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Old 09-15-2011, 09:04 AM
 
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Hey all! Hoping for a few tips here. My husband and I along with our two little girls are highly considering a move from SE Iowa to MN (hopefully Rochester area) next summer. We moved down here from SD 6 years ago after college, had no kids, no house etc. All of our family is there still so we are looking to move closer and to somewhere with good job opportunities for the both of us. My main questions are:

1) Do you start looking for jobs or houses first?
2) If you want to move in June/July, when should you start the job hunt and or selling of house?

If anyone else has ever done this I would appreciate any tips or advice you have on what to do/ when to start doing these things.

My husband will hopefully try and get into Mayo Clinic- and I've heard the hiring process takes awhile there- I will be looking for a state/county/human service job of some sort.

Thanks!!!
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Old 09-15-2011, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Back in Boring Seattle
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I'm not a homeowner so I can't offer advice on that but I can say that it is never too early to begin the networking process for jobs. And if it's a high level position or some rare skill that is in short supply, then some places might be willing to pay part of the relocation expenses as well.

In general your in the right place and you'll get a lot of your info from the great folks on city-data. Definitely check out the Minnesota forums if you haven't already.
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Old 09-15-2011, 09:19 AM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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These days it's awful hard to get a mortgage without a job, so job first, you can always rent a house in your new location. As far as selling your house talk to a local realtor about your specific market and find out how long the average house is sitting on the market before it sells.
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Old 09-18-2011, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Cumming, Georgia
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Apply first NOW. Worry about when/where to move after accepting the job.

I was separated from my family for 6 months until the house sold. I flew home every 3-4 weeks and my wife came down several times. It was not easy for all of us, but we made it work.
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Old 09-18-2011, 08:34 AM
 
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Thank you for the response! I have checked out the MN forums and have chatted several times already with a wonderful, helpful lady from Rochester. I love sites like this where I can get information first hand from people
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Old 09-18-2011, 08:35 AM
 
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These days it's awful hard to get a mortgage without a job, so job first, you can always rent a house in your new location. As far as selling your house talk to a local realtor about your specific market and find out how long the average house is sitting on the market before it sells.
Excellent idea! I had never even thought about talking to a local agent about the selling market. Thanks for the tip
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Old 09-18-2011, 08:36 AM
 
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Apply first NOW. Worry about when/where to move after accepting the job.

I was separated from my family for 6 months until the house sold. I flew home every 3-4 weeks and my wife came down several times. It was not easy for all of us, but we made it work.
Thank you for the response and advice! I think the general consensus is job first- then deal with housing- thank you all!
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