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ODR's Affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

Old Dominion Realty

As an independent real estate firm, our goal is to provide the best possible service to you and provide comprehensive assistance in achieving your real estate goals. This is true whether you're moving to a Virginia/West Virginia community from across town or across the world. One of the ways that we provide that level of service is through our affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), a worldwide network of top independent real estate brokerages.

Both our real estate agents and our clients benefit from our affiliation with LeadingRE, whose mantra is "Making the Best Brokerages Better." No matter where you're moving from, our team is here to help you find the home that perfectly suits your needs.

Get to Know Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

Founded in 1997 by 50 of the largest real estate brokerages in the United States, LeadingRE has grown into a worldwide network over the last 25 years. It's now comprised of 550 companies in more than 70 countries, with 4,700 offices located across the world and 136,000 sales associates. LeadingRE is a by-invitation-only network focused on raising the bar in real estate, with industry-leading metrics in sales and market coverage.

What this means for clients is that no matter where you're currently located and where you're planning to move, there's a global network of like-minded real estate firms ready to serve you. Long-distance moves are so much easier when you have a worldwide network to lean on, and we're proud to be part of a network that's built to serve you.

Global Network

A Global Network with Local Knowledge

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® is made up of industry-leading local and regional real estate firms. As a client, one key benefit of working with a local or regional real estate brand is that you have access to unparalleled local knowledge. In our case, that means helping you find the right home, in the right neighborhood, in Virginia and West Virginia communities.

When you're relocating from far away, there are so many factors to consider, whether you're relocating for work, family, military service, or simply to experience something new. Starting a new life in a new location is so much smoother when you have access to a global network with unmatched local knowledge. Take the guesswork out of a long-distance move, and find a real estate brand you can trust to make your transition a smooth, streamlined experience so you can focus on settling into your new home.

Local Team

Our Affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

You can find our Old Dominion Realty page on the LeadingRE website and our video on Old Dominion Realty and LeadingRE to learn more about our affiliation with the network. If you're moving from out of state or outside the country, we can help you manage the logistics, find the right neighborhood, and find the right home. If you're moving from Virginia/West Virginia to another location, our affiliation with LeadingRE means that we can help you find the right agent in communities across the world.

On the LeadingRE website, you can also access tools like the Global Cost of Living Report, Currency Converter, and Mortgage Calculator to help you make informed decisions. The goal is to provide you with the best possible service, no matter where you're moving from or where you're moving to, through a network with global reach.

Services from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® offers a variety of tools to help facilitate long-distance moves for individuals and organizations.

  • Luxury Portfolio International®
    Luxury Portfolio International® is geared toward luxury clientele, with more than 50,000 of the world's finest properties listed annually. If you're searching for a luxury home, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® can help you find it.

  • RELO Direct, Inc.®
    RELO Direct, Inc.® is a service for corporate clients, providing comprehensive administrative support to help employees move with high satisfaction rates. It also has extensive certifications to help government organizations manage employee moves.

  • Solutions Group
    The Solutions Group program helps us help you. LeadingRE partners with a wide range of service providers that allow members to leverage the best tools, technology, and services in the real estate industry to provide the best possible service to our clients.

Our Team

Let Us Help You Plan Your Next Move

Whether you're shopping for Augusta County homes for sale or homes in another Virginia or West Virginia community, our team is here to help you accomplish your real estate goals. Our affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® can help us accommodate your needs, no matter where you're moving from or what is motivating your move. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Augusta County, VA area.

August
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Planning Your Move to a New Country

Insider Tips for Relocating to a New Country

Moving to a new country is no easy feat. Sometimes, people spend years planning that kind of a move before they take action; however, in many situations, it's essential to move quickly. In either the case, it's critical to have the help of a real estate professional with the connections and expertise you need to move across the globe.

Old Dominion Realty is that real estate company. As a member of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), Old Dominion Realty has access to a global network of real estate brokerages helping customers find homes in other cities and states in the United States and abroad.

Our real estate agents have supported many clients buying a house in a new country.  When you're ready to make a move, keep these points in mind:

Start with Your Job Search

A job search should come first when moving internationally. Most of the time, an employer will have to sponsor your long-term stay.

In the best case scenario, your current employer will help with all the paperwork. Even when this is happening, though, keep an eye on the process and stay in touch with any corporate contacts. A small mistake can cost you months.

In some cases, you might be permitted to visit a country temporarily for a brief job search. In many European nations, the maximum length of stay is 90 days. Standards vary widely elsewhere in the world. You may be required to leave the country and re-enter if you receive a job offer. 

Prepare Your Family

If you have children, proper schooling should be your next focus. Some countries organize public schools very differently from the U.S., so early research is critical. You could be required to submit your child's academic transcripts for evaluation before grade placement.

No matter a child's age, moving to another country can be challenging. It is exciting but means saying goodbye to old friends and the familiar. Spend time with young ones and teach them about the country and all it has to offer.

Of course, your spouse is an invaluable partner. He or she also needs to make many transitions. Keep communication open and honest – and remember, it's okay to be worried or even scared. You are in it together.

Move Your Pets

Another issue to be aware of is pets. While most countries accept common companions like dogs and cats, you may need to provide special vaccinations. Your animal might be in quarantine for a period after you move.

When it is finally time to move your pet, you're in luck. Many reputable international airlines offer your pet the ability to travel for a reasonable fee. Just make sure you have an appropriate carrier and understand your obligations upon arriving in the new country.

Many countries other than the United States recognize service animals, but you may need to have them certified before your arrival. Check with the host country's embassy or consulate.

Pack and Relocate the Right Way

When you move internationally, there's usually a grace period where you pay reduced customs on your belongings. It's never too early to start planning so you can sell or donate items you don't want to keep.

If possible, it's easiest to send items in waves: Your most important things first, followed by luxury items. Just don't let your customs break expire!

Airmail is fast but can be pricey, while shipping by sea is much more economical, but can take weeks.

Want to know more about buying a house abroad?

Contact Old Dominion Realty for personalized advice.

Contact Old Dominion Realty

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