Relocating to San Diego
Congratulations on your new job and on relocating to San Diego. Your company probably has a generous package of relocation benefits for you, and has given you a list of approved San Diego real estate agents and mortgage lenders to use. Generally this list is not thoroughly examined for the qualifications of all the agents in the San Diego area. These are usually not the best agents and they won’t save you time or make the move smoother.
Many companies seek to reduce relocating expenses by receiving referral fees from San Diego real estate agents and mortgage lenders. Those San Diego real estate agents on the “approved” list are not so much qualified as they are willing to give back some of their fee to your company. That is why your company might say your relocation benefits are in jeopardy if you don't use the approved San Diego agents.
Not all of the agents on the list are incompetent, but they aren’t necessarily all certified however. You should never let your company assign an agent to you. Ask for a list of all the agents and interview them just like you would on the open market. Have them send you their promotional real estate materials. Then go ahead and choose who you'd like to work with.
Be careful when using the approved San Diego mortgage lender as well. Lenders didn’t get on the recommended list because they offered the best interest rates. It might be worth your while to get a couple of other competitive quotes just to make sure that you're not paying too much for your loan.
If you have a favorite agent who isn't on the list you can still use them. Many times a real estate agent can get approved by your company by simply talking with the relocation company and agreeing to their fee structure. That way you can work with the agent you're comfortable with and you get your relocation benefits too!