How To Start Over From Scratch: Moving To Arizona

For years I've wanted to move from Cincinnati to anywhere warm. Cincinnati is an AWESOME city. The changes it has gone through in the past 5-10 years are gigantic. It's actually cool. I'm serious. But, the winters I just can't handle. So for years and years I tried to move but "couldn't".

SPOILER: One of my last renovations in Cincinnati

I was scared.

How could I start all over again?

I'd have no business connections. I'd have to know a new city and it's neighborhoods. I'd have to know what buyers were looking for in that part of the country, how much that would cost to do and how much a buyer would pay?

How long would it take to gather all of that information

How would I be able to replace all of "my people"?

Would I be successful?

Even though I had lived in Phoenix before, it was more than a decade ago as a college student at ASU. Aside from remembering the name of some streets and parts of town, I knew nothing of the real estate market. I got my Crossfit Level 1 Certification just in case. Maybe I could coach while I figured things out.

Turns out.... I was an idiot for doubting myself.

My first house in Phoenix.

Six months ago I landed in Phoenix and hit the ground running as if I'd been here all along. Last month marked my 10th year in business and I forgot about it because I was...

TOO BUSY WORKING.

Some of it seemed like luck. I met my contractor, Pace Morby, through Instagram. He is about to begin my third renovation here. But was it really luck? I had been chatting with him occasionally on Instagram posts for about a year. Networking from afar if you will. One of my agents, Michelle Houze was referred to me by a Cincinnati friend. Her and then another agent I met, Rachel Hugenschmidt, showed me the neighborhoods and what people were looking for in a home. Another contact I found at an AZREIA meeting I attended a couple winter's ago while vacationing here (nerd alert---> me, who does that on vacation?). He went to the University of Cincinnati back in the day. He'll be checking on one of my remaining Ohio homes when he attends a football game there soon. One of my favorite furniture dealers was found on Craigslist. Some people have reached out to me, while others I have hunted down. Things are weird, adventurous and random.

I love it.

My second renovation in Scottsdale.

There was no reason to be scared. The skills I learned over the past 10 years transferred. If you know how to learn, you can relearn. I didn't know anything about desert landscape, but I knew how to figure it out. I dove in. Head first. I went to nurseries. I learned names of cacti, how much palm trees cost and what an irrigation system costs. I asked my contractor 1.2 million questions, pinned ideas and studied comparable homes. I'm still asking a billion questions and learning on my own home.

Dragged some great staging stuff with me from Cincinnati like that vintage kimono. :)

The secret to starting over or learning new things is this....

Just do it.

Start.

GO.

If you're thinking about changing careers or locations, do it. If you want to flip houses, do it. Just learn. Learn more. And then learn even more.

Learn EVERYTHING.