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Things You Should Consider When Changing Zip Codes

Thinking about moving? A lot of people do every day, but what a lot of people don’t consider is what happens when you move to a new zip code. Normally you would call it trivial, just another number to remember at the end of your address, right? Wrong actually. There are plenty of things to consider when you move simply to a new zip code, this post will discuss some of them.

So what should you do first? Well, you should really look at tax differences, as local income tax and property taxes can shift dramatically, even in just a zip code over. Weird right? You do not have to go far for a crazy tax increase or decrease. Which could either be a serious help or harm. So what should you do? Talk to your real estate agent of course! Even if they do not know off the top of their head, they’ll know exactly who to ask to find out.

Secondly, you should look at utility costs. Sewer, water, garbage disposal and even internet cost and quality can change dramatically from neighborhood to neighborhood! Talk to your potential neighbors, or call the utilities you wish to have provided to find out what the rates are.

Another thing to look at would be the activity level and noise level in the street your potential home is on. Obviously if you live on a major street that could be an issue, but even if you don’t it still to be considered. Just because it was quiet the day you visited does not mean it is consistently. Your potential street could be a short cut for biker gangs or the occasional big rig. Some neighborhoods even like to throw events for the area. These events can cause issues with traffic and noise levels. So what should you do? Well talk to your future neighbors of course! No one is going to know the street better than the people that live on it.

Lastly but still very important is that local governments, community bylaws, HOAs, even condo associates can have an incredible amount of power to impose useless or bizarre requirements for homeowners in the area. This can greatly affect your lifestyle and quality of living. Granted it can be for better or for worse, but it’s not commonly positive. So what should you do? Just make sure you know what you’re getting into. Meaning what may cost you a fee, what rules are forced, and if broken, what may cause a knock on your door. Do research! Asking your agent, reviews online, and always talking to potential neighbors will help a great deal in deciding if this move is actually worth it.

Have any questions about moving? Don’t hesitate to stop by or call National Realty Group! We’ll be able to help you move in and even out of your zip code!


About National Realty Group

National Realty Group was founded in October 1991 by Jeff Maas. It started as a two man office but soon grew to a medium sized office. One of the original agents formed a new home development company soon after. Steven Walker Homes is now a large national home builder. Southfork Mortgage Company Corp. was founded in April 1990 by the owner of a large home builder. Jeff Maas stepped in as its Broker in September 1993. With the help of Jeff Evens, Jeff Maas was able to expand the company. In July 1994, the owner of Southfork retired and Jeff Maas and Jeff Evens purchased the company. They continued the growth and soon built it into a multi-million dollar corporation. National Realty Group remained separate until Jeff Maas sold it to Southfork Mortgage in 1996. This allowed the owners to expand National Realty Group while allowing its agents to provide mortgage services to their clients. In 1996, a branch office of Southfork and NRG was opened in San Bernardino. It was later moved to Redlands in the most well-known office in the city. In 1998, they opened an office in Temecula in the Temecula Valley Bank office. The offices were expanded and closed 45 million in real estate and loan transactions in 1998. In 1999, Jeff Maas purchased the company from Jeff Evens becoming sole owner and broker. Shortly after the name was changed to National One Mortgage Corp. The company outgrew its 3000 square foot office in Riversideand moved to a building of approximately 6000 square feet. The growth continued at a spectacular rate. The company grew to over 40 agents within one year. The expansion continued with the addition of 2800 square feet and later adding more space for a combined total of nearly 13,000 square feet. At our peak we had over 125 agents and 12 employees in the Riverside office alone. During the summer of 2003, we opened an office in Temecula at the corner of Rancho California and Margarita. This office was soon bursting at the seams with 42 agents and 3 full time employees. Due to the increased demand for our unique programs, by the public and real estate agents, offices were opened in Corona and Ontario in early 2005. The year saw more amazing growth with offices opening in Moreno Valley, Hemet, Las Vegas and Norco. Rancho Cucamonga and Phoenix opened the first part of 2006. A Murrieta office opened summer of 2007. The economy has not been kind to many real estate and mortgage companies. We have remained strong and successful. Our business model of a One-Stop Shop provides the exact service and convenience the Home-Buying public desires and needs.


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