You may already have your house on the market, you may already have a place you want to move to, you may just be toying with the idea of selling - what I am getting at is that you may or may not be prepared. I was not. At all. I had no thoughts of selling and moving, only dreams of doing so about 5 years down the road when my son graduated from high school.... then, an opportunity presented itself and I started to research places to move to.
1 week later I saw a photo of a house for sale as I was putting the WSJ into the recycle bin, 1 hour later I was on the phone to the real estate agent for that house. Let's call her Sally, and 2 days later I was in SC, standing in that very house.
But, for the 2 days before I got there I looked at all the homes that were online in that area and so I was pretty familliar with what was available. When the house I went up to see turned out to be too small for me, Sally suggested another house, but being that I had done my homework, I told her that I had seen that particular house online, and that I didn't want to waste her time because there was no way in the world I would ever buy that home - the home I am now sitting in while I write this 'ible. How I got from there to here is what I want to share.