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California Home Buyer Relocation Tips

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Relocating to a new area can be difficult. There are several factors to consider including quality of local schools, local amenities, crime levels, taxes and distance to work. Below you will find useful California Home Buyer Relocation Tips.

  • School Systems and California Real Estate Values
  • The ranking of a school district is relevant for both families with school-age children and homeowners without. A high-quality school system has a positive impact on property prices, as well as home appreciation. You can check out local schools in the process of your search for a home. Online information is also useful. One website for school rankings is

  • Area Amenities
  • The location of recreational facilities, retail stores, and other features are important to know and can impact your quality of living. Sites like display a map of entertainment facilities, grocery stores, doctors’ offices, dining locations, and banks relative to a specific address. Be sure to develop a list of the most required amenities and give that information to your Realtor if it is a critical piece in your neighborhood requirements.

  • Crime Statistics in California
  • Crime levels in a neighborhood can alter property prices, as well as the general neighborhood quality. Inquire at the local police department for information or visit crime websites like Some mobile phones also have apps for evaluating crime statistics.

  • California Property Tax Rates
  • Real Estate taxes may differ greatly between communities and significantly impact monthly mortgage payments. Property tax records are public information and are usually available online, at municipal offices, or from a local Realtor or Mortgage Broker. When researching affordability of an area, do not forget to calculate figures for both mortgage payments and property taxes.

  • Travel Time to Work
  • The distance to major highways may impact both real estate prices and commute times. A home near to major roadways has its pros and cons but can add to or reduce home prices. Consult with an experienced real estate agent about this. You might have to compromise between commuting distance and real estate prices.

California Home Buyer Relocation Tips

Real estate brokers will be an important resource when it comes to California home buyer relocation tips. They know the intricacies of an area, stay up to date on the local real estate markets, and can make the home search experience less complicated. Let me put my knowledge to work for you. Reach me, Almila Gozen at Sotheby`s International Realty®, by emailing