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The Early Years of Moving
I remember being on a plane and every time we took off or landed my ears screamed at me. I was five and I had to bear this horrible pain six times before we arrived in Singapore. Thank goodness it was over, well for two and a half years anyway. We lived in Singapore as my Dad was stationed there with the Royal Air Force, but the time came to go back home to England. I recall I had forgotten about that ear pain but yet here we were taking off and landing again several times. In those days, the planes did not fly as long without needing fueling. I think they were prop airliners, honestly cannot remember. Anyway I do remember complaining to my Dad about my ears and he told me all I needed to do was hold my nose and blow. Magic. Now why did I find that out at the last up and down. Maybe I just didn’t complain. I don’t remember that but I do remember the relief.
As a child and into early adult life our family moved every two years or so. All I can say is my Mom did a stellar job because aside from the ears issue, I don’t remember it being anything other than normal. There were six of us, I have three brothers. My Dad retired while I was in high school and we settled down in non forces life in a little village called Whitchurch in the Hampshire countryside. We even got a dog and a cat, something never done before due to the constant moving. I finished school and got my first job. Actually I went to live on my own in London at age 16. The job lasted a year and then I moved back home. It was an experience but looking back I was just a tad too young.
Getting Married and Moving Into My Own Home
I had several jobs, always bettering myself before meeting my husband to be. He was in college and after graduation went through a few jobs until finally landing a good one at Motorola in England. We settled down as a married couple in our new house, moved nine months later to a bigger one, again eighteen months after that and that seemed to be what we did. Of course I worked at a place that gave me a really low interest rate so we took advanatge of it. I was underwriting mortgages at 17% interest in those days, so a 4% rate was a big discount. Funny how they are now below that here.
I moved to one final job before having my children, became quite fed up with office politics and left to be a saty at home Mom. My husband carried on working at Motorola and life was good. The kids started school. And then – one day!
Would I be Interested in Going to Live in America?
I didn’t have to worry about my job. I said yes and hopped on a plane to check out homes and schools in Schaumburg IL. That was where Motorla was, and of course I had no idea where it was other than somewhere near Chicago. My husband had been here on business and new the area, so he stayed at home to look after the kids and pets. We had an Irish Setter and two cats. I am not going to say it was a fun trip at all. I had a pick up at the airport and my days had been arranged for me with a Realtor taking me to look at rentals that would accept the dog and cats. Frankly I had no idea where I was or even what I was looking at. After two days I called my husband and said forget it. I am going shopping at Woodfield Mall and I’ll see you tomorrow.
After arriving home we talked and it came down to this. The Realtor had no concept of dealing with relocation clients at all. In fact she did nothing more than be my taxi and open doors to homes. It’s etched in my mind. Complete lack of service or caring.
Second attempt. After quite a long discussion, lasting several days it was agreed my husband would take the job and we would simply just go. We also decided to sell our UK house rather than rent it out which was the original idea. That was quite a risky decision for me considering the previous experience. I am happy to say it was much better. Our house was packed onto a container, flights to include the dog and both cats on January 6th for Chicago weather right after Christmas was not without some stress but we arrived and made haste with confused animals and young kids to our temporary apartment. Very quickly we had to get me a car, social security numbers, and find schools. The kids were 4 and 6. We actually postponed that until we found a place to live for the assignment which was two years.
We picked a Realtor and he found our house. We rented it for a year and ended up staying for almost two. Our house in the UK sold and closed quickly. Now it was time to get the kids into school. They had lost a few weeks. And then we hit the wall. No school for the 4 year old and only half a day for the 6 year old. WHAT! They were both in full time school back home. Well the public school system here was not going to work. We knew in two years we would be hi-tailing it back home and by then the kids would be two years behind. Luckily we researched and found Chiristian Liberty Academy and the school fees were partially paid for because of the disparity between schooling systems.
Back To England We Must Go
When my husbands assignment came to an end, I reversed the trip and went back to the UK to find a house to buy. It was just me and the kids for a while, I actually renovated an English country farmhouse which took about three months. The dog and cats went into quarantine for six months, receiving weekly visits from me. And then it happened. That same question. Would I be interested in going BACK to America. This time it would be on a permanent basis which is a little more to think about. We decided to make the leap, sold the house, packed up our belongings and shipped back to the USA. The pets never got out of quarantine, they got put back on another plane and followed us a few days later.
I’ll never understand people who give up pets just because they move house. Ours had now done three Atlantic trips and all that entailed and were now home with us again. Our pets are always part of the family, never get left behind and always considered in all the relocation decisions too.
Relocated Again and Back in Illinois!
We arrived on Halloween night so took the kids to Target to get some fun. Our permanent staus here now gave us the ability to buy a home and that’s what I set out to do. Six weeks later we moved into our home in Deer Park IL and settled back into life here, almost as if we had never left. The kids went back to Christian Liberty Academy because they had a lot of friends there and liked the environment. All was well and for six years we were settled.
I have to wonder sometimes if I was destined to move so often. It certainly was not in the married plan and yet it came up again. This time Illinois to Florida. OK why not! There were some problems with this that I had not envisioned but we sold the house, bought one in Florida and moved. Schools were an issue, they were too far behind compared to the Illinois curriculum. So my eldest was home schooled for his freshman year of high school by me. The younger went to public school but was slipping and fast. And on top of that, I was not happy. I was still a stay at home Mom. As time passed I wanted to go home to Illinois.
The short version of this was that after nine short months we were back on the road, kids, dog and cat in the cars, home sold, house in a truck, and a home bought and ready to close. Our Florida home sale closed while we drove!
I am Firmly Planted in Lake Barrington Illinois
I have done enough moving in my life and experienced it all.
Now it’s time to help you!
I told my husband I wanted to work, the kids were in high school, then college and I don’t want to move again. I consider Barrington as my real home and it’s now the pace I have lived the longest in my life. I now work as a real estate broker, I own Barrington Realty Company and I help relocating buyers and sellers. It seemed such a logical choice given I have experienced the good and bad in Relocation Realtors, but I also have more inside experience in the how than any other Realtor I now. My opinion is that no Realtor understands relocation buying and selling unless they have personal expereince of it. You cannot learn life from a book.
My relocation clients are often like me, there’s no corporate relocation involvement. It’s families moving to new homes for many reasons. If the best part of real estate for me, helping people like me gives me great gratification. As I write this article I am thinking of tomorrow. My clients relocating from New York are currently on the road, arriving tomorrow to close the purchase of their new home.
Let me know how I can help you with your relocation home buying goals.
About the Author: My Relocation Story was provided by Corinne Guest, a REALTOR and Managing Broker of Barrington Realty Company. We are a small focused independent real estate brokerage.
Corinne can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 847-363-3686. Corinne specializes in selling homes in the Barrington and Inverness areas, zip code 60010 and has helped many professionals relocate to the area and find their new dream home.
Corinne services the following Barrington IL villages: Barrington, Barrington Hills, Lake Barrington, North Barrington, South Barrington, Deer Park, Inverness, Tower Lakes. She’ll also help buyers looking in the neighboring communities of Hawthorn Woods, Kildeer and Long Grove as they have very similar country suburban homes on acreage.