How's the Market & Things to Think about When Moving

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by Patricia Feager, 5/20/18

 

The first time I came to Dallas was for a Job Interview. Before I even got back home in Northern, Illinois, I had a recorded message telling me I was hired and Relocation Papers would be delivered by FedX. Relocation was exciting but there were many things to do, i.e., get my house ready to go on the market, hire a Real Estate Agent, make arrangements with the Moving Company that my Company arranged for me to use, fly back to Dallas, and find a place to live. It took all of 13 days to fly to Dallas to interview, fly back home, fly back to Dallas (find a place to live), fly back home. Pack my bags, drive to Dallas to start my new job. Things I had to do that was not written up in the Relocation Package included:

 

  • Complete a Seller's Disclosure, find my survey, and all warranties
  • Schedule contractors to make repairs and hire a cleaning crew
  • Squeeze in an appointment with the Dentist in IL
  • Find a new Dentist in TX
  • Get referrals for Medical Physicians (1997)
  • Order new Contact Lenses from my Optometrist in IL
  • Find a new Eye Doctor in TX
  • Map out route - Goal was to arrive before the Moving Truck
  • Squeeze in an appointment for car maintenance and buy new tires
  • Cancel newspapers and magazine subscriptions in IL
  • Schedule hotels between destinations
  • Pack enough clothes in case Moving Truck was late
  • Find the DMV and get my car registered
  • Register to Vote
  • Notify creditors, banks, Auto & Home Insurance Companies of change of address
  • Notify Post Office of forwarding address
  • Close my Safety Deposit Box
  • Set up a new bank account
  • Open up a new Safety Deposit Box
  • Throw away my winter shovel, including hot and heavy winter boots
  • Buy sandals and cooler clothes for TX
  • Donate my Cross Country Skis and donate winter sweaters to charity

 

In the spring of 1997, I did not have a Cell Phone, GPS, or on-line banking. I still had to get my taxes done for the IRS, begin a new job, go through Orientation, Training, and meet new people. Even though technology was not as advanced as it is today, I have to say, Customer Service was better and faster. I didn't have teleprompters, transfers to other departments, long wait periods, hackers, scammers, and robo calls. Something tells me, I never could have accomplished all I did in 13 days today like I did back then! 

 

Something that didn't change is my home went under contract in 6 days, selling for list price. Something new for me was renting - UGH!!! Because it was a Seller's Market in 1997, it took me 12 months to buy because of low inventory in Texas. When relocating, ask, How's the Market? Then get yourself and vehicle in high gear and just Move!!! If I can help you with your plans to move, let's start talking!

Patricia Feager

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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Good morning, Patricia Feager WOW...all I can say is you handle multiple projects just as the trooper you are..... overwhelming for most.... your organizational skill kicked in and your journey ran smoothly....

May 20, 2018 03:14 AM #1
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Patricia Feager
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Barbara Todaro - Talk about an Adrenalin rush! I was definitely motivated!!! But it was harder on my kids. Neither one wanted to move to TX. They had to get their butts in high gear and figure out a plan to move to as well. Daughter interviewed for a job in Japan and got hired. Son, moved in with the boys he grew up with  - that set-up didn't last long! I'm glad he figured it out and got out on his own long before getting married. 

May 20, 2018 03:22 AM #2
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Great list. Many would not even think about some of these until it was to late

May 20, 2018 03:23 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

William Feela - I give credit to my dad's military training. Some parents practiced discipline. My dad trained us to move fast and get everything done right the first time without dilly dally!

May 20, 2018 03:31 AM #4
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Patricia Feager ,

You've had some practical experience in scheduling and making things happen! Your organization skills kicked in to high gear! I can see why relocating clients as well as local clients want to work with you..you get it and know how it get it done!

May 20, 2018 04:44 AM #5
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning Patricia. It was easier to move to Florida in 1990 than to move back to Chicago in 2016. Enjoy your day!

May 20, 2018 05:19 AM #6
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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Great post, Patricia... I remember those days of relocating as well when things were not as instantaneous without smart phones and the internet. 

May 20, 2018 06:06 AM #7
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Amazing, Patricia Feager as I would expect. You are amazingly organized and now even more so.

They say that real estate agents should move periodically so they realize what their clients are experiencing.

Me? I am staying in place.

May 20, 2018 10:45 AM #8
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Patricia Feager
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
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Dorie Dillard - In my case, I did it for the Relocation Expenses paid for by the Employer, more money, and opportunity of a great new job. When given the opportunity, I was not about to procrastinate, sit back and think about the offer, or whine to my Employer that I didn't have enough time. And guess what, it put my kids in high drive to move on and make decisions too! Of course, I asked them to come with me. My 19 year old son, with his humor told me it was "Time for me to grow up without him." But then, he gave me a great big hug and made me feel better.

May 20, 2018 10:54 AM #9
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Patricia Feager
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
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Wayne Martin - When I think about it now, the 90's were golden years and much easier than today! Fast & furious, advanced technology, while great also creates many growing pains. The scammers, hackers, and robo calls has caused many disruptions to quality of life.  

Thanks for the confirmation!

May 20, 2018 10:58 AM #10
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Patricia Feager
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Nina Hollander - The ease of moving and relocation  was based on opportunities, emotions and pride. I find more are moving locally out of necessity + higher stress levels. l just read yesterday, "People spend an average of 1.7 seconds at a piece of content on their phones." (Source: Facebook).

I'm afraid there's a problem with Technological addiction. It's as if the human brain is being re-developed or re-shaped by users capacity. Too many interruptions and unnecessary power of scammers and hackers that interferes with the thought process, that's my opinion.   

May 20, 2018 11:05 AM #11
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Patricia Feager
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
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Mary Yonkers - Vicariously, agents are going through the moving process daily as part of their business planning. But the reality is, as you say, "to move periodically," would definitely change the mindset and emotions of any agent today!

What I find even more interesting is, I didn't have the resources today back then, i.e., Zillow, Home Shopping Reality T.V., smart phones, navigation systems, FaceBook to see what my friends thought, etc. Making decisions was based on my needs, my own brain power/negotiation skills with Employer, and thought process, not artificially stimulated by the opinions of actors, mega data-bases produced by invisible people - sounds so alien to me, even now, just thinking about it! 

May 20, 2018 11:13 AM #12
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Roy Kelley
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This is a very good story to share with families on the move. 

It is easy to forget to take some needed actions.

May 20, 2018 11:23 AM #13
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Patricia Feager
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Roy Kelley - Thank you! I appreciate receiving your positive feedback! 

I hope my advice will be very helpful to others on the move. Giving consumers useful information from true life experiences is something I pride myself in sharing. 

May 20, 2018 11:29 AM #14
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
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Hello Patricia - this is a teriffic post I have bookmarked.

May 20, 2018 06:01 PM #15
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Patricia, thank you for sharing your personal tips on moving.

May 20, 2018 11:31 PM #16
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