an individual or a couple in their new home, or as a way to cope with empty nest syndrome when the kids leave.

Whether you buy a puppy or adopt a dog in need of a good home, you’ll need to do a lot of training. One of the first mistakes dog owners make is to think that training is something you only need to do until your dog learns the rules. However, training is an ongoing process that will help build your relationship with your dog and keep you both happy.

If you’re thinking about bringing home a new dog, follow these home training tips to make sure your dog understands the rules of the house and can stay out of trouble.

Have a house meeting

Before bringing your new dog home you’re going to want everyone in your home to be on the same page about rules for the dog. Dogs are very intelligent and malleable creatures, but they will learn best and be less confused if everyone is teaching them the same behavior. That means if there’s a “no dogs on the couch” rule, everyone needs to enforce it.

Similarly, the commands you use for your dog should all be the same within the house. If one member of the family calls the dog by saying “come” and another says “here, boy” they will probably eventually get the idea, but the best approach is for everyone to use the same words, especially when the dog is first learning.

Setting some rules

So you have your new dog… congratulations! Now comes the hard part: not babying them and letting them have their way all the time. You need to teach your dog to respect you and your home.

That does not mean your dog should fear you. In fact, having a dog that is afraid of you can lead to many problems including disobedience and aggression towards you and other people. To build trust and respect with your dog it will talk a lot of work (and treats) on your part. Here are some important training tips for training a dog in your home.

FOOD
As a dog’s most important resource, food and water routines are central to training your dog. Dogs are creatures of habit and should be fed at the same time every day. To build good habits, make your dog sit while to give them their food and ten call them over to eat. This will teach them that you are in control and that you can be trusted with their food source.

When it comes to table food, avoid getting in the habit of letting your dog eat food that was on your plate. It may seem like a waste, but it is in the best interest of you and your dog to stick to just dog food for the pup.

FURNITURE 
You may be tempted to let your dog jump up on the couch or bed with you, but by doing so you’re giving them permission to show dominance. Get a comfy dog bed or crate for your dog where they will feel at home. This will teach them that you’re the boss and help save your furniture from messes.

BED TIME
It’s tempting to let your dog hop up on your bed with you at night to sleep like a cat might. But in doing so, you might be setting yourself up for having a dog who is overprotective of you and pushy when it comes to where he can be. Your dog’s crate or dog bed are both safer places for him to be and will help lessen separation anxiety overnight.

 

How to Stay Calm During the Homebuying Process

Purchasing a home can be stressful, and the homebuying process might even cause your blood pressure to rise if you’re not careful.

Fortunately, there are many quick, easy ways to minimize stress and stay calm during the homebuying process, including:

1. Don’t Be Afraid to Take a Step Back and Relax.

The real estate market remains an ongoing battle between homebuyers. Plus, after you find a house you like, you may encounter problems with a home seller as you try to finalize a purchase agreement.

But remember, as you move along the homebuyer journey, don’t be afraid to take a step back and relax.

Buying a home represents a life-changing event, one that should not be taken lightly. However, homebuyers who try to rush through the homebuying process may watch their stress levels rise quickly – the last thing any homebuyer wants to encounter.

If you feel stressed at any point during the homebuying process, be sure to take a deep breath and focus on the big picture. By doing so, you’ll be able to improve your chances of remaining cool under pressure and simplify your journey from homebuyer to homeowner.

2. Stay Organized.

As a homebuyer, you may be required to make phone calls and emails as you move along the homebuying journey. And in some cases, problems could arise if you don’t document your conversations properly.

But a homebuyer who devotes the necessary time and resources to stay organized should have no trouble tracking phone calls and emails that are sent to a home inspector, lender or other professionals who may be involved in the homebuying process.

Jotting down notes on phone calls usually is a great idea for homebuyers, as this allows you to keep track of your conversations. And if you send emails, you already have a surefire way to monitor any messages you send or receive, too.

3. Hire a Courteous, Diligent Real Estate Agent.

Let’s face it – it often is easy to become emotional during the homebuying process. On the other hand, if you have a courteous, diligent real estate agent at your side, you’ll be better equipped to overcome any hurdles that you may encounter during this process.

Your real estate agent will offer information about upcoming open houses and set up home showings, enabling you to check out many homes that fit your needs. Also, this professional ultimately will serve as a liaison between you and a home seller and can help you stay calm, cool and collected during negotiations.

Furthermore, your real estate agent will keep you up to date as you progress through the homebuying journey. As a result, this professional is exceedingly important and can help streamline the process of buying a home.

The homebuying process can become time-consuming and complicated, and as such, cause stress. Conversely, if you use the aforementioned tips, you should be able to simplify the process of finding a home that suits your perfectly and buy this residence without delay.

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