Frequently Asked Questions About Military Relocation & Homebuying
When a military family finds out they’re being relocated to Colorado Springs, it can feel like the whole world is turned upside down. Questions begin to circle in one’s mind like:
- What’s it like where you’re going?
- How soon do you have to move?
- Where will you live?
It’s quite likely you’ve done this before, and chances are you’ll have to do it again. To put your mind at ease, we’ve put together some of the most frequently asked questions that homebuyers face when they’re family is being relocated to another city.
Should I Buy or Rent a Home?
How long does it usually take to buy a home?
Should I buy a home "sight unseen"?
How long before I can move into my home?
Will my significant other be able to find work in Colorado Springs?
Are there any perks to living in Colorado Springs?
Ultimately, it depends on how long you’ll be stationed in Colorado Springs and if you can live on or off the base.
If you expect to be here for a few years, it can certainly be a good financial choice to buy a home. Rental prices in Colorado Springs are at an all-time high, so a mortgage payment can actually be quite a bit lower than the average monthly rent and you’ll be building equity in the process. Find out what your housing allowance is and if you’re approved for a VA loan with Movement Mortgage, and a Military Home Search buyer specialist will help you determine what you can afford and what neighborhoods would work best for your situation.
Before you make your decision, check with the base’s housing list to see if there are any delays. Rank and availability can sometimes cause base housing waitlists to accumulate, which means it could be several months before your family can move in.
To help you decide if you should rent or buy, check out our blog post: Should I Buy A Home In Colorado Springs?
It’s difficult to put a definitive number on the amount of days it takes to buy a home, because every situation is different. With that said, you can typically view around three to five properties over the span of a few days, bearing in mind that these homes have been carefully chosen by your agent based on your wants and needs.
One of the biggest things that can save time during the buying process is to be pre-approved for a mortgage before you go shopping for a home. This ensures that if you find a property that matches your needs and budget, you can put in an offer as soon as possible. Far too often, a buyer misses their dream home because they’re not pre-approved and another buyer is.
While touring a home in person is always going to be the best option, some buyers don’t have the time or money to fly back and forth across the country to house hunt.
Buying a home sight-unseen isn’t ideal, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. To make the process as easy as possible, talk to Movement Mortgage mortgage broker in Colorado Springs and work with a Military Home Search real estate agent, as they can do much of the legwork for you. Search online to find the latest available homes and ask for additional pictures and videos. Then, consult with your real estate agent for their opinion, and they’ll tell you everything you should know and arrange a home inspection if necessary.
Check out this blog post to learn more about buying a home “Sight Unseen”.
This depends on whether or not the seller has already purchased and moved into another home.
If you’re buying a new construction home, it can take a matter of weeks, whereas an occupied home can take up to 90 days. Your real estate agent will be able to help you negotiate terms that fit your needs during the buying process.
Colorado Springs has a strong and diverse economy with endless employment opportunities. The bases are one of the city’s biggest sources of employment for active duty members and civilians alike. There are also plenty of jobs available in hospitality, retail, technology, aerospace, production, education, and tourism.
Absolutely! Colorado Springs is a vibrant city with endless things to do. For active duty members and veterans, the state of Colorado offers housing benefits, tax exemptions, hunting and fishing privileges, and many other benefits. Learn more about living in Colorado Springs from our comprehensive relocation guide
If you have more questions, we want to hear them! contact the Military Home Search team and we’ll be happy to help! Send us a message or give us a call at (719) 338-7294 and we’ll be happy to answer and all of your questions about buying or selling Colorado Springs real estate.
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