By Neena Vlamis, President of A and N Mortgage

Relocating to a new city or state can be a difficult transition for both you and your family. A & N Mortgage Services, Inc.’s professionals can help you find a home and settle in quickly and easily. Review the relocation information below to help alleviate some of the stressful factors you may encounter during your move.

Relocating with Children

Relocating to a new area or a new home can be difficult for everyone in your family, but a move can be particularly difficult for children and teenagers. For this reason it is important to remember to communicate with your children every step of the way. When you do this, your children will know what to expect and, therefore, the move will go more smoothly. It is also important to resume your normal routines as soon as possible so that younger children do not become confused and feel unsettled when their normal routines are disrupted. Most importantly, make the move fun for your children by turning it into an adventure.

By making the move an exciting event, children will focus less on what they are leaving behind. Parents can make a move fun for kids by throwing them a goodbye party where all their friends can come and celebrate, or ask your children to draw a picture of how they want their new room to look. Moving with children is never easy, but these simple guidelines can help make your move more enjoyable for all members of your family.

Selecting a Relocation Professional

Feeling comfortable and confident in your new environment is an important part of the relocation process. By hiring a relocation real estate professional, you can be sure you fully understand the unfamiliar real estate market, neighborhoods and nearby amenities. To find a relocation professional you should begin by getting recommendations from family and friends. You will need an agent that is familiar with real estate sales in the neighborhoods you are comfortable in and within the price range you are able to afford. Conduct a thorough interview with an agent prior to engaging in a business relationship. Be sure to question the agent about topics including, but not limited to, the number of homes they have sold, the agent’s commission and their references.

Getting Started

Getting settled into your new setting can be difficult. It is important to make new friends and get yourself acquainted with your new surroundings. One way to meet new people is to join a volunteer group in the area. Volunteering will introduce you to new people, while helping you get familiar with your new town. You may also want to get used to trying things you would not normally do, for instance bring your dog to a dog park where other dog owners are, rather than walking your dog on a quiet street. These ideas will help you become more comfortable in your new surroundings and before you know it, you will call your new neighborhood home.

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