Relocation: How To Buy A Home In Branson When You Don’t Know The Area

Jason Yeager
Jason Yeager
Published on October 17, 2017

Conflicted: It’s the perfect description of how homeowners feel when faced with the reality of relocating from one city to another. It’s both exciting and mind-numbing, frightening yet courageous and it brings up feelings of both melancholy and elation.

Moving from one home to another is a life-disrupter, but moving from one town to another is a major upheaval. Watching that moving van drive down the street, fearful that it’s the last time you’ll see your belongings, is just one of the moments of angst you’ll face when relocating to Branson.

Between then and now you’ll need to find a real estate agent and a neighborhood and, finally, a home in Branson.

Relocating doesn’t have to be a ghastly process. Let’s take a look at how to buy a home in Branson, without many of the hassles.

Your Ideal Home In Branson

Knowing exactly what type of home you want is the first step in your relocation process. From single-family to multi-family homes to condos and townhomes, get clear on exactly what you want.

Then, decide on how much room you need – both in living space and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms.

And, don’t forget the exterior. With a condo, you may not have much of a choice about outdoor areas, but if you’re in the market for other home styles in Branson, determine what you require outdoors.

  • Do you need a garage? If so, how big?
  • Is a backyard important?
  • Do you need outbuildings?
  • Is a swimming pool on your wish list?
  • If you garden, how important is an existing irrigation system?

Choosing Your New Neighborhood in Branson

Your preferred home style may help narrow down your choice of neighborhoods. For instance, if you’re wanting an older quiet neighborhood with mature trees you may check out Branson North subdivision.

If you’re in the market for a luxury home in Branson look at Branson Hills. If you’re bringing the horses, the boat or the golf clubs and cart – all will help you choose a suitable neighborhood.

In general, however, you’ll need to answer some questions to figure out where you want to live:

  • What is your priority? Is it a quick commute to work, being located in a quality school district, close to public transportation or recreational amenities?
  • Do you crave urban living or are the suburbs more to your taste? Rural living has a lot to offer as well.
  • Do you love the sound of kids playing outside our window or does it grate on your nerves?

Research Is Your Friend

If you don’t know yet how much you can afford to spend on your new home in Branson, please just call me. Many people think getting prequalified involves so much effort and time. I can typically get you an answer within a day by simply having a conversation with one of our preferred lenders and filling out an online application. Technology has made this process very quick and painless.

When you have a handle on your budget you’ll find the homebuying process immensely more manageable.

But, you must also take into account that the cost of living where you are now may not look at all like the cost of living in your new home in Branson. Buying a home in Branson is considerably cheaper though compared to most of the US. And certainly the further out from Branson you go the more rural it gets and the cheaper your cost of living gets as well.

  • How much do groceries cost in the new town? A gallon of milk in New York City, for instance, is $4.20. You can buy that same milk here for $2.20.
  • HOA fees? There are quite a few areas especially within the city limits of Branson with HOA dues. Places like Pointe Royale have houses for sale and condos for sale on the golf course. And you can expect to pay between $4,000-5000 in HOA/COA dues if you get a condo.

To get a handle on your future costs, navigate online to a cost-of-living comparison calculator, such as this one at CNN Money or one with more detailed results at Bankrate.com.

Let’s Find A Neighborhood in Branson

Now you have an idea of how much you can afford to pay for a mortgage every month so it’s time to check out what’s available in your affordability range.

If you’re moving for a new job, go to a Google map of the Branson area surrounding your new workplace. You’ll find most neighborhoods in Branson are about 15 -20 min commute into town. Emory Creek Ranch is conveniently located just outside of Branson so you feel tucked away out in the country but close enough to get into town and grab a bite, pick the kids up from school with out much traffic. A place I enjoyed living for many years was Stonebridge Village. You can check out the links to those neighborhood pages if you’d like to see video and market info on the area. Horizon Hills is also one of my favorite neighborhoods in Branson to raise kids.

 

It’s Time To Get Help

That help will come in the form of a real estate agent. If you are selling a home in your current city, ask your listing agent for a referral to an agent in your new city.

If you won’t be selling, ask friends, family and colleagues for a referral to a local agent who will then help you find one in the new town.

One final tip:

Don’t rely on the information about homes that you find on the big real estate portal sites because much of it is unreliable.

Although they would like you to think that they have all of the active listings in any given area, they don’t.

The only accurate listing of homes available is in a region’s Multiple Listing Service database, which can only be accessed by licensed real estate agents. Find homes for sale in Branson and the Tri-Lakes area at any of the links below.

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