A guide to Relocating to Oklahoma City


Relocating to a new city can be an overwhelming task. You’ve got to manage not only the personal side of life, but you also to coordinate with movers, work, and even financially. Ideally you’d take several trips to your new city to get to know the place and find out exactly where you want to live. Realistically, though, that probably won’t happen. We all know that life is busy and money is typically limited. To help guide you through the relocation process, save you time and money, we’ve put together this step by step guide to relocating to Oklahoma City.

Step 1: Research Okc Neighborhoods

For people who are getting relocated with a company, this part is a bit easier because you know where you’ll work and can focus your search around neighborhoods with an acceptable commute. Thankfully, Oklahoma City’s traffic isn’t as bad as NYC or LA, but you’re still going to want to pay attention to the roads that you’ll need to take to get to work and how long each way of your commute will be. If you’re interested in finding a house near a certain company, email us with your company’s name and address to info@mjrealtyok.com and we’ll set one up for you!

If you’re moving to Oklahoma City without a job, can work from home, or even just have the flexibility to choose exactly where you want to live, it can be an overwhelming search, because the Oklahoma City metro is huge and only getting bigger! What’s the good news? Every area is different in terms of amenities, feels, looks and topography, so this can help make the choice easier, especially if you’re drawn to a certain area!

Step 2: Contact an Oklahoma City Realtor

An Oklahoma City Realtor who is knowledgeable about the real estate market, neighborhoods and relocation process can save you a lot of time right off the bat. We are able to help people who are months away from their move and help them narrow down their search to an area that is what they’re wanting, that way you don’t have to spend days/weeks focusing on areas that they aren’t going to like when they see it in person. If you’re able to give us an idea of what you’re looking for (price range, type/size of house, location of your future workplace, where you’re coming from, and any other pertinent info), we can help recommend areas to look and even start a search for you.

Remember, working with an Oklahoma City Realtor costs buyers nothing! (Our fee is paid by the seller) In all reality, there’s really no excuse not to reach out to us and work with us. If you’re scared of getting pressured, or getting millions of emails asking when you’re ready to buy, you won’t have to worry about that with us. We’ll move at your speed and are here to be a resource, not a nuisance.

If you’re interested in getting started, call us at (405) 627-8861 or email us at info@mjrealtyok.com and let us know what you’re looking for. Once we receive your email and/or phone call, we’ll get in contact with you to discuss how we can help.

Step 3: Get Pre-Approved by an Oklahoma City Mortgage Broker

This is an important step that most people miss. If you’re going to need a loan to purchase a home in Oklahoma City, you should talk to a mortgage broker licensed in Oklahoma early in the process. When you work with a good mortgage broker, they can help you determine the best loan program for your situation and even help you figure out the best way to approach the home buying process during your move.

We have a couple of great mortgage brokers we can refer you to. If you’re interested in learning more about your options, call us at (405) 627-8861 or email us at info@mjrealtyok.com and we can get you their contact info.

Step 4: Prioritize Your Housing Wants and Needs

Once you know exactly how much you can afford, it’s time to prioritize what’s important to you in terms of the house you want to buy. Are schools important? Is commute time a factor? Can you afford homes you like where you are looking? Are you taking your long term needs into consideration? Do you want to be in an urban or suburban area? Do you need to be able to walk to shops and restaurants?

These are just a few of the questions you should be asking yourself to help you determine what is most important in your house hunt, but sometimes these answers can help further narrow down areas of focus and will help you make the best home buying decision.

Are you having trouble determining your priorities? We can help you figure this out, all you need to do is call us at (405) 627-8861 or email us at info@mjrealtyok.com.

Step 5: Narrow Down Neighborhoods and Areas

At this point, it is time to start narrowing down areas. This is a key step to get straight before you take a trip to Oklahoma City so you don’t waste time on areas that just won’t work for you. Make a list of the Top 5-10 neighborhoods from your favorite to least favorite. Our recommendation would be to start exploring the neighborhoods you like most first. Then when you can’t find something you like there, keep going down your list until you do.

Still having trouble narrowing down neighborhoods? Call us at (405) 627-8861 or email us at info@mjrealtyok.com and we’ll help walk you through your best options.

Step 6: Get Set Up on an Email Home Search

Once you’ve come up with your top neighborhoods list, ask us to set you up on an email home search so you don’t have to waste time searching every single day. We’ll do everything we can to make this as un-intimidating as possible.

Ready for an email search? Email us at info@mjrealtyok.com and we’ll get it set up for you.

Step 7: Finalize Your List of Favorite Neighborhoods

Once you see the neighborhoods in person, you’ll be surprised how easy this step becomes. Make sure to make notes while you are looking so you remember what is what. After looking at 20 homes in 8 neighborhoods, they start to run together, especially when you aren’t familiar with the area.

Then, make a list of your favorites and have us adjust your home searches.

Step 8: Find a House and Move

Sounds easy, right? Though its not “easy” (especially not the actual moving part), but we can help make the relocation process as easy as it can be. We know it’s a stressful and overwhelming time and do our best to help as much as possible. We’ve been in your shoes, so we know the answers to the questions you have, even if you don’t know to ask them. We also have spent months learning the Austin area and know it better than most locals. If you are considering a move to Oklahoma City, call us at (405) 627-8861 or email us at info@mjrealtyok.com, no matter how early in the process you are.

Caleb Roche