Uncertain economy or not, we Americans remain a highly mobile bunch. In fact, the Census Bureau says that no fewer than 6,700,000 Americans packed up and moved to a new state in the period between 2010 – 2011, the latest year on record. The study sheds light on the movement of people within the U.S. — and it lets us know that of the most common reason for interstate relocation (43.9%) was for employment-related reasons.  The official stats are not yet available for last year, but the relocation numbers are expected to increase as people continue to relocate in search of more stable economic environments.

For just about everyone, even thinking about relocating is a daunting proposition. Although it can turn into a planet-sized headache, if you are one of those considering relocation to our neck of the woods, the surest way to keep yourself sane is to connect with an experienced buyer’s agent.

A buyer’s agent can accomplish several momentous things to simplify your Tampa Bay area relocation. He or she can take your “wish list” and find the available Tampa Bay area properties that suit your needs. With a good working knowledge of what is available, your agent will provide guidance on the price similar properties have recently commanded. Buyer’s agents are contractually bound to have your best interests at heart — which is why having a buyer’s agent is preferable to using the seller’s agent.

If you are starting from scratch, and don’t yet know anyone in our Tampa Bay area, your new coworkers may be able to offer a referral. A thorough Internet search can turn up a stellar agent or two, as well — bonus points if you can find a site where previous customers have supplied ratings.

As with any other key professional service provider, you shouldn’t be willing to settle for the first person you come across. Taking the time up front to find a sympathetic agent can wind up saving a lot more time in the long run. It is important to interview several buyer’s agents, asking enough questions to make sure you are both on the same page. One good question to ask is whether the agent tends to work with more buyers than sellers.

Where your new home is concerned, there is really no need to take chances. A great buyer’s agent will help make your Tampa Bay area relocation as painless as possible. I hope you will include us on your interview list — We’re here to help our clients every step of the way!

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