How to Buy a Home In Another State

by Wendy Wiegand 10/04/2021

Long-distance moves can be a challenge. It’s even more challenging when you’re trying to buy a home that’s far away. While moving out of state can be a hassle, there are ways to make the process simpler. Here are the basic steps to buying a house in another state:

Visit If Possible

If you have time and means, it’s ideal to visit your new city in person. Exploring neighborhoods and going on a few home tours will help you determine what’s available. The more you can experience in person, the better.

Secure Your Financing

Get a pre-approval letter from a lender first. Not only can a pre-approval give you a clear idea of how much house you can afford, it will show potential home sellers that you’re serious about your offer. Factor your budget into your financing as well, since it’s common to be approved for more than you need to pay for.

Find a Local Agent

Hire a local real estate agent who can give you information remotely. Find somebody who’s tech savvy and can give video tours of homes and communicate flawlessly even across time zones. Consider shopping around for an agent, too—interviewing multiple candidates and getting personal recommendations is a great way to find the best agent.

Research Local Real Estate Laws

Every state and city has its own real estate laws. There are specific rules related to zoning, inspections, property lines, deeds, disclosures and more to be aware of. Because these laws can affect your purchase process, it’s a good idea to talk to a local real estate attorney to make sure you know what to expect.

Buying a home is a complicated process and adding extra distance can make it more so. However, as long as you take these steps prior to making your purchase, you’ll have a much smoother buying experience.

About the Author

Wendy Wiegand

As a premier real estate agent in Carlsbad, I’m here to provide you with all the resources and information you need to buy or sell real estate. I work with buyers and sellers in Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside, San Marcos, Vista and the surrounding areas and I’ve had extensive training in the latest real estate marketing strategies.  I’m confident that I can offer you knowledge and tools most other agents can’t.

I believe in service, both to my clients and our community. When working with clients, you can be assured I am focused on providing the most comprehensive and dedicated effort so that you can achieve the best results possible when buying or selling real estate. I am also deeply involved in serving our community, as you and I all call it home. I have been a member of Rotary since 2003, have been an active member of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce since 2006, and serve on the board of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation. Perhaps my even deeper service to my clients and our community is Wiegand Realty’s participation in Business for a Cause.

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