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A Step-by-Step Guide to Relocating to Southeast Michigan

Relocating to Southeast Michigan - Bittinger Team, REALTORS

Whether it’s for work or just a change of scenery, relocating to a new city from far away can be an overwhelming task. We know, because we’ve helped countless clients do it.

In a perfect world, you would have several chances to visit your new locale and scope out the perfect neighborhood. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for most buyers. To help guide you through the long-distance relocation process and save you time and money, has put together this step-by-step guide to relocating to Southeast, MI.


Step 1: Research Southeast, MI Neighborhoods

If you’re relocating with your company, this part may be easy because you’ll have a general idea of where to start your search. You’ll want to make sure that not only is work close to home, but that the commute is bearable, too.


Step 2: Get Pre-Approved by a Local Mortgage Broker

In general, it’s best to get pre-approved as early as possible so you know what kind of budget you’re working with. However, if you’re looking at a long-distance relocation, you may not know a local mortgage broker or have personal references in the area. If this is the case, skip to step 3 and ask your Realtor for a referral.


Step 3: Contact a Southeast, MI Realtor

A Metro Detroit Realtor who is experienced and knowledgeable about the market and neighborhoods will be a huge asset to you when relocating. We can help narrow down your search criteria so you don’t waste time researching neighborhoods that won’t be a good fit. Depending on your timeline, it’s best to contact a real estate agent several months before you plan to move.


Step 4: Prioritize Your Wants and Needs

Now it’s time to start making your wish list. What are your must-haves and what can you compromise on? Are schools important? Is commute time a factor? Urban or suburban? At, our team of Realtors can help further narrow down areas of focus to help you make the best home buying decision.


Step 5: Narrow Down Your Desired Southeast MI Neighborhoods

At this point, it’s time to start zoning in on the specific neighborhoods you’re interested in. Make a list from favorite to least favorite and start in the neighborhoods you like most. This way you’re less likely to compromise. Once you’ve come up with your top neighborhoods, your Realtor will set you up on an email home search so you don’t waste time searching every day.

Still not sure where to start? Check out our helpful Southeast Michigan city guides.


Step 6: Schedule a Neighborhood Scouting Trip to Southeast Michigan

You’ve probably got a good idea of which neighborhoods you’re most interested in at this point. Driving through the neighborhoods and looking at homes in your price range should really solidify your choice. At, we accompany our clients on their scouting trip to help them get to know the area even better. This is also a great time to explore any other amenities the area offers like parks, shopping, and dining.


Step 7: Find a House and Move

Easier said than done, we know. But after your neighborhood scouting trip, your real estate agent should be able to further narrow down your search, and finding the right home will be a matter of waiting for it to come on the market. With a little help from your Realtor, finding the home that’s just right for you can be simple.


Let Help With Your Long Distance Relocation

For over 35 years, the Realtors at has been helping clients from near and far buy homes in Southeast Michigan. Please contact us with any questions, or when you’re ready to begin the process of finding your next home in Southeast Michigan.

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