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Welcome Fellow Transplant

Allow Me to Introduce you to our amazing City

If you are out of state and have had your eye on the Oklahoma City metro, I got you. I relocated to Edmond, just north of Oklahoma City in 2007 from Sacramento, California. I often get asked if it was a culture shock. It wasn’t really, except for fewer people, a more conservative political atmosphere, and loosing my beloved mountains and beaches so close by. This city has grown so much and has a lot to offer those searching for a new place to call home. I love introducing newcomers to our amazing city. After all, a home is more than the house you live in, it is the community and the people you do life with. I love being a resource for others whether that is discovering neighborhoods/districts, local businesses, date night ideas, or family fun.

“If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet” 

– Rachel Wolchin

how it works...

THE RELOCATION PROCESS

01
Relocation Consultation

The first step in this process is a meeting over zoom or the phone. I want to know your goals for your move. Do you want to purchase right away or rent for a while to get a better feel of the city and it's different neighborhoods? If you're wanting to purchase near term I can connect you with a local lender to get pre-approved. 

02
The Search

Whether you decide to rent or purchase I will set you up on a personalized search. If you plan to travel into town we can work towards down selecting homes and will set aside a day to tour your top choices. If you cannot get out here, I can be your eyes, ears and feet and can do virtual tours until we find the right home.

03
The Investigation

If you are purchasing, once your offer is accepted the investigation phase begins! The first step during this phase is wiring your deposit (earnest money). This is your opportunity to make sure the home is the right investment for you. If you cannot be present, I will be present at all of your inspections for you. You will hire a licensed home inspector and termite Inspector, research the neighborhood, schools, etc. Once you have your findings we will negotiate repairs or compensation. Your lender will order and complete an appraisal.

04
THE CLOSING

The closing phase is the last phase of the process. During this phase you will make sure you acquire a homeowner insurance policy, finalize your loan (if applicable), set up utilities to turn on for the date of occupancy, complete a final walk through, and sign your life away at the closing table!  

05
Life After Relocation

Whether you decided to rent or purchase I love to continue to be a resource for my clients. I can help with any home ownership questions, local business recommendations, and more. For renters, I will stay in contact with you and when you are ready to purchase we'll start back at step 1 with a buyers consult. I like to stay in touch with my clients, so don't be shocked to find random gifts, fun mail, or texts from me. I also have an email club where you get a message once a month with local recommendations, homeowner tips, and more! 

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5 Tips for an easy and smooth out of state relocation

An out of state move doesn’t have to feel overwhelming. Here are 5 tips to execute a easy and smooth relocation. 

What makes working with me different?

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property Search

Whether you are wanting to rent or purchase, setting up a search gives you an opportunity to see what our current market has to offer. If you are unsure of your desired area we can set up multiple searches or a broad search. 

Within your customized portal in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) you will be able to view listings, make notes, and mark your likes and dislikes.


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Got Questions?

About Relocating to Oklahoma City

The cost of living in Oklahoma is generally lower than the national average in the United States. Housing costs, in particular, tend to be more affordable compared to many other states. Our utilities (electricity, heating, cooling, and water) are also typically lower. For transportation, gasoline prices are reasonable (you wont be paying what the west and east coasts are!) as well as car insurance. Our grocery prices are in line with the national average and healthcare is moderate compared to other states. State income taxes are also relatively low. 

To coordinate the logistics of moving out of state I recommend the following: 

  • Research and hire a reputable moving company experienced in long-distance relocations (this could be actual trucks or pods)
  • Plan your own packing prior to your move date. Set aside items you will need immediately (keep them with you). Make sure your boxes are clearly labeled for the moving company. You can color code for certain rooms to help get your items into your new home quickly. You can also put air-tags in some of your boxes so you can check on transportation progress. 
  •  Plan your own transportation. If you are flying will you ship your car?  
  • Make sure you understand when and where your belongings will be delivered. Is there a gap from when you get there, or will the belongings get their first and need to be held. 
  • Make sure you notify all utility providers (current and new) on move-in and move out dates
  • Set up new utility services and address changes for mail and subscriptions 
  • Update your address with the postal service, banks, insurance companies, etc.
  • If there is a gap between moving out and moving in, secure temporary housing

The Oklahoma City metro job market is diverse with opportunities in various industries. The city’s economy has been expanding steadily as it has diversified. Major Industries include:

  • Energy: Historically, the city’s economy was heavily reliant of the energy sector (oil and natural gas). 
  • Aerospace and Defense: The city has a strong aerospace and defense presence, with Tinker Air Force Base being a major hub. This sector includes aircraft maintenance, manufacturing and research. 
  • Healthcare: It is a thriving industry in the metro, providing a range of job opportunities in hospitals, clinics, and research institutions. 
  • Technology: Tech is growing steadily, with tech companies and startups contribute to job creation. The Oklahoma City Innovation District aims to foster innovation and tech driven growth. 
  • Manufacturing: The industry continues to play a role in the job market encompassing areas like electronics, machinery, and food processing. Recently Oklahoma has seen a surge in companies choosing to build their factories here including Simple Modern and Canoo.
  • Logistics and Transportation: OKC’s central location makes it a strategic hub for logistics and transportation, providing jobs in distribution centers, shipping, and related services

Other major industries in the metro include: Finance and Insurance, Retail and Hospitality, Education, Construction and Real Estate, Arts and culture, and more. 

Before you leave your current address, make sure you update your address with USPS and forward any mail to the new address so you don’t miss anything important. 

In Oklahoma you can transfer your Driver License from another state without having to take a written or drive test if your driving record meets the standards set by Service Oklahoma and your license is valid and you are not changing vehicle types OR your license is expired (within the last 6 months). When you apply for your Oklahoma Drivers License you may also register to vote and update your organ donation status.

For your vehicle you will need to update your car insurance policy to align with Oklahoma’s minimum requirements prior to applying for a title & registration transfer. To transfer your vehicle after moving to Oklahoma, you will need to bring the following documents to a Service Oklahoma or Licensed Operator location: out of state title, valid drivers license, vehicle being transferred, 701-6 Form (Application for Title), and proof of Oklahoma insurance. 

I get it, I was a west coast girl and the thought of living in Tornado Alley, well…it wasn’t my favorite. I’ve now lived here for over 15 years and I can tell you I have only one scare and that was while living on campus in the dorms (my first year here). If I had been living in my own home, it might not have been as “traumatic”. When you take 50+ college girls and tell them they have to run to the storm shelter under the library while tornado sirens are going off and we’re in the midst of crazy wind and rain, it makes for a pretty decent core memory. To this day I have no clue if the tornado was even close. 

Tornadoes absolutely do happen, though in my experience they are often more prominent in rural areas. My personal property has never been impacted by a tornado. Every 10 years or so there seems to be one that whips through a major populated area (Moore 2003, Moore 2013, Shawnee 2023). Today, I watch the news during severe weather because I find it entertaining, not because I am scared. Weather you will experience here throughout the year? Wind, Humidity, amazing lightning storms, and cold winters with minimal snow. We are a 4 season state, granted our temperate seasons (spring and fall) sometimes don’t feel long enough.  

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