Relocating to the Comox Valley, Courtenay, Comox or Crown Isle area requires the help of a relocation specialist. Brett Cairns knows this area like the back of his hand and he has significant experience in relocating his family across the country and North America. Brett had to move his family 18 times over the past 40 years and he is well versed in the planning considerations and stresses associated with moves. As he became more proficient in moves they became easier. He is prepared and ready to help you and your family relocate to this area with as little stress as possible.
Relocating – Never Say Never
While some people grove up, live and die in the same community most do not. Relocation is a fact of life for most people. Even when you are not planning to move something may happen in your family or with your job to make relocating to a new home or new area a reality. So, as the saying does never say never when it comes to relocation. Circumstances can and do change and a move not planned or even forecast today may become the plan in a hurry.
The First Step
Getting to know the area to which you will be moving is the first step. This has become easier than it used to be with the internet, email, texts, video conferencing and other electronic connectivity that has been put into place over the past decade. Start with the area and try to narrow it down to a few neighbourhoods in the beginning. Some people say that this starts with research but I disagree. It starts with making a list of your wants and needs. This list should address the wants and needs of every member of your family. Yes, this also includes your pets. Schools, recreation, jobs, amenities, hospitals, veterinary clinics, walking trails, shopping, and whether you prefer an urban or rural lifestyle are some of the more common considerations.
Now that you have a list from which to do your research, it is time to start acquiring information about the local areas and its neighbourhoods. At this point is it also worth doing some research on who can help you in your research. Friends and family are often the first point of contact for most people followed by employers and co-workers. Other sources of information may include the local visitor information centre, school rating sites, Facebook, tourism sites and local blogs, government websites and the local chamber of commerce. Don’t forget to check the weather as well. You cannot do much about it but you can be aware of it and the type of weather may even have a bearing on the type of area and home you eventually buy. For example, low lying land and a home with very little natural light inside it are not great options in a very wet climate.
But, since we are talking about relocation and real estate a competent real estate agent should be high on the list of must dos. Such an agent should have expert knowledge of, and experience in the local areas and neighbourhoods. This is the focus of most good agents and they will be able to provide you with knowledge about the locality that you may not be able to obtain anywhere else without significant effort on your part. When you think relocation specialist think local real estate agent. All the data and information in the world gleaned from the internet and other sources will not replace the human element in this process.
Try and narrow down the local area to a few neighbourhoods if you can but do not go too far without first seeing them. Like most things online you can only get a sense of something from pictures and videos. Nothing replaces a first-hand look. You can only get a good feeling about something when you are there to assess it personally. Having said this, discuss your needs and wants with your real estate agent and ask for input from them and why. After a few discussions with them you should start to get a sense on whether or not they are real local area experts or not.
Every neighbourhood will have a number of surrounding influences. How proximate are they to the airport, bus routes, downtown, schools, shopping centres etc.? Are they any negative influences nearby such as noisy roads or factories? Are there any adverse smells being generated by local farms or businesses? How long is the commute to the places that you expect to frequent on a regular basis during the course of a week? Do you prefer a lazy quiet neighbourhood or an energetic one with local night life and entertainment nearby? Do you have any favourite hangouts such as a specific type of coffee shop and are there any close by?
House Hunting Trip
After doing some research and narrowing down the local area to a number of potential fits it is time to plan a trip out to see them in person along with some candidate homes. Yes you should have a list of needs and wants for the new home as well. Ensure that you arrange to meet you realtor before you firm up plans for the trip. Realtors also take holidays and they may be busy when you plan to come. A little forethought and planning will go a long way to ensuring that your realtor will be there to help you on this important trip.
There are a number of additional steps in the relocation process and quite a number of things that you can do to reduce the level of stress associated with moving to a new area and buying a home in that area. Moving to the Comox Valley is no different. The City of Courtenay and the Town of Comox generate very different feelings for most people who come here. East Courtenay is quite different from West Courtenay and the Old Orchard part of Courtenay City.
A Comox Valley | Courtenay | Comox | Crown Isle Relocation Specialist
When Brett was ready for a new career and challenge in life many years ago, he moved his family to the Comox Valley. His wife grew up here and he spent more than 30 years coming out here on a regular basis to visit family. Brett knows this area well and he loves the natural beauty and endless outdoor activities this area has to offer and fishing, boating, golf and go-karting and just a few of his many hobbies. He feels right at home here and he is passionate about helping people throughout the valley with their Comox Valley real estate needs.
Whether you are buying or selling, you can count on Brett to go above and beyond for you. With his people-first approach to service, he listens carefully to understand what matters most to you and your family and then he puts his award winning business skills into action. From detailed planning through execution, Brett handles every aspect of the process to ensure exceptional results and provide you with peace of mind. As a permanent Comox Valley resident with a true passion for everything that this area has to offer – from the endless natural beauty to the friendly people who call this area home – Brett is proud to make a positive impact here as an award winning and top rated real estate professional.
In such an active and competitive real estate market, it pays to have the right information and insight before you buy or sell in the Comox Valley. That is why people turn to Brett Cairns’ websites to find the information, tools and resources that they need to start their relocation process and to seize on their investment opportunities. There you will find real estate listings for every area of the valley and real estate news and tips as well as market research and trends. Research current market trends, search the latest property listings, and get valuable information for your move before meeting with Brett to tap into his experience and expertise.
With Brett as your guide, you can count on him to provide you with the resources, knowledge, information and attention to detail that you need to make the right real estate decisions. He goes above and beyond to ensure exceptional results and peace of mind. Contact Brett today and ask him to be your Comox Valley realtor and local area guide for your relocation to the Comox Valley. Get more out of your next home purchase.