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Old 04-14-2023, 02:00 PM
 
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I'm casting a very wide net over hundreds of miles and multiple MLS zones in search for the property that is "just right" for me. I'm completely stumped on how to go about finding a real estate agent who can show me properties. Do I try to find an agent in each MLS zone? What is the best way to go about this? FYI, I own my current home and have experience with the homebuying process. I've just never done a multi-state real estate search and don't know where to begin. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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Old 04-14-2023, 02:25 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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I'm casting a very wide net over hundreds of miles and multiple MLS zones in search for the property that is "just right" for me. I'm completely stumped on how to go about finding a real estate agent who can show me properties. Do I try to find an agent in each MLS zone? What is the best way to go about this? FYI, I own my current home and have experience with the homebuying process. I've just never done a multi-state real estate search and don't know where to begin. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
It is possible for the holes in any net to be so large that everything escapes it. Not too productive. I'd think you'd need to start narrowing down the geographic and climatic parameters most important to you. Seasons, winter and summer temps, wetter, drier, near water, mountains, desertlike, etc. Then start applying socioeconomic constraints. Employment requirements (even if remote you may still need to put in an appearance occasionally or your employer may require residency), COL, taxes, access to necessary services, proximity to entertainments, etc. You must want something! If you don't know what, maybe you need to spend some time figuring that out before looking at listings anywhere. As you rule out what you don't want you'll tend to get more specific. Most RE markets are "local" after all. The more specific you can be the more local you may get.

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Old 04-14-2023, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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Yes, you find an agent for each coverage area that you want to be looking in. Make sure that they know you are looking in multiple areas as some agents don't work with clients that haven't narrowed things down a bit.
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Old 04-14-2023, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Florida & Arizona
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This has been discussed previously.

As it's expected you're looking at an area spanning a state or multiple states, you definitely want to break it down into sections and choose realtors in each one. That's even more important when there are distinct differences in climate, topography, population, whatever.

And as you suggested, you probably want to find out how the MLS "zones" are laid out in this area you are considering to see if you need to work with different agents in different MLS'.

Local is always best in my opinion. And someone with at least 10 years experience whenever possible.

RM
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Old 04-14-2023, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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I own my current home and have experience with the homebuying process. I've just never done a multi-state real estate search and don't know where to begin.
You don't need realtors to show you homes.

Use on of the realty websites that have homes for sale and look them up by zip code. When you find something interesting you call the listing agent and arrange to see the property.
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Old 04-15-2023, 03:20 AM
 
Location: Gettysburg, PA
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You don't need realtors to show you homes.

Use on of the realty websites that have homes for sale and look them up by zip code. When you find something interesting you call the listing agent and arrange to see the property.
That's what I would do (layperson here). Here in PA the realtor who's showing you the home (at least that's what happened all the time for me here) will want to get you to like sign a contract with them; then I would explain to them the situation and see if they're okay with you possibly not buying in that location eventually. I can imagine why this would not be desirable for many realtors. Yet, as this poster pointed out, you don't need to have an assigned realtor to you to look at a home. At least not in PA that is; maybe you do in some other places which in that case, then I'm not sure what you'd do of course! (this definitely may be my situation eventually since I like a variety of locals and have the opportunity to possibly move to any of them eventually; though I'm good where I am for now).
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Old 04-15-2023, 04:58 PM
 
Location: USA
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I used a relocation specialist to set up the network of real estate agents and other people needed for my move. He understood what I wanted and dealt with the agents so I didn't have to repeat myself several times over.

He vetted the agents based on his experiences in the state.
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Old 04-15-2023, 08:51 PM
 
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You don't need realtors to show you homes.

Use on of the realty websites that have homes for sale and look them up by zip code. When you find something interesting you call the listing agent and arrange to see the property.
This.

You're in the early stages of just looking. You can do this yourself. Use realtor.com, local real estate sites, zillow, research houses you like, then plan to go to the area to view some houses. Call the listing agents to set up appts, or go to open houses and hit as many as you can on a weekend.

Then when you've narrowed the area you want to move to, hire an agent within that area. It's important the agent be very familiar w/the area.

If you want to know the "best areas" in certain locations, you can ask here in City-Data, in the forum for that city. I think that's better information than asking on person, even if he/she is an agent.
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Old 04-16-2023, 05:13 AM
 
Location: Homeless...
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We are making a similar search. I have spent hours just browsing Zillow with a few parameters, but it can't tell me a couple really important bits. It's all just wishful thinking until we can travel to the areas and check them out.

I made a list of must-haves.

- in our price range
- bed/bath min requirements
- within a long day's drive of our Florida home (which we will be turning into a rental)
- within a half hour drive to hospital & doctors
- at least 1/2 acre
- no HOA
- allowed to erect a pole barn to shelter our RV
- if no high speed internet, a really good cell signal

Some of those things are easy to check, some not so much. The HOA and zoning information in a lot of ads seems incomplete or missing entirely and there's almost never anything about internet or cell signal. That's where a realtor should be able to help.

We're going to take off with the camper in June and start visiting these areas. I figure I'll book us a week here and a week there and we'll spend the summer checking things out. Since we're aiming to escape Florida summers, this should give us a real idea of what we would be escaping to. Really looking forward to it!
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Old 04-16-2023, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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allowed to erect a pole barn to shelter our RV
Make sure you look up the recorded deed restrictions to find out if that kind of building is allowed.
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