When most Americans move, it is to another home in the same state. Yet for 18% of people, the move is to another state entirely. In these instances, people often leave family and friends behind to settle in an unfamiliar place. Starting a new chapter in different surroundings can be exciting – if not a little stressful. In these relocations, real estate agents can play an essential role in helping homebuyers identify neighborhoods that fit their budget and align with their lifestyle.
In the case of the Campisi family, it was crucial to provide a local perspective to guide them to houses in communities they would love. Chris, Yunhee, and their son were relocating from NYC, and they chose Austin for its relaxed lifestyle and community-oriented values. Chris and Yunhee work in the culinary field at exclusive restaurants, so Austin’s food scene was also a huge draw for them.
Meeting the Campisis provided an opportunity to learn about their lifestyle, preferences, and real estate goals. They were open to exploring new builds or resale houses close to downtown Austin in diverse and safe communities that offered plenty of amenities. Top-performing schools for their son were also a significant factor in where they lived, as it is for many of today’s homebuyers. With this information, we focused the house search on communities in Austin and immediately to the north in Cedar Park and Round Rock that were serviced by the Leander and Round Rock ISDs.
Based on the Campisis’ preferences, they narrowed their choices to three homes. They ultimately selected house #3. This beautiful house in Round Rock’s Teravista community provides everything they wanted, including a golf course, scenic lakes, swimming pools, and miles of trails. Teravista creates a sense of community with year-round events and activities for residents. It is also conveniently located just off I-35 behind the Round Rock Premium Outlets and a short drive from downtown Austin.
Closing day for Chris and Yunhee was their son’s 1st day of school, and they are pleased to report that their son has already made friends. They have even had their family from New York visit to celebrate their new home and hopefully unpack, too!
Finding a community that meets your needs and aligns with your lifestyle is a big part of deciding where to buy a home. It can be challenging to get beyond the statistics to truly understand what a place is like if you don’t know anyone in the area. A real estate agent with knowledge of the best nearby cafes and where locals go out in the evenings can help paint a picture of what life can be like. This is why 75% of homebuyers consider knowledge of the local area a “very important” agent skill.
Schools are an equally substantial factor for families and people planning to have children to ensure they are in the most suitable educational environment. A highly sought-after school district should also be a consideration for homebuyers who don’t have school-age children. These schools provide home value stability and boost sales prices, offering an excellent home equity opportunity. Homebuyers who prioritize school districts should thoroughly research before purchasing a home. Resources like GreatSchools, Neighborhood Scout, Private School Review, and School Digger have a wealth of information available. School districts also provide information about schools on their websites.
As a Texas transplant, I understand the challenges of relocating and adapting to a new environment. Clients moving to Austin and the surrounding areas, like the Campisis, rely on a real estate agent’s local knowledge to help them understand the various neighborhoods. This allows them to make informed lifestyle choices and actively listen to what is important to them when buying a house.