Relocating can be equal parts stressful and exciting. It can be refreshing to start over in a new place or just make a good change, but there are also many different things you’ll have to worry about. One of them is finding the right place and where to look for homes for relocation. If you’re in the military and have gotten orders to relocate to Virginia, here are a few important things you’ll need to know about relocating to Virginia.
The housing market
The housing market in Virginia seems to be recovering just fine, and it actually rather healthy compared with other parts of the country. Just last year, the appreciation rate for homes in Virginia rose more than 12%. Additionally, the average sale price of a home in January 2014 in Virginia was about $450,000.
The housing options
There are a number of different types of homes for relocation in Virginia. There are of course apartments and multi unit housing of that sort, but there are also a number of luxury homes and military homes for sale. Since the Norfolk Naval Base is located there, there is a large military presence and the housing to accommodate it.
The cost of living
Another thing anyone considering relocating to Virginia should know is that the cost of living is moderately low, and the sales tax is only 5%. Additionally, though the state as a whole does fairly well, the income per capita of Suffolk, Virginia is 2.7% higher than the rest of the state.
If you’ve already decided that Virginia is the right new home for you and your family, you should make sure you contact local Realtors, especially if you’re a military family. Not only will they be familiar with the area and know the quality of the schools as well as what the business areas are like, but they will also likely have experience working with military families and be able to offer you some relocation tips.