Are you an employer moving someone to Austin? Maybe you yourself are thinking about a relocation to Austin. Relocating employees and moving them to a new city is an increasingly popular method in placing top talent.  While moving for a new job in Austin can be stressful there are steps one can take to ease the transition.

Take advantage of employer-provided support.  Many companies offer relocation assistance and services that may include financial assistance assisting with temporary housing and moving costs and connecting employees with local Austin realtors. Check with your human resources department to find out what services are available.

Learn about the area.  Do as much research as time allows before making your first visit to Austin. A good starting point is www.austinrelocationguide.com the Austin Relocation Guide website.  You’ll find information on schools transportation parks and recreation shopping and much more.  Another site to visit is Do512.com where you can find current and upcoming events fun places to visit and local news.  Your Realtor’s own company website is another good source of links and local information.

Seek out local experts.  On larger group relocations some companies will pair transferring employees and their families with a local who can serve as a personal “tour guide” of Austin.  While a lot of fact-finding can be done online nothing replaces personal visits to the new home city.

But you don’t need to be part of a large relocation to get a personal tour guide.  Area Realtors who work with hundreds of new Austinites every year are often the first on-the-ground point of contact for newcomers.  Their familiarity with neighborhoods and the local market can help families narrow their home search quickly.

It’s important to get a local’s perspective on things like schools traffic patterns crime taxing entities and proposed new developments that may have an impact on a property’s future value.

In addition as longtime Austinites many Realtors love to show off their favorite restaurants shops parks and entertainment hot spots that make Austin so special.  Whether it is a recommendation for a pediatrician or hairstylist or top picks for best Mexican food your Realtor is likely ready to help!

Get connected.  Once settled the best way to start feeling at home is to meet others and get involved.  Walk the neighborhood especially during hours when neighbors are likely to be outside.  If your neighborhood has a homeowners association ask about neighborhood events and groups.  Perhaps there’s a book club fitness class or mother’s day out program.

Houses of worship are another great source for newcomers to get connected. Local publications like Austin Woman and the Austin Chronicle list upcoming meetings and events for everything from yoga and kayaking to jewelry beading and journaling.  How about taking a class?  No matter what your area of interest you can meet people from all walks of life and from all over Austin at The University of Texas informal classes www.informalclasses.org.

Take in the new surroundings.  As you get settled take time to explore Austin Texas.  Many of us have lived here for years and never visited the Harry Ransom Center or toured the LBJ Library. Austin has many great gems it’s no wonder the area’s population continues to grow.  Find out where Round Rock got its name.  Take a dip in Deep Eddy Pool.  Watch an Austin City Limits taping.  There are limitless ideas for great outings – just ask!

Austin area Realtors want to do everything possible to make your transition to the area enjoyable.  As the Lyle Lovett song says even if you’re not from Texas Texas wants you anyway!  Welcome to Austin Texas!